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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Simply Tuesday

Outside my window...it's still steamy out there, but hopefully this is the last day of excessive heat warnings. It's so bad that my glasses fog up when I walk out the door!

I am thinking...that I am really, really lucky that Elsa sleeps so well at night and that so far I've avoided the extreme tiredness of having a newborn.

I am thankful for...family and the opportunity to see them next weekend when Elsa gets baptized.

From the kitchen...we made English muffin, bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches for dinner. Yum!

I am wearing... new shorts and an midpregnancy (but not maternity) shirt.

I am creating...thank you cards/birth announcements. Hope to get them in the mail tomorrow!

I am going...to be gone much of the day again tomorrow. Today we made no less than eight stops, but tomorrow we have to make the trek to Forest Lake and back before work. Hoping to find something fun to do along the way....

I am reading...lots and lots of library books to the kids. I don't know about you, but I am sick.to.death of the books we own and avoid reading them at all costs, but give me a stack of books we haven't read yet from the library and I can read for an hour.

I am hoping...that the ice cream in a bag we're going to attempt tonight is worth the trouble

I am hearing...the AC. We don't have central air, but the three window units we have do a pretty good job!

Around the house...kittens. They are a month old now and are busy exploring.

One of my favorite things...helping my kids do their 'homework'. I bought them Brain Quest books at Sam's Club the other day and we are working on them every day to earn a trip to the Children's Museum. They are so motivated and it's really helped them stay on track with what they learned during the school year.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Tomorrow we're going to Forest Lake to pick up the family baptism gown that five generations of our family has worn. No plans for Friday except work, church on Sunday, and getting the house/yard/garage in shape for the baptism celebration next weekend.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

The kittens at 2 weeks...Hannah is the black one and the smallest of the bunch. Cody is the gray one and by far the biggest.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

BabyBear

If you think Elsa looks cute in her bear hat, wait until you see all three of my little cubs together with their bear hats on! It's suppose to be 100 degrees this weekend so my chances of photographing BrotherBear and SisterBear are slim, but I couldn't wait to share this one of BabyBear. The hat is as soft as butter and will keep her toasty warm this winter. Is it wrong to want one for myself? 

Want a hat like Elsa's for your child? Check out all the adorable, creative, and handcrafted things my friend Lindsay makes for her Blue Yodey Boutique.

And then stay tuned for photos of Sam and Julia in their hats! 

Elsa Louise at 1 week


 She does this a lot
I hold her a lot, but not because she needs it, because I need it.Oh how I love to snuggle and feel that soft fuzz on her head!

She has been a dream baby.  Eating every couple of hours during the day and going up to six hours between feedings at night. She falls into a deep sleep about 8pm and I feed her sometime after midnight and then around 6am.  She stays asleep in between feedings which is so wonderful.

She had her first outing when she was four days old. We went to the library and she had her first adjustment at the chiropractor.  She was six days old when she had her first check up. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces at birth - 8 pounds, 1 ounce at discharge - 8 pounds, 10 ounces at her check up.

She has the deepest blue eyes like her brother. She kicks like the dickens with her right leg when I change her diaper, but she no longer cries through the process.  She took her first bottle at 7 days old - straight from the refrigerator. She eats about 2 ounces at a time. Her cord stump fell off at 9 days old - just in time for her to have her first real bath before church. She only cried for a moment and then was very quiet while her siblings helped clean her up.

Speaking of siblings. They have been a huge help to me and really love their baby sister. They get so upset (especially Sam) when Elsa gets upset. They aren't jealous in the least which is a huge blessing.

Blessings. They are all around us. We named our latest one Elsa.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cloth diapering a newborn


Good news! It isn't as hard as I thought it would be. Bad news! It's as stressful as I thought it would be. Let me explain...

First of all I found THE BEST place to rent diapers from. Yes, rent. For a mere $10 a week I have 25 diapers to use.  I love that I don't have to commit to a long rental period because my babies grow so fast and I'd waste money if Elsa outgrew them too early. Melissa at The Green Baby Store has been amazing to work with. She knows her stuff and knew all the right questions to ask to make sure I had the diapers that worked best for our family. She had my box all ready to ship so that when I emailed her on the night Elsa was born, she was ready to ship my diapers the very next day.  Being a holiday weekend I had to wait an extra day for them to arrive, but there they were on Tuesday when we got home from Elsa's very first outing (the library).

I love having a variety of diapers to chose from depending on the time of day and where we are going.  I've learned how to use prefolds, pockets, AIO's and fitteds.  The best part is that they ALL WORK and it didn't take long for me to get the hang of using each kind.  Of course I've become partial to certain ones - hello Bum Genius AIO!!!! If it weren't for the rental program I wouldn't have had the opportunity to try BG. They are pricey, but now I know they are worth it.

The fit for a newborn has been wonderful. I can't recommend using newborn sizes enough! My Happy Heiney stash for when she's older would NEVER have fit on her right now. (I have a couple of Happy Heiney's in my newborn stash and am thrilled to know that they work and that I prefer the velcro over the snap closure since that's what I purchased a few months ago off of Craigslist.

So what is stressful about it?  The washing and more specifically the drying part. I'm air drying everything so it takes a while and I'm always worried that I won't have the thicker diapers ready in time for the next outing.  Prefolds dry fast, but they aren't nearly as thick and I have to change her way more often - not something I want to deal with when we're out and about.  So far I've only had to change one cloth diaper in the middle of the night and hopefully that trend will continue. It's not very easy to change a diaper on the bed, not to mention the risk I'm taking every time I do it - even with a towel under her.

Are you considering using cloth? I'd love to answer any questions you might have!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Introducing Elsa Louise

I have so much to write about our little sweet pea but first I want to share a couple of hospital pictures of the night Elsa was born. If you are from the area you know there was a very bad storm that went through on July 1st so that added some excitement to what was already an exciting day for our family.

Elsa arrived healthy and beautiful at 8:49pm on Friday night.
She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Considering she's already back up to her birth weight I better get cracking on the other posts I want to write before she gets even bigger!

It's hard to be motivated when all I want to do is stare at this precious face!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Our little firecracker

She's here!! And she couldn't be more perfect!

Miss Elsa Louise is having her first bath and her hearing test so I have a moment to write a quick post (with my phone) about our BabyBear, who decided that July 1st was to be her birthday.

This was my easiest labor and delivery yet and I'm still in shock that she came early. Sam and Julia are so sweet with her. I could watch them interact with their baby sister all day, bu of course that isn't very practical! I think it's going to be a good thing that we have four baby kittens to keep them distracted when I need to feed Elsa!

She was 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 19.5 inches long. If you saw Julia when she was born, Elsa is the spitting image of her big sister. I will post pictures from home as I have learned that messages I send via Twitter just don't make it through. I am savoring this time with just the two of us in between visitors as well as the incredible care of all the staff here.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!



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