new home!

29 Mar

Hey! I’ve moved!

Visit anowlsnest.wordpress.com. You’ll find all the old posts, comments, and photos that you see here… and more! I’m turning “mom blog”. ah!

I would love if you head over to an owl’s nest and subscribe – there is a convenient little link on the right hand side bar. You’ll get an email every time I write a new post!

Also, if you click on the tab on top called “from my nest to yours” you can see my Amazon shop with products that I enjoy or that I have reviewed. If you purchase one via my shop I will make a little bit of $$. 🙂 Contact me if you want to do any amazon shopping!!

See you at an owl’s nest!

~emma.

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sleep sheep.

27 Mar
unsure about the sleep sheep

Don’t mind Olive looking incredibly unsure about her Sleep Sheep. I actually have good things to say!

I was expecting to dislike the Sleep Sheep given to us by my mom at Christmas. I hadn’t had a baby yet and wasn’t really wanting anything battery operated. I still don’t know much about having a baby and I still don’t prefer battery operated baby paraphernalia but in all honesty the Sleep Sheep has been incredibly useful.

Olive is a fan of “white noise”. She calms more quickly when we say “shh shh” and she calms more quickly when the Sleep Sheep is on. I use it most nights when she’s just eaten and I want her to get to bed quickly so I can get to bed quickly, too. We occasionally use it if she takes a nap in her crib or I need to leave her for a bit while I get dressed or something of that sort.

The Sleep Sheep is a stuffed animal with a tiny speaker inside. There are four sound settings (heartbeat, rain, ocean, and whale), a volume knob, and a timer. I typically have it set on rain (heartbeat and whale kind of bother me) for 23 minutes. Occasionally Olive suddenly wakes when the sound stops. Whoops! It also has a Velcro loop on the back to fix it to the crib or whatever convenient hanging location you choose and it takes 2 AA batteries.

Thanks mom! 🙂

Sleep Sheep is made by Cloud B and you can learn more here.

As a gift we were given another Cloud B product – a ladybug that projects stars onto the walls and ceiling at night! We have yet to use that with Olive but Tyler and I are pretty amused by it! 🙂

*This post is my personal opinion based on my own experiences and was not commissioned by Cloud B*

elimination communication.

27 Mar

I was going to wait a while before posting about Elimination Communication (EC) as I wanted to learn more before simply reciting little bits of what I’ve read on the internet. BUT.. we tried it today and were already successful so I feel the need to share.

Anyone that has come to visit and seen Olive and I for any length of time has probably heard me comment on her readiness to potty train (totally a joke) because she would typically go multiple times while having her diaper changed. It seemed as though she would take the cue of her diaper being off and enjoyed the feeling more of going without her diaper. In joking about her readiness to potty train a few times the idea became less of a joke to me and more of a “what if?!”

I didn’t explore the idea any further until a couple of days ago when I stumbled upon one of the many mom blog out there in internet land. It’s easy to get lost amongst the stay at home mommies blogging about their diaper woes, crafty ideas, and recipes. While it’s easy to get lost and over (and sometimes inaccurately) informed I have found many diamonds in the rough. I stumbled upon Emily at Joyful Abode when looking for some gDiaper washing tips. Her short bio interested me as she’s a breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering new mommy (much like myself) but with a few months of a head start and a much better blog! I don’t recall how exactly but I got to a post about EC and was so pleased with the little that I read. Her 7 month old uses the potty… sometimes. Wow!

And shouldn’t it be that way? Why do we have two and three year old kids sitting in their yucky diapers? And maybe that’s necessary sometimes but it really does seem logical and natural to me to address the act of elimination immediately with a baby and work on communication in that area and encourage them to use the toilet as soon as possible. That means less diaper rash, less dirty diapers to buy or wash, and being more in tune with your little one. Why wouldn’t I want to try that? Especially considering my thoughts of the past month or so on Olive’s elimination habits.

Today I tried it. Babies often go while or after breastfeeding and after waking up from a nap. After she ate a couple of hours ago she dozed off. Upon waking I checked her diaper, after I grabbed a little bowl from the kitchen (her baby toilet!), and it was already wet and dirty. She did go again while I was changing her though and I made a “pssssst” sound and commented that she was going potty. Soon she fell asleep again in my arms for a short bit. Immediately after waking I took her upstairs and her diaper was still dry. I commented on her dry diaper and how nice it feels. She then went potty a little bit so I held her over the bowl but the sudden movement caused her to stop. I told her it was okay. Again she started and I picked her up over the bowl and she went for quite a while! I set her back down and told her that she went potty in the toilet and I was going to put her diaper that was still nice and dry back on and that she did a good job.

To some this may sound silly… she’s 5 weeks old (today!) but I’m really interested in this topic especially because it’s actually a method and I was already trying to put the pieces together of how to go about this myself. If you’re interested in learning more visit Diaper Free Baby.

Also, in the internet world of mommies I am:
A brand new, exclusively breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing, (now) ECing, and future baby food making, momma.

olive’s birth announcement!

26 Mar

I finally finished making a birth announcement for Olive! I was going to make one on my own and print them with my wonderful photo printer but I just wasn’t getting it done. After a trip to a store that gave me a coupon code for Shutterfly I thought why not just get it done. It won’t be as unique but it will be done and which matters more?! I was playing around with Shutterfly for the past week and I was having a rough time with the photos we had of her (her eyes were closed, they didn’t match, etc.). After our little photo shoot today it all came together! Look for one coming to you in the mail soon! 🙂

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nearly 5 weeks.

26 Mar

There are some straight out of the camera shots of Olive from today. Someday I may get around to editing them. Enjoy!

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Have a baby you’d like me to photograph? Let me know.. I’d love to add more than just Olive to my portfolio!

homemade detergent.

26 Mar

Have I told you how much I love the homemade detergent that I made? (what a silly use of the word ‘love’)

I received the recipe from a coworker who also received it from a coworker. I was putting off making in for a while as I had other, store bought, detergent to use up. I made a batch shortly before Olive arrived and haven’t thought to post about it since. I also wanted to make sure it didn’t irritate her skin and that it worked well with her cloth diapers before raving about it. 🙂 Well.. after numerous loads of laundry I can tell you that the soap does not irritate Olive and her cloth diapers seem so clean and white! It’s also incredibly inexpensive.

Here’s what you’ll need:
~ A bar of Fels-Naptha laundry soap (either in the laundry isle or bar soap isle of your grocery store) (there are a few other brands out there, too, I just choose this one)
~ Box of Borax
~ Box of Washing Soda (looks like Arm & Hammer Baking Soda but the box is bigger and it says ‘Washing’)
~ A large pot

Melt 1/3 of the Fels-Naptha bar in 10 cups of boiling water. You can shave the bar into small pieces to help it melt more quickly.

Once melted turn off the heat, add 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda, and mix. Once mixed pour in a gallon of hot water and continue to stir.

Pour into two gallon containers, keep it in the pot, or put it in whatever works best for you. Some of the detergent will stay liquid and some will turn into a gel.

Use 1/4 cup per load of laundry. (I use less for Olive’s clothing and diapers)

I use this in a high efficiency machine and it doesn’t seem to be a problem. The first time I made this it gelled pretty thick so I squished it with my hand after putting it in the soap compartment as I found some large chunks still sitting in there after completing a load of laundry. This shouldn’t be a problem with machines in which you add the detergent directly to the laundry.

Honestly I have never felt our clothes being quite so soft after using this detergent and the whites seem to come out extremely bright. It also has very little fragrance – the Fels-Naptha bar is scented but you’re using only 1/3 of the bar per about 2 gallons of water so the fragrance is very diluted.

Enjoy! 🙂

“good” morning?

25 Mar

I just entered a contest. You can enter too, right here.

If you’re interested read the entire post before scrolling down to the contest rules. It brings up some good points, none of which I’m incredibly good at currently since my mornings still seem so new and different. I love the author’s second point – to shower and get dressed ASAP. Olive doesn’t really let me do that right now but I have high hopes. 🙂