Sunday, June 30, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Hard to believe Haddie Grace is 3 months old. Between packing and moving the past month as flown by! She is a mover and a shaker for sure! She does not sit still! She can roll over both ways and is ALWAYS scooting or rolling off her play mat. If you're holding her, her legs don't stop moving. Unlike Phoebe, she is not much of a cuddler; she is too busy. She likes to be sitting up so she can see what's going on.
She grabs anything and everything and loves all the toys hanging down off her play mat. She loves her giraffe paci. I am still swaddling her at nap time and bed time and I'm scared to stop because she sleeps so well. She did manage to roll over onto her belly in the swaddle yesterday though and got upset because she couldn't roll back onto her back while swaddled. If she makes a habit of rolling over in the swaddle I might have to stop using it- we'll see.
She is also quite verbal. She is experimenting with sounds and moving her tongue around a lot more than Phoebe did at this age. She makes a lot of different sounds and her tongue is very long. I know that sounds funny, but she can really extend her tongue far outside her mouth in a way Phoebe never did. It makes me laugh to see her playing with her tongue so much.
|Phoebe and Elmo wanted in on the action...|
She truly is a happy and easy baby. We said Phoebe was an easy baby, but we were wrong. Haddie Grace is an easy baby. She's a good eater and a good sleeper. I'm guessing she weighs about 13lbs. She eats six times/day about every three hours and takes 4 1/2-5oz each feeding. I'm still trying to nurse her a little bit, but I'm mostly pumping and bottle feeding. She nurses first thing in the morning and then maybe one other time during the day depending on what all is going on. Since she doesn't transfer that much milk from me, it is more for my benefit to nurse her than for her good. I still have to supplement with a bottle after I nurse her, so nursing just seems to prolong the feeding process without giving much nutritional benefit. I try to wake her up around 6:30 (if she's not up already) to nurse her and pump before Phoebe wakes up. And then I pump 4 times total during the day for her. Because I don't produce enough milk I am supplementing her with donor breast milk from a good friend.
Haddie Grace is a great napper and goes with the flow. She's a second child so she gets dragged along everywhere in the morning and takes cat naps when she can. I put her down for an afternoon nap around 1pm with Phoebe and she sleeps great! I will typically wake her up between 4 and 4:30 to eat in order keep her on some sort of a schedule for the evening. She naps great. Phoebe never napped that long!
She eats around 7pm and then goes down to bed for the evening around 7:30 or 8. Before I go to bed around 10 or 10:30 I give her another bottle. She only takes 2 or 3 ounces; I don't know she might not need it, but I don't want her to wake up during the middle of the night so I give it to her. She doesn't really even wake up to take it. I take her out of bed, put the bottle in her mouth, and lay her right back down when she's finished. Then she sleeps till 6:30 or so in the morning or whenever I wake her up. It works well for us.
She's a big girl now sitting in her bumbo chair.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thank goodness it is Friday. Really. It has been a crazy past couple of weeks, but now that we are moved into our new house and unpacked life should slow down and I can get back to the blog.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
I'm back with another product that I LOVE. For the past year and half we've been working towards a more holistic natural lifestyle by eating REAL food and eliminating potentially harmful chemicals from our environment. I have been making my own laundry detergent for almost two years now, and recently came across Woolzies as an alternative to traditional dryer sheets and fabric softeners.
Woolzies Dryer Balls eliminate the need for traditional fabric softeners which contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to both you and the environment. Each package contains six handmade wool balls that you use in place of fabric softeners in the dryer. Woolzies are guaranteed to last for 1,000 loads or your money back! If you were to do eight loads of laundry/week one box of six Woolzie dryer balls would last you at least 2 years! That is def worth the money!
I was especially interested in Woolzies for my cloth diapers. You can not use any fabric softeners on the cloth diapers because they will hinder the absorption abilities of the diaper inserts (not good). So whenever I take my diapers out of the dryer you can see and hear the sparks fly as you peel them apart from each other. It is the one thing I dislike about washing the cloth diapers. The Woolzie balls have significantly decreased the static in my diapers when I take them out of the dryer! I won't say that it is completely gone (there is still a little bit of static) but it is negligible. I was so happy and surprised!
In my regular laundry I have not missed my dryer sheets at all. My clothes come out of the dryer the same as they always do. Woolzies claims that they cut down drying time by 25% on large loads because of the way the balls bounce around in the dyer to separate the clothes to allow greater airflow through them. Our dryer is old and awful! It takes FOREVER to dry a load (I am so EXCITED about our new washer and dryer we bought for our new house) so I honestly can't tell if the balls have reduced drying time or not.
One other quick note about the Woolzies Dryer Balls- the company suggests that you should use eight balls in the dryer for an extra large load. (They are sold in boxes of 6.) I did wash an extra large load of towels one time (honestly it was probably more than I should have tried to wash in one load) and I could tell that the extra two balls in the dryer would have been helpful. It was the one time I noticed static in my regular laundry use with the balls. So as the company suggests I would agree that you do need eight balls for an extra large load.
Overall, I am in LOVE. Really. I love that I am not using any chemicals now in my laundry. I love that my clothes and especially my diapers come out of the dryer static-free. And I would love for you to try Woolzies Dyer Balls too! Enter below for a chance to win! Or if you can't wait and aren't the gambling type check out their website to purchase some for yourself or learn more about Woolzies. I hope you're as impressed as I am!
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