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A new lesson learned:

If you’re changing a diaper and the baby starts to make grunting noises – Quick! get a diaper on that baby! Or else.

Cloth wipes are awesome. Even if you don’t use cloth diapers, I think cloth wipes would be quite handy. We do these cloth wipes with a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap and water solution. This way we can wet the wipe or use the wipe dry which is very handy when you want to dry off a little bum to keep it from getting a rash. We are also using Thirstie’s diaper covers over prefolds. So far we haven’t had a single blow out. The diaper covers themselves have had to be washed a few times (and are holding up very well) but the gussets have kept the poop from ever getting on her clothes. We cloth diaper at night using a bamboo cloth insert. We aren’t very fancy with our washing. For the cloth diapers, we do a cold soak and then wash them in cold water and we haven’t had any problems getting them clean. So that’s that in case anyone was wondering.

And now for cat pictures.

He just looked so comfy I had to lay on him.

He just looked so comfy I had to lay on him.

And he is keeping me nice and warm.

And he is keeping me nice and warm.

There's nothing wrong with our love.

There's nothing wrong with our love.

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What are these cats doing?

What are these cats doing?

Seriously, what are those cats doing?

Seriously, what are those cats doing?

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The Last Post Has Pictures

I just poked a sleeping bear. GMG has been napping, on her own, for almost an hour and a half. When I checked on her, she was so still that I had to kiss her and make her move just a little. Just to make sure. Even though one of the biggest lessons I have learned is: Do not wake the baby!

So I’ve got myself a baby. I get it now that until you have a kid, you can’t fathom how it will change your life. The closest I think I can come is to say that when it gets rough or you get tired, you can’t stick the kid in a drawer and come back to it when you’re ready. There are no breaks. Which is a tough realization when you’ve been oh let’s say pleasantly self absorbed and maybe a wee bit lazy your whole life.

Things I’ve done since she’s been born that I am surprised by:

1. got my hair done

2. took a shower almost every day

3. filed my nails

4. took the dogs to the vet (to get their nails done)

5. slept (well…a little bit)

6. slept every night with the baby snuggled up next to me*

7. put my baby down for a nap…on her tummy*

8. took the baby out (to dinner, to Babies R Us, to K Mart)*

9. Kept a baby alive for 6 weeks and counting (feeding her with my very own boobs)

10. Have not been knocked flat by depression. I’m as surprised by this as anyone. Whenever someone asks how I’m doing, either my mom or Chad or myself stops and says thoughtfully “really pretty well”. Of course, the first few weeks were pretty emotional but beyond that most of my crying has been a result of lack of sleep. I’m not bragging -well I am bragging, but not in any competitive sort of way. Just saying for once I have not been knocked flat by depression.

11. The thing I’m worrying about (whatever that thing may be) has been worried about by mothers before me and google will show me the way.

*things my pediatrician hates me for. The pediatrician can bite me.

 Other lessons I have learned:

1. The cats are driving me crazy. But the cats are pretty crazy.

2. Baby poop (breastfeeding poop) doesn’t look or smell enough like poop to ick me out. I have on more than one occassion realized that I have a little bit on my hand and haven’t minded. I mean, I washed it off. Eventually.

3. 7 hours of sleep broken up in to three blocks is not anything like 7 hours of unbroken sleep. But it will do.

4. Do your kegels. Seriously. For the first few weeks, every time I sneezed or coughed it felt like my crotch was going to fall out.

I’m watching Oprah and the moms are talking about what nobody told them befor they had kids. I think people told me a lot of stuff (especially Jeanine) but I don’t think you can really understand what you’re being told until you go through it.

Okay – gotta go check on this baby again.

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February 24, 2009

Georgia Mae was born on February 24, 2009 at 4:24pm.

It hurt. I did not like labor. Contractions hurt, pushing hurt. But sweet goodness – when the kid is out it is amazing relief.  I had a lot more written about the suckitude of labor but I don’t want to be that kind of person and I’ve already forgotten how it really felt so it has been stricken from the record.

Anyway, you’re all really here to see this:

GMG and Gramps

GMG and Gramps

 

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