Please replace all baby toys with the pictured gifts that I really do want.
Sincerely your unsatisfied 10 month old costumer,
Josiah at 5 months has already lived up to his name and has been a blessing and agent of change for the good in our lives. He challenges us to be all that God wants us to be simply by his existence. As he grows, we grow and change and improve. I have no trouble believing he is five months old because I have soaked up every moment of goodness with him and let it saturate me with joy in his achievements.
I worked 12 hours on Josiah's 5 month birthday, so Bryan had to do the photo shoot. It was fun having him text me a few of the pictures while I was at work. He did a great job!
|photo shoot bloopers|
|big grin 5 months old shot|
|He didn't start out so chubby|
After I got off work, since it was Sunday, we went to Sunday night dinner at Dove Vivi, a gourmet pizza place on Glisan that makes delicious pizza's on corn bread crust. Yumm! I had fun with my coworkers passing Josiah around and eating tasty pizza. Josiah did really well. He fussed a bit when a stranger would hold him, but if he could see me or Bryan he could be calmed down without taking him away. When the pizza came, Josiah just sat on my knee sucking his pacifier and holding his swaddle blanket. He was sleepy, but he didn't fall asleep and he didn't fuss. He must be getting used to falling asleep on his own, not being put to sleep, so he didn't fuss much, he just sat there waiting to fall asleep. It was wonderful.
Here is a list of our favorites for Josiah at 5 months.
Here I describe them a video blog (vlog).
After we returned from Hawaii I began the quest for a night time diaper. I didn't want to have to change Josiah every time I fed him at night because he just got so mad and I felt it was an additional disturbance to his sleep. So, I did a lot of internet research and decided to try what I had first. So here is a video I made about my night time diaper hunt.
This worked for about a month and we started to get leaks again. Josiah's legs are just so chubby that things aren't fitting perfectly. Bryan also thought that since Josiah isn't sleeping though the night very well at all, and his troubles with shorter sleep cycles began around the time I started night time diapering that the two might be linked. (I think it's because we took him to Hawaii and brought him home and I started working that he never got his routine back and is just all screwed up from that.) He suggested trying something else for night time. In all my reasearch I decided what I wanted to buy if I got to buy supplies for night time diapering, so I showed Bryan and he was ok with the idea. We bought two fitted diapers from a shop on Etsy called SootheBaby and a couple of hemp inserts to boost the absorbency of what we were already doing.
The fitted diapers need a cover. I have the Thirsty's duo wrap covers that I was already using which I figured I would try. I think they are part of what is causing our current leaking problem so I don't have much faith that they'll work. I also saw in my research some stuff about wool covers that made me want to try one. They are just so expensive and we agreed to actually stick to a budget so we really can move to the country some day. The ones I want are 3 ply and therefore don't get you wet when you pick up a heavy wetting baby in the morning, but they are $26 plus shipping and are sized so they won't fit the whole time.
This morning I remembered I had this sweater in my fabric bins.
I was keeping it for an upcycle clothing project some day. I checked the tag and it is 100% lambs wool. I found a few tutorials on YouTube on how to make wool longies and shorties and how to lanolize your wool. I got to work around 5 this evening and here are the pictures of the results.
One single layer longie and one triple layer shortie. I can put the wool pants over the shortie in the winter, and when using the AC in the summer, to keep Josiah's legs warm ,or I can leave them off and still have good protection in warm weather!
I made the pants really big in hopes they will fit for another 6 months. the legs are double cuffed to fit.
Hurray for free! I even had everything I need to lanolize them, so they are hanging on my clothes line right now in hopes that they will be dry tomorrow evening for testing over the new fitted diapers. We are testing the one below tonight with a Thirsty's cover.
One other cloth diaper adventure we have had is the diaper bag. I was forever not bring my purse or not bringing the diaper bag because either I didn't want all the luggage or couldn't handle the two together, so in effort to improve, I bought a mom bag. See my video below.
This is all my recent cloth diaper adventures. I am sure there will be more to come as we try camping and backpacking this summer, and as Josiah continues to grow. I'm hoping his diapers will fit him until potty training, but at the rate he is growing now, I am not sure that they will.
|What are we doing at the start? Van 2 runners|
|Gordan, I think, is the man in blue, who was our first runner. He ran with the Speedy Turtles for the Hells Canyon Relay.|
|My first leg. I got the hand off from Savannah.|
|Happy because I just started|
|I am supposed to be in the background of this picture, but I ran behind the sign just in time to miss it.|
|All done with the first leg.|
|Nicole holding Josiah|
|the sunset at our first rest stop|
At our first rest area, I tried to sleep, but I just laid there for 1.5 hours. Christy woke us all up when she got a text saying that the last runner of the next van was out, but it turned out to mean he just started, not that he was 10 minutes away. So we had an extra hour waiting around for him to get there. No harm really because I don't think any of us were really asleep even though we were trying to be.
|Josiah sleeping though the sunset.|
|This is what Josiah wore to sleep in the field at the second sleeping spot. It's a long sleve onesie, an Columbia OmniHeat long sleeve shirt, some cotton pants, a fleece fubby, cashmere socks over wool socks, and a bunting. Bryan called him Ralfy.|
|Josiah and Remmy riding around in the back of the truck.|
|Christy running with Jason. (I think this is day one and just out of order.)|
|Spraying Calvin down on his last run.|
|Preparing for my last run by dousing my hair.|
|I decided it was too hot for a shirt. Who cares about baby fat, I just didn't want to melt.|
I think I slept a total of 3 hours from 6am friday until 6pm saturday. But I still liked it. Adding being a nursing mom to the mix of figuring out when to eat and drink before a run was a challenge, but my amazing husband just followed us around in the truck and dealt with everything. I just had to figure out when to feed Josiah to not have it land in the middle of running.