Monthly Archives: March 2010

Apparently, I will never be on time again.

Every single morning, something happens that makes me late for work. I am now perpetually fifteen minutes late regardless of how early I get up, how fast I get ready or how hard I try. Normally, it’s a Knox related issue, however yesterday, it was traffic and today, a fender bender.

I was all of three minutes from my house at a stop light. When the light turned green, the car in front of me started moving, and in turn, so did I. All of a sudden, SMACK! I ran into the back of him. Knox let out a “WAHHAH” type noise, obviously started, but not crying. I got out, looked at the cars, no damage to be seen. I apologized, but the guy said “It’s because my car didn’t take off, that’s why.” So, apparently it was his car’s issue, but seeing as how there was no damage and how I’d be blamed by the po-po anyway since I rear-ended him, we shook hands and called it a day.

It wasn’t until an hour later that I realized my at-the-scene inspection kind of sucked. I now have a trailer hitch-shaped crack in my bumper under my indestructible USC pewter license plate. I thought the plate hit his hitch, but alas, no. Too bad, I guess I’ll be sporting the crack because I’m not paying to have that fixed or jacking up my insurance rates because of it. Trevor only lectured me a little bit on this incident, telling me “when I tell you to be careful in the mornings, I’m not just saying it for my health. I mean to actually BE CAREFUL.” Kthanx, hun. Not my fault (at least not totally my fault).

Even though Knox didn’t cry or seem any worse for the wear, like a good paranoid Mommy I called the doctor. They said considering we were going, oh, five mph at the time of the collision, he was surely fine, but that I could come in for peace of mind, if I wanted to. You know me well enough by now to know that I went. I wanted to ask the doctor about some mucousy poop Knox had yesterday, anyway.

All was well with Mr. Knox, as expected, so we chatted about reflux. They called him in Prevacid tablets yesterday, but of course, the LOVELY folks at the insurance company required prior authorization which means that the hour I spent killing at Target waiting on the prescription was all for naught (and about $50 down the tube because I have no self-control in that store). Hopefully, we’ll get it today because the grape Zantac makes him cry because it’s so disgusting and obviously isn’t working, anyway. The doctor laughed at Knox’s weight gain, saying we don’t need to worry about his puking seeing as how he’s gaining weight so quickly. He is now 12lbs 10oz.

So, that was my morning. Needless to say, I didn’t get to work until 10:30. I guess I better get used to being late for the rest of my life.

In your face, Mommy!

Ugh. My dear, sweet child has been overtaken by the wretched reflux. In the past two weeks, I would say the level of screaming and vomiting in our house has increased three fold. I had the pleasure, this morning, of being the recipient of one of Knox’s vomit geysers… in. my. face. That’s right, nothing like a face full of regurgitated breast milk to get you really nice and awake. I had just fed and burped him, changed his diaper and swaddled him up nicely when I heard the tell-tale sound of spitting up. I picked him up so I could get him cleaned off when HUAHHCCCGGAH (<-- vomit sound), and the full force of it hit me in the nose and mouth. Delicious. I got to change Knox, his sheets and my own clothes at that point (and then I brushed my teeth). Then, this morning, we had about three or four puke incidents which earned baby boy a new outfit and mom several wipe downs.

I called the doctor’s office this morning about changing him from Zantac, which is obviously no longer effective.

Oh, and he screamed. And screamed. And screamed. All. Morning. Long. Can someone figure out how to tell a baby to chill out for five minutes while Mommy gets dressed? Because I really can’t put on pants with one hand. I’ve tried. I tend to fall over.

In general, I think he enjoys making me feel like I’m losing my mind. See?

Cloth diapering… finally!

As y’all know, we planned on cloth diapering Knox. I was less than thrilled with the newborn fitted diapers I had rented, (that’s why I am SO glad I rented them instead of buying them!!) so I ended up sending them back early. I felt like he stayed wet in them, and he did not much care for them, either, as he showed me by yelping loudly every time he peed. We planned on using bumgenius 3.0 pocket diapers as our main diaper, but even though they are one size diapers, they were really big on him in the beginning. So, we decided to keep using disposables until he grew into the cloth diapers better.

Finally, the time is here! This weekend we started with cloth and I have to say, I LOVE IT! Besides being absolutely adorable, they are so much softer than disposables, you can make them incredibly absorbent based on what you stuff them with and Knox’s little butt stays dry. I am using a newborn insert during the day, which is efficient enough because we still change him at least 10 times a day. At night, I stuffed with a hemp insert and the newborn insert. It worked like a charm. We did have a small leak this morning, but I don’t think I had the diaper on tight enough. Plus, it was an inordinate amount of poop that would have, without a doubt, blown out of a disposable. At least the mess was contained- only a little pee leaked out from his leg. Anyway, I fixed that problem, so all is good with the world.

I will say that it’s kind of a pain to change him at work because I am trying to finagle removing the wet insert and getting everything into the wet bag. It’s WAY easier to do it over the diaper pail, but it’s not enough of a pain to deter me from using them. I’m sure it will get easier, too, since I’m just starting. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the cloth wipes. Currently, I have a little spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of Burt’s Bees Body Wash, but I think I’m going to buy some of these Baby Bits to make a solution to keep them sitting in because they work better when really wet.

Now, look at this and tell me cloth diapers aren’t 5746 times cuter than disposables:

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Free Stuff Friday: Earth Mama Angel Baby

The only alone time I get all day is in the shower. I know that I am not alone in this predicament. So, it is of the utmost importance to make those ten, er, three minutes absolutely fabulous. The fine folks at Earth Mama Angel Baby know about super short mommy showers (or super pukey pregnant showers) and created a great new body wash to help improve your bathing experience.

Happy Mama Body Wash is an all organic product designed for use by mamas or babies. It’s supposed to be great for staving away that pesky pregnancy morning sickness, is safe for pregnancy and smells pretty darn heavenly. It’s got a very zesty (as in citrus zest) scent that is a mix of ginger, lime and grapefruit. I love anything that smells like grapefruit, so I’ll admit that I kind of squealed with delight when I saw that on the label. It’s a foaming product, and I will say that you have to use more than you think you would because the washcloth kind of absorbs it up. I haven’t tried it on Knox, yet, but I LOVE that’s all organic. We try to eat organically as much as possible, so I love using any kind of natural prodcut. It has an ingredient list that you can actually read and comprehend (things like organic coconut oil, organic vanilla, etc) which is always a good thing.

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My son, the penguin

Don’t tell me you don’t see the resemblance…

Knox’s car seat creates this lovely rockhopper penguin look everyday. Now that you know how to achieve this style, feel free to recreate it on your own child. :) Maybe we can start a trend?!

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