Friday, August 27, 2010

{Giveaway} Happy Heinys 3 Sized Cloth Diapers!

Over at the Happy Heinys blog, they're giving away 3 sized cloth diapers- these are one of our favorite diapers!
Go HERE to enter!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

if only...

I owned my own house, had tons of time on my hands, AND was artistically blessed in the area of painting.  


Dom's room would look something like this:

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I love that someone made a mural of this.  My favorite book ever.  Seriously it is- I think I own 5 copies now, including one in the original French.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

on the subject of pectin and sugar.

Applesauce seems to not be the best thing to be mixing into my little man's breakfast every morning.  I had heard it somewhere back in my life, but obviously forgot, that applesauce helps block up wee ones.  Whoops.  As I was curious as to why this is so (knowing that apples themselves are fiber high and help keep one regular and all that good stuff), of course I googled it.

And I found the following:
There is a difference in the amount of sugars and pectin in apple juice and applesauce; this is why one may help relieve constipation while the other may actually cause it.  Apple juice contains more sugars and liquids so it helps relieve constipation. Applesauce is the whole of the fruit. It contains a higher level of pectin – which firms up stools and may thus lead to constipation.
Apples contain pectin, which will add bulk to your stools, and their cleansing action will encourage bowel movements. They have a laxative effect yet are also used for to help people get back on a regular diet after suffering bouts of diarrhea. 
Pectin is what dietitians have been telling us for decades is necessary to keep us regular and to prevent constipation. While pectin will help prevent constipation by helping to keep the bowels regular, it will not help relieve constipation.  Be sure not to overfeed your little one applesauce!

Super helpful info to know, and now the poor boy shall have to suffer through a few days of prunes.  He seems to like them though (they make me gag), so perhaps it shall not so much be suffering for him.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mommy Style

American Baby magazine, in their last issue, had this quiz to ID what particular "mom mode" was most like yours.  I am a sucker for quizzes like this- I think it dates back to elementary school and the early American Girl magazines.  But anyhow, this one was kind of humorous.  You either came out as "A Planner," "An Optimizer," or "A Freewheeler."

I came out right in the middle at the optimizer mode.  Despite my love for plans and planning, I guess I fell in this category because I can also roll with the flow.  And when it comes to mama-ing, I will do things like brush off the pacifier when it falls on the floor (unless it's somewhere uber gross- think PetSmart bathroom and Pediatrician's office).  I aim for bedtimes rather than actually being strict about them.  And, in general, I'm kinda a "well, we'll see how it goes" type of person.

Nice to know I somewhat have it together, but at the same time, am not too anal.  Thank you American Baby.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

AWESOME site!!! {}

For mamas and mamas-to-be, and those that like to purchase lovely baby gifts.  =)

So, story first:
I went to my [usually] weekly Baby 'n' Me Zumba class at Luvaboos, and it turned out it was cancelled today, or at least Monique (the instructor) hadn't showed up.  However, I got to talking with the woman who was covering for the day, and amongst many other things, she told me about this site.  And, it already is looking quite awesome, and I've only seen one "steal" thus far.

Check it out:

Sadness + Smiles

So, I broke my child's heart today.
Only for a moment, thankfully.

And, now he's back to his fully cheerful, scooting, little self.

Earlier in the day he was busted while dumping out one of the square bins we have in his "dresser" (a wardrobe with shelves, each shelf having 3 bins with different items within). I was running out the door so I left it for then.

A bit ago, I cleaned up the pile of bibs and washcloths, and while I was doing so, Dominic decided I must want to clean up more. I mean, that was the obvious thing. So, he grabs another bin, this one of blankets, and starts pulling them out.

I take his hand from the bin, look at him, and tell him "no." (Not the first time he's heard this word...) He makes one of those sad, sad faces- think quivering lip, eyes pooling with tears, the works. And then he starts sobbing.

I held fast though. Despite the sad face. Annnnd moments later he was happy again.

And on another note...

This always makes me smile:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

TENS::10 Items that are Nice to have on a Baby Registry

So before, I gave my ten top items.  These are close behind as far as having around for baby, and you might as well put them on your registry, I would say, because you'd use them.  Once again, at the end will be the ones that not every parent needs.

#1 Noggin Nest
Weird name, but super useful!  The best part about this product is its versatility.  We used it in our baby swing, in the infant bouncy seat, and in the stroller.  I believe it's not supposed to be used in a carseat... but most carseats these days come with a head support anyhow.  For only $15, this is one that is definitely nice to have.

#2 Infant Bath Tub
It's not something you need as baby can (once allowed in water) be washed in a sink or just your regular tub, but it is kind of nice to have.  We got ours as a gift, and it definitely has made things a bit easier.

#3 Monitors 
Nowadays there is every kind imaginable of baby monitors.  If you have two floors in your house, and you think baby will be sleeping on a different floor than where you are, these are nice.  In our case, in early days we found they were helpful when visiting other people.  Now we use them a lot more since Dom sleeps in a different room, and both of our rooms have window ACs, and these just make it easier to hear him if he wakes.  Once again, not a necessity in my book, but definitely a useful item.

#4 Humidifier
If you even semi-cold winters, this is one that will be nice to have.  We already own one for our room, but I suspect when winter hits, we will be purchasing another for Dom.  Especially when flu and cold season starts, you'll want one of these to make breathing at night a bit easier.

#5 Pacifiers
Not every parent wants their child to take a pacifier, but if you do plan on encouraging it, it might be nice to have several different ones on hand.  Every child is different, and they might take any brand or they might be super picky.  Pacifiers, in my book, fall into the unnecessarily expensive category, and you might as well have other people spend their money on them for you.

#6 Crib sheets
If you have a crib picked out, go ahead and register for a few different sheets that you like.  You might as well have them on hand and ready to go.

#7 Strollers
I found my strollers used on Craigslist and love them.  My other favorite (I own four... don't ask) is one that the infant carseat fit into.  Strollers are another fairly pricy item, but don't hesitate to add one to your registry, unless like in my case, you already have one.  Also, there are many types of strollers out there- I love my jogging stroller because even though I don't really jog, it is very useful for walks and more adventurous treks.  Umbrella strollers are nice because they fold up the smallest, and I generally use that one now for shopping and for traveling.  I would definitely recommend one that your infant carseat fits into because that makes everything so much easier when your child is that size.  The one my mama gave me was uber simple, but it did the job of holding the carseat in place, and there was no unbuckling/re-buckling of Dom.  It looks about like this.

#8 Extra covers/sheets/soaker pads
Boppys come with covers.  Moses Baskets have sheets.  Co-sleepers have sheets.  Babies need blankets. Babies pee through and spit up on EVERYTHING.  Sooo, it's extremely nice to have extras of all that stuff.  I even use the giant sheet saver on my side of the bed- it's just a flat sheet I lay under the sheets, so the mattress is protected beyond my mattress cover.  Believe me, there will be more liquid than you want to think about.

#9 Bumbo seat
Another item I got as a hand-me-down.  We found this helpful when Dom was first eating solids, but he wasn't quite a stable sitter yet.  It also helps babies work their sitting muscles without as many bumps to the noggin.

#10 Hooter Hider
The name might make you laugh... technically they're called nursing covers, but hooter hider is just way funnier.  I used a gift card to get mine.  If you are nursing, and plan on nursing in public (which I think you should- hiding in disgustingly dirty bathrooms when out to feed your baby is just crazy), then these are an easier way to be modest than balancing a blanket on your shoulder.  It worked great for me until Dom decided that he likes playing peek-a-boo better than helping mom stay modest.
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