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.
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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