Updates on life and pregnancy

Can you beleive that I am actually writing a post? Nah, me either. Seems like it has been forever since I have had the energy or even desire to write a post. Now that I am past all the morning sickness, well into the second trimester, I am getting some more pep in my step.

So what have I been doing for the last few months? Well, besides just trying to make it through bouts of morning sickness, we have seen the new munchkin a couple of times and even found out that we will be having another little boy. I have finally gotten back at some of my home decor/DIY projects. I have even been trying my hand with sewing some repurposed maternity clothes. The kids are now on summer break and getting back from camp today….. and planning vacations and other fun summer stuff before school starts back up.

I bet your wondering what I am talking about with those repurposed maternity clothes? Well, when I’m pregnant, I love me some full panel maternity bottoms. They are just comfy and make me feel all supported in my belly. Did I mention that maternity clothes can get pricey? And they will only be worn for, umm, 129 more days. Give or take a few of course. I have no desire to spend a bunch of money on clothes right now. So I culled the web for alternatives. Of course, the web delivered. I came across a bunch of pants tutorials as well as shirts.

Here are a couple that I found:

All via Pinterest. Here are the links to the blogs: 1. Create Studio 2. icandy handmade 3. Sew like my mom

My game plan was to pick up a couple pairs of jeans from Goodwill, maybe a couple of baby Ts and make some jeans. So I stopped by and picked up 2 pairs of jeans. I wore each pair before I made changes to be sure I really liked them. Wel turns out one pair I can’t bear to cut up, so they will go in my rotation for post-baby. I will just go ahead and grab a pair from my drawer to replace them. I started on the other pair of jeans. I followed the tutorials, but kind of mixed 2. I didn’t want to cut the back waist off so I just cut the front. No go. I will need to make some adjustments on that pair. Oh and get some elastic, cause they must have that. I am going to see what I can do with them this weekend. I also plan on making some shorts and dress pants. I came across 2 tube tops I was going to get rid of that would be perfect to just sew onto a pair of jeans for the full panel. Score! 🙂 I will post pics once I have them finished!

Oh and about this new little munchkin – I had a great reveal pic planned. Something like this:

Photo found here.

But… I was afraid I couldn’t get the box in the car with the kids, then I forgot to get the balloons. Ugh… preggo brain!!! So we improvised. I ran to the dollar store and we did this:

Ashton was supposed to be holding an “a” but after 2 popped balloons we said forget it, just get a smiling pic!!! Oh and please disregard how incredibly dirty Ashton is… he is ALL little boy! He and Garrett were playing..lol

Oh and I swapped the kids rooms around. Garrett and Ashton will be sharing a room, and Hannah’s will be getting a fun makeover. Hannah had the bigger room, so it just made sense to have the 2 boys take that one and set Hannah up in the other. I am excited to get it all done. I’m also excited for Ashton to move in there with Garrett, that will prove to be much harder than painting all the walls and moving furniture!!

But that’s me… at least what I can think of at the moment. What about you?

Cloth diaper update and other ramblings

Well, its been a few weeks since we started cloth diapering. We purchased 7 diapers of various brands and types in order to determine what would work for us/Ashton. So, here is my report on that….

*****Warning- the next list is a little graphic…skim past if you must!*****

1. Dirty cloth diapers are a little gross when your baby is still nursing…seriously, it’s gross.
2. Ashton’s little tush looks so freakin cute in them!!!
3. You must change cloth diapers a little more often.
4. Ashton doesn’t wet a diaper much at night, so no need for night-time diapers – and thank goodness cause those things are beasts!!
5. We definitely need at least 12 diapers in rotation to go completely cloth.
6. You need special detergents to wash cloth diapers so that they maintain absorbency.
7. Some brands fit different than others.
8. Sometimes the smell doesn’t come out in one wash (they make stuff to help with that, just need to pick some up)
9. I believe we are ready to make the switch to 99.9% cloth.

It is more work by far to cloth diaper, especially keeping up with getting them back and forth to my mom’s so that she has diapers during the week/day or him. And she will be leaving me the dirties to deal with when I get off work lol. Can’t blame her there. But all-in-all I like the switch. I feel good about it. And I am very sure my pocket book will feel good about it too!!!

ok, now for the ramblings… I was looking back at my blog posts and realized that I have/will be talking a lot about what I want to do or will do, and I don’t have much to talk about what I HAVE done. I want to remedy that and I am positively itching to start something… ok, and finish it.. Seriously, I think I am going to have to do something big this weekend. I need a change in the house. I am not entirely sure what I will do, but stay tuned!!! I also have a bunch of photos from Halloween and other family odds and ends that I need to share…so more on that to come.

oh, and I find posts to be more interesting if they have a few pictures in them… so for the sake of keeping it interesting… I thought I would share some of the things I have been pinning lately 🙂

maternity pics

Image found over at Bon Temps Beignet

stamp monogram
Image found at the lil house that could
This is the manner pig… use it at the dinner table, the person who is not minding their manners gets the pig(for being a pig) and the last one with it has clean up duty!

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Idea found at Madsens Memories

Anyone else have a hankering to make a change??

How ’bout them boobs?

No this isn’t a post about baseball… although I am sure there have been as many heated discussions about this topic as there have been between Yankees and Red Sox fans. Friends, I am talking about breastfeeding. Since getting pregnant in 2009, and then having my little man in 2010, it has been quite the journey in learning about birth and baby. I can honestly say that I have learned more in the last year and 10 months than I had in the years I spent in school. One of the things that I have learned and become quite passionate about is breastfeeding. Here is my journey and where I stand…

Rewind to about 2006. My best friend just had twins… twins!!!! Her husband was deployed to Iraq and they were stationed about 4 hours from family. Now I will preface this to say that she is hard-headed and persistent (yes, I know you are reading this lol). She set her mind to nursing these babies, and that’s just what she did. While visiting her and the little ones, I discovered a couple of things: 1. milk doesn’t come out of a woman’s nipple like it does a bottle (hey, I really had never known anyone who nursed before!) 2. It is difficult to nurse, especially twins after a C-section 3. Having a new baby is hard work!!

Now, fast forward to the day I had Ashton…I had no clue what I was doing. I had read the books, I had attended the Le Leche League meetings, I had demonstrations from my friend with her little one. But man, this was seriously tougher than anything I had done before. We had a rough time of it in the hospital, even after some great lactation consultants spent some time with us. But I am happy to say that after we came home, it wasn’t 3 days before we had the knack of it. I was so unprepared for what was to come…simply because I had never been educated. This wasn’t the norm. I set my mind to it though, and as far as I was concerned, we were nursing and that was that. I should also note that I am so thankful that I was able to nurse, as there are those cases that a woman just can’t, regardless of everything that can be tried to make it work. My heart goes out to those women.

I have spent countless hours on the couch cluster-nursing (a term I didn’t even know existed), leaked on my clothes, been sprayed, have had to adjust my wardrobe to all nursing friendly clothes. I have had to sit in cold and hot cars to nurse(which is absurd, but that is for another post). I have spent nights with a baby latched on for long periods of time, fed every 2 hours for the longest time, not getting an hour reprieve until he was about 5 months old… then it was every 3 hours lol. Breastmilk is produced in a very simple supply/demand fashion…if you don’t empty it all out, your body doesn’t know that you need all of it, so it stops making it. On the flip side, if you empty them out, and still need more, your body will compensate and make what is needed(that’s what the cluster-nursing is all about). Now, all that to say… I wouldn’t trade it for the world!!! Because here is what else I have gained by nursing my little one – free food made to order for my baby. A wonderful bond with my little one. The piece of mind to know that I did all that I could for my little one to give him the best chance of having a healthy life.

I can tell you that being able to nurse my little guy through these molars he is trying to get has been a lifesaver… for both of us!! There is just nothing like it, the amount of comfort he receives from nursing when he is in pain and unhappy. I have definitely turned the corner from a “wow, is that how you do it?” kinda person to an “oh yea, I wouldn’t do it any other way”. Feel free to weigh in with your experiences… good or bad!

Cloth or plastic?

Not exactly the question they ask at the grocery store, huh? Well that is the question that we asked ourselves recently. Cloth diapers of plastic disposables? Some of you will cringe when you read this, but we are going cloth. At least that is the plan!! I finally picked up some cloth diapers today. And by finally, I mean after realizing that there are so.many.choices.out.there. These aren’t the same white cloths with cute little safety pins your momma used.
I ended up finding a local momma who was destaching(paring down her diaper stash) and bought some very gently used cloth diapers for my little man. We are starting with AIO(all-in-ones), pocket diapers and fitteds for night-time. I chose several kinds in hopes to discover which we like the best. I have to tell ya, one of the diapers I purchased is absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to get it on his cute little bum.

From all I have read from other’s experience… have at least 12 diapers, wash every other day, use a wet bag while you are out (I guess a kroger bag will work till we decide if we are committing to this). Some people love it, some people have no use for it, and some people have never tried it. I sure hope we are in the ‘love it’ crowd!! If you add up what we have spent on diapers since Ashton was born, it’s creeping close to a grand. Yikes! And going cloth is kinda like going green… no more disposables filling up land fills from our house!

So..here we go.. this will be a new adventure!!!

Anyone out there using cloths? How do/did you like them? Share your experience!