24 Weeks

So one quarter of prenatal yoga just finished this past week. The new quarter starts on April 1st, and I’m going to sign up, of course. It’s been so darn awesome being able to see everyone else get bigger and bigger as the 10 weeks go by. There have been a couple of ladies there that already gave birth in the last couple of weeks.

These days, I’ve been eating like a horse. Lots and lots of food. I eat a big meal, and then get hungry again in about an hour. Yesterday I think I had about 5 meals or something. I’m gaining the appropriate weight, so that’s good. Bean is kicking harder and it’s become visible now. I can actually see the kicks on my tummy. It’s the oddest feeling in the world. She also wakes me up at around 2am every night because she’s hungry or something, and it’s hard for me to get back to sleep. Some nights, I don’t get to sleep until about 3am, and then have to wake up in just 3 or 4 hours later. It’s not cool, yo.

Other than that, I’ve been feeling fantastic. Energy burst is here and it looks like it’s to stay for a while longer anyway. It’s so great. I’ve been working over time at work, and come home to just as much energy. The house is almost constantly clean. Woo!

I’m 24 weeks along today. Tummy photo updated for last week. Sorry it was so delayed!


Bean’s Room

This past week, while my brother and sister were in town, we began the baby’s room. First background color went in. Last Monday night, Dave and Sophie painted the first coat. On Friday morning, Sophie and Eddie painted the second coat. And now we’re done! Poor Tink (our cat) wanted to come in so badly, and she was so curious about what was going on in that room. It looks awesome. During the day time, the green looks a lot more astute and brighter — almost blindingly so. At night, it is perfect. We’ll have to get dark, thick curtains so it’’s not so bright during the day time.

Now, Dave and I are going to be working on designing the walls and then we’ll be drawing jungle animals on the walls. Then he and his family are gonna paint in the drawings and we’ll be done! We’re drawing a giraffe, a monkey, plants/lilies, a tree (for the monkey!), some vines, etc. That’s the gist of it. It’ll be hard work but it’s going to look so cool when it’’s done!

(The giant covered item in the middle of the room is all of Bean’s stuff right now — a toy chest, a bath tub, accessories/toys/clothes, etc.)


G-Diapers

I’ve been researching for baby/infant/toddler products that are eco-friendly, organic, and biodegradable. Lily Bean is going to be the most eco-friendly baby out there! One of the things that Dave and I have decided for our baby is to stay as much away from plastic as humanly possible, especially when it comes to toys and eating materials. This includes bottles, sucky cups, even plastic designs and logos on t-shirts and onesies. Not only are plastics less recyclable, they are also more dangerous as they tend to leak toxins into the baby’s mouth when the baby is sucking on it.

And we all know how much babies love to put things in their mouth. I’ll talk more about non-plastic bottles and utensils in another post.

Dave and I had this long talk about wanting to use either biodegradable, flushable, throw-away organic diapers that are safe for the environment and can even be used as compost, OR… cloth diapers. I thought that we”d have to stick to cloth diapers, as they are the most commonly used form of non-plastic diapers. However, Dave wasn’t really feeling the whole “let’s use lots and lots of water and have a stinky poopy house for a while” concept, so he asked that we look into biodegradable, disposable diapers. Lo and behold, after just a quick search on Google, I found G-Diapers. A single regularly branded diaper (such as Huggies, let’s say) takes approximately 500 years to decompose. Diapers are the 3rd largest filler of landfills in the whole world, yet only a meek 5% of us use them. Our babies can wear diapers well into their toddlerhoods, and with each one that gets changed and disposed of in the garbage, we”re contributing to land fills and wasting away the environment. It’s like decorating our earth walls with shit and plastic. That’s just not cool, yo.

gDiapers are not only biodegradable (takes less time to decompose), it is also extremely UNPLASTIC, and safe to use. The liner and the actual diaper pants are re-useable and washable, and the diaper itself is flushable. It decomposes immediately in the toilet. And if for whatever reason you don”t want to or can’t flush (due to an older, more stubborn toilet perhaps), you can simply toss it in the trash and it will still take a percentage of the 500 years to decompose since it is made from all organic and earthly materials with no plastic.

Plus, the awesome diaper pants come in all these beautiful, cute, pastel baby colors to hold the diapers. I’m entirely convinced. :D I strongly recommend them to you too. When we try them out with Bean, I’ll send you all a full, detailed report.