Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's the little things

o chicken little (Evangeline) seriously makes more noises then Tickle Me Elmo. Sometimes it sounds like she swallowed a little bird, other times it sounds like she swallowed a lamb, other times its just loud grunts. At first they were really cute, but now she can be so loud that I can not fall asleep. So we have been placing her in the crib for a couple hours a night, which really is pointless since its like 1.5 ft from the bed. But for some reason it does muffle the sounds just a wee bit.
The doctor recommended that we place her in disposable diapers at night to see if we could get her to sleep for more than 2 hours at a time. So we reluctantly tried it since poor Allison desperately needs her sleep. It lasted only 2 nights and it only got us 1 more hour of sleep. Miss E got a bad red tush that we were not happy about, so back to the cloth diapers she went. We hope she will start to sleep for longer periods of time at night. She sure is feeding a lot these days. Poor Allison must feel like a nursing machine. So hopefully this means she is continuing to gain weight.

At her month appt she weight 8 lbs 2 ounces and was 21 inches tall! According to the breast feed baby chart she is at 25%. Not to bad as long as she continues to grow at a steady rate. She got her 2nd Hep B shot (which I forgot the immunization record). Our Dr is great- he just talks and talks about gay rights with us. He is great! Every appt (4 so far) we spend almost an hour with him, and most of it is political or gay rights talk. He loves that I have my mph because he says he can talk to me like he can't with "those other parents" when we were discussing vaccinations. I told him my experience with the moms on my cloth diapering blog and the outlandish excuses for why moms do not vaccinate their babies. I told him I am all for All organic food, cloth diapering and all the other earthy crunchy things but vaccination and health care I am all scientific. I joked about the car fax commercial- when someone states something to me, I say "Show me the medical journal"! He got the joke :)

We are starting to use the baba sling and soon will be getting the Ergo carrier to hold her more often. I really want a Kelty backpack but Allison says she will not wear it unless we are hiking. So I said let's go hiking! But it didn't work. We do want to start night walks since the weather is actually beautiful lately. We did buy the Baby Bjorn potty and she did manage to poop and pee in it once. Now we just need to learn to read her cues so we can get her to use it more often. I have a friend that got her 2 month old to poop for 6 days in a row on the potty (yay Serenity) Yes my blog has shout outs! So I am a little more confident that the whole EC thing works!

Shout out to Soleil! (its says you are my sunshine)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Funniest 5 minutes

So last night I noticed that Evangeline needed a diaper change.

So I pull off the wet prefold, tuck it under like a good mama so that if she pees again it will not hit the changing table cover. Just about when I am reaching over to wet a cloth wipe, Allison starts trying to catch the cat under the bed. So noisy me looks over to see what she is doing with the cat and just as I look back I notice that E has squirmed above the folded prefold and is laying on the changing cover alone. I go to pick her up to position her and low and behold she is drenched from the neck down, as is the changing table cover. So I pick her up and tell Allison to just give her a quick wipe down. Allison so smartly says..put her on the bed and we can get the diaper on her there. So I place her on the bed (which we just changed with new bedding) and as I am lifting her legs to get the diaper under her, a stream of pee just shoots out, ALL over my leg, my nightgown and of course our clean duvet. At this point we are both just laughing about it all. Then I say lets just wash her down in the shower. So we are traveling to the shower and of course I THINK she can't possibly have any more pee, but yep she does. So the floor mat and outside shower get hit with pee also. We start the water and wash her off. Still laughing from what just transpired. So I go and get the cute ducky towel that was also fresh out of the dryer and put it on our sweet little girl. I am holding her when all a sudden we hear a SHART (sh*t and fart combined) and my hand feels warm. So I tuck back the towel and low and behold Little Ms E has pooped all over her clean self and the ducky towel. SO back she went into the shower for another quick rinse. I almost peed myself from laughing so much.
Finally we took her out, and QUICKLY placed a diaper on her and nice and clean pajamas. Then of course the laundry cycle of the night began.

Quick Recap:
1-changing table cover
1- adult pajama
1- duvet cover
1- floor mat
1- ducky towel
6 items in less then 5 minutes :)

Lesson learned: Don't look away from the changing table without a FULLY placed diaper in place.

I think she will be keeping us on our toes for years to come.

Friday, August 27, 2010

4 weeks already

So, I thought it would be nice to have a place where friends and family and come and find out what is going on with our little family and so begins my blogging adventure.

Let's  see... 4 weeks ago our little Evangeline came into our lives on my birthday. It was a day full of emotions for me. I had been around newborns and had my share of experience in raising them. But it really hit me that this little person is MY daughter, not my niece, not my god child, just my daughter. WOW! There will be no handing her over when she fusses too much. Nor will I be able to load her up on sugar, take her to the movies and then drop her off (it was all out of love though :) . Looking back at these first weeks I can say that time is flying by. At first exhaustion and being at home all the time got to me. But now that I am back at work, I long to be home and long to just hold her little hands. I am excited that cloth diapering is working out for us. It is not as time consuming as I thought and honestly I can see how many wipes and disposables we are saving.

Allison is an amazing mother. I love watching her with Evangeline, she sure has more patience then I will ever have.

There have been some pretty funny and completely maddening experiences:
- her sheep and little bird noises she makes (which I will record and post so you can hear)
- changing a prefold in little to no light while making sure its on correctly
- finding it hard to find outfits that fit her butt that grows 3 times its size after a cloth diaper goes on
- constantly washing her NB size items since most of ours were 0-3 which she is still to small for
- finding out that no socks or shoes fit- though they say 0 on them.
- realizing that Allison holds all power because she controls the boobies that feed our child
- whispering to Allison across her in bed ( now we just talk- whispering a thing of the past
- washing out her prefolds and wipes at night half asleep with extremely hot water can be dangerous to our floors
- A shoulder rub will get me out of the dog house with Allison these days
- Red Box and Blockbuster Express have become our nightly entertainment until I can get back to my weekly movie night
- I miss my family more now then ever
- She has my nose and sleeps just like me- we will see if she gets dimples soon.
- I am already wondering what her voice will sound like
- Her library collection is going to be bigger then Luna's and I didn't think that was possible, but there are so many books I want to read to her...
- Looking at her and then at Allison and trying to remember what her belly looked like with her in it.

So what changes have I seen in Evangeline:
- she smiles now
- she holds her head up for longer periods of time
- still hates tummy time
- still hates cold wet cloth wipes to her butt at 1am, 3am, 5am, ....
- makes more noises while waking up then before, at least a 5 min ritual
- loves to stare at the corner blinds in the living room (maybe that's where her guardian angel stands)
Fresh out of the bath