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Thursday, April 10, 2014

On Tiny Cloth Booties

I am a cloth diapering gal.
With our oldest we used what we could find and afford (old time prefolds and plastic covers)
With our second we could afford a few fancy covers
With the third I used mainly G Diapers
and now
I'm experimenting...
We are using mainly G Diapers with cloth inserts, but not sure how good they will fit later on.
Cute G-Diaper Baby Bum
I have a few fancy covers (Rumparooz, etc.) that I really like with the Indian Prefold cotton diapers,
but they are still too big for my little one's rump.
The G Diapers are so expensive (for the cloth inserts anyway) and I might try to make a few to see how they work.  I don't like the disposable/compostable inserts anymore.  Not sure how they are different from when we used them 9 years ago, but they don't seem to absorb anything and get the covers all wet.   Yuck.  I really like the cloth inserts, they are made from Hemp and cotton, so they absorb really well.
For wipes I got the Prince Lionheart wipe warmer on Amazon.  I like the wipes that came with it alot.  I'd also ordered some Thirsties wipes and they seem to be really pilly, don't like them very much.
If you live in central Arkansas you can find all kinds of cloth diapering options at The Green Corner Store downtown.  They even have consulting and gently used diapers! (Plus you can get some Loblolly ice cream while you're there!)
My honey made me a beautiful clothesline last week.  I know, strange thing to get excited over but I am!  It's on a pulley system so I don't have to get down off the back porch!
So cute to see those little diapers flapping in the breeze.
I'll keep you posted on how this journey goes!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On Sugar and Spice and Spring Break Sweetness

Our Spring Break-
Well, when I went into the doc on the 24th they said my amniotic fluid was a "2" which is dangerously low.  I had read up on this and really wasn't too keen on being induced, but everyone said I should go ahead...
so we left the doctor, went home to pack a hospital bag, and went to the hospital.
(When you're planning a home birth this trip to the hospital is not a happy one.)
They started the Pitocin drip Monday (did a very slow increase and I had almost NO pain without pain meds) and on Wednesday my sweet Aimee was born.   She was "face up" so the actual process was longer than I'd experienced before.
Aimee's Birthday

I must admit, hospitals (and nurses) have come a LONG way since I had my last baby in a hospital.  Back then, none of the nurses had even witnessed a non-medicated birth, and this time two of my nurses had been midwife or doula trained.  I was allowed to labor wherever and however I wanted (jacuzzi, birthing stools and balls etc.) and my midwife was there to act as my doula.   No one asked me if I needed pain meds which was nice.

When my water broke on Tuesday I was not too happy.  I'd been on Pitocin 24 hrs already and then to see that I did have quite a bit of AF, made me a little angry.  I didn't want to force my baby to come two weeks early, and then to see that it probably hadn't been necessary....
To my doctor's defense, the ultrasound is a horrible method for measuring fluid.  The midwife's hands probably are your best indicator of everything being okay, and now (too late) I know that.   Make sure you get a second opinion! 
The good news is that my sweet girl is perfectly fine, healthy and happy!  She was 7 lbs 10 oz, so not too small for being two weeks early.
One week old
Now, if I can remember to sleep when baby sleeps (I'm sooo tired!)
My oldest girl did get her drivers' license (finally) during Spring Break, so maybe my chauffeur days will get easier.
The other kids are so in love with their tiny sister!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Anticipation...

I have now only 12 days until my official due date.  

I am so nervous,
mainly because last week the doctor told me my amniotic fluid level was only 4.5, and wanted to induce right then. I've been planning another home birth and not too happy with that news- so I told him I'd think about it and talk to my hubby and midwife and get back with him.  Midwife put me on bedrest and told me to push water, electrolytes, and up my calories.  Went in to midwife yesterday and she did a non-stress test- all went really well plus my belly grew a LOT in three days!   I think the doc and she are worried because "I'm old."   (Funny, I don't feel old yet!)

The feelings you have while preggers after miscarriage are so crazy.  Never a peaceful moment.  I second guess everything and it makes me a little crazy.   (OK, maybe a lot sometimes...)  I've been so careful with this pregnancy- I see the midwife, OB, and acupuncturist every week now!

On a lighter note
some sweet friends gave me a fun baby shower last week.  
Lots of goodies and great stuff to eat!
I hadn't been to a baby shower in twelve years!   (You don't expect many when all your friends are in their late 30's and up! :)  It was fun to get to be silly and look at tiny clothes again.

Tomorrow I go back to OB and he'll do another ultrasound and see what AFL is.  After doing research I realize this is the new way to get people to be induced, but on the other hand it is truly dangerous if it's genuinely low (but the ultrasound is not a very accurate measuring method.)  

So if it is low tomorrow will be our baby girl's birthday...
Really hoping all's well.  I don't want to force her to come before she's ready AND I'd love for another home birth.   Plus, we don't have a name picked out yet! 

Wish us luck!

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