Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunshine On My Shoulder Makes Me Happy

It does. I swear. At least until the sunburn sets in. That's why I'm grateful for SPF 70 sunblock. Oh yes. Give me the strong stuff. I can burn on a cloudy day through UV protected glass, i.e. the car windows. Oh the joys of being a red head.

Yesterday we went back to Fairmont to buy some artwork from a friend. Pat Vincent has been exploring different kinds of art for several years. Each year he has an art show. Last year was the only time we didn't go and buy anything from him. One year it was cloth and paper, I bought two pieces from him that year.



Another year it was embroidery. Mike bought one that time.



The next year was wood burning. We got our favorite piece then, the Dharma Initiative symbol from Lost.



This year it is paintings.

We weren't able to go to the art show because my brother was here with the kids. Thankfully Pat put pictures of everything up on Facebook. I saw several things that I liked, but they were all sold. Then I found the perfect set. I loved them instantly. I'm going to hang them in Phoebe's room. There is nothing on her walls yet.


She loves them too. When I showed them to her she got very excited. :)


We stopped by Grandma's too. My youngest brother, Zack is in for a visit. He hadn't met Phoebe yet, he was very excited to. He wanted to be in the delivery room with me. Weirdo. He says he wants to be a doctor, maybe a surgeon. That was his reason. Anyway, it wasn't gonna happen. He lives in SC with his mom. She wouldn't drive him up here or let him miss school. So, yesterday was his first time meeting his niece. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure he has ever met Hannah and Abby, our brother Jimmy's kids.

I forgot Zack was there. Oops. So I didn't have my camera with me. I'll make sure to take it when I go back down one day this week.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tired

I'm really tired. My brother came to visit with Hannah and Abby yesterday. They were so excited to see "baby girl." They overwhelmed her with playing and noise. I forgot how loud Abby is. She doesn't know what an inside voice is, she yells all the time. Plus she's like a toddler tornado. I know, I know...she's only 2, but still.

Both girls kept taking Phoebe's binky out of her mouth and trying to cram a different one in it. I had several different kinds on her blanket in case she dropped one or just wanted a different one. She's learning to pick them up and put them back in her mouth by herself. I was afraid they were going to hurt her, so I had to make them stop that. Besides, it was just mean to keep taking her binky away. Punks. After that she was excited to play with them.

By the time they left we were all worn out. Poor Phoebes skipped a nap while they were here, so she was extra cranky sleepy. I hoped she would just go down for the night, but she fell asleep around 8, slept for 45 minutes then woke up for an hour or so before finally conking out for the night.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Happy Half Birthday!

Can you believe Phoebe is 6 months old? I can't. It is simply shocking to me. Shocking! Her infancy is passing in a blur. It really is. I feel like it was just yesterday that I brought home a tiny, little, sleeping angel. Now she's sitting up, trying to crawl. So many new feats are accomplished every day. Her first tooth has just poked through her gums. It isn't all the way in yet. So the teething monster is in residence. I'm going to miss her gummy smile.

She has become quite social. She just adores other babies. As soon as she sees one she grins and will crane her neck to keep staring as we pass. Yesterday we went grocery shopping, just the two of us. I carried her in the Baby Bjorn. She jabbered and squealed at every single person she saw. As you can imagine, she was exhausted by the time we left.

So here's to her first six months! I'm excited to see what the next six will bring us.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Co-sleeping

It's something I said I would never do. In fact, it was the first thing Mike & I agreed on when I was pregnant. There would be no baby in our bed. Our bed was OUR place. I had read all about the pros and cons of co-sleeping, but still knew it wasn't for us.

Life has a way of changing your plans. Just like the natural, drug free labor I wanted didn't happen. I was induced at 40 weeks 5 days. I requested the epidural after being in labor for 5 hours. The nurse that taught our birthing class was right. Pitocin made the contractions incredibly intense and unbearable. Because of the episiotomy I had it was hard for me to walk, so once we came home carrying her to the bedroom upstairs hurt too much. Since I am nursing her it was not feasible to have Mike take her up and down the stairs all night, just to have her in the crib. I first tried putting her in the pack n play beside the couch. That didn't work, because it was too hard to bend over to reach her. So I improvised.

We have an ergonomic neck pillow, it looks like there was a scoop taken out of the middle of a regular pillow. She fit perfectly in that pillow. I put her between me and the back of the couch. It was so much easier. I knew she was safe and not going anywhere.

When I was healed and able to climb the stairs I put her in the crib. That was when  found that I couldn't bear to have her that far away from me. We got a bassinet and tried that. She slept in it a few times. Truthfully I felt safer with her next to me. Right next to me. I could put my hand on her belly to feel if she were breathing or not. We never had a scare over her breathing, but I was afraid anyway.


Thus began our journey in co-sleeping. Honestly, I love it. Mike...not so much. He says he's always half awake to be aware of her so he won't roll on her. He wouldn't. I keep my arm between them or put her on the other side of my body if she is nursing from that side.

Now that she is able to roll on her own she tosses and turns a lot. Just like her parents. Both of us are active sleepers. The tossing and turning is keeping me awake. I get less sleep now than I did when she was a newborn.

I'm trying to transition her to the crib. Trying being the operative word. I'm having such a hard time with it. I still want her with me. If we had a bigger bed I would have no problem keeping her with me. *Sigh*

Getting her down in the crib initially has gotten much easier. I can get her to sleep in just a few minutes. Keeping her there is the problem. She still wakes to nurse twice at night. The first time I can get her back down with no problem, but the second time is a fight. I admit that I cave in and take her back to my bed.

Yes, I know I should be consistent, but it's hard! Can you tell how whiny that was? Picture a four year old saying that. I know it's so hard for me because my heart really isn't in it. I don't regret co-sleeping at all, it's been wonderful. It's just time to move to the next phase.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cloth Diapers

I had intended to cloth diaper from the beginning. I found a few different patterns for pocket and all-in-one diapers. I couldn't find the water proof material to make them out of though. So...I went to a local cloth diaper store, A Little Behind,  to get my stash started. It is located on Wall St. in Morgantown,WV. Sandy, the owner, is fantastic. She is so knowledgeable and friendly. I had been given a one size pocket diaper from her store as a gift. I started with a dozen unbleached Indian prefolds, 2 fitted diapers and 2 pairs of plastic pants. I liked the fitteds, but Phoebe outgrew them so quickly I barely got any use out of them. I tried the one size pocket, but...her legs were so skinny that it leaked through the leg holes. So I put that away for later use. I used the prefolds with a Snappi and the plastic pants for a while. Then I got a couple Thirsties covers and a couple Bummis Super Whisper wraps. The Thirsties got too small too fast, I should have gotten them in a larger size. I'm still using the Bummis. They work pretty well for us. Sometimes it's hard to get them tight enough...somebody is a squirming worm.

I just got a Flip cover, a set of Econobums and a Bum Genius Deluxe. I'll be trying these out this week. I'm trying different brands and types to see which I like best. I bought another 12 prefolds from Sandy today as well. That should last me for a while.

 I really love the fluffy butt.