Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay. We’ve had some fun stuff happen, and a lot of busy days overall.
First off, I wanted to tell you that even though we missed Gryff’s 4-week weigh in, we did manage to get him in on 6/5 for his one-month weigh in at Bosom Buddies. They were super nice and helpful, and let us use their scale without pestering us or anything. Gryff weighed in at 11 lbs 1 oz! Actually, he weighed 11 lbs 4 oz with his onesie and diaper on, but they were about to close and he was hungry so we didn’t feel like taking the time to get him naked for a proper weight. However, because I’m me, and I’m a firm believer in the Quantified Baby, when we got him home I stripped him down, put him in a new diaper and onesie, and weighed the ones he’d been wearing on our kitchen scale. They came in at 3.0 oz, therefore he weighed 11 lbs 1 oz.
Again, because I’m me, I decided to start tracking his weights on the WHO growth chart. Looks like he’s staying pretty well on track in the 75th-80th percentile for weight by age.
Unfortunately we haven’t been able to get any good length measurements on him, so well have to wait for his 2-month pediatrician appointment for that. I think we can manage, though. It’s only a little over two weeks away now. How crazy is that? Little dude is already almost to his six week mark, and that’s when things get nuts. He should be good to go, immune-wise, to be out in public and all, so we’ll be able to take him to the farmer’s market or the grocery store or whatever else. We’re so excited!
We’ve also had an opportunity to try the Pampers wipes again, after having tried the Kirkland and the Huggies, and I really can’t stand the Pampers ones anymore. There’s something about their texture that makes them almost slippery and tough to use. We like Huggies the best, followed pretty closely by Kirkland. And we’re ordering another batch of cloth wipes so we don’t even have to deal with all the disposable wipes quite so much anymore.
We’re also going to order some of their XL cloth diapers. They’re supposed to be for toddlers, but we find ourselves using his cloth prefolds for a lot of stuff other than actual diapering. Having a few giant-sized ones would be super handy. I’m thinking they may end up being used primarily for sleeping, or for changing table pads.
Here’s the deal. We have some “absorbent” pads from Target, in both small size and large size. They don’t absorb for crap. Liquids bead up on them and run all over. They are, however, totally waterproof which is really nice to avoid anything soaking through to a mattress or a couch. So our cobbled-together fix has been to use one of those pads with a cloth diaper on top of it. That way, we have something absorbent to catch the liquid, but anything that soaks through or leaks around doesn’t necessitate a sheet change. At most, it requires a quick swap of the prefold and pad, which is way fast and easy to do, even one-handed. For our bed, since Gryff sleeps with us, we had to find a solution to keeping him from leaking through to the mattress. A waterproof mattress pad was our first idea, but that would still mean that we’d have to change and wash the mattress pad every time he leaked. My mom suggested that we put one of the large pads down and put him on top of it. We tried that, but they don’t breathe at all and both Gryff and Jenna got super hot and sweaty when they tried to sleep on it. So now what we do is to put the pad under the sheet (but over the mattress pad), and put some prefolds over top of it, to make him a little absorbent bed. Sounds like a lot, but it’s actually the easiest thing we’ve come up with. We’ve been using four of his infant-size prefolds to make the little bed, but that makes them go really quickly. So we’re ordering the giant ones, and I’m hoping just one will work for the same task for the time being. Maybe two, but that’s still much better than four, especially since he’s now big enough that we can use the yellow ones as actual diapers. Now that he’s out of the orange ones, I think those may take over as our primary burp cloths. They’re so much more absorbent than the Gerber ones we got from Target. They’re okay, but just don’t hold a candle to the GMDs.
And now, I bring you a picture of Gryff in his swing, looking at dangle-birds.
That’s my boy. You look at those birds. You look at the heck out of them.
Thanks for reading, everyone. Back soon with more updates and pictures.