Archive for June, 2012

June 21, 2012

Healthy + Hapai–38 Weeks

Life has been cuh-razy lately between packing, moving, cleaning, and being nine and a half months hapai – hence the reason I haven’t written a blog post in weeks.  The baby is fully developed now [baby was considered full-term at 37 weeks] and as such my family and friends are all on Baby Watch 2012. 

Because we didn’t need an ultrasound and don’t care to know the sex, our family and friends have bets going on the baby’s birthday and sex.  I’m taking bribes but honestly have as little control over the whole situation as anyone else, so I’m excited to see who ends up winning. Winking smile

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“Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she’s over 19 1/2 inches long.  She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she’s born, but they usually won’t get "lighter" or more blue.” [Source.]

The little one sure has been feeling heavier and more active lately… squirming, stretching, and hiccuping.  I’ve been getting more and more excited to meet and get to know the baby’s personality outside of the womb. 

Speaking of the womb, I thought I’d show you all what’s happening inside again, since I got some really fun comments the last time I posted an internal view.

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[Before Pregnancy vs. 36 Weeks Pregnant]

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I have had such an incredible pregnancy – full of light and love, naps, adventure, and even regular massages – and am so fortunate to have had very few stressors or scares.  In fact, I’m grateful that the past few weeks have been the most emotionally stressful for me, first with finals, then Ben leaving for vacation, and finally the moving process.  Truly, it could be way worse. 

Nonetheless, I just have to be completely honest and say it: I’m exhausted. 

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[Ben + I spent 8 full hours scrubbing and cleaning our old home this week]

Packing, cleaning and unloading a houseful of stuff is physically demanding.  Add in the hormonal changes and big life events – like creating an intergenerational home and becoming a mother – and you’ve got pure exhaustion. 

The new home is wonderful [it’s an old home, but it has tons of space and feels really good], and you’d think that with all the physical work I’ve been doing I’d be able to get some really good rest, but I’m still getting used to the new house and haven’t slept well in a week [which is probably a combination of being in a new space, being so physically uncomfortable, and having to pee every hour]. 

There’s so much to do every single day, which has really helped with the nesting urges, but I’ve definitely been feeling scattered and a bit overwhelmed with it all. For example, I’d love to post photos of the new place for you all to see, but I honestly have no clue where my camera is [hence the droid shots]. 

The new house has more than enough space for all the baby stuff, so Ben and I have been having fun putting together a space just for the little one.  And I definitely feel comfortable and safe enough to birth here [I was a bit worried when I first found out we’d be moving so close to the due date], which is great. 

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[19 Weeks / 38 Weeks]

Physically, I’ve been feeling very pregnant lately. The baby has finally dropped a few centimeters in preparation for his/her arrival, which means less heartburn and pressure in the ribcage but much more pelvic and bladder pressure – I am waddling up a storm!  Working out has been much more difficult as of late, but swimming and yoga still feel really good for me.

I’m also at the point where I stand naked in front of the mirror every day and just awe at what my body is doing.  I’ve found a whole new respect and love for my physical body through this pregnancy journey that I hope stays with me for the rest of my life.

Week 38 Tidbits:

  • Preparations: We’ve got everything set up here for the homebirth, including the blow-up pool, our birthing kit [in case baby comes before the midwife gets here], and snacks/coconut water.  The car seat has successfully been installed, and the breast pump I was gifted is ready for me to figure out [seriously, it looks pretty daunting]. 
  • Group B Strep update: Negative!  Smile  Which means that if I do need to go to the hospital, I won’t need to do the whole antibiotic treatment thing.  In case you’re interested, I heeded the advice of my midwife and douched with hydrogen peroxide before being tested [I’m not sure whether I had it, but a large percentage of women have GBS and don’t realize that it can be treated this way]. 
  • Signs of labor: I’m still not sure what contractions feel like, but I have been having more menstrual-like cramps, pressure, and feeling like my pelvis is opening up.   Nothing too intense yet, though.
  • Cravings: Lots of carbs being devoured over here lately [my midwife says it’s probably my body getting the sustenance it’ll need for the marathon of labor].  Cold fruit (especially watermelon and papaya), ice water, eggs (yes, STILL), and hot sauce.  Also, being in the water and Ben Time – it may sound ridiculously needy, but I love being able to spend every waking moment with him. 
  • Aversions: Being hot.  Foodwise, nothing really.  I’ll eat just about anything. 
  • Weight gained thus far: 18-20ish pounds… depending on the day. 
  • Things I’m excited for: Meeting the baby, sleeping on my back, having family visit, eating smoked salmon again [if anyone wants to give me a post-natal gift…], laying on my belly to get massaged.
  • Things I’ll miss: Having a constant sidekick, feeling hiccups and kicks, and being irresponsible. 

Alright, back to getting everything set up, and then hopefully a nap is in my near future!  Smile 


Aloha Pumehana.
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June 7, 2012

Choosing Cloth

The bottom of our baby shower invite read: Cloth Diapers Desired. 

It freaked my family out.  Especially the Aunties who were prepared to buy us Costco-sized boxes of Pampers or Huggies as gifts.  In fact, one of my Aunties – who’s always been honest with me – came up to me a few weeks ago and said,

“So you REALLY want me to get you cloth diapers?” 

After I replied with “Yes, Auntie she said,

“I give you one week.” 

It wasn’t the first time Ben and I had gotten that response, and it definitely wasn’t the last either.  There are tons of blog posts out there focused on cloth diapering, but I’ve decided to share my reasons for choosing to cloth diaper, and how I’m navigating the cloth diapering world so far, with you as another reference.  Hopefully it offers some type of guidance. 

First off, my response to the above conversation with my Auntie was, “Did you cloth diaper?”  She said, “Yes of course, but that’s because I had my kids 30 years ago and we had no other choice.” 

To that I said, “Exactly!  There’s so much waste produced by disposables and we’ve become so lazy nowadays.  It really doesn’t take a crazy amount of effort to cloth diaper and it’s irresponsible to just keep filling the earth with rubbish.  If Ben and I start off cloth diapering, it’ll be normal to us because we’ll never know any different.  To us, there is no other choice, either.  It just is what it is.” 

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[Tell me that’s not absurd!]

Other reasons Ben and I chose cloth:

  • cloth diapers are chemical-free and better for baby’s health
  • cloth diapers are much more cost-efficient than disposables [yes, they’re an investment at first, but when you compare the two over the years, cloth wins]
  • nowadays they make cloth diapering really easy – there aren’t even pins involved anymore! 

For those of you who get grossed out thinking about touching baby poo, I’m betting you’ll get over that pretty quickly once you have a kid.  It’s truly not that bad.  Plus, whether you like it or not, you’ll be touching your baby’s poo. 

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Okay, so Ben and I decided long ago that we’d be cloth diapering – and we’ve always been excited about it! – but the actual process of figuring out which cloth diapers to purchase was definitely overwhelming and daunting.  It’s wonderful to have so much selection out there, but when it comes down to it, I truly feel like it’s all going to come down to personal preference and be trial-and-error. 

Personally, I feel that the most valuable resources I have are other Mamas, so I sought the guidance of the Mamas I knew to be cloth diapering to see what they thought worked best.  I scoured my fellow bloggers’ sites for details, sat down with a few friends with kids to see how the diapers fit them, and asked for support on the local Facebook Mom’s group:

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I really appreciated the advice of others and was able to get a good list of brands I was interested in.  Then I decided the best idea would be to order a bunch of different brands and see which works best for our little one.  Once we get to test them out, we can order more of the ones that work best for us. 

As of now, here’s what we’ve got:

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We got a dozen old-school pre-fold diapers with a pack of Snappis, and also a Thirsties duo-cover because we hear great things about them being durable and easy to care for [you can just rinse them with water and they dry super quickly].  Putting on the Snappis seems to be the simple, but it definitely takes more effort than the pocket diapers, so I think we’ll stick to these diapers during the day so that we don’t have to think so much during the dark hours. 

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For pocket diapers, we’ve got two Bum Genius 4.0 with snaps [not pictured] and six Charlie Bananas with snaps.  Snaps are said to last longer than velcro for cloth diapers, so we made our main investment in them.  To make the investment last longer, we decided to go with one-size for as many of our cloth diapers as possible. 

Also, just to show you, pocket diapers have thick cotton inserts that need to be stuffed in and taken out of the actual lining of the diaper. 

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Because we also want to try velcro [to compare and also for quicker changes], we got three more one-size Bum-genius in velcro.  I’m interested to see how the velcro holds up and also to see if these fit better/worse than the snap-fitted diapers. 

As you can see, we’ve currently got almost two-dozen cloth diapers, which I hear is a good number as I plan to have a container for soiled diapers and wash a load of every other day or so.  We do have a few disposable diapers just in case the baby is too small to fit into the cloth diapers to begin with, but we don’t envision having to use them for very long, if at all. 

81OlYSWw8mL._AA1500_ Aside from the diapers themselves, Ben and I were gifted two diaper bags to place soiled diapers in.  They both look the same, but one is a wet bag and the other is a wet/dry diaper bag by Planetwise.

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And for wipes, we ordered three dozen unbleached flannel wipes from Amazon.  We plan on making our own wipe solution [so easy!  You can check out DIY Mommy’s site for examples] and leaving it in an airtight container with or without the wipes.  When we need them, we’ll simply wring out the excess liquid. 

Ben and I feel prepared, and it truly doesn’t seem as difficult as some people make it out to be.  Of course, everything seems simple and straight-forward in theory; we’ll see how it all plays out in practice once the little one is here. 

How do you feel about cloth diapering?  Or diapering in general?

Let me know if there are any questions/concerns that you might have, or if you have any tips for me!


Aloha Pumehana.
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