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Friday, October 24, 2014

All Very Interesting Things (7QT)

So I took some pics of baby Will yesterday and since this is my mom blog I get to share them with you and discuss the very interesting things that come to mind with each photo. (Seven photos to be exact, therefore linking up with Jen.) 


Now that we're home, we are back in cloth diapers after a two month hiatus. One month was due to a rash misdiagnosis (not yeast - just eczema) and one month was from all the travel. I spent upwards of $40+ on disposables the past month. The agony.

Anyway, I'd been suspecting the diapers weren't getting clean enough with our current wash cycle, and after two months of sitting in our storage closet, my answer was yes, these are smelling a little weird. Fellow runner/blogger/mother-of-a-baby-Will, Julia mentioned that she'd be stripping her diapers after joining a little Facebook group called "Fluff Love & CD Science," so good blog follower that I am, I joined up, got sucked in, and my world has been rocked. Rocked, I tell you!

I got away with my former wash cycle for so long because between breastfed poop and using liners, the diapers just weren't getting that dirty. Suffice it to say, after starting solids and ditching the liners . . . they get reaaaal dirty now. So, I stripped and bleached all my diapers the other day and changed up my wash routine. (Despite what you've heard, stripping is easy.) I can only share SO MANY pictures of my baby over and over again, so head's up, I'll be sharing all my wonderful laundry findings with you this week. Keep your finger on that refresh button! ;)


Will she ever stop talking about diapers? Fine. Sometimes when I'm changing Will, I think, my goodness he's thinned out so much. And then I see pictures like this and I'm like, nah, still a fatso.


While he's certainly not famished, I've been worried lately about how much breast milk he's been getting in his diet. I went from crazy strong overactive letdown, to now barely feeling letdown. I'm just not sure whether he's getting enough when I'm not letting down, and I'm only feeling good letdowns about 3-4x per day, typically in the early AM (~4am), before his morning nap (~10am), sometimes before his afternoon nap (~2pm), and before dinner (~5:30pm). I'm also offering when he wakes up around 6:30am, after his afternoon nap since he normally doesn't take much, and before bed. Opinions on a new routine are welcome!!! I'm sick of offering and him doing the sucking/popping off/sucking/popping off/whining/whining/sucking/repeat/repeat/repeat.

Oh, and he will eat his body weight in solids after a full nursing session. Last night I had to cut him off after he'd mooched half my dinner off me and was making me shovel Greek yogurt into him. Something tells me these eating habits are hereditary, but I don't know, I'm only on my fourth bowl of oatmeal (probably because he mooched so many bites . . .).


Speaking of breastfeeding woes, I can tell you that those two little fangs pictured above are very, very sharp. His top two fangs are also juuuust about to pop through. I live in a constant state of fear when he nurses. I am getting better at anticipating when he's going to take a chomp, but . . . I hope this is a phase. If not, we are eagerly counting down to his first birthday. 


Go home, baby Will, you're drunk. Just kidding, he doesn't drink alcohol. Not until he's 6! (Good old, Catholics.)


His sleep schedule is back in a nice routine and he is so happy. I know I mentioned before that he won't let me sit on the computer while he entertains himself, but yesterday he did. And he is right now!

Yesterday, I gave myself the day "off" because, in addition to stripping/bleaching/laundering diapers, roasting a chicken, baking bread, and cleaning too much the day before, Will was on a recruiting trip all day and we knew he wouldn't be home until late. So I watched more TV than usual in the morning, and perhaps spent more time on social media than usual in the afternoon, and this kid could not have cared less.



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At October 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Katrina Rose said...

Girl, embrace that stage. So good.

And yes, biting is a phase! Conor did it way more than Ryan though ... ouch.

And for the facebook group - Kate Rhodes told me about it and it has rocked my world!! I was doing absolutely everything wrong.

At October 24, 2014 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Anna Ilona Mussmann said...

This kiddo is adorable. :-) My little guy went through a very-very-hungry stage like that too (it's not quite as pronounced now that he's almost 1). We had people over for dinner once who asked, "Um, this may sound like a weird question, but do babies know when they are full? Do they ever stop eating?"

At October 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

Oh my goodness he is SOOOOOO cute!!
I've never had to strip my diapers, but I'm glad you mentioned that it's not as scary as it sounds. I suspect that I'll need to eventually, and I'm always pretty worried about it.
Baby biting is so scary. Truly, I'm always amazed that someone so little can make me so nervous. hahaha They have ALL the power with those teeth! ;-)

At October 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM , Blogger Patty said...

LOL on the diaper talk! We don't have littles yet but reading all about cloth diapering from other bloggers has really help me see that I definitely want to do that someday.

At October 24, 2014 at 9:40 PM , Blogger Rosie said...

I never felt letdowns as much with my first as with each subsequent baby, and letdowns definitely decreased in intensity for me throughout the duration of each nursing relationship - if it's keeping fertility at bay and you don't WANT your cycles back, I'd keep offering as much as you want just because (at least for me) it's kind of nice not to have to worry about fertility returning for a nice long while. When we hit that obnoxious distracted phase, sometimes I could show the babies pictures in a board book while they nursed and it kept them occupied enough to nurse without the constant popping off. But even if he's only getting 3-4 *good* nursing sessions in per day, he could very well be getting plenty - if he's nursing from both sides it's likely that he's getting between 6-8 oz each session, which is plenty! Breastfed babies generally consume 1-1.5 oz breastmilk/hour, so I'm betting anything shy of that is being made up for with copious consumption of solid foods :)

Anyway, that's probably enough babbling about breastmilk from me... Can you tell I'm a little bit over-educated?

At October 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM , Blogger Theresa Breslin said...

I was used to reading all this stuff about babies having itty bitty tiny tummies, so it really freaked me out! Glad to see he's not the only one....

At October 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM , Blogger Theresa Breslin said...

Ha, thank you! If your wash routine is getting your diapers nice and clean, you probably won't ever have to strip! But if you do, it's really not as scary as it sounds. I lived in fear of bleach for a long, long time. I don't need to live in fear anymore ;)

At October 27, 2014 at 2:16 PM , Blogger Jenny @ Creatively Blooming said...

I love his two little chompers! So cute! And Evelyn is a fatso right there with him!


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