Oh wow - it's so great to be back on line, downstairs, back to life. I even went so far as to walk the dog this morning! I guess for day 4/5 it's doing ok. Dh is still home with me, which is SO amazing. I sort of expected him to go back to work today, so every little thing he gets done is SO amazing.
Chiro - WOW - your babe is awesome! It does look like it was a rough journey - what is the origin of Ribh?
What is EC?
On diapes: we only wash once a week. Dh does the diaper laundry (well, he get's it into the washer anyway), which is the gross part of the process IMO, anyway. Both dh and I prefer and use almost exclusively the aio's, because it really saves a lot in laundry for us. We have about 30 smalls(about 8 - 15lbs), about 30 meds (10 - 20 lbs range (ish)) and then a bunch large and xlrg (20 - 35 lbs). We also use the motherlove diapes, which I think for a NOT aio are the best going - super adjustable and softer than my baby's downy hair. They need wraps, and I've found I'm just too darned lazy to do wool (which you don't have to wash everytime, but I wrecked like three of them and gave the rest to people who were more responsible with them than I). I have some cute wraps and some plain, about 15 in all sm/m and another 15 L/xl. We used almost all of these on dd, and just saved them. Somehow we lost the L/XL aio's and had to buy 10 new ones of those. Drag. I think the big dependables are:
1. How lazy do you want to be w/diapes?
2. How important is it to you to use cd most of the time? (then you need more diapes!)
3. How often do you want to wash?
Otherwise, IMO, it's a fashion/style thing. I don't think that the wool wraps are that much better than the breathable plastic - keeping baby dry and comfy and not at 100% humidity inside there is pretty much the objective of CDing moms, and doing that however you want to is pretty much the objective of freethinking, babyloving, self-respecting, nature loving mamas everywhere.
Afterpains on day 4/5 are better. Still having some that are flat out bothersome, but I think that baby #3 and on is much MUCH worse. #2 is ok, just kind of ugh. Like Ann said, it's not so much that I need meds to deal with them as that they kind of disturb sleep and make nursing a little less blissful.
Az - we're less than 3 hrs. from you and I think you guys got like 3x as much snow as we did! They closed the George Washington and TappanZee bridges here, which pretty much closed off NYC to road traffic. The trains were running part-time, so dp's managed to make it up on Sunday for a few hours. The roads here were clear. I think East and South of us got it WAY worse, which is weird.
I kwym everyone expressing need to spend some QT with big sibs. Dd here was bouncing off the walls by the time school came around today. She was sick for most of the week with a rotten cold, lovely timing, eh? I did try to spend some time with her but it was hard because ds here is such a MONSTER nurser - he got my milk in on day 2, and has been a champion since. It's tough to play games with an attachment of this nature. We did read books, practice school work, and play some cards, but with the afterpains and all, I was not too keen having her bouncing around on the bed with us too much. I guess we'll have to schedule some time soon...
Ok, must get going. I love the soakers Ann! I personally think the homemade version of ANYTHING for baby is so much bette for baby, all infused with love ...
Take care all, baby vibes to those who want them, preggo vibes to those still wanting that! I don't really miss the preggo days, but I'm glad Glad GLAD I got to enjoy it to the end. XXX andy