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1 month!

Hello blog readers!  Major changes have been underway – 1) we are temporarily without our domain name…hopefully we’ll get that back in the next month or so 2) I’ve combined my two blogs.  Jaclyn has given me permission to completely overtake the blog – with a new baby it’s just easier to only worry about one blog instead of two!  She has promised to remain a guest poster 🙂

1 month old - 8/29/13

1 month old – 8/29/13

Weight: 9lbs 14 ounces on Monday – he’s been gaining over an ounce a day so he’s probably ten pounds by now!

Length: 21.6 – which is shorter than when he was born 😉 – so someone didn’t stretch him out all the way.

Looking forward to: his Nana and Papaw are visiting this weekend and his first UGA game!  Go Dawgs!

Changes: We’ve been using our cloth diapers for about two weeks and we absolutely love them!  I’ll take pictures to share later.

He’s started spitting up more…not fun.

Things he likes: – his bouncer, his pacifier (it’s new but he likes it), grabbing the mini blinds while being changed, riding in the car, buggy, or stroller

Things he doesn’t like: his swing, being left alone in his room, when I take a shower 😉

Activities & Outings: He’s been to target three times (protected in the ergo so people couldn’t get him).  We also had an adventure recently to get B’s truck fixed – so he got to go to the auto shop, to a rental shuttle, to a rental (I got a lot of car seat installation practice)

Nicknames: Little B, Bro, Broseph, Little dude.

 

We also got his newborn photos back!  Exciting.

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For GiGi the schoolbus driver

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2 weeks old

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two weeks – 8/12/13

Week Two

Week two began our first week at home alone.  Daddy had to go back to work so we are on our own during the day.  We are still trying to get in a routine between feedings and changing plus me working from home.  Not to mention the normal household chores of laundry – we have more laundry with this little boy.  Things get peed on – often.

Weight: 8 lbs 4 oz (according to our scale)

At our doc appointment last Thursday he weighed 8 lbs 1 oz.  At his age, he should be gaining .5-1 ounces a day…which he is!

Looking forward to: starting cloth diapers this week

Changes: Our doc recommended that we start giving little B his vitamin D supplement every day (ish) – Breastfed babies do not get adequate amounts of vitamin D so you have to give them a bit extra!

Also, today the last part of his cord fell off (wasn’t really his cord but the scab that was left) – Hooray so now we can take a big boy bath and start our cloth diapers!

Things he likes: – eating (duh), looking at the mini blinds in the bedroom (he can see the light and shadows), being jiggled

Things he doesn’t like: hiccups (he gets them all the time!), his swing on high speeds

Activities & Outings: This weekend, LB and I had our first shopping adventure – we had to go to target for some groceries.  He did great!  I didn’t want people touching him or peering at him so we wore the Ergo which I love!  It was so comfy too walking around in Target – he napped the whole time.  The only negative is that we get a bit warm with him squished against me – so he was all sweaty when we got back to the car.

Today we started going on our stroller walks – I think occasionally I’ll use the Ergo instead of the stroller but I didn’t go out until noonish and it was a bit warm outside!

He’s enjoying tummy time – as much as he can anyway.  As long as silly Mommy doesn’t try to do it too soon after a meal – because then we spit up.  duh!

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tummy time

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cutie

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yay! Belly button!

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Brody Luke – 1 week old

08/05/13 - 1 week old

08/05/13 – 1 week old

Well if I’d done my 39 week photo like I was supposed to, it would have been my last.  Little B was born one day before his due date.

Born: 7/29/13 at 3:38 p.m.
Weight: 7 lb 7 oz
Length: 21.75 inches long
Where: UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC

Brief Labor Story:

My contractions started Sunday evening, Brett was home from work.  By midnight they were about 3 minute apart so we went to the hospital and found out I was barely dilated so they sent us home.  Brett had to leave for work around 5:00 a.m.  My water broke around 6ish so I called him to come pick me up.  We were back at the hospital by 7:30.  I knew that they were going to keep us this time around since my water had broken, but I was thrilled to learn I’d dilated to 5 cm.  By 9, I had my epidural so I was in a super good mood.  We had two wonderful labor and delivery nurses and everyone was so nice.  By 1:00 pm, I was fully dilated so we just wanted a while for Brody to come a bit further down on his own.  He was born at 3:38 p.m.  His heart rate dropped a bit during delivery but once he was out – he was perfect!

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This week he has had many firsts –

IMG_0335First car ride home 7/31

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IMG_0375 IMG_0359First bath – not the best picture but I don’t want to over share.

IMG_0387First tummy time – which Brody took to mean take a nap

38 weeks – Full Term

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38 weeks – 07/16/13

Yes, full term is 37 weeks – but I’m a slacker who forgets to take her picture every week.  I always think to myself “maybe Brett can take it when he gets home” and that never happens so I’ve done it using the auto timer.

How far along?: 38 weeks
Due Date: July 30, 2013
Baby is the size of an?: Pumpkin (small one I hope) – or a leek (idk if I’ve ever seen a leek)
Maternity Clothes: why bother?
Baby Purchases: I bought the last thing on the list – a nursing cover.
Sleep: Not as great as before – and not because of the tummy or that I’m uncomfortable – I’m just wide awake.  Can’t stop the brain.  I also wake up when the hubby does at 4:30 but I have the luxury of taking a nap during the day if I need it.
Symptoms: TMI but I swear I have to pee the minute I leave the bathroom.  I should just live there.
Miss Anything?: chocolate
Movement: he’s moving a lot – that or he’s just out of room so his movements are super noticeable.  He still moves the most at night…super ninja.
Food cravings: gingerbread cookies…which I can’t have yet.
Mood: Excited and slightly impatient.
Rings: Wearing a larger ring
Belly Button: out
Gender:  Baby BOY!!
Pregnancy Workout: absolutely nothing – anytime I walk I just have to pee more :).  The extent of my working out involves cleaning or grocery shopping.
Pregnancy Pet Peeve: “Whoa” – seriously I’ve heard this as I step out of the car or walk in a store – I’m not that big so hush!!.  When I was shopping for my nursing cover I had this lady stop me to tell me that I was absolutely beautiful!  That’s what people should say to prego peeps!  I even appreciated the little girl who pointed and whispered to her mom “look at that lady’s belly button”
Pregnancy Updates: No news – he’s still head down, appropriately sized (which apparently is an accomplishment for someone with gestational diabeties), so we are just chillin’
Best Moment this Week: I’m officially done with all projects I wanted to finish pre-baby so now we are ready for Little B
Looking forward to: Duh! Holding our baby boy!
BabyCenter Update: Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the size of a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old.

 

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Bags are packed and ready

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Car seat is installed – it couldn’t go in the middle in my car because of the seat construction but Little B will be all set behind the passenger seat.

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Swing is built

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Pack n Play is all assembled and ready!

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his room is waiting for him!

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and the highchair is ready – I know won’t need it for a while but it’s so cute. Looks a lot better as decoration than it did just sitting in the box

 

Life Updates

Wow – I cannot believe it’s been six months since we last posted.  Such bad bloggers!  But we’ve both had tons of life changes recently which have impacted our blogging abilities.  As you probably know Jac had a beautiful baby girl in September, so she’s pretty busy taking care of Care Bear.  And I’m due with my Little Dude in two short weeks!!  So we have both been quite busy with baby related things.

Also our hubbies matched at their residency programs

486422_486806681367116_1210033610_nand graduated from medical school.

Jaclyn & Scott matched at UVA so they moved into a wonderful house and now continuing their adventures in Charlottesville.

Brett & I got a residency at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC.  In May, we moved into our wonderful house in Durham, NC which I absolutely love.

So now we are going to try to start blogging again!  It’s going to be sporadic but I’ve done a lot of baby crafts so I am going to try to line up a lot of posts before Baby Boy shows up!  Also due to the nature of our lives, our blog might revolve more around baby items than it has previously.

Talk to y’all soon!

 

 

34 weeks

34 weeks - 6/18/13

34 weeks – 6/18/13

(yes this post is over a week late 🙂 – and yes I should do my hair before taking my weekly picture)

How far along?: 34 weeks
Due Date: July 30, 2013
Baby is the size of an?: Butternut Squash (yum) or cantaloupe
Maternity Clothes: nope – seems silly to buy anything now 🙂
Baby Purchases: we had our two baby showers! So much fun and wonderfully gifted from all of our friends.  Then we went shopping for everything we didn’t get at the showers.  So baby Brody has everything he’ll need plus some.  I’ve also bought the large majority of our cloth diaper stash as well as the accessories that are needed to go along with them!
Sleep: Great!
Symptoms: I have to pee ALL THE TIME!
Miss Anything?: all the usuals 🙂
Movement: everyday mostly at night
Food cravings: I had the craving for cauliflower…weird.
Mood: Happy!  Probably moody as well 🙂
Rings: Wearing a larger ring
Belly Button: out
Gender:  Baby BOY!!
Pregnancy Workout: absolutely nothing – I should walk but I don’t feel that ambitious in the morning and it’s way to hot anytime after 9am
Pregnancy Pet Peeve: people who think they know it all about babies…dude I get that I’m a first time mom and I might not know things but lets be honest – I’m going to do what I want regardless of what you tell me – so I’ll ask when I want advice! (then at least I might actually listen to what you say) 😉
Pregnancy Updates: Well they’ve said that my diabetes is doing so well that I only have to finger prick twice a day – whoo hoo!! And I seem to be able to eat a little bit more carbs and still be okay as far as blood sugar goes – so I ATE PIZZA…so good.
Best Moment this Week: did you hear…I ATE PIZZA!  Also, our two baby showers were awesome!  So much yummy food and fantastic festivities.  Plus lets be real everyone loves playing with baby things.
Looking forward to: Going to Cville this weekend and seeing my friend and adorable ‘niece’!
BabyCenter Update: Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers – which she’ll need to regulate her body temperature once she’s born – are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

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– Brody’s beautiful crib – I made the bed skirt!
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– His car sheets along with his little sea horse buddy (he doesn’t have a name yet).

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– Unfilled shadow box – I want to do something like this http://craftersadd.blogspot.com/2010/03/baby-shadow-box.html but less girly

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– the tree wall
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– I want to do this in the white frames – http://www.shopmilkweed.com/2011/07/nursery-art.html?spref=fb maybe next week!

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– changing area

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– Other side of dresser

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– an organized closet!

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– Brody will be rad like his dad

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– Turtle night light!  It puts stars on the ceiling – I’ll be honest I like sitting in there and looking at them.

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– Diaper changing basket

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– still need to figure out how to fold baby pants…

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– burb cloths and blankies

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– the cloth diaper collection (at least those that have been washed – the others are still in the package in case we don’t like that brand we can return them!)
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– extra inserts

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– the adorable bookshelf – books and storage!  plus somewhere to put my drink when i’m sitting in the chair!
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– wall art!

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– straw art

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– ready for his first year!

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– and hand and foot prints!

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– humidifier that used to be in our room 🙂

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– saving up for his first car…hahaIMG_0223 IMG_0224 IMG_0225

– I added the trucks to his curtains
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– chair – its comfy

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– diaper pail – gotta have that!

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– garden view

I’ve noticed that when I tell people we chose cloth diapering…I don’t always get a positive reaction.  Actually, most of time time I get disgust or at the very least confusion.

So I thought I’d take the time to explain why we choose to cloth diaper.  I’m pretty excited about it 🙂  We are registered for a combo of Bum Genius, FuzziBunz, and Charlie Banana pocket diapers.  All three of these brands have very faithful followers but we will only wash a few of each initially to see if we prefer one type in particular – then we could always exchange the others.  And if i’m washing diapers, I might as well wash wipes too!! Last week, we bought five Lotus Bumz brand diapers because Zulily was having a sale!

1) Money

This is how I convinced Brett that cloth diapering was for us.  I’ve read tons of articles about the price differences between disposable and cloth.  This is one of the easiest to read.  http://www.squawkfox.com/2012/07/09/cloth-diapers/

Basically using disposable diapers costs about $2,000 during a child’s diaper using age, while cloth diapers costs around $750.  In my case, I’m hoping to lessen that $750 by getting most of my cloth diapers at showers.  So the only diapering costs we’d deal with would be those costs to launder the diapers.

These costs are even more dramatic when multiplied over multiple children.  I plan on having a few 😉 and most of the good cloth diaper brands hold up very well for multiple children – so you can just reuse them!

2) Skin Care

Cloth diapers have been shown to be much better for babies with sensitive skin.  I think it has something to do with the breathable cotton next to babies bum instead of disposable diaperstuff.  I have a pretty bad case Eczema and have since I was very little.  Brett also has dry skin.  Disposable diapers contain something that converts pee to a gel – in my experience any contact with chemical goo normally causes a eczema flare up for me! So we are pretty sure our child will have skin issues of some sort so this is an added bonus for cloth diapers.

I’ve also read where cloth diapering helps prevent diaper rash…so we’ll see!

3) Environmentally Friendly

Think of all the trash you are saving.  I can’t lie and tell you that Brett and I are the most earth friendly – We own a Keurig coffee maker and definitely create extra trash that way.  And we aren’t the best at remembering to recycle.  However, I hate taking out the trash and I love doing laundry so I can’t say that I will miss the trash of disposables.

4) Blowouts

Having not had my baby yet, I can’t say that I’ve experienced this.  However, my niece (best friends little girl) has had a few so I’ve heard.  So I did some research on how cloth diapers handle the poop explosions.  I was worried that their elastic might not be able to handle poop as well as that stretchy stuff in disposables.  From what I’ve read cloth diapers handle those fun poop moments a lot better than disposables.  So fingers crossed that we won’t have too many episodes of a poop covered baby.

Other Reasons to Cloth Diaper

– These are not your mom’s diapers.  Their are no pins or folding – they are basically like a Rolls Royce version of a disposable diaper

– Whether you cloth diaper or disposable diaper, you cannot avoid the poop.  So the extra minute of spraying off poop and dumping the diaper in a diaper pail to wash later – really isn’t that much extra work!  And that time washing diapers (which really you put it in the washer and turn it on…not that hard) – will be saved because you won’t have to cut diaper coupons or make late night runs to the store!!

– Lets be real – the cloth diapers are so much cuter!! AND they come in pretty colors.  So excited.  These are a few we ordered from Lotus Bumz.

So I know that Baby Boy isn’t here yet, but I’m so excited about cloth diapering.  I will definitely do a follow up post after he’s here and we’ve used the diapers to let you know how things are going!