Thursday, April 11, 2013

1st birthday ideas

Let me start by saying sorry for the lack in posts. We have had an incredibly busy few months. First baby and I took a 3 week trip to Michigan, then I started back to school online, and we moved. Hmm it doesn't sound like much now, but these things have kept us very busy.

Anyhow, we are now just shy of a month away from baby's 1st birthday! I am curious to know, what are some things you did/would like to do/have seen done for 1st birthdays? We plan to keep it simple, but please share anything you would like from gift ideas to cake recipes.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Baby is going on her first plane ride!

I am taking baby on her first plane ride, Monday. While packing our bags today, I realized a couple of things. First, I really don't want to carry her diaper bag plus ou clothes bag on the plane and through the airports. Second, I will need something to keep her wet diapers in while we travel. Thankfully, I have a few large squares of PUL. So, I am going to sew us up a quick wet/dry bag for our trip. My plan is to do a zipper enclosure for the wet pocket, a fold over snap enclosure for the dry, and a small snap pocket for a handy place to keep me id. I'm doing snaps instead of all zippers, because snaps do a good job of keeping the little lady entertained.

Baby can be rather loud too. She likes to yell, happily so she's not crying at least, but she sure can yell. I keep picturing everyone either laughing or becoming very annoyed when my child continually says, "AHHHHHHHHHHHH!" Or maybe she will sleep? I do plan to try to nurse her to help with her ears. She is a very curious little girl though so we'll see how it goes.

Mostly, I am nervous about having her away from her Daddy. She loves him, and we are all a bit sad he can't come with. zaxxz<-- baby says hello. :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Daddy Time & More

Jeff decided this morning to take baby girl out with him for awhile, so that I can get a break. I love that he does these things for me. What I love even more though, is how excited she got about it. She couldn't get away from me fast enough. She isn't usually quite so eager to leave Mama, however she hasn't had much Daddy time in over a week now, because he's been sick and probably a bit over worried about her catching it. So by yesterday, when he was finally willing to get close to her again, she was more than ready to give him lots of hugs. I just hope she is good in the car today. She's not always so good in the car, which can put a damper on fun plans.

I've also been thinking, I wish we could find a playgroup for her. There is a store nearby us that has a couple of different groups, including a Dad's group. I think would be awesome for Jeff to be able to take her to. The problem is the groups are all at 10am, and we live a good 30 minute drive away, longer sometimes in winter. Baby girl is rarely up and ready to leave the house before 10. I wish they had groups in the afternoon, because then it would be worth making the drive.

I've thought about trying to find something local, or even starting something, but to be honest, I'm not quite sure how to go about doing this? I know very few people where we live, and most the parents I do know have totally different parenting styles than ours. Maybe this doesn't really matter? I might try looking around to see if I can find enough interest to start a playgroup in the afternoon one day a week. Of course, I'd also have to figure out where to have it.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Baby Likes to Poop (on the toilet).

Let's talk briefly about elimination communication. I say briefly because baby girl is getting more teeth, and thus in need of lots of attention today.

Anyhow elimination communication, for those who don't know, is basically introducing baby to the toilet early, by learning to follow their cues that they have to go. Believe it or not, even very young babies have such cues. There are a variety of ways of doing this, and I am no expert, so please keep in mind that this post is simply about what has worked for us.

I started holding baby over the toilet at just a few weeks old. She was strong enough to support her head, otherwise I would have waited. My main reasons for doing so was that baby girl seemed to wait for a clean diaper, or at least until her diaper was off to go, and she'd get pretty upset about being wet or poopy. So I started holding her over the toilet at diaper changes.

I haven't done this at every change, or even every day. I mainly would do so when she'd act restless about having a diaper put on her. I take this as a cue she needs to go, and it usually is.

Another thing we have done is given her plenty of diaper free time, and not shamed her if she pees or poops on the floor, the bed, anywhere. We want her to feel completely normal about her urges to go. It's not like she will purposely potty on the floor as she gets older. Interestingly enough,despite our best efforts to make her feel like it's totally okay if she does pee or poop somewhere besides her diaper or the toilet, she gets noticeably embarrassed when it does happen. Thus, I'm not worried.

Recently that she has been telling me she needs to go. She has been getting my attention in whatever way she can, and then grunting. The last few times she has even waited until I got her on the toilet to poop. I'm also earning to be patient with her when she crawls away at diaper changes. This too, usually means she has to go. I just have to remember there is no rush to get a diaper on her, and take her to the bathroom.

I don't know that this means she will potty train early, nor do I care. We always follow her lead. If she doesn't want to sit on the tooilet, we never make her. As long as she is happy, then Mama is happy, and if pooping on the toilet at 8 months old makes her happy, then I'm all for it. :)

Friday, January 4, 2013

The best diaper sewing mistake I've made yet

Before baby girl was born, we were given quite a few oso cozy prefolds as a gift. Some are better fits, which have been great for us. The rest, however, are larger sizes, which given that our baby has a rather tiny bottom, even for a baby, I don't see ever fitting her well. Still, I wanted to be able to use them. I tend to feel guilty if I never use something someone gave me.

While looking at diaper sewing patters, way back before baby was born, I came across an idea to turn a prefold into a fitted. I decided to give it a try. That same day, we went out and bought some flannel, and I got busy cutting and sewing. I actually hand sewed that first diaper, and now 8 months later it's still in use. I used the prefold and sewed a layer of flannel on top of it, easy as that.

Well, recently I got to thinking about how easy that had been to make, and how great of a diaper it's been functionally. So I thought, I wonder what happens if I sew 2 layers of flannel on instead of just one? I set to work sewing a new diaper. Only, somehow I got distracted. (Gee, I wonder how!). I completely forget to turn the fabrics, and wound up sewing them so that the prefold layer became sandwiched in between the two layers of flannel. I decided to give it a try anyhow, and gave it the ultimate test by putting it on baby over night.

Baby girl has worn this diaper many nights now for 12+ hours. While some mornings, the diaper itself is pretty wet, her skin is always completely dry. If I lay a doubler inside of this diaper, the diaper doesn't even wet through some nights. Now I wonder if it would work as well, had I not sandwiched the prefold by accident? I guess I better do some experimenting to find out.

Mostly, I'm relieved I've found something useful to do with the millions of receiving blankets we were given too. I think I know what my first diaper giveaway might be. ;)