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sustainablebabyish – sloomb

starting out with the best is sometimes unwise… but I think in this case, I’m bubbling with love for sustainablebabyish EVERYTHING…I have to start with them.

method:
fitteds and wool.
sustainablebabyish manufactures two main types of dipes. organic bamboo fleece fitteds and snapless-multis. (they also make flats (definitely the most affordable option)… but I have yet to try these… should be arriving soon… I’ll keep you posted.)

organic bamboo fleece fitteds or obf’s come in five sizes (XS-XL). they have snap closures and come with a snap in double insert and a free-floating doubler. the stitching and the snaps come in quite a few fabulous colors… and the main material is a nice natural type color. these are a great option for day or night. they are trim, absorbent, and last but not least adoooooooooorable.

snapless-multis are one size. they come standard with a pin for fastening but sloomb also offers an upgrade to a snappi if you prefer. (which I definitely do…) they come with two inserts. one long and one short. similar to the obf’s the stitching is colored and the main material is a natural type color. these are so soft. they feel almost like a super soft towel… you just want to scrunch them up and rub them up against your face… which is perfect for your little ones bottom… I am a huge fan of the snapless-multis. I have them in every color (besides the waytooobvious girl colors…) and I’ve pre-ordered the colors coming in the spring…

wool:
sustanablebabyish knit wool is like none other. it is so so soft and super thick. the quality is unbeatable… and even though they are a little expensive, they are so very worth the money. they come in many different colors to coordinate with the dipes. my favorite being the squash and the sprout… I’d have to say the peacoat is not far behind…. oh yes, and the berry makes me wish for a girl. who knows? she could be in our future…

the wool comes in two different options covers and longies.

I have more longies than covers… but as of late, I’ve been using the covers a lot more. The longies are great because not only are they diaper covers, but they are pants… so paired with a tshirt or a sweater… you have a complete outfit… a totally adorable one at that… not to mention they double as pj pants (which I frequently use them for)… the covers on the other hand, are somewhat like modern day bloomers. they aren’t really shorts… but they are short. they cover the dipe and they can go under clothes… in the winter anyway. I’m waiting for my underwoolies… that I’m hoping I can use under the clothes in the summer… we’ll see.

care:
I was a little intimidated going into this process… I read about every faq sbish had on their website and made sure I did the lanolizing the correct way. I was still clueless… but it worked… using lanolin with wool is essentially a fool-proof way to say buh-bye to leaks. it’s a bit of a process… and the drying time can vary, but it’s worth it in the end… and you don’t have to do it often… in fact, I just washed a couple pairs for only the second time the other day… and I’ve used them dozens of times at least. totally worth the trouble… and yes, they all have to be hand-washed… which sounds like a pain… but it really isn’t.

the dipes are easy-peasy… just toss em’ in with your regular dipe wash and you’re good to go. I use rockin’ green classic rock with funk rock for the prewash… I do a cold prewash with a hot regular wash and I do two cycles… may be over kill… but they never stink… even if I’ve let them sit a couple of days.

overall:
I give this system a 10/10… I love these. I love the owner, erin. the customer service is phenomenal. how many companies email you back within the hour or address issues on facebook with everyone to see? not many… but sbish is one of the few… and I love them even more for it. I’ve had a couple of order issues… and a couple of wool issues and erin was right there… helping me along. I adore the wool and tell everyone who will listen all about it. the dipes. puh-lease. I’m doing laundry overtime right now to have them always available (until the rest of my stash arrives to save the day… hooray!)… he sleeps in them every night with no leaks… and instead of changing him every two-three hours like I was with a few other brands… during the night I may have to change him once… and that’s only because the kid will break out with a rash if he stays wet too long… I have nothing but good things to say about sustainablebabyish. they are available at many of the cloth diaper online retailers but I prefer to go right to the source to get mine… sloomb. she has kits where you can try pretty much everything they have to offer without committing to just one type. they also have “seconds” frequently… which is wool that is slightly off… fit, color, whatever… for a discounted price… I’ve got quite a bit of my wool this way… and let me tell you… nothing wrong, whatsoever. had I found sbish at the beginning of my cloth diapering journey, I probably wouldn’t have tried any other brand… the next baby could quite possibly be exclusively diapered in sbish. in the words of my buddy katherine, they are fantastical!

oh and p.s. get on sloomb’s mailing list or like them on facebook! she has awesome promos ALL THE TIME. I won a wool cover just the other day…!

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the time has come.

I have been dreading this post since the dawn of my blog… but some things you just gotta let out…

there is one question I get all too often since little g has come into this world. and I hate it. it grabs my soul and yanks it out of my body… squishes it up… and sticks it back in… and when I answer… give an honest answer and you look at me with shock… and I can see the judgment already beginning… well, that makes me feel about two inches tall. ugh.

what is the question?… you ask?

“so, are you breastfeeding?” or “you’re breastfeeding, right?” or “so, how’s breastfeeding going?”

I’m gonna give you the long version… since this is my blog. most times I’m asked this, it’s the very short, “well, g was a preemie and had some issues at the beginning. we tried, but it didn’t take.” this doesn’t even begin to tell what he and I went through… how many times my heart has broken over this… or the fact that the entire time I was pregnant I would proclaim how there was no way my kid would ever drink formula… and I would breast feed until he was at least a year old… well, honey… some things you just can’t control.

when g was born there was a flurry of things going on. he was wisked away to the NICU and I couldn’t even hold him for the first few hours. once I did hold him, he still had the CPAP on his face, so he couldn’t eat. he wasn’t allowed to eat for the first 12 hours anyway. so, when the time came… for him to eat for the first time… the nurse syringe fed him the colostrum I had pumped while I was asleep. (argh, don’t ask.) the next feeding I came up to the NICU and tried for an hour to breast feed my tiny five-pound screaming baby. the lactation consultant came in and basically told me. no, we need to stop. he needs a bottle. the breasts are supposed to be a “happy place”… I can’t say I didn’t agree… but it was the first defeat. and it felt like crap.

the entire stay in the hospital I pumped with the hospital-grade medela. can I just stop for a minute and tell you that that thing was pure and utter torture? it hurt like you wouldn’t believe. the lactation consultant kept telling me, “it shouldn’t be hurting. is it on the lowest setting?” heck yes it’s on the lowest setting, if it wasn’t I’d be ripping my hair out… but I continued to pump because I didn’t want my milk supply to dry up. so, I sucked it up… when I got home I started using the medela handpump… so. much. better… once my breasts weren’t so sore anymore, I began using the pump-in-style… and that seemed to work just fine.

I tried everyday to nurse g. I went to the best lactation consultant in the area and even she was baffled. they kept saying, “well, it’s just because he’s small. he’ll get it eventually.” um, thanks. I could’ve guessed that before I payed the copay. I cried so hard my first visit… at my second visit they kept asking me, “are you okay? it says in the notes here that we should be very worried about you.” no, I’m not okay. I have all this pressure to breast feed. my kid isn’t cooperating. my breasts are sore. and I can’t even look at my kid without feeling ashamed! but they got the calm and collected, “yes, I’m fine. every thing’s fine.”

and I did feel ashamed. here I was, a serious advocate of breast feeding because after all, it is what’s best for your baby… supposedly anyway. and I couldn’t do it! not to mention, I was having a seriously rough time bonding with baby g because I was so friggin’ focused on breast feeding! redonk.

finally! he started latching! I had an entire week of nothing but breast feeding… he was getting “milk drunk” and life was wonderful. I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing for my baby. win.

but then.

he started pooping blood. what?! so I took him to our peed and he told us he had a dairy/soy sensitivity… and I needed to cut out all dairy from my diet. (easy enough, right?)… well, the bad news was he had lost weight over the week he was solely breast feeding. not good. especially for a preemie not even back up to his birth weight yet. so, the doc said it’s time to start back up supplementing with formula. once the kid got the bottle back… it was all over for the boob.

but… I continued to pump with the hopes that he would get breastmilk in the bottle and I would stop eating dairy. anything for the little man…. and then my supply said, “nah, no thanks.” it’s still there… but it’s drops… compared to the ounces I was pumping previously.

it. was. a friggin. nightmare.

when we went in for g’s recheck appointment I was really upset. I was tired. I was disappointed. I felt like I sucked, basically. the peed looked at me and said, “stop breast feeding. it’s affecting your relationship with your son…” and he was so right. I couldn’t even look at g for the first few weeks without feeling like I had wronged him in some way. it’s amazing the feelings that come swarming up when you give birth. at least in my experience.

I came home and john and I talked. I told him I wanted to continue. he said he thought that might be a tad selfish and giving it up may be the better decision for g. I trust my husband… and especially because he knew how much this meant to me. how much I longed to do the whole “natural” parenting thing.

but here’s what I’ve learned about parenting in the three short months I’ve been one… you’ve got to roll with the punches. not everything is going to go exactly how you think/hope/want it to go. especially breast feeding.

with that, I did give up. I packed up my pump. cried for three days. and gave my kid the dreaded formula. here’s the thing. he’s happier. he’s gaining weight. he’s hitting most of the milestones right on time. he’s thriving. and that’s more important to me than any predisposed notion I had.

so, no… I’m not breast feeding. but my son is kicking ass. so, there.

 

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week eight: iphone photos

this has been a full week. sitting here typing this post has been one of the first moments all week of sara-time… but I’ll tell you right now, I wouldn’t change a thing. full = busy. busy = happy sara. happy sara = happy household… and the list goes on. so, without further ado… here are my iphone photos for this week…

I feel like this kid has transformed. he’s suddenly so aware… he’s smiling and laughing. it’s freaking awesome. other than that, monday was pretty chill… just me and little man hanging out. john had school that night, so he had to sleep most of the day, head to school at 4pm… and head to work straight after… it was a loooonnnngggg day for me.

went back to work this week… on weekdays… and this was posted still. this is g’s birth announcement. I can’t believe he was ever that small. and he was sooooooooo cute… but it didn’t help with my missing him. I missed him like crazy… my entire shift.

this is one of the views from my desk… and one of the vets (awesomestvetever!) that I work with… her dog, miles, is helping her with the appointment… he’s highly hilarious.

john sent me this during my shift… I’m not gonna lie, I kind of liked that my baby missed his mama (or at least that’s how I’m gonna take it… he could’ve just been hungry.)

wednesday is john’s other day he goes to school… so, since it was dinnertime just for moi… I decided to treat myself to sushi…

it was yum. and I’m a cow.

we sent this to john while he was at work that night… we really did miss him. I feel like I don’t see him for a full 24 hours when he sleep/school/works it up.

thursday was by far the best day of the week. you can go read about it here… or you can just take baxter’s word for it.

holy snowstorm, batman! we got hit pretty hard while I was at work on friday. so hard actually, I didn’t get to work my whole shift. typical. but it sure was purdy.

took me two hours to get home in traffic… but it was so worth the wait when I walked in the door to this. he totally reminds me of a water baby in this… remember those? I used to carry that doll around everywhere…

I’m pretty sure I carried him around the rest of the night. I had missed him! (he’s wearing sbish dipes and longies here btw… peacoat!)

here’s my little baxter-man on our way to work saturday morning. he was so excited to go for a bye-bye!

he wasn’t as excited when he found out where he was going… and that he was going to get a bath with lulu (my friend jessica’s loveydog.)… he was much happier to get in the car and drive AWAY…

and that’s our week. wonder why there’s no photos of john this week? because we hate him. KIDDING… haha… well, he slept a lot because his schedule was funky this week… and every time I saw him and g doing something picture worthy I couldn’t find my friggin’ phone… typical. seriously.

anywho, wanna link up? come join in on the fun with your week in iphone/other pic phone photos… wordpress hates the code… so check out agoodlifeblog.com to get the code and link up!

see you next week! toodloo!

oh and p.s. I just started my account over on twitter. come follow me (username: hiyo_mama_cbp)! I don’t know how to work it yet, so you may have to be patient… but it could be fun!

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little g’s california adventure, in photos.

no story would be complete without photos… right?

little g’s first changing session in the plane. cramped? yes. complicated? surprisingly, no.

papa with little g. we joked they looked like twins with the bald heads.

g with nana. she’s so pretty! (she and papa have been married FIFTY years!)

nana and patti chatting…

grandpa chris holding g. this is a funny photo. whenever g stretches his legs out straight like this, he’s working “it” out… no different here… during this photo, he let one rip.

grandma patti could hardly contain herself. she was super happy to get to spend some time with him…

he’s checking grandpa chris out.

they have the same ears!

this is one of my favs. right after this photo… he spit up all over gpa chris. I’m not gonna lie, I laughed pretty hard. leave it to little g for the comic relief.

heather and matt got engaged this year… so he’s little g’s soon-to-be uncle! first photo with their nephew…

another one of my favorites… little g loves to stand on his legs… he’s got himself all propped up on matt here.

sisterly love.

five generations!

from left to right: granny nelson, papa nelson, dad nelson, me, and grayson…
five generations of nelson blood. crazy. I’m so framing this.

dad and g. cute.

connie and g :)

exhausted, congested, me and g.

I flew three thousand miles for this pic. nuff said.

peanut, grannys dog, was jealous. that’s her lap!

even when I’m grouchy and tired… this little person still melts my heart.

g didn’t know what to think of uncle kyle…

john’s mom and stepdad came to visit… grandpa norms first time meeting g!

mom and abe with little g. grandpa abe’s first meeting, too!

I can’t find any pics of g with uncle blake except the ones on the iphone… and those are saved for this coming week in iphone photos… you’ll see him then! sorry blake!

can you see how much fun we had?! it was a blast. I’m exhausted.

until next time, toodloo!

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week (uhmazing) four: iphone photos

we made it back! g and me are officially back in connecticut! I know this post is late… but I couldn’t skip it. the week was just too good…

monday:

here’s me and the little man on the plane. I cannot believe how fantastic he did. at the end of the flight, the captain came back and gave him his first pair of wings!

when dad and connie picked us up from the airport I HAD to have In-n-out!

really happy I took this photo. it lasted all of about two seconds after this. it was delightful.

tuesday:

g’s first time meeting john’s dad and stepmom! very proud grandparents. I wish john could have been there to see it…

grandpa chris. they have the same ears!!! (pic to come in a regular post, didn’t get it with the iphone:))

grandma patti… so happy to finally meet her first grandchild!

wednesday:

aunt heather and uncle matt’s first meeting with little g!

first picture with his great GREAT grandma! that’s right TWO greats! I’ve wanted this photo since BEFORE I was pregnant. it’s still crazy to me that he got to spend time with her. she’s one of the most incredible women on the planet. I’m so happy I got to share him with her!

thursday:

it had already been a long week by this point. if you’ve got a bebe, you know how “easily” they travel. hardy har har.

this is one of the many photos I sent daddy (john :)) to keep him from missing us too too bad.

and another…

friday:

my dad’s wife, connie… she’s got grandma written all over her. no joke :)

this is a precious photo… and a rare moment this past week.

nice way to round it out. :)

see you soon for the next week in photos… until then, toodloo…

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thankies… and etsy yummies…

as we all know, today is the stuff your face, watch the parade, laugh with family awesomeness we refer to as thanksgiving… for john and I it’s been a couple of lonely years on thanksgiving. the first couple of years spent in connecticut we had our feast alone. last year it was kind of awesome, because I decided to take it upon myself and make our meal… (thanks, martha!) considering I’ve not really cooked much in my life (last year was when I decided to teach myself…), it turned out pretty friggin’ fabulous… but I digress… fast forward one year, to now. we. are. a family. how thankful am I for that? um, pretty dang thankful.

god is good. that’s all I have to say about that.

this last year has given me a HUGE amount of reasons to be thankful… and here are just a few (don’t want to keep you here for days, do I?). my completely awesome husband who I’m so lucky to be married to. he’s also becoming such an incredible daddy. I’m really proud of him. (especially because he said he never saw himself having kids. but then he married me… that’s what he gets! hehe) GRAYSON. from the second I got pregnant with him I loved him. which is lucky considering I had a miserable pregnancy. it kept me going. thank god for that. our amazing family. I’ve been extremely blessed with incredible in-laws as well. both my MIL (and family) and my FIL (and family) are all uhmazing… and I’m so happy grayson is going to have four sets of fabulous grandparents and two loving aunts. he’s a lucky kid. I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to grow up with all of my grandparents and my great-grandparents. granny, (great-grandma, most uhmazing woman ever, who I adore) gave us a scare this past year. (she’s 91, fyi.) she’s doing better now… but it scared me and for a second there I was hating life that we lived over here… I’m thankful my husband has a job he loves and is getting his mba (go him!)… and I’m super happy his job enabled me to take three months maternity leave! oh, and we cannot forget my adorable pooches, elsie and baxter man. without whom, I may have a lot less stress and a lot less half-eaten chucks… but they’re worth it. (I’m curious why elsie targets my chucks anyway? nothing else is ever chewed up…)

needless to say, it’s been a great year. with the addition of grayson, I feel like john and I are moving in the right direction. it’s awesome. finally starting to settle into married life… and past a few gigantic bumps… we’re still here! hooray!

one of the newest additions to my bank of thankfulness is ETSY. I luff it so friggin’ much. it makes those painful late nights with little g… slightly less painful. here are a couple of the recent digs… tell me what you think…

this is the cutiepatootiehat seen in my six-week checkup post on grayson. it’s darling and john loves it. it’s his hat of choice for grayson right now and he had me order another one in the next size up and a brown one. the seller of these hats is totally awesome. she goes by “mama mac” and it totally suits her. totally cool chick. you should check out her shop. the hats are totally affordable and I can totally attest to the great quality. check her out: daddy mack hats.

this was a total impulse buy… and I’m totally glad I got it. it’s a diaper wallet. (not to mention completely adorable!) it’s just big enough to hold a couple grovia biosoakers, some grovia wipes, and my debit card/license, and my iphone. I’ve used it several times already. it’s awesome for when you’re just running out. it makes me a little happy inside. they are a little spendy, but in my opinion, totally worth it. plus, they have tons of designs… and they make baby bedding too… very cute shop… check em’ out here: everafter.

this onesie I couldn’t pass up. it’s from blink baby. she’s one of my favorites. I love the onesies she makes… she is also a very cool seller… it seems to be a trend on etsy. (part of the appeal)… the adorable hat, I couldn’t pass up. it’s made in maine…. which for some reason made it more appealing… new englander kinship maybe? plus, it’s hubby approved… which is always a plus. (too big for him right now. but looking forward to when I can see his cute lil head sporting this.) she’s got tons of cute ones… check em’ out – babbidge patch.

saved one of my fav’s for last… so originally, I ordered the longies (which are FAB btw.) for g to wear over some sustainablebabyish fitteds he has… but the seller accidentally sent me these ridiculously cute soakers. she messaged me and told me she’d made a mistake (before I even got them!) but told me to keep them… I tried to refuse… she wouldn’t take no for an answer. needless to say, it was a good day for me. please, please check her out… taryn stuff. she rocks.

if you’ve made it this far, congratulations… you’ve won an virtual air high five from yours truly. I hope I didn’t bore you to tears… but I could yack about etsy for about eighty hours, so consider yourself lucky. sorry about the picture quality. can’t find our good camera, had to settle for the iphone.

hope everyone out there has a fantastic thanksgiving… eat lots! it’s a get out of guilt free day.

toodloo.

oh and p.s. a huge thankies to my fabulous model, baxter… without whom, these pics may be a little less colorful.

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