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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Teething Bites!

Little man is teething...I see a little white bud under those cute pink gummy gums. He's a lot more fussy than usual but he has his good days. So far we've tried, teething tablets (fail!), amber necklace (fail!...though he does look super cute in it) and tylenol (Ding Ding Ding we have a WINNER!) He loves chewing on our fingers or anything else he can get in his mouth. He's able to hold on to toys a lot better so we've been giving him frozen teethers. He loves them. He also loves frozen washcloths. So mama's if your baby is still too little to hold on to toys try soaking a clean wash cloth and putting it in the freezer. They are able to hold onto blankets and towels a lot faster than hard toys =) Anyways we're getting through it. I'll keep you updated on tooth watch!
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I'm Pregnant! Me!!

I'm pregnant!
Yes Me.
Inside me right now is a mixture of me and my wonderful husband.

We had felt defeated. We went to see an infertility specialist.
I was given all the necessary antibiotics and such that I would need to take before a scary test called the "HSG".
Basically they were going to insert a catheter into my uterus with a blue dye that would run through my fallopian tubes and let them see whether they were blocked or not.
Sounds painful...it is.
I was instructed to wait until my next period started and then call in to make my appointment.
What harm could continuing to "babydance" do in the meantime?
I went ahead and took my ovulation test, it was positive on cycle day 14, as usual.
Hubby and I babydanced, as usual.
And I began my two week wait, as usual.
Then came the day my old Aunt Flow was suppose to visit, as usual.
She was late.
I've always been very regular, it was 10:30p and she still hadn't arrived.
I felt no cramping like I usually do....
Should I waste yet ANOTHER test? Why not...
Dipped the stick in the pee cup...finished up, wiped, flushed, looked.....Oh...my...gosh!
I'm seeing double..
*blinks*
Still seeing double!!
I'm pregnant.
*crying*
I'm pregnant right now at this very moment.
I shoved the still wet pee strip in the pocket of my hoodie and ran to the living room where I knew a board game of Scrabble was under the coffee table.
I spread the pieces out and looked for just the right letters.
"Neil, love? Wanna play a quick game of Scrabble?"
He won't resist, he loves Scrabble.
We sit down on the living room floor and he notices I've already late out a few words.
He reads them silently.
"I AM PREGNANT"
There is a positive pregnancy test underneath.
Neil: "Is that real?"
Me: *choking back tears* "Yes."
We're Pregnant!!!!

I rent a doppler at 7 weeks...it arrives when I'm 7 weeks 6 days....no heartbeat detected.
Heart sinks
This can't be happening again. (we'd had a miscarriage last year so I knew all too well that a positive test didn't always equal a baby)
I try again the next day....I'm 8 weeks...I'm still....I listen....*whoosh whoosh whoosh*
My baby!!!!!!

First prenatal appointment at 10 weeks 4 days. I listened to the heartbeat this morning before the appointment. Heartbeat was nice and strong. 180 bpm. I'm still a nervous wreck!
Ultrasound probe inserted...awkward...uncomfortable....FORGOTTEN....THERE IS MY BABY!!!!
*LOVE*
Baby is measuring right on track.

19 week appointment. We're going to find out if it's a boy or a girl! Baby is measuring perfect. Dr. says baby is very photogenic! I'm a really proud mama! Scrolling down....omg there it is! I see it before the dr. tells me. A little peter wiener!
I'm having a little boy!
Neil is thrilled!
We call everyone on the way home, everyone guessed girl but they were wrong. Neil and I guessed boy, we know our little love better than anyone!

We have two baby showers. Everyone is so happy for us. They know how long we've wanted to be parents. They know how hard it was for us to lose our first pregnancy. They know how monumental this is and how much we appreciate being given this chance. They shower us with love.

I take weekly videos and pictures documenting every moment of this miracle.

The nursery is ready. The hospital bag and diaper bag are packed and by the door. I'm having lower back pain and braxton hicks all the time. My due date is next week! You could be here any day little one. My heart feels like it's going to explode because I love you so much all ready. Any time I feel scared that something could still go wrong...even this late in the game, you give me a strong *thump*...."everything is okay mommy, I'm still packing and getting ready for my trip....by the way...I gotta come outta where?!?"

See you soon little one! xoxo

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Why the heck are you cloth diapering!?!

So almost every friend and family member asked us why we ended up choosing to cloth diaper our son. I'll admit at first I thought it was gross. The thought of cleaning mucky yellow sticky baby poo off of fuzzy material just made me cringe. The first time I ever saw a cloth diaper on a baby, it was huge and (to me) unattractive. Why oh why would anyone choose this?
When I became pregnant with my son I started making weekly vlogs about my pregnancy. I met a lot of really sweet moms on youtube who were also making ttc, pregnancy and mommy vlogs. Some of them became interested in cloth diapering and made videos about it. After watching them show off all the different kinds of cloth diapering and even a few videos on "A Day In The Life Of A Cloth Diapering Mom" I got to see what it was REALLY like. It wasn't hard at all. It looked (call me crazy) kind of fun even! Not to mention when I first saw a FuzziBunz diaper....omgoodness can we say CUTE!?! So once I was totally convinced that cloth diapering was something I just had to try I had to convince my husband....here were the reasons I gave him:

1. Cloth diapering saves money (yepp hit them where it matters ladies, the wallet! haha) So far we've spent way more than necessary because I've become addicted but I think you could easily spend between $100-$200 if you went with prefolds and covers...(less if you buy second hand) as opposed to $2000-$3000 on disposables...OUCH! And that's per child....with cloth diapers they'll last you subsequent children too....SCORE! (So far we've spent about $650 including wetbags, pail liners, diaper sprayer, WAY more diapers than necessary and diaper accessories)

2. It's better for the environment...we're not adding any waste to landfills...Go Us!

3. They are SOOOOOO cute!! I actually enjoy changing my son's diaper because it's a chance to pick out a new color. It's also fun to coordinate with his outfits...or let him run around in a tshirt and his dipe...he still looks put together.

In the end it comes down to what works best for your family. For some families that is and always will be disposable diapers..and that's okay. But if you're interested in cloth diapering there are so many different options to choose from I'm sure you can find the perfect fit for your family. Cloth diapering is just as easy as disposables once you jump in there and start doing it. It does seem overwhelming at first but YOU CAN DO IT...if you want to =)

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I did say it was addictive didn't I?
Since this photo was taken I have added two LovelyPocketDiapers...one black FuzziBunz diaper and one Charlie Banana diaper.
In this photo are FuzziBunz, BumGenius, Happy Heinys, ComfyRumps, BestBottoms, Rumparooz, & Thirsties.