Going cloth.

Thanks to a generous donation from Lauren and baby Jane, we are now cloth diaperers.

Trying our new cloth diapers!

I wish I could say that we are trying to save the planet, but the truth is that disposables are just too expensive (if you get the nice ones, which are the only kind that don’t smell like chemicals).

Toesies.

Now that we’ve made the switch, though, I can’t get over how adorable her giant cloth-covered bum is. I want to keep her half-naked all day so I can admire it and the ever growing baby buddha belly.

Belly button.

This wish may come true, seeing that a lot of her 3-6 month clothes aren’t going to fit anymore. Aargh. The dresses are okay, but I’ll need some new t-shirts and loose pants.

Part of the problem is that the diapers are a wee bit big (medium Bummis covers and large prefolds), but she is over 14 pounds now and the chub accumulation shows no signs of slowing down.

Camilla at 13 weeks.

Which is fine with me. I do love a nice plump baby.

Camilla is getting stronger as well as fatter. She rolled over on the bed last week but hasn’t managed to repeat the trick since.

Just beginning to like being on her tummy.

I wish she would. I know she’ll have fun when she can scoot/crawl.

Stretching.

In the meantime, I guess we’ll just settle for sucking on our hands and drooling all over. (It seems that teething has decided to make an early appearance.)

Starting to teethe.

This has added a little extra fussiness to our days, but in between there are lots of happy times.

She makes new noises every day — it used to just be “agoo,” but now we’re hearing all manners of gurgles and squeals. And laughs, from time to time. Is there anything better than making your baby laugh?

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A cheap living room makeover.

Last week I was bitten by the decorating bug. In my spare time, I’ve been cruising design blogs, flipping through old issues of Domino (sniff), and scrutinizing our living room with an eye toward making some changes. Unfortunately, this comes at a time when there’s not a lot of spare cash to put toward home improvements. So, I decided to try moving the furniture around (a great free decorating trick!) and shop my linen closet instead.

My living room is small and has an awkward wall layout that is compounded by an air vent on the middle wall and a cable connection that can’t be moved.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take “before” photos until after I had already started moving things. So this looks a little cleaner/simpler than it actually was.

It wasn’t a terrible furniture arrangement, but everything felt sort of cramped all the time. Plus, I could only see the problem getting worse as more and more baby stuff migrates down the hall from her room into the living room.

Old apartment arrangement.

The couch had to stay where it was, but I pushed the two bookcases together to form a sort of library side to the room. We don’t even have that many books, but I feel like they are so distracting and un-simple looking….at least this way they’re all in one place. I sometimes half-heartedly consider covering them all in brown paper (but don’t worry, it will never happen).

The pillow cases have got to go...

I moved the reading chair next to the shelves and hung an unused Marimekko print behind it. It’s hard to see, but there’s a Japanese lantern overhead, my one new purchase. Moving the chair freed up space next to the tv that will probably eventually be filled by a toy bin or something of that nature.

New apartment arrangement.

The desk now takes the space right by the door. Maybe that will motivate me to keep it tidy! We sent the gigantic (and comfortable) leather office chair to school with husband. I miss sitting in it, but it didn’t fit into the desk opening and was thus always protruding into the room. Annoying. Those white cabinets on the right hold our cds, dvds and videos. We got them at Ikea and I love them so much — I can close and lock the doors so baby can’t get at everything when she starts to walk!

Probably should have emptied the waste basket!

The room isn’t “finished,” but I like it sooooo much better already. It makes me happy to see it, even during those middle-of-the-night nursing sessions. :) I’m now looking for a new area rug, a taller magazine shelf to go on the right side of the couch, and a picture to go above the entryway shelf (I’ll probably shop my closet for this). I’m making new pillow covers to replace the grey striped ones from some black and white Ikea fabric I already had that I’m painting with fabric inks. They’re not turning out quite like I had envisioned, but I think I’ll finish them anyway.

Marimekko fabric, Dwell studio pillow. 

I may also look for a new piece of art or fabric to go behind the chair. What do you think? Do you like the leaf?

I can’t sign off without posting some of the new baby cuteness that we’ve been seeing lately. Camilla is just now getting steady enough to give her new (used) Johnny Jump Up a try.

Not smiling, but not crying either.

I tried to catch her smiling, but she had this kind of worried look the whole time.

Careening in the jump-up.

It seemed to be a reasonably big hit for about five minutes, though, so I am looking forward to when she gets the hang of the whole “jumping” thing…for now, her feet stay in one place and she careens from one side to the other.

More fun with Jingle Pig.

Thank you, Lauren!

Beach, bath, bumbo, and bed.

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter B.

On Monday, husband and I took Camilla on her first visit to the beach. Unfortunately, it was a pretty hot day. Heat + bright sun + sand = cranky baby.

First dip in the ocean. 

We thought that a nice little dip in the water might improve matters.

Obviously, we were mistaken. Oops. I don’t think we’ll try the beach again for a while, unless it’s in the evening.

Not such a big hit.

Baths, on the other hand, are usually good clean fun.

Fresh from the bath.

In other news, sitting up gets a little less wobbly every day. Camilla is finally strong enough to spend a few minutes in the Bumbo (she falls over in the end).

Finally big enough for the Bumbo.

I’ve also started including her while I make the bed.

Making the bed.
Who knew it could be so fun?

(Special thanks to Rosina Mount for the amazing handknit sweater. I think of it as the Grandpa Cardigan — which is exactly what I wanted — and it looks soooooo cute. Thank you, Rosina!)

New developments.

When people told me, “They grow up so fast!” it used to annoy me, but now I think I know what they mean. It’s not that babies turn into toddlers in the blink of an eye — Camilla is still definitely a baby, but she’s not a newborn anymore. She seems to pick up a new skill or refine an old one almost every day, and she’s already outgrown the stages at which she couldn’t do this or that, leaving them forever in the dust.

For example, at about 8 weeks she began focussing her eyes really well and loving to just look at things. It made my life a lot easier when she realized that those little objects dangling above the bassinet are really cool. Cool enough that they can be stared at for five or ten minutes.

Now we like toys.

They’re also good for smiling at.

I felt like we had such a breakthrough the first day she became interested in toys, mostly for husband’s sake. He had been so looking forward to the day when she could play with him.

Now, a few shakes of Jingle Pig usually get her attention.

Jingle Pig!

I keep thinking that I will never forget these moments, but I know that I need to write them down for the sake of the next baby. I need to remember that the screamies mostly passed at about 6 weeks, leaving everyone much relieved. Sleeping settled into a pattern about then too (waking only 2 or 3 times a night), and Camilla started to lift her head and look around. By 8 weeks she loved toys and dangly things, and by 9 weeks being carried face forward — and riding in the stroller — was a big hit.

Now, at 10 weeks, her flailing is turning into grabbing and she will voraciously stuff a burp cloth into her mouth when hungry. Nursing is not the calm, peaceful activity that it used to be…I am a little sad about that. She certainly seems to be getting plenty to eat, though! She was over 12 lbs at her 8 (almost 9) week checkup, and we’re on the verge of being too big for those 0-3 month outfits.

In light of all these new developments, perhaps you will forgive me for being such a bad blogger (and for talking about nothing but the baby). We’ve taken a ton of photos that I still need to post, but I haven’t wanted to take the time. When I do sit down at the computer, I’m mostly looking for inspiration for new projects. I have some ideas for our little apartment (which I kind of gave up on for a while) and for a few baby clothes I want to sew. Oh, and I picked up a pen last night and did some drawing for the first time in ages. It’s not very easy for me to draw and nurse at the same time, unfortunately, but I’m trying to refine my technique.

Now that husband is back at school and I’m on my own all day, I’m looking for the right balance between baby care, housework, cooking, seeing friends, getting out, and working on my own projects. One of the great fallacies about stay-at-home motherhood is that you have all this time on your hands. Hah! Rather, you have to cleverly scheme so that you fit the baby into as many projects as possible and pounce on the other ones as soon as she goes to sleep.

Hpoefully I will get cleverer and cleverer as we go along.