Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July Garden

This garden is out of control!

View from one end of the garden.
Note to self: Buy taller tomato stakes for next year.

View from the other end.
All that green stuff? Veggie plants!

I'm learning a lot this year. I had no idea what a broccoli plant would look like.

My beautiful basil. I have four gorgeous rows of this stuff!

Note to self #2: I don't need two zucchini plants. The worst part is that my neighbors on both sides are also growing zucchini so I can't pawn it off very easily this year. Any recipe ideas?

Purple beans. They will turn green when cooked. Yummy!

All the tomato plants (9) are loaded with green tomatoes. I noticed one lone red one the other day...pretty soon we'll have more tomatoes than I know what to do with!

Want any radishes? Seriously. Please take them. I had never tasted a radish before growing them and turns out they're pretty nasty :). I have four long rows of these guys popping out of the ground.

Some of the cucumber plants. No cukes yet, though!

This is what a baby asparagus plant looks like. I had no idea what to expect. There are five growing happily...and one whose fragile leaves were all plucked off by a little toddler I know.

Rhubarb. I learned that if it grows a weird flower, you're supposed to cut that off ASAP.

Claire loves to visit the all-you-can-eat raspberry buffet every night after dinner.

Believe it or not, the yellow variety are sweeter than the red ones! I think I'll make some raspberry ice cream with our next harvest.

How is your garden doing?

Kid Pictures

It turns out that having two kids is a lot of work. I never imagined that being a stay at home mom would keep me this busy 24 hours a day. The house is trashed, laundry is piling up, and don't get me started on running errands with two...but I love it, of course. Here are some new pictures of my little sweeties:

Bedhead and her first bug bite.

This kid is huuuuuge. He was already 12.6 pounds (99th percentile) at his 1 month well baby visit. His doctor reassured me that exclusively breastfed babies can't get "fat", so I don't need to worry about childhood obesity yet :).

Poor kid has a hard time sleeping at night. Well, he sleeps well between feedings, but we're having a couple little issues. His longest stretch between meals is only 4 hours. He typically eats around 10 pm, 2 am, 5 am, and then mysteriously wakes again at 6 am., still tired and not hungry but unable to fall asleep for the next couple hours. I think it's the sun. I'll be putting thick blankets over his curtains tonight!

Claire helps Liam with his "tummy time". She always makes MommyMom (her stuffed bunny) lie on her tummy next to Liam. She loves being a big sis!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Quick Cloth Diaper Update

Most of you probably won't care about this, but I feel like I should post a quick update on how the cloth diapers are working out for us. I was thrilled about them last time I mentioned it, but we have had a few problems since then and I don't want anyone to take my earlier recommendations without knowing the whole story.

After a couple months without problems, Claire's Flips started leaking about one or two times per week. Also, even when they didn't leak, her diapers often smelled of urine because the insert would be soaked through to the cover (Nick would say "She smells like a New York subway!"). I finally realized that the manufacturer recommends to use two cloth inserts for toddlers, and I had been only using one. Once I started with two, we didn't have any more leaks. This is something to keep in mind because you may need to purchase twice as many inserts with this system once your baby grows into toddlerhood.

There has been another problem with all of the different brands and styles that I've tried (I purchased some one-size pocket style diapers in addition to the Flips). Claire has very sensitive skin, and the waterproof outer covers rub against her upper thighs, irritating her skin quite a bit. I can't think of any solution to this other than perhaps putting cotton panties on over the diaper. However, we've stopped using the cloth diapers altogether for now in an attempt to simplify my life while Liam is in the newborn stage. I will probably continue using disposables until Claire potty trains, hopefully within the next couple months. I'll try using the cloth diapers on Baby Liam once he is about 3 months old and no longer going through a million diapers a day. Hopefully the covers do not irritate his skin like they did for Claire.

There's a possibility that this has been a failed experiment and a waste of money. I really didn't mind washing them -- I had a good routine going -- but the main problem was the cover rubbing against Claire's skin. I hadn't read about that happening on any forums while I was researching the topic, so I would imagine that most babies don't have that problem.

Have any of you tried cloth diapers? What did you think?