Monday, December 22, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
And sorry that this is the longest blog in the history of blogs :)
By the way, a little testimonial from my husband. Last week I went shopping and he stayed home with the kids. Well, he said he smelled baby poop coming from Ashley. I had a disposable on her because we have a few and it was handy. He opened up her sleeper and she had poop all the way up to her chest. Ugh! Not a fun time. So this past weekend, I again left the house alone, but before letting me leave, Kirk asked me if Ashley had on a disposable or not, because he wanted cloth this time because she doesn't have blowouts in them and he doesn't want to clean up a huge mess again!!! How about that for a changed man?!
Oh, another By the Way tid-bit, ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS use the bio-degradable liners for kids with people poop. I forgot once with Tessa this past week, and icky-icky. Now I know why people hate cloth diapers, if it wasn't for the liners, I don't think I could do this either. So, if you decide to try it, PLEASE make sure you order liners too, otherwise, you are not going to enjoy it at all, trust me!
Prefolds- these are the white rectangular diapers (sometimes used as burp cloths). You can't buy wal-mart diapers, they don't work. There are diaper-service quality prefolds you can buy, they are cheap, like less than $2 a piece, but have to be folded and pinned, or snappied on. FYI, a "snapppi" is a little y-shaped stretchy item with little teeth on the end (similar to ace bandage grabbers) that holds the diaper on. The snappi is super easy to use. I tried the prefolds for like a day, and decided that this was hard-core cloth diapering. I mean, Ashley peed through this diaper by the time she finished nursing. So I would change her when she woke up to eat, then change her again when she finished eating, then change her again when she started to fall back asleep. This meant for a lot of changes, and then if you add Tessa to the equation (I didn't have prefolds in her size to try), that would be over 20 diaper changes a day, maybe 30. Needless to say, I only tried these for one day! Also, I have a very hard time keeping the newborn runny poop in these because they don't have any leg gussets to catch the poop. Now, I am going to try to make a few prefolds to have as a backup, but I want to make mine with flannel and put a microfiber towel in the middle to be the soaker area. Microfiber is VERY absorbent.
Prefolds do require a waterproof cover, which are easy to use. They Velcro on similar to a disposable diaper and come in cute colors and patterns. And they can be used over and over during the day, as long as they don't have poop on them.
So, in my opinion, prefolds are too much of a hassle for me, even though they are super cheap, I just can't do it.
Fitteds- These are nice. They are all cloth and come in different sizes. They range usually from newborn to x-large. They are usually made out of some super soft materials and come in fabulous patterns and colors, and I mean fabulous! I tried a few on Ashley, and they fit well and keep the poop in. They have leg gussets and elastic on the back to prevent blowouts. These also require a waterproof cover, unless you just let them where the diaper with no cloths over it. But there is an option of having wool clothing to go over the diaper, which sounds weird, but it's not. In fact, I wish I had some fitteds so that I could get the cute wool covers (tell me those aren't darling pants). Wool is naturally water-repellent, and when you add some lanolin to it, it because pratically water-proof. The wool covers come as just covering the diaper (like the panties that come with little baby dresses), as shorts, or even as pants. Most have draw stings, and you can get them with cute little designs on them, like animals on the back or rainbow colors. I totally think they are the cutest thing ever!
Anyways, fitteds are great, but the only downfall I can see is that you have to buy sizes. So that means more money. But that also means that if you plan to use them for another baby later on, they will have less where and tear. They do make one-size fitteds, by GoodMama, but they come in at $35-$38 bucks a piece, yikes. But I tried one, they are great diapers, but not really a true one-size because Ashley was 2 months old, and they thing swallowed her. So they could probably be used around 5 months and on.
So, I like fitteds, I really do.
Pockets- These are what I use. They have a water-permeable inner lining, and a waterproof outer shell. In the back, there is a slit or opening, and this is where you slide in the absorbent liner. You can control how much absorbency the diaper has by how much lining you put in. Also, these can be bought in a one-size, and these really are one-size. They can go from 8 lbs to 35 lbs, or so they say. Ashley and Tessa share diapers, and Tessa is about 26 lbs or so, and Ashley started in these around 11 lbs, when she was 2 1/2 months old. So far, no blow-outs in these, and that means a lot since she just had a blow-out (a HUGE blow-out) in a disposable last night. There is a little work involved since after the wash/dryer you must "stuff" them with liners again. It doesn't take very long, and I don't mind since I know I won't be washing anymore poop-stained shirts and pants now.
So, I totally love my pockets. They work great, and I think are totally cost efficient. I paid $18 per diaper, but they are one-size and Ashley will where these her entire diapering life, and then hopefully the next kid will use these also, so totally cost efficient.
All-in-Ones- These are waterproof on the outside and have a thick liner built in, similar to the pockets but you don't "stuff" the liner since it's already sewn in. These can also be bought in a true one-size, but are a little bulkier since you don't control the thickness of the liner. The only real downfall I have heard of (I haven't tried these yet) is that they take forever to dry since they are so thick.
Wetbags - A necessity for your diaper bag. A cloth bag that has a waterproof layer in the middle for your dirty diapers. Also great for when your kid has an "accident".
OK, enough terminology. Here is a list of links to find tons and tons of info on CDing.
Diaper Pin - this is a great website with reviews of almost any and all diaper brands out there, plus lots of info on cloth diapering (CDing for short).
Jillian's Drawers - If you want to try out CDing but don't want to make a huge investment, try out Jillian's Drawers program. You put down a deposit, they send you some great NEW diapers to try out for 21 days, if you don't like them or don't want to buy them, you mail them back and they refund you all but $10. If you keep all the diapers, you don't pay anything extra, and your next order is free shipping. So it's a great way to try before you buy!
Diaper Jungle - This is a wonderful website that you should really look at. It has tons and tons of information, and it's super easy to navigate around on. On the home page they have 3 columns: why use cloth, choosing the right diaper, and how to wash CDs. Really this is a great place to check out.
Baby Bummies - this is where I bought my diapers. She is in American Fork, so if you are local, you can go check out her stash and pick up diapers to save on shipping costs.
Cotton Babies - Another great online store that sells practically every diaper out there.
Diaper Swappers - I LOVE this website. It has sooo much infomation on it. It is a huge database of forums, including diapers for sale or trade, Work-At-Home-Moms online stores, lots and lots of information about CDing, with forums you can ask questions on about any subject, from feeding to diapering to being thrifty for your family. I love it.
I was thining about hosting a "home show" on diapers. So that everyone can check them out in person. This wouldn't be a bring-your-checkbook kinda home show, just an informative show to learn more. Would anyone be interested?
This is very easy to do and pretty fun. I hope everyone who finds it interesting copies and pastes it, then highlights (bold faces) what they have done :)
1. Started your own blog - obviously:)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language - does high school spanish class count??
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach in the moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades - totally on my "wish list"
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee - many childhood summertime memories involve bee sting :(
100. Seen Mount Rushmore in person
101. Learned to play an instrument
So, what have you done???
Sunday, December 7, 2008
It was one of those sweet moments that I file away in my mind and hope I will always remember.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Anyways, our new schedules are super tight and don't allow for much downtime for either of us. Especially with the house on the market, I have to work super hard to keep this place in decent enough shape. So blogging is way down the priority list now, and since Kirk said he is going to get me a gym pass for Christmas (thank you so much Kirk!, I am tired of being fat after Ashley) I expect my computer time to go down even further. So that is where we have been and why no one hears from us anymore!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
They have every body part available to see. There is a section on smoking, and I don't know how anyone who sees this can continue smoking. They show a set of healthy lungs, and a set of smokers lungs next to each other. The smokers lungs look like charcoal. And they have lungs with emphysema, which I can only describe as this: lungs look as if they might take up about a gallon jug size area. The emphysema begins to remove golf ball sized parts of the lung. Those golf ball sized holes can add up fast, and that would make breathing incredibly difficult.
There is also a baby section. They have babies from 5 weeks up to 35 weeks. It is amazing to see how fast they grow and how insanely small a 5 week fetus is, almost too small to see, almost like the size of a lady bug or maybe a small ant, it's just crazy.
Again, it is a once in a lifetime (ok, maybe you may have another chance years down the road) opportunity. I encourage all to see this exhibit!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Kirk celebrated his birthday on Oct. 6. Tessa was very excited to help make a cake for him, as you can tell. She didn't want to put the "candies" (sprinkles) on his cake, just eat them off the plate! It was a very laid back day, I wanted to do more, but with Ashley being only 5 1/2 weeks old, I thought I did great to cook dinner and make a cake! Kirk, I hope you enjoyed your birthday!
Time goes by sooo fast. It's crazy. Ashley will be 2 months old this week. She is getting so big so fast. I weighed her (and myself...eek) last week, and she came in at 10 and a half pounds. I'm not going to tell you what I came in at!
Ashley is fun. She is going to be a happy little girl, she smiles so much now and has started batting at hanging toys. She has began rolling over, from her stomach to her back. Tessa didn't do this till she was like 8 months old or something, she was a lazy baby, she never even crawled, she just hated her stomach! But Ashley loves it. I try to give her "tummy time", but she just lays there on her stomach and falls asleep, happy as can be!
Her are a few pics of Ashley and Tessa...
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I have taken a lot of pics but in all our preperations we forgot to pack the USB cable to download the pics. Sorry. Tessa is thrilled to have a baby sister. She refers to her sister as "Tessa's baby". We will have to make sure she isn't too helpful with the baby. It is very cute to watch her interact with our new one.
Mother and baby are doing great. I'm sure Laura will be posting something tomorrow after she has gotten some rest. Stay tuned for pics and the decision of the name.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Anyways, tomorrow is cleaning day, then Tuesday I pick up my mother and step-father from the airport. They will be staying with us for the next 2 weeks to help with Baby and Tessa. Then on Wednesday morning at 5:30 am, Kirk and I head to the hospital. At 7:30, we go in to the OR and have our baby girl! How crazy to think that this is all planned out, that we know what is going to happen at every moment. The only thing we don't have planned is her name. We have a few we keep tossing around, the list probably has about a dozen names on it, but we aren't set on anything in particular yet.
So, check in Thursday or Friday for pictures and all the details of Baby Girl #2!
Friday, August 22, 2008
You Are Pocahantas!
Free-spirited and wise. You have a strong passionate spirit that touches and changes all who know you. The wisdom and common sense that you have is really what guides you through life. Even so, you also have a very playful side that loves adventure and excitement.
Which Disney Princess Are You?
I saw this on another blog and had to do it, because I am a princess, well, I guess now that I have kids and a husband, I am a queen!!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
We had a stress test last week, and that was ok also. Tessa was induced because her fluid was really low, and doc says low fluid will probably happen with all my pregnancies because of the history. We got checked, she is at an 11. They want us to be between a 7 and 21, so we are good for now. Tessa's got low about a week before her due date, thus the reason doc has scheduled us a week ahead of our actual due date. The test was kinda nice though, the nurse checked again just to make sure she is a girl (we don't want a surprise!) and she took a few minutes to let us peer at her again. She looked so baby-ish, not alien-ish like at the 20 week ultrasound. When we saw her little calfs, Kirk said it seemed so real, it's like she's holding up her legs for a diaper change. Totally cute little legs.
So, yep, it's getting close!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
So, having great desire but not sure how to proceed, I went to the Internet. I found a great website called www.organizedhome.com where I learned about a wonderful tool called the Home Notebook. I have been dreaming about one of these for quite a while, but didn't really know how I wanted to set it up. So, on this beloved website, I found forms to print and categories to put in my Notebook. I was so excited :) Now, I know you want to know what I put in my Notebook, so here it is:
1) an emergency contacts sheet, which includes all the info a babysitter would ever need in the case of an emergency (I printed it out on the organizedhome.com)
2) a weekly day-by-day chore chart. It can be overwhelming when the house gets sooo dirty that I don't know where to start cleaning. Now, everyday, I know what I am doing, and this way, the house never gets out of control (hopefully)!
3) a local yellow pages I put together of all the restaurants and phone numbers that we may want food from after the baby comes. Or when we have out-of-town guests here, they can see what all is close by. I am also enclosing a section full of take-out menus.
4) a food section. It has two pages of menu choices, all under the main meat heading, of things I know how to cook and that are fairly quick and easy to make. Next, I have a blank weekly menu page I can take out every week to plan out our family dinners. I don't worry about breakfast or lunch, cause they don't require much more than instant oatmeal and sandwiches. Also included is my absolute favorite thing: my grocery shopping list. I spent two hours making this beauty and just LOVE it. It is a two-page all-inclusive list of everything I could think of that we buy at the grocery store. I set it up for Wal-Mart, since that is where I do most of my shopping. I started with Dairy, which is in the complete back of the store, and worked my way up the isles category by category so it ends with freezer and fruits & veggies. I don't worry about forgetting anything now because before I go shopping I go thru the list and mark anything I need. It also helps me to not buy "extra stuff" that we don't really need, because I know that I have a complete list and I feel safe knowing I didn't leave anything off.
5) a list section. This includes a list called "Projects to Do", which has a date heading, a project heading, and a cost heading. When we think of something we need or would like to do, we write it on the list so we don't forget it later. And with the cost heading, we can prioritize our expenses to include certain projects. The next list is a "Things to Buy". Here we write down "extras" we want or think we need. It also has a cost heading and a store heading so I know where to get it at. I put the more expensive items that we can't afford right away and the little things we need but that don't go on the grocery list on "things to buy". Right now it has some baby items, like the double stroller and a bassinet, and also the random things, like a thicker shelf for the TV armoire that we need to get at Home Depot. Also in my list section is a Birthday/Anniversary list. How many times do I flip the calendar and see that someone is having a Bday that week and don't have time to send a card or gift. Plus, I don't keep up on my calendar like I should. This way, at the beginning of the month, I can go check the list, and mark off if I sent or already bought something.
This is all I have for now, but it is still a work in progress. It really does help me though. If anyone wants a copy of my Grocery Shopping list or any other list I made, leave a comment with your email and I will send it to you. They are excel files so you can change it up to fit your family a little better. Now Mom, when you come visit this month, make sure to say how clean the house is!!!
Friday, August 1, 2008
So, as I sit here and type, I can hear her rattling the doorknob, and knocking on the door. She is yet to make a sound (I have the moniter on) but is trying that door pretty good. I guess we just have to do what we have to do. After she falls asleep, we open the door again so that she can come out when she wakes up, but I still feel a little mean and a little sad locking her in. Hopefully she will learn to stay in bed soon so I won't feel so guilty :)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Oh, and she wore her first hair clip/barrette today. No, it didn't have any purpose but it looked cute. Of course she lost it outside somewhere, or maybe Rosco ate it, but it looked cute while it lasted. Good thing they are cheap!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The doc has set us a preliminary C-section date of Aug. 27. We don't want to have another C if we don't have too, but our chances are pretty high. We start weekly stress tests at 37 weeks to watch our fluid levels (that's why Tessa was induced) and he said if I don't start to show any signs of going into labor, then we will be planning on the C. So, we just keep hoping things go good and we don't need the C. Anyways, this is our pregnancy update for those of you who were wondering how it is going!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
We were supposed to go over and have cake with her cousins on Sunday night, but Tessa is getting her last set of molars in, and had a runny nose and watery eyes and drooling mouth, so we decided to pass on the socializing. She is young enough that she doesn't know she missed out anyways. So we stayed home and watched the "puppy show" (101 Dalmatians) almost 3 times, and she thought that was great, cause she doesn't get to watch a lot of TV usually.
Saturday evening we took Tessa to the water park. It was nice, but not $25 nice. She would have had just as much fun at the regular old pool for $3. We had discounted tickets, so it wasn't too upsetting, but now we know to wait a few years before we take her back and pay the high price! But she enjoyed climbing on the stairs of the kiddie pool, then jumping off the bottom step. Of course she could touch where she jumped to, but she thought she was a daredevil!
All in all, it was a good weekend and she had a good birthday!
She can't reach the pedals, but she does have pegs!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I gave Kirk a haircut last night. He is tired of paying when I have a pair of capable hands that could cut it for free (well, he might have to tip)! So, we gave it a try. And, surprisingly, it turned out quiet well, or so he said. I was about half way through, and I stopped to think about what to cut next, when he asked if I was finished. I laughed and said no, and I asked if a normal haircutter would be done, and he said yeah, it would of been finished by then! But all good things take time. So, guess Kirk has a new stylist now, so next time you see him, tell him how great his hair looks!
This upcoming weekend we have a mini-reunion with Kirks family. It should be fun. It's nice that Tessa is getting big enough to play with the other cousins. On Kirks side, there are a lot of cousins. There are 4 of them all born within a year of each other, so that's really nice for her. Anyways, it should be fun. Check back next week for the details.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
She also rode the Carousal a few times. At the end of the night, Daddy was standing in line for the carousal, and Tessa and I were heading over to join him. We had to walk past the ride to get in line, and Tessa just started crying and wouldn't walk anymore. I bent down and asked her what was wrong, and all she said was "Horsey". I asked her if she wanted to ride the horsies again, and she lit up. She was sooo excited to go again. So maybe she will be a cowgirl afterall.
Tessa petting the horse...
Tessa riding on the whale ride. She wasn't so sure about this at first, but warmed up quickly after she saw us waving and laughing. The funny part is that she is the only kid on the ride, so that really made her nervous!