First Bottle

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I have been pumping for the past few days to get a stash of breastmilk ready for when we leave Emily with her Nana for the first time. We are going out Wednesday to see comedian Rodney Carrington in Savannah (Emily is definately not going) and we also have a wedding to attend on Friday (Emily might or might not go, we haven’t decided yet). We wanted to give Emily a bottle a few days in advance to get her used to it, but I knew that she wouldn’t put up a fuss. She is so laid back and she just goes with the flow – I knew that giving her a bottle wouldn’t bother her one bit. And I was right! She took it like a champ and didn’t protest at all! Mama on the other hand, well, I was a crying, pitiful mess. And Daddy? He loved it!

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Cloth Diaper Update

I had a huge reality check recently about the cloth diapers that we had decided to buy. $18.00 for each diaper? Were we crazy, or what?

So for the past few days I have been doing some majorly extensive research: reading reviews and blogs about cloth diapering, asking for recommendations from other cloth diaper users, and looking at just about every brand and style of cloth diaper that is available.

And now instead of buying the  AIO (all in one) diapers (the whole thing has to be washed and that would be super annoying and expensive, since we would have to buy more of them) we have decided to go with fitted, or contoured cloth diapers with diaper covers. We will have to buy a lot of the diapers, but we’ll only need a few of the diaper covers. Much, much cheaper.

How much cheaper? Well instead of spending $200, now it’s going to cost around $50. And once she outgrows those, we will have to spend another $50 for the larger diapers and covers. Not bad considering we have already gone through $30 worth of disposables in 3 weeks.

So which diapers have we decided to use? We are going to buy the cloth pinless diapers from babybestbuy.com and Kushies diaper covers. And once I get them I will definately let you know how things are going.

One thing that we are already using is cloth wipes. We do not use disposable wipes on Emily’s bottom unless we are away from home. I had originally planned to cut up some prefold cloth diapers to use as wipes, or buy fabric and make my own. But Emily received a ton of washcloths at her showers, so I just use those. I have one little stack that I use to bathe her with, and one huge stack for butt wiping. It is so easy, and the best part is that they are warm and chemical free! Emily loves diaper changes!

Splish Splash

Since her umbilical cord stump finally came off on Saturday (but I can’t find it anywhere – gross) Emily had her very first real bath last night – and she loved it! She was fussy and getting hungry, but as soon as we put her in the water, her mood completely changed. She was so calm and relaxed. I can’t wait until she is bigger and she can play in the tub!

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My Little Sleepy Head

Just like her mama, I have a baby who loves to sleep! I hit the jackpot with this one. At 3 weeks old, she is already sleeping for most of the night. She usually goes to sleep between 11:30 and midnight, and then sleeps for 4 -5 hours! Then she wakes up, eats, and goes immediately back to sleep for another 3-4 hours. After that, she stays awake for an hour or so, naps again for 2-3 hours, and stays awake for the rest of the day, with a few short catnaps sprinkled here and there. I have taken everyone’s advice and learned to sleep when she sleeps, and so I have been able to get a lot of sleep. No sleep deprivation here!

Well, except for the first night home when she was awake from midnight until 5:00 in the morning. I’m glad she got that straightened out!

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I could just kiss those cute little lips all day long!

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Rainy Days

What’s the worst thing that could happen while  out and about on a rainy day?

Yep, you guessed it. A wreck. Thankfully, it was very, very minor.

On the way home from town, while stopped at a red light, a car rear-ended us. They weren’t going very fast, and they barely bumped us, but still, it scared the crap out of me. I heard the brakes squealing and I saw the car sliding into us in my rearview mirror, but there was nothing that I could do, nowhere that I could go. All I could think about was Emily and I hoped that she was ok. And all she could think about was the awesome sleep that she was getting. She didn’t even flinch.

We are fine, just a little shaken up, and the car only has minor scratches on the rear bumper. Whew. I think it’s time for a nap. It’s been a long day.

Emily’s Room

* I meant to post these pictures a long time ago – I guess it slipped my mind. Sorry!

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The green paint is  soooo bright!

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Our one-of-a-kind rocking chair. Denny painted it and we had the cushions re-covered.

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I did this all by myself! I even tied the bow (after about 50 tries).

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Her very, very flowery crib!

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Got this at Hobby Lobby – paid $3.50 when it was 50% off!

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Another Hobby Lobby find – this was only $3.00!

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Those vinyl letters, on the other hand, were $15.00. I thought they were going to be much, much bigger.

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Our Pottery Barn/Craigslist armoire – which is FULL of stuff!

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This is hanging above the door

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Her extensive wardrobe – and these are only the hanging clothes!

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This hangs on the closet door – and once again, I got it at Hobby Lobby for $2.50!

I hope you enjoyed her room!

Weighing In

For the past week, I had been worrying and wondering if Emily has been getting enough to eat. My body is making more than enough milk for her, but I just didn’t know if she was getting as much as she should because she seems to want to eat all the time. Sometimes she will go 3 hours or more, but sometimes it is only 30 minutes or 1 hour that go by before she starts rooting and looking for a snack (this is where she has gotten her nickname – “little bird” – because that is exactly what she looks like and she eats like a bird).

Well at her 1 week check-up yesterday, all worries were laid to rest. Not only has she gained back all of the weight that she lost after she was born, she has gone above and beyond her birth weight! She is now at 8 lbs 4 oz! I am so proud of her – she is doing so good!

I also had the opportunity to weigh in yesterday, and I am thrilled, amazed, and shocked at what I saw on the scale. I won’t tell you how much I weigh, but of the 35 pounds that I gained while I was pregnant, I lost 11 when Emily was born, and 10 more since then, for a grand total of 21 pounds! I am only 14 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy size, but I hope to lose around 20 pounds (I did have a bit of a belly pooch before and some issues with my thighs). I can’t wait until I am back to feeling normal and Emily and I can go for walks in this nice weather!

And here is some eye candy for you!

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She looks so teeny-tiny in her crib!

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What a funny face!

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She always sleeps with her arms up like this – we can’t swaddle her!