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I am a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, cosleeping, baby led weaning, extended rear facing, eco conscious, married mommy to two beautiful children. They have changed my view on the world we live in. It is now my number 1 goal to make it the best I can for them to grow up in. I find myself always rethinking how I want to live my life and often feel like sharing my findings and thoughts with others. So I guess here's my chance :o) I will talk about topics that interest me. If you dont like them or dont agree, well... there's nothing much I can do!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

We have been a family of 4 for a month already!

I can't believe Mr Z is a month old already! Our lives have changed completely. Definitely for the better. We were so excited to be one big happy family again. Being away from A for those 5 nights seemed never ending. She has since tried going on a sleepover at the grandparents but got upset when we started to leave. Perfectly understandable. Don't know if it's either she doesn't want to be away from us or she doesn't want to be away from Z. Either way, we don't mind.

Z is doing absolutely great. He loves to be held (what baby doesn't?!) and sleep cuddled up with us. The first couple weeks, he was sleeping in his bassinet. We have since discovered that he sleeps for longer periods of time when he is all snug and warm against me in the big bed. He even pulled 4 hours straight the other night! It was great. He is nursing like a champion. He was 6 pounds 14 ounces when he was born. He is already so much bigger than he was! A whopping 10 pounds 6 ounces!!

Breastfeeding is going well. Only a couple very slight issues. Since he is still very small and I have an over abundant supply, it overwhelms him sometimes. We are also possibly working with reflux. He is happy all day long yet when we lay down at night, he will scream in agony for hours. It breaks my heart. So as of now, we are going to try keeping up as upright as possible. We will prop up his bassinet somehow and he goes to see the chiropractor on Monday. Those 2 things are very easy to start with. We can always try baby Zantac, cutting dairy out of my diet, and possibly other tricks if we feel like we need to try something else.

The biggest challenge is trying to be organized. Luckily, K is still home for another week s he has been a HUGE help. He mostly cooks every night and he takes care of A at night. There seems to be never ending laundry and even though we try to tidy up the main living areas, within seconds, it's a mess again. Since it will just be the kids and I next month, it will be the ultimate test on how organized I can possibly be. Over the next couple days, I'm gonna try to figure out our monthly meal plan and then some sort of weekly cleaning schedule. Hopefully I can stick with it!

Monday, February 18, 2013

20 chore Tuesday.

My little buddy here is now 4 weeks old. My life has completely changed. When A was born, I remembered there being lots to do but not nearly as much as now. Maybe it's because K was home for the first 3 months. Maybe it's because there is one extra little human thrown into the mix. Most definitely a mix of both. Every day that I'm home, I have these grand plans to get a bunch of stuff done. Z always has other plans though. Hopefully with a relatively easy list, I can be productive. If so, I'm treating myself with a fancy smoothie!

Enjoy coffee and watch Big Bang with K

Put on laundry
Fold laundry
Put away 5 loads of laundry
Put away clothes storage bins

Clear stairs of clutter
Put away extra winter jackets
Wash floor at front door

Get to my Chiro appointment on time
Make much needed appointment for massage

Finish marking gr 9 tests
Finish marking extra assessments
Enter grades
Contact ressource teacher about coming in Friday afternoon
Send message to my replacement

Clean Z's eyes
Put in breastmilk drops
Massage tear ducts

Put together diapers
Locate all of Z's "soon to be right size" clothes
Work on Z's "I'm 1 month old" post

There. That is for the whole day. I think it will be possible since K is now home from work for 2 days. 12 more days before he is gone for a month with the boat so there will be many more lists of things to do before he leaves!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Zachary is 2 weeks old!

And what a crazy 2 weeks it as been.

Recovery from a natural birth is a bazillion times better than recovering from a Caesarian section. With Abigail, we only got to leave the hospital 4 days after she was born. This time around, I knew I did not want to spend as much time there as last time. I was determined to go home the following day. Zachary was breastfeeding like a champ, was having plenty of dirty diapers and I felt great so there was no reason for us to stay. They came in to do his standard blood work and once that came back fine, we were off!

The first couple days home, I was exhausted. The adrenaline from being superwoman had worn off and the reality (aka lack of sleep) was setting in. Luckily, I was still able to send Abigail off to daycare so I could nap and rest during the day while everyone was gone. She loves it there so it is a no brainer on whether to send her or not. Since it is also just Zachary and I at home, it gives me the chance to finish up some last minute nesting projects we never got the opportunity to finish.

So now, at the 2 week mark:
- I am officially off blood pressure medication.
- Trying to revert my whole wardrobe back to normal clothes.
- Putting away all Abigail's old clothes since Zachary definitely won't be wearing them.
- Meal planning again! Oh how I missed it!
- Still using disposable diapers since our cloth ones are just a tad too big.
- I'm producing superhero milk. Clothes that were too big for him last week are now being stretched out by his long legs and body.

Hard to imagine that today was actually Zachary's due date.

Friday, February 1, 2013

20 chores - Getting back to normal

It has been an absolute crazy 11 days. Things are slowly getting back to normal at home and we are trying to find our new routine. Here is what I'd like to do before we hit the "Zachary is 2 weeks old" mark.