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nobody told me how much laundry i would have to do as a new mom… this is only like 2 days worth of laundry — i think it was 4 loads total.


laundry for me + laundry or hubby + laundry for baby + extra laundry for me that baby spit up on + many many burp cloths.

in a given day, i usually go though a few burping-clothing-protectors and at least one shirt.  i dont know why i dont just safety pin a cloth on my shoulder at all times, it really would probably save me a lot of time and effort.

speaking of burping cloths, Bella Boo Boo has a bit of reflux, so she spits up all the time.  the standard itty bitty terry burp cloths that are sold do not do the trick.  i love you Babies R Us, but these babies are too small for Bella.


they are so small, you can barely even see them on the computer.  so, if baby has lots of reflux, i recommend either using receiving blankets (you can never have too many of those, they come in handy for soooo many things.  receiving blankets and washcloths) or cloth diapers.  if they’re good enough for diapers, they’ll hold plenty of spit.  that was my mama’s secret.  but Gerber must have already heard the secret, because they make these beauties that double as burp cloths and cloth diapers… and they come in pretty colors.  where were these when i was registering?




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That's spit up on my shoulder

Little Bella has had her share of colicky episodes so far, and with the doctor’s suggestion to use Mylicon to reduce her gassiness — things have been looking up. Everything was looking up — she was less gassy — which led to less crying. But in the last couple of days her spit up has been gradually increasing to full on vomit. Today was probably the most worrisome day we’ve had in the last 8 weeks of her little bitty life.

At first, she didn’t appear to be very concerned.. she was a little fussy and then, blah. Blah all over my chest. She seemed to settle down, smile at herself in the mirror and then all of a sudden blahhhh again. All over my freshly cleaned chest. Within the next hour, I washed off at least three times outside of two t-shirt changes. Whoaa, Bella. But still, she seemed contented.

I leafed through my library of baby books… told me not to be alarmed (yet) and to try and feed her for about five minutes every two hours. But she kept spitting up, and I grew increasingly worried/frustrated/tearful/sad/you know the deal.

And then the poor dear started getting hungry and crying more beause of it. Four and a half hours later I am in freak-out-time-to-call-the-doctor-mode. Improperly timed, of course, at 9 pm Sunday night. The nurse puts me on a Pedialyte feeding schedule every five minutes for four hours.

It has worn both of us out. She only stayed awake for about 2.5 hours before knocking herself out. Not sure whether to wake her… I’m sure she’s much happier now in her deep slumber.

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Crazy Cat

This is Gabby (also affectionately known as Gabarella or Gaberini). My sweet sweet girl.  I’m not a cat person, really I’m not… I only like about fifty percent of the cats that I meet. But, Gabby is a different story. We love each other. The second day I had her after I adopted her, she slept right next to me on my bed. She’s totally sweet and she loves attention — she likes to follow me around and compete with my attention.

Enter… my even sweeter girl.

Though we haven’t officially met yet (5 weeks til d-day to go!), little Isabella obviously trumps my sweet, sweet Gabby. During these last nine months, I’ve heard a lot of rumors about how cats like to crawl up to babies, nuzzle them, and proceed to try to suck the life out of them. These crazy rumors totally sounded like obviously errant old wives’ tales to me — but, to put my fiance’s mind at ease, I did a little research to verify.

Obviously, as with any other pet (or odd family member), precautions must be taken to make sure your newborn is completely safe. Experts recommend that when you first get home, you make sure to greet (rather than ignore) your fantastic feline, and introduce her to the new smells of the baby by letting her smell a receiving blanket, or some other linen. Also, make sure not to allow cat to get into the crib, just to keep the little ones safe. The ASPCA has a great article about being a cat mama when you’re expecting and when baby comes home.

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