Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dirty Laundry

This little cutie, Little Miss, is adorable if I may say so myself! Only the best for her, of course.


We are cloth diapering (FLIP system is our go-to with night time diapers being Bumgenius 4.0 snaps with one Fuzzibunz thrown in that I am not a fan of at all!) her and decided to do so while she was still in the womb. Charles and myself both have very sensitive skin so I just knew she would too. Boy was I right...



We started out washing the diapers in All Free and Clear and while they were clean, I felt they could be cleaner and less sticky feeling. Not to mention, I had to strip them numerous times! We then tried adding a hard water softener to the cycle to help with the All. Then we had skin reactions from Little Miss! Her poor little body was broken out head to toe, bum too since all was washed in this new detergent! Back to the All we went... I have two friends that use cloth and love Charlie's Soap. I decided to give it a try!



Let me just take a moment to say I LOVE Charlie's Soap!!! And not becuase it's similiar in name to my husband. :-)



I have since switched ALL of our laundry duty to Charlie's Soap! No fragrances. No frills. No fun. Just clean. Everything smells, clean. That's it. Items are softer than before too. And, it is saving in money as it washes out in only two rinses opposed to the 4-5 the All required!



Have I mentioned I love Charlie's Soap?? :-)



I don't love that it doesn't get out dried in stains though. haha. Kind of unrealistic? Mr Sun takes care of those.



I wish they were paying me to say this. Actually, I just love it so much I'm sharing on my own free will!



It is cheap too. I purchased two 80 load washes to test out. When we hit the second one, I'm going to go all out and order the giant 5 lb detergent one!



Now if only I could find dryer balls that don't fall apart like the last two I tried... Suggestions?

Monday, April 25, 2011

NIAW!

National Infertility Awareness Week is upon us again, yesterday actually. To kick off some great things happening with Lost Stork Foundation, head on over to the amazingly designed Lost Stork Foundation blog by Aly @ The Infertility Overachievers! Still a work in progress so continue to check back!

Lost Stork Foundation {blog} has so kindly been given an amazing allotment of donations for this raffle! Each ticket is $5 and you have a chance of winning one in three raffle awesome packages.

Also, Aly is hosting her own giveaway in the name of NIAW! You can earn extra entries by following Lost Stork's blog and also by purchasing a raffle ticket! Check out her giveaway!

Super stoked with all that is happening in Lost Stork world! Don't forget, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter too!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!


Greatest man in history, named Jesus, had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him... He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today! Thank you Jesus for dying for my sins and rising again!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

On Watch...

Little Miss has been tucking her knees under her and scooting forward. She's chest up with arms straight a lot more these days too. She has "army crawled" a couple of times, but nothing consistent.

I find myself only putting her on the floor when I am sitting there with her as I don't want to miss the first crawl! I know, sad. But true. {We do spend most of the day on the floor but still!}

I think she's cued in on my watching and waiting to crawl since she is desperately trying to pull herself to stand! Yep. Trying to skip crawling all together {not under my watch Little Miss!}.

When sitting with her, she turns to position herself directly in front of you; reaches out her arms; grabs onto your fingers; and pulls herself to standing! Crazy. I know!

She tried to pull herself to standing in the tub. She got so frustrated since it was too slippery to do so just yet. She tries to pull up using the dog. The toy baskets. Just about anything that is within arms reach while sitting, she tries to pull to standing on!

My baby is growing up much too quickly for this mama's liking! Someone, please invent a freeze time machine so I can have her a baby for a bit longer! Half a year officially on Saturday...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

First and foremost...

I am a wife and mother.

Sometimes the wife part gets pushed back to care for the needs of my daughter. This last week has been one of those weeks.

It's been some kind of crazy around Swann Pond for the last week ish. I don't know if it is teeth, growth spurt, changes in my milk's taste, or what but Little Miss has not been too thrilled while nursing. She still wants to nurse, just fussed quite a bit in the process.

We persevered.

*Knock on wood*

Things seem to be getting back to normal... Whatever you consider "normal" in terms of a growing changing baby to mean.

For me, it means asleep at 8pm ish and awake at 7am ish. :-) It means 30-45 happy minutes of independent play in the mornings while I take care of the dogs, feed myself, and then join Little Miss in morning play before her first nap. It means putting her down in the dining room in front of the window while I walk to the door {it's right next to the dining room so I can clearly see her and she me} and let out the dogs throughout the day. It means lunch can be eaten and dinner made. It means a lot less fuss and a lot more laughs.

We'll see what the days continue to bring as we live by the ability to be flexible with her ever changing needs!

Nursing is one of those things that the rewards are there, you just have to push thru and you will get them! :-)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Springtime"

A beautiful poem my late grandmother wrote... Maybe this will encourage Spring to come on as obviously the groundhog did not!

Springtime

Spring is a beautiful room,

A ceiling of blue and floor of green,

A carpet of flowers in Bloom,

Every color you’ve ever seen.


Up in the trees are some nests,

With tiny blue eggs inside,

Why are they there – you can guess,

So wee baby birds can hide.

Until they come out to greet,

The rest of the newborn earth,

Singing a song so sweet,

Of the beauty of spring and it’s worth.

We love the warmth of summer,

And the many colors of fall,

But after the bleak of winter,

Spring’s the most welcome of all!


Anita V. Brown

I wonder what Spring is like in Heaven... I imagine as beautiful as it is here on earth, it's a bazillion times more so vibrant in colors in Heaven. I know grandma is enjoying it, minus the allergies!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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Monday, April 4, 2011

All too soon...

...my daughter will no longer want to nurse for nourishment or comfort...
...carrying her will be replaced with running and exploring on her own...
...her gummy smile will be replaced by pearly whites...
...she'll be independently putting herself to sleep in her big girl bed...
...cuddles will be replaced with quick secretive hugs and kisses...
...she'll choose someone else over me, her mommy...
...entertainment will be found in something other than my attempt at goofy faces...
...back talking words will be coming from her adorably cooing lips...
...rules will be set, she'll say she hates us...
...she'll be too big for me to pick up and hold, my baby...

All too soon, my baby girl will be a big girl who needs her mommy less. It is beautiful, this circle of life. It is also heartbreaking to know a day will come when my baby will no longer be a baby.

For now, I linger in putting my sleeping baby down for bed. I hold her during a nap or two. I take in her sweet baby smell a little more. When she lifts her chubby little arms up to me, I smile and pick her up. I try to memorize each gummy smile and squeal from excitement.

All too soon, it all will be a memory that pictures reflect on. A time I refuse to have any regrets of not enjoying more of her during this "baby time". So when I am sporadic in posting, it is not because I have forgotten but because I choose to spend the time treasuring my daughter before she grows up all too soon...