Monthly Archives: June 2009

Get gDiapers super cheap

I’ve meant to post this, but of course it’s always busy around here. If you use or are considering using gDiapers, go here to Baby Cheapskate for cupon codes to get six gDiaper covers for $40 (which is unreal).  We’ve got some friends who use the covers with prefold diapers and love them.  Ours just came in the mail today, and I’m excited because the weight ranges are outstanding.  The mediums are for 13 to 28 pounds.  I’d been trying to decide what covers I wanted to get some more of, but was hesitating because I don’t know how much Sadie weighs these days, and the weight ranges are all very different from cover to cover (and some fit longer or not as long as they say, depending on the shape of your baby).  Unfortunately, the coupon codes are only good through June 30, so you’d better hurry!

Once we test these out, I’ll do a review of the different cloth diaper covers we’ve used.  I did just check, and the bumGenius doublers (same as the newborn inserts) fit right in (we’ve got probably two dozen of these), so I’m not even going to worry about getting any gDiaper liners (FYI, they are now carrying reusalbe cloth liners in addition to the disposable ones).

Trying new skills

We finally got the play tray for Sadie’s Bumbo. She’s sort of been trying to bring things to her mouth (like my hair!), so I’ve been offering her the lightest rattle we have, to see what she makes of it. So far, not too much.

In the Kitchen: Homemade Green Beans Baby Food

If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s fresh vegetables!  We’ve finally made a strong commitment to be regular patrons to the farmer’s market this year, and Trevor and I have been enjoying more and more of the season’s bounty.  And it got me thinking, what about Sadie?  Why should she have to miss out on all of this delicious, hand-picked, in-season, local produce, just because she doesn’t swallow anything that doesn’t come out of my boob?  The answer: make it and freeze it now; serve it later!

This week was my first attempt, and I went with green beans.  Jody said at Tuesday’s market that it’s about the end of the green beans, so I figured I’d better hop on it!  It went so well, I’m thinking of doing another round, if I can get my hands on some Saturday.  And then maybe peaches…or squash…the possibilities are endless.  Well, not entirely, but there are quite a few!

Here is a pictorial tutorial on how to make green beans baby food:

I started by washing the two quarts of farm-fresh green beans.

I started by washing the two quarts of farm-fresh green beans.

Next, I snapped the ends off.

Next, I snapped the ends off.

Then I steamed them up in my trusty steamer (though you could use a steamer basket on the stove).

Then I steamed them up in my trusty steamer (though you could use a steamer basket on the stove).

Then, into the food processor they went!

Then, into the food processor they went!

And pureed till smooth!

And pureed till smooth!

Then, into one-ounce serving size trays.

Then, into one-ounce serving size trays.

And into the freezer!

And into the freezer!

Once they were frozen, I put them in freezer bags and labeled them with the type, date, and farm!  Then back into the freezer to await Sadie's belly.

Once they were frozen, I put them in freezer bags and labeled them with the type, date, and farm! Then back into the freezer to await Sadie's belly.

Some resources:  Nurture Baby, Wholesome Baby Food, and Homemade Baby Food Pure and Simple.

What’s wrong with this picture?

I’m sorry if it seems like this blog has taken a turn for the dismal. I promise, there’ll be more cheery posts and pictures of Sadie in the near future. It’s just that I’m in a bit of a funk lately. Sadie’s sleep had gotten pretty nice–she was giving us a solid 4 (sometimes 5 or even 6) hour stretch and only waking up to nurse twice before morning (usually waking up a third time in between those two, but being easily settled without nursing). Then, we had a couple of really rough nights. I think it’s a gas issue, but I don’t really know how to tell for sure. The past few nights we’ve given her gripe water at her “bedtime” nursing, and it’s helped some. But she’s back to waking up three times a night–effectively every two hours–wanting to nurse. Part of me wonders if she’s waking up more because she’s in the bassinet, but it actually seems like she falls back to sleep more easily in the bassinet than she does in our bed, which is why I’ve been putting her in there after nursing her. Well, that, and I also sleep a bit better without her in bed (there, I said it).

Her naps during the day are getting out of whack, too. It seems like she has a hard time sleeping longer than 45 minutes at a time (we’re going on 58 minutes now, and I’m probably pushing my luck). Just last week, though, she could almost always be counted on to go down for two two-hour naps a day. I think this might have to do with change, too. She’s getting close to being too big for the bassinet, so I’ve been putting her down for naps in the crib during the day. That way, when she really can’t sleep in the bassinet at night, it won’t freak her out to be put down in the crib at night. Not sure if it’ll work, but it makes sense to me.

I really wanted co-sleeping to work out for us. I never would have thought that I’d be the problem. I figured it would be Trevor, because of being nervous with her there or something. I’m a much pickier sleeper than I knew, and I can’t seem to find a comfortable position to sleep in with Sadie in the bed. I think it might be different if we had a bigger bed, but our bedroom simply isn’t big enough for a bigger bed. When we do co-sleep, I seem to get such poor sleep that I get absurdly frustrated when she wakes up to nurse.

The other thing I’m struggling with is the nursing itself. I sooo wanted to looove breastfeeding. It’s not that I hate it, and I’m DEFINITELY sticking with it, it’s just that it’s STILL not the blissfully pleasant experience I expected it to be. Of course, I was mentally prepared for their to be rough times, but I figured things would get nicer as we got better at it. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Maybe we don’t have the latching thing down as well as I think we do. Maybe it’s because of her tongue-tie (though I took her to a doctor about it yesterday and was told it’s not bad enough to clip it presently). Maybe it’s the forceful let-down. All I know is that there is generally frustration on both ends of the deal, and that makes me so sad. As in lump in throat, tearing up right now. And it doesn’t help that she’s lately been nursing what seems like all the freaking time. Maybe my supply is decreasing (though I can’t imagine why it would), so she’s not getting enough at each feeding, so she has to feed more frequently. I don’t really know how to tell…

These are just the two things I’d really counted on being some of my favorite parts of mothering her. It’s so disappointing to have it be otherwise. To keep this post from being utterly dismal, some of my favorite parts are: how alert Sadie is, how engaged she is, how much she’s “talking” to us, how delighted she is at things, bath time, and carrying her in the sling.

In other news, I received my official letter stating that I am now a Licensed Master Social Worker. Pretty exciting stuff. And I’m doing my best to find a job. Do you know of any? In case I haven’t already told you this, I’m looking for a part-time job that will pay enough for me to stay home some with Sadie. I’d take a social work job, I’d take a writing gig, I’d really do just about anything. There are some jobs I’m applying for, but I’ve never ever gotten a job without having some sort of inside connection (even a summer job at American Eagle).

And here are some random pictures of our furry companions, to brighten my mood:

It actually looked like a kitty crime scene when I walked into Sadie's room.
It actually looked like a kitty crime scene when I walked into Sadie's room.

Willow with her hilarious summer cut.  She looks like a bat-lamb.
Willow with her hilarious summer cut. She looks like a bat-lamb.

Nari after being Furminated.  And she's STILL shedding a ton!
Nari after being Furminated. And she's STILL shedding a ton!

What’s wrong with this picture?

I’m sorry if it seems like this blog has taken a turn for the dismal.  I promise, there’ll be more cheery posts and pictures of Sadie in the near future.  It’s just that I’m in a bit of a funk lately.  Sadie’s sleep had gotten pretty nice–she was giving us a solid 4 (sometimes 5 or even 6) hour stretch and only waking up to nurse twice before morning (usually waking up a third time in between those two, but being easily settled without nursing).  Then, we had a couple of really rough nights.  I think it’s a gas issue, but I don’t really know how to tell for sure.  The past few nights we’ve given her gripe water at her “bedtime” nursing, and it’s helped some.  But she’s back to waking up three times a night–effectively every two hours–wanting to nurse.  Part of me wonders if she’s waking up more because she’s in the bassinet, but it actually seems like she falls back to sleep more easily in the bassinet than she does in our bed, which is why I’ve been putting her in there after nursing her.  Well, that, and I also sleep a bit better without her in bed (there, I said it).

Her naps during the day are getting out of whack, too.  It seems like she has a hard time sleeping longer than 45 minutes at a time (we’re going on 58 minutes now, and I’m probably pushing my luck).  Just last week, though, she could almost always be counted on to go down for two two-hour naps a day.  I think this might have to do with change, too.  She’s getting close to being too big for the bassinet, so I’ve been putting her down for naps in the crib during the day.  That way, when she really can’t sleep in the bassinet at night, it won’t freak her out to be put down in the crib at night.  Not sure if it’ll work, but it makes sense to me.

I really wanted co-sleeping to work out for us.  I never would have thought that I’d be the problem.  I figured it would be Trevor, because of being nervous with her there or something.  I’m a much pickier sleeper than I knew, and I can’t seem to find a comfortable position to sleep in with Sadie in the bed.  I think it might be different if we had a bigger bed, but our bedroom simply isn’t big enough for a bigger bed.  When we do co-sleep, I seem to get such poor sleep that I get absurdly frustrated when she wakes up to nurse.

The other thing I’m struggling with is the nursing itself.  I sooo wanted to looove breastfeeding.  It’s not that I hate it, and I’m DEFINITELY sticking with it, it’s just that it’s STILL not the blissfully pleasant experience I expected it to be.  Of course, I was mentally prepared for their to be rough times, but I figured things would get nicer as we got better at it.  Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Maybe we don’t have the latching thing down as well as I think we do.  Maybe it’s because of her tongue-tie (though I took her to a doctor about it yesterday and was told it’s not bad enough to clip it presently).  Maybe it’s the forceful let-down.  All I know is that there is generally frustration on both ends of the deal, and that makes me so sad.  As in lump in throat, tearing up right now.  And it doesn’t help that she’s lately been nursing what seems like all the freaking time.  Maybe my supply is decreasing (though I can’t imagine why it would), so she’s not getting enough at each feeding, so she has to feed more frequently.  I don’t really know how to tell…

These are just the two things I’d really counted on being some of my favorite parts of mothering her.  It’s so disappointing to have it be otherwise.  To keep this post from being utterly dismal, some of my favorite parts are: how alert Sadie is, how engaged she is, how much she’s “talking” to us, how delighted she is at things, bath time, and carrying her in the sling.

In other news, I received my official letter stating that I am now a Licensed Master Social Worker.  Pretty exciting stuff.  And I’m doing my best to find a job.  Do you know of any?  In case I haven’t already told you this, I’m looking for a part-time job that will pay enough for me to stay home some with Sadie.  I’d take a social work job, I’d take a writing gig, I’d really do just about anything.  There are some jobs I’m applying for, but I’ve never ever gotten a job without having some sort of inside connection (even a summer job at American Eagle).

And here are some random pictures of our furry companions, to brighten my mood:

It actually looked like a kitty crime scene when I walked into Sadie's room.

It actually looked like a kitty crime scene when I walked into Sadie's room.

Willow with her hilarious summer cut.  She looks like a bat-lamb.

Willow with her hilarious summer cut. She looks like a bat-lamb.

Nari after being Furminated.  And she's STILL shedding a ton!

Nari after being Furminated. And she's STILL shedding a ton!

Post Partum Depression?

I’m becoming concerned that I might have post partum depression.  At the very least, my depression symptoms that I had before becoming pregnant have returned.  My therapist and I believed, since the symptoms went away when I went off the pill in order to get pregnant, they were mostly caused by the pill.  Now, I’m not so sure.  I do think hormones must obviously play a part, because I was pretty smooth and steady during my entire pregnancy.  Not anymore.  I’m mostly fine, and sleep deprivation tends to bring it on, but I’m a bit worried.  I’m calling my therapist tomorrow, and hopefully we can get on top of this before it gets any further out of hand.  I’m not ready to share everything about it on the blog at this time.  But, if you have any experirence (even second-hand) with post partum depression, I could use some advice, words of encouragement, what have you.  I’m especially worried that I might have to go on prescription medication, and that there will be negative effects on breastfeeding.  I know this will probably come as a bit of a surprise for those of you who know me personally, because I’m pretty good at keeping it together.  But this new mom thing is really effing hard sometimes.  And it’s made that much harder when my emotions get out from under me.  Not to mention my own “mommy issues,” which leave me constantly worried that I’m going to mess up with Sadie the way my mom did with me.

Well, there you have it.  How’s that for transparency?

A massive diaper (post): on cloth diapering

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I’ve been meaning to write a post about how cloth diapering is going for quite a while (I’ve even had a blank draft, titled “On cloth diapering” saved for weeks), and I think today is the perfect day to finally get to it.  Why?  Because today has been one poopy diaper day!  For the past few weeks, Sadie has switched from having poopy diapers just about every time she breastfeeds to saving it up for a day and then having diaper after diaper full of poop all in one go.  Today has been one of those days.

In case you missed it, here is a post about all of the gear we have to make cloth diapering happen at our house.  We are, for the most part, using every single thing on the list.  We are, as I had originally planned, primarily using the prefolds with covers around the house.  These work pretty darn well, especially when they’re just wet diapers.  The blow-out poopy diapers, though?  Not as much, unfortunately.  I’ve definitely had to clean up some poopy messes.  But I’m really not sure there’s a diaper out there that could contain that much poop.  I’d forgotten, until today, about the Snappi fasteners.  I’d tried working with them once, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to fold the diaper to make it happen (there are several ways).  After our first majorly huge diaper this morning, though, I decided to give it another shot.  So far, we’ve had two more pretty big ones, and the covers have managed to stay pretty clean (to be honest, sometimes we just “tidy up” the covers if a little bit of poop gets on them since it’s still just breastmilk poop after all), and there’s been no spillage out of the cover.  I kind of think it’s time to move into the next size for these, though, so that might also help make a difference.

The bumGeniuses are just great, too.  We use these when we go out, usually with two inserts.  We always keep a wet bag with us to put the dirty diapers in, so it really is about as easy as using disposables for outings, probably easier since we never have to find a trash can.  One of my sisters has even changed Sadie from one bumGenius to another, and she didn’t report any problems at all.  It is amazing how dry the microfiber stays against her skin, we can even reuse a diaper if it’s just been wet by swapping out a dry insert for a wet one.  But, again, pretty much nothing can stand up to her big poops, so we’ve had some fun with that–must remember to always keep a spare shirt in the diaper bag for ME!  We also use a doubled-up bumGenius overnight, now that she doesn’t poop at night.

The extra laundry isn’t much of a pain at all.  We do diaper laundry every two to three days, and doing a load is super simple.  We do a cold rinse, followed by a hot wash with soap, and then an extra cold rinse.  We are having some issues with staining, which I’m trying to figure out.  I’m hoping Trevor will get the clothesline up in the backyard soon, so I can try drying them in the sun to bleach out the stains.

I’m still not sure what will happen when it comes time to put Sadie in daycare, but I am so glad that we decided to go with cloth diapers.  It’s nice not to have to add disposable diapers to our weekly grocery trip.

And it seems I’m not the only one blogging about cloth diapers this week!  I’ve got some links for you:

Simple Mom (a blog I subscribe to) has been running a Cloth Diapering 101 series all week.  Follow these to read the introduction; 4 Cloth Diapering Choices Defined; 7 Cloth Diapering Questions, Answered Mom-to-Mom; Visual Demonstration: How to Put on a Cloth Diaper, and How to Get One Clean (with videos); The Simple Mom Cloth Diaper Review (with giveaway!); Cloth Diapering: Your Most Common Questions, Answered; and a whole page of links to cloth diapering articles, resources, etc.

ALSO, Baby Cheapskate (another blog I read) has had several recent posts concerning cloth diapers.  The first actually directs you to another blog post on how to save $10 off on cloth diapers at Diapers.com (I’m not sure if this expires…I hope not, because I’m wanting a few more bumGenius diapers, I think).  The second is an approach to cloth diapering on a budget.

AND, don’t forget to check out all of the cloth diaper links I’ve got in the sidebar to the right.

For those of you in Little Rock, The Green Corner Store is supposedly (as in, that’s what they told me at the Earth Day Festival) going to be carrying cloth diaper supplies whenever they open.  Does anyone have an idea when this might be?  I keep driving by, but no luck so far!  I’ll be sure to report back when I finally make it through their doors (15th and Main).

A massive diaper (post): on cloth diapering

IMG_4413

I’ve been meaning to write a post about how cloth diapering is going for quite a while (I’ve even had a blank draft, titled “On cloth diapering” saved for weeks), and I think today is the perfect day to finally get to it.  Why?  Because today has been one poopy diaper day!  For the past few weeks, Sadie has switched from having poopy diapers just about every time she breastfeeds to saving it up for a day and then having diaper after diaper full of poop all in one go.  Today has been one of those days.

In case you missed it, here is a post about all of the gear we have to make cloth diapering happen at our house.  We are, for the most part, using every single thing on the list.  We are, as I had originally planned, primarily using the prefolds with covers around the house.  These work pretty darn well, especially when they’re just wet diapers.  The blow-out poopy diapers, though?  Not as much, unfortunately.  I’ve definitely had to clean up some poopy messes.  But I’m really not sure there’s a diaper out there that could contain that much poop.  I’d forgotten, until today, about the Snappi fasteners.  I’d tried working with them once, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to fold the diaper to make it happen (there are several ways).  After our first majorly huge diaper this morning, though, I decided to give it another shot.  So far, we’ve had two more pretty big ones, and the covers have managed to stay pretty clean (to be honest, sometimes we just “tidy up” the covers if a little bit of poop gets on them since it’s still just breastmilk poop after all), and there’s been no spillage out of the cover.  I kind of think it’s time to move into the next size for these, though, so that might also help make a difference.

The bumGeniuses are just great, too.  We use these when we go out, usually with two inserts.  We always keep a wet bag with us to put the dirty diapers in, so it really is about as easy as using disposables for outings, probably easier since we never have to find a trash can.  One of my sisters has even changed Sadie from one bumGenius to another, and she didn’t report any problems at all.  It is amazing how dry the microfiber stays against her skin, we can even reuse a diaper if it’s just been wet by swapping out a dry insert for a wet one.  But, again, pretty much nothing can stand up to her big poops, so we’ve had some fun with that–must remember to always keep a spare shirt in the diaper bag for ME!  We also use a doubled-up bumGenius overnight, now that she doesn’t poop at night.

The extra laundry isn’t much of a pain at all.  We do diaper laundry every two to three days, and doing a load is super simple.  We do a cold rinse, followed by a hot wash with soap, and then an extra cold rinse.  We are having some issues with staining, which I’m trying to figure out.  I’m hoping Trevor will get the clothesline up in the backyard soon, so I can try drying them in the sun to bleach out the stains.

I’m still not sure what will happen when it comes time to put Sadie in daycare, but I am so glad that we decided to go with cloth diapers.  It’s nice not to have to add disposable diapers to our weekly grocery trip.

And it seems I’m not the only one blogging about cloth diapers this week!  I’ve got some links for you:

Simple Mom (a blog I subscribe to) has been running a Cloth Diapering 101 series all week.  Follow these to read the introduction; 4 Cloth Diapering Choices Defined; 7 Cloth Diapering Questions, Answered Mom-to-Mom; Visual Demonstration: How to Put on a Cloth Diaper, and How to Get One Clean (with videos); The Simple Mom Cloth Diaper Review (with giveaway!); Cloth Diapering: Your Most Common Questions, Answered; and a whole page of links to cloth diapering articles, resources, etc.

ALSO, Baby Cheapskate (another blog I read) has had several recent posts concerning cloth diapers.  The first actually directs you to another blog post on how to save $10 off on cloth diapers at Diapers.com (I’m not sure if this expires…I hope not, because I’m wanting a few more bumGenius diapers, I think).  The second is an approach to cloth diapering on a budget.

AND, don’t forget to check out all of the cloth diaper links I’ve got in the sidebar to the right.

For those of you in Little Rock, The Green Corner Store is supposedly (as in, that’s what they told me at the Earth Day Festival) going to be carrying cloth diaper supplies whenever they open.  Does anyone have an idea when this might be?  I keep driving by, but no luck so far!  I’ll be sure to report back when I finally make it through their doors (15th and Main).