Carrie ~ They look very similar but I can see much more of a difference at this age than when they were younger.
How do you get those photos together like that? I'd like to do that with my 4 boys. Do you use a program on your computer?
They are definitely looking less and less alike as Finn grows!!
I use photobucket, and make a collage. You can do it with as many pictures as you want, in different shapes and sizes.
Ok, gtk that most covers feel damp. I just thought maybe I was doing something incorrectly.
I hope she does come home today! That's wonderful news!
AFUs - Finn is sleeping horrible lately. Wah. Where is my good sleeper? I want him baaaack. DH is at least home now (yay) and can help. I'm tired and need more coffee!
That's what I see!
I should post photos of DH and I and Tenley. Family keeps fighting over who she looks more like.
Sorry I always forget it's a Canada thing. It's basically just a brand name of hot packs/ rice socks.
We don't heat it up for her, but just the weight of it pressing against her back and the fact that it's malleable seems to help.
Found somebody today who wants to buy my FB dipes and the bummis covers. Yay! I'll have $85 to put towards other stuff for her, likely more one size or medium diapers.
Man you guys are a chatty bunch...I can't keep up!
I had "worst mommy moment" last night! Talk about carriers and all. DH had to take DS to hockey and he was wearing E in a fleece pouch. He attempted to take the pouch off and put it over my head and E fell halfway out. I caught him but I wasn't expecting it and I nearly went into shock. I started balling and felt so anxious that I didn't even go out to my friend's house for tea (with E) as planned when DH got home. I kept replaying the scene in my head until this morning. Worst feeling ever. Even DH cried when he got back from hockey. E was sleeping on my chest and I look over and he's watching us and getting all teared up thinking about E being hurt or dying from the potential fall. Needless to say, that will never happen again. I'm trying to be grateful for his protection. I can still see the image in my head of him going heads first out of the sling
JJ- I'm with you on so many things in your recent posts (even the rice bag thing which I thought of doing too!). The postpartum sweating--I hear you! Ugh! My deodorant hardly works these days. It's so gross. I do try to shower every day. I take 1-2 minute showers while he fusses in the bouncy seat. Tenley and E are very much alike. I basically do what you do all day too. I feel like a prisoner some days and go a little nut-so but other days, I'm happy to just sit and stare at my baby--I think those days I'm too damn tired to feel overwhelmed! I definitely don't get anything done around the house even wearing E. I can't bend down to pick up toys or do too much cleaning or make too much noise. It's frustrating but this time goes so fast. Oh and don't make any family planning decisions in the early months. DH had his V when our last was 4 months old. That was real dumb of us to make a decision at that time in our lives. Of course we were DONE at that point! Who isn't DONE when they are severely sleep-deprived and overwhelmed by the needs of a new baby! Of course we went on to reverse it to have E. Last week, we agreed we won't make any BC decisions until E is at least 2 years old. We haven't ruled out a 6th but at this point, I'm done! LOL At least I think I am. I mean really, this has hit me so hard this time. I went 3 years with 8-9 hours of sleep! I got way too use to my autonomy! But we have 5 already! And every baby is different. My first was soooo easy. Hardly cried...was just happy all the time! My second---not so much. She was way worse than E. My third was so-so and E is somewhere in the so-so range too. At least he's consolable....just give him the boob or wrap him up and bounce! Bounce bounce bounce!
Carrie/Cloth dipes- I just got some Freetimes but they seem so bulky! I think I like the Elementals with a fleece liner the most. I'm going to try a FB Elite and a Tot Bot AIO on E on Monday. I think the Elementals and some kind of pocket with make up my next stash. I did a little bit of everything for the newborn stage and I really like AIOs and pocket. I just don't feel the prefold/fitted/wool love. Takes too long to and he flips out 90% of the time when I change his diaper. Snappi'ing takes too much time for me too. My dd's friend's mother owns a cloth dipe business...www.everythingbirth.com She lives 3 miles from my house! Woot!
I love seeing all the babes...JJ..can you post a pic of Tenley! I want to see her!
Here's a pic of my boy looking at his Daddy! Sorry for the bad quality. We were going to take newborn pics the other day and he broke out in baby acne after being sweating while co-sleeping....it's getting worse (he's had two other sweating episodes). Man, he's already gained over a pound since birth. If this acne doesn't pass soon, he's going to be too big for "newborn" pics! He'll be a chunker!
AWW! He's so cute!!!
I'm sorry you had that scare. Ugh, I know that awful feeling you get, replaying things in your mind. ((hugs))
Once he's bigger the Freetime won't be so bulky. We were just saying a few posts ago that the OS diapers, especially AIOs, are bulky snapped down.
Guys, idk wtf is going on! Finn isn't sleeping well at night at all. He used to wake 2-3 times and go back in the cosleeper. Now he's up every hour or two, and won't go back in the cosleeper!!! He also used to at least sleep until 730 -- now he's getting up an hour earlier. When does DST begin?!? It must be developmental, but UGH UGH. I need more sleep!! Going to hit the coffee hard today.
I'm supposed to go to a playdate today but I'm really not looking fwd to it. After we made the date, the girl tried to rope me into letting her do a facial for her Mary Kay business. I was really put off. I thought she invited us to get the kids all together, but then her true colors came out. I had to tell her that I really wasn't interested in doing that (I mean, I'm going to have both kids with me!!) and if I wanted to have a facial done I'd come to a party on my own time (like never, b/c I don't want a facial done). Anyway, she didn't have a problem with it, but now there's a bad taste in my mouth over it. Sigh.
I had "worst mommy moment" last night! Talk about carriers and all. DH had to take DS to hockey and he was wearing E in a fleece pouch. He attempted to take the pouch off and put it over my head and E fell halfway out. I caught him but I wasn't expecting it and I nearly went into shock. I started balling and felt so anxious that I didn't even go out to my friend's house for tea (with E) as planned when DH got home. I kept replaying the scene in my head until this morning. Worst feeling ever.
JJ- I'm with you on so many things in your recent posts (even the rice bag thing which I thought of doing too!). The postpartum sweating--I hear you! Ugh! My deodorant hardly works these days. It's so gross. I do try to shower every day. I take 1-2 minute showers while he fusses in the bouncy seat. Tenley and E are very much alike. I basically do what you do all day too. I feel like a prisoner some days and go a little nut-so but other days, I'm happy to just sit and stare at my baby--I think those days I'm too damn tired to feel overwhelmed! I definitely don't get anything done around the house even wearing E. I can't bend down to pick up toys or do too much cleaning or make too much noise. It's frustrating but this time goes so fast. Oh and don't make any family planning decisions in the early months.
I love seeing all the babes...JJ..can you post a pic of Tenley! I want to see her!
*hugs* Take comfort in the fact that it happens to all of us! DH was holding T above his head last night, just fooling around and playing, and she squirmed and totally slipped big time. He caught her, and if not, my arms were there instantly to catch her, but it took me a couple minutes to catch my breath and stop feeling lightheaded from the adrenalin. We're all good mamas, mistakes happen.
DH gets credit for the magic bag. We don't do it all the time, but it helps if she's super fussy. We've actually started trying to get her attached to a lovey as well, hoping it will help her to sleep alone for naps, etc, and I've noticed that she will soothe herself with it- it's just this small pink bear, but if she wakes up, she'll start stroking it's head or arm or whatever. So cute!
I've always had a problem with deodorant/antiperspirant, not that it doesn't work, but my underarm skin is so sensistive to it, and it seems like if I use it more than one day in a row, my skin gets sooo dry and itchy. I've tried natural deodorants, and they work for a little bit, and then I get to the point where I actually feel dirtier after putting them on, because they leave a filmy coating it seems like. I keep trying, but no luck on something that works well and I can wear every day-- hence the everyday showers! lol
And yeah, it's hard too now that DH has gone back to work, and that was kind of the 'changeover' of "It's ok that you're not doing anything" to "ok... I got nothing at all done today and I feel horrible. For the most part when he's at work, I'm solely watching her, and anything I get done is bonus. Once he gets home, he relaxes for 20 minutes or so, and then takes her and I do some cleaning and stuff to catch up. It gives him time with her, and I can get stuff done so much faster when I'm not worried about waking her up or banging her into the cupboard door while I'm putting away dishes! lol
Speaking of getting stuff done though-- I tried putting her down in the crib to sleep yesterday, and she slept wonderfully, and then again today for 45 minutes this morning. I think we're going to start putting her down for all her naps in there. I think it helps her to differentiate between naps in the crib, where she knows she's alone, but I'll come get her if she needs, and sleeping in our room (in bed or bassinette) where she expects us to be in the room with her the whole time. I'll keep trying and see how it goes, but so far so good!
It seems like she hit 8 weeks, and she's a different baby now. Such a relief. I'm sleeping, I feel like I'm able to get more done, and she's sitting in her swing now for 10 minutes at a time. She's actually responsive to us, and we spend time playing and cuddling instead of her either being sleeping/nursing/fussing. It's so wonderful! Definitely not making any long term decisions yet. I figure anything before 6 months is totally temporary thoughts. After 6 months I'll start taking him more seriously, but I think it would be 5 years at least before we'd do anything permanent. I've never even been on BC before, so I'm not running out for one of us to alter our bodies yet.
With us, I found that the key for me is not falling asleep while she's nursing. I wait until she's done, and then she gets 2-3 minutes to cuddle, and then she has to go into the bassinet right away. If I doze, and so she gets the chance to nurse, cuddle, nurse a minute more, cuddle, doze, nurse, etc... then she won't let me put her down again. She needs that definite end to the nursing or she will demand to nurse/sleep cycle all night long, and then in the morning both of us are exhausted. I was doing that for a while, where I would doze off while she was nursing, and then wake up half an hour or an hour later, and try to put her into the bassinet, and she would -not- have it. I have to make sure I'm awake the whole time now, even if it means turning a light on, and grabbing a book. It means that I'm more awake intitally, but because there's an end to the nursing session, and then I get my bed back, I get more sleep overall.
I think a lot of it is price too. I wanted to use shorties and longies, but the price was just too prohibitive. I think if you have more control over the budget, or if your partner is more on board, but for us, DH was supportive of the cloth diapering, but there's no way I could have convinced him to buy several pairs of "$50 pants". Obviously i know there's more to it than that, but for him, that's what he sees. And it's hard to bring the price down for wool because there's so much time and cost that goes into making them.
I will try ot post photos later! I've got a bunch I need to finish going through today or tomorrow.
JJ, I'm so glad you are having an easier time with Miss Tenley! It sounds like she has definite opinions about what she likes and doesn't like. My DD is that way as well. It can definitely make things more challenging but also more fun!
Baby_Cakes, is the Freetime the same thickness as the 4.0?
MW, I agree w/JJ. I'd love to do wool covers but they are expensive! Since you know how to knit, the cost is probably a lot easier to handle. For me, I love the Flips and BG 4.0s because of their versatility. I know that DD will be able to use them for a long time. The PFs and covers that I bought are nearing their end of life because they are getting too small. Also, the Flips and BGs are more absorbent. I forgot to put DD in a Flip last night after I gave her the diuretic...whooooo boy! The PF was no match for lasix pee!
Kindermama, that's one cute boy you have there! I've been meaning to ask you, have you ever given the RR for kids to any of your little ones? If so, how much do you give? Do you put it in milk?
AFM, we're home and it was so nice to sleep in my bed last night! I'm at work now and DD is home with DH. It's the first time in over a week that I haven't been on guard. It's nice to have something else to focus on for a few hours! So while we were in the hospital, DD got used to falling asleep in the bed by herself since I couldn't hold her for so many days. Now she doesn't want to fall asleep with me holding her. She will fuss and fight until I lay her in her bed. She wants me to stay there though and hold her hand. It makes me sad though because I like laying down with her or having her fall asleep in my arms! I'm hoping that once her incision heals, she will be more comfortable falling asleep while I hold her. Or at least tolerate it some when I want to hold her. She has also picked up the lovey habit while we were in the hospital. I have these little organic cotton washcloths that a friend gave me and I used them as breast pads and also as burp cloths when feeding her. I had a bunch with me at the hospital and somehow, she started holding one when she was going to sleep and now she likes to hold one up to her face or cover her face with it.