Bradyn and Dawson sitting in a tree

K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Her dad is freaking out.  I’m already planning on showing this at their wedding.  🙂

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I’m only 2 months late

Howdy for those still reading (hi Mother in Law!)

So I’m only 2 months late in posting about my newest family addition.  What’s wrong with that?  Oh second child syndrome here I come!

Here’s the details in case your not friends with me in real life or on facebook and still need to be caught up. 

I had a BOY.  I mean of course I did.  You saw that coming didn’t you?  God likes to play practical jokes on people.  He has a great sense of humor.  Luckily he’s cute so I’ll keep him.  That is until he steals our car for a joy ride and breaks something and winds up in the emergency room.  Then I officially take no claim over the boy.  He then becomes his daddy’s kid.  😉

 Introducing
Blake Andrew
  January 29, 2011
7 pounds 10 ounces
20 inches

 First time holding Blake
 Hi buddy!
 Baby NippleGate
 First family shot getting into the car to go home
(I brought a pink shirt exactly like the one I’m wearing to the hospital so that I was prepared either way!)
 One month 
Big Sister Bradyn and baby brother Blake meeting for the very first time
Well now that I am coming up for air (and my dear sweet husband allowed me to get a cleaning crew in here twice a month), I feel like I have more time to devote to my poor abandoned blog and blogging friends.  Believe me I have lots more to say and more pictures to show off.  Because I’m that kind of annoying mommy blogger.

I’m officially a convert

So I wanted to update you on my latest adventure into cloth diapering.  I told you before that I was interested in it to help with Bradyn’s constant diaper rash.  Alysha from The Tarr Pit wisely advised me to begin with a cloth diaper trial so I could try out several kinds before buying a stash of one particular brand.

Here is a breakdown of the ones that I tried and what I thought of them.

Kissaluvs

Description:  An AIO (all in one) diaper with one set of snaps that has a microterry insert sewn in.
Fit:  Very nice and trim
Look:  This one was a surprise in the box and it was so soft to the touch and I was really excited to try this one on.
Function:  I wish upon wishes that this one worked as well as it looked.  It leaked 3 out of 3 times.  It was awful.  I was so surprised to find that it was highly recommended for newborns from a really good resource All About Cloth Diapers.
Price:  $12.95
GradeD-  The only reason why this isn’t an F is because its still super cute.
(Ok, when I re-read my instruction sheet, I didn’t realize that there was a TON of tips on the BACK.  DUH.  One of the tips was to cover this diaper with the Thirsties cover.  Yah, that probably would have helped.  This still wouldn’t have been one of my favorites though)

Thirsties Duo Pocket Diaper
Thirsties Duo Diaper
Description:  Pocket diaper with two inserts, one quick absorbing microfiber and one super absorbent hemp insert. Snap the two together at either end and stuff into the shell. Unique opening in the front allows inserts to come out by themselves in the wash.  (I wish I had known that last part…)
Fit:  It has inner gussets (a second leg lining) which was nice and overall it was an ok fit.  
Look:  At first glance it looked pretty cheap but it turned out alright, but certainly not the cutest diaper on the block.
Function:  The first time I tried this one, it leaked, but I think it was my fault for not adjusting it correctly.  Ever since, it has been fine. 
Price:  $17.50
GradeC+  It was a decent diaper and really nothing necessarily wrong, it just wasn’t my favorite.  
Fuzzi Bunz
FuzziBunz One Size Cloth Diaper

Description:  The original pocket diaper with snaps for fitting the waist and legs
Fit:  I didn’t think that I would appreciate the snaps as much as I did.  It made all the difference in the world for not a) making red marks on my baby girl’s chubby legs, and b) fitting her buddha belly.  This was a “perfect fit” rather than their OS (one size) so it was much less bulky and honestly became a perfect fit. 
Look:  I like that these have an assortment of bolder colors.  I just wish that it had more options for cute prints.
Function:  It never leaked and became one of my best day time diapers.  I also read that it was highly recommended to use as an overnight diaper with a Flip insert to double the soakers, which I tried once and worked out perfectly.
Price:  $17.95 although currently Fuzzi Bunz is having an ovestock sale for $14.95!  Score!
GradeA  This quickly became one of my favorite diapers. 

bumGenius OS
BumGenius 3.0 One Size Cloth Diapers
Description:  BumGenius One Size fits 7-35 lbs. with crossover velcro including an absorbent one size micro terry insert + a newborn insert. 
Fit:  For being a OS it wasn’t too bad, but it was still bulkier than I would prefer
Look:  I got a sweet pink color and that may have persuaded me, but I thought it was cute.  They just came out with an artist selection which is a little underwhelming.
Function:  This was a great absorber and became my regular nap time diaper.  Great function.
Price:  $17.95
GradeB+  The only reason I didn’t give this an A was because of the bulky factor and flimsy velcro. 
bumGenius V.3 AIO
bumGenius 3.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper  
Description:  All in One diaper which means that the soaker is sewn into the pocket.  The pocket still has an opening if you need or want to add in another soaker.
Fit:  Same as the other bumGenius (see above)
Look:  again (see above)
Function:  This worked the same as the other bumGenius but for one disappointing flaw.  Because it is an AIO it takes forever to dry.  I think because of that I have decided I do not like AIO diapers.  Plus I really like the option of using a diaper more than one time (with a change in the insert of course!)
Price:  $15.95
GradeB 
SmartiPants
SmartiPants Onesize Cloth Diaper - Mellow Yellow

Description:  OS pocket diaper
Fit:  Since it is a one size it is bulkier than I prefer
Look:  Pretty cute.  Nothing exceptional.
Function:  The insert has a pretty good absorption quality, not the best of the bunch, but certainly decent.  I also really like the snaps.
Price:  $14.95
Grade:  B
GroVia One Size Hybrid

Description:  The title says it all.  The throw away inserts did not come in my trial.  The inside double soaker snaps in.
Fit:  Bulky 
Look:  I liked the deep purple color that I received.  Other than that, nothing spectacular.
Function:  While it came with a double organic soaker, it did leak nearly every time Bradyn wore it.  It became very frustrating. 
Grade:  D

There were items that came in this trial that I didn’t even try.  It also came with bleached chinese prefolds,  unbleached Indian prefolds, and a Snappi to help tie those prefolds.  I just decided that if I was going to go cloth, I knew in my heart that I was going to be too lazy to fold up all the prefolds.  I wanted it to be as simple as possible. 
Remember that this was just my 1st trial.  Post coming soon about my 2nd batch and what I thought about them.  

Nesting Obsessions

23 weeks pregnant.

Where in the world has the time gone?!  Summer just FLEW by!  There have been numerous birthday parties, a trip to visit Bradyn’s paternal grandparents, and just general chaoticness.  No that’s not a word, but it really should be.

Here are the things that I have become obsessed about.


Double strollers.  Anybody notice how many dang choices there are?  I’m definitely leaning towards a side by side, but I want to be able to use it for shopping, but ease of use trumps that I think.  Plus, those prices… gasp.  Out.of.control. 

Cloth Diapers.  Yah, yah, yah, I know.  I’m really not a hippy-granola-crunching- pot hemp-brownie making momma, but it sure does seem like that.  Well everything but the pot.  NO drugs people!  Just say NO!  lol  I’m not trying to save the planet, although that’s nice.  I’m not trying to save cash, although I really should.  The real reason that I might become a convert is poor Bradyn’s bum gets diaper rash like THAT.  We are currently using a brand name that has gotten some bad press about the chemicals that they use to make sure that they stay dry.  So I think we are going to try a couple of trials including ones from Jillian’s Drawers and Kelly’s Closet.

There are a couple that don’t come in either package but that I want to try like GDiapers and Softbums.

My husband isn’t convinced yet.  He still remembers cleaning his sisters cloth diapers in buckets and specifically how GROSS it was.  But these are your momma’s cloth diapers, so we’ll see.

Organizing the house.  Specifically my closets.  Have you ever seen the show Clean House on Style Network?  Well basically they take nice hoarders and take all of their junk, put it in a yard sale and then decorate their home with the money they earned.  The most awesome part of the show are the new closets.  They are gorgeous.  All the closets are from The Container Store.  Since my closets are atrocious, I decided that getting my closet organized should become top priority.  They helped design it and it will be installed later in October.  I am seriously giddly thinking about how my shoes and purses will be displayed and used more often because I can finally see them. 


Pregnancy Exercise dvd’s.  This time I vowed I wouldn’t gain an excess amount of weight, especially since I really didn’t lose ANY weight after having Bradyn.  I really couldn’t afford to gain any more than absolutely necessary.  For those of you who might be concerned, don’t be.  The baby is tracking a little bit bigger than average, so I think we are good, but thanks anyway.  So I started working out with an awesome set of videos that I “stole” from BabySteals and have been hooked about how I have been feeling so much better.  I can actually get up out of bed without my hips giving out on me every time.  I have more energy thoughout the day.  I generally have a better attitude.   Weird.

 Except that I would like to return to my pre-wedding figure please.  Pretty please???

Big News and catch up

For those of you who aren’t my facebook friend, or an actual friend from real life, I have BIG NEWS to share with all of you.

I’m PREGNANT!

Some of you might have guessed due to my preggo widget on the side there.  I am currently in the beginning of my second trimester and it has flown by!  Its probably due to a couple of reasons.  A) this is my second baby, therefore I don’t have the luxury of pondering and examining all the little new discoveries of pregnancy, and B) I have been SO swamped with life.

What have I been up to lately?  What haven’t I been up too is the question!  2 months ago it was the whirlwind month of baby birthday parties.  Bradyn has a very full social calendar and must keep up with all of her little friends of course.  And more importantly, we were celeBRADYN my baby’s 1st birthday!

 Here we are on her actual birthday living it up at the “Happiest Place on Earth”.  Disneyland of course!  As a native southern California girl, there really was no other way to celebrate my wonderful daughter’s first birthday.

As you can see, she is decked out in the latest Disney apparel and accessories.  Our friends who went with us (who are self proclaimed “Disney Freaks!”), made sure she was sporting the best Disney could offer.  And let me tell you, my daughter is no fool, that (currently) life size Minnie Mouse was not out of her hands for a moment for nearly 2 hours!  She sure does love her stuffed animals and babies.

Next was her actual birthday party.  We went with a classic Teddy Bear theme and it worked out beautifully.  Here is the cupcake/cake I made for her.

Too cute right?!
Now here she is pretty unsure of what to make of her chocolate cupcake….

And folks, I believe we have a winner!

Word to the wise, if you have a baby celebrating their first birthday with a chocolate cupcake, I HIGHLY recommend just stripping them down to just their diaper.  Let’s just say that Bradyn had a full bath immediately after in the sink because she was so dang messy.

Not only were we in party, party, party mode, we were also in work, work, work mode with my inlaws in town.  They came to love up on their grandbaby for her big event, as welcome a new addition to the family.  My brother in law and his wife welcomed a brand new son just a few weeks before Bradyn’s birthday.  There was much to celebrate!

The working was due to my husband’s attempt at converting one of our bedrooms into an actual recording studio.  Granted its still a home studio, but when completed, it will be able to do all the fancy things a big studio can do.  Which means my retired engineer father in law was a big help in thinking through all of the crazy ideas Jeff has to vamp up his studio space.  Believe me, there was more trips to Home Depot, Lowe’s and Wal-Fart than I’d like to count!  My in laws stayed nearly a month to help and visit. 

Oh and let’s not forget that I am currently in a workshop/show and its been nothing short of absolute insanity trying to get ready for our performance this coming weekend.  I’m tired just thinking about it!

So that’s the craziness that has been going on around here at Mommy On the Mic’s place.  What’s been going on in your world?

hit with the plague

So this week has been just awful. 
Bradyn has been incredibly sick since we had a fun Sunday at The Happiest Place on Earth. 
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 Unfortunately she was congested and coughing the whole time. 
By the time Monday rolls around it has become apparent that my baby girl needs to see a doctor.  He measures her temperature at 101 and says she has bronchitis.  She is put on heavy antibiotics and sent home.
Her medication is so rough on her little body that she immediately gets a nasty diaper rash and nearly stops eating all together.  It was incredibly difficult and horrifying to watch. 
I had to take her back to the doctors on Friday and they then said it was a virus and that she just had to wait it out.  I was honestly worried that she would have to be hospitalized.
Thank goodness by the time Sunday evening rolls around she is finally perking up and I can let out a small sigh of relief.  She isn’t 100%, not by a long shot, but there is some improvement.
It has been a week full of stress beyond belief, more than even her being sick, but it has taught me to really pray, trust in God, and know that every moment with her is precious.

Advocate

This week my baby girl had her 9 10 month check up.  (so we were late… whoops)

Normally I am simply excited to see how she has grown (or not grown that much, my baby is a peanut).  But this time I had things that I really wanted to accomplish with the pediatrician.  Bradyn has been dealing with eczema for months and months and it is incredibly heartbreaking watching her scratch so much and so often that I can never have her wear just a onesie.  I once had to be called into our church’s nursery because she was scratching so much that she had caused major rashes on her little legs and was nearly bleeding because of it.  Horrifying.

But as my sweet baby was getting the once over and I was trying to communicate with her doctor, I realized that I was not being heard.  It was extraordinarily frustrating to try and deliver a message that says “Doctor please help me!”, and the doctor is ignoring you.  He just kept on with the usual remedies that I already know.

keep her nails short
lukewarm 5 minute baths
watch what she eats

None of these things were helpful.  We were already doing these things. 

I left feeling extremely frustrated, but more importantly I learned a lesson.

Bradyn is counting on ME and her DADDY to be her voice.  We have to protect her because nobody else will.

And then almost like an angel intervention, my mom called and said that she had been doing some research on eczema and discovered some gems that I think I will be trying out.

Eczema news update: A study published in the May 2009 issue of Pediatrics tested treatments on kids with eczema ages 6 months to 17 years. They found that soaking for five to ten minutes twice a week in a diluted bleach bath (1/2 cup bleach per full standard-size tub) was five times more effective at treating eczema than plain water (used by the placebo group).  The improvement was so dramatic that researchers stopped the study early to allow children in the placebo group to get relief with the method. Try it! (But ask your child’s doctor first.)
Bleach?!  In my baby’s bath?!  Hey, whatever works!