I seriously think this kid weighs like 12 lbs. Everyday it seems like he is getting heavier and fatter.
Also, a lot of people have been asking how cloth diapering is going. You wanna talk about poop? Lets do it. The first 6 weeks Apollo would poop like 8 times a day. Basically every time he ate he would poo. Now, he only poops like every other day or even every three days. AND ITS HUGE. Especially since little Apollo hasn't been pooping as much it is the easiest thing in the world.
Reasons I like cloth:
1. Saving money
The diapers I'm using are Sunbaby Diapers and they are pretty much the cheapest diapers you can get. I haven't tried any other diapers, so I can't really compare, but they have worked really well for us so far. I spent about 100 dollars on 24 diapers (which is probably more than I needed) and I have spent 20 bucks on a box of newborn diapers before these babies could work for us (plus you know... circumcision grossness). So I feel like we are saving a ton of cash, especially while he was pooping alll the time. I think eventually (like maybe when I go back to work) I will branch out and try a few different kinds, but for now these are really working for us.
2. Just as easy as a disposable... well almost
With cloth diapers you do have to change more often - I change him every 2 hours unless he is sleeping, then I just change him when he wakes up - before a feeding. I tend to go a little longer with disposables Overnight I'm still using disposable diapers. Anyway - while he is still breastfed, the poo can go straight into the washing machine. Yeah that sounds kind of gross. But all I do is take the diaper off, throw the wipes away, take out the insert and toss the whole thing in the diaper pail. Then after about a day or two I just dump the whole pail into the washing machine - Hot wash with no detergent and then another Hot wash with detergent and then throw it all in the dryer. seriously so easy and takes maybe ten minutes out of my day to stuff the diapers.
3. They are really cute.
In a few months when he is eating solids the poo will change from an easy, liquidy, yellow poo to a more solid and stinkier adult like poo. Then maybe I won't like it as much, but we'll see how it goes. At that point you have to dump the solids into the toilet and flush it. They do have these liners you can put in the diaper so it all just falls out at once, so thats my plan. But we shall see how it goes.
Okay. I know one time I said that it has gotten easier. And then I said it again.
and then everyday I tell someone (usually Adrianne... sorry I'm a whiner...) that I'm going to quit. Each week I give it another week. Someone told me it gets better after 2 weeks.. and then someone else told me it gets better after six weeks.
and at 8 weeks... SERIOUSLY IT IS STILL HURTING ME. It's just this one side, and it's the side thats harder for both of us latching wise, and the one that hurt more in the very beginning. I feel like it just hasn't had a chance to recover. So once it starts to get better.... he decides to crane his neck or start wiggling around and will not let go - further damaging .... well everything. I'm doing everything right - we have a good latch now, but I think it is possible that my milk supply might be lower because of how awful it was in the very beginning.
BUT - I don't hate it anymore. At first I hated how long it took to breastfeed him and how I had to spend 45+ minutes sitting alone with him. I'm enjoying the time we spend alone together, and now it takes 30 minutes instead of almost a full hour. But to be honest, I get almost the same satisfaction when I give him a bottle. Plus, I can see how much he is getting and don't have to worry about what I've been eating.
It has definitely been a challenge, and it's going to get even harder when I go back to work. I'm sometimes jealous of people that have zero problems with breastfeeding and zero worries about breastfeeding. But these little baby steps of it getting better or easier give me hope and help me continue.
blah blah blah.... talk about something besides being a mom and whining -- right?
Okay let me tell you a secret (Thats not a secret if you've ever met me basically...)
When Apollo has his morning freak out I usually take photo booth pictures with him. I mean, why should both of us be sad right? And also, I donated 10 inches of my hair to locks of love. I've been wanting to do that forever.
Yesterday I went on my first run since I've had Apollo. And it was awesome. I can't wait to be back where I was before I had him. I only ran about a mile and a half and it took me forever, but we will see. I also was able to go to the store, cleaned my bathroom and do laundry. IM COMING BACK Y'ALL! I'm finally recovering from this baby haze... OR I'm just used to the lack of sleep at this point. Here's a typical day for us:
6 am feeding - lately he'll fall asleep for about an hour after this
7 am - aaron gets up with him, I have no idea what goes on at this point
9 am feeding
10 am SCREAMFEST 2011 - Apollo cries for about an hour, inconsolable and finally passes out after bouncing him in his bouncer. until about noon - this is when i get stuff done. (like wash a load of diapers)
12 pm feeding - He usually stays up after this feeding for about an hour and we play until he starts screaming and then i put him down for a nap for like half an hour.
3pm feeding - I usually give him a bottle at this point. I haven't decided if I'm going to continue breast feeding when I go back to work - but I'm definitely not going to pump 3x. He usually will fall asleep after playing for a little bit.
6pm feeding - if aaron isn't home during the evening because of work we like to get out of the house for a couple of hours - like going over to grandmas. He gets a lot of attention over there and will sometime stay up til his 9 o clock feeding.
After he eats and we drive home I throw his pajamas in the dryer, give him a bath, lotion him up and put him in his warm pjs and a disposable diaper. He looooves warm pjs after getting out of the bath and being dried off. We cuddle in the rocking chair and maybe read a book. I feed him 2 hours after his last feeding and swaddle him up and put him in his crib. This is such a nice part of the day for me at least. Even if he's screaming his head off during the bath or while rocking. He sleeps until 3 am for his next feeding and will go right back to sleep until his 6 am feeding when it starts all over again.
Yesterday I started a post about how awesome I was because for 4 hours in a row I was able to keep my baby as happy as possible - the moment he fussed I knew exactly what he needed. Then.... over night I could do nothing to please the child. Every time he woke up he screamed for about an hour. Usually he's awesome and just gets up to eat and falls right back to sleep. During the day I pretty much know he'll eat - stay up for about an hour - and then he needs to be put to sleep or he will just cry for hours.
I feel like I've lost myself in baby land. For myself all I care about is getting a shower and getting dressed. I had no idea how much time a little baby could take, especially when they're this small and not getting into anything or causing mischief. But right now I am loving it... most of the time. There are times I crave for a schedule again, and almost desire to go back to work. but then i remember how unglamorous my job is.