Friday, May 30, 2008

Take Charge

I keep hearing people mention this book called "Taking Charge of Your Fertility". (or something like that) Apparently it's this really great book that helps you learn how to chart and stuff. I'm really curious about it... Most of the books on NFP are not really in my price range though... I have the "Art of NFP" w/ chart (which doesn't have a whole lot of info to be perfectly honest) and online sources to help (which there are some good ones)... so I can't complain really lol.

Has anyone read this? Is it worth it? Any comments, suggestions, etc?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Revisiting the B.G's

Several people have asked... so I'm going to go a little more into detail on these BumGenius pockets.

Here's the diagram that's on every website that has them lol.



Basically you stuff an insert (they come with two, but you can get others too.. or even use prefolds) into the pocket. Some people do it at the changing table. I do it after they're dry (but everything's cooled off) when I'm putting stuff away. Is just easier to me to have them ready to go lol. After they're stuffed, they're ready to be put on just like a sposie. After they're used you take the inserts out and throw both insert and diaper into the pail. (although make sure the tabs are fastened to the laundry tabs lol) Well, obviously if there's poo that needs to be cleaned off too lol.. but still. That's about all there is to it.

They make AIO's - all in one's, that you don't have to stuff or take apart.. but aside from taking longer to dry from what I've heard, the biggest drawback to me is that you have to get those by sizes. The pockets are one size fits all... You just snap buttons to adjust.

Oh, and on their website there is a video of someone putting one on a baby lol... Is cute.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bummi

As you already know... We bought a Swimmi awhile back and loved it. So we decided to make the Bummi one of the covers we'd try. It's the midpriced of the ones we picked... had a cute pattern... and... it's ok. I like the laundry tabs lol... I do not like that there are no leg gussets. We haven't had any leaks, but still... is not comforting to me.





Sunday, May 25, 2008

Thirsties


While I have a chance lol. These covers were my second favourites. Like Imse Vimse they have the leg gussets.... which end up being a life saver for us. They don't have the cute prints (but I could get Kalila's fav colour..), and the outsides aren't as soft... but they work just as well. They do have one advantage too.. They have laundry tabs lol.




Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Magic Vacuum Cleaner

Alternate title: My Floor Will Have Never Been Cleaner

It's not easy to get Kalila down to sleep. Once she's out.. .she's out. Nothing wakes her up lol. But she fights it like you wouldn't believe. Sometimes I get lucky and she drifts off right away, or stays asleep after I lay her down if I was holding her. Sometimes she only cries a few minutes. I don't like it, but she's throwing a fit. We've figured that out... But I can't stand to hear her cry for very long (obviously would rather it not happen period, but...).

I'd say maybe we transitioned her from our bed to the crib (which she hates lol) too soon... but she cried when we laid her down with us too. She knows exactly where she wants to sleep - on my chest - and that's not happening at night (she's too big for one lol) and I have no sling (that works for us) to let her do it for naps. So we work on finding ways to get her down as quietly/quickly as possible.

Now, while I was pregnant people told me to run the vacuum while she was asleep to get her used to noise. Good idea, but my husband is loud. I got the whole white noise concept too, we played music for her.. it does calm her down sometimes... esp if we put on her Godfather's cd lol. But I hadn't thought of trying the vacuum as the way to put her to sleep...

I laid her down yesterday.. fit started to be thrown... and I went back to the cleaning I was doing... which happened to include vacuuming. By the time i had finished, only a min or two, she was sound asleep. I tried it again w/ her next nap and so on.. It's worked every time! Yes, I vacuumed my floor 3 times yesterday lol.

I guess it's a good thing though right? Not only does it put her to sleep easier (and in doing so saving my sanity) but w/ all the moving around she does, the floor probably needs it lol.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Almost Wipes

Once upon a time there was a surprise baby shower. The mother to be received many gifts, over half of which were bibs. She wasn't sure that she would need 782739247 bibs so she thought to exchange a few - as 543293 should be enough for one small baby. However this was not meant to be... First an evil dragon stole the packaging, leaving the mother no way to even know where they came from let alone return them. Then news came from a far off land that these bibs were poisoned and cannot be used. Thankfully 32342 bibs were able to be saved... But the mother did not know what to do with the others. Some told her to throw them away... but she just could not bring herself to do it.

Months went by and the little one was born... It wasn't long before the mother saw the error of her ways. The gift givers were right, she did need that many bibs and possibly a few hundred more... but she made do with the few that were safe.

Life continued on until the mother decided she'd had enough of tossing diapers out right and left, and went to ones she could reuse. With these new diapers came new wipes... made from washclothes of a deeply disturbing colour. Once again she found that she could use a few more...

Not long after she started to clean her kingdom and found those poisoned bibs. A lightbulb flickered... maybe she could take the poisoned backing off the bibs and make them into wipes! She became so excited about this prospect. She quickly set to work... and found that the bibs held thier shape quite unexpectedly...

And now the mother has a big delimma - to use them as bibs or wipes? Some for one, and some the other?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

i'm blaiming it on teething...

warning this mentions poo - so if squeemish you may not wanna read this lol.

i was just talking to my cuz about cd's and poo - lovely topic i know, but we're both mommies lol... and i mentioned how kalila is getting to the happy stage of becoming more and more solid. happy news for me because means i only have to shake in toilet lol.. but everyonce in awhile she still has the nasty ones everyone calls peanut butter... and of course as soon as we get off the phone i change a diaper to find just that - but on the runny side. it exploded everywhere. was nasty.

i got it taken care of, of course... really isn't that bad when you use the shower head over the toilet - much easier than swish and dunk... ended up accidently flushing a wash-cloth in the process lol. oops... i still feel bad about that. but anyways...

the only thing i can think of to cause this explosion is maybe her teething. she's been really fussy lately too. had a bit of a fever a few days ago too, but is gone now... and she doesn't seem sick. i'd wonder if it was something she ate, but i'm really picky about what she does... i have it scheduled out when she starts each new one by what's recommended for which age and everything... and her latest one was today after the explosion. i know i'm somewhat obsessive about the food thing, but hey - she's my first lol and jas and i both have a couple food allergies apiece - and mine are pretty rare ones at that. i want to make sure i know if she is... which means it shouldn't be that. so i'm going with teething.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Imse Vimse

The diaper cover brand that I had heard nothing about lol... I picked it as the third one to try mostly because it was the only one close in price to the other two I wanted (ie not too much) and because it had a cute pattern lol. Yes, put safari on something & I want it lol.

I absolutely love it!!! The outside is organic cotton, inside is PUL like the others. I didn't think too much about the material outside the cover being diff than the others, but it makes it have a nice feel. Is very soft. It has gussets on the legs, which I've found that I really like in a cover. It fits Kalila well, mostly because of that lol... and of course... it's really cute on her too.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Bum Genius 3.0

Our diapers came in... was very excited about that lol. I think I mentioned (but just in case I didn't...) that we got a few pair of pocket diapers to use at night (or for sitters). We chose the Bum Genius 3.0's. I'm not sure if I was more excited to see them or the covers lol.
Anyways, we got the diapers (and covers too) washed last night. I must have timed it just right because they were dry right about bedtime. Got Kalila put in them, and I have to say - I think she looks adorable.
It was a little awkward stuffing them, but that may just be because I hadn't done it before. Other than that, they were really easy to put on her. And they worked really well last night. No leaks, she was dry (though the inserts weren't of course lol). It was great.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

cradle cap

we went to run errands today and afterwards i was holding kalila while jason filled gas... i looked down and saw flakes in her hair... looked closer and i'm pretty sure it's cradle cap. is what it looks like anyway. thankfully i already knew about it, so not freaking out or anything.

i looked up some things to help with it until it goes away... most of what i've seen is rubbing in oil, brushing out and then shampoo.. easy enough to do. i saw several different kinds of oil recommended, but i think i'm going to go w/ castor oil. it will do the same thing and i know for a fact that it makes hair grow lol... they rub it on baby's heads in india for that purpose, and i've done it on mine before. it really works. of course is not really important, but i will admit i'm looking forward to her having longer hair for me to play with and stuff. not that i'm complaining lol... we've already noticed it growing on it's own, her bald spot is gone and it's long enough for her to grab and pull lol.

anyways, back to the original subject. i was wondering if anyone has any other home remidies or dr's suggestions for cradle cap.. experiences.. etc. i know it's supposed to go away on it's own, but still...

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Upgrades...

I'm so excited... We got our tax stuff in the other day (after I spent how much time worrying about it lol). We're setting a good part of it aside in savings of course (and paying bills too!), but we're each getting something for ourselves too.

We spent quite a bit of time trying to decide between a toy for Kalila (something she could pull up on because she's starting to do that!) & diaper covers... As much fun (and as cute) as the toy would be... We decided the diapers are more important. Her old covers did work... but they don't fit all that well (at least they don't leak though right!) & are starting to get holes in them. Basically we got what we paid for (they were 5 for a 6 pack).

So I got online & researched some more (although I already had an idea) which ones we'd like to try & showed Jas last night. We're getting 3... One Bummi (same brand as our swim diaper), one Thirsties, and one Imse Vimse. Basically we want to test out which we like best... I wish we could have gotten a wool cover or two but they are so expensive... Oh well... We also got some pocket diapers (Bum Genius) for when we get a sitter... figure that would be easier than expecting someone else to mess w/ a prefold.

I'm excited though... Can't wait till they come in... I'll be sure & put pics when I do... & let ya know how they turn out.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Mango?

I'd planned to do pears next... but we forgot to pick them up lol. We did, however, have a mango I'd picked up for myself. I thought I'd seen it on the list for her age group & checked, I was right. So I made mangos for my daughter today.

Apparently they don't have to be cooked... but I steamed them anyway. Figure when she's a little older I'll go w/out. I also decided to skip the food processor thing & just use our masher lol. It was still really easy.

I'm not sure if she likes them or not honestly lol. She made huge sour faces after every bite (and I'll add a pic later lol)... but she kept opening her mouth for more, so maybe!