I finally got my prefolds in the mail today from www.greenmountaindiapers.com/, so the cloth diapering adventure can begin. I was going to start with prefolds and thirsties duo wrap covers only, but there were so many other cute options. I decided to get different ones to try. I ended up getting 2 -all in ones.
I absolutely love the Grovia with the owl print
I also picked up a swaddlebees all in one with owl print as well.
Then I got 1 bum genius 4.0 and 2 happy heineys.
I did purchase a fuzzi bunz, but wasn't crazy about it, especially since I live in a hot climate and the lining was fleece.
I also purchased Rockin Green soap ( hearing mixed reviews about it, so I hope that it works), a diaper sprayer, and cloth wipes.
Upon recieving my prefolds I was sent an overwhelming novel about how to prewash diapers to prepare them. I think I have to read it 3 more times before I begin , but hopefully it will begin over the weekend. I need to wash them at least 4 times to get them prepped. I think the initial process will be daunting, but I am looking forward to having a little one in a cloth diapered bum. I will let you know how it works out.
Well I can't wait to see what happens. I will keep you all posted.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Just wanted to share some photos from our first family holiday Easter. That is so great to say "family".
Little D's first Easter basket, which included bunny made by me, Waldorf baby doll, wool felted ball, wooden egg and 2 books.
The babe wearing an Easter bunny hat I made using this pattern http://notesfromaveryredkitchen.blogspot.com/2010/03/bunny-hat.html
Bunny shaped pancakes (sorry not the best presentation)
"Little D's basket and homemade sugar cookies.
Babe in his Sunday best. ( This is the best place to photograph him)
This pretty much sums up how we spent the afternoon. Cuddling and loving on our little boy.
Friday, April 22, 2011
I know cheesy title, but I am so excited for babies first Easter on Sunday. I love all the craftiness that is involved with the Easter holiday, just Spring in general. I have had a busy day trying to get some last minute things done for Easter on Sunday. In between baby sleeping, eating and fussing (he's going through a 6 week growth spurt) I have dyed eggs with natural food dyes, made Italian Easter bread, made Spring sugar cookies, made a homemade card for baby and sewed a little bunny hat for him as well. It was a busy day......
(Simple Easter card for my little one)
(Eggs soaking in homemade dyes using blueberries, raspberries and turmeric)
(The finished product. Not as dark as traditional dye but a safer and more fun option and equally pretty)
(Italian Easter Bread)
(Spring Easter cookies)
(Cute little Easter hand towel my mom picked up for me at Pier 1)
(Homemade Easter garland)
Monday, April 18, 2011
I have looked forward to starting a natural table since I found out I was pregnant. I was so excited to have a baby being born in the late winter/early spring. I knew I would be starting my nature table for the springtime, a time a renewal and birth. I love the springtime, eventhough I live in Florida and there really isn't a change of season. Every year I will add something new to the nature table and I will change it for the different seasons. I really like the way my nature table looks so far.
I also knit the little yellow duck. He is made out of a small knit square and a larger knit square. I like the way he came out. The wooden egg and base are from another seller on etsy. The small basket is for the small seasonal books. The book in the basket is called Spring and it is by Gerda Muller and has really great illustrations. I found the little saying from another blog. I cant remember where, but I thought it was a nice saying for the Spring so I wanted to include it.
Well there you have it my little guys first Spring nature table.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I have desperately been wanting to do some sewing for myself lately, after having made a ton of tiny things for baby. So today, I finally got the chance to sew something for myself. Yeah!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Did you see Jamie Olivers Food Revolution last night. Eye opening. I am disguisted by the food that they these school systems are feeding our children. It is so true what he said about how much we nuture our children from the time they are newborns, only to put them into a school system that feeds them un-nutrious crap. I understand they are trying to cut costs and it is hard for families that have little to no income, but there has to be a way to make the food healthy and still keep it reasonably priced. I don't know. I would just prefer my child eat real, whole foods. I guess when my boy gets to school I will be packing his lunch. It really is a shame.
We purchased the rocking chair at a local unfinished wood furniture store. This rocking chair was on clearance because it had a slight problem with the bottom. It was nothing my husband couldn't fix, so we got it for $75.00. I made the crocheted blanket that sits at the back of rocking chair. I got the pattern from an old crochet book I had.
Just above his dresser we hung these alphabet woodland theme letters. I got them off of this seller on etsy. http://www.inktreepress.etsy.com/
Well there you go, a little tour of our babies room. He isn't sleeping in here yet, but does love to listen to stories here and spend time staring at his mobile.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
(Here I am at 40 weeks pregnant. 1 Week before I gave birth)
Well fast forward 9 months I am a week late and I go to the hospital for a routine biophysical/stress test to make sure everything is going well. I was hooked up to the fetal heart rate monitor for quite awhile to obseve the babies heart beat. Everything looked great . There were a few times that his heart rate did drop, but no reason for concern. What did concern the nurses was my high blood pressure (which mind you I had perfect blood pressure the whole pregnancy until this moment). They wanted to do further testing to see if I had
I had not even experienced any of these symptom. When the tests came back it was determined that I had mild preeclampsia. I would have to be admitted into hospital and they would have to get the baby delivered as soon as possible. I started to panic because I thought that meant having a C-section, something I had dreaded the whole time ,because I wanted a completely natural drug free birth. The thought of a C-section put me into a panic. My midwife was called in and I was reasssured that I was not going to need a C-section if I could deliver this baby on my own. The problem was that I wasn't even dialated yet and my cervix was only 60% effaced.They were going to have to ripen my cervix, before inducing me. Now, let me tell you that none of this was in my birth plan. I was feeling very upset and overwhelmed. I wanted a natural birth, but I also wanted to make sure that I was safe and that my baby was safe.
After spending the day being monitored I was moved into the birthing room. This was at about 7 pm. I did change into my birthing skirt. I refused to wear the hospital gown. I was hooked up to the monitors and told I had to stay in the bed. I was so upset with this I did not picture myself laboring in the bed. I wanted to be moving around, on the birthing ball, using belly dance moves to get the baby out. At 7:30 I was given a dose of cytotec. The hope was that I would go into labor on my own before being induced, but the midwife said that that rarely happened. I was anxious to have even this done, because I knew it was not what I had wanted with a natural birth , but it had to be done.
(Here I am wearing fetal heartrate montior along with my own birth skirt)
I had three doses given to me throughout the night. I was starting to get contractions through the night. When I did I would ask to go to the bathroom to get off monitors and move around. After awhile they allowed me to sit in the rocking chair which really helped. I listened to my hynobirthing cd throughout the night, belly dance movements and just tried to focus.
At about 5 am I started to feel really uncomfortable and contractions were getting very strong. I think they were coming about every 2 mins, sometimes 1 min. I would just try to remain calm and breath through them. I never made it to the finally dose of cytotec, because when I was checked at 5:30 am I was already dialated 6 cm and was in full blown labor. My midwife was called in and arrived at the hospital at 7 am, when she checked me I was 10 cm and ready to deliver. She was so shocked to see that I had gone into labor without the use of the pitocin. I was so proud of myself . I was going to be able to deliver my baby with minimal intervention.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Little one you are 1 month old. You gave already grown so much in such a short time. You were born on March 8, at 8:17 am to a loving mother and father. You came into the world naturally. You weighed 7.6lbs and were 20 inches long. You probably weigh about 10.5 lbs and have grown at least 2 inches. I am so proud to have you as my son and so happy to have you in my life. There have been many ups and downs this past month, but we are making it one day at a time.
You are so stong-willed/you grunt when you eat/i call you little bear/you love to be close to your mommy and daddy/you love bathtime and playing on your lambswool/you smack your lips together when you are hungry/ you are already trying to crawl/you kick your legs frantically when trying to eat/you love your grandma and grandpa/you like to sit in your bouncy seat and stare at the picture of your mom and dad/you're sensitive/you like to put your hands on your face/your squirmy like your mother/you make the cutiest noises when you sleep/you have a full head of hair/you sneeze a lot just like your dad/you're feisty/you like to cuddle in bed with mommy/you like to dance with mommy in the moby wrap/your eyes are gray/you are happy one minute and upset the next/you smell good/you have a hard time taking nap in the afternoon but you love to sleep in the car/.you like like a little man already/you like your daddy/you like to wear your hat when you sleep/you had a hard time learning how to eat/you like to go for walks in your stroller/the neighbors love you/your aunts and uncle love you too/you love when i sing beautiful boy and you are my sunshine to you/you can hold your head up/you have come into a crafty family-daddy builds guitars and mommy sews and dances/ we are so glad you have chose us as your parents.
This post inspired by a post I read at http://www.goodness.typepad.com/
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
This blog will be about my daily adventures as a stay at home, first time mom to my little one, as well as a place to express myself creatively. I have been wanting to do this for sometime after reading many other crafty mamas blogs.
I will share my trials and tribulations with learning how to be a new mom. I will share stories about my goal to live simply and to raise my child using Waldorf and Montessori methods.
I am currently dealing with the struggles of breastfeeding and learning to let go. My next challenge learning to use cloth diapers.
Thanks for following me on my journey.
I hope that you will follow my on my adventure. Thanks.