Friday, December 31, 2010
First flutters and baby kicks
First time giving birth
First time becoming a mom
First time rolling over
First time sitting up
First solid foods
First true understanding of unconditional love
2010 - It was a fantastic and memorable year.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I cut up the zucchini into little pieces and put them in the steamer for 20 minutes. When the zucchini was done, I put it in the blender with a little bit of water and hit puree. Done! I need to get some ice cube trays to freeze the food in (each cube is approximately 1 oz which is just the right serving size) but for tonight, I used some breast milk bags. I made 3 oz servings so Baby Bee will just have to have zucchini for all 3 meals for a couple of days. =-)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
When I was little, I looked forward to my birthday for the presents and the party. Then as I hit my young adult years, I looked forward to the phone calls, cards, and "Happy Birthday" wishes. As I neared thirty, I still appreciated birthday wishes but began to look forward to my birthdays less as I began to view them as markers of age. Now that I have a beautiful daughter of my own, my perception of birthdays has changed. For the first time, I truly valued a birthday for what it really is - a celebration of life regardless of presents, cards, or the number of candles on the cake. As a new mom, I can now fully appreciate the best gift given to me, the gift of life.
As the first day of my thirty-seventh year draws to an end, I am humbled and extremely appreciative of the gift my mom gave to me. Thank you, Mom, for life.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Okay. I've been dying to have some seasonal diapers, but I've kept myself in check. I just can't justify the money right now so I've promised myself I won't order any at this time. I didn't promise that I wouldn't try to WIN some though! This adorable Ooga Booga Christmas diaper from Nifty Nappy is exactly what I would love to see on Baby Bee's bum on Christmas morning. Thanks to the Mommy Times and Nifty Nappy for sponsoring the giveaway! Fingers (and toes) crossed!!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
In the past, I had used a Swiffer Wet Jet and while I liked it and felt that it did a good job, it was also a rather expensive mop to use between the costs of the replacement cleaning pads and refill containers of the solution. I also felt bad about having to throw away the cleaning pads after each cleaning. Since I had already started using a microfiber cloths on the regular Swiffer, I had tried to do the same with the Wet Jet, but it didn't work. That's about the time I first saw the Libman Freedom Mop advertised. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for! There are NO batteries and the cleaning pads are reusable up to 50 washes. The container detaches easily so that I can fill it with whatever cleaning solution I want (I use 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar) and the microfiber cloth has little scrubbies on it to help break up stubborn spots. I just toss the dirty pad in with my cleaning cloths and pop on the extra one I purchased so that the mop is always ready to use. It's durable and well-made yet light weight so it's easy to carry around the house. I still use our surface steamer for "deep" cleaning, but the Libman Freedom Mop is the answer for quick daily touch-ups while still being environmentally and fiscally responsible. I would definitely recommend this product.
Friday, October 29, 2010
I just won a cloth diapering advocacy tshirt for Baby Bee. It says "Does this cloth diaper make my butt look green?" Can't wait for her to get to wear it. Thanks, Diane!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
This pad is perfect for mommy or daddy knees while bathing baby. It has an anti-skid backing so that there's no slipping and sliding across the bathroom floor. It's just the right size and doesn't take up a lot of room. It's light weight enough to use the velcro strap on the back to hang from a towel bar or shower curtain rod in between uses.
This tub is very practical. It is designed to sit on counter tops or straddle the kitchen sink. It doesn't fit our sink but that's not really a big deal to me. Now that Baby Bee is a bit older, I just set her tub in the bottom of our tub and kneel down on our kneeling pad. There is a compartment at the end of the tub large enough to keep shampoo/body wash bottles in during bath time.
This tub has a newborn sling that suspends baby above the tub making it easy to keep both hands free to bathe baby. The sling is netted so that water drips right through for rinsing purposes. After baby can balance a bit better, she promotes to the infant side (the taller back at the top of the picture). The angle of the hump in the middle of the tub elevates her legs slightly in order to help keep her leaning back. It would be nice if there were an anti-skid piece for under her bottom but I suppose one wasn't placed there in order to prevent any scratching on her delicate bum. The opposite end of the tub is for toddler use when baby can sit up on her own. We've yet to use that end but when we do, I'll update this review.
There are a couple of design elements I would change about this tub. First, where the legs are located, there are deep crevices on the inside floor of the tub but only on one end. Mildew loves those crevices from the trapped water after the tub is drained; they're narrow and difficult to clean. I don't understand why all four of the leg locations couldn't be flush to the inside bottom of the tub, or at least close to it, since two of them are. Secondly, the drain hole and plug sit a bit higher than the bottom of the tub making it difficult for all the water to drain out. I always have to flip the tub over to finish draining. Thirdly, I've not been able to hang this tub in between uses. With limited storage space, I had planned on hanging this on the wall in our laundry room alongside our laundry basket. The curved shape combined with the deep bottom makes it stand out away from the wall too far from the grasp of hooks.
Overall, this tub functions well and the couple of complaints I have are minor. Baby Bee is comfortable in it and really enjoys her bath time; I would recommend this tub to other moms.
I wanted to use cloth wipes since I was using cloth diapers anyway. It made sense to limit what we were throwing away and really, what was a few more things in the wash? I wish I had read the reviews on these first. I'm very glad that we only received one set instead of the two for which I had registered.
The first thing I noticed was that their care tag says to wash them on delicate. What? They're made to wipe up pee and poop and they're not sturdy enough for a regular wash cycle? I had planned to throw them in with the diapers so where's the convenience in having to do a separate load? These bamboo rayon wipes are very soft and seem to get softer with each wash. Unfortunately with each wash, they also seem to fall apart. Yep, even on the gentle cycle. So far, 3 of the 9 have come unraveled at the edges.
I found that the downside to them being so soft is that the fibers don't grab and trap the poop but rather just smear it around Baby Bee's bum. I quit using them on her bum and now just use them on her face for clean-ups between baths. I definitely would not recommend these wipes. See this blog entry for wipes we found that work well for us and our routine.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Here's the list so far and my shout out to the ladies who make these giveaways possible:
thanks to Nicki at nickisdiapers.com
Rockin Green Detergent
thanks to Kim at chubbycheeksthinks.com
Adiri Ultimate Nurser
thanks to Kim at chubbycheeksthinks.com
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
5 long-sleeved onesies
3 hooded sweaters
3 pairs of pants
2 hats (one was still in the package)
1 pair of jeans
1 pair of overalls
all for $34.11! Most of the items were in the $2.00 range and one of the hats was only $0.50! The store was very clean and the owners are very particular about what items they accept to sell. I will definitely use my frequent shopper points card.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I thought I would share our changing station setup and organization. Most CD families use cloth wipes as well to save money and to be environmentally responsible. Even when I'm out for the day, I use cloth wipes and just throw them in the wet bag with the soiled diaper.
In the middle are my Imagine flannel wipes from Nicki's Diapers. They are very soft and gentle and fold in half to fit in travel wipe cases perfectly. I actually ordered two sets, one for Baby Bee and one for me to wash my face. When they arrived, they were so cute that I changed my mind because I didn't want them to get mascara stains all over them, so I still use my stash of white (and inexpensive) terry washcloths since they can be bleached if needed.
On the right are Kissas Awesome Knit Terry Wipes from Kissaluvs. I generally use these thick wipes on her poopy bottom; they do a great job grabbing all of the mess. They also fold in half to fit in wipe cases but since they're thicker, not as many fit.
As far as wetting the cloths, I keep a squirt bottle hanging on the edge of the station with water and some Johnson & Johnsons Baby Wash in it. Just a couple of squirts onto the cloth seems to be enough.
I organize the changing table drawers as follows:
In the first drawer is everything for our Best Bottom system which is our primary system. The inserts are the two stacks on the left and the doublers are in the middle. The fleece liners that I use from time to time are in the small pink basket. Just like the cloth wipes, as I reload the drawer, the clean inserts go on the bottom of the stack. I keep the covers snapped up on the smallest snap so that they take up the least room in the drawer.
The second drawer has all the Kissaluvs, doublers and covers. The gDiapers are also in this drawer. When Baby Bee outgrows the small size gs, they will be put away and not replaced with mediums. We just don't use them enough to make it worth buying the next size. On the right are the Rumparooz OS pockets and 6r soakers and the Marvel OS AIO from Kissaluvs.
On The Go
For cloth diapering on the go, I pack one of my small wetbags from Planet Wise for dirty diapers and wipes. Kissaluvs Fleece Fitted diapers have become my on the go diapers because they're very absorbent and do an excellent job at containing even runny messes. I put a fresh one on Baby Bee just before we leave the house and pack one for each hour I anticipate we'll be gone, plus one extra diaper.
At my shower, I received some very thin and small washcloths (not sure of the manufacturer) and they are the perfect size for the wipe case. They're so thin that I can fold them in squares and fit two stacks of four wipes in the case. The wipes we use at home will fit but this way, I can get more in the case and I can keep it packed all the time and reload it when doing laundry without worrying about forgetting to fill it with wipes. For wetting the wipes, I keep a 4 oz. bottle of Kissaluvs Lotion Potion Spray in the bag all the time. It's the perfect size for the bag and I don't have to worry about accidentally leaving it at home.
For long weekends and trips, I found biodegradable wipes from Walgreens that work well. They have a pleasant fragrance and don't seem to cause any problems with Baby Bee's skin. The GroVia Biodegradable Soaker Pads work great in the Best Bottom covers. The pads have sticky tabs on the back to hold them in place on the inside of the cover and they're gusseted so they do a good job containing messes. Plus, they break down in 50-150 days instead of 500 years so I feel that I'm still being environmentally responsible while not having to pack tons of supplies for cloth diapering.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Right now, it's not a good place to be.
It's been one of those days. Actually, it's been a few of those days.
I work so hard to get my supply up and after several weeks on the galactagouges, I'm still not seeing an increase in my supply. I'm taking about 20 capsules of herbs 3x a day and no visible results yet?!?
I just get so tired of the routine sometimes. It takes me much longer to complete a feeding session than it does for most BF moms and FF moms. I nurse for 20 minutes and then feed her supplemented BM and formula and then pump. By the time I'm done, it's at least 45 minutes. Then I have to clean bottles and pump parts and before I know it, her internal timer goes off and we do it all over again. Ugh.
Sometimes I get so frustrated because I think to myself, "I'm already cleaning bottles so I might as well be a full-time FF mom, right?" and "Where's the 'saving' benefit of BF when I still have to lug around bottles and formula when we're out and about, not to mention the pump if we're gone for the day?" And, as a BFAR mom, BF is not more economical than FF right now because I'm still buying formula (though not nearly as much as a full-time supply) and tons of galactagoues to try to keep my supply.
And then I remember.....
it's not about me.
It's about my beautiful daughter. And if that's the routine I have to have in order to give her even just a few drops for a strong immune system, then it's worth it. I try to focus on the positives. Every little drop of gold is good for her. We have lots of skin-to-skin time together. I feel like we have a "secret" that no one else can be a part of since I'm the only one who can feed her. Heck, BF forces me to keep up my water intake so there's another positive. Not to mention, I have lost all of my pregnancy weight and then some since I'm spending so much time nursing her instead of snacking.
No, the middle isn't always a great place to be, but right now, it is.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Baby Bee is really growing and growing! In the last week, she has started rolling over, knocking over her blocks, and imitating "boat lips" when we do it. And she smiles...all the time! Every time she smiles at me, my heart just bursts with joy and pride. She's such an amazing little wonder!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Newman's Own honey mustard dressing on sale
$1.00 off plus $.75 coupon = $1.94
Newman's Own balsamic salad dressing on sale
$1.00 off plus $.75 coupon = $1.94
Fig Newtons 2 packs for$3.89
Nilla Wafers 2 packs for $3.89
Coles Garlic Toast 2 loaves for $2.79
Hearts of Romaine salads 4 bags for $7.38
BOGO 2/$3.99 -$1.00 coupon = 2 boxes for $2.99
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
BOGO 2/$3.99-$1.00 coupon = 2 boxes for $2.99
Raisin Bran Cereal
BOGO 2/$3.99-$1.00 coupon = 2 boxes for $2.99
Campbell's Select soup
BOGO 2/$2.30 - $1.00 coupon = 2 cans for $1.39
A freebie today! There was a sign on the shredded cheese that said 2 for $4.00 but when I got to the register, it rang up as $3.19 instead. The cashier went to verify and realized that a sign had been left on from last week's ad after the overnight restock and sign switches last night. The store policy is not to honor the advertised price but instead give the customer the item for FREE. So, there's another $3.19 in savings from today!
Total savings today: $47.06
Monday, August 23, 2010
4:00 am nursing, pumping
5:30 Baby Bee back to bed while Mama Bee:
- put out meat for dinner
- ran dishwasher
- packed Daddy's lunch
- dried a load of diapers
- started load #1 of baby clothes
- worked on the budget
- ate breakfast
- dusted master bedroom
8:45 nursing, pumping
9:15 playtime together
- tummy time
- mat time
- picture for daddy
11:00 nursing, pumping
11:30 nap for Baby Bee while Mama Bee:
- ate lunch
- dried load #1 of baby clothes
- started load #2
- unloaded dishwasher
- singing and rhyming
- practice holding keys
- folded and put away laundry load #1
- made dinner
- cleaned up kitchen
3:00 Sleepy Wrap while Mama made the salad for dinner
- handbell rehearsal
6:45 dinner with Daddy
7:15 Mama cleaned up the dinner dishes while Daddy loved on Baby Bee
7:30 nursing, pumping
8:15 quiet time
No wonder I'm so tired each day! I've worked much harder as a stay home mom than I have in the classroom. But it's also so much more rewarding!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Today's best power buy deals:
- 2 Lysol kitchen cleaners at BOGO plus $1.00 coupon = $1.69 or $0.85 each
- 2 Lysol bathroom cleaners at BOGO plus $1.00 coupon = $2.69 or $1.35 each
- 2 Frosted Mini Wheats at BOGO plus $1.00 coupon =$3.29 or $1.65 per box
- Fiber One bars 2 for $4.00 plus $0.50 coupon = $3.50 or $1.75 per box (that's $0.18 per bar!)
~BOGO savings $39.19
~2 for x savings $12. 35
Total savings $59.04
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Make sure the valve is completely off after using the sprayer. Otherwise, you might get up for a 3 AM feeding and when you go to wash your hands, stand in a puddle of water. Just one more thing you wanna do at 3 AM, huh?
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I have been toying with the idea of creating a blog for quite awhile. Now that I'm a mom, it seems to be the perfect place to share some of those moments from our daily family life. It's not fancy or extraordinary, but what it looks like doesn't matter. What is says, however, does.
This is our life.