Archive | November, 2013

Fluffy Butts

26 Nov

While I was pregnant with my son, I started looking into cloth diapering. Unfortunately I didn’t look long. I immediately jumped to the (wrong) conclusion that cloth diapering was icky and hard. Afterall, we had a stack of disposables from our baby shower that resembled the Eiffel Tower. Low and behold, when Silas was about 5 months old my disposable diaper stash began to disappear and new packs were costing us a pretty penny. So I decided to give cloth diapering a go one more time.

As you know I love to do, I did a little research. Man, was I overwhelmed at first. Did you know there’s a billion ways to cloth diaper?! Well maybe not a billion but several. You can use prefolds, flats, even flour sack towels and a cover or a pocket, a fitted, a hybrid, an all in one, or an all in two. You can choose insert options such as microfiber, bamboo, charcoal bamboo, hemp, or something mysterious called zorb. That’s a lot for a gal to take in. I’m not going to even attempt to explain the differences to you but I’ll post some helpful links at the bottom of this post. All I know is I’m a pocket with a cbi fan.

What’s so awesome about cloth diapering? Well obviously it saves money. Most families save upwards of $1,000 a child! But it’s also good for the environment. Did you know it takes a disposable diaper 250-500 years to completely decompose in our landfills?! Yikes. And it’s better for your baby. No harsh chemicals.

Is cloth diapering hard? Honestly its not. Now don’t get me wrong, it isn’t as convenient as disposables but it is no where near as difficult as I’d imagined. In fact, its pretty easy, just a few extra loads of laundry and a slightly bulkier diaper bag. What about the poop? That was my main concern. The poop isn’t so bad either. If my son has a poopy I just clean him up like normal then take the diaper to the toilet, shake off the solid stuff, then spray off the diaper (with my shower sprayer but eventually I’m getting a diaper sprayer lol), and toss in the wet bag til laundry time. Pretty simple.

I love cloth diapering! And my son’s fluffy tooshie is so cute!

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Link as promised:
Types of Cloth Diapers

Check out Diaper Junction for all your cloth diapering needs. Click the pic below to go there NOW 🙂

Wear All the Babies

20 Nov

Isaiah 40:11 KJV

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Just as Jesus carries his children, so will I carry mine.

When I was pregnant I did a lot of research. A whole lot. Like a ton. I spent hours on mommy forums reading about everything from cloth diapering to sleep training. It was then and there that I discovered babywearing. I have to admit I wasn’t sold at first but the more I looked in to the more I fell in love with all the beautiful carriers. So what did I do? You guessed it, I did my research. I am by no means a professional babywearer but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t totally obsessed at this point. So I’d like to share with you what I know. I would encourage you to do some more research. You may just find yourself a little infatuated as well.

First things first, what is babywearing? Babywearing is simply wearing your child in a carrier on your body. It allows you to both keep your little ones close AND be handsfree to do all your mommy-wife duties.

What are the benefits? As I already mentioned it is a great way to be handsfree and get things done while simultaneously bonding with your baby. Need more convincing? Studies have shown that babies who are worn cry less than babies who are not. Coincidentally, worn babies may have more time to calmly study their surroundings and actually have higher IQs. I can’t prove or debunk this but seriously, look it up. Babywearing is great for discreetly breastfeeding in public, easier than maneuvering a stroller in and out of crowds AND there are some pretty rockin carriers out there. Also, and this is pure hearsay, I’ve heard that babywearing strengthens baby’s back and neck muscles. Maybe its pure coincidence but my son rolled over at 11 weeks, sat up and crawled at 5 months, and is now pulling up at 6 months.

As far as types of carriers, you have plenty of options.

Types of Carriers

Narrow based (“Crotch Dangler”) – The most common type of carrier (BUT LEAST RECCOMENDED) is a narrow-based, or as some like to call them, “crotch dangler” carrier such as a Baby Bjorn or Snugli. There’s tons of myths floating around out there about these, but also a lot of truth. Contrary to popular belief, these carriers WILL NOT cause hip dysplasia. They CAN however exacerbate an already existing condition. My son’s pediatrician checks his hips at every appointment. I assume this is routine and, if so, you probably are aware if your child has hip dysplasia. If you do have a child with hip dysplasia you should avoid this type of carrier. If your child has normally developing hips, “crotch danglers” are safe but NOT ideal. Another concern with this type of carrier is the overstimulation front facing can cause. The best positioning for baby when wearing is facing mom, in a seated position, with carrier knee to knee and knees above bum similar to the shape of the letter M.

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Ergonomic Options

Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) – carrier with straps and buckles such as an Ergo, Boba, or Tula. These are easy (once you get the hang of it) and quick. You can use them on the front, back, and sometimes hip.

Mei tai – similar in structure to a SSC but instead of buckles you have long ties that wrap around your’s and baby’s bodies. If you are looking for a budget friendly option Infantino makes an awesome mei tai for around $30.

Ring sling – a long piece of fabric with rings attached to one end. You place the rings over one shoulder then thread the other end of the fabric through the rings to make a sling.

Woven Wrap – in my own opinion, the best but most intimidating carrier. Ironinically these have the simplest form (just one long peice of fabric) but are the most difficult to learn how to use. It can be a bit overwhelming at first with all the brands (Girasol, Natibaby, Kokadi, Dolcino, etc.), sizes, and carry options. Don’t let this scare you off. It may take a bit of practice but once you learn how to wrap you’ll never go back. There’s almost infinate possibilities for wrapping: front carries, back carries, hip carries, carries for everything! Color and pattern options are also nearly limitless (some women collect wraps like others collect shoes). If you need a tutorial, check out Babywearing Faith on YouTube. She’s awesome!

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My small but lovely stash 🙂

How do I babywear safely?

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Check out some of the carriers available at Diaper Junction (click the image below to go there now!)

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My Birth Story

19 Nov

This is my birth story as written and shared a week after my son’s birth. I had prepared for a natural birth but didn’t exactly get there.

“I started the Hypnobabies program at 24 weeks and did each class for 2 weeks instead of one. I loved practicing and was very dedicated to the program. I never missed a single script and I did my finger drops daily without fail. I had a wonderful pregnancy and was calm and confident about my birthing.On May 8th I sat down on the couch with DH and told him I had a feeling something was about to happen. Maybe an hour later my water broke. I got very nervous and panicked because I had visualized my waters staying in tact til further into my birthing time. I listened to Fear Clearing and felt so much better. Pressure waves started very intense and 2 mins apart. I used my light switch and peace cue and felt like I was handling well. The only position I could be comfortable in however was leaning and swaying. I continued using my HB tools with complete confidence. About 5 hours into my birthing time I started vomiting and shaking. I knew these were signs of transition so I decided it was time to go to the hospital. When I arrived I was checked and at 2cm! I couldn’t believe it. I was so dissapointed. My pressure waves were now extremely intense and I was throwing up with most of them. Dh was applying counter pressure but it was of little help. I was in (BOP) lots of pain. I was moaning and vocalizing through but felt like I was barely making it. I was checked again 2 hours later and still only at a 3. I had been in my birthing time for 8 hours and had made very little progress. I cried and told DH I couldn’t do it anymore. I opted for an epi and although it felt like heaven I was devasted with the decision I had made and I cried many times during my birthing time because I felt like a complete failure. After getting the epi I was barely progressing. I was put on high doses of pit and ended up birthing for 23 hours total. My son was born May 9th 2013 at 5:49pm. He weighed 7lbs 6oz and is PERFECT. For him I am so thankful but I can’t help but mourn the birthing experience that I didn’t get.”

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At 6 months post partum I am still struggling with my birth experience. These are very difficult emotions for me because I know I am blessed to have a healthy child regardless of how he entered the world. In hindsight, I think many things contributed to me “giving up”. I do not blame Hypnobabies. In fact, the program gave me peace and calmness where I otherwise would have been frantic. I do plan to use Hypnobabies again. I think my decision to use a OB and a hospital was my first mistake. I did like my doctor as a person but I honestly felt judged and belittled by him my entire pregnancy. I felt like he refused to take me seriously. That should have been the first red flag. And although I had several amazing nurses, for the most part, they made me feel like a sick patient instead of a strong, birthing woman. The triage nurse bullied me several times and I can’t help but wonder if those amazing nurses may have been less than amazing if I hadn’t already had the epidural when I met them.

I also feel as though perhaps I was a bit stunned by the unanticipated path my birthing took. I hadn’t expected my water to break first, my contractions to start out so intense and close or to be stuck in triage for 10 hours because L&D was full. I had visualized laboring in the shower in my own room, progressing at a steady pace, and being completely respected by the hospital staff.

I can say for certain that next time I will have a midwife and use a birthing center.

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