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I promise I’m still kicking over here!

PHEW! I haven’t written anything in over a month! Where has the time gone? Well, Lilyian would know since she hogged all of it. I don’t mind, I love spending my time with her. However this now means I have a LOT to post about! I’ll be working on these posts over the weekend but here’s what we have to look forward to:

  • The Little Bee Co. diapers review
  • doTERRA DIY
  • Lily turn 5 months old!
  • My mom visiting (Grandmama Lisa + Lily = perfect)
  • Physical therapy overview
  • Packing and cleaning and Army oh my!

While I have you here. Does anyone have any fox nursery decorations they can point me to? I’ll post pictures of what we have but I want to actually decorate Lilyian’s room when we finally move and I would love any suggestions you have!

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Oils… diapers… life OH MY!

phew it has been super busy in this household lately. Where to even start… lets start with the weekend before Earth Day!

Lilyian decided to drop her fourth nap over that weekend and oh boy was it hell on wheels. She didn’t WANT that nap but her body sure did! It was Zero fun for about 4 days then she finally got into a rhythm:

8am – wake up

9:30ish – nap

10:30ish – wake up

1pm – nap

1:30pm – wake up

3:30pm – nap

4pm – wake up

7:30pm – bedtime

As you can see, we need to work this out a little because she’s up too long before going to bed-bed and by that time she’s fighting and cranky. We’re going to start her bedtime routine at 6:30pm instead of waiting until 7pm to try to even her out. And we’re trying to wean off the nightime feedings that the four month regression brought back. She can go 12 straight hours but this regression has had her up every four hours for the last couple weeks. We’re getting better though!

My friend, Leah, invited Lily and I to an Earth Day get together with her and her daughter. We decorated pots and planted a flower! Lily got her first lily flower.

11109147_10205798292252987_5313961923960102814_oThen followed the hilarious fails that prove I am not meant to be a photographer

Attempt 1 - my kid says NINJA NOPE

Attempt 1 – my kid says NINJA NOPE

Attempt 2 - meh better

Attempt 2 – meh betterish

My child is not photogenic.

My child is not photogenic.

and then I went a little.. Earth Day sale crazy. I ordered a bunch of diapers BUT THEY WERE SO CUTE, HOW COULD I RESIST? Some of the goodies:

I have a problem. I'm addicted to buying  cloth diapers.

I have a problem. I’m addicted to buying cloth diapers.

This has become my life….

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sorry for the blur.. only image I could find

because I ALSO placed an order with The Little Bee Co. who has an amazing amazing AMAZING promotion going on. This company usually does a Diaper Drop – for every diaper purchased, they send another to a baby in need. But they’re currently doing a Diaper Drop with a Twist where they send you TWO diapers – one you purchased and another free to give to someone interested in starting cloth diapers (like I will be) or someone in need of diapers. I am SO amazed by this company and I cannot wait to try their diapers out. I’ll definitely be writing a review once they arrive!

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Lily and I had a little mini bug over this past weekend so I’ve been running On Guard and Breathe blends in the diffuser. Our magical oil moments were as follows:

Eric had a HUGE migraine yesterday – Deep Blue on the temples + PastTense on the base of his skull + Frankincense under his tongue = gone in no time.

My allergies have been taken care of by the allergy bomb – lavender + peppermint + lemon on the bottom of my feet.

We’ve been running Serenity in the bedroom at night to help relax Lily and it has definitely been helping in calming her down. We give her a massage nightly with lavender and coconut oil but I really see a difference when we run the blend in the humidifier.

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and finally… BUG SPRAY! doTERRA has an oil blend called TerraShield that seriously has been keeping the bugs off of me. I am a mosquito magnet with my O+ blood.. I’ve only been bit twice so far this year and that is when I forgot to put a drop on my legs. Now, I’m really sensitive to the stuff so I have to dilute with coconut oil or else I get hives (everything gives me hives so.. I’m really not surprised) but I’ve just made up a 1:1 ratio of essential oil to coconut oil and spray it on and away I go!

My doTERRA link: mydoterra.com/brittanylane1315 if you have any questions or if you just want to meander!

and finally… my baby turned 4 months old on the 22nd. She is AMAZING! We stood her in front of the mirror the other day and she just stepstepstep’ed right up to her reflection! She has been taking steps ever since, we can barely keep her in one spot for two minutes anymore. She rolls constantly, has suddenly become a tummy sleeper (which led to an order of nighttime diapers with tummy panels since she super leaked during a 13 hour sleep), and loooooooves when I “nibble” at her neck and belly. She talks all the time, just ahhhhhh ah ah ah AHHHHH, she blows angry bubbles when she fights naptime, and I am the happiest mama to ever live

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Cloth Diaper Review!

We’ve been using cloth diapers for two days now (we’re so experts, right?) so I figured I should write down what we like, what works best for us, our experiences, etc etc. Here we go!

Prepped: Hot water with extra rinse + all free and clear (military) + cold wash with extra rinse (no detergent) -> 4-6 times

My diapers were ready after 3 washes but I wanted to make sure we were GOOD. TO. GO.

Night time: Flip cover + Flip organic night time prefold -> Lily goes anywhere from 7-11 hours in this diaper without a wake up and if she does wake up, it is because she’s hungry but we go ahead and change her anyways. We haven’t had a leak yet (mind you, this is only night number 4 with cloth diapering)

Daytime: We prefer covers + prefolds! Pockets are a bit of a hassle and seem a lot bulkier when using prefolds. We’re using both though until we build up a great diaper cover stash (if anyone can point us to some super cute covers, leave a comment PLEASE!)

Inserts: Hands down the winner is Green Mountain Diapers unbleached prefolds. We are currently using the small (yellow) ones and they are perfect for my 13lb baby and her diapers which are on the smallest setting (unless it is the Thirsties covers, she’s on the biggest setting for the size 1 because I’m pretty sure they run smaller than advertised). We’re also using GM hemp doublers which are pretty darn awesome, we just lay them in the prefold then padfold! The SoftBums one size DryTouch pod with newborn insert are pretty nice, they can also snap into the AI2s. We also like the Bumkins contour soakers and Perfect Bum booster s/m.

Washing:

1. Thoroughly soak a towel and toss it + the diapers + the pail liner into the washer (HE front loader)

2. Speed wash + extra rinse -> cold, high soil, low speed, NO detergent : 57 minutes

3. Fill a kettle halfway with water and set it to boil

4. Once the washer is done, fill the kettle the rest of the way with cold water and pour into onto the towel and diapers IN the washer

5. Whites + extra rinse -> hot, high soil, high speed, detergent filled half way up to the 1 marker: 1hr 54 minutes

6. Speed wash + extra rinse -> cold, high soil, high speed, NO detergent: 57 minutes

7. Tumble dry on medium or hang dry. Stains automatically going into the sun

 

I am so beyond happy we switched to cloth diapers. They’re not nearly as hard as they seem on the surface and I just adore them.

LOOK AT THEM. HER BUTT WILL BE MAGICAL

LOOK AT THEM. HER BUTT WILL BE MAGICAL

 

 

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This mama is getting crunchy.

I am preeeeeetty darn excited to say that this household is about to start cloth diapering and essential oils! I will be keeping track of both adventures via this blog so keep an eye out :]

I am beyond excited to start essential oils for Lilyian. She’s been my problem child since the get go (did you know there are essential oils for jaundice?!?!?!) and I’m ready to jump into this! If anyone has any questions or you are interested in essential oils, leave a comment! I would absolutely love to start this journey with someone so we can bounce ideas, experiences, and ailments off one another.

I was first drawn into the oils for helping Lily sleep but wooooow there are a billion uses for them! Lavender alone can help with SO MUCH STUFF.  It helped with Lilyian’s contact dermatitis (we don’t react well to Papa Bear’s beard), and cleared up my allergies. Peppermint = headache aid (but don’t get it on your breasts if you are breastfeeding! Peppermint can decrease milk supply). Lemon? CLEANING!

the three biggies

the three biggies

If you’d like to start this journey with me, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂 If you want to try a specific oil or some other products, my page is http://www.mydoterra.com/brittanylane1315 and I am more than willing to answer any questions you might have.

Also! Eric and I are starting to eat clean. We are cutting out a lot of (delicious *sad face*) food and I’m going to start posting about that as well 🙂 get ready! This is about to be an active blog all around!

In closing, here is my little one in all her 3 month old glory!

one, two, three my lil baby!

one, two, three
my lil baby!