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So this happened…

Posted: April 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Birth, C-Section | Tags: Birth, Family, Kids, Mom stuff, Silas | 1 Comment »

(Let’s pretend I didn’t just completely neglect this space for the better part of the past year and jump right into the here and now, shall we?)

This kid joined our family:
Silas
7 pounds, 11 ounces
20.25 inches

Half Full

At first he looked like this:
All nice and pink*, and perfectly happy not impressed to be on the outside.

Fresh Baby

I got to keep him with me in the OR:
Is it bad that the only thing I could think of when I finally got to hold him was that his crying was probably distracting the doctors from doing their jobs and they were probably going to kick him out if he didn’t quiet down?  Yeah, those were my loving thoughts in the moments after he was born. I mean, it was pretty obvious that if that would have happened The Medical Negligence Experts were going to be the first ones to take care of the situation.

Meet yer Mom
Shhh!
Also: he looks like a blonde Wyatt!

I finally felt like a human being:
Those really crappy months of hyperemesis with the constant nausea, and the vomiting, and the IV poles, and the drugs?
Instant relief. Here are some tips to help deal with the nausea during pregnancy.
Let’s cuddle cute fat baby!
And order dinner.**

Hypereme-what?

And this is you now:
Well, three weeks ago this was you.  You have fatter cheeks now.

Baby Hedgehog!

And this is what a house with 4 boys looks like:

Five Guys

We are so happy you joined us.

*And bloated from the copious amounts of fluids they pumped into me to keep my blood pressure from tanking during my c-section.

**I will have one of everything and I will inhale it.

 


Ode to a Bathtub.

Posted: June 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Living in the City | Tags: City Living, Duplex, Feelings, FTW, Kids, Mom stuff, Northeast Minneapolis, Old Houses | 2 Comments »

Bathtub that I loved so dearly

There is one thing I am going to miss from our old place.

The claw-foot tub.

It was everything you could want in a tub.  It was deep and long and just right in so many other ways.

I probably took over 1800 soaks in that thing over the 6 years it was ours.

When I was pregnant with the twins and suffering from PUPPPs I would soak in a cool bath 3-4 times a day, just to keep the itching away.  Sitting in the tub, sniffing my bottle of Burt’s Bees face wash (I craved that scent when pregnant) just waiting for those boys to be born.

My boys all loved that tub.  It was one of the only places Wyatt would nurse as an infant.  It was deep enough to keep even Lincoln’s vigorous splashing from hitting the floors.  It was pretty much the only place Judah was ever bathed after his frantic 1st bath in the pod.  I’ve got many memories tied to that tub.

It was simply lovely.

Now, the bathroom in which this tub sat was nothing to write home about.  Unless you were writing about how horrific it was.  Cracking plaster walls.  Sketchy floor.  No outlets.  I remember going to clean it for the first time after we moved in and thinking there was no way we’d ever get it clean.  Except for that tub.  I could scrub the hell out of that tub.

Word on the street is they are tearing it out for a (much needed) remodel.

They are getting rid of the best thing about that place.


BFBH Week 22: Breastfeeding and PPD

Posted: June 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: #Judahthetank, Blog Hop, Breastfeeding, Day to Day, Feelings, Kids, Lincoln, Lincolnton and Wy, Wyatt | 2 Comments »

This post is part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted each Thursday and Friday by Life With Levi! Each week we focus on a different topic in the realm of breastfeeding. Please link up pertinent posts and join the conversation!

First, a little background…

I don’t do pregnancy well. When I was pregnant with the twins my midwife was pretty clear that she thought I might be high risk for PPD because it had been so rough for so long, she didn’t know if I’d be able to bounce back.

I was pretty worried about it myself. Yogi Dad was always on the lookout for signs. For the most part things were great. Immediately upon delivery I felt about a gazillion times better. I needed that. Of course as I’ve said in previous posts, breastfeeding has never come easy and with the twins it was kind of like my own personal hell.

But I’m not sure I would go so far as to say I had PPD.

Sure, it was frustrating beyond belief.
Yes, there were many, many tears.
I’m pretty sure I said some pretty crazy things about what I might do if I didn’t get a shower or some sleep or some time away from screaming babies.

But it all stemmed from something that I could have stopped if i had wanted to, if I had pulled myself away from everyone telling me I just needed to try harder. Once I finally did that things got better.

The frustration went away. The babies stopped crying. I stopped crying. Everyone got more sleep.

But there is the guilt in that. You know…taking the *easy* way out.

With Judah the frustration was always tempered by the fact that he wanted to nurse and nursed well, I just have supply issues. Once we got over the hump, things got better. We co-slept and bed-shared so sleep was never as big of an issue.

I am very aware that it could have gone differently. I think being aware of PPD and having my husband and family be aware of what to watch for was key to making sure if it did become an issue it would be taken care of right away.


Flats Challenge (half-way point check-in)

Posted: May 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: #Judahthetank, Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge, FTW, Kids, Lincolnton and Wy, Stuff You Need | No Comments »

Four days into the Flats and Handwashing Challenge and I think we are cruising along pretty well here. After the first night where my flats didn’t dry I was able to figure out a solution and we’ve had dry flats every morning since.

Washing is going well and is as easy and quick as washing a sinkful of dishes. I’m not sure there is anything that washes as clean as a flat to be honest, it’s a breeze! Then again, I have a baby who only poops every second or third day, so I’ve had it pretty easy compared to some people I think.

We definitely have a night wetter on our hands as opposed to a day wetter. At most changes I’d have to say the diapers are fairly dry, they are wet, but not all the way through and no where near soaking. I do find that cotton absorbs quite a bit.

We did have one slip-up on night number two when Judah was asleep before we had changed him into a nighttime diaper. I was going to double up on flats instead of pre-folds and he was in a single flat. He woke up soaking from head to toe around 3am, not a happy camper! We haven’t made that mistake since.

I’ve been playing around with different covers, Thirsties, Flips and wonder Wraps are obviously the easiest to wash because they are PUL but I’ve also tried a gDiaper which has worked great and dries pretty well overnight.

So, nothing I can point to that would derail this process at this point. It’s nice to know that if I was without a washer and a dryer I could get by with the basics. I know these flats are going to stay in the stash from now on!




Flats Challenge Kick-Off!

Posted: May 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: #Judahthetank, Blog Hop, Blogging, Cloth Diapers, Day to Day, Firsts, Flats Challenge, FTW, Goals, Kids, Mom stuff | 3 Comments »

Wow!

It’s been a whirlwind weekend around here, what with moving and all.

I may not be able to find my clothes, but I made sure that my flats and covers were easily accessible and ready to go. That’s why you could find me hefting the huge box of pre-folds and flats up the stairs during our second tornado siren of the day on Sunday. On a different note- Judah can crawl up the stairs.

So for the Flats and Hand Wash Challenge I am using at max, 5 covers in rotation and 12 large birdseye flats from Diaper Junction. I’m still trying to decide which covers I’m using, Judah was in a well used Thirsties cover today and that lasted until bedtime. I’ll probably do a rotation of a Thirsties, a Flip and a Wonder Wrap. I’ve also got a Stacinator that I’ve been trying out but that might be too big for him and it might be a pain to dry….I’m obviously making this up as I go along.

So, tonight I had 4 flats to wash and 1 cover. There was a pre-fold in there that Yogi Dad used while I was out at a networking event, but it’s the first day, so I’m going to give him a pass. Just this once!

My plan is to wash them at the end of each night and dry them overnight. I prepared a spray bottle (maybe 10oz) with water and a tablespoon of Charlie’s Soap. I am going to try and see if giving them a good rinse in hot water and then spraying them with the diluted soap solution, and then some elbow grease followed by another really good rinse under hot running water will be good enough to clean them. When I washed them tonight it took about 15 minutes from start to finish. Not too bad.

I had planned on buying some sort of drying rack but never got around to it, so right now they are draped over empty laundry baskets in my kitchen. We’ll see if they are dry in the morning. Like I said, I am making this up as I go along. During the day I am keeping my flats and covers in a pail liner in the bathroom. Normally all diapers would go right into the diaper pail in the laundry room.

For nighttime we’ve just got him in a doubled up pre-fold in a cover, just like we usually do. Yogi Dad got everyone in their nighttime diapers so I may try a flat and pre-fold combo tomorrow night, we’ll see. I am using a super easy pad-fold/ tri-fold hybrid. I’m not good with the folds and this keeps all the areas covered.

One thing I noticed today was that the diapers were not saturated at all. This may be due to some weaning we’ve got going on, we’ll see how the week goes. I’m going to up the liquid intake tomorrow.

Day 1, down! I can’t wait to see if my flats are dry in the morning.

UPDATE!!! They were NOT dry in the morning. Boo! I draped them over the back of our dining room chairs and they were dry within 2 hours. I need to get my line rigged up!

If you are participating, leave me a link to a post about your plan!




Friday Favorites {Baby Bond} Giveaway ends 6-3

Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: #Judahthetank, Blogging, Breastfeeding, Day to Day, Family, Feelings, Friday Favorites, Kids, Nursing in Public, Weaning | 62 Comments »

Sponsored by Tomoson.com

I have a love-hate relationship with nursing covers.  I love them, because I’m the kind of girl who likes to cover up my business.  I hate them, because Judah doesn’t like them and spends the entire nursing session ripping it off,  thus drawing MORE attention to me and him and OH LOOK!  Boobs!

Which is not what I’m going for.

So, I ditched my covers.  And I had some cute ones!

I was cruising along pretty well just pulling my shirt down just so, keeping my breast covered and it was working great.

Then I heard about the Baby Bond.

A nursing cover that covers YOU, not the baby.

Hmmm…sounds pretty good.  I watched some videos on their website and did a little sleuthing around and I was hooked.  This was the answer!  I could cover up AND keep Judah free to

So when given the opportunity to review a Baby Bond of my very own, I was on board.

I chose the Baby Bond Couture Nursing Sash and Belly Band.

Baby Bond Couture 2

via Baby Bond

The Couture is different from the Original and the Flexin that it is versatile (you can use it to cover you from the top or the bottom.  It is also adjustable, fitting your body as it changes postpartum.

Baby Bond Couture 1

via Baby Bond

I wanted to try this one because as I discussed in a previous post, I have no real nursing wardrobe.  I’m in my nursing tanks pretty much all the time.  The Baby Bond Couture gives me another option- I can put it on under any shirt and still have my tummy and back covered while I nurse, my shirt will keep me covered up top.  It’s perfect!

I actually had much better luck with it used in this way than if I used it to cover my top, Judah was all flailing hands and feet trying to get it off even though it wasn’t covering him at all.  I ended up quite exposed when using it this way.

Still, I think it’s a great product.   Lightweight, nice neutral colors, it even rolls up into itself for easy storage.

I would recommend this nursing cover to anyone.

Baby Bond has three different styles to choose from, all 100% cotton knit and they retail for around $35.  Baby Bond nursing covers are Made in the USA.

Baby Bond is offering one of my readers the opportunity to get their hands on a Free Baby Bond Nursing Cover of their own!

Required Entry:
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This giveaway will end June 3rd at 10pm, the winner will be drawn by Random.org. I will contact the winner by email, if I do not get a response within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn. Open to residents worldwide.

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It’s almost here!

Posted: May 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Blog Hop, Blogging, Cloth Diapers, Day to Day, Goals, Kids, Mom stuff | No Comments »

I got a little reminder yesterday letting me know that I only have 6 days (5 now) left until the start of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge.  It’s nice to get reminders during this time of transition.  Moving is really the pits!  Maybe I can get reminders for everything in my life.  I suppose that would mean hiring a personal assistant and I’m guessing THAT is not in the budget.

So, the question is, what am I doing to prepare?

So far, other than a week of trial runs with folding technique and a few dry-runs with the handwashing…nothing. 

Did I mention we are moving*?

I think I’ll just dive right in on Monday after we get settled over the weekend.

I do have a nice little giveaway planned from the best little diaper shop in Minnesota.  Stay tuned for that on May 27th!

Now, back to my boxes.  And my cleaning.  And oh yea…my kids!

*I did a little inspection of our new garage the other day and found the tell-tale hooks leftover from an old clothesline- I’m totally running some clothesline wire between the garage and the fence!  Woo Hoo!  I can sun bleach to my hearts content!




Kicky Pants Half Off!

Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Affiliate Links, Blogging, Day to Day, Friday Favorites, FTW, Kids, Product Reviews, Stuff You Need | 1 Comment »

Kicky Pants Bamboo

I had to share because I am a HUGE fan of Kicky Pants clothes for kids and I *just* saw this sale.  I’ve actually got a review post coming for Kicky Pants in the next few weeks, but that will have to wait.

Kicky Pants are all Bamboo fabrics, my favorite being the Bamboo Viscose pajamas, they are darling.  And soft.  And slinky and soft and cuddly and I think I’m wasting all of my adjectives on this post and did I say SOFT?

Anyways! 

Kicky Pants!

Half Off!

At Hautelook

 

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Friday Favorites {Tea Collection} Giveaway Ends 5-27

Posted: May 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: #Judahthetank, Blogging, Day to Day, Family, Friday Favorites, Kids, Kids Clothes, Lincoln, Lincolnton and Wy, Mom stuff, Stuff You Need, Tea Collection, Wyatt | 114 Comments »

I have a confession to make.

I like to dress my boys in comfy clothes every day.  Comfy as in, if they could get away with head to toe knit from birth to age 5, I think I’d be a happy Mom.  Even better if we could get away with PJ’s 24 hours a day!  I know.  It’s so unacceptable.  There is just something about putting those skinny little limbs into stiff jeans and miniature copies of outfits you’d find on an adult.  Yes, the effect is adorable, but I just think they must on some level be…uncomfortable.

Because of this, I have a lot of your run of the mill brands hanging out in our drawers…Carters, Target, Gymboree and Gap…you get the picture.  In my 2+ years of mothering boys I have come across a few brands that fit my comfort requirements and ratchet up the style a bit.

Enter Tea Collection.

Tea Collection is a San Francisco based clothing company that’s designs are distinctly inspired by their travels around the globe.  They have style in spades and cottons to drool over. My first introduction to Tea came with an end of season layette sale and some undeniably cute sleepersthat I considered the boys “good” pajamas (mostly because of their modern styling and colors).  They were still itty bitty mind you, modern colors automatically kicked the 24-hour pajama-fest up a notch!

Each season the collections change based on Tea’s latest journy.  Their current destination is Catalonia, Spain.  I was recently given the opportunity to review this newest collection.

My Little Citizens of the World

Sunday in Tea Collection

I am so impressed with the boys clothes.  The colors and patterns were spot on and the fabrics as comfy as ever.

Tea Collection Barcelona Tee

Tea Collection el Masnou Tee

Tea Collection Playa Plaid Shirt

I suppose now I just need to find a little girl to spoil….who do I know that fits that bill?

Tea Collection is available on their website
or if you are local to Minneapolis, you can find Tea Collection at
one of the Midwest Destination Stores
Pacifier
310 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Tea Collection is going to offer one of my lovely readers the opportunity to get their hands on a $50 Tea Collection giftcard!

Required Entry:
– Visit Tea Collection and tell me what you would spend your $50 on if you are the winner

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– Follow me on GFC
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This giveaway will end May 27th at 10pm, the winner will be drawn by Random.org.  I will contact the winner by email, if I do not get a response within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.  Open to US residents only.

Disclosure: I was provided clothing from Tea Collection to write this review, some of which is pictured here.  All opinions are my own.


Kicking Autism’s Ass Since 2010

Posted: May 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Autism | Tags: Autism, Autism Awareness Month, Birth to Three, Day to Day, EI, Family, Feelings, FTW, Goals, Kids, Lincoln, Lincolnton and Wy, Wyatt | 5 Comments »

I kind of feel like we have been doing this for years, when in reality it’s only been a few short months.

In the past 2 weeks, it’s like we have a totally different kid.

Wyatt is engaged more than not.
He’s calling things by their names (even if it’s only the first syllabel of the word).
He’s “singing” the alphabet.
He’s pointing.
He’s pretending!

It’s just so awesome to see.

Yes, we still have a long way to go. Yes, he still has autism- that isn’t going away.

It’s just *so* encouraging to see such great progress. You get so mired in all the details of your day it’s like a slap in the face to say “This is what we are working towards and it’s happening!”

Lincoln is coming out of his shell a bit too. Today when his teacher and the speech therapist came for a home visit he met them at the door with a hug and spent a good part of the visit hanging off the speech therapist’s back (he’s really into piggy-back rides) and giggling. He’s making progress too, communicating in his own way. We are learning how to meet him at his level, which is probably the biggest obstacle! He knows just how to get what he wants, we just have to read his cues a bit better.

It’s happening!