Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Unintentional Plan Change

I love the idea of baby wearing... I have for years. So when we started looking at baby stuff I talked to my husband about it. He doesn't like the backpack carriers (or any where limbs hang out) - thinks they look goofey & stuff. I was fine with that, I like the slings & ones more like that anyway.

We ended up getting one from Target. I forget what it's called, but it's a tube shape that folds in half... baby fits inside. Looks nice, useable, all that... Around the same time we were given one of those others, a hand me down. I put it away thinking just in case, we can always pass it along to another baby if it doesn't work for us. Honestly, I forgot about it lol.

So my daughter was born. I don't remember when we tried it exactly...but she was still pretty little when we tried the one I 'd picked. She would not go in there. Her legs were too stiff, she wouldn't bend them to go in... screamed, cried, I gave up. Unfortunately she still wanted to be held & I had no way to free my hands.

Six months went by & then I remembered the other carrier. So I brought it out & tried it. She fits! It was great at first... other than the fact that it's bulky in all the wrong places... But then I realized that my back was getting sore after using it for long periods. Then I looked at the tag & it says not to use it if you have a bad back. I have scoliosis - granted it has never bothered me before (other than the fiasco that was my epidural). So now I'm afraid of using it.

I've looked at other styles, had some recommendations of ones that would be better, more convienent & all that... but she's 7 months old now. Can I start baby wearing now? Thankfully she lets me put her down for good periods of time now... but she still likes to be held sometimes (usually when it's least convienent lol). Of course, I'm setting aside those options to look at for Youie or L'Nae... at least I'll have a better idea by then right?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I Want I Want

I should know better... I really should. But I did something silly... I looked at Pinstripes & Polkadots knowing full well that I don't need anything. Worse yet, I looked at diaper covers. Even worse... I clicked on the Blueberry covers. Why is that so bad? Well... they aren't cheap for one lol. They aren't even ones the ones that I'd really like to have, style or material wise. But... They have one called "Tanzanite"!!! They also have a Cheetah spotted one & a Zebra stripe. Put Afrikan names on something & I immediately want to have it... esp Tanzanite... They saw me coming. I'm going to be good though...

On a different note - I really need to make some more green beans. I probably could do with making more sweet potatoes & butternut squash too. I've been putting it off lol. Now that the dishwasher is in & working I really have no reason not too. Don't know why I am though... it's not like it's all that hard, or takes any time... because it really doesn't (esp the green beans).

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Risking a Double Post

I think my posts on the two blogs are going to overlap today. Oh well lol.

We took our daughter swimming for the first time today. It was a lot of fun... and we had no issues w/ the swimmi. Of course she didn't do anything while in it, so it hasn't been properly tested lol. I did however get a pic to share!

On a sightly different note, I found out something yesterday that I just think is funny. Apparently a couple family members were talking & the fact that I switched to cloth diapers & love it came up... & one of them was shocked & couldn't believe I would. Now, the reason I think it's funny is that I completely understand that reaction. I never would have thought I would either!

I also have some big news to share... Some of you may know that we've been debating the idea of me going back to work. Honestly I would rather stay home, esp with the baby this young... but we could use a little extra. So I've looked into work from home, even started a small (very small) online store selling handmade rosaries, put things on ebay.. whatever I can to help right? Well - we've found a good medium quite unexpectedly. My neighbors have a little boy that is 2 months old. A really sweetie. His dad's been watching him, but he's got a new job & they need someone to sit during the day while they're at work. They brought it up to me a couple days ago & we worked out the details today. So I officially have a job... and one I can do from here! (and one I'll enjoy lol)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Push Up Diaper Creme?

All along I'd planned to use my cousins advice for diaper rash. She'd used bag balm on her kids & said it was great. We got some months ago & used it from time to time & it did... Of course our daughter hardly ever had a rash anyway lol.

Well, with the cloth diapers came the realization that I couldn't use it anymore w/out possibly damaging them. I emailed the lady at Keen Bambino about it... She looked into it along with me. One of the ingredients we know is safe (lanolin) but we couldn't find out any information about the other...

So I spent some time thinking about if we needed any at all... She hardly ever gets any rashes anyway, even when she was in disposables (they stopped all together when we first switched to cloth). But I decided to try a small tube of one I saw on Keen Bambino -
Northern Essence All Natural Diaper Rash Salve - that I knew would be safe for the diapers. Didn't cost much ($3) and I had a coupon from the store I didn't want to waste lol. What hits me as funny is that it's in a push up tube.

Well anyways... It's a good thing I did. We started apples & apple juice... She loves them. But every time she has the juice, she gets a rash (Not a huge one, just a little red...) So I'm glad I have the stuff now. & it works great too. Smells a little odd (almost like menthol but I know it doesn't have any lol - my eyes would kill me if it did) but that's ok.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

All Those Lovely Detergents...

When our daughter came along we decided to go ahead & get
Yes it's a bit more expensive, but he has sensitive skin & we were afraid she'd have it too. We wanted to baby her a little at first just to be safe lol. It turned out to be a good thing because just like in everything else, she takes after him in that too.

Unfortunately we can't use it for our diapers. It has softeners. I didn't have to worry though because our regular detergent
was on the safe list. Not quite as great as its scent free version (I've never seen it in the store, but would grab it instead if I could) but it works. We'd started getting it for the price (one of the cheapest & sometimes is the cheapest) & because it's Arm & Hammer - which works great. So when I found out I could use it for the diapers I was really happy.

Well yesterday we went to WM... and they didn't have it. Now they didn't have it the past couple times we went either, but we'd had some left... As of yesterday we're running low, very very low. So I looked around & found the best thing I could
and decided to see if I can use it on the diapers too. & I have no idea... It's right in the middle, not on the "do not use" list, but it does have brighteners & scent (although both natural). Someone suggested I could just strip them periodically to be sure... but... I don't know.

Any thoughts?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Swimming w/ Seals...

I'm so excited... The swim diaper we ordered is officially on it's way here! I'm not sure if I mentioned which one we ordered, but it's the Swimmi by Bummi. They had a few diff prints, my favourite two were the turtles & seals... Since we're only getting one to start I picked the seals. Here's a pic of what it'll look like.
I think part of the excitement is just because I'm getting one (at least) that's cute. I love our prefolds... but we have the basic (ie cheap) Gerber covers for them. (Somehow I couldn't convince anyone that I wanted diaper covers for my bday lol) They work... but that's about it. I'm fine with that... but it was nice to get to order something cute lol. I can't wait to get a pic of her in it!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Baby Steps #1

No no no... This isn't going to be about my daughter walking! For one thing, she's no where near that stage yet lol. I've used an idea off of another blog I read (Cakerwakers, you can see it on my favourite blogs list) for my other one that I really like. She calls it a stream of conscious (wow did I really spell that correctly on first try?) & it works really well for me as random as I can be lol. Plus there are times that I have several things to talk about & it makes more sense than writing 8 small posts in one day lol. I couldn't think of any way to link streams to babies though so I'm calling them baby steps!
I had an "I feel like an idiot" moment last night... We bought a swimsuit for the baby a couple weeks ago & I was thinking about it & realized that there is no way I can take her (well, not the weather for it today anyway) until we get her a swim diaper! I looked at the cloth ones online & then talked to my husband to see which he'd rather do. He said he did not want to go w/ disposables (whoo hoo I didn't either lol) so I showed him what I found when he got home. We want to get a few, but decided to try one first & see how it goes lol. We're going with the Swimmi by Bummis... They had good reviews & look cute too! We ordered the baby seal one... Unfortunately they didn't have any swim diapers of any kind on the site I'd been ordering from, but I found Pinstripes & Polkadots - which looks like it's pretty good too... we'll see though!
There seems to be an explosion of babies lately. I love it!!! But it's made me start thinking about all the advice I got while pg (and before even) and stuff I've learned since then... I think I may write a post on that at some point soon.
You know some of the "mixtures" for baby food seem really strange... I looked on wholesome babyfood's for ideas & some made me shake my head, but when I've tried them on my daughter she really does like them. For instance I would not have thought of mixing butternut squash w/ sweet potatoes... or apples & avocado. Both huge hits! In a few days (after I make a new batch of green beans) I'm going to try the green bean/apple mixture.. She likes them both separate so I think it'll be ok... Of course I prob should look at things to mix w/ banana since she doesn't like it as much by itself lol.
Back to the baby explosion (I jump around I know) - I've been looking at peoples registries lately & I can't help but think back to the ones I had... and shake my head. Ok, granted - most people don't really look at (or use anyway) the registries... but still. If I had known we'd use CD's back then, life would have been so much easier... Or if I'd known which things weren't really worth it & such... But that's how we learn right?
Arrrg! I only thought I was done for today lol... I just found out that the baby bottles that I thought were safe (playtex vent air) are not. I remember hearing about the BPA thing while pg & I could have sworn I checked. Well, I just found out they have it... Which puts me in two awkward positions... First off, I don't want to hurt my baby. Thankfully we hardly ever used them... Just a few Sundays & grandparent visits pretty much... and now her dr has her starting a sippy (which I know for sure doesn't have it have triple checked this time lol) so no more bottles for her anyway. But still... Am I supposed to save bottles for our next kid that we know aren't safe? I don't want to throw away something we spent money on... but if it could hurt them... Plus - I saw them on my cousins baby registry. I don't know his wife that well, and don't know how they would feel about me saying something. But I know how hard it is to find that info out sometimes (obviously we ended up w/ the stuff too). Sorry, needed to get that out... Would def welcome suggestions though.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Apples... Sweet Apples..

I meant to start on apples weeks ago lol.. but something kept stopping me... Well, one thing kept stopping me. I couldn't get organic ones & I refuse to get to get otherwise for my daughter. Other fruits & veggies I'll let slide if I can't find it... but apples are high on the pesticide list & I'm not budging. So we switched our timeline around a little & I made the apples yesterday. I now wish I could have sooner because she loves them!

I thought about baking them... I love baked apples myself (esp w/ cinnamon!). But... the recipe didn't seem as easy as steaming... and it was my first attempt. So yes I decided to take the easy way out & steam lol.

Here you can see right before I started. We went w/ Gala apples because I saw that several moms were using those. They do look yummy & like I mentioned, she loves em.. but I think I'm going w/ a cheaper kind next time lol. It still worked out in my favour, but...
After washing & dicing I put them in the steaming thing on top of my pan & added the water to where it covered the apples a bit. I had to do two batches this way because it's so small... It ended out working well though because by the time I finished this first half my daughter was ready for her food.
Here's a shot after I turned on the stove w/ the lid on... I did stir the apples several times during this stage. I have no idea how long I cooked them lol, just until they were tender and falling apart in the water.
Here they are nice & cooked.. all ready to go in the baby food processor.
Ahh the baby food processor. Great idea, but very very small. It does work though. I managed to get the apples done in two batches per half (so I suppose that's fourths lol). I put in the apples & added BM... Of course, water or the juice from steaming can be added instead... as can formula if you use it (or have used it before).
After blending... Doesn't it look yummy?
I put it in my baby food trays.. each cube is a serving & makes life very easy lol. I only have two of these, so I have some ice cube trays I use as backup too.
Here I've added my lid & made a label. Yes I use duck tape! It works. If I'm using the ice trays I put a couple layers of seran wrap instead.
When they're nice & frozen I'll move them to baggies... Like I said farely simple... & this one was a big hit!

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Switch

I figure I have to start somewhere right... So here we go.

About two weeks ago (three?) we decided to switch to cloth diapers. Something I swore I'd never do. Honestly I thought the idea was crazy! I didn't think it saved any money in the end... I'd have to clean nasty diapers, was just gross... So I didn't see a point. I told everyone that the only way I'd ever do it is if I had a kid that was allergic to all disposables. Our first daughter was not not that kid... She's had a few rashes, but not that many. Usually they were caught early & disappeared in less than a day. I think there was maybe one or two bad ones... and was still only a couple days or so before they cleared. So why did we switch?

I've become addicted to Cafe Mom. I'm in a breast feeding group on there & someone brought up the subject of cloth diapers. Now I don't really remember why it caught my attention... I think she may have commented on the price or something. Anyway, I got curious. I started looking up info on it. All the sudden numbers were working out & not the way I expected.

OH yeah.. the sprayer. I think that was what did it lol. Someone mentioned one of those sprayers that hooks to the toilet. I thought it was odd/interesting... so as I was looking up more info (and finding out that maybe I was wrong about the cost thing) I randomly mentioned it to my dad. He told me about how he used to clean out CD's in the toilet & how it wasn't that bad. Well the next day we had a blowout in a skirt that I love. Has bloomers attached & poo was all in there. & I wasn't about to throw it straight into the washer. So I thought about what he said & did that lol. It wasn't so bad cleaning it.. and no stains were left on her skirt!

That's when I started changing my mind... I hadn't decided quite yet though. That same day as the skirt incident I saw someone mention how we're supposed to be cleaning out disposables. I left that as someone just blowing smoke because they think cloth is better... but then I saw someone else mention how the packages are labled that way. So I looked... and it was there! What is the point of using disposables, which are supposed to be more convenient, if you have to clean em out? That's when I talked to my husband.

Now, did I mention that he's liked the idea all along? Well he did... He was CD'd as a baby & had brought it up a few times while I was pg. I ignored him shamelessly lol. But when I mentioned it he was nice & just said ok, lets switch...

So we did... and I am so glad... I need to make links to them, but I found cost calculators online that show how much you'll save by switching (or pay if you buy the expesive ones & go overboard lol). Seeing that amount makes every wash worth it to me... (not that washing is that bad lol, mostly just an extra load of laundry) Plus we've had no more blowouts, the covers catch everything. And it really is adorable to see her in them...

Now if I can just get my husband over his fear of changing her... He was great w/ the disposables, and I know he will be w/ these too once he gets used to it lol.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A New Blog?

Yup - That's right! I decided to start a new blog. Not deserting my other by any stretch of the imagination - I absolutely love posting to it with my millions of pictures, video's & stories about my daughter & our family.

So why did I make this one? Well, it randomly seemed like a good idea lol. My other blog is mostly to keep family & friends up to date with what's going on in our lives... & like I said, I love that... but there's somethings I don't think everyone that it gets sent to (or who reads it) wants to read about that I would like to write about. Namely our "adventures" in making baby food, cloth diapers & such. I've put a post or two on there... but I don't want to bore the ones who don't care about that as much. & I know once I really start talking about it I won't stop!

That's where this blog comes in... I figure I can post recipes & things I've made... How we're dealing w/ switching over to CD's midstream & other random changes like that.... (for instance we want to eventually go organic too... but slow going due to cost).

& if anyone is curious about the name - there is a funny story behind that. I was reading a post on Cafe Mom (go figure) about someone being a "hippy mom" - because they co-sleep (we did until she started sleeping through the night & still do when she has a hard time sleeping sometimes), bf, cd, make baby food, etc... This was before we switched over to CD's (and before I would even consider it honestly) but I was telling Jas about it & he jokingly called me a hippy mom. The thought stuck, esp now that we're CDing lol.... but I'm not really a hippy. So here I am the "Not so hippy... Hippy Mom!"