Friday, April 27, 2012

Enjoy This Time

The most common piece of advice that good natured and well intentioned people offer is this: "Enjoy this time, it goes by so quickly."

It's not horrible advice. It's actually the inspiration for some of the greatest county songs. But when I make an effort to intentionally not take something for granted, I end up focusing on focusing.

From my senior year in high school until my junior year of college, I was on a strong antidepressant. One of the many side effects was memory loss. The best way I can explain it is that I can remember the people I spent time with but I have difficulty remembering the times I spent with those people. Photos and journaling are the best ways for me to preserve those memories. As I weened myself off of the meds, my memory loss still occurs. I continue to use diaries and photos to help me recollect.

Now that I'm a mother and have the best baby in the world, photos are the easiest go-to to track the times. I have to remind myself to try and drink in the moment as it happens instead of asking "Where's my phone! Where's the camera! QUICK!" I have to remind myself that I can write it down instead of having proof. I also have to remind myself that I don't have to be the keeper of memories because it's okay if I'm not able to recollect every nuance and facial movement.

Day by day and little by little I'm devouring this time of infanthood.  Instead of documenting, I'm actually here in the moment(s). Drinking it all in.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cloth Diapers: Week Twenty-five

Love love love these diapers.

No major news on the diaper front. Baking soda continues to work wonderfully for the smell, her solid foods produce solid gifts that easily fall into the toilet without a diaper sprayer, and still no blowouts!

We recently purchased two new covers for our stash for a total of $28. They are Smush Tush Diapers, a business of a stay at home mom in Washington. Yay for saving money AND supporting a mommy business! I was able to pick out the fabric and I chose a Muppets and a Kermit print. I wanted to keep them gender neutral so we can use them for multiple kiddos.

I continue to ask other moms how often they change their little ones and I'm still shocked at the wide range! I've heard from 7 a day to upwards of 15. We are also saving time because aren't replacing the sheets every night or changing her outfit more than once a day. (It also means we aren't buying more items to replace stained clothes or sheets.) Come to think of it, we could even be doing the same amount of laundry as some using disposables! (What a strange thought?) With that said, I'm adding $100 ($20 x 5 weeks) to our savings and adding $28 to our investment.

Total Personal Investment: $218
Savings To Date: $454
Return On Investment: + $236

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

$upporting Moms

Whether it's a friend or a bra, women like to be supported. I think it's important to support other moms' businesses.  Many times it's also cheaper than buying the same product at a boutique! I wanted to take a moment and brag about some of my favorite mommies that make things :)

Smush Tush Diapers was created by a Portland mommy that loves to cloth diaper! She custom made me two OS (one size) pocket diapers in a Kermit and Muppet print.   For $28, I had two beautifully made Muppet cloth diapers that easily would have been $50 in a CD store. She even made them a bit larger because Joanna has more growing to do.

My [barely used] nursing cover was made by a mommy in my office. I purchased the fabric so she only charged me $5 for her to sew it and create an adorable cover.

Most of Joanna's bows are from Dalma Pearl Designs, which was created by a friend of mine that knits. She loves personalizing things and I love what she makes!

I just ordered new sandals for Joanna from Tater Tots. I was able to pick the fabric and she even made a matching headband. She also makes incredibly cute bow ties, diaper wipe covers, and many other super cute accessories.

My mom has made Joanna about a dozen different things with her knitting needles: 2 wrap sweaters, a skirt, 5 hats, 2 blankets, and 3 headbands. That woman is incredible. I hope to one day be as crafty and generous as her.

If I purchased these products from a store, I would have spent over $100. Instead, I spent around $40 and it went directly to the moms without the middle [wo]man.

I was tempted to compare the support of a community to the support of a bra, that the most weight isn't carried on the straps but rather 80% of the weight is in the band that goes all the way around. But then Joanna started crying so I'll just say this: Support is great. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Welcome back, legs!

Dear legs,

I missed you. I haven't seen you in over a year. It's so good to have you guys back. 

We've been through a lot together: crawling, walking, arabesques, jazz squares, kick lines, brisk walks because I hate running, etc. After I got knocked up, we stopped seeing each other so often. Dare I say - there was something growing between us.

As my sag shrinks and my flexibility increases, our friendship is slowly restoring itself to its former glory. 

So legs, let's stay together. (HA). No seriously - if I get knocked up again in the near future, I promise to not let go of you so easily. I'll keep walking, dancing, chasing Joanna; whatever it takes to keep our relationship going. I'll also keep the tinted moisturizer on hand so we can stay inside. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ode to Enamel

Humor is the best remedy:

[to the tune of O Christmas Tree]

O teething child my teething child,
Thy whines are o so piercing.
O teething child, my teething child,
I may resort to drinking.

Not only when I'm wide awake,
But also when 'tis very late.
O teething child, my teething child,
I only sleep when blinking.

Oh drooling babe, my drooling babe,
Your spit fount overfloweth.
Oh whiny creature from my womb,
Perhaps you need a drink, too.

[to the tune of Barbara Manatee]

Oh teething child of mine! (child of mine! child of mine!)
Annoying is your whine! (is your whine, whine whine whine!)
As teeth form up above (enamel from Heaven!)
You're still the one I love! (WAH WAH WAH WAH!)

Oh teething babe of Jon! (babe of Jon! babe of Jon!)
I hope you like this song! (sing a song, singalong)
Your cheeks are turning red (turning red and rosy)
So please now go to bed (bed bed bed bed!)

(Thanks for helping me write one of the verses, Jon!)

And now a video of her usual jibber jabber:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

More tooth(es)!

Joanna now has two teeth poking out and I know she has at least two on the cusp of bi-cusping.

Wow. What a horrible pun.

Our beautifully calm and smiley girl has turned into an actual infant - she cries, howls, whines, and can be inconsolable the day before she cuts a tooth.

After hanging out with both sets of grandparents, Aunt Amy, and Uncle Chad, Joanna saved her fussiness for her mommy and daddy a few hours before our 3 hour drive home. How thoughtful of her!

I'm telling you: Orajel is my hero. That topical gel and the vibrations of the car were able to let her sleep through her pain and helped her body temperature get back to normal. I didn't have the chance to take her temperature to validate my suspicion of a fever, but my spidey sense was tingling so I must be right.  I still firmly believe that the amber teething necklace was a solid buy. When coupling the necklace with Orajel Naturals, it seems to do the trick without resorting to Tylenol.

Joanna found her own remedy: her lips. My baby girl is an old man.

Her appetite seems to have increased. Perhaps another 'spurt to go with her growing enamel? I swear as soon as I get used to her size, she changes. I think that's because she's a child and children grow. Who knew?

These photos are from Grandma's house! Grandma really enjoyed feeding her banana oatmeal. She first looked at the batch I made for Joanna and said I made too much. It was gone in under 5 minutes (except from the remnants on her old man face.) 

Sunday, April 1, 2012


After a lovely weekend celebrating my brother's new marriage with his wife Megan, our little family returned home to relax. Jonathan held his sweet baby daughter and made the following observation:

All attempts to photograph said teeth
were thwarted by her tongue.
"Wow. We have a really docile child."

"Why do you say that?"

"Here. Put your finger along her gums."

I see one tooth. I feel two teeth.

Huh?! She's only 5 months old! She can't even sit up and now she's getting teeth? She was a bit fussy this weekend but I thought it was from traveling - it's from the enamel emerging from her gums.

I've been feeding her cold(ish) solid foods to help relieve her drooling. I think it also helped numb some of her pain. She also has a teething ring that we can freeze and a mesh food pop thing that can hold frozen foods.

The baltic amber teething necklace that we purchased for her is amazing. Because she has no neck, we've been putting it on her ankle and tucking it into her sock so it doesn't fall off. I'm not sure if the magical jewelry is the reason she's so calm but it I know it didn't hurt. $17 is a great price to pay for a calm, teething child.