Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Baby Must Haves

 I have discovered that people are VERY defensive about they things they love for baby.  I got a package today with one of my baby must haves and I thought I would share my list with you beautiful people.

First Diapering...
Diapers:
I really am not picky about brands of diapers.  There are some I for sure don't like, (White cloud and Luvs)  K had SUPER sensitive skin and the only diaper that didn't irritate him was Huggies.  So I kind of like them for that reason, but I'm not loyal.

Amendment:
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Diaper Pail:
A lot of people I know don't use a diaper pail.  That's cool.  If you are disciplined enough to take all those poopy and pee pee diapers out of the house 20 times a day then I applaud you.  But I'm a little lazy in that regard.  We tried a diaper genie that a friend gave us with K and we HATED it.  It creates what we call the "diaper snake."  A HUGE long tube of moldy, nasty, stinky DISGUSTINGNESS.  That you then have to handle.  Don't do it.  Don't buy a diaper genie... But I LOVE this one.  Its a diaper champ.  Found at target for like $30.  You can use your regular trash bags and its small enough that you wont accumulate so many diapers that its unbearable to empty.  I still recommend some sort of deodorizer for the inside.  So there's my 2 cents on diaper pails.

Diaper Cream:
LOVE this stuff.  Works like a charm, smells good, and doesn't stick to your fingers for the rest of the day.  Nuff said.

Clothing:
Gowns:

Boy or girl, I cant live without these.  In the middle of the night, snaps and zippers are a deal breaker.  Especially at the beginning when they wake up sooo often and you are sleep deprived.  Added bonus if they have these cuffs on them so baby doesn't scratch themselves silly at night.

Feeding
Playtex Nursers:

Here is another Lazy/Picky Choice for me.  Because I have a hard time breast feeding, I need my babies to be pros at switching between bottle and breast.  Personally, I think these are the BEST for that.  But there is a catch.  These bottles don't automatically come with the latex nipples anymore.  They did with my first two babies but with this one I had to go out and buy a couple of packages of the nipples at Babies R Us.  (they also sell them at Kmart and on Amazon.)  The silicone ones are too hard, and I think these are much more natural for the little bebe.  Added bonus that baby gets less air in their belly AND!  BEST PART!  Way easier to wash bottles because of the drop in liners!

Cloth diaper Burp Cloths:
I have tons of different kinds of burp cloths.  They are pretty and cute and they are nice to throw over your shoulder in church.  But when things get nasty you need these.  They are SUPER absorbent and soft.  Made by Gerber, come in white.  This time around I got adventurous and dyed them cute colors.  so now they are cute AND functional.  Go me.  ;)  Get some cute ones.  But for the real deal get these guys!

Breast Pump:
My biggest advice is, don't go cheap.  I bought an evenflo from walmart when I had #1 and it hurt, and didn't get the job done.  I ended up giving up.  With #2 I got a Medela and it was incredible!  The difference is amazing.  Whatever brand you get, just get quality.  
Side note:  "they" say not to buy used.  I say (in my very unprofessional opinion)  That used is fine.  Just buy all new parts for anything that could be unsanitary. (the major cost is in the motor, which never touches any breast milk.)  I bought mine from a friend and then I just went to target and bought new bottles, tubing, valves and shields.  You can probably get all that for like $15.  I bought all new with this baby too, so its not a bad idea to get some new and clean stuff every baby anyway.

Pacifier (soothies or gumdrop):

I'm a loyal believer in these!  I wont buy any other kind.  Neither of my kids took a pacifier for very long.  But when they did, I liked soothies.  Again, mainly because i think they are the best at not interfering with breastfeeding.  These little beauties are just like soothies but don't cover their entire face.  
(I also think that its super funny to watch a baby suck on these because you can see the inside.)

Sleeping
Babies sleep... don't think you need anything fancy here.  BUT  I do love my Bassinet when they are newborns.  Again, I'm not loyal to a certain kind.  Just grab a cute one and go.

Swaddling:

With the first two I had all sorts of flannel blankets.  They never worked that great.  Recently I discovered Aiden and Anias Blankets.  I LOVE them but they are super pricey.  So I found a website that sells the fabric and I bought a bunch and dyed it myself.  I have given a bunch away and people seem to love them.  I cant wait to try them out on little C!  Here's the link if you want to give it a try.  :)
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3479-AA.shtml

UPDATE:
They are the MOST amazing blankets.  The fabric from dharma trading company is by far, more soft and snuggly than any commercial blankets.  But I was given a couple of the Aiden and Anias ones and they are lovely too!

Pack n Play QUILTED Sheet:
Pack N Plays are awesome for travel.  But what I hate is how stiff the "mattresses" are.  I have one of these and I love it.  It makes it so cozy for baby.  Mine is also kind of plush.  I think even I could sleep on it.  ;)  Not a MUST have I guess... but a nice to have.

Getting around
Graco Snugride:
This is the car seat we actually got this time around.  Isn't it cute!  Anyway.  I am a great lover of Graco.  We had an evenflo when K was first born and ended up having a situation where he was injured due to a flaw in the stroller.  I will never buy evenflo again.  EVER.  Moving on.  I need to stipulate that I don't like ALL Graco snugrides.  They have cheaper ones that are... well... cheap.  This is one of their higher end models and I think its so worth it.  It isn't the lightest weight on the market, but I will compromise a little on weight for design and safety.  Love it!

Bundle Me:
CANT LIVE WITHOUT!  Seriously.  If you have a baby and you don't have one of these... go out and buy one right now.  You can get them on ebay brand new for a reasonable price.  They come in all colors and they come in different weight so you can use them in the spring and fall too.  I take them out in the summer though.  No suffocating the poor thing with one of those stretchy thingys that goes right over their face.  You can put the flap up over the canopy and baby is protected from the elements and super warm and cozy. 

Wrap Carrier:
Love these.  I took my son to a craft show when he was a baby and thought I could just carry him.  9 lbs doesn't sound like a lot till you have walked a mile at a craft show and then it suddenly feels like 200 lbs!  These are nice for when you don't want to deal with the stroller or just around the house.  I'm not brand loyal here... in fact I'm not brand at all.  If you want one of these, go to the fabric store and find a knit fabric you like that is a texture and weight you like, and buy five yards.  Go home and cut it in half lengthwise so you have 2 five yard lengths.  Now you have two of these!  Give one away or keep it for extra.  You just saved yourself 30 bucks.  ;)  You're welcome.

(You can find wrapping instructions online)

ETC
Baby Magic:
When I had my son I had this memory of how babies should smell.  I went out and bought some Johnson's baby soap and lotion and when I brought my baby home and washed him and slathered him down, I was grossly disappointed!  This was not the smell I remembered.  (My mom must have used baby magic)  
Johnson's is fine.  But THIS is the good stuff.  This makes me want to snuggle and sniff my babies all day.  It is kind of hard to find now.  I had to order it off amazon this time around.  But a big bottle will last forever.  I imagine Babies R Us has it but we don't have one close.  It comes in soap and lotion.  Pink or yellow bottle, not purple.  You will never go back.

So there you have it... These are my Must haves.  Luckily, we already had almost all of this before I got put on bed rest.  I just got my baby magic today so now I think we are set.  Again, I know people get kind of touchy and defensive about their baby loves... go ahead... love your stuff and I'll love mine.  If you don't have a love and are looking for one... then give mine a shot.  ;)



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bed-rest chronicles #1

Well, it hasn't been a full week but I figure Sundays will be a good day for blogging since the house will be quiet. This might be a bit rambling so skip it if you want...

I think we are in what would be termed the honeymoon phase, if there were such a thing. It's new. The kids want to help and I'm not super tired of sitting around yet.

On Friday I called my aunt to fill her in on what was going on. When I called, my cousin was there and they+grandma were getting ready to prepare some freezer meals for us and had plans to bring theme up the next day. They live almost 3 hours away. I felt close to tears. I think of all the times I have thought "if only I lived closer and could help" when a friend or family member was in need. But instead of thinking of the limitations, they thought of the possibilities and didn't wait to be asked. I need to be more like them.

My number one concern through all this has been feeding my family. James is more than willing to help and I am allowed to be up for small amounts of time. But getting a good meal into my family is important to me and I dreaded the sacrifice of this. I also don't expect or want to put a strain on my ward family when we are looking at 6 or 7 weeks of this. But with what we now have, what I can coach James through preparing, and throw in some frozen lasagnas... I feel like we will be ok.

That said... This ain't all its cracked up to be. I've had people tell me, "this sis so nice! You get to relax and have other people take care of you!" But it's hard. With no contractions it feels stupid to just sit here all day. And I'm used to being able to take care of my family's needs myself and not have to ask for help. The meds seem to be working for the most part... But I get headaches and they make me so tired. But they are working! Which is the most important... So I try to forget about the rest.

I'm trying to come up with a list of things to make this all easier on my kids. I'm ordering some books that A and I can start reading during quiet time. We are working on some preschool type stuff. I think I will have to learn to like playing super smash bros... And we might have to relax the no Legos in the living room rule so I can build with K.

One bonus is that I have no reason not to dig into the scriptures more now. And... Speaking of the gospel, this morning was a little rough. I had the kids get ready for church and did As hair and sent them out the door with a friend to church. After they left I thought, I'm not going to be able to attend church for quite some time... And it sunk in. That will be one of the worst parts of this. I will miss partaking of the spirit on a regular basis. Watching my sweet young women at church learning and growing. Partaking of the sacrament.

But enough pity party. This is important work, even if it feels like laziness... I'm enabling my body to grow a healthy person. C is the most active of my babies and I am grateful for that now because it reassures me constantly that she is ok. Our family already loves her so much and I am proud of my children for the sacrifices they are willing to make for this sister they have yet to meet. They hug my belly multiple times a day, talking to her and telling her they love her. How blessed we all are! (Despite our trials.)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seriously?

I had a Dr. appt today.  Im almost 30 weeks at this point.  I have been having a lot of contractions, increasing in frequency over the last two months, and it was starting to make me a little nervous.  At my last appointment he said he would check me this time and we would see what was going on.  When it came down to it he left it up to me.  I almost said forget about it.  But then I thought...  "I will feel so much better once he checks me and I KNOW there is nothing happening."  

I think both he and I thought I was being paranoid... but he is a great Dr. and he listened to me.  Lo and behold, I am dilated to a 2 and 40% effaced.  For a little perspective... I was a 2 and 0% when I went into labor with Addy.  

AWESOME right?  No.  

So he sent in a test that measures weather my body is trying to go into labor.  If it came back positive he said strict bed-rest, steroids to help her lungs mature and meds to stop the contractions.  Negative results and I still get bed-rest and the meds to stop the contractions, but "light"  bed-rest.  Meaning I can make dinner and get stuff for the kids and fold laundry, but no heavy housework, etc and pretty much hang out at home.  Still sucks but definitely the better of the options.

I just got the call and the test was negative.  YAY!  Sort of.  My body is definitely not doing what its supposed to.  And I need to be careful.  Im going to have to start going in weekly and I have to take a pill every 4-6 hours (and this could all change next week... sigh).  But hopefully this means little Clara will emerge fully cooked!  Totally worth the sacrifice!

I am so grateful I listened to the spirit and pushed to find out what was going on when the choice was left to me.  Its easy to feel embarrassed and leave all the decisions to the Dr. But if I have learned anything after going through all of our medical dramas... you HAVE to be your own advocate.  So there's my two cents... ;)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Inception

Are you familiar with the movie? We have it but haven't seen it in a long time... And even if we had I don't think A would know what inception is. But I'm getting a little ahead of myself.

A loves to make up words. SHE knows what these words mean and she can explain them to you. But usually we just laugh it off. Yesterday morning she came and snuggled in bed with me. I asked her "how did you sleep?"

"(Sigh) I had good dreams but I had one nightmare. But my nightmare was incepted!"

Maybe this is only funny to me but I just laughed...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Personal Progress

In our church the program for girls 12-17 is called Young Women's. I have been lucky enough to be called as the advisor for the last 3+ years. That means I teach the lessons on Sundays and hang out at the activities on Wednesdays.

A few months ago we did an activity with our girls where they learned how to sew these tri-fold personal progress packets. One of our Laurels found it on Pinterest.

http://www.amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/04/personal-progress-packet-tutorial.html?m=1

It was a little ambitious and took two weeks since a lot of our girls didn't have much experience sewing. But it was so fun! And such a great idea! (The woman who's blog I read made them for her girls... New beginnings gift?)

One of our beehives came up with the idea to do an elastic closure instead of a button. What a brilliant girl! For anyone trying this, just put the elastic right in the middle of the top layer and it will work like a charm!

Because I was helping the girls I didn't get to make one... But I finally got around to it! I love this chunky lace elastic!

I received my personal progress as a young woman and so I haven't been working on it as a leader... But since it looks like ill be around for a while... What the heck, maybe ill do it again. :)





Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Why yes! I DO still have a ways to go. Thanks for pointing that out for me.

Ok... So I'm posting this because many of you have seen me waddling around, or alternating between sitting and standing in the back of the relief society room... And you have wondered (some of you aloud) HOW long does she have left?

12 Weeks folks!!!

Although I'm thinking it will be closer to 9. Not that I want her to make an early appearance. But both of my other kids were early. Kaden 1.5 weeks and addy was 2.5 weeks. Hopefully though, she will hang in there and not make a trend of 3.5 weeks...

Just for the currious...
I have been having severe hip pain since about 8 weeks. I got a small reprieve around 20 weeks but it didn't last long. I also have a separation of my pubic symphysis. (I think that's right anyway) That is some bad pain between my pubic bones. Add to that the contractions that I get if I go to the store or mop my floor... And yes... I'm kind of miserable.

But it's ok. The good news is there is an end! And at the end I get the MOST awesome reward!!!

So if you see my limping or waddling around... Or if I miss an activity or meeting or whatever... Don't worry... I'm alive. I'm just trying to take it easy until I get my sweet little prize. Ill be back in the game in 12 weeks or so! ;)