Monday, August 29, 2011

One month old

Bedtime #1 (evening nap...let's be serious, at one month and 39w gestational age, bedtime is a mommy concept...or dream...)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Newborn diapering

Size conundrum I mentioned in my previous post aside, I've been pretty happy with cloth diapering so far.

First, they're pretty darn cute. 
Second, Bailey has, um, snacked on a couple of used disposables. Have you ever seen pee soaked disposable diaper gel? It reminds me of that silica gel stuff used to keep new shoes and such moisture free. Everyone in our house looks at me a little weird when I talk about it, but having that stuff next to our little newborn's bottoms 24/7 kind of skeeves me out.

Anyway, Avery is in cloth about 50% now, and Quinn will be soon (eg, when I make diapering decisions).

So, a rundown of my reviews to date on our newborn diapers:

Prefolds: nice and soft, love how fast they wash/dry, cheap and absorbant. I don't love changing them since, well, they're wet, but they go on fast and I love them for when I know I'll be changing a diaper again asap (eg, before a feeding). They're also a million times better than bibs as, well, bibs. Maybe we have crappy bibs but spitup seems to roll right off of them.

Workhouse fitteds: So far s
o good. I feel like the elastic in these is a tiny bit tight but maybe her little legs are just sensitive? They are on the thinner side and I find the snaps a little difficult, but I love how these fit under covers.

Thirsties fitteds:  We have some XSs (discontinued, I bought them used) and size 1s, both in velcro. LOVE these. easy on, and so plush and soft. Pretty fluffy though on our 6lb-ish baby, about the same size as a snappied prefold.

Covers: We have some Thirsties XS, Thristies Duo size 1, Rumparooz NB and Bummis Super Bright NB. The Bummies are 7-10 lbs and huge on her, so no review there. My favor on the others is the order I listed them in. I find the rumparooz are sort of wide.  The Duo is a trimmer cover, which must be why it doesn't feel as bulky despite similar snaps.  The XS is a nice fit though, even on our little baby.

Lil Joeys: freaking adorable and work just fine for us! These also dry suprisingly fast.

Bum Genius XS AIO: I think these are also discontinued, but we have a few in the xs and s sizes. The XS is supposed to be 6-12 lbs, and I like how trim they are, but we keep getting leg leaks. I think Avery's thighs are still too skinny.

Thirsties Duo (Size 1): Love. We've been using just one insert (it snaps together) and so far so good. LOVE the gussets.

As a sidebar, I got Luvs for our "extra" disposables and I hate them. We have 300 and they're working fine, so we'll use them. But I'm thankful the 300ish Size 1s we were given are Pampers. The Luvs smell TERRIBLE when peed in. Maybe it is on purpose to be sure you change the baby?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


ok, not really, but the girls had their first photo shoot on Saturday for their newborn photos. We went with a new local photographer, and I'm really excited to get the pictures!

Here's a sneak peek!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


If you're never held a 5 lbs baby, here's a little bit of assistance in seeing how tiny they are...

This is Avery at about 5 lbs 4 oz in a lil'joey newborn diaper. Next to her is a XS Bumgenius (6-12 lbs), a S Bumgenius (8-16lbs) and a One Size Bumgenius (10ish-35 lbs).

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cloth diapers

We're slowly starting to use them, but I had to order another box of disposable newborn diapers today. Extra painful since besides all of our diapers, we have about 250 size 1 disposables awaiting little bums! Our little Quinn is just hitting 4.5 lbs now, so it'll be a good while until she fits will even in the newborn stash I got us.
fitting into a lil'joey...but not quite into the BumGenius XS yet!

Avery wears them when I put them on her, but they're still a little big as she's not quite 6 lbs yet - she can't even wear the bum genius XSs yet (and grandmas' aren't interested in prefolds). Newborn 7-10 lbs cover might not be working yet...
So more review to come. Eventually.


Introductions to the babies - Avery & Quinn - at our mommy/ies blog.  I figure people interested in the babies probably aren't interested in my fitness issues or house remodeling.

Quinn, 1 week old

Avery, 1 week old

Update your reader to include our babies, if you're so inclined!


Our other little doll is Avery Claire.  She was born at 5 lbs even and 17 3/4 inches long.
Avery & her first hair do after her first bath in the nursery
She had APGARS of 8 and 9 (her mini sister beat her) and went to the regular nursery. 


Our little Quinn Ainsley...born at just 3 lbs 8 oz and 16 inches.

While she came out screaming and had APGARS of 9 and 9, Quinn was sent to the NICU since she was too small to keep up her temperature on her own.
Fresh from the OR and being checked into the NICU
At 3 and a half pounds, she was the size of an average 31 or so week preemie.  Its really hard to picture how SMALL a baby of that size is until you see them next to a 7 or 10 pounder in the next isolette. (Those kids who stopped by could have eaten her, I swear).

Quinn is the reason the babies were delivered early at 35 weeks.

Sunday, August 14, 2011



Our babies came at 35w1d due to a diagnosis of IUGR in Baby A (I'll go into the details some other time, but this turned out to be an excellent clinical decision).

They're little but perfect.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Our babies came at 35w1d due to a diagnosis of IUGR in Baby A (I'll go into the details some other time, but this turned out to be an excellent clinical decision).

They're little but perfect.

Quinn Ainsley, 3 lbs 8 oz, 16 inches
Avery Claire, 5 lbs 0 oz, 17 3/4 inches

Monday, August 8, 2011

radio silence

I haven't posted in a while. No workout updates (and I'm deferring my NYC entry to 2012, but that's other post).

Here's why:

Off to start my new job. #badtiming