Friday, November 30, 2012

Connor's 1 Year Photoshoot + Milestones

Besides the fact that we've surprisingly managed not to damage the kid too much during his first year of life (kidding!.. well, kinda, haha), his reaching the 1 year mark also brings to mind a couple other milestones we've somehow managed to hit.

First off, we're cloth diapering. We started when he was around 2-3 months old, so we've pretty much been doing cloth for almost a year now. We switched over completely to save our sanity from disposables not being able to contain... well, you know. Seriously, 3-4 blowouts a day in disposables was ridiculous, and besides the obviously grossness of the whole thing, we wound up doing laundry ALL.THE.TIME. to clean stuff up. So we figured why the heck not give cloth a try?

Our verdict? We love it. We use BumGenius 4.0 snap diapers (LOVE the super cute prints they have!). Stuffing them is kinda boring, but when we remind ourselves of how much we're saving by doing cloth, the 5 minutes it takes to stuff the things everyday doesn't seem so bad. The only other downside is the rinsing part once the kiddo started solid food... ya, that part is pretty gross, too. But still loads better than blowouts, in my opinion.

And you know what? Even with 1 load of laundry for diapers a day, we end up doing WAY less laundry than we were with disposables. Score.

So that's the low-down on our diapering, incase anyone is interested or even cares about how we do that whole process, haha.

(warning: any family members or guys reading this, feel free to skip this paragraph! haha) The next little big milestone we've hit? I've been breastfeeding the little guy for a whole year now, 10 months exclusively (we hit a few snags in the beginning and supplemented with formula). Seriously, I am actually pretty darn proud of that accomplishment! Someone PLEASE give me a pat on the back for that, mkay? In the beginning it was downright horrible and painful and I'd take childbirth 10x over again just to avoid having to go through the pain of one more feeding, and with feedings like 8 times (or more!) a day in those first weeks, I pretty much just wanted to die. Yep. It was THAT painful, and I was even on all sorts of painkillers to help with the pain of a c-section - and those drugs didn't even hold a candle to the pain of a feeding! I wondered countless times how anyone could breastfeed for a couple months weeks days, much less a year. But with some help from family, our doctor and my amazing husband (love you, honey!), and a little formula, I got through that rough patch and actually started enjoying the close moments and time I got to snuggle the little guy. I never even DREAMED I would make it this long nursing him. And when the little man turned 1 it dawned on me that I've, or rather we, have accomplished something pretty darn awesome. Go us.

Now that I've probably completely bored you to tears with my endless ramblings about poop and boobies, let's get on to the real reason you're reading this: cute baby (or now toddler?!) photos!

That last photo makes me smile - Connor is copying Barley. Cute, huh? Love it.

So there you have it - one whole year. Can't wait to see what this next year will bring!

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  1. De-lurking to say HUGE HIGH FIVE for breastfeeding as long as you have! I think we need to celebrate milestones like this more, and I'm so happy for you that you've reached this one. I'm also really impressed that you went from supplementing to breastfeeding exclusively - that can be really hard sometimes! Three cheers for you!

    Your little guy is super cute. :)

  2. Good for you guys! We did nothing but cloth (the old fashioned ones) with all three Minions, who were at one point all in diapers at the same time, and I breast fed all 3, with Sammy lasting just over a year (the little creep could undo my buttons at 13 months). Trust me, not one mom reading this blinked at the poop, although we all winced in empathetic unison at the cracked nipples. Who knew they cracked? Whatever you're doing, keep it up, because that handsome little man is an edible dollop of chub and just adorable.

  3. I will give you props for the BFing! Ash is getting his first tooth and it is SHARP...he started some experimental biting tonight and I'm wondering how much longer I will nurse, but I will continue to pump for a year regardless...I love BFing, it is wonderful! I also supplemented with formula here and there in the beginning because I was worried I wasn't making enough, but since two months he hasn't had anything but my milk - and that feels awesome! Congrats on the milestone, he is too cute.

  4. I can't believe it's already been (more than) a year already. He is SO adorable!!! GREAT job on breastfeeding so long. It was hard for me in the beginning-both times(darn!) but it did get easier and I did enjoy that really special time with them both. They're both pretty darn smart too so I feel like that had something to do with it. :)
    That is awesome about cloth diapers too!! It's great to see you guys doing so well!!

  5. Oh, lovely photos of your baby. He looks like adorable and cute!


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