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Wordless Wednesday: E's 6 week checkup with our midwife

Over the weekend we made the 4 hour drive down to Summertown, Tennessee for our 6 week checkup at The Farm. We got to stay in our midwife's cabin again, the same one Everly was born in. I had her right there on the floor where the rocking chair is in this photo. Ah, the memories. We had some playtime upon arriving at the cabin. We figured letting Everly stretch out on the bed would be a nice change from being cramped in the carseat all day. E had fun playing as you can see in the above photos. We learned that an increase in humidity impacts a baby's bottom. Poor Everly got kind of rashy while we were in Tennessee so we put a potty pad (left over from the birth...

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Been new parents for 7 weeks now…

... and nobody ever told us that we would be doing chores during nap time, as N pointed out this morning. We did dishes, fed and watered the animals, hung the laundry to dry, stuffed cloth diapers and ironed a few of N's dress shirts while Everly slept for an hour. Nobody can ever really make you understand just how much your life changes once you have a baby! I am not gonna lie, we are so looking forward to when our free time increases a bit once she's older. Right now the constant need to be held is rough on us. Finding the time to feed and care for ourselves is verging on impossible with little 7 week old Everly. That comes with the territory though, that's what we've been told...

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Random tidbits and musings: "Why not…"

First off, can someone tell me why nobody has invented mascara that can withstand humidity? When I curl my lashes and apply the stuff I want it to keep my lashes curled, even when I go out in 90% humidity! I don't want them to straighten as soon as I step out the door. Is that too much to ask? ---- abrupt change of subject ---- So while I was driving back home from teaching today I passed this boat on wheels, kind of strange so I snapped a cellphone photo. Yeah I linked to the photo so go ahead and click over to view it, I'll wait...

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Missing the signs of my overtired baby…

We read that tired babies are fussy and can often seem gassy or colicky when all they actually need is to sleep more. We've learned this the hard way. We bought Gripe Water, Mylicon gas drops, we made catnip & lemon balm tea for her, gave her digestive enzymes and basically tried everything to cure what seemed like tummy pain that caused her to fuss and cry inconsolably. Turns out she was awake way more than she probably should be and she was getting so overstimulated and overtired that getting her to relax for sleep was practically impossible by the end of the night. When we headed home with her everyone was all "babies will tell you what they need when they need it". I nursed on demand, let her sleep when she...

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Officially, sort of back to work? Perhaps.

I am not dead, just blog slacking. Big surprise huh? Yesterday was the start of my back to work adventure: teaching colorguard with a local marching band. It's my super part time work that I am way passionate about. I've always been able to handle the rehearsal schedules and the long hours outdoors but combining that with being a mom is way different! Yesterday Everly and I went for a 6-9pm outdoor rehearsal. I had the stroller, baby seat and ring sling. She wouldn't tolerate being in any of those for very long. I held her against on my left shoulder for almost the whole 3 hour rehearsal. Things went well, she napped for a few min here and there on my shoulder but was awake for most of the time. She fussed and...

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Bring on the noise my baby loves it!

I just got a letter from the Tennessee Department of Health asking for proof of Everly's newborn hearing screening. Since she was born there and the screening is required by law I've got to have the testing done and send them the proof. I am pretty sure her hearing is fine though. I know this because she loves actually I should say she's fine with loud noises. Once N wore her and ran around the house vacuuming, she slept well while all this was going on. I tweeted about this and even captured a photo of it. Then I experimented with running the vacuum while E was having one of her crying, fussy fits and she quieted right down. Later that night N and I enjoyed eating dinner together while we ran...

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Less-words Wednesday: Baby Everly is 5 weeks old

I've been a slacker on the Wednesday photo posts! The last time I posted one was back when I was knocked up. It was the Less-words Wednesday: Pregnancy Home Stretch Edition. Now that I am taking over 100 photos of E a week Ive got lots of material to share. Here we go! She slept in her crib for the first time ever over the weekend. It was just a tiny nap in the crib on her tummy while N and I worked on stuff in the office but it was a milestone since she isn't to crazy about independent sleep. It turns out we picked the perfect bedding set because she is crazy about animal print for some reason. There is zebra print on her playmat that she loves to look at....

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People just don't get it sometimes…

Today I saw a news report about a woman who was homebirthing here in Indiana whose baby didn't make it. The story portrayed all homebirths as unsafe and crazy. It even incorrectly referred to the birth as unassisted (midwives were present) and did nothing but scare people. While the story did have a tragic outcome it's not a accurate representative of most homebirths and that is why they story upsets me. Homebirth is not for every woman and every pregnancy which is why there needs to be adequate laws and regulations in place to protect women and midwives (like there are in Tennessee). Homebirth should be an acceptable and viable option for most but thanks to one sided stories, scare tactics and profit driven laws it is not. This is sad...

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Headaches, electrolytes and fussy babes.

Everly is screaming and has been doing so, consistently, since yesterday. I am just sitting down to try writing a blog post and I can't for the life of me remember what it was I was going to write about now, figures! E shot more poop around this morning while I was changing her. Every time she does it I just can't help but laugh. Now I am washing a blanket from the bed and scrubbing some orange poo spots on the carpet when I get a few free moments. *drinks some cold grape powerade* Ah, yes! The powerade. So I lived in hot, miserable, Phoenix, AZ for 22 years of my life. 100+ degree temperatures were the norm and I wasn't the best at staying hydrated. I was like a camel, didn't...

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Like shooting a nail gun at your head.

Gosh, I don't know what the damn problem is. It could be the lack of sleep catching up with me or it could be the crappy sleeping positions when I am able to rest. They've strained my neck I think. Oh, I guess the ear piercing shrieks that E lets out every 30-45 minutes for no apparent reasion could also be to blame. Whatever the cause, the fact is I've got a killer headache that's been around for several days now and it's pretty annoying. It's like someone shot a nail gun through the top, back of my head or something and it's making me a crappy mom right now. Her crying is sending me through the roof and she's doing it lots today. Wednesday she was having a good day, the last...

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Baby E, Band Camp and Cloth Diapering…

Now that I am a mom I am thinking blog posts will get shorter and probably less thorough here (with more spelling and grammar errors I am sure) , I mean I am struggling to get posts written now that I can't sit down for an hour straight to write. Brain power is lacking as is uninterrupted blog writing time. You knew that already though huh? Anyway, on to the updates. After busting out 4 loads of laundry and loading the dishwasher I've got a few minutes to spare, baby E is the angel baby today. She was a screaming banshee yesterday, lol. She woke to feed about every hour and a half, would doze off while feeding then scream bloody murder when you tried to put her down and let...

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Cloth poop catcher fun rocks! A cloth diaper post.

Yesterday I got some "fluffy mail" (in the cloth diapering world this mean a diaper related mail delivery). I ordered a few more cloth diapers and some much needed diaper safe laundry detergent so I could begin using my cloth diapers. We are working on our last pack of gifted disposable diapers and don't intend to buy more which means the cloth diaper stash needs to be expanded ASAP. Can I just add that Huggies Pure & Natural diapers suck big time? They really do! Poor E has poop stuck to her butt in these diapers, like the fabric repels the poo or something (and it is breastfeeding poo so it's not solid, just liquidy). I much prefer Seventh Generation disposable diapers over the Huggies hands down! Anyway, I bought some Planet laundry...

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New hair and a clean babe: A Photo Essay

Yesterday I was getting pretty irritated by my huge mop of crazy hair. I mean I don't have the time to do anything with it these days and it's not the kind of hair you just comb and it's ready to go. This means the majority of the time it is piled in a mess on top of my head in a scrunchies. I know scrunchies are from 1980 but they are the only things that are solid enough to hold my mane. Anyway, once something starts to annoy me it is practically impossible for me to forget about the annoyance and move on. The annoyance eats away at my soul until I do something about it. So I am breastfeeding baby E in bed with my pillows propping me up against...

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I am back! Almost back to normal that is…

It's only taken me 25 days but I believe I am almost back to my normal self again. Dang, those postpartum hormones are killer! Add them to the 4th degree tear and to the normal new parent postpartum stress and healing and you've got yourself one bloody, stitched up, stress filled emotional mess of a person. It was a rough three weeks getting used to our new roles, especially for me and my crazy after birth hormones. I am feeling good now (hormonally speaking), the postpartum bleeding has just about stopped and my stitches (from what I can see) are practically healed up. As you can see from the photo, I am getting good at holding Everly in one hand while doing the internet thing with the other. I am still...

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Newborn Diapering and Laundry Detergent, my picks

Everly is just over 3 weeks old and we are still burning through the packs of disposable diapers we've been given. The idea was that while she was having the meconium poop she would wear disposable since that poop can be hard on the cloth diapers. So we were given several packs of disposables to take with us in our birth kit. Then we got her home and still had several packs of disposable diapers to use up, plus we didn't have the time, energy or money to finish growing our cloth diaper stash. Plus, I still had no cloth diaper safe laundry detergent so the diapers I did have couldn't be pre-washed or used anyway. Cloth diapers can't be washed in detergents that contain softeners, dyes, enzymes, brighteners, etc. These additives...

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3 weeks postpartum: Still in a daze trying to grasp it all.

Today Everly is 3 weeks old, we've been parents to our beautiful daughter for 21 days. 21 days seems like way more than it currently feels like. Shoot, I am still in a daze and haven't quite grasped that she came from me and how truly amazing that is. We've started printing out some of the photos from the birth and the first few days of her life. They help to make the birth seem that much more real in my mind but I know I still haven't totally grasped the entirety of it all. Eventually when I am feeling less depressed and emotional I'll watch the birth video and take stock. It's crazy how I was there birthing her totally unmedicated and I still don't have a complete grasp of how...

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A mothers dilemma: Keep sleeping or wash off the sour milk?

I know this is just one of the many dilemmas I'll have to face as a parent. This one is significant because it's the first one, you know a milestone. So humor me okay? Babies vomit. Mine in particular loves to be at the breast 24/7 which inevitably leads to overeating, which in turn results in an overly full stomach and projectile vomiting. Awesome! She's shot vomit everywhere exactly 3 times. Once from her swing on to the floor. Once while cuddling me in bed, it went right down my shirt, arm and all over my side of the bed. Then this morning we were both back asleep after a long early morning feeding when she began to quietly fuss...

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Winding down: First 2 weeks of parenting comes to a close.

This weekend has been somewhat enjoyable. Having N home to take some of the pressure off me is nice. Everly seems to be doing better this weekend with her fussiness too. We've been doing much experimenting with my diet and other causes of her fussiness and gas. The first thing I did was take dairy out of my diet since I know many other moms (like Veronica) have shared their own issues with breastfeeding and dairy. Everly's gas and fussing didn't improve when I went without dairy for several days. Now I am going without chocolate to see if that is the culprit. Much reading has indicated that chocolate is a problem for many breastfeeding mothers. We are also going to try removing coffee/ caffeine from the diet after we finish testing...

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Reflections on parenthood, 16 days postpartum.

Our baby girl was born 16 days ago. She is adorable and is very healthy. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing natural birth experience and she was afforded the best possible start in life. The crazy thing about childbearing is that after birth they really just hand the baby over to you to figure it all out on your own! It's crazy to think about how little guidance first time parents get before taking baby home and how scary that really is. I was in labor for about 18 hours and then voila I am responsible for another living, breathing being and on my way home 4 days later. I still think it all hasn't fully sunk in for me. Sure the love and attentiveness is there but the gravity of...

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