Nine Years and Counting

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growingup-baby:

Cloth diapers are rather expensive. Ultimately, they save a shit ton in the end and are totally reusable for your next child.

Has anyone asked for cloth diapers for their baby shower? Did you receive any?

Here’s the thing: if you buy a complete stash before your baby is born, you might find yourself with a bunch of diapers you don’t like. Case in point: I bought all grovia for my daughter and loved them until they essentially disintegrated near the 2 year mark. I got a bunch of hand me down high quality pockets for my son, only to find (1) I hate pockets and (2) they all leaked EVERY SINGLE TIME HE PEED (not from build up but from sheer saturation). I had to undertake a sampling process for a few brands before I could commit to a whole stash. Needless to say, CD is a trial and error process and you might be better off not receiving a bunch at once!

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Cloth diaper laundry issues

robot-mama:

Okay, so my diapers are giving me serious laundry headaches. Stink is lingering on my diapers after 2 or more washes with full measure of CD-friendly detergent, and even after 1-2 rounds with GroVia’s Mighty Bubbles (a build-up busting laundry additive.) Using plenty of water. Our new place has…

We have very hard water (San Antonio). When my CDs got the stink, it took @ least 4 rounds of the mighty bubbles to clear the stink. I even emailers grovia about it because I was worried exceeding the 1-2 washes would ruin the diapers. They suggested I continue to repeat until the stink was gone. Once I did wipe it out, I never found it necessary to do that many washes again; I would do a mighty bubbles wash here or there.

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dire asked: Have you tried the J. Crew pixie pant? I'm wondering how they compare to other ponte leggings — I've heard such rave reviews of the J. Crew pants, and I'd love to know if they're spectacularly better than the rest (or not)!

jaclynday:

I don’t own any but tried some on a while ago. I liked them, but ended up not buying them because I have too many similar pairs already. For example: My Target ponte pants ($20) are really darn comfortable and a close match. If you want the same look as the Pixies but don’t want to spend the $, J.Crew Factory’s Gigi pants are basically the same pant. They’re available without pockets for $59 and with pockets for $68. 

Check out these two posts too: 1, 2. I list a bunch of ponte pants/leggings there that you might want to check out. 

I love the pixie pant! They are such a nice thickness and so flattering!

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I had my son Hugh almost 12 weeks ago, which means I’m on my last days of maternity leave.  

1. Birth.   I really worked hard to tell myself that my birth wouldn’t be fast and easy, which everyone promised my second would be.  Unfortunately, I still wasn’t prepared for how hard it was. I went into labor as soon as we put jameson down.  Although I’d napped, I as still pretty tired and, amazingly, unable to sleep through contractions. By 3 am, I was at the hospital.  Even though I was having contractions, was fully effaced and dilated to a 5, things didn’t feel right. We’d figure out much later that Hugh’s head (but not his body) were turned at a weird angle, which was making dilation so slow.  When 11 am rolled around and I had dilated a mere centimeter, I got an epidural and slept.  I was exhausted from being up all night and the day before.  The epidural didn’t speed things along; so my water was broken and when that didn’t work, pitocin.  My midwife was a great support during all of this and I in no way felt like this were forced on me.  The epidural did mean I needed anti nausea and anti itch meds. It made pushing a breeze.  All told, my labor was still “short,” but it was longer and harder than my first.  To top it off, Hugh was a full pound less than Jameson. 

2.  The baby.  He is literally the sleepiest baby I’ve ever seen. Having had a no sleeper with Jameson, I initially was very worried something was wrong with him.  As he has begun to develop a personality, he is really the sweetest boy. 

3.   Having two kids.  I can’t say enough how no one should have a second kid in the winter.  There is just no way to keep your first from getting your second sick.  At 5 weeks, Hugh ended up with two upper respiratory viruses and a stomach virus, all of which landed us in the hospital for 4 days with viral meningitis. Thankfully, he’s fine. But, he has continued to be prone to any little bug floating around. 

While jameson has been so very loving towards Hugh, she is also now 2.5 years old.  I am both delighted and horrified by her all the time.   I could regal incident after incident, but I won’t.  Suffice it to say, she is extremely verbal and smart and that makes her extra difficult to deal with.  I’m not talking about tantrums or whining. It’s just hard to explain how suddenly between 24 and 36 months old your child transforms into this person (who although they can tell you everything they need) has you wanting to scream “I don’t know what you want from me!”  That said, she makes me laugh and smile a thousand times a day and she loves Hugh like no one’s business. 

My real struggle is that I never get a break.  As soon as I hand Hugh off, jameson is in my arms.  If I hop in a bath, Hugh starts crying. It often feels like an endless loop.  The newborn stage leaves me feeling like the only way I can solve problems is my nursing.  I’m looking forward to Hugh’s being a few months older and a little less of a lump.

I had my son Hugh almost 12 weeks ago, which means I’m on my last days of maternity leave.

1. Birth. I really worked hard to tell myself that my birth wouldn’t be fast and easy, which everyone promised my second would be. Unfortunately, I still wasn’t prepared for how hard it was. I went into labor as soon as we put jameson down. Although I’d napped, I as still pretty tired and, amazingly, unable to sleep through contractions. By 3 am, I was at the hospital. Even though I was having contractions, was fully effaced and dilated to a 5, things didn’t feel right. We’d figure out much later that Hugh’s head (but not his body) were turned at a weird angle, which was making dilation so slow. When 11 am rolled around and I had dilated a mere centimeter, I got an epidural and slept. I was exhausted from being up all night and the day before. The epidural didn’t speed things along; so my water was broken and when that didn’t work, pitocin. My midwife was a great support during all of this and I in no way felt like this were forced on me. The epidural did mean I needed anti nausea and anti itch meds. It made pushing a breeze. All told, my labor was still “short,” but it was longer and harder than my first. To top it off, Hugh was a full pound less than Jameson.

2. The baby. He is literally the sleepiest baby I’ve ever seen. Having had a no sleeper with Jameson, I initially was very worried something was wrong with him. As he has begun to develop a personality, he is really the sweetest boy.

3. Having two kids. I can’t say enough how no one should have a second kid in the winter. There is just no way to keep your first from getting your second sick. At 5 weeks, Hugh ended up with two upper respiratory viruses and a stomach virus, all of which landed us in the hospital for 4 days with viral meningitis. Thankfully, he’s fine. But, he has continued to be prone to any little bug floating around.

While jameson has been so very loving towards Hugh, she is also now 2.5 years old. I am both delighted and horrified by her all the time. I could regal incident after incident, but I won’t. Suffice it to say, she is extremely verbal and smart and that makes her extra difficult to deal with. I’m not talking about tantrums or whining. It’s just hard to explain how suddenly between 24 and 36 months old your child transforms into this person (who although they can tell you everything they need) has you wanting to scream “I don’t know what you want from me!” That said, she makes me laugh and smile a thousand times a day and she loves Hugh like no one’s business.

My real struggle is that I never get a break. As soon as I hand Hugh off, jameson is in my arms. If I hop in a bath, Hugh starts crying. It often feels like an endless loop. The newborn stage leaves me feeling like the only way I can solve problems is my nursing. I’m looking forward to Hugh’s being a few months older and a little less of a lump.

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Things no one told me:

nineyearsandcounting:

robot-mama:

sheblusheswatermelonpink:

ohmydarlinbabies:

Newborn stage is NOT the most challenging time.

Not nearly. Not even close!!

IDK. Maybe it depends on the newborn and the parent, and obviously, I’m not out of toddlerhood with my kid yet, but…

That was experience with jameson to a tee. If she wasn’t nursing, she was screaming or throwing up. It was awful. I routinely called her a terrorist. She was and is a horrible sleeper.

Admittedly, our second kid is much calmer. But what you can’t factor in is having to parent both. While I agree a toddler is preferable in so many ways, I’ve never been so challenged. And there are many days with a newborn and a 2.5 yr old wherein i would gladly go back even to Jameson’s newborn days.

(via mominleggings)

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Things no one told me:

robot-mama:

sheblusheswatermelonpink:

ohmydarlinbabies:

Newborn stage is NOT the most challenging time.

Not nearly. Not even close!!

IDK. Maybe it depends on the newborn and the parent, and obviously, I’m not out of toddlerhood with my kid yet, but I’d happily take a toddler over a newborn any day. At least the toddler sleeps some of the time.

The second go round it becomes insanely clear that newborns are a cake walk and your precious baby is now a walking-talking teenager of emotions.

(via mominleggings)

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katunedited asked: I think the adjustment was going to be inevitably challenging -- Logan and I did everything together! Sometimes she tells me to give Dylan to daddy so I can hold her instead. She's getting a lot better, but I'll admit some days I couldn't wait to get back to work! When was Hugh born again?

He’s almost 10 weeks now. Jameson has just started saying things like, “I need you mommy” or “daddy will get the boy and mommy will get jameson.” It’s so hard to carve out one on one time with her because I feel like I’m always nursing or holding a sleeping baby. I can only imagine how much more difficult it will be when I’m back at work in 2 weeks! You are so lucky to get such a long time off. Needless to say, I have zero idea how anyone makes it to 3 kids! It must get easier?!