Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cloth Diaper Experiment

So I'm on Week 3 of experimenting with cloth diapering. This is based on my own desire to try it out. I'm not being paid to review these.

It's been a good experience so far. I bought about 15 BumGenius 4.0 one-size pocket diapers and a variety of cute colors. I got them from Amazon.com for $17.95 each. I also had 1 FuzziBunz one-size pocket diaper that I had previously bought.

I've had hardly any leaks with the BumGenius diapers and almost every time he wears the FuzziBunz, it leaks out. I don't think it's because I've put them on wrong either.

Laundering them hasn't proved difficult. I've stacked them in a plastic grocery bag lined garbage can and then wash a whole bunch of them at a time. I've been washing about every other day. Pre-rinse in cold and then wash in hot. Hang dry the covers and tumble dry the inserts. Not extremely time intensive or gross.

Since the little Chicken Hawk is still only breastfed, his poop is water soluble and can just be thrown in the washing machine without me having to do much else with it. I suppose when it becomes more solid, I'll just scoop it into the toilet and hose it off with the shower nozzle before putting it into the washing machine.

Now that I've got proficient in that, I've gone even more crunchy and started using cloth wipes too. I bought some neat Thirsties Fab cloth wipes that work incredibly. They are soft and wipe up like a charm. I even went nutso and actually made my own wipes solution and put it in a wipes warmer. Now I'm a certified GREEN MAMA. LOL. I made my wipes solution out of 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons Aveeno baby wash, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is kind of stinky. I don't know if I'll continue that.

I also took an old Victoria's Secret body spray bottle and dumped it out and filled it up with my solution for the diaper bag.

So far, the little Chicken Hawk's diaper rash has disappeared and I haven't had to continually slather him up with butt paste.

The only problem I'm experiencing is he is spitting up a lot more. I think it might be because the waistband is too tight around his abdomen and doesn't give much when he's bent over. Since then, I've tried to loosen up with my snapping. I hope that helps.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Crazy Dreams

OMG... lately I've been having such strange dream experiences! When I close my eyes and start drifting off, I get this crazy disoriented falling feeling. Then I try to wake up from it because it makes me have strange and scary visions/dreams. But I can't wake up from it.

A few nights ago I was dreaming I was at a party and stumbling drunk in and out of rooms. Then I went in one room and fell down drunk. There were people standing around but oblivious. I couldn't get up and then I noticed that there were 3 big, mean parrots out of their cages and coming for me. They were all trying to bite me with their big sharp beaks. I was trying to scream out for help and was powerless.

Then last night it was even worse. Parrot attacks is almost comical. Last night it was a free falling experience and then this dark force/demon thing was trying to pull me from my feet somewhere and I couldn't fight it. I kept screaming HELP! HELP! HELP! And I thought for sure it was out loud. But then I woke up and asked my DH if he heard me and he said no. I mumbled through the scary dream but he was half asleep and he told me to pray for God to protect me. EEK for some reason that scared me even more. Were demons after my soul??!! I didn't want to go to sleep again after that.

But I did and slept great. The little Chicken Hawk slept through the night which is blissful.

Now I'm just wondering about my sanity. What do these dreams mean? Am I depressed? Psychotic? What is going on?? Are those called night terrors? I'm afraid to go to bed now...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Book Review: "Walking Through Illusion"

I admit I am a slacker. I received the book Walking Through Illusion by Betsy Otter Thompson to review back in December and haven't even read it yet.

The book is called "Walking Through Illusion" and it features a series of short stories about people in the bible who knew Jesus or knew of him. Each chapter has a set of questions at the end of it that help you implement what you learned in your everyday life.

I do hope to get around to reading it so I can provide a complete book review. Unfortunately with a new baby in the house, there's not much reading going on. Trust me, I try and try to finish books and magazines and it's a constant struggle. I'm sure that those with small kids can understand what I'm talking about.

From what I've read so far, I think I will enjoy this book.  I am always trying to gain more spiritual wisdom and emotional growth.  Especially now that I'm in a crossroads in my life in terms of career, family and what will give the best work/life balance.  For the first time, I actually believe and trust that God will provide and reveal an opportunity for me.  It's never been easy for me to give up my sense of control, but I'm learning how to do it.

From the preface: "God thinks, God lives, God believes, God is."

From Chapter 2 on Gifts: "Disappointment comes from thinking that life should be different. Enjoyment comes from thinking that life is wonderful the way it is."
Amen!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chicken Hawk's Girlfriend

Our l'il Chicken Hawk has a baby girlfriend, Kendra. She's a real doll!

No really, she's a doll. Every time we have her out, people think she's a real baby and freak out the way the chickadees carry her around. She even scares us sometimes at first glance when she's laying around.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Funny Conversation With the Littlest Chickadee

Chickadee: "Tyler was at school today."

Me: "My brother's name is Tyler too."

Chickadee: "Does he go to my school?"

Me: "No he went to school in Washington where I'm from. In my hometown. But he didn't like school."

Chickadee: "Well that's beautiful. Now may I have some water please?"

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Milk Coma

This is what it looks like to 'sleep like a baby'. A breastmilk induced coma. Now if I could just sleep like that please...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Baby Blow Out

Poop Soup
Less than an hour after putting on his cute morning outfit (featuring DH's company-branded onesie) the little chicken hawk had a major explosion at the littlest chickadee's preschool tumbling class.

I heard a cry from his stroller while we were having a grand time bouncing on the trampoline. I walked over and from the smell of it, knew immediately that I had trouble on my hands.  We were only 15 minutes into the class and I had left my diaper bag in the car.

So the remaining 30 minutes of the class were spent with me holding him and trying not to get poop all over my white shirt. It made it a little tricky trying to keep my daughter on the balance beam as she wanted to hold my hands. I ended up changing his diaper on the front seat of my car and it was a little bit like doing surgery with all of the mess. And what a sight to behold!!

At least I had the foresight to have diapers, wipes and an extra outfit in the diaper bag. Many times I'm surprised with an empty bag.

I can't wait to see what the rest of the day brings!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Craigslist Freaks

I have had so many responses from my Craigslist ads recently. Out of all my inquiries on my items, only 1 person actually showed up to buy the item.

Today some douchebag kept emailing me asking me to sell my ovulation monitor for $48. He said he was at CVS and they were selling them for $43. They normally sell for closer to $200, so I asked him to send me the link of which model he was referring to. He sent me a picture of the same model I was selling and swore that it was selling for much cheaper at CVS.

I'm pretty sure he just wanted me to give it to him for practically free and that wasn't going to happen.  I asked him perhaps he was referring to the test strips which sell for $40.

He said, "I am at the store now and they're selling for $48. I just thought I would try to buy from a private party. But if you're not willing to go down..."

Then when I wouldn't budge he said, "I just bought it for $48 at CVS."

Okay thanks for sharing dude. Now scram!

Geez people are freaks! Hello why would you be at the CVS all day going back and forth with some chick on Craigslist?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I Don't Do Housework

Dammit. The house is trashed and the in laws are coming to town tomorrow at noon.  I have no desire to clean up the place for them.  The girls just mess it up as fast as I can clean it. (Which isn't very fast when I'm nursing constantly.)
Photo Credit: Lisa F. Young | Dreamstime.com

It's so embarrassing to have such a nasty floor with food all over it. Toilets that aren't cleaned. Dog hair everywhere. Paper clutter. Toys, arts and crafts, school work everywhere. That doesn't factor in the 4 loads of laundry I've stashed away in my bedroom to fold when I feel inspired. (Never.) The filthy baseboards, windows, mirrored closet doors, you get the idea.......

I should really look for a new job right away and make enough damn money to pay for a house cleaner.  My pipe dream of thinking that I would have all this spare time on my hands to clean if I was at home is ridiculous.  I am sick of being at home and trying to keep ahead of the chickadees.  I am sick of trying to keep the house clean!

Oh the fond memories of my little studio apartment that I never had to clean because I was never at home to mess it up!!

The salt in the wound is that I can't seem to find a job when I'm at home because I haven't found time to update my resume or even search.  I also need to find some childcare arrangements for when I have an interview and actually get a job.  Which I can never get around to doing any of this because I'm under siege all the time.  What in the hell am I going to do when school is out for the summer?!!

So, yes, I will likely just leave the house trashed and let my in laws see my mess and maybe it will make them uncomfortable and they won't want to stay long.  No fun hanging around a dirty, downtrodden, mother of 3 when you're of the the jet-setting, life of leisure type.