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Sunday, February 16, 2014

What I Do All Day When I Am Home With The Baby

I was totally inspired by The Ugly Volvo's blog post on what she does all day when she's home with the baby.

Since bringing Jellybean home, I feel like I haven't contributed much to the household.   I DON'T

         do the dishes
                                                       do laundry
                      feed the cats
                                                                        pick up cat poop
                                   sweep or mop the floor

It makes me wonder if my husband wonders what I do all day. So I decided to log it and see where the time goes. 

7:00 am. Get up, brush teeth, wash face, put in contacts, eat breakfast, talk a little with my husband before he leaves for work, turn on computer. 

8:00 am. Jellybean wakes up. Talk with her for a little, make her laugh and smile, make her coo, rub her back, pick her up and try to burp her from the night feedings. Let her do a bit of tummy time and get her Garden Gym set up. Take a few pictures and send them to the hubs. 

8:45 am. First diaper change and letting her air out. Give her vitamins. Wash her face and hands with warm wash cloth. Wipe down her butt with it while it's still warm. Moisturizer her face, then legs. Apply Butt Paste, then diaper, and put on her pants. 

9:00 am. Feed her. Play with her hands. 

9:10 am. Put her in her gym to play with dangling toys. 

9:30 am. Wondering if she's sleepy yet?  No... Not yet. Put her in Bumbo seat next to her gym so she can play with her dangling toys and see if she can reach for them yet. 

9:45 am. She's tired of Bumbo seat and starts fussing. Carry her in arms and walk around the house. Maybe she's getting tired. Put her in crib with hanging mobile. 

10:05 am. Still not napping yet. Nurse her to top off her tummy, then burp her. 

10:15 am. Put her in her swing. Let her grab my finger until the swing lulls her to sleep. 

10:25 am. She's asleep and I can finally work!  Log into email and begin reading, deleting, and replying to emails. Take a couple of Skype calls from work.  Log into the system to begin working and earning a paycheck. Hoping Jellybean stays asleep for a whole hour. Pet the cats as they come around. 

11:15 am. Jellybean wakes up and begins fussing around a little bit. I let her fuss for a few minutes while I finish up whatever task I'm working on. 

11:30 am. Tummy time. 

11:35 am. Change her diaper. Sometimes she pees on me, sometimes she doesn't. Talk to her, make her smile and talk back, sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and shake a rattle for her before putting the rattle in her hand to shake around. 

11:55 am. Nurse her. Play with her hands, smile and coo at her. Then try to burp her afterwards. 

12:15 pm. Put her in her gym to play with her hanging toys. Take a quick break to eat lunch, usually canned soup and salad. Go to the bathroom. Try to wash the dishes, but usually fail. Check in on Jellybean. 

12:30 pm. Is she sleepy?  A little bit. Move her to the crib and turn on her mobile. She's a little fussy but she's paying attention to it. I take a quick 5 minute break to gather my energy. 

12:40 pm. Pick her up and walk around, showing her her reflection, the cats, the light. Wiping her drool off her chin and my shoulders. Sing to her a little. Sit her on my knees and talk to her more, trying to make her smile and talk back. 

12:55 pm. She's starting to look more sleepy but I know she's not going to take her nap without some help. I nurse her to top off her belly, burp her, then try to put her to nap in bed or the crib. Most time it fails. 

1:15 pm. Put her in the swing and let that rock her to sleep. 

1:25 pm. She's asleep and I get back to work!  Sometimes, I help my husband do the dishes when there's absolutely nothing going on with work, which is once in a while. 

2:15 pm. Jellybean wakes!  She doesn't sleep much on her own. She sleeps best and longest when I sleep with her. I let her entertain herself for a few minutes as I finish up my tasks. 

2:30 pm. Tummy time. We're trying to work up to 20 minutes a day and I want to see if she's going to roll over. It's also a great way to air out her neck and have her look to the left. 

2:35 pm. Change the diaper and keep her calm and entertained by singing and giving her a rattle to hold and shake. She will pee outside the diaper since she's being changed so close to when she woke up. It's ok, I air her out even longer when she does. 

2:45 pm. Apply cream and put diaper back on. 

2:50 pm. Nurse her. Notice she's pushing and passing gas. Then notice she's pooping. 

2:55 pm. Change her diaper again. Keep her entertained and calm during diaper changing. Try to make her smile by over exaggerating my smiles and coos. 

3:10 pm. Finish nursing her. 

3:20 pm. Hope she's sleepy and ready for her nap because I'm ready to sit down and vegetate. She's not. Put her in her gym to play with her hanging toys. She's losing patience with the same old thing and starts to fuss. 

3:30 pm. Put her in crib and turn on the mobile. She liked it last week. But she's tired of being on her back so she fusses some more. 

3:40 pm. Put her in swing. Sometimes this will put her to sleep, and sometimes it won't. When it won't, I put her in Ergo Baby carrier and walk around the house, singing and dancing to her. 

3:50 pm. She gathers her energy to fuss, then suddenly falls asleep. I do a little bit of work while baby wearing, but it's inconvenient to type, so I log off and walk around the house. 

4:20 pm. I walk around the house for at least 30 minutes while baby wearing to make sure she gets a somewhat decent nap before risking taking her out of the Ergo. There's a 50% chance she'll stay asleep during the transition from Ergo to bed, especially if I nap with her. If not, I quickly nurse her back to sleep. 

5:10 pm. She wakes up again. I just lay with her or hold her and talk to her. I ask her what she dreamed and if she liked what she dreamed. She's very expressive when she talks to me, even though I can't understand her. I decide to give her a break from tummy time and diaper changing. 

5:20 pm. I pick her up and walk/dance around the house with her. 

5:35 pm. I'll practice sitting up with her. I support her sitting on the bed or in the Bumbo seat. If in the Bumbo, I put a toy on the table and let her practice reaching for it. 

5:50 pm. I put her in her gym to play with her hanging toys. While she's busy, I start getting her bath ready. 

6:00 pm. I get her ready for bath. The hubs usually comes home around now. 

6:05 pm. She gets a bath. 

6:15 pm. She's done with bath and we go through our post bath ritual. I moisturize her face, then legs. I comb her hair. Put on diaper cream and her diaper. Then I put on her clothes. She will usually cry and fight me on this. I'm too tired to try to convince her it's not so bad, so I let her cry while I put on her clothes. 

6:35 pm. Tummy time now so I can dry her neck and put a little of the diaper cream in her neck creases to keep them from turning red. 

6:40 pm. I try to nurse her to sleep while the hubs makes dinner. Most of the time she does go to sleep. 

7:10 pm. Wakes up. It's supposed to be time to sleep so we don't want to let her play in her gym and get excited. We put her in her crib and turn on the mobile. Sometimes she likes it and other times she doesn't. 

7:25 pm. Still not sleeping, so we pick her up and carry her around the house. 

7:50 pm. Might be sleepy. I try to nurse her to sleep. Fail. 

8:00 pm. Walk/dance with her around the house. 

8:15 pm. Try nursing her to sleep again. Fail, again. 

8:25 pm. Walk/dance with her around the house again 

8:45 pm. Try to nurse her to sleep again. Again, fail. 

8:50 pm. Rub her tummy as she begins crying. 

8:55 pm. Try to nurse her to sleep again. Her eyes are closing for longer and longer periods.

9:10 pm. She's finally asleep!  And she will stay asleep until tomorrow 8:00 am!  

Oh, so that's how I spend my days. It's totally something else when you put it in writing. 

I got this from, and I feel it really sums up how I feel at the end of each day. 

Thank you, hubby, for all your support and everything that you've done since before Jellybean was born!  

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Refreshing the Doors and Door Frames

My husband and I have long term projects we want to take on with our house. I'm going to make curtains for our windows and he's going to repaint all the doors.

The hubs first peeled and chipped the paint off. We found out the house was once yellow, green, teal, and sky blue before this final sand and white color. He used a scraper and paint remover to do most of the heavy work. 

Next, he sanded down the door using a circular sander and a Dremel for the detail work in the grooves. 

After that, he applied 2 coats of paint and primer to the door. 

He bought new knobs and a working lock for the door, updating the look of the door, and new hinges since the previous owners painted over the old hinges. 

He also repainted the door frame, paying the same meticulous attention to detail. He really got into the grooves to peel/chip out all the layers of old paint before sanding off the burrs. 

The triumphant result is a frame and door that has definition in the detail, a fresh coat of white paint, quiet hinges, and an actual lock that works. The door is as old as the house, over 80 years old, but it looks refreshed. It has a modern feel while still retaining it's aged elegance!

I have loved watching my husband take on this project. One door down, six more to go, Honey!!

Photos courtesy of the hubs' Instagram.  Follow him on Instagram at Na8ive1.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

January Empties

Jellybean is growing so fast!  Her father has started to call her Lima Bean. :-) 
Anyways, these 3 items were everything that Bean Sprout and I finished this past month. I think we'll just put it out there that any reference to "Bean" will be a reference to my daughter. :-D

Boudreaux's Butt Paste
I got a sample of this when I bought my maternity clothes last year. I have to admit that I really love this product!  It's so easy to apply and so easy to wipe off without scrubbing raw baby's skin. Just because it's easy to wipe off doesn't mean it's not effective. We've been using this on Jellybean since we brought her home and she hasn't ever gotten a diaper rash. When I saw that her neck was red in the creases (similar to a diaper rash from moisture being trapped there), I applied a bit of the Butt Paste and voila!  The redness disappeared. We have 3 backups! 

Egyptian Magic
I've had this so long that I forgot when I bought it, 2009 or 2007!  Anyways, this is another great product I'm considering repurchasing. It's like Vaseline but more "natural". It works great to smooth and moisturize my skin over night, but doesn't work so great as a lip balm. 

Sisley Ecological Emulsion
I didn't appreciate this moisturizer until I used other moisturizers that were too thick or greasy or hard to blend. This emulsion is a great moisturizer in the winter. It is super emollient and blends easily and doesn't leave my skin a greasy mess. When I apply it at night, my skin stays moisturized through the night. And it smells good!

Happy Lunar New Year!  Year of the Horse!