Sunday, October 31, 2010

The pirate family!

Letter of the week(s) - R

Over the last two weeks we have had some fun with the letter R! We made a rabbit R, painted some rocks (to look like pumpkins!), and made a rocket! Keanan has been really into rockets lately. Every night when Zac gets home from work he asks him to watch the rocket on the computer (space shuttle launch on You Tube). We find a really neat rocket book at the library and also one about a robot.

Kyla has been lucky enough to be able to borrow some cute clothes from her friend Addisyn. Since Addy's mom is pretty much a fashion guru, Kyla is styling now! She even gave Kyla some more flower hair/headband clips that she made. In addition to that, Kyla is now sporting a new baltic amber teething necklace! She's pretty dang cute!

In other news: I have official launched my doula business with a website! It's called "Beautiful Miracles" (click for link) Check it out and spread the word to any pregnant friends!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A day at Grandma's house

Keanan and Lucy in their Halloween jammies from GrandmaKyla and Kate

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Why?

I have been asked a few times why we are moving. (That is, IF our house sells)

  1. Zac doesn't like the length of his commute everyday.
  2. We don't need this big of a house. Lots of space = lots of room for "stuff". I hate "stuff". Note: if you are one of the lucky people that are buying us Christmas presents this year, please do not give us more "stuff". We would much rather have experiences (tickets to a play, gift cards for dinner), or better yet - buy something from the World Vision Global Gift Guide in our name.
  3. Having a smaller/cheaper place means we can afford to go do more with our kids, like traveling.
I'm excited! We will see what God has planned!

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Official

Last night we signed all the papers and our house is now on the market! Here is the link to the listing: http://www.matrix.nwmls.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k=1647762X8G8S&p=DE-2246611-890

Last night I also cut Keanan and Zac's hair! We ordered some professional clippers online and they came yesterday. For it being my first time, it wasn't that bad! They were both LONG overdue for haircuts.

I am also going to be a labor support person for a teen mom friend in May! I am super excited and have been reading tons of doula info to help me get ready. =)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Letter of the week(s) - Q

We took two weeks to explore Q since we didn't make it to the library the first week.
We made a queen Q, a quail and did some Q-tip painting. The library had some fun books about a queen, being quiet, and Quack - a book about ducks written in the international language of ducks (every word is pretty much quack!) We even saw a flock of quail in our backyard and had quiche for dinner one night.

To celebrate the time of year we also made a fluffy ghost and a leaf sprial.

As I posted on facebook, Keanan has spent the last two nights sleeping in undies! And keeping them dry!! So excited that he is completely done with diapers. One down, one to go!

Kyla is walking all over the place by hanging on to stuff. She is everywhere! She also loves to jabber at us. She can correctly identify mama and dada! We are waiting to see what she will say for Keanan!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Becoming a Doula.... in the future.

Over the last few weeks I have been pondering what I should do when the kids go back to school. I have no desire to go back to teaching math. I loved it while I was doing it, but that chapter of my life is done. The thought hit me last weekend to become a Doula and then maybe later a Midwife!

What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.

Why have a Doula?
Numerous studies have revealed the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, revealed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. When a doula was present, women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience.

Other studies have shown that having a doula as part of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40% and the request for an epidural by 60%.

I got really excited and did a bunch of research this week about what it would take to become a certified Doula. BUT, after talking with Zac last night and emailing with a 30 year veteran Doula in Tacoma, I don't think right now is the best time to start. The kids are a bit too little for me to be gone at a birth for 48+ hours. So I will wait for a few years and then see if this is what the Lord wants me to do.

Right now my job is to be the best wife I can be to Zac; the best mom I can be to Keanan and Kyla; and the best daughter I can be to the King! I am content with that. =)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cloth Diapers - What?

Last week I did a post about the "why" of cloth diapering. This week I want to talk about the what. Many people hear cloth diapers and think of prefolds with pins and rubber pants. Oh man are you in for a shock! Cloth diapering has changed sooo much in the last 10 years. These are not your Grandma's cloth diapers!

There are 4 different types of cloth diapering systems: the two part system, the All In Ones, the pockets, and the Hybrid's (or All In Twos)

The Two Part System:This type of system has... two parts. Whoa. The diaper is the absorbent part and the cover is the waterproof part. The old fashioned prefold fits in this category, and many people still use them. Fitted diapers are also part of this system. These diapers have snaps or velcro closure and usually elastic around the legs and back to contain messes. Fitteds are made of cotton, bamboo, hemp, or a mixture. We use them at night because they are the ONLY type of diaper that works well for a side-sleeping baby. Other types (including disposables) have no absorbency on the sides. Covers are usually made of PUL (laminated polyester), but some people like using wool or fleece because is breathes. This is the cheapest of the 4 systems and sometimes the easiest to get really clean. However, it is a little more work during the actual diaper change because there is 2 parts.

The All In One (AIO)This system has the absorbent diaper and the waterproof cover in 1 package. I call these the daddy and day-care diapers because they are so easy to use (pretty much the same as a disposable). Most of these diapers use a mico-fleece or micro-suede material next to the baby's skin to wick moisture away so they don't feel wet. The absorbent material may be microfiber, hemp, cotton or bamboo. The waterproof outer is almost always PUL. THe down side to this system is that it is the most expensive and hardest to get really good and clean on the inside.

The Pockets:This is the most popular system. Pretty much every cloth diaper maker has a pocket diaper. Pocket diapers take the absorbent material and stuff it into a pocket. Once this is done, the diaper resembles an AIO. It is very easy to use. After use the insert is removed so that everything gets really clean in the wash, like the two part system. Most pockets use micro-fiber as their absorbent material and PUL as the waterproof outer. There is also a layer of micro-fleece or micro-suede next to the baby's skin for the stay-dry affect. Pockets vary in price. This is the system that we started with and the only type of diapers Zac will use.

The Hybrid's / All in Two's (AI2):This is the newest type of system on the market. Some brands include Flip, GroVia, and G-diaper. The reason it is called a hybrid is because these diapers have options for the type of absorbent material you can use; a disposable soaker, a natural / organic soaker, and in some cases a stay-dry soaker. You pick what works best for your family. The soaker lies on the PUL cover and then the cover is fastened to the baby. After it is wet the soaker is removed and the cover is wiped off and reused (unless it has poop on it, then in the pail it goes). This type of system is gaining in popularity because they are cheaper than pockets and pretty easy to use. This is the type of system that we use the most right now.

Next week I will write about the "how" of cloth diapering.

A Sleep Miracle!

Kyla only woke up once in the night!!! And all I had to do was give her her plug (paci) and she went back to sleep. 8pm - 7am with only one wake-up, thank you Jesus! I pray that this is the start of awesome sleeping in our house! =)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Missing Felines Report

Names: Smokey and Grey Kitty

Age: about 5 months

Description: Smokey - smokey; Grey Kitty - grey

Last seen: at the end of the driveway following Zac and Keanan as they walked out to get the garbage cans last night

Notes: Tig (remaining kitty) is going crazy without them, it is really sad.

Reward: Umm, no. We did just pay to get them fixed, dang-nabit! Keanan, Tig, and I will be happy if they come home.

*Sigh* I was surprised they lasted this long. We will see if they come back...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cloth Diapers - Why?

I haven't written about the cloth diaper goodness in awhile, so here you go!

Why Use Cloth Diapers?
There are 3 main reasons: cloth is better for your budget, better for the environment, and better for your baby.

Better for your budget
Here are some facts for you. The average cost of diapering your baby from birth to potty training in disposables is $2,000! You can cloth diaper your baby from birth to potty training for as little as $100!!! Price varies depending on what type of diapers you use, but the savings are still HUGE! Also, your cloth diapers can be re-used for your other kids ans then sold to make some of your money back! Can't do that with disposables, ewww.

Better for the environment
More facts. Each baby that is disposable diapered from birth to potty training makes about 2 TONS of landfill waste! And it is estimated to take 500 YEARS for a single disposable diaper to decompose. Gross!! There was even a study done that found that the water it takes to wash your cloth diapers is less than the water it takes to make the disposable diapers. Now they are even creating cloth diapers in such a way that the entire thing (minus the snaps) will break down in 5 years!

Better for your baby
Disposable diapers contain toxins such as dioxin, tributyl-tin, and SAP (sodium polyacrylate) from production and for absorbancy. These things have been linked to cancer, hormonal problems, chemical burns (ehm, pampers dry-max), and allergic reactions. There are 4 materials used for the absorbancy of cloth diapers: cotton, bamboo, microfiber, and hemp. The waterproof layer is either a laminated polyester (PUL or TPU), wool, or fleece. They are super soft and comfy on your babies bum without the chemicals. Have you seen all the colors and prints? These things are sooo cute!

So there is the why. After learning these things I was sold!

I will do another post later about the "what" of cloth diapering and explain the 4 different systems. I love this stuff!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Friends

I am going to be really real right now.

It is very difficult for me to make friends. I am not mean or anything like that, I just have a very hard time opening up to people. I have an introvert personality and most days would be happy to just stay holed up in my house. If I am around others for any length of time I feel really drained. So when I meet someone or run in to an acquaintance, I don't know what to say and have to force myself to make eye-contact. I think I sometimes come off as rude or stuck-up because of this.

I also am afraid that if I really get to know someone and open up to them, they will leave. I am not sure where this comes from, but it has really been an issue for me. These past few weeks I have met some random people here and there, but then I find out they are in the military or something like that. I even told Zac "I don't want to be her friend because then she will move." He was shocked that I would say that. I told him I was joking, but he saw through it. I am glad that he knows me.

I have been praying about this. I really would like to make more real friends, I just don't know how. Reading over this sounds so sad to me, but I don't want to be fake. This is where I am at right now.

How do you make and keep real, deep friendships?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Letter of the week - P

This week we made a piano P, a pig and a peacock! We also picked up some fun books about pirates at the library. It worked out perfect since we got Keanan's Halloween costume this week as well, a pirate! We are actually going to be a pirate family, complete with a real peg leg and baby parrot (Kyla)! It will be awesome!

Slowly but surely Kyla is sleeping better. Very slowly. Someday, maybe in a year, I will get a full, uninterrupted night of sleep. Someday.

Right now the crazy girl is starting to cruise the furniture! I keep telling her to slow down, she is not even 8 months old yet! But, she still has no teeth!

Happy October!