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Friday, July 30, 2010

Family & Blog News

Kyri swimming in her diaper.
Well Kyri is two weeks old today(yesterday)! Tomorrow (today)* would be my due date. She's got her first check-up later this evening  but she's already much bigger (7 & 1/2 lbs & 20"). Still technically too small for her cloth diapers though. I'm trying to convince my husband to buy some newborn prefolds & a couple newborn covers for $60 instead of paying nearly $80 for disposables. However, we don't really have that kind of money right now so he'd rather spend  $13 a week on a package of disposable diapers...Stupid doctors & stupid me for letting myself believe that she was going to be a big baby. Although today, it seems the prefolds are working out better than they were yesterday...So maybe we won't have to buy any. Either way, we only used what's been given to us. I'm hoping they'll work out for us at night...I sure do hope so... Piggy Baby has become quite the tiny handful in the last couple days. Especially today, omg...I've been holding her allll day. Within 5 minutes of laying her down, she'd wake up, usually wanting to eat. At one point I had to give her a bottle because I had to get the other kids ready for Kyri's doctor appointment. I was really trying to avoid that. It seems she has a bit of nipple confusion... And she fussed while I was giving her the bottle! Dan gave her the rest of the bottle once we got home...laid her down - she woke up again rooting & smacking her lips. Normally, I'm an on-demand feeder, but I can't really this time. Not to seem uncaring for my baby's needs & as much as I'd like to as I did with my son - but I've got two other children...No, I don't go all Babywise & require that she be on a set schedule or anything, but if she can be quieted either by soothing or pacifier, then I'll put off a feeding by a bit. I really need to get a baby carrier though...I really want a Moby wrap, but they're rather expensive, so I'm probably going to just make my own. Hopefully, this weekend once my husband gets paid. We're a bit extra low on money this paycheck due to Kyri's early arrival. My poor husband was so surprised by the induction that he rushed out of the house ill prepared & the hospital was a 40 minute drive. Bucket & Boots have adjusted rather well to having a new baby in the house. Dilli I am most surprised by...He wants to hold her frequently, showers her with kisses, gently touches her head...He has even been letting daddy put him to sleep! Something I was sure we were going to struggle with. Everyone thought he was going to have such a hard time adjusting and that he'd be very jealous. He even used to give me the stink eye when I'd hold another baby. The only change in him that I've .noticed so far is he's been asking for a lot of hugs. And he always wants to go to work with Daddy. Even if he stops in for just a second. But I think he started doing that right before I went in to the hospital...but or course, I always give him hugs when he asks & I try to give both the kids "Mommy Time" when I can... My husband cut both the kids' hair last week. My daughter has only ever had her hair cut one other time. Well, there has been two incidents where she took scissors to her own hair, but it was pretty easy to hide...Her hair is now the shortest it's ever been. I have never been particularly keen on getting their hair cut. But Bucket has super thick & wavy hair. She gets miserable in the summer & since her hair easily get tangled, doing her hair quickly becomes an issue. Images will come later. I've been posting all my personal posts from my phone lately. So excuse any errors I've made with grammar & spelling. I'm generally pretty picky about my posts. Oh yeah! Almost forgot. In blog news: As I mentioned before, its time for a change. I've changing my blog's name. Since I'm not blogging as much about knitting anymore & more about diaper giveaways & parenting, I don't think it makes sense to keep the name "Screeching Needles". As sad as I am to see that name go. :sniff sniff: I've decided on "Complacent in Chaos" as the new name. I figured I'd do it now while no one's looking. I've made a button for my blog as well.If you'd like to help a growing blog out by promoting my blog, I'm happy to return the favor. Just send me an email mea.fish@gmail.com

Also brought to you by...

...The Cloth Diaper Report is another contest sponsored by Nicki's Diapers. Nicki's Diapers is another great place to buy cloth diapers as well as mama goods, breastfeeding supplies (even nursing pets!), baby carriers, and much more. They even have a gently used section. All gently used diapers are from their "15 day wash" program - which is a try it out package. So by gently used they really mean gently used!

Anyway, this giveaway is for a Best Bottom diaper cover and 3 inserts. The Best Bottom diaper system is a one-size AI2 set. This one has 3 different sizes of inserts which, while I haven't tried this system (but would love to), seems like it would offer a better fit for your baby by reducing bulk. This giveaway ends 7.31 so hurry!

Click here!

Another giveaway for a $20 gift card to Abby's Lane

The Cloth Diaper Report is hosting it this time. If you didn't read my last blog entry on the other contest, Abby's Lane mostly carries cloth diapers and cloth diaper accessories. However, they also carry those super-cute PediPeds, BabyLegs, doll diapers, and more! So, if you don't cloth diaper, you can use the $20 on something other than cloth diaper stuffs.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

And I'll ask myself....

I've been in an odd mood lately. Complacent in this chaos...

These two songs pretty much sums it up.

And I'm making over my blog...It's  time for a change. And potentially changing its name...

Cake Lingerie Giveaway

Ahh yes...Another installment in my "obsession".

Mama B is hosting a giveaway for a Cake Lingerie set. I'm glad I found this giveaway because I was just trying to remember the name of this maternity/nursing bra line.  Their nursing bras are like none other...Usually you're only ever able to find frumpy nursing bras in boring white, nude, or black. But Cake offers pretty fabrics in nicer, more effeminate cuts.

My only complaint is the price tag. I'm broke...Like, I have bats living in my wallet waiting to fly out whenever I open it (a rare occasion - except towards bills).

See. I even feed them!

But that's just me & my issues...I do plan on buying something from Cake as a special treat for myself in the future....But if price is an issue for you as well, head on over to Mama B's blog & enter for your chance to win!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ramblings from a sleep deprived mom


Last night knocked me out of that "new mommy euphoria". In case no one knows, it's that bit of energy where you can get shit done on little to no sleep & you're perfectly ok with it. Up until today, I have been able to successfully function on as much as 4 hours of sleep while taking care of a one week old baby, a 6 year old who we believe may have special needs, a 3 year old who is hooked on Mommy, and housework...It's nice while it lasts but it sucks when you crash.

And I crashed. Or it may be the "baby blues". Or both, I'm really not sure. Last night I struggled to get Kyrielle to latch on for about 10th minutes...crying for about half of that time. I eventually had to give her an ounce and a half of pumped milk before it took another two minutes to get her to latch on. And then I cried about that. I'm not really sure why considering I'm doing better than I've ever done. I couldn't breastfeed my daughter beyond two weeks due to her insanely strong rooting reflex. My son I had to supplement with formula because he was constantly attached to me. Any hope of me catching five minutes to myself  was found in a can. At least what I gave Kyri was still breastmilk...but I also mucked up my supply too. I was doing great and began pumping 3-5 oz. But I started running out ways to store it (no storage bags & we only have 5 bottles) so I took a two day break. Now I'm lucky to get 2 oz. And today I've just felt......useless & insignificant......I've spent a lot of the day I've been angry and it makes me like myself even less.

Oh and I got to go on a turd hunt...potty training...mmmjoy! Lol.

$20 voucher to Abby's Lane

So, I'm realizing I'm becoming completely infatuated with blog giveaways. You may call this an "obsession"...whatever, tomatoes, tomatoes... ^_~

This time it's for Abby's Lane brought to you in part by Show your AMOR. Twenty fat cats to spend as you so see fit. The webstore carries a great deal of cloth diapers and accessories - and when I say a great deal, I mean one of the largest I've ever seen. Plenty of variety! Abby's Lane also carries other products such as PediPeds, BabyLegs, and slings/carriers, to name a few.

Click for your chance! Hurry it ends tomorrow!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Another cloth diaper giveaway

This one is brought to you by Arizona Mama courtesy of The Baby Store Plus. It's for a GroVia AI2 cloth diaper shell. I would like to write more, but I didn't realize what time it is and I must get to bed before the baby wakes up.

Sunday, July 18, 2010



Well, I went in for my amniocentecis. It wasn't nearly as scary as I imagined it was going to be. It didn't hurt, but it felt really weird when the needle went through my uterus...during the ultrasound that they gave me before the amnio they said she was weighing about 8 & 1/2 lbs & my afi was 24.

After, I went  to my nst. She was so active that they had to wait for her to calm down a bit before they stopped it. I then had to take the nst results back to the office where I had my amnio done (thankfully, just a few doors down the hall in the hospital) to let the doctor assess it & get the results of my amnio.

Well, when they called me back to tell me that her lungs were developed enough for her to be born, they  said that they were going to induce me now.  I was in such shock...my hospital bag was still sitting at home not completely finished, I hadn't made my labor cds yet, & a ton more things weren't ready at home. So, I called my mother to make arrangements for picking up the kids from my house & my friend who took me to the appointment took them home.

They started me on the pitocin at 11.25am. Dan arrived shortly after & left to go get my sister  when the nurse said I had hours before anything would really start happening. At about noon they broke my water & I called Dan to let him know he needed to get back here. I talked on the phone with my sister to help keep me distracted, but I had to let her go shortly after because things started getting intense. I had tried going natural but when I got to the point that I was in tears & alone, I couldn't do it anymore and asked for an epidural. Plus, I had only dilated a centimeter in that time pitting me at 4 cm. Dan & my sister walked in when they were halfway done with the epidural. I was so happy that they were finally there. Twenty minutes later,  they checked me again & this time I'd progressed to almost 8 cm dilated. Apparently, getting an epidural can quicken labor in the beginning. As the epidural was kicking in I started feeling a lot more pressure & the nurse had me practice push. She told me to stop because she was right there & they called the doctor up. Unfortunately, she was about 30 minutes away, she thought she had time. Ha-ha. The epidural had fully kicked in by this point & I began itching & shivering uncontrollably. The doctor comes in (who's also pregnant) to let me know she's here & to go change. When she came back, they readied the bed for delivery, & 3 pushes (tops) Kyrielle Aleise was born at 3:32 pm July 15th, after  just 4 hours of labor.

We did delayed cord clamping & once that was done, we did kangaroo care (aka the breast crawl). Kyri found the nipple but because my nipple was too flat, she had difficulty latching. I tried getting it to firm up, but it wouldn't, so I had to sit up and put her to my breast. She still wouldn't latch on though & in fact, just pressed her lips closed. She apparent was more interested in looking around & checking everything out. I was amazed at how alert she was. Neither of my other two were nearly as alert. Kyri was weighed and measured: 7 lbs 1 oz & 18 1/4 inches long. *NOT* a big baby...And I realized that they waited to put eye drops in her eyes - nice!

They took me up to my room which was a gorgeous room I'm the corner. They had a little care pouch full of toiletries & even a deck of cards & a note pad for me. They had everything covered. And most of the nurses at Fairview Hospital were great, the lactation consultant kinda sucked though. On the second day she weighed 6 lbs 14 oz & by the time we left was weighing 6 lbs 9 oz. She's soo tiny and cute! She's the smallest baby Ive ever met. We barely have any clothes that actually fit her because we thought she was going to be bigger.

Kyrielle still had some difficulty latching on, its getting a bit better. I think a lot of it has to do with her being born at 37 weeks 6 days. She's also very jumpy, "shivers" when she gets uncomfortable, & loves to be held. This may be a problem unless I can get a moby wrap really soon. She's a pretty good breastfeeeder & so far hasn't wanted to eat continuously. Which is really nice. With my son, he was almost continuously attached to me - I was lucky to get 15 minutes to myself.

Nothing went the way I had hoped. I got induced, I was confined to a bed, I didn't want an epidural, I didn't want to deliver on my back, half the people I wanted to be there weren't, hell my husband would've missed it if I didn't call when I did...but I don't care. It was still an amazing birth experience... And I look at her and I am in complete awe. Sometimes, I can't believe it. It took over two years to conceive her. And two heartbreaking losses...and while I frequently still mourn those losses, I am thankful at the same time...I look at it as they gave their lives so that Kyri can have hers. And I finally had a "normal" pregnancy for the most part. No bleeding, no daily needles...and now she's here & she's gorgeous & utterly perfect. <3

*i will upload more photos later, I think my phone only allows one photo per post...*

Wednesday, July 14, 2010



So, last week I went in for an ultrasound on Thursday or Friday (suddenly I can't remember). I was 37 weeks.. I guess she was weighing a little over 8 lbs & my AFI was 33. AFI means amniotic fluid index & the normal range is between 12 to 18. they are worried about her being a big baby. Plus, with all that extra fluid its possible that the cord can relapse, killing her. So they advised I be induced. As much as I dont want to be induced, I've been through far too much for something to happen now...

I have an amniocentecis tomorrow morning to check her lung & see if her lungs are developed enough. If they are we'll talk about induction within the next week. If not we'll have to wait until 39 weeks. I'm nervous about the amnio. But they also scheduled me for an NST right after to make sure she's ok and I also have a regular check-up with my OB.

I'm so ready for her to be born. I wish I could enjoy these last moments of pregnancy considering it'll probably be my last...but I'm in so much pain. It hurts to walk, sit, or lay down for too long...

Anyway, it's late and I have to be up super early so I'm headed to bed now. Night!   

Contest over at Maxwell Designs

Thought maybe at least one person would be interested in it. If you'd like a chance to win some awesome Rockin' Green laundry soap and a Maxwell Designs wet bag or changing pad (your choice) head on over!


How have I not gone completely crazy, yet?

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