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Mon Jan 15, 2007 Miss Vicky 

You're probably wondering how we're faring here at the Finishing School. I think we're settling in quite nicely. The Webgeek has been back at work for a while, but works at home a day or two a week. I'll let him speak for himself about how he feels about that. Gordon and I are starting to settle into a bit of a routine, although we could use some advice from parents in the 'hood about things we can do (beyond walking up to Bridgehead) to get out of the house during the days. I'd love to hear about classes, playgroups, reading circles, excursion ideas, whatever.... and I'll post a summary of ideas in a couple of weeks.

So far our most regular gig is Mom and Baby Yoga at Rama Lotus. We've been regular attendees since before the holidays. Gordon likes the baby yoga part of it. I like that you get a bit of baby time and a bit of Mom yoga in as well, and the atmosphere is relaxed so you don't have to worry about fussing, nursing, changing, or whatever you need to do during the class. We do a lot of the yoga moves at home as well - it helps with the fussy moments.

Fortunately, we've been blessed with a pretty content baby, so there is usually a reason for the fussy moments. So far anyway.

Things change every day with a wee one, but we have had a couple of major transitions lately. The first was the transition to cloth diapering. G was too wee for the Extraordinary Baby Shoppe'sCloth diaper trial rental program, so we used disposables for the first couple of months, until he hit the magic 8 lb mark. We discovered a few things about disposable diapers....1) your baby is either a huggies baby or a pampers baby. If you use the wrong kind on them, bad things happen. Gordon is a pampers baby. 2) Disposables hold a lot of liquid. For some reason this disturbs me. 3) Your garbage output skyrockets once you start using them. It was stunning. And heavy! The Webgeek was on the fence about cloth diapering until he saw the amount of garbage we were putting out. I think he became even more motivated than I was!

The trial went well. You get a few different kinds of diapers to try out. A lot of folks thought we were nuts to opt for cloth - bad memories of sticky pins, awkward rubber pants, messy soaking rituals, I guess. But there are so many different types of diapers now, and many of them are as easy to use as disposables. Pins have been replaced by the ingenious Snappi or wrap cover with handy velcro or snap closures. We tried prefolds, fitted diapers and different pocket diapers, and opted for Fuzzibunz for our major investment. We also have some prefolds and wraps, thanks to a friend who has passed along her stash to us. And I found a Mom-run home business in Aylmer; her gorgeous fleece pocket diapers are really cosy. We've been putting one through a trial and plan to get a few more shortly. And that should do us for a while.

We have weathered the transition well. I had a bit of a scare when our dryer broke the day we were to take delivery of the trial diapers (we are currently saving for an upgrade from our 22-year-old washer and dryer). But the laundry has not been too onerous, there is no soaking ritual, Gordon finds them comfy and there have been few leaks or 'splosions. So far, so good! The other great thing is that for every person that thinks we're nuts there is one who uses cloth and has great advice, tips and tricks to offer.

Transition number two: moving Gordon from the moses basket bassinet to the crib, and from our room to the nursery. Thanks to a funky musical mobile and the Webgeek's super sleep-inducing techniques, it's going well. And it will be even better once I'm not lying awake listening for sounds from the baby monitor!

Actually, Gordon is starting to settle into a sleep routine. He is napping now in the daytime and moving away from the up-every-three-hours-to-feed pattern at night. And for this, Miss Vicky is very grateful.

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amckay Jan 15, 2007 07:46 PM said:

The experimental farm is a fun outing when in season.

Yes, the amount of liquid that a disposable can hold is quite disturbing.

brobinson Jan 16, 2007 07:50 AM said:

Rosemount Library has morning reading groups for various ages on various days. I believe Collected Works does as well. Does Hintonburg CC have a drop-in parent & tots group? Glebe CC does, with all kinds of riding toys for the toddlers to get crazy over. If Hintonburg doesn't have something like that, they should ...

liss76 Jan 16, 2007 08:21 AM said:

Hintonburg CC does, but I believe it starts at age 1.

I found there wasn't a whole lot for babies under that age in the neighbourhood when we had #1, so I resorted to the internet and found a yahoo group for Ottawa moms with a similar parenting style. A bunch of us formed a spin-off from the main list and started holding rotating playgroups until it became too difficult (as older children started school, etc). You might want to look into something like that.

There might be something at the gymnastics club and there is always swimming at Dovercourt!

liss76 Jan 16, 2007 08:26 AM said:

Oh, Kissaluvs size 0 were the best diaper we found for the first few months (until about 15lbs). Fuzzibunz didn't fit #1 right until he was about 30lbs, as he had monster thighs and a flat tummy. #2 was round all over, so they fit him by 4 months (he was about 22lbs at that point, I think, maybe a little more). Before that, I found we had a lot of leaks. The leg nap/waist snap combo was the hard part for fit for my guys.

Sugarpeas size 1 (if she still carries them) fit my guys until they hit 30lbs, despite only being ranked to 20lbs. They made a nice trim diaper for all those cloth diaper unfriendly cloths. ;o)

The Webgeek Jan 17, 2007 12:23 AM said:

In regards to the disposable diapers and water retention: I accidentaly put a disposable diaper in the washer with a load of laundry. The thing swelled up like a giant Elmo-emblazoned haggis. Poking at it was like poking at Jello without enough water added. It sort of felt like a water balloon filled with pudding (don't ask me how I know what that feels like -- misspent youth -- the kind I really shouldn't tell Gordon about) It really freaked me out.

In regards to the Wellington Drop in play group: We did bring Gordie to a session. We weren't the only ones with an infant and there were a few wee toddlers too.

adavidso Jan 22, 2007 08:25 AM said:

There is also Mothercraft on Evered, they have regular drop ins and have a French drop in on Tuesday morning. When Gordon is older, the gymnastics centre is great (as mentioned above) and plant pool is a nice activity for any age (just don't forget the swim diaper - check boomerang kids, they sell a kooshies one that has worked for us). We also enjoyed the Hintonburg drop in.

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