Wife, Mummy, Nurse: April 2011

30 April 2011

It's the last day of April!!  I liked April.  But, I always look forward to May, since it means summer is coming, flowers are blooming and growing, farmers markets/stands are opening, Larriland farm is opening, swimming pools open, etc. 

Charis is in bed right now napping!!  I LOVE it when she's awake and smiling, but I also like it when she's napping.  Mainly because she becomes GRUMPY and GROUCHY when she is tired and needs to be put in her crib and fall asleep. 

I'm planning on cleaning a wee bit and making cookies with Charis.  Okay, I'll be the one making the cookies.  The pumpkin will be in her high chair watching me.  We'll be taking them to church tomorrow for the fellowship meal.

29 April 2011

Happy royal wedding day!!

Yes, you're probably sick of hearing about Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage, but I LOVE viewing photographs and clips from their wedding.  Don't worry, that's not all I've been doing with my day.

I have also:
  • Made sweet potatoes for Charis
  • Walked with some ladies from church
  • Changed diapers
  • Nursed Charis
  • Talked with my friend Amy
  • Kissed Drew!!!  <3
  • Washed dishes
  • Plus many more things
Here's a link for your viewing pleasure.  Balcony kisses seal royal wedding from the BBC.

28 April 2011

The meaning of SAHM

Tonight, I was talking to my brother, and he said, "You misspelled SAHM."  At first, I had no clue what he was talking about, but then I realized why he said that.  He was viewing my blog.  You see, my nickname used to be Sam (or still is depending on who you ask).

SAM stood for "Slow as molasses."

SAHM stands for "Stay at home mum."

27 April 2011

Scottish blackberry jam

Recently, I've enjoyed eating homemade Scottish blackberry jam on my toast in the morning (with my tea of course).  Unfortunately, we'll be out SOON.  :(  The blackberry jam was given out as favors at my cousin Helen's wedding-married on 29th December 2010.  She and her husband live in Edinburgh, Scotland.  When they were engaged, they went and picked blackberries and made and canned jam.  On top of the jam, we pages torn out of an English-French dictionary.  (Helen grew up in France.)  The favors were one of the most clever and most meaningful I have seen.  Thank you Helen and Mike for making and giving us blackberry jam.  It was thoroughly enjoyed.

26 April 2011

Our apartment guests left on Saturday

We had my parents over last week, from Wednesday until Saturday, and now our lives have been slowly getting back to "normal."  Though, I sometimes wander, "Is anything normal when we have an 8 month old?"  There's now a stack of dishes in the sink, clothes that need to be washed, a dirty plate on the table, etc.  It was lovely to have them.  Charis LOVED the attention.  I jokingly told my husband, "Our daughter is going through detox."  He was puzzled.  And then I explained to him "Granny and Grandad detox."  When they were here, if she was crying, she was attended to immediately, but when they left, she was not always attended to immediately.  Yes, I made sure she's safe, but the world does not revolve around her.

I now have two tomato plants planted, as well as oregano, basil, and cilantro.  I'm planning on planting a pepper plant and more tomato and basil.  Unfortunately, we have limited space due to just having a balcony, but it's also something I'm thankful for.  That we have a balcony verses just an apartment.  :-D

25 April 2011

Hope you had a good "Easter" yesterday

My husband and I don't celebrate Easter one day a year.  We believe that we should celebrate Christ's coming to earth, living a perfect life, his death, and resurrection weekly on Sundays (what we call Sabbath.)

One of my favorite songs is "In Christ Alone." 
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

23 April 2011

Flats and Handwashing Challenge

If my brother doesn't understand why we use cloth diapers, he's definitely NOT going to understand the challenge that I will be participating in from May 23-30.  Kim (at http://www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com/) read an article stating that 1 in 3 parents leave their children in diapers longer than necessary to try extend the life of disposable diapers and in extreme cases some even reuse diapers by scraping solids into the toilet and blow drying them.  After reading this, Kim decided to get bloggers together and have a flat and hand washing challenge.

Below are the rules to participate, which you can find at Dirty Diaper Laundry's blog:
·  You MUST use Flats.
·  You MUST handwash them.  How is up to you.  (bathtub, sink, large wash tub, portable non electronic washing machine, or camp style washer (bucket and plunger- think churning butter)
·  You MUST air dry them.  (indoors or outdoors, makes no difference.
·  You MUST limit your number of covers in rotation to 5 or less.
·  You can use any detergent you want.  (Keep in mind that you still want cloth safe detergents)
·  You can still use your nighttime diapers but I ask that you try to make flats work.  Maybe try a prefold wrapped in a flat.
·  You can use disposable liners.
·  You CAN’T use a diaper sprayer.  I thought long and hard about this one, but at an average cost of 40.00 this is one diaper accessory that is out of range for many families.  Dunk, swish, flush, or scrape!
·  You MUST start the morning of May 23 and end the evening of May 30.
·  You MUST fill out a completion survey about your experience.  Results will be published here and can be republished on your own blog.
·  You don’t have to be a blogger!  Your conclusions about the experiment will be entered into the survey at the end of the challenge.  You can share on your Facebook, Twitter, various messageboards.  But if you are a blogger please share your experience on your own blog. Grab the button and let people know you are planning on joining the challenge. 
My thoughts about doing the challenge and some of the rules:

Why did I decide to do this?  I was thrilled when I saw this challenge.  Too often people associate cloth diapering with being expensive and part of the reason is because people automatically think of FuzziBunz, BumGenius, Blueberrys, and other pocket/AIO diapers.  Those diapers are expensive.  I can buy about 6 premium prefold diapers for the cost of one of the above diapers.  I want to show that cloth diapering does not have to be expensive.  With flat diapers, you can use them from birth through potty training.  I want to learn how to use a flat.  That's the one diaper I have never used because I've been intimidated by them.  I also want to educate my readers about cloth diapering

Rule #1:  I have never used a flat diaper because I've been individuated by them, especially now that the Pumpkin is mobile, but I'll practice before that week.  Flats are the least expensive diaper; they fit babies from birth through potty training.

Rule #2: I have to hand wash them... No problem.  I can do that.  It's only a week.  Plus, since flats are one layer, I think it will be easier than washing prefolds, pockets, AI2s, or AIOs.  I occasionally hand wash covers already.  Especially if I've just washed prefolds and washday won't be for 2 or so days.  I've also read that flats tend not to stink as much as other cloth diapering options.

Rule #3: Already air dry my CD.  Enough said.  :-D

Rule #4: Currently have less than 5 diaper covers in rotation, since Charis has grown SO MUCH.  I want to finish either the soaker or longies I'm knitting to try for my nighttime solution. 

Rule #6: Am willing to try flats for two to three nights before going to another night time solution.  If it's easier to hand wash flats, I am definitely willing to do this.

If you are interested and are able to do this, I'd encourage you to try it.  It's ONLY FOR A WEEK, but if you are not able or willing that's fine.  To be honest, I'm not sure how much difference this will make in educating those who have low incomes.  Do they have the time or resources to go online and view blogs?  I am at least hoping that it will help raise awareness that cloth diapering DOES NOT have to be expensive and that anyone can do it (even without owning a washer and dryer).  I'll update as I go through this process.

20 April 2011

Apartment guests are coming tonight :)

I will not be posting for a few days.  We have guests coming tonight!!!  And want to spend time with them instead of posting.  When I return, I will tell you about a challenge I will be participating in May.

18 April 2011

The Pumpkin is 8 months old today

Charis is 8 months old today!!  Which means, 8 months ago I was in labor, trying to patiently wait for the birth of our baby girl.  It's so hard to believe it's been eight months, time has flown by; tomorrow, she'll be walking down the aisle.  But for now, she loves moving about by rolling over, scooting backwards, laughing, drinking breast milk, pushing solid food out with her tongue, exploring, sitting up, playing with her stackable rings, etc..  She also loves to smile (though the pictures below do not show that).  God has blessed us with a beautiful baby girl.  Enjoy the photographs...

I don't want to take my fingers out of my mouth!!

Mummy, I still want my fingers inside my mouth...

The crumpled up paper.

Mummy, I'll hold it only if I can wave "Hi" to your readers.

16 April 2011

Why we use cloth diapers

The other night I called my brother, Robbie.  When he answered the phone, he asked, "What's up?"  I told him, "Not too much, just folding diapers."  His response, "Uhhh... you use cloth diapers.  I don't understand people like that.  Why not disposables?" 

That's when I explained to him that the primary reason we do it is to SAVE MONEY.  I told him  when I buy disposable I buy Target's brand, and Charis currently wears Size 4, which cost approximately 18 cents/diaper.  Then I told him to do a load of diapers in our apartment building cost $2.00.  I hang dry them on the drying rack out on our balcony.  A load consists of 18-24 diapers.  In the long run, I will be saving money, especially if we have more children.  I also told him it's BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.  Don't get me wrong, I don't believe in "mother earth."  I believe a Sovereign God who is in control of all things created the world and everything in it, that we are to be stewards of His creation.  Yes, there are times we use disposables, such as travelling, but when I put a cloth diaper on Charis, it will be washed and reused again, not thrown in a plastic bag to be taken out to the trash to eventually be thrown in a pit somewhere.  Cloth diapers are BETTER FOR BABIES.  Disposables contain harmful chemicals such as Dioxin (can cause cancer), Tributyl-tin (TBT) (can cause hormonal problems), and sodium polyacrylate (associated with Toxic shock syndrome and tampon use).

The intention of this post is not to say you must use cloth diapers, but rather to inform and educate you on some reasons parents choose to use cloth diapers.  My brother was not convinced, but he and his wife do not have children, so they don't need to decide whether or not to use cloth.

Note: Yes, I do think Fuzzibunz and Bumgenius diapers are cute, but I am sometimes bothered that they are made in China and Egypt.  Etsy has a lot of cute diapers, often made by WAHMs.  Some sellers are offering discounts and/or free shipping in honor of Earth Day.  (Again, I don't like the principle of Earth Day, due to elevating the earth above the creator, but I'm not opposed to buying from people when they do offer discounts.)  For a list of some of the stores offering promotions, go to: http://etsyclothdiapers.blogspot.com/

This is a dreary day...

But I am reminded of Psalm 118 C (From The Book of Psalms for Singing):

This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and sing.  Hosanna, LORD! O give success!  O LORD, salvation bring!
God has made this day.  Even though, I want sunshine and to be outside.  God has planned that I am to be at home cleaning, doing dishes, and enjoy being indoors.  Sunshine will come another day.

To by a Psalter go to http://www.crownandcovenant.com/Psalters_s/31.htm

Note: I attend and am a member of the RPCNA, which sings Psalms exclusively and uses either The Book of Psalms for Singing or The Book of Psalms for Worship.

12 April 2011

Spaghetti with Anchovy Carbonara Recipe - Chris Cosentino | Food & Wine

Spaghetti with Anchovy Carbonara Recipe - Chris Cosentino Food & Wine

Since 1995, my husband's extended family has had a Thanksgiving tradition to vote on what to have for Thanksgiving dinner-either Italian food, Bagna cauda with Italian food as side dishes, or traditional food AKA turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie, etc. The past two Thanksgivings we have had bagna cauda. Tonight, I made this AMAZING dish (see link above). No longer do I have to wait until Thanksgiving to get the bagna cauda taste.

FYI: Bagna cauda is Italian for "hot bath." It consists of olive oil, melted butter, anchovies, and garlic in a fondue pot. People gather around the pot dipping their vegetables into the "hot bath" and bringing it to their mouths to eat, while bread is held underneath to catch the drippings.

11 April 2011

Frustrated by short rows...

I've been knitting some longies to go over the pumpkin's cloth diapers.  I found the pattern on ravelry and immediately fell in love the it.  http://www.petitepurls.com/Spring10/spring2010_pleapfrog.html  I thought, "I could knit those for Charis."  But, I have been having a horrible time with the short rows.  I followed the directions, but still manage to have holes where the short rows have gone.  Part of me wants to give up on the short rows and just knit around, but the other part sees giving up as a failure.  I have ripped out the stitches twice and have gone back, but I don't know how many times I can do that.

Sabbath rest and Psalm 119:12

"Blessed are you, O LORD;
teach me your statutes!"
~Psalm 119:12

Yesterday was Sabbath.  One of my favourite days of the week.  Our pastor started his sabbatical yesterday.  So, we had a guest minister who preached on Psalm 119:9-16, on the importance of treasuring God's word.  It was a very convicting sermon on how we need to be in the word regularly.  The above verse is a short prayer.  One of praising God by stating he is "blessed", but also one with a petition.  The psalmist recognizes his weakness; it is God Himself who teaches us.

08 April 2011

Things I'm thankful for...

Charis plays with her Taggie blanket.
Too often, I find myself complaining and not giving thanks for what God has given me.  This attitude I have is sinful.  So I thought, I'd take a moment and list a few of the things/people I am thankful for.  Note: This is not meant to be an exhaustive list.
1. God
2. My wonderful husband AKA Drew
3. Pumpkin AKA Charis (See picture at left)
4. A good, "relaxing" day at the hospital
5. That I could come home and sing and pray with Charis before putting her in bed

You [God] have given my heart greater joy by far than when grain and new wine most abundant are.  So in peace I lie down; I will rest and sleep, for, O LORD, You only will me safely keep.  Psalm 4B from The Book of Psalms for Singing

07 April 2011

I need to belong to a CDA group

What's a CDA group?  Cloth Diapers Anonymous

My husband and I cloth diaper Charis.  I love it.  Drew likes the savings.  One thing that can happen though with cloth diapering is wanting to buy almost every cloth diaper I see.  There are so many CUTE prints out there.  And some NICE wool covers.  But, if I bought everything, then we would not save anything, but lose money instead.  So, I need to start a CDA group.  Anyone want to join?  Meetings will be held on Mondays at 6PM at our apartment.  If you want more information, just leave a comment.

One another note, I've been making some wool covers for Charis, called soakers, shorties, and longies.  Once they are finished, I plan on posting pictures of her in them and reviewing the yarn I used and the pattern.  If you want to look at knit/crochet soaker, shortie, and longie patterns, go to www.ravelry.com
Warning: If you click on the link, be careful not to get sucked in.  Otherwise, you may be tempted to spend all day looking at patterns and what people knit, instead of, cleaning, doing dishes, doing laundry, etc.

Hope you enjoyed some pictures of my cloth diapers drying on our balcony. 

06 April 2011

29 Diapers giving away Sloomb/Sustainable Babyish Longies


29 Diapers currently has a giveaway on its blog that ends tomorrow night!!  They are giving away a pair of peacoat navy blue longies made by Sloomb/Sustainable Babyish.  Click on the above link to find out how you can enter.

04 April 2011

Menu for week of April 3, 2011

Monday: Lentil taco salad (See recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Tasty-Lentil-Tacos )
Tuesday: Sloppy lentils/greenbeans
Wednesday: Potato soup/salad
Thursday: Black bean soup/cornbread
Friday: Drew decides (due to the fact I have to work at the hospital)
Saturday: Homemade deep dish chicago pizza
Sabbath: TBD

Tonight's dinner was a success!!  Drew likes lentils, but states, "They need to be dressed up."  I was going to put 1/2 lb. of ground turkey in, but this morning, he said, "Make the lentils without the turkey to see how it tastes."  Well after tasting the dish, he decided they were good enough on their own.  So, I will continue to make them without ground turkey.