5 Crucial Differences Between First and Third Baby

5 crucial difference between first and third baby

When I had my oldest, I was the painfully typical first time mom: the over whelming pictures, the 16 times a day Facebook updates (with such gripping headlines as: “guess who pooped 3 times today?!”), the calling the whole family because he giggled in his sleep… it was bad. With my third, he got a “1 month old” post and that’s been about it. But that’s not just how they’re early weeks and months were different:

  1. The Doctor: With my first, I had our pediatrician on speed dial. I’m pretty sure I called once a night for about a month. He hiccuped: “is there something wrong!?” I’m shocked they didn’t block my number! My poor third son… he’s lucky if we even GET to the pediatrician’s office in time for his appointment!
  2. Feeding: I could tell you down to the second how long my firstborn nursed on each side, which side he nursed from last, and if he was having regular poos after nursing. I had a handy list (yes, a physical list) of foods that increased milk supply, decreased supply, made the baby sensitive so he wouldn’t eat, that I carried with me when I went food shopping or eating at a restaurant. My third son nurses well and often… but ask me how long he nursed and my answer will always be “…for a while.”
  3. “How old is your baby?”: Firstborn: “6 weeks 2 days 6 hours and 32 minutes.” Third: “…he’s…. oh! going to be 5, no, 6 weeks this Saturday.”
  4. Sleeping: I woke up my oldest every 3 hours at the recommendation of my pediatrician (who, after telling me that, I’m SURE has never had children). He was sleep deprived, I was sleep deprived… I don’t remember so much of his early weeks and months because of how tired I was. With my third, he sleeps when he sleeps, and I feed him when he wakes up. *breathe in, breathe out* So much easier!
  5. Clothes: First: “Oh no! There’s a drop of milk on the white onesie! Time for an outfit change!” Third: “There’s only a little poop on this one… it’s fine. We only have a few more errands to run. Then he can be naked all day.”

While my third son doesn’t have each and every milestone marked down and shouted to the whole world, he does have a much less neurotic mom who is able to just enjoy each day as it comes!

How are your oldest and youngest babies different? I’d love to hear about it!

Jacks and Mike w watermark

Hearts and Bubbles!

-Caroline

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Cloth diaper {frugality} 101

Cloth diaper

Being cheap and crunchy doesn’t really make using disposable diapers easy. I beat myself up for not being able to spend $20 per diaper for 20 or more diapers. We lived paycheck-to-paycheck and saving any mount of money was almost impossible.

I saw this picture on Facebook and I knew that I had to make cloth diapering a reality in my home:

Picture

http://www.the-giggling-green-bean.com

I found a deal on Zulilly where diapers were $9 each and I bought 4 just to see if it was something that I could even stomach. So $40 (after shipping) and I was ready to start cloth diapering for my 1 year old.

Within a week, I loved them… but the washing them every day… not so much. So I ordered another 10 diapers at $9 each from Zulilly. It was so much easier than I expected! Just flush poo, put diaper and liner in diaper pail, wash all diapers when pail is full. Boom. That easy.

When the sale on Zulilly was over, I knew I needed to find more diapers and fast; we just found out we were expecting again which meant that we’d have 2 under 2 in diapers. I shot over to my usual go-to: Amazon. I have a Prime membership and I like to squeeze as much out of that free shipping as I can (I’m pretty sure I paid for my Prime membership within a month in the free shipping it saved me).

I quickly found the usual big-brand diapers that were out of my budget and became discouraged… until I found some off-brand diapers that were 6 diapers for $30! What?! $5 a diaper!? And all good reviews!? I’ll take 2!

I was confident that they wouldn’t last any longer than a month, but it’s been almost a year and those cheap $5 diapers from Amazon have lasted better than the $9 from Zulilly! I ordered another 2 packs once our youngest was born, and I might even order one more in the coming weeks.

Bottom line here: You don’t need to spend $400+ on 20 diapers in order to cloth diaper your children!

$126 for 14 diapers from Zulilly, $15 for a diaper trashcan, $15 for a diaper trashcan bag, and $120 for 4 packs of the Amazon diapers (each pack had an on-the-go wet bag included) brings my up-front cost for cloth diapering to $276 for 38 diapers! I love my cloth diapers and I’m never going back to disposables!

Have you found a less expensive way to get cloth diapers? I’d love to hear about it!

Hello world!

Thank you for stopping by my blog! 

My name is Caroline. I live in cow country in Central Pennsylvania. I am a Christian mother to my three beautiful sons and the wife to an amazing husband! You could call us “crunchy” or “hippies” and you wouldn’t be wrong; we cook at home, eat local, skip the preservatives, make our own toothpaste, and are learning how to fix a house into a home!

Why a blog?

I started this blog because I was the kind of person who though that once I got married, things that wives do would just come naturally to me. I was so wrong. I came back from my honeymoon and stood in my kitchen with my brand new apron on and just stared blankly at my stove. I expected to just know how to cook gourmet meals because I was married! Much to my surprise, the same thing happened with cleaning the house and taking care of the baby; it was not instinctual and I was unprepared.

I’m hoping to help other young wives in the same situation to learn and grow!

I’d love to hear from you with ideas, feedback, etc.! 

Hearts & bubbles,

Caroline

cowcountryhousewife@gmail.com