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Cloth Diaper Update

We’ve been cloth diapering for a little over two months now and I think it is going great so far.  I wish I had waited before filling out my stash as much as I did. It is a little Smartipants heavy. I really like the diapers, but the colors are a little boring and too pastel. My husband, who has a little Ned Flanders in him, like plain, white diapers. Silly. So I have about 5 white diapers, which is a waste of possible cuteness, but does come in handy when none of the diapers even vaguely coordinate with his outfit.

As far as overnight, we had been using disposable, simply because they lasted all night with no leaking. Until three days ago, then we started leaking. And the night before last, the diaper actually exploded, leading to jammies full of the little surely toxic plastic gel beads and a bath before 7 AM. So last night, Doodlebug spent his first night in a cloth diaper. No Leaks! I used a double stuffed BumGenius pocket. He woke up at 4AM, I checked and he had dry jammies, so I just nursed him back to sleep. He was still dry at 6 AM. I only have one of those diapers, so I will have to come up with a different plan for tonight.

March 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

4 Bs

We are working on a bedtime routine, slowly but surely trying to set a routine in place. The one I have settled on is bath, bottle, book, boob. Most of the time it works pretty well, especially on nights when I am the only one home, which is about 4-5 per week. Sure, I skip the bath some nights, but baby isn’t too dirty yet. He has just started rolling a lot and is mostly contained on a blanket.  I start about 8 pm or so and baby gets all tucked in by 9. This gives me time to do the dishes, put away laundry and diapers that are laying about and to a general tidying up. Then I get ready for bed, sometimes squeeze in a shower and have about 10 minutes to read before it is lights out by 10:45. I will say, it takes me a lot longer to read a book than it used to.

Everything is working out, but we have had some sleeping set-backs. Spencer used to sleep through the night pretty regularly, waking up between 5 am and 6 am. Now, it is much more erratic. Some mornings it is 2 am, mostly 4 am and a (very) few super-awesome 6 ams. I think the change can be attributed to either teething or the cooler weather. Not sure, but I hope it goes back to the way it was. I didn’t appreciate how lucky I was then.  Every time I get used to something or feel like I am getting good at it, it changes.

January 11, 2010 at 2:44 am Leave a comment

Sleep

I never thought much about sleep. I’ve always been a pretty easy and sound sleeper with some bouts of insomnia in times of stress. During my pregnancy, I had a more diffecult time of it when I was unable to sleep in my bed during the eighth month and I began to have some problems staying asleep.  All of these are normal things for the late stages of pregnancy. I’ve been pretty lucky so far with Spencer, as far as sleep goes. He’s slept in a 5 hour block at night almost since birth. This may have contributed to some of my milk supply issues, but it was great as a new parent.

This week, however, because of either his cold, teething or some sort of 5 month growth spurt things have changed. I now have a better idea about sleepless nights and getting up every two hours to nurse. It is a rude shock to have it happen at 5 months.  I am tired all of the time and I look like I’ve been hit by a truck This combined with only being back at work for 3 weeks has really worked me over. Spencer fell asleep a little earlier than normal tonight and the 45 minutes between the time he fell asleep and when I should go to bed have been awesome.  They are over now, but it was great while it lasted. Hopefully, he will go back to his old sleeping patterns soon.

January 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Good Baby

I paid a visit to work to watch a presentation by my former team.  The visit was great- it was good to see everyone, the baby was admired and I gave my support to the team.  However, I did notice something annoying.  Just about every other person asked me one of two things: is he a good baby or does he sleep through the night.  I am not really sure how to answer either of these questions.

Is he a good baby? Of course he is a good baby.  Well, he is my only baby so I don’t really know any different, but what are they expecting me to say? No, actually he is evil and I regret everything that led to this point.  This may just be a work platitude like when you ask how someone is and she always just answers fine.  I have had cashiers and relatives ask me this question too, but not as often as the next.

Does he sleep through the night? There are several answers to this: sometimes, he sleeps enough and he sleeps in some good blocks.  What I never really answer is that as a breastfeed baby it is unusual for him to sleep through the night.  I’ve noticed that the nurses at work actually ask me if I am getting enough sleep.  This is much better; there is no stigma or expectation attached.  People have this expectation that “sleeping through the night” is an imperative.  It isn’t.  I am more than happy to get up and nurse my baby all night.

October 31, 2009 at 3:56 am Leave a comment


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