Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Christmas in July.

A friend let me go through some of her old baby clothes, and these Christmas pajamas were in the bin complete with Santa Claus feet. They were for 9-12 months, so I kept them since Devin will be about 10 months at Christmas. Turns out she fits in the now at 5 months, so Christmas in July it is!

Friday, July 24, 2015

7 Quick Takes - Devin

1) Devin woke up at 4:30am (Friday) after being up every...half hour? Hour? And didn't fall asleep until 2. I am verrrrrry over it. So I am currently holding her in bed as she sleeps, willing myself not to readjust even though I'm uncomfortable and I have no feeling in my left arm.

2) Devin cannot handle strawberries in my diet and her poops have been some very strong evidence of that. Going from pooping once every few days to pooping 10-12 times a day has been rough on both of us. But the day after I cut out the strawberries, it reduced to 6 and is getting better! So is her poor red hiney.
3) She just gets more fun every day. (When you don't take into account her early wake up times...) She's becoming even more interactive, loves picking up and chewing on toys, making eye contact and smile. So much fun.

4) Being wrapped is her favorite thing ever still. If she's crying and she sees me pull it out, she stops and gets excited! 
5) Cloth diapering is still going strong and we have yet to need a disposable. Hopefully we'll keep it up through next semester. (I have no doubt that we will. #clothforlife)
6) She loves her dad SO much. If he comes in after work when I'm trying to put her to sleep she'll immediately perk up and smile. Even if she hears his voice she looks around for him with a grin! 

7) Vince and I often comment that any future children we have could never compare to her and that they'll all be little terrors because they can't live up to her perfection. Sorry, future littles!

Oh look, she just woke up again. Maybe our future babes will sleep better.

7 Quick Takes seen on Camp Patton! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Red Light Realizations

I distinctly remember times where I've been stopped at a red light or a train, and I've looked over to see a woman in the driver's seat with a baby or two in the back. I've always thought, "Wow, I'm excited to be grown up like that someday and be a mom." Today, as I was stopped waiting for the train, a guy looked over into the car at me, then Devin in the backseat and I realized, I'm that mom now! Shit is crazy.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July Weekend!

This weekend was the best. No doubt about it!
In between getting in a good amount of hours at work, I spent a ton of time with family, some of which were in from out of town. After driving home from my grandparents Friday night with the fresh smell of a campfire on us, Vince said, "Hey, I had a lot of fun!" And I responded with, "Did I really just hear you say that after 7 hours spent with my family?" And he said, "SEVEN HOURS?!" Time flies by when you have good company. (This is not to imply my family is not fun, they totally are the best.)
My grandma felt compelled to give Devin a bath after I admitted I don't bathe her very often.

Saturday morning we went shooting where I killed it, seriously. I couldn't believe it. We did a competition where we had to hit 10 pieces of 4 inch 2x4s that were set up in a line, and you had two shots per wood. For a better time you had to kind of run between shots (the wood was far enough away to not stand in one spot) and I got the exact same time as my grandpa, and he got one more shot than me. Now I need to practice and beat him! I think this is beginners luck though since I haven't shot since I was like 12. 
Her squished cheeks were too cute, I couldn't stop laughing. 

After that, my dad, uncle, Vince and I went for a mountain bike ride while Devin napped with the rest of the fambam. Riding with friends is fun, but family is even better! 
Vince is getting ready for the Bike Olympics this evening, Devin is sleeping naked with the fan directed on her because it's been so hot, and I'm ready for a nap myself with Roxi! It's weird to be in a quiet house after being around family and noises for hours.
Annnnnd then she was over it. 

Added after I wrote the above: We ended up going to the Bike Olympics for a bit and hung out with one of our favorite ladies! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Surviving the first few weeks postpartum.

I typed this up when I was a few weeks postpartum, and forgot to post it! So here it is. This applies to the first couple months after I had Devin.

Hospital cup

My friend told me to take it home and I hesitantly did, but it's THE BEST. Drinking from a straw and not having to open the lid of a waterbottle or tilt the water from a glass is so much easier with a baby in your arms.

Side table 
I would move it around as needed! By the couch, the recliner, my bed, etc. Again, when you have a baby attached to your boob, it's hard to move around.

Swaddle blankets
I like the thicker small typical receiving ones when wrapping her during the day with her arms out, but love love love the aden + anais ones for doing a tight full body wrap at night. They really are worth their weight in gold, like everyone says. (Even though they cost quite a bit in gold...)

Finger snacks 
Hardboiled eggs, nuts, dried fruit. It's really hard to cut a steak.

Coconut oil
I used lanolin approximately one time and didn't like that it had a smell, because I want her to associate the smell of my breasts with me and not lanolin. So I used refined (not smelly) coconut oil for my sore nipples and they felt better almost immediately. Within a week of starting nursing my boobs felt normal again and didn't crack. The old trick of rubbing breast milk also works great and that's all I need now, 3 weeks into breastfeeding!

Peri bottle
My sink happens to be right next to my toilet so I could easily fill the peri bottle I got from the hospital with fresh warm water to rinse with after I went to the bathroom. It's also nice to add a bit of witch hazel or lavender oil to help with healing.

Cloth pads with athletic shorts

I had a nice stockpile of regular pads from the hospital and from a friend, but after being home for two days I realized they are so uncomfortable and I always felt wet, which was gross. Isn't the point of a pad to wick away moisture?! Anyways, I was doing a lot of sitting while nursing and everything felt sore and the wetness didn't help. I kept thinking I just really wanted to wear underwear because it would feel good against my skin, and remembered cloth pads that I usually use for my period. Within hours of switching to a cloth pad my 'area' felt SO much better, drier, and less painful. So seriously, invest in them. I just rinse them in the sink after I use them and hang it on my drying rack, then when I have 4 or 5 dirty ones I soak them in the sink with a bit of oxyclean and Castile soap for a few hours. Then I just rinse them and hang them up and they look brand new again! I have about 10 that I cycle through. (I was usually about 5/day until 7 days postpartum, and at 2 1/2 weeks I used about 2 a day.) they also don't have the gross smell of disposable pads. Wearing tight shorts over my underwear made me feel more comfortable, like a pad wasn't about to fall out or something (even though my pads have a button to stay on) or leak somehow.

Need I say more? 

Again, need I say more? I have a long torso so I still have to squeeze a blanket between her and the boppy but it's still nice to have.

We have a multitude of brands, most of them different eco friendly ones, but found Pampers is the best for newborn! Ha! The others just fit her weirdly, were really bulky, or didn't hold up well. She's in size 1 now and we prefer Huggies. The ones in the basket in a picture below are Honest Co and they are the only eco one that I sort of like, but they don't fit her as well. (And then we switched her to cloth diapers at 2 1/2 months.)

Solly Wrap

(The day I got it when she was a few weeks old, all tired and haggard.)

I could go on and on and on about how much I love this wrap. It is so easy to put on, light-weight unlike the Moby, and more importantly - Devin loves it. Worth waaaay more than its weight in gold.

It has been a comfort saver for sure! Throughout the last 3 months of my pregnancy I was looking for a soft, lightweight robe and never found one, until a few days before I gave birth. It's 3/4 sleeves and hits just below my waist, so I wear sweats with it. It is similar to this one on the Target website, but they don't have the one I bought anymore (the linked one is much longer, but the same light material). I wore it as a shirt in the hospital so I could easily breastfeed but look 'put together' when people visited, and pretty much wear it as a shirt when I'm home because it's so much easier to breastfeed in.

Diaper basket

We don't have a changing table set up (like I'm really going to use the space or get up and walk somewhere every time I need to change her!) so I have a small basket that I keep full of diapers, wipes and a burp cloth I use as a changing pad. I have about a dozen burp cloths and just get a new one as needed. Then I can move it to whatever room I'm in, and keep it on my bed at night since we cosleep with her. I also keep a little ziploc bag with DigestZen essential oil for her belly, grape seed oil to dilute it and for massage, and a little jar of coconut oil for diaper redness and her fat rolls on the neck or else they get red and smelly. (Babies can be gross.) I also have a little jar of diaper rash salve.

Salt lamp
This thingis perfect for the night! It has a dimmer that I keep on the lowest setting so I have a soft light for feedings and changing her during the night. It's dark enough to sleep with, but bright enough to see when I wake up.

Sound machine
I started using a sound machine many months ago per Grace's recommendation and it really helps because I can fall asleep almost immediately. (You'd think I'd be tired enough, but I have a wandering mind.) This will ultimately help Devin as well. I've noticed that as soon as I turn it on to get her ready for a nap her eyes start to get droopy.