Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Ruby Jubilee was born via c-section at the end of May! After a week long NICU stay, we happily came home and have been making up for lost snuggles ever since.
She was a roly-poly 9lbs at birth, and has gained very well! After three long days of IV nutrition, she was able to start colostrum in bottles, then nursing. Thankfully after a few days and some tips from the awesome lactation consultant, she figured out nursing and we haven't had any more issues.
Now we are enjoying figuring out four under six! So far, frozen meals, Netflix, and help with the housework as I recover from surgery have been lifesavers. I knew a c-section recovery would be harder, but didn't realize just how much longer and more painful it would be.
I may share more of a birth story at some point, but the short version is that at 42 weeks I finally went into labor, the midwife was almost here and the birth pool was filling when I had alarming bleeding. We transferred and found that she was a face presentation, so I was quickly prepped for a c-section, which went pretty well. Afterwards things did not go as planned- Ruby was transferred to a larger hospital for fluid in her lungs, elevated white blood cell count, elevated heart and respiratory rate. She had some breathing issues, as well as some stomach dystension, that concerned the doctors in addition to their concerns that she might have an infection. By the time I was able to join her two days after birth, she looked much better, and we were able to hold her for the first time. :)
Friday, December 07, 2012
Nathan and Miriam have their own rooms for the first time, which they are really enjoying. It gives them more room to spread out and play, and also means fewer of the toys end up in other parts of the house, which is nice for cleanup.
We've made a couple of Lowes trips, for a mailbox and other necessities, (and more are in our future!) but it's mostly just cosmetic things that need repaired, which is nice after dealing with more major renovations. :)
We still need to replace a shower, paint a few rooms,
* (you're sick for nine months and then you become a Mummy. I know! So cheesy. Can I plead pregnancy brain making me find that funny...?)
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Monday, August 06, 2012
I do cloth diaper at night and out and about now. The occasional box of diapers comes in, like on a recent week long trip, but now that I'm down to diapering one again, it isn't too hard in comparison to stick to almost exclusive cloth. And I found that I don't have the self control to use them only for outings/weekends/overnight so it's best for me just to use cloth almost always.
A very sweet friend passed on her cloth diaper stash to me, which included some super cute WAHM diapers...those are some of my favorites right now! Most of those I can't identify, so no links, sorry. I also love the medium Fuzzi Bunz I have.
I also use fitted diapers, or prefolds with a Snappi. I started my cloth diapering journey using pins and plastic pants, and honestly I don't like either. Thirsties are much easier for a dirty diapers, since plastic pants have to be pulled off over the legs, also, plastic pants are not adjustable. As well, Thirsties covers have leg gussets, which REALLY cut down on leaks! I have the medium size. They are a lot cheaper than Fuzzi Bunz, for sure, and if I had known how easy to use they were, especially with the Snappi or with fitted diapers, I might have just purchased them instead right from the start.
As far as washing, it is really simple. I'll shake dirty toddler diapers out into the toilet, but baby diapers and wet diapers go straight into a dry pail. When I'm ready to wash, I shake the liners out of the diapers, and fold the velcro over on the Thirsties. Then I run a cold rinse and a warm or hot wash, then another cold rinse. When I wrote my last post, I was using soap nuts, however I realized that with our extremely hard water, they were causing buildup on the PUL fabric on some of my diapers. I bought a box of Ecos from Amazon and have been very happy with it both for diapers and for the rest of our laundry.
So... that's my update! Any questions? If you cloth diaper, what are your favorite diapers?
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