Monday, June 10, 2013

How Infant Pottying is coming along (7 weeks)

Appleseed is 7 weeks, 1 day

Just a quick update on how Infant Pottying (Elimination Communication) is coming along for us!  My minister asked about it after Church yesterday, reminding me there are others out there who are doing this, it isn't just me being crazy!  :)  (She's a huge fan of EC, btw)

We've been catching pees in the potty since Appleseed was about 4 weeks old.  We noticed that often when we opened her diaper for a change she'd pee, so we started putting her on the potty in the middle of a diaper change - with a clean bum, but obvi before we put the fresh diaper on.

It works pretty well!  We can often catch pees (which make me SO proud!).  We use the potty pictured above - and of course we hold her and support her head still, she's still little.  Although she has very good head control, so they say.

Catching poos is way harder.  I've caught one, and DH has caught one (his was a double).  So far that is blind luck.

We've progressed in the last few days to the point where she fusses, so I go to change her diaper and SHE HASN'T PEED YET, so then I catch her pee, and I have at this point actually saved a diaper!  Woohoo!  Less laundry/cost  (depending if she was in cloth/disposable).  I think this is easier with cloth.  With cloth diapers, they are way more gross on her bottom when wet, so she fusses right away.  So I am apt to try and change her diaper much more often.  With disposables, we have that neat magic blue line that tells you if she's wet, so we think that's not the cause of the fussing, so we try other remedies.

Between DH and I, we probably have so far saved...oh, about 5 or 6 "diapers" this way.  Not a lot yet, but I think this is a good sign.  I am getting much more comfortable with cloth diapering, and that's exciting for me too.  We are using prefolds with Thirsties Duo covers - pretty much as cost-effective as you can get!  :)  With practise, I am getting faster at them, so they're not much more trouble than disposable.   DH still not really on board.   And I don't mind doing laundry so much, the only trouble is planning it - I want as many of them dirty as possible, but don't want to run out...and it would be nice to dry them on the line, but for example today is rainy...and one always has to plan to use large amounts of electricity when electricity is cheap, but often in the evenings I forget/am tired.... it is funny the things that fill my head now!  :)

I'll update again in a few weeks to see if we've made any progress with our pottying!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

My cup runneth over

Baby Girl is 6 weeks, 6 days old
(sorry this is a bit jumbled and late - still hard to get on the computer!)

I'm super in love with her.  It is fun to just gaze at her.  :)

Things just seem to be getting better!  We are blessed with a very good baby, things are fun!  And I have my DH here all day now since he's been laid off - we're (well, he is) getting some house projects started.

Like, we're finally finishing the decoration of baby girl's room.  :)  It has had plain walls for ages now - things are going up!  Hooray!  Here is a pic of her light fixture (previously just a bulb).  Also we hung the quilt my choir made me on the wall.  Finally!  It looks rad.

We've moved to using cloth diapers (prefolds and covers) about half the time.  Still using disposable at night and when we go out - and DH doesn't like cloth, so it is mostly my diaper changes that use cloth.

I just bought vitamin D drops for her - probably I should have been using them for a few weeks now, but I didn't know.  Oops!  It's probably fine to start now though, I am thinking.

We had our final midwife checkup - 6 week checkup.  Baby Girl is doing fine - she was 9 lbs, 4 oz.  :)  Right on track.  She's about 50% for height and weight.

The midwife ended the visit asking about our birth control plans.  It seems to foreign!  I'm kind of all "we'll just see what happens"/mucus checks.  I don't really want babies spaced too closely - but any second baby would be a gift I wouldn't return.  She mentioned any time we give the baby a bottle or a pacifier, my fertility would increase.  Hahah - I can't wrap my head around those words meaning a bad thing!  I'm still all for fertility.

Our midwife thinks I will get pg again easily.  She thinks this because she pointed out once my endo was gone I got pg relatively quickly (3 months, if you'll recall), and my labour was smooth, and I have ample milk, so she thinks that points to me having good hormones.  I would like that to be the case, it is a nice thought.

No way will I go on the Pill or anything, so she gave us a natural family planning booklet on the way out and wished us luck!  :)  Can you believe we're already talking about a second one?  (Particularly DH, who loves Irish twins - me, I want some time to enjoy this one first!).  I'm not sure what to think - it would be wonderful to conceive relatively easily when we're ready.  So different than I'm used to thinking.  What a blessing that would be - sometimes your cup runneth over, you know?

I know I am so lucky!  My thoughts still with those of you waiting/experiencing loss.

Appleseed grows

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