Posts tagged ‘baby’

January 25, 2010


by Hannah

So I think I mentioned when Seth started saying “mama” and “dada” a while ago, and then last week he started saying “Wow!” (so adorable!) But while those are all somewhat words, I still wasn’t convinced that he completely understood them as real language.

Yesterday we were looking at this book together, which has some fun baby photography, and I was saying “Look at the baby!”, when Seth pointed to the baby’s face and said “baby” clear as a bell and smiled at me. I got all excited and said “Yeah Seth, that’s a baby!”. And he said it again. And again when Manny was playing with him a while later, and again when my mom visited, and again this morning. This is the first word that he has solidly associated with a concept- so exciting. And adorable. Well everything he does is adorable, right?

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January 14, 2010

The Teeth are Coming!

by Hannah

After months of drooling and fussing and chewing and drooling and sleepless nights and fevers and DROOLING… Seth’s first two teeth are finally coming in!

I first felt something there earlier while giving him teething oil because he was obviously very uncomfortable, and then this afternoon his grandma Jackie and I could actually see the bits of pearly whiteness on the surface of his gums. I’m sure that in the next several days they will really pop up and be seen more easily, and I will definitely take pictures for you.

By the way, I have a sore spot on my gums where one of my wisdom teeth used to be, so I decided to try Seth’s teething oil, and I am amazed at how well it works. It numbed it really well for a while. It is called Gum-omile Oil from the company Herbs for Kids, and I got it at Whole Foods. It contains clove oil, willow bark extract, and chamomile extract, and you just rub a little bit on their gums when they seem to be bothered by teething pain. It is safer and more natural than regular OTC teething gels like Oragel. It, along with Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets, have been working really well for us.

June 10, 2009

Amber for Teething

by Hannah

After reading about it on a few different natural parenting message boards, I decided to get a Baltic amber necklace for Seth, to help through teething. Since he started wearing it, several people have asked me what it’s for and how it works, and I realized that I hadn’t done any research as to why it helps relieve teething pain.
I did a little research, and I found this article:, that explains some of the history of amber’s medicinal use, and the science behind it. The pain relieving ingredient is called succinic acid, and it is actually used in contemporary medicines. Since amber is fossilized resin, most likely the tree it came from originally produced this acid.
Though my little one is still a little fussier than usual from teething, I do think this necklace is helping him. It is a great way to minimize the use of teething remedies that aren’t as natural and safe, such as Oragel and Motrin. Another great natural remedy to complement use of a Baltic amber necklace is Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets. They dissolve instantly in the baby’s mouth and treat the symptoms associated with teething.
I got Seth’s necklace here, but I have heard a lot of rave reviews of this shop, and I’m actually thinking about getting myself one from there, as the pain relieving properties extent beyond just teething.

March 24, 2009

Adventures in Cloth Thus Far

by Hannah

My little one is six weeks old now, and has been in cloth diapers for five. (He was only 5lb11oz and too small at first for our cloth diapers but he’s growing fast!)
We started out with the 21 day trial from, and a dozen unbleached Indian prefolds from Little Lions. Prefolds are the least expensive cloth diapering option. They can be folded various ways- we like the “angel fold” with a snappi (which takes the place of pins and makes the whole process much easier and safer). Then they need a cover. I like Thirsties PUL covers- PUL is basically a waterproof fabric and these covers easily velcro closed. I am just venturing into the world of wool diaper covers though, and I can tell they are going to be my favorite and the staple of my cloth diapering stash. I also have a fleece cover on it’s way to me in the mail, and they are apparently very nice as well. I plan to do another post about wool and fleece cover later when I’ve gained more experience using them. Anyway, all of the above mentioned covers can be used over a prefold, or a fitted diaper. (My new favorite diaper combo is a fitted with a wool cover.) Fitted diapers easily close with either aplix (velcro) or snaps, and are adjustable- sometimes fitting all the way from about 8 pounds to potty training. More expensive than prefolds, but somewhat easier and more absorbant. diaper inserts and doublers can be used inside fitteds to increase absorbancy as well. I don’t have too many fitteds yet, but my favorites so far are Cricketts, and Kissaluv size 0 when he was a tiny newborn.
For those who may not want a two-step diaper change (diaper, then cover), there are some other options. We have tried a few different pocket diapers, which are a PUL outer with a pocket to stuff with absorbant inserts. The ones we’ve tried haven’t fit my son particularly well yet, and we have had leaks, but I’m sure when he’s a bit bigger they will work a lot better. Both BumGenius and Blueberry make nice one-size pocket diapers.
The ultimate is cloth diapering ease of use, best for overwhelmed new dads and anyone unsure about changing cloth, are All-in-one diapers (AIO’s). The only AIO we’ve tried is made by Thirsties, and we loved them for a few weeks, so much that I bought a few more, and then they started leaking. He wets too much now for them to last very long. I keep them in the diaper bag, and still use them but I have to make sure I change him within about an hour and a half to avoid leaks. I’ve heard great reviews of many other brands of AIO diapers, but since I now love our fitted and wool I probably won’t buy many (if any) more AIO’s for our baby.
So there is the rundown on the various types of cloth we have tried. Most people I talk to ask about the washing process, so I will outline that because it is really a lot easier than many people think. In our bathroom we have a regular kitchen sized trash can with a foot pedal lid, with a diaper pail liner inside (made of PUL material). Dirty diapers are simply tossed into this (the poop of exclusively breastfed babies is so liquidy that no rinsing is required. Later we will install a diaper sprayer on our toilet.) About every other day I dump all the diapers from the pail into the washing machine and run them through a clod rinse cycle with no detergent. Then I do a long hot wash cycle with a tablespoon of Crunchy Clean cloth diaper detergent and some vinegar. If it was a particularly soiled load I might do another cold rinse after this, but usually they are then ready for the dryer, and that’s it- clean diapers!
Cloth has so many, many benefits over disposables: it is better for the environment, much less expensive, causes much fewer cases of diaper rash, avoids the chemical gels and other unnatural materials that are so bad for our babies’ skin and overall health, and, believe it or not, is a lot of fun. (This may be impossible to understand unless you start using cloth, but many of the diapers are really adorable and you kind of get sucked in!)

March 6, 2009

One month already!

by Hannah

Me and Seth less than 24 hours after the birth

The last four weeks have gone by so fast. Seth has changed a lot- it seems like every day when I wake up he has grown a little overnight. At his 2 week pediatrician appointment he weighed 7lb 8oz, and was 21 1/4 inches long. He makes eye contact a lot more often now, and he smiles a lot, but not really at us yet. I have been trying to get as much sleep as I can, which is a challenge sometimes. Manny started working the overnight shift a few weeks ago, so our entire schedule is completely mixed up. We’re kind of moving toward a sense of normality though. I am feeling a lot better, though still in the healing process. I can walk around and go places now without feeling completely awful afterward. Here are some pictures we’ve taken over the last few weeks:

“Zero months” sticker on onesie from Picky Sticky

One week old

Taking a nap on the porch

First bath

5 days old- ready for his first car ride

Loving our Mouna Wrap carrier!

Hangin’ out with daddy

February 15, 2009

Baby Life…

by Hannah

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February 15, 2009

Seth- 4 days old

by Hannah

Seth is doing amazing. He is so healthy and strong- sleeps a lot of course. He and I are getting the hang of breastfeeding and are doing well. I’m feeling better every day, though still quite sore and trying not to do too much too soon.
Many more beautiful pictures of our little guy to come- here’s one I just took to start with.

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February 12, 2009

Welcome to the World!

by Hannah

Seth Alexander Mayo was born on February 10, 2009 at 8:21pm, weighing 5lb 11oz and measuring 19 1/2 inches long. He is healthy and strong and the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

I started having irregular contractions on Sunday, and on Monday they became timeable- 6-10 min apart. Monday night they got more painful and I couldn’t sleep through them, and they progressed all day Tuesday. I was in active labor for 9 hours and pushed for 45 minutes, almost all of that in the birth tub, and Seth was born in the water.

We are beginning to adjust to our new life, and spending plenty of time just staring at him :) He and I are getting the hang of nursing and it’s going well. I am very sore from the birth but already (24 hours later) I am feeling somewhat better and I am sure the healing process will be relatively quick.

I will post more, and pictures, another time, but I wanted to write about how happy I am to finally have my baby here!

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January 2, 2009

When bed bugs and nightmares aren’t the biggest concerns

by Hannah

Reading this book recently, I was kind of surprised to find information about dangerous chemicals being used in mattresses- including crib mattresses. Some of these include polyvinyl chloride, phthalates, and chemical flame retardants. It is even suspected there is a link between these poisonous substances and SIDS. Considering how much time a baby is likely to spend in his or her crib, and how much more susceptible their tiny bodies are to toxins, I find myself once again really upset by the lack of regulation of dangerous chemicals in consumer products in the U.S.- especially those marketed for babies and children.
Thankfully, a few companies are offering organic mattresses- my favorite so far is Naturepedic. We’re planning to buy one for our little guy’s crib.
Here are a few articles about the dangers of chemicals in crib mattresses:

August 27, 2008

Nursery Idea Pictures

by Hannah
I’ve been browsing baby things today… we can’t do a nursery until later because we live in a one bedroom for now, but I love looking at bedding and stuff like that.

From Land of Nod- it comes in pink too but I like this.

I like the fabric and colors in these quilts. From Etsy.

I really like the idea of hanging paper lanterns. I found these at World Market.

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