Quick Takes: Eww Edition

I haven’t done one of these in a while, and gosh do I miss the brain dumping. I mean, the sharing of short but amusing anecdotes.

Linking up with Jen.


Baby’s first stomach flu! Aww. I’m thinking we don’t need to commemorate this one in the scrapbook. I will save you any and all details, so this post as been rated AREL: Appropriate to Read while Eating Lunch.

She started feeling poorly on Wednesday afternoon, was completely fine that night (and slept for 7 1/2 hours straight – the longest stretch of sleep in her LIFE), and then things started up again yesterday afternoon. We took her to the pediatrician, who declared that it’s just the stomach bug that’s going around, and that Natalie is handling it “really well.” And she is. This kid has an iron-clad immune system, and by that I mean she spends 90% of her time with me in the house and not with a dozen other adorable little germ incubators in daycare.


Remember how chill I was about not setting any goals or resolutions this year, just being present and effortlessly cool about my utter lack of direction in life? Uh, yeah. About that. NOT WORKING SO MUCH FOR ME.

And so I would like to prepare you now for the onslaught of posts coming next week about goal setting and life vision and One Direction. Scratch that. New direction.


I know exactly what you’re thinking: you’d really like to talk some more about bodily fluids. OK FINE.

As you may or may not be aware, we cloth diaper Natalie and have done so since the first day she was born. It has all been working swimmingly, except for the past month or two when we’ve had some serious night leaking problems. I have tried every single solution I could think of on my own, and/or found on a cloth diaper message board (that’s a thing! now you know.) I even engaged in a three-week long email battle with a cloth diaper company that presumably makes the holy grail diaper of nighttime diapering (TL;DR: they sent me the wrong size diaper and took foooooreeeeeeeveeeeer to send me the right one) that I was CERTAIN would solve all my problems.

It didn’t. Natalie hated it.

And so I flew my white flag high and purchased the smallest box of overnight Pampers I could find. Will and I inspected the wafer-thin diapers with some concern. How are these supposed to hold anything, let alone Natalie’s nighttime output? But I was so very, very tired of twice-nightly diaper changes that I was willing to give it a go.

And you know what? They work pretty well. She is still waking up two or three times a night, but we are indeed able to go 12 hours without a diaper change. Doesn’t mean I don’t despise them. They smell all chemical-y and I find the warning on the side of the box about “a gel-like substance that may appear on your baby” to be a bit concerning. (It’s totes fine and dandy! Just don’t let your baby eat it or they might swell up like a life raft, since that’s what these diapers were made to do.) But they are keeping her comfortable and dry all night and so I am 100% willing to keep using them.

Favorite Pampers moment: Will putting it on Natalie for the first time and flinging up his hands in exasperation, sighing that he didn’t understand how it worked. Dude can stuff a pocket diaper in the dark in two seconds flat and velcro it to a squirmy baby with his eyes closed, but was baffled by a disposable diaper. God do I love that man.


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Those wrist creases. ‘Nuff said.


Related to #4, Natalie had her six-month checkup this week. Homegirl now weighs 21 pounds, which explains my killer guns and string of knots all up and down my back and in my shoulders. 100th percentile, yo.

I was very, very nervous about this appointment because of how gutted I felt by the pediatrician at the last one. I was ready for battle but pleasantly surprised to find the doctor on our side, and left the office for the first time in months without feeling like my parenting was being questioned by a medical professional.

Despite getting four shots and having to drink the Rotovirus vaccine, Natalie was in very good spirits. She wailed while getting the shots (c’mon, four shots in two minutes? I’d cry, too). But I picked her up the second it was over and those tears dried right up. By the time we made it out to the car I’m pretty sure she’d forgotten the entire ordeal, and chattered quietly to herself the whole ride home.


Will was traveling for work last week and so I invited myself over to my grandmother’s house for the night. Natalie had an insane sleep regression while we were there and was up every ninety minutes to two hours, with paltry 30-minute naps. Apparently the trade-off to not being alone was not sleeping.

I think the pack ‘n play was the culprit. Compared to Natalie’s crib mattress, the pack ‘n play “mattress” is like putting a sheet of paper on the floor and saying, “ok, there you go, sleep tight!” When I finally smartened up and actually put her in the bed, she napped for over an hour.

We’re planning a trip to visit my parents in TN sometime this spring, so I’m very glad I discovered that fun little fact about the pack ‘n play on a single overnight stay, rather than a week-long visit. If you have any recommendations for comfortable travel cribs, please please please hit me up in the comments. I’m also willing to buy something and have it sent to TN, so it doesn’t have to travel with us.

Anywho, of course I used some of my time to get my craft on. Here’s a picture of an old lady working on a project, and her two grandmothers.

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We sleep trained Natalie and it was the hardest and best thing I’ve ever done. More to come about sleep training but right now it’s a thousand-word rant? Manifesto? Missive? that is in need of some serious editing before I can let it loose into the world.


Happy happy Friday, all.

37 Responses to Quick Takes: Eww Edition

  1. Deirdre February 10, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    We had the worst time sleep training my son. I am so glad you worked it out for your family. My guy just never wanted to sleep.

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Deirdre! It’s so tough, and the only thing that is clear to me from talking to so many other moms is that all babies are different and that I can’t expect miracles based on what worked for other families. Hopefully you’re getting some more sleep now that your son is a little older!

  2. Susie (The Esthetic Goddess) February 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    It has been many many years since I had a child in diapers and reading this really brings back a lot of memories! There truly is nothing worse then a little one with the stomach flu and the can’t tell you when they are going to be sick.

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:33 am #

      Haha, so happy to take you on the trip down memory lane – but my apologies for making you reminisce about stomach flus of days past :) The fact that she couldn’t give me any warning was definitely the worst part. I’m not in any rush for her to grow up but that’s one definite advantage that an older, talking, child has!

  3. Allison B February 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    People think I’m nuts but I’ll take the stomach flu over a cold or strep throat any day. It’s done so fast which makes up for the nastiness that ensues while the flu is there.

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      We’ve been lucky that Natalie has been so healthy, but I think you’re right. Anything that’s drawn-out is awful!

  4. Albion February 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    My baby was six months old on Monday. :) I successfully cloth diapered my first two babies, but have used disposables for my last two. I still feel guilty over it and have three bins stuffed with fluff that I can’t bring myself to get rid of even though they aren’t being used. Also, finding that pediatrician that’s on the same page as you is huuuuuge. I’ve unfortunately just needed to switch practices because I was so unhappy. #SITSBlogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      Happy half birthday to your baby! Overall I am so, so happy with the cloth diapers but it’s so easy with just one – with three other munchkins underfoot, I don’t know how you’d have the time to do the laundry! Disposables are definitely easier.

  5. Carrie February 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    Dr. Ferber, the creator of sleep training, has now spoken out against sleep training because of the potentially harmful effects it has on the adult-child bond. I urge you to respond to your baby’s cries, breastfeed on demand throughout the night, and build a life-long trusting relationship with your child. She cries at night to feel the safety of your warmth. Don’t leave her feeling abandoned.

  6. Andrea February 12, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    Too funny about your husband and the disposable diaper. :-) Looking forward to hearing about your experience with sleep training.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

      Thanks, Andrea! I definitely need to get that post about sleep training up. When I was frantically googling for any and all information about it, it was sometimes hard to find, I don’t know, balanced info. So part of what I’m writing about is resources that are kind of in between “YOU ARE RUINING YOUR BABY” and “you need to make your baby bend to your will the minute they are born!” So…hopefully it’ll be helpful!

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