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Its been a while! 

Summer has passed, and fall is coming close to its end, my how the time has passed!

Bud will be 9 months old next week – it’s amazing all the things he is learning and discovering. It seems like there is something new each day!

He is crawling around every where and getting into mischief – and making me realize just how bad my house keeping skills are!

Now that he’s so much more mobile, I needed to step up and start baby proofing – I covered over our TV stand with clear vinyl a few months ago when a toddler was visiting – however, Bud has figured out how to pull it down to reach the cords he wants. I’m worrying that a whole different TV stand would be the best bet – but we need more storage anyways, it could be a good investment.

Over the summer we also started going to a new church. One of the girls iny baby group, invited us to her daughter’s dedication, and we instantly felt at home. We had been looking for a new home church for a while, and God must have felt it was time to settle again. The overwhelming welcome we felt when we started going, it was mind boggling. We have made many new friends, and have found ourselves entwined in church life so quickly. I took over posting on Facebook for the Church,my husband has gotten involved with worship and we’ve both joined a couple Bible study and prayer groups. I’ve stepped up the baking recently just for Bible studies!

Bud is enjoying it, since there’s many babies around his age. He loves to fall asleep during worship, and play in the baby room during preaching.

I also started taking part in NaNoWriMo again this year – although I’ve had to change my creative focus for a few days to prepare for D&D this weekend. I’ve taken over again as the DM of our little group. Paul graciously managed the group for me, so could adapt to life with our little Bud, and now that I’m starting to figure it out, I feel comfortable doing this again. Planning out an adventure is certainly challenging!

One other challenge I’ve been facing is getting everything done. I feel like I need 6 more hours in every day. Bud goes to bed at 7:30, and Paul goes to work at 10… So I stay up and write, read, play games, catch up on house work and so much more. I end up going to bed at 1 or 2… And Bud wakes up a short time later. My sleep is certainly lacking in the last few months.

Once Bud starts sleeping through the night, it will be alot easier, I think. I still crave the alone time after Paul goes to work, but I need to limit the extremely late bedtimes to once a week I think.

I’ll figure it out!

In the mean time, I’m planning on some cute Christmas gifts for the grandparents, and I’ll see if I can make a guide for them if they turn out okay!

Are you planning on DIY gifts this year?

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Great Fluffy Butts – it’s a Baby!

In the last 2 months since I last wrote here, my little baby boy “Bud” came into this world.*
He is my precious little one, but it’s certainly been a challenge getting used to taking care of a baby.

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He was born Feb 9, at 10:32 AM, and weighed 8lbs 7oz. I had an emergency C-section, as my pelvic bone was too small to let him through – his heart rate was dropping and no matter how hard I pushed, he wouldn’t have made it through.

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I was too out of it by the time I went into surgery to really remember what happened – but my husband says he came out crying and then peed everywhere!

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He’s now 2 months old, and he’s grown so much!
He loves cuddles and eating – both breast milk and formula.

He’s started enjoying playtime on his play mat. It has a bar with animals and things to grab on to, attached over his head.

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Our dog, Star, is still unsure about him – but she sits at our feet while we’re changing him, and acts protective when other people hold him. He, on the other hand, has finally started recognising her. He smiled at her today when she was sitting next to him on the playmat.
He’ll be running around with her in no time!

*”Bud” is what I will be calling him on this blog. Simply for safety, and possibly not embarrassing him too much down the road. ūüėČ

Baby Waiting Game

Feb 2 was my due date for Cuddle Bug (what we’ve been calling the baby, while they’re hanging out in my belly.) – so now I’m playing the waiting game!

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Not actually my belly.

At my weekly checkup today, I was told I’m not quite dilated. Which tells me it’s something under 1 cm. Which is better than last week, when there was nothing at all.

I’ve had random contractions on and off the last few days though, so I’m crossing my fingers and hoping CB makes an appearance in the next few days. Preferably Friday or Saturday.

Husband wants baby to outright not show up on Sunday – because Superbowl is that day. However, since none of his teams are actually in this year, I’m sure the world won’t end if baby does decide to show up then.

If baby waits till Monday, they’ll be born in the new Chinese New Year – they’ll be a Monkey Baby! Before then, they’re a¬†Sheep! Monkey’s are supposed to be smart and clever, and Sheep are supposed to be quiet and artsy – I’m not sure which I would prefer, haha.

Until baby does show up, I am keeping myself busy, organizing their room, washing baby clothing, and making sure the house is as ready for a baby as I can make it… I don’t know how to prepare us for baby, aside from reading lots of blogs and books – so we might as well be ready in other ways.

Every day also involves a walk, usually with the dog, and constant reminders to drink plenty of water. As much as I want to be a lump on a log, and just play video games, there are too many things to get done before CB arrives, and I’ve put them off too long already.

If you have had children, what did you do to distract yourself until your baby (or babies!) made their appearance?


 

Image borrowed from Crafter Hours

Geek Cloth Diapers: Melissa’s Makes

When I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things I decided on, was that I was going to cloth diaper my sweet baby’s bum.

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Funky Fluff Diapers and Accessories

There are various reasons for doing this. My personal reasons are for saving money and producing less waste.

In trying to save money, I searched high and low to find the best deals for the highest quality diapers.

Of course, in my search, I also discovered how many adorable patterns there are out there for diapers. And then I made the mistake of looking on Etsy.

Etsy, the bane of every wallet, but a wealth of geeky baby items.

My favorite shop to sit and drool over, is Melissa’s Makes, based in Ontario, Canada.

She makes loads of adorable diapers Рnewborn sizes, All-in-ones, and pocket style, all with sweet and awesome patterns and designs. Her prices are assorted, depending on the style of diaper, and the fabric pattern.

Above you can see a small sampling of her pocket designs. My favorites are the Galaxy design, and the silver – which, I’m certain would basically give your baby a disco ball bum. Which would be awesome.

A specialty of the shop, these¬†are some of her “Miniloones” and “Maxiloones,” also known as “Grow with me” pants. These pants are great for fitting over cloth diapers, and looking adorable at the same time. The Science Miniloones are adorable, and a great way to encourage science from a young age! And, as a big Doctor Who fan, I assure you, I will be picking up those fantastic Tardis print pants, once baby is born!

If you don’t see patterns you like, she’s also open to custom designs!

Please, check Melissa’s Makes out on Etsy, or on Facebook! She’s super nice, and lovely to deal with!

Important words.

Probably one of the most reassuring things I have read in a baby book since getting pregnant:

“But too many parents don’t seem to understand this. They fear that if they’re not keeping up with the latest books and theories on parenting, and applying them to their children immediately, they’re negligent somehow. They’re not.
So we want to make a point up front, because if we’re about to give you more than a hundred pages of parenting ” advice,” we want to make sure that you understand that, should you not follow our advice, it would not imply you are a “bad” parent. Because chances are, as long as you are a thoughtful parent with positive intentions, your child is going to be just fine.”

From The Newborn Sleep Book, by Dr. Lewis Jassey and Dr. Johnathan Jassey.