How is it November already?!

Well, Halloween is over.  I’m not much of a Halloween person, anyway.  But the end of October is the beginning of the holiday season, which I’m super excited about!  This year is going to be very different than years past.  The obvious reason being that we are now a family of three.  Also, instead of travelling to my hometown, DH and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our house for the first time.  Since my sister is married now, and we both live in the same city (and her in-laws and mine are here), it just makes since for my parents to come here, as well.  No plans have been made for Christmas yet, but I’m sure it will be a similar situation.

Before we dive headfirst into holiday decorating (which won’t be much because I’m not a crafty person in the slightest…), I do have a few Halloween pictures to share.  No costume for the baby this year (he was too little to go trick-or-treating and God knows, I don’t need to eat a bunch of candy!), but my mom bought him a cute little outfit, and some family friends bought us a set of 4 “Baby’s 1st” holiday bibs (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years), so I took some pictures of him on his 1st Halloween.  Enjoy!

Super cuteness ahead!

My August baby is 2 months, 1 week, & 1 day old.

Wordless Wednesday* – Tummy time

* Just realized that it’s THURSDAY!  (Oops…oh well, close enough!)

My August baby – 2 months

Sweet baby boy – 

2 months old already?!  You are growing up so fast!  A lot has changed in just one month…  

As I type this, you are asleep in my arms.  We’re back to breastfeeding most of the time, but sometimes you still get formula, and that’s ok.  Mommy likes that you’re flexible.  It will make things easier in a couple of months when Mommy goes back to work and you start daycare…. 🙁

You smile a lot, which just melts our hearts.  You also vocalize quite a bit now.  I love our “conversations”!  You’re awake more during the day, and sleep through the night pretty consistently (usually 6 hours between midnight and 6 am).  Thank you for that!  Mommy and Daddy are much better parents when we get more sleep!  🙂

Your favorite things right now are your play mat (you love kicking the hanging toys), your Metallica and Journey lullabies (thanks Daddy!), taking naps with Mommy, and your hands (which you’re constantly chewing on!)  You’ve also become quite the little traveler in the past month…going on your first road trip, running errands with Mommy and Daddy, Friday night dinners with Poppy and Grandma, and a lunch date or two with Mommy’s friends.

We can’t wait to see what the next month brings.  We love you!

 

2 month stats:

  • Weight: 12 lbs. 2.5 oz  (up 4+ lbs since birth)
  • Length: 23.5 in (up 3+ in since birth)

2 month milestones (from Baby Center): 

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Vocalizes: gurgles and coos
  • Follows objects across field of vision
  • Notices his hands
  • Holds head up for short periods

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Smiles, laughs – I haven’t heard you laugh yet, but Daddy says that he has.
  • Holds head at 45-degree angle
  • Makes smoother movements

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Holds head steady – Just for a few seconds…but you’re getting better at it.
  • Can bear weight on legs – Not yet, but you’re trying!
  • Lifts head and shoulders when lying on tummy (mini-pushup) – You did this for the first time yesterday! 

Not fair

I am jealous of all of you moms out there that have the luxury of staying home with your kids (or have spouses who can).

You can actually make decisions in your child’s best interest. I’m forced into doing things that I’m not 100% comfortable with because my child will be in a mini germ factory over 40 hours a week while I sit in a tiny cubicle all day in front of a computer to pay the bills.

Don’t get me wrong…I’m sure being a stay at home parent is harder than my full time job. But at least you have options. You don’t have to vaccinate your kids on schedule unless you want to. You don’t have to buy disposable diapers just to be tossed in the garbage. You actually get to watch your kids grow up. And the list goes on.

Not fair.

(This post brought to you by extreme mommy guilt…)

My August baby is 2 months old, and I’m already dreading going back to work in January. (At least I still have a couple of months to win the lottery…)

Wordless Wednesday – What’s for dinner?

Dinner

Could I be…a cloth diaper addict?!

A while back, I did a post about newborn cloth diapering, and I mentioned that we weren’t loving our prefolds and covers.  Someone on BabyCenter told me about the CD Swap Board, so I thought I’d try selling them on there.  The prefolds went quickly, and most of the covers are gone.  There are still a couple of covers for sale (as well as a fitted, and a pocket diaper that doesn’t fit baby cause he’s such a skinny little guy.)

The problem?  I KEEP FINDING STUFF TO BUY!

Somehow, I have spent $30 more than I’ve made…oopsie!

But here’s what I got (and really did need):

  • 1 Flip cover  (I have inserts)
  • 2 GroVia covers (I have inserts)
  • 2 Best Bottom covers and inserts

(Can you tell we like hybrid diapers here?)

My August baby is 6 weeks and 6 days old, and is excited about all his new fluff!

Milk doesn’t have to come from a cow…

For anyone looking for an alternative to dairy milk, Women’s Health magazine did a comparison on some other options.  It’s not all inclusive, but it’s a good reference of the most popular milk alternatives in your local grocery store.

I haven’t tried all of these, but the ones I have tried are pretty good!  If you choose to continue drinking cow’s milk, its best to buy organic.  If your budget doesn’t allow for that (and I understand, organics can be pricey!), at least make sure the label says that they don’t use cows with artificial growth hormones.

(Info from: Milk, Minus the Cow – Women’s Health)

Almond Milk

Almond Breeze Original Per cup: 60 cal, 2.5 g fat (0 g sat), 8 g carbs (7 g sugars), 150 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein

  • Taste: Creamy, rich, and slightly nutty with a hint of sweetness
  • Pros: The least caloric of the bunch, it’s fortified with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that fights UV damage, as well as calcium and vitamins A and D.
  • Cons: While almonds themselves are a good source of fiber and protein, the milk contains skimpy amounts of these nutrients (that’s because the milk is made by grinding the nuts and mixing with water). Almond milk is also higher in sodium than other alternatives.
  • Best in: Smoothies, coffee, and cereal

 

Hemp Milk

Tempt Original Per cup: 100 cal, 6 g fat (0.5 g sat), 9 g carbs (6 g sugars), 110 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 2 g protein

  • Taste: Nutty and earthy
  • Pros: It’s naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids—wonder nutrients for your heart, brain, and mood. Hemp milk is made with cannabis seeds, but it won’t get you high, because it lacks significant THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana).
  • Cons: Depending on the brand, you may gulp only 10 percent of your daily calcium needs. It’s not a great source of protein either.
  • Best in: Mashed potatoes, muffins, and quick breads. Unobtrusive in flavor, it’s a good stand-in for cow’s milk in baked foods.


Coconut Milk

So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage Original Per cup: 80 cal, 5 g fat (5 g sat), 7 g carbs (6 g sugars), 15 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 1 g protein

  • Taste: Thick, creamy, and, well, coconut-y
  • Pros: It has the least amount of sodium and can be fairly low-cal—even some flavored kinds will cost you only 90 calories per serving. Plus, most brands are fortified with half a day’s worth of vitamin B12, a brain-boosting nutrient.
  • Cons: “The majority of fat is saturated,” says Lauren Slayton, R.D., founder of Foodtrainers in New York City. But at five grams per serving, it constitutes less than 8 percent of your total daily value for fat.
  • Best in: Coffee, tea, pudding, smoothies, and oatmeal—it’s a go-to thickener.

 

Rice Milk

Rice Dream Enriched Original Per cup: 120 cal, 2.5 g fat (0 g sat), 23 g carbs (10 g sugars), 100 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 1 g protein

  • Taste: Light, watery, and sweet
  • Pros: The carbs. “Have a glass before or after a workout—it offers carbs to fuel and fluid to hydrate, and like a sports drink, it’s a good source of electrolytes,” says Nancy Clark, R.D., author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook.
  • Cons: The carbs. If you’re trying to drop a few pounds, it’s best to eat whole-grain carbs, which contain filling fiber; rice milk has zero.
  • Best in: Desserts, baked goods, pancakes, and French toast. Its natural sweetness complements indulgent foods.


Soy Milk

Silk Original Per cup: 100 cal, 4 g fat (0.5 g sat), 8 g carbs (6 g sugars), 120 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein

  • Taste: Faintly sweet. Some varieties have a slight tofu flavor.
  • Pros: It has almost as much protein as cow’s milk, plus plant chemicals that may help inhibit absorption of cholesterol. It’s often fortified, so shake the carton well—added calcium tends to settle at the bottom, says Zied.
  • Cons: Some studies suggest that overconsuming soy promotes breast cancer. “A good guideline is about 25 grams of soy protein per day,” says Zied.
  • Best in: Creamy soups and salad dressings, sauces, casseroles, and other savory dishes. Vanilla-flavored varieties are great in coffee or tea (or by the glass!).

Cloth diapering my newborn

I’ve been getting some questions about how cloth diapers are working out for us, so why not post about it?

Since the dr kept telling me that I was going to have a big baby, I didn’t invest in a lot of “newborn” sized diapers because I thought he would outgrow them too fast.  At one month old and over 9 lbs, he still fits into newborn or XS diapers, though they are getting a little snug.

Here is my newborn stash and my opinions on them (all diapers have velcro closures unless otherwise noted):

5 XS bumGenius 3.0 All in Ones (AIO)

  • Pros: Almost everything!  Love these!  My favorite diapers, so far. 
  • Cons: Can take a while to dry since they’re so thick.

1 Thirsties XS cover (This is not the Duo Wrap with the adjustable snap rise.)

  • Pros: I like the leg gussets and the elastic around the waist (contains messes very well). 
  • Cons: The infant size prefolds I have don’t fit under this, and there’s no way to secure the Thirsties stay dry insert in the cover.  Therefore, the cover always gets messy, and can’t be aired out and reused, which kind of defeats the purpose of using an insert and a cover, right?

1 Bumkins newborn cover (Apparently, they have recently re-done their product line.  This is an older version of their newborn cover, which does NOT have the adjustable snap rise.)

  • Pros: It’s super cute!  (We have the Dr. Seuss Horton one seen here.)
  • Cons: Everything else.  I hate this cover.  It has leg gussets, but there is no elastic around the waist, meaning messes ALWAYS escape out the top, no matter how tight I make it.  Would probably work better with a fitted or prefolds, but has the same problem as the Thirsties cover above (they don’t fit under the cover!)

1 Thirsties Stay-Dry Duo insert

  • Pros: Absorbs wetness well. 
  • Cons: Can’t be snapped in to the cover, which leads to messes.

1 Dream-Eze Small Fitted (Made by The Natural Baby Company – the same company that makes GroVia diapers – but the Dream-Eze are no longer for sale on their website.)

  • Pros: Very absorbant.
  • Cons: Tight fit under the Thirsties XS cover, works better under a Thirsties Duo Wrap Size 1.  Has snap closure, so it’s hard to get a good fit on my skinny boy.

I’ve also tried a couple of Small sized diapers on him.  The bumGenius AIO  are still a little big, but I can get them snug enough so they don’t leak.  The GroVia Hybrid AI2  are also a little big for now, but I think these will be another favorite!  The FuzziBunz and Ecobumz (which are apparently no longer available anywhere?) both have snap closures, so I can’t get them to fit correctly.  (Snaps may just not work for us…)

And we have several one-size bumGenius 4.0 and Flips that I haven’t tried yet because I think they’ll fall off of him, but we’ll see how those work out.

My August baby is 1 month and 1 day old, and looks so cute with his fluffybutt!

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