Archive for January 2013

21 Months Old   1 comment

I wasn’t going to do a blog entry for 21 months old. Millie isn’t changing drastically from month to month anymore. This past month, she didn’t learn any exciting new skill (although she is perfecting the foot-stomping-tantrum). Instead, life with a 21 month old is pretty much the same from day to day. We get up, eat breakfast (IMMEDIATELY— Millie always wakes up hungry), play (as in, get out TONS of toys, put them all over the floor, and then go get more), nap, eat, play, nap, eat, play, go to bed. It doesn’t sound like much, right? Kind of boring? NOPE. It is exhilarating. We love watching 21 month old Millie react to her environment. She loves to run from her bedroom to the living room and back, giggling all the way. She loves to give hugs and kisses. She likes open all of the cabinets on her toy kitchen and “rearrange” the contents. She pretends to be mommy to her baby dolls, then tosses them aside so that she can bug our dog and dance to whatever music Daddy has playing. She loves  to snack on fruit, animal crackers, and dog food (seriously, she loves dog food). She likes to talk on the phone (just jibber-jabber/ she’s still not saying many real words). She is nosy! She can be whiny. She can be ROTTEN. She is wonderful. And, seriously, she’s pretty darn adorable.Image 

Posted January 31, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

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Cloth Diapers   2 comments

Thought I’d share a quick update on the cloth diaper front. We have been using cloth diapers for evenings and weekends for a couple of weeks now and it’s going GREAT. It’s probably too early for a real “review” so I’ll call this my first impressions of cloth diapering. We have a total of 18 cloth diapers:

  • 12 prefolds and 3 covers (Econobum)— these are “old school” cloth diapers that include a rectangular cotton diaper that can be folded in multiple ways. Since it’s just cotton, the cover is needed to make it waterproof. You can reuse the cover for multiple wet diapers (just wipe it off and put it back on). I bought these because they were cheap (less than $50 for 12 diapers!!), but as soon as I got them, I was nervous about using them. I was worried they would be inconvenient or ineffective, but so far these have been great. I just trifold the diaper, lay it in the cover, and then snap the cover. They are bulkier than a disposable diaper, but since Millie is tiny, it’s actually helped her pants to fit better. 
  • 4 pocket diapers (BumGenius 4.0)— These diapers are very popular and it’s easy to see why. They are pretty much just as easy as a disposable diaper (once the pocket has been stuffed). They fit Millie very well and we have been using these as our overnight diapers with no leaks (I use a one size insert with a extra newborn insert— each diaper came with one of each). Plus, they dry quickly. I love these diapers.
  • 2 AIO diapers (BumGenius Freetime)— These are the “easiest” cloth diapers you can get. Nothing to fold, no pockets to stuff. Just a reusable diaper that goes on like a disposable. They are very convenient, but they require a longer dry-time than the other styles we have.

So far, I am loving cloth. Millie has not had a diaper rash since we made the switch. (I also switched to cloth wipes and some DIY disposable wipes made from paper towels— I think this has made a big difference in her rash situation too). I haven’t talked to our sitter about using cloth yet. I wanted to have a trial period first to check things out. I still have a lot to learn about cloth (like do we need a diaper sprayer? so far we’ve been doing ok without one; how can i fold a prefold to best hold poop? we’ve never had a leak on clothes, but the cover has been a victim every time; if I cloth diaper a newborn when we have another baby someday, will my stash of 18 diapers be enough?; can I travel and still use cloth?) but I have a lot of resources (my sister in law, an old friend who offered to get together to talk cloth, a church friend whose 18 month old son has been cloth diapered from the beginning, and a friend who is just starting out like me). Nate says I think too much about diapers. He’s probably right, but I wish I would have done this much thinking and research before I had Mils. I thought about cloth diapering then, but quickly brushed the idea aside since I was sure I wouldn’t have time to do it with a full time job. I wish I would have thought about night/weekend cloth diapering then— we would have saved a ton even if you include the cost of buying diapers for the sitter. Oh well. Live and learn.

Posted January 20, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

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Bad Butt   4 comments

Millie is 20 months old. She is in this weird stage where she’s to old to really be considered a baby, but she’s too babyish to be considered a big kid. It’s crazy. She “talks” all the time, but I have no clue what she’s saying. She has started pretending (it’s so cute to see her play with her kitchen set, stirring and putting things in the little microwave) but still doesn’t quite catch the concept of putting away toys. And then it comes to, ahem, bathroom topics. She eats big girl food and thus has what can be described as big girl poops, but she has yet to show any interest in potty training. The combination of big girl poops and diapers leads to bad butt (diaper rash). Poor Millie has sensitive skin and is very prone to diaper rash. It is pitiful. We are going through Butt Paste around here! So, it’s got me thinking. How can I prevent bad butt? Potty training would be ideal, but we’re just not there yet. Keep investing in tubes and tubes of Butt Paste? It’s a possibility. Switch to cloth diapers? Hmmmm…. maybe. Is 20 months too old to start cloth diapering? Nate and I plan to have another baby someday so I could use cloth diapers on future baby too. I really wanted to cloth diaper Millie, but I did not think that I could do initially while working full time. Now, I’m thinking I could do it at least part-time. And if it would help with her diaper rash, it would be worth it to look into. Any thoughts out there? Cloth diaper lovers? Haters? Let me hear it.

Posted January 5, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

Happy New Year!   Leave a comment

Happy 2013, everyone! It’s hard to believe 2012 is over and done, but it must be true because my PTO allowance is no longer at zero (one of my favorite things about the new year). Here are some highlights from 2012:

  • Millie was, of course, a HUGE blessing last year. She learned how to crawl, turned 1, learned how to walk, started talking, and basically was our pride and joy every single day. So far, 2013 looks to be more of the same in that category.
  • Nate started his Master’s program! He even had straight A’s last semester. Not too shabby for a guy whose also working full time, is an awesome and involved dad and husband, and involved in our church. Millie and I are so proud of him!
  • We welcomed a new family member— Matteo Anthony, my twin sister’s sweet baby boy, arrived in October. Nate, Millie and I enjoyed a visit to Arizona in November where we got to meet this very loved little guy.
  • December 1, 2012 was our 5th wedding anniversary. Year #5 was tough at times, but proved to be amazing. God used some challenges to really bring us together and I have NEVER loved Nate more than I do now after 5 years and 1 month of marriage.

So, what does 2013 have in store for the Keyse family? More school for Nate, more fun for Millie, some home improvement projects, and, hopefully, some more work/life balance for Julie. Unfortunately, blogging more is not high on my list of priorities, but I will try to keep you updated if/when any “big stuff” happens.

Posted January 2, 2013 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized