Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Call me crazy!

Well, I never in a million years thought I would be saying this, but Katie is sleeping in her first...are you ready...cloth diaper!!! I also never thought I would be so excited (and confused) about something, but I am. I don't remember exactly how this all started, but several months ago I started following a few different people on Twitter who are not only new moms, but also women who tweeted about their love for cloth diapering. Slowly, I became intrigued by the idea. Not only could I save money, but I could do something positive for the environment.

Naturally, I thought that cloth diapering was like the "olden days" where there was a white cloth diaper, two monstrous safety pins and a toilet involved. Little did I know that the world of cloth diapers has been modernized. Not only is there no more toilet dunking, but the choices/styles are endless. Compare what used to be just strictly Hanes White Women's Underwear to the current world of thongs, bikini briefs and boy shorts - all in a variety of brands. Cloth Diapering is the same - you have your standard old school cloth diapers (now called pre-folds), but also pocket diapers, all-in-one's, diaper covers and so much more!

I emailed one Twitter friend, Joanna (blog found here), with a million questions and started to get inspired. I then reached out to a local message board to see if there were any cloth diapering moms out there, and sure enough a couple responded. Honestly, it's a whole new world out there - and a VERY confusing one at that!

Some friends recommended I try a company called "Jillian's Drawers" where I could order a trial pack of a variety of different diapers. This would help me determine what I like best (and what Katie will like best as well). They sent me pre-folds, pocket diapers and all-in-ones.

Katie is sleeping soundly right now in a "pocket diaper" and, assuming there aren't any middle-of-the-night blowouts, all I will have to do is remove the insert, throw it in the wash, put a new insert into the pocket and start again! For now, we'll stick to regular disposable diapers at daycare, with hopes to eventually transition into cloth 7 days/week.

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Foods She Eats

I realized that I probably should be a little better about documenting which foods she eats, which ones she likes and which ones she dislikes.

So far, here is what she has had and the result:

Applesauce (fresh or jarred): Loves
Pears (fresh or jarred): Loves
Bananas (fresh) - Loves; Jarred - Dislikes
Nectarines (fresh) - Likes
Peaches (fresh) - Loves

Peas (frozen/cooked and jarred): Loves
Green beans (frozen/cooked): DESPISES; Jarred - Likes
Yellow Squash (fresh): Likes; frozen: DESPISES
Avocado (fresh): Despises (although I think we are going to try this one again soon)
Carrots (fresh): Likes

As with most babies, she tends to lean towards the fruit more than the veggies. Tonight we introduced meat - she had Turkey and Sweet Potatoes and ate them right up! Tomorrow night: chicken!

Katie's Latest Trick

She has taken up waving recently! Here is a cute video.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Cutest Laugh EVER

We took a road trip this weekend to visit family, and to help keep Katie entertained during the ride, I would periodically sit in the back seat. At one point during the trip, SHE initiated a game of peek-a-boo with me, which was incredible (she would look away, then turn and look at me and start laughing - something I do with her all the time). Of course, her laugh in this video was nowhere near what it had been in a previous game, but you get the idea! :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

She wants to crawl!!

Father's Day

Dear Katie,

Yesterday you helped Daddy celebrate his first Father's Day. The perfect day...breakfast, Home Depot and the playground. You just being here made his day so special.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Interfering with Bedtime Routine

I'll be honest. I never understood it when my mom friends would talk about how they didn't want to get "off schedule" with their baby's bedtime routine whenever friends wanted to get together. My thought was always, "Can't you just put the baby down at the friend's house (or my house)?" I didn't get it...until now.

This afternoon, we had plans to go to some friends for a BBQ. Knowing Katie's eating schedule, I knew I would need to feed her around 5-5:30, but didn't know what to do for dinner, which normally consists of barley and a vegetable. Honestly, I didn't want to bring the food with me because it would be too much of a production, and she is VERY accustomed to getting a bath immediately after dinner and I was not going to bathe her at our friend's house. So, the plan was that I would breast feed her around 5:30 and then we would scoot out of there by 7 so that we could get home, feed her, get her in the tub and have her asleep by 8 - 30 minutes later than normal.

Well, everything was on track until she completely passed out in the car on the way home. She slept all the way until I carried her (car seat) upstairs and set it down on her bedroom floor, and then she just sort of slowly opened her eyes (probably wondering why she was in her car seat in her room). I debated what to do - do I try to awkwardly get her out, leave her in her dress and put her in her sleep sack? Do I get her out and bathe her? As I stood there staring at her, she started to really wake up, so I decided to get her in the bath.

While I was able to bathe her, get her dressed in her PJ's and get her to bed (after 2 attempts with rocking her), it really is amazing to me how just slightly throwing off your routine can throw off her/our entire night. I did breast feed her a little bit since she didn't ever eat her barley and veggies. I'm really curious as to how the rest of the night goes...

I guess this is good training for us for when we are out of town in the next couple weeks visiting family. We are going to be faced with these types of scenarios a couple of times and will just have to figure it out and deal with it...

Again, I never understood it...until now!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pregnancy Announcement Video

I was going through my YouTube account today and happened to notice that our "Pregnancy Announcement" video now has over 11K views - not too shabby for some little video that was posted just over a year ago. I thought it would be fun to share (again) with the rest of you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Short Update

Well, this goes without saying, but I have been terrible about blogging lately. If that wasn't the biggest "DUH" statement ever...Anyway, we have had so much going on that come 9:00 p.m. when I finally get to sit down in front of the computer, all I want to do is check email, tweet and check Facebook before hitting the sack.

Katie turned 7 months this past Saturday (7 month letter to come soon) and she has been just wonderful to be around (not that she ever wasn't). She is becoming SO much fun and I have just been soaking up as much Katie time as I possibly can over the weekend and the little bit of time we have together in the mornings and evenings.

Hopefully things will settle down in the next day or so and I can get back to updating. In the meantime, here is a picture I took this morning.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Homemade Baby Food

I think I am officially sold on making baby food for Katie. For those of you that have known me for a long time, you know I like to save money wherever I can. Well, after I did the math tonight on what I saved by making her some food, I am officially 100% sold.

2 sweet potatoes from Publix = $1.38 = jars of baby food!

9 jars of baby food from Publix = $6.93!!

So, by spending 20 minutes (9 of that was the sweet potatoes cooking in the microwave), I saved us $5.55! Not too shabby if you ask me.

So far, her favorite homemade baby food (in no particular order) includes peas, applesauce, pears, bananas and sweet potatoes. The foods she (literally) gagged at were mashed avocado and green beans.

If only I had the gagging on dramatic!