Wednesday, September 26, 2012

5 months!

C turned 5 months on Saturday! It really seems like yesterday that we got the call and went to the hospital to meet him and bring him home. His smiles melt my heart and I every day I am more and more grateful to be his mom!

C was born with a beautiful head of hair... however, it was getting very long and starting to get knotted when I washed it. And, I confess, one day my earring also got caught in it! Since I know curly hair is very forgiving, I decided I would try cutting his hair on my own. It will grow back, right? :)

His hair on the back of his head is straight from lying on it, so I didn't touch that. I just cut the top part where the curls were starting to get out of control...


Here we go!

You're funny Mom. I hope my hair still looks good.

How do I look?

Handsome, you say? Well, thank you very much!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cloth diapering

In case there are any new moms or expectant mothers out there considering cloth diapers, this post is for you! :) (Before I continue - I do use disposables when we travel out of town. It's just been more convenient so far. Maybe at some point I'll change my mind and try traveling with cloth... we'll see!)

But as far as at home, I don't remember a time when I wasn't considering cloth diapering. It's probably because it's all I knew growing up - I was 9 when my twin sisters were born and remember all the cute little duckie and frog safety pins! (And the diaper pail for dirty diapers in the basement laundry area, haha!) I'd have to consult my mom to see if I ever helped in this area though... :)

The biggest consideration though was saving money - one site I read estimated saving between $2000 and $3000 per year by cloth diapering. I imagine you can also think of other ways to spend that other than on diapers! :)

So, before we got the call for C, I had done some research and talked to a number of friends about what they liked. I ended up using the following:

BumGenius All-in One with Newborn Insert

I chose the snap closure simply because I don't care for velcro and I thought they would last longer. As in more adoptions! :) I love that they have so many options for the snaps so they really do "grow" with the baby. I use one of the thick inserts during the day (or two of the newborn inserts) and at night I do a double stuff with 2 of the thick inserts. It helps so that I don't always have to do a diaper change at night if he just wakes up for a quick feeding.

I have a total of 24 diapers. I originally planned to purchase them through BuyBuyBaby but found out I couldn't use coupons on them. I found them online at Kelly'sCloset where there was a Buy 5 Get 1 Free deal. I think there are more websites that offer this kind of deal, I just can't remember where.

I also snagged four packs of these cloth wipes:
BumGenius flannel wipes (12 pack)
As far as cleaning goes, I do a quick rinse in my washing machine (about 20 minutes),  then I add soap (I am currently using Dreft detergent. I tried BumGenius detergent but realized despite being HE, it wasn't disolving in my machine - ewe!) I also used the Method Free & Clear Laundry detergent when I had it. I also, despite the recommendations, use a little more than the recommended amount of cleaner. Probably about half the amount of normal laundry load, while 1/4 the amount is recommended.

Once a month I wash the diapers with some bleach to help with odors.

I have tried the following sprays to help reduce stains (I haven't noticed any though and I'm not always consistent with using one of the sprays):

BabyGanics Stain Remover

BumGenius Odor Remover


By far, my favorite is the Bac-Out spray - simply because it smells like lime and reminds me of lime popsicles, haha!

Now I feel a little weird discussing this, but here goes... C's poo was typical for a baby on commercial formula for the first 3 1/2 months - it changed a little when we switched from Enfamil to Similac - Similac it was supposed to look more like that of a breast-fed baby. Is that true? Not sure.

When I switched to the homemade formula at about 4 months (I have another post in the works on that), his poo became more like that of a baby who started eating solids. It's solid enough that I can usually wipe it off the diaper or peel it (sorry!) and put it in the toilet.

I do a load of diapers every 2-3 days. It helps that I bought a lot. I heard anywhere from 18-24 recommended for newborns. Also, if you have children close in age, both in diapers, it would be helpful to have more on hand.

Oh, and finally - I put the used diapers in one of these bags:

Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Diaper Bag

They are great. I haven't noticed any smells which of course is what I was hoping for! I have a large one and one small one that I use when out running errands. I'd probably recommend 2 large ones so you have a place to store dirty diapers when you're laundering the bag (which I just throw in the washer and dryer with the diapers), but you can manage with one.

I've really found it remarkably easy (for the most part DH has too) and I also think C notices more when he is wet/messy. Maybe that will be easier when potty training? Here's hoping!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Welcome Home Wednesdays

I don't know about you, but in addition to reading blogs, I love seeing photos. I'm nosy, I guess - I like seeing people's homes and faces! :) It's helpful to get decorating ideas too! I know my blog is anonymous - I don't use my real name (though many of you know it!), but I don't mind posting photos.

So, since I love snooping browsing and seeing other's homes, I figured I should share some of my home as well. Welcome Home Wednesdays is how I'll share decorating and maybe organizing ideas if I  come across a good project!

So.... come on in! :)


At the wedding DH & I went to in CA this summer, we won this centerpiece (ok, actually, we didn't win it. DH's aunt won it and kindly offered it to us since she already had one. I didn't think twice before accepting!) I've had the leaves and little pumpkins for a few years, and was pleased with how this turned out. Pinterest helped give me some inspiration!

I love fall, don't you? There's something so nice about crisp, cool air after the heat of summer. Pumpkins, apple cider (yes, I did break down and buy the ice cream maker and I've made pumpkin ice cream twice already!)... the anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner.
One of my students this week said when she comes there's always something new! (It could be the TV in the living room due to our water damage)... but then she pointed out this little arrangement. She told me I should light the candle sometime - it smelled nice. I told her next week for her lesson to remind me and I'd light it!

DH & I received this hurricane as a wedding present. The first year, I put ornaments in it for Christmas and finally last year I bought a candle (cinnamon - yum!) and added the acorns. I had so many leaves that this year I added those to it. I can't decide which I like better- just acorns? (Can you picture it like that?) Or acorns and leaves? Your thoughts?

And finally, have you ever tried Woodwick candles? DH & I found one at a candle shop on vacation one year and now I've been able to find them lots of places. Hallmark and BedBath & Beyond are two places. There is a little wooden stick as the wick - it crackles quietly like a little fire! :) This one is one of my fall ones:

And of course, can't leave out this little man who would be happy to welcome you to our home as well! 

Have you decorated your home for fall? Please share photos! Remember, I'm nosy curious. :)

Friday, September 7, 2012


Apparently, they are delicious when you are a baby. :) Sometimes he actually gags himself he tries to stuff so many fingers in his mouth! DH & I usually try to keep him focused on something else after he eats for obvious reasons, haha.

Drooling machine.

Sophie will do as well.

Today C rolled over for the first time!! And propped himself up!!
Way to go, C! My baby is getting so big!

And after propping himself up, he was tired. :)

My loves!

We have a fun weekend planned - a big picnic with lots of friends at a nice park nearby, a birthday party for the little boy of family friends, and a baptism of a long-awaited sweet girl. What do you have planned for this weekend?

Happy Friday, everyone!

Monday, September 3, 2012

C's newborn photos

Finally... C's newborn photos! We LOVED our photographer, Melody with Capture a Moment Photography. She came to the house because we had our own props we wanted to use - namely the piano! :) It took us forever to decide the ones we wanted blown up to display, so we just got them a few weeks ago. Here are some of my favorites:

For this child, we have prayed...

First lesson

This one ordered as a 20x24 canvas print. LOVE.

Makes me smile

Those lips!!

Hat made by Grand-memere

Still loves "Bear"

Start 'em young...

He even has Polamalu's hair! :)


So smoochable!!

With Daddy's hat & Great-Grandfather's sword 

See why it took us a while? :)

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