Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fifteen Weeks

We have a new laugh!! This past Sunday, Max and I were playing and having fun during his diaper change. He doesn't like the shirt changing process, so I try to make it fun for him. When I peel his shirt over his head, I loudly sing, "naked baby!" and he usually smiles and giggles. Oh, and kicking too (ouch, belly). This usually puts him in a good mood. I was blowing raspberries on his belly and giving him lots of goofy kisses all over his face. He started this amazing new belly laugh. It was awesome! I wish I could explain it in words. It's a beautiful little song that I really love hearing. I've been trying to capture it in video, but haven’t succeeded yet. He's such a happy little baby, and it makes it so fun to see when he's having a great time.

He's getting so strong with his back. He's now sitting forward during story time, he refuses to lean back on mommy most of the time. He's sitting up straight, and if he loses his balance he leans forward a little and rests his elbows on his thighs for support. He just sits there and stares at the books. He always starts at the left page, scans it, and then turns his head to the right page. I love watching him. His current favorite book is I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy. The last couple of pages are his favorite part. He gets a big kiss when the baby in the book gets kissed, and then I quack with the duckling on the last page. He gets all excited and smiles and rocks back and forth.

This past weekend we had a glitch in his sleeping schedule. He's been sleeping five or six hours straight since he was about six weeks old (trust me, I know how lucky I am for this!). Friday night he started waking every two or three hours. Sometimes it was to eat, other times he just wanted to be held. I'm cherishing each extra waking moment I have with him, so I love it. This lasted through Monday night, and he was back to normal on Tuesday night. I'm not sure if it was a growth spurt, but he definitely seems bigger to me!

His legs are a whole other story. This little monster wants to stand a lot. He stands in my lap now, with just holding my fingers in his hands for stability! He gets all giggly and proud, with his loud squeals. It only lasts a few seconds, but it’s so fun to watch.

He still doesn’t love tummy time, but he’s getting a lot better. He can lift his head and look around. He doesn’t push himself up with his arms yet, but he’s trying. I’m wondering if he’s going to try to skip the crawling phase and go straight to walking! I know that he probably won’t, but you never know!

Here’s a picture of the sleeping munchkin:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fourteen Weeks

This past week Max has gotten a lot better with his neck control. He is much quicker with turning his head to look at things, and holding his head up to look around.
He loves being in the air like an air plane. It makes him giggle so much.
He's always trying to sit up. In his swing, in his car seat, in our laps,!8' his bed, always. Pretty soon he will be able to do it!
He's such a happy little boy. We are really lucky with him. Great little personality. Always on the go, never wanting to sit still. Kind of like someone he knows :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Three Months

Well, three months is here! Happy three-month birthday to our little man! I can't believe the "fourth trimester" is already over. I have definitely seen it coming to an end lately, he hasn't wanted to be held as much. It's a hard adjustment for a mommy that feels that time is going too quickly!

Breast feeding is still going well. My supply hasn't dropped at all since going back to work, which I was honestly concerned about. He's doing well with the bottle feeding with his daddy and at daycare, so that's great!

I took quite a few photos today, which was fun. He actually lays there and looks at the camera patiently. It's hilarious. Now I just need to figure out how to get him to smile at the camera, and we will be golden! Sometimes I can catch a smile as he's smiling at my face, and those are great.

He's quite the little character!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thirteen Weeks

This week has been all about standing. This little guy wants to stand up all of the time. If his feet are touching something solid, he is pushing his feet off of it. It's awesome. He gets so happy and proud when he's standing. Such an amazing thing, to watch him learn about these things.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Twelve Weeks

Today Max is twelve weeks old. Wow. I’ll skip the “it’s going by too fast” and “I can’t believe it” stuff, but you can fake I said that. It’s all true.

Max has seemed to take to daycare really well. He’s been going for two weeks now, and he seems to love it. When I see him smile at his teachers, I just know that he’s fine. I’m now used to the whole dropoff/pickup routine and prepping for everything the night before. It’s all part of the routine now, and it feels good. I still wish I didn’t have to go back to work, and I still want to stay with him, but it’s getting easier.

This last week, Max has been clearer about wanting to do certain things. He turns his head and stares at his play mat until we lay him on it. Or he’ll turn and stare at his playpen until we put him in there. He has toys in each and he has a blast learning how to reach and grab in there. He’ll be very quiet and stare, and then we’ll put him in and he’ll get all happy and smile and shriek. It’s adorable!

The hands are always in the mouth! This has been going on for a few weeks, but this week it seems to be more frequent. He is now able to just pick one finger (or thumb) to suck on, and he’s moving his arms very deliberately. He even gets a finger up his nose once in a while!

Max is grabbing his feet more often, and starting to hold them for a longer time. He thinks it’s hilarious to do this while I’m trying to change his diaper! He just giggles and wiggles with glee when I tease him about it. He’s so proud that he can do it. It definitely makes diaper changes more challenging.

We had a great long weekend with him. We did a lot of traveling, and he hates the car seat, but he was such a good baby when he got out of the car seat. He likes to move around and play, he’s never content just lying there (unless he’s tired). Sitting in a car seat, all strapped in, is just not something he enjoys. Then you factor in the side that he’s trying to sit himself up now when he’s in a seat or swing, and you can see why he wouldn’t like it. Poor little guy. Hopefully in time he will get used to it. I hate seeing him cry in the seat, especially when we’re an hour from home!

He’s getting so strong. He always wants to sit up on his own. I just hold his wrists now most of the time, and he balances himself and pulls on his arms to adjust when he needs to. He gets so happy and hold his head so high when he sits. When I burp him, he’s always trying to stand up. Sometimes I loosely hold him, letting him carry his own weight on his feet. He pushes and looks around, like he doesn’t know what he’s doing! It’s so exciting to watch.

And once again... I love this little boy.
beautiful sleeping baby

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Cloth Diapers: Two Months Later

Well, I promised to do a follow-up post to some readers that were curious. I had posted (link here) about my plans to go the cloth diaper route a few months ago. I admit, I was a little nervous. I wasn't nervous enough to let it hold me back though, because I was so excited! I can honestly say, that cloth diapering was something that I was really looking forward to. I'm so glad that we gave it a try!

Max, one week old, in his first cloth diaper

We started cloth diapers on July 1st, when Max was two weeks old. We had wanted to wait until his cord stump fell off. He seemed to love them right away, and who wouldn't?! Sean and I just thought they were so cute!

We started our cloth diaper journey with gDiapers. We started with 8 covers, 12 liners, and 24 inserts. This was the perfect amount for a newborn with parents that don't mind doing diaper laundry daily. When Max would have a "wet" diaper, we would take out the insert and put it in the wet bag, wipe the inside of the liner with a baby wipe, and let it air dry before putting a new insert in. If we had a "soiled" (like my effort to not be graphic?) diaper, we would unsnap the liner and put both the insert and the liner in the wet bag. Typically a "soiled" diaper gets the liner yucky and you want to wash it rather than just wipe it out. Now, there will be fun times (yay!) when the cover may get wet or dirty also. These are the times that you will drop it in the wet bag, and just start with a fresh one. Essentially you are allowing for 24 diaper changes a day. This may sound like a lot, but when you have a newborn baby it doesn't seem so crazy.

Max, seven weeks old, hanging out in his gDiaper

Our normal wash routine is pretty simple. We diaper all day, and at the end of the night we wash everything in the washing machine together. The wash routine varies by person. Our original process was to do a cold rinse with no detergent, followed by a warm wash with Tide, with an extra rinse cycle included. Eventually we moved to just doing a warm wash, with Tide, with an extra rinse cycle. We haven't seen any change in cleanliness or smell of the diapers, so we figured we would save the effort, time, water, and electricity. Once the wash is complete, we take the whole load and hang it on the drying rack for the night. They're dry by morning, so you have fresh and clean diapers ready for you when you wake up! Some people will dry the inserts and covers (do NOT put the liners in the drier), and we have done that a couple of times. I'm cheap though, and trying to save the environment and whatnot, so we try to lay them on the drying rack when possible.

The drying rack, full of gDiaper awesomeness

Our not so little boy is now graduating to size medium for the gDiapers! I can't believe it! Our daycare actually does cloth diapers, which is awesome!

Now, for the fun stuff:

  • We have not seen any increase to our electric or water bills as a result of cloth diapering. This was a question that people were concerned about, and thought that increases in these two bills would negate the savings of using cloth diapers. This is not the case, thankfully. 
  • We don't use cloth at night. GASP! We did in the beginning, when Max was waking up every two hours or so. Once he started sleeping six hours at a time (at about six weeks), we were having a lot of leaks. This isn't the diaper's fault of course, that's a lot to expect out of a poor diaper insert! So we use disposables at night, sorry. 
  • We haven't stuck with cloth every single day. Yup, that's right. Naughty. There have been times that I forgot to do the diaper laundry. Or we were exhausted and didn't care to do it. Whatever the reason, we haven't been 100% consistent. This is fine though, we're still doing it most of the time.
  • Max hasn't had a diaper rash yet, at all. Hooray for cloth!
  • Cloth diapers are NOT a huge pain when you're out and about. People always assume that we won't use cloth diapers if we're away from home. I don't see the big deal. When you're out, you put the used diaper in a bag and hold onto it until you get home. What's the difference if it's a cloth or disposable diaper? Yes, I could throw a disposable diaper in someone's trash at their house, but eww! Sorry, I'm weird and I wouldn't want to do that. 
  • Cloth is cute. Yes. We know this. No surprise there. 
  • It feels good. It really does. I hate putting a disposable diaper in the trash, just as I expected I would. A load of diaper laundry is totally worth the happy feeling I get because I'm saving 20 diapers from sitting in a dump for 500 years. 
  • Money... I'm sorry. I can't do a comparison for you in all honesty. Our cloth diapers were on our baby registry and we have some very generous friends and family, so we didn't actually buy them. I don't want to say "we saved $200" (random number), because we didn't actually make the investment ourselves. Now that we're buying size medium gDiapers, I'll do a cost comparison for the next two months. I want to be honest when possible! 
If you're curious about how the gDiapers work (I know I was before we used them), here are some pictures:

gDiaper cover, view from the outside
gDiaper cover, view from the inside

gDiaper liner (note the orange snaps, where it attaches to the cover) please ignore the staining on the edges, that happens when you have a "soiled" diaper (sunning will make it fade though!)
gDiaper insert, bottom side
gDiaper insert, top side

gDiaper assembled, view from the inside
gDiaper assembled, view from the back
And there you have it! Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to make sure I covered everything. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I had to look in a ton of different places when I was researching cloth diapers, I know how overwhelming it can be. I'd love to help! I'm not expert obviously, so if you have tips for me, feel free to share those too. I'm always looking to learn!