Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Post-Bath Gibson

Guess what?  Gibson got some attention today!  We went for a nice hour long walk (it's beautiful out!) and then I bathed him (because nice weather in winter = mud)!  Oh yeah, and then he had fun and did this....



Haha, post-bath, frapping Gibson never gets old :)

The cutest thing happened after this though...  I was brushing Gibson with Hadley sitting on my lap, and every time he'd shake off, she started cracking up!  It was soooooooo adorable!!!

Maybe I'll have to bathe him more often now.... ;)

Monday, January 30, 2012

3 months

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My little sweetheart turned 3 months yesterday!

Things have been going great, except for one thing:  the girl does not nap!  Pretty much from 9am-7pm or so she is awake.  It is sooo hard to get anything done.  Taking a shower takes so much effort.  Everything else I can pretty much get done while she's playing on her toy mat, but it's hard to take a shower when I am not able to hear if she is crying or not.  Oh well, I somehow manage to take one every day (make a point of it!), and the good thing about no naps is that I get to sleep through the night! woohoo :)

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As you can see from her chunk, she's still eating great.  There was no doctor's visit this month, so I'm not sure how much she weighs, but I'm guessing it's around 13.5lbs or so.  She's wearing 3-6month or sometimes even 6-9 month clothes! I assume she'll slow down at some point, but I'm glad that she's a healthy growing girl right now :)

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Super Hadley!

The fun thing in the past month is that she's become much more interactive with us :)  She loves to sit and talk to us in her little cooing way.  She loves to give a big smile to her daddy when he comes home from work and even starting giggling and smiling at Gibson last night when they were sitting across from each other :)

She's moving more now, and I can tell that all she wants to do is be able to go wherever she wants to and talk to us!  During tummy time, she lifts her head up high and kicks her legs and tries to move.  She can even 'scoot' herself across the mat sometimes.  No roll-overs yet, but I'm sure that will come soon enough.   In her crib, I keep finding her in different positions than where I put her to begin with.  This morning, her head was smushed up against the rails!!  How the heck, baby? She's like a little inch worm :)

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Her new thing is wanting to be held ALL THE TIME and watching TV.  We feel like terrible parents, but at this point, it's whatever keeps her quiet and gives us a little break :)   We even put her swing in front of the tv so she can sit and watch it while we try to eat dinner haha.

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 Gibson, I think, is starting to resent her a little bit, but at the same time he understands that she comes first.  He waits patiently until I am sitting on the floor with her by her mat to ask to play fetch.  And he does not protest too much when I wake up in the morning and spend a half an hour feeding/changing and cuddling with her before I let him out to pee and feed him.  He no longer gets a morning walk.  It is just too difficult to find the time.  Instead, I make a point to walk him in the afternoon before he is fed for the evening.  If it is above 32 degrees, I bundle Hadley up to go walking with us.  Otherwise, I wait til Ben comes home to walk him.  Luckily, it has been a super mild winter, so  there haven't been too many too cold days :)

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Bundled up for our walk!


We marvel every day at how cute she is.  I seriously don't know how we made such an adorable thing.  Love my baby girl :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

(Last Minute) Calendar Corgis of the Month: Simon & Caleb!

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on the wall

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on my screen

Mr. & Mr. January

Name: Simon & Caleb
Blog: Cardigan Complex
Corgi Mom:Shep


Simon & Caleb Cuteness:






January Calendar Ideas
(it's a great time to take those photos for next year's calendar!)

-Snow
-New Years
-Football
-Corgis in Winter Clothes
-Corgis by the fire
-Corgis warm inside


Note: Every month I'll be featuring the corgi of the month on the "Corgis (with blogs) Calendar" and giving tips on the types of photos I'll be looking for for the current month next year.

Friday, January 27, 2012

I love cloth diapers :)

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What? You know I love talking about Gibson's bathroom  habits,  you didn't think I'd want to talk about my daughter's too?? ;)   But it's true... I love cloth diapering!!   Honestly, I think everyone should do it.  It's easy, it's cost-effective, and it's eco-friendly!

I know what you're thinking.. "Easy? Yeah right!"  But it is.  It probably takes about 30 extra seconds per diaper change compared to disposables.  Yes, there is a lot of laundry to be done, but it's easy laundry and babies already need things washed about every day anyways.

The eco-friendliness is a great perk too, but what really made us choose to go cloth is the cost.  They say you'll save close to $2000 by choosing cloth over disposables.  Seriously!  Yes, the upfront cost is more, but it's more than worth it.  And if you choose the diapers that we did, you can get way more bang for your buck.

Oh and did I mention that they are super cute?

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So much more fun than ucky disposables, don't you think?  Yes, they are kind of bulky.   In fact, Hadley is only 3 months old (omg), but she wears 6month clothes already! Haha, but she is a big girl to begin with..  Oh yeah, and they are fun to pair with different outfits..  Her diapers can add a nice pop of color to a sleeper ;)
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If you are still reading this, you might be interested in some more details about what diapers we use.  Well, we went the super economical route and chose prefold diapers! Flip prefolds and covers to be exact..

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They are organic and made by the same people who make Bum Genius diapers, so the quality is great! Prefolds seem a little complicated compared to All-in-Ones, but I actually think they are easier.  We own some Bum Genius Elementals as well and it seems like so much extra laundry since the cover is attached.  With prefolds, you can reuse the cover over and over again until it gets dirty (which usually only happens when she poops), so you just lift her butt up and replace the prefold.   With the All-In-Ones, you have to replace the entire thing.  I don't know, call me crazy, but that seems like more work.  Also, the prefolds dry sooo much faster!

Anyways, we have been using cloth diapers since Hadley was 5 days old.  A lot of people wait til their babies are a little older, but I did not want to spend any money on disposables, so I wanted to get the show on the road :)   For when she was tiny (which wasn't very long), I bought some cheap generic prefolds..

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..and size XS Thirsties brand covers (which are now in the drawer of things that do not fit Hadley anymore)..
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The prefolds still fit her (and should til she's about 18lbs), so they really bulk up our 'stash' of diapers.  We currently have 24 of the generic prefolds and 18 of the Flip brand prefolds and also 6 of the Flip covers.  About the perfect size for our little pee pod.  Seriously, this girl pees more than anyone one ever.  And she does not like being wet one bit and lets us know! :) Which means.. lots  of diaper changes!

This is another reason why I love cloth.. my baby will pee, and then pee 10 minutes after you change her and then poop right when you put on a new diaper.  That's 3 diapers in a matter of minutes.  It'd just be throwing away money w/disposables.  Means lots of laundry, but we have that under control..

We toss each dirty diaper in our handy dandy wet bags!  We hang one by each changing table (one up in her nursery and one down stairs attached to her pack and play) and they make clean up a breeze!

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When they get full, it means it's time for laundry!  It usually takes about a day and a half to fill up both bags.  I counted the other day, and that meant 28 diapers, 31 wipes and 3 covers.   Oh yes, did I mention we do cloth wipes too?  haha.. That's a whole nuther post ;)

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wipes!


So, anyways, the wet bags are cool cause you throw them in the wash right along with your dirty dipes and wipes :)  Which means, no touch of gross poopy diapers.  They also keep the smell in, so your house doesn't stink.  Win-win!

For the detergent, we use Charlie's Soap Powder..

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Just half a tablespoon per load of diapers.  We've been using it since November and there is still about a quarter of the tub left.  For about $10, it's not too bad cost-wise!

Soooo, I think that's it.. haha.  I've probably spent about $200 on all the diapers, covers, wipes, wet bags and accessories, and I can't recommend it enough.

Sorry for the disorganized rambling of a post.  I swear, this is hard when you have a baby!! :)  If I left something out or you have any questions, ask me in the comments section and I'll reply when Hadley actually decides to take a nap ;)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Couch Potatoes

One of Hadley's favorite things to do is watch tv.  I know.  We're already teaching her bad habits.  But whatever keeps her quiet and happy!! :)   I thought I'd prop her up on the pillow next to Gibson (one of his favorite things is to lounge on the couch all day long)  to watch some HGTV and see what happened..

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Not sure about this mom, but I'll give her a kiss..

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She's moving too much.  Watch the feet, kid!

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This is AWEsome!

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This is not so awesome.  I want my pillow back.

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Srsly mom??

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I will lay on this other pillow but I will not be happy about it!

What a grump!! :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gibson's Enzymes and Glucosamine Treats for Dogs

A little update on Gibson's health today!

So, back in the summer, Gibson had multiple episodes of what we think were pancreatitis and then about a month or so ago, he started limping really badly.  Well, for the tummy issues we began adding an enzyme supplement to his food, called D-Zymes Powder by Solid Gold.  For his limping, we started giving him Hip Action Glucosamine Treats by Zukes. Both have worked wonders!!!  

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I put an 1/8 of a teaspoon of the D-Zymes on his food each meal and he hasn't had diarrhea or thrown up since before we started using them in August.

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And there is still about a quarter of the jar left!

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 It was $17 for this jar, so it's only cost us about $3 a month!  Much cheaper than all the vet visits we were having to make!


The Hip Action treats have been great as well! Gibson's limp started to immediately improve and within a few weeks it was completely gone.

They are a good size and looks super tasty too.  He gets 1 treat every night before we go to bed.  at $12.99 for a 1lb bag, they are little bit on the pricey side, but well worth it if it means a non-limping dog!

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So, yay for Gibson feeling better!

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Thanks, mama!  My eyes are still goopy though...

Friday, January 13, 2012

Neglected

Poor Gibbers has been super neglected lately.. I wonder why?

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He used to be the center of attention and now he's off on the sidelines...

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(and apparently I haven't had time to clean the house either.. hahaha)

I guess he can blame his baby sissy!

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He's down to 1 walk a day (if he's lucky) and play time is often forgotten :(  I feel so bad.  I haven't even brushed his fur in weeks (maybe months?).   It's super hard juggling a baby with a furbaby.. I don't know how people have more than one dog.. or kid! And it's way hard to find time to blog. I've had a lot to write about, but not much time.  In fact, she's crying now... gotta run!

Sorry dude...

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I promise to be back with more..  tomorrow?  Or the next day.. or the next... :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Accent Vlog


And now for something completely different!  A video blog! AKA, vlog.  An accent vlog to be exact.   What is an accent vlog?  Basically, you are supposed to take a video of yourself saying different words and phrases so people, who normally just read your words, can actually hear what you sound like :)   It's fun.   I've watched a ton of these from other people (most recently, Aparna from Not A Leaf), so I figured I should join in and share mine too.


So here’s how it works. I’m supposed to record a video of myself saying the following words:

aunt, route, wash, oil, theater, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, sure, data, ruin, crayon, toilet, new orleans, pecan, both, again, probably, spitting image, alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, syrup, pajamas, caught

And then I’m supposed to answer the following questions:

  • what is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  • what is the bug that curls into a ball when you touch it?
  • what is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
  • what do you call gym shoes?
  • what do you say to address a group of people?
  • what do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
  • what do you called the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
  • what do you call it when rain falls when the sun is shining?
  • what is the thing you change the tv channel with?
So, here it is..  No makeup.. messy hair.. pjs... baby in arms... dog barkin...  normal Monday morning for me :)



Hope you enjoyed it.. and hope you do one too!!   So do you think I have an accent??

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Buh Bye 2011!

Hellooo 2012!

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Time to hang up this year's calendar!

I haven't thought too much about resolutions for next year (or much else really, lol), but I do know that I want to start working out again and eat healthier.  Boring and typical I know :)   I also want to try to balance my life a little better. Balanced Kelly = Happy Kelly :)

Have a great year everyone!
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