Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Baby Weight

I finally got the "okay" to work out again.

You know, in my spare time.

Everyone is trying to lose weight this time of year, after the Thanksgiving gorge and before the New Year's Resolution craze.

I've seen some of my friends on facebook post a mantra to help them reach their weight loss goals... "Nothing tastes better than skinny feels."



The only problem with that?



It is complete and utter bull$hit.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Turkey Day


Happy Thanksgiving from my little turkey!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Photographic Proof

According to my daughter, this is "Kerry-tin!"

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And this is "Sisser!"

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Both Mama. This perplexes her to no end.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Parenting "Fails"

Both girls were with me and I was volunteering in the church nursery during Sunday service.  Kids ran happily about.

Kherington, of course, gravitated to the baby dolls. 

She was playing with a little boy doll, mimicking everything I do with my baby. She was changing his diaper, kissing him on the forehead and "shhh-ing" him.  The other nursery workers thought it was adorable.

Then she climbed up into a rocking chair with him and lifted up her dress as high as she could with one arm.  Then she placed the baby boy face first into her diaper.

!!!

I knew she was breastfeeding and just couldn't lift her dress high enough.

But they might not ask me to work in the nursery anymore.

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Hadley often gets gassy and really uncomfortable just before bedtime.  Her doctor recommended bouncers with vibration and even a vibration system for her crib.

It is a really handy little system that goes under the mattress and runs for 20 minutes until baby dozes off. You can buy them online.

But don't google "crib vibrator."

I got less than favorable results.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Soundtrack of Love

In the middle of 2009, I heard the words I'd been longing to hear... "You're pregnant!" And I cried tears of joy. (immense joy after two miscarriages and two long years)

Two nerve-wracking weeks later I heard a sound that would forever change my life... a healthy, thriving heartbeat from deep in my womb.

A few glowing months later, I heard the surprising words "it's a girl!" and they rocked my world.

4,000 tiny kicks later, another sound stole my heart... I heard my firstborn cry for the first time and my heart nearly exploded with joy and pride and immeasurable gratitude.

When her cheeks were round and chubby and her breath was milky sweet, tiny giggles filled our home and my cheerful heart giggled along.

Shortly before her first Christmas, this daughter of mine made another memorable sound. She called me "Mama" for the first time and I didn't think I'd ever hear anything more beautiful.

But I was wrong.

Today I dropped Kherington off at church and she gave me a big hug said "LUH BOO!"

Which translates to "I love you."

She said it all on her own and I thought I'd die of extreme happiness right then and there.

That is pure love.

And I felt pure joy. Bawling in the church day care with those tiny arms wrapped around my neck

This life is making the most precious kind of symphony.

I'm listening.

And I LUH BOO, too, Kherington.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cloth Diapering * An Update

I've been cloth diapering (part time) now for almost two years.  Remember this cloth diaper review and this post and this one with some useful information?

Well, now that Kherington is about to potty train (hip hip hooray!) and Hadley will soon be starting cloth, I figured I should update some of my previous posts.  Preferences change as babies grow and as you find your cloth diapering groove.

So, without further ado... my number one, go-to diaper is the bumGenius 3.0 OS AIO. (one size all in one)  It is discontinued... go figure.  I also really like the new 4.0 AIO, but even at the largest setting, the fit is a bit snugger on my chunky gal.

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Cute model, right?  Workin' that cat walk.

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"Um, Mom? How many photos are you going to take?!"

I love this diaper because it is easy and reliable.  It comes with the perfect amount of absorption already sewn in. Thats right, NO STUFFING.  Of course, if you want to add more liners (for overnight or heavy wetters), you can.  But for everyday use, normal wetters don't need any stuffing!

Like a disposable diaper you slide it under the bottom and velcro it on.

That's all.

Great fit. Well made. Comfortable. Has never leaked.  I repeat... NEVER LEAKED!

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We heart our bumGenius diapers.

In close second are gDiapers.  A little more fuss... but they are great diapers, good for the environment (I like the disposable liners that biodegrade or compost quickly), and cute!

I have several other brands like Fuzzi Bunz, Blueberry, and some fitteds. I use them all, but the BG 3.0 AIO is my favorite.

A few things more things you might want to know if you are considering cloth diapering:

I used to prefer snaps on my diapers, now I am hook & loop all the way. (my only exception is thirsties brand, they always popped open) They work just like a disposable diaper and stretch for a perfect fit.

I use Rockin Green Cloth Diaper Detergent or All Free & Clear.  I dry in the sun anytime I can. Works magic.

You are "supposed" to wash cloth diapers every other day... but I've often gone 4 days and had zero problems. They don't stink in my pail and they wash up perfectly.

It isn't necessary, but a diaper sprayer attached to your toilet is worth every penny!

I purchased most of my diapers online.  But if I did it all over again, I would look for packages of 8-10 sold in bulk. (after I was sure I liked that diaper!)  Even better... I would buy used.  It might sound icky... but diapers that are well cared for easily last through more than one child.  If it doesn't gross you out, look around for used diapers in good condition.  bumGenius even sells refresher kits for used diapers in case you want to replace the velcro tabs.

My girls still wear disposable diapers, too.  When Kherington was born I tried most every brand out there.  But I never tried Luvs... thinking they were cheap and wouldn't work well.  I was so wrong, now I love them!  They are one of the most affordable options and I have never had a problem with them.

When I buy disposables, I use Amazon Mom.  You can subscribe for automatic deliveries with free shipping, and they end up cheaper than HEB, Wal-Mart, Diapers.com, and Costco!  Plus... you can cancel anytime, change your diaper selection/size, add or skip a delivery, change your delivery intervals, etc with no problems.  So easy. And more room in your shopping cart.

So... that's my take on diapers.  Do you cloth diaper? What are your favorites? Your tricks and advice?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Acting Your Age

Dear Kherington,

We might not have reached your birthday yet, but you sure are acting two!

Every day holds a new adventure... tantrums, mood swings, testing your boundaries, ignoring us completely, stubborness, etc.

My first approach to discipline is positive reinforcement and setting a good example.  Even at your young age, I believe in calmly explaining why you should or shouldn't do something. It usually works.  You are a smart girl.

I believe in trying to limit the number of times a day that I say "No." I honestly think this might mean I have a toddler that says "no" back less often.  Plus, I'd rather explain proper behavior than be a fountain of negativity.

I also believe in giving you a safe play environment where you aren't temped into too much trouble.

But when all else fails, we try other methods.  Time out, however, has been a huge bust.  Um... you like it!  I can't threaten you with it to stop a bad behavior because you will just dash happily over to your time out chair and grin at me.

My Mama-is-serious-I'm-about-to-get-mad face and tone of voice have no affect on you whatsoever. (I don't get it, Daddy says I'm good at angry faces)

I've popped you on the bottom, but I guess the diaper padded it so much that you looked at me like I'd tickled you.

Taking away toys or priveledges isn't working.  Even bribery isn't working.

We are all learning as we go. Someday we will both laugh at all this.

But I might lose my mind if I can't get you to STAY OUT OF HADLEY'S BABY SWING!

It seems far too often I have to say "Kherington, I asked you not to touch Mama's camera." "No! Don't put a blanket on Hadley's face."  "I wish you wouldn't stand on the kitchen table." "Kherington, be careful not to jump on your sister." "Please don't spill your milk on purpose." "No you cannot have 6 oreos for breakfast."  and on and on.

I want to teach you right from wrong and raise a well-behaved, respectful child.  But I don't like having to police you every second.

So I am extremely grateful that we live on this ranch and that you love to be outside.

We head out the door and immediately you are the boss.

"Sit!" you command, pointing at my rocking chair on the porch.

I do, and you play.

Oh, do you play!

We have a wide open space for you to run without danger.  We have animals to pet, acreage to explore, sunshine to soak up.

I can keep an eye on you without holding you back. 

I can say "Yes!"  "Go! See! Do!" "Yes, KherBear, enjoy your adventure."

Plus, the puppies keep you company.

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I love getting to tell you "yes!" and letting you run free.  All children should get to run free now and then.

I love you & your free spirit (even when you act two), Mama

Monday, November 7, 2011

1 Month

Hadley, you are a month old! How did that happen?!?!

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Sweet June Bug, at one month old:

You weigh 9 lbs 4 oz

You are 21 inches long

You wear size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothing. Newborn doesn't fit anymore!

You usually sleep 3-4 hour stretches at night (Mama thanks you!)

You get gas pains easily and often

You grunt a lot but rarely cry

You are already toughening up to Big Sister's "love" pats

You nurse like a pro but don't mind a bottle

You like pacifiers but will also self-soothe with your hands

You continue to look just like your sister did at this age

You have made our good thing even better!

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Giving Thanks

This November (and every day!), we give thanks for the bountiful blessings in our life.

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God is so good!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

From My Front Porch...

A bull whip and a hot shot are perfectly normal toddler toys, right?




Seems pretty normal from where I sit on My Front Porch...

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