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Another great weekend with our cub!  The highight: our Lil Z got his first tooth!  In typical Lil Z-Bear fashion, he went to bed happy as a clam on Friday night and woke up smiling with a gorgeous white tooth on his lower gumline.  We are absolutely infatuated with his new smile, but it has been hard to get a good picture of it yet.  We’ve heard that once a tooth comes, they keep on coming.  Here’s hoping the rest are as easy as the first one!


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Our lil guy is getting so big, he doesn't even want to sit in his carseat 🙂

We have a lovely night time routine.  Lil Z-Bear gets a bath, gets dressed in a pair of cozy pajamas, I hold him and walk around the house with the lights turned low, and if he is in a good mood we sit down and read a book.  Goodnight Moon has been our favorite for some time (there is an unspoken genius to the pages ‘Good night nobody, Good night mush’) but lately he has been favoring Guess how much I love you.  I think he likes the pictures of the hare hopping around.  Then he does the magic move – he rubs his eyes and nose and I know it is time for bed.  I lay him down in his Sleep Sack, turn on his Sleep Sheep and also his Glow Seahorse.  After a few more words of encouragement, a prayer, and a few rubs of his belly, I turn on his Turtle and walk out.  I don’t stand around to wait for him to fall asleep because if I am in the room he continues to smile at me and fights sleep. 

His crib looks so cozy that I fight the urge to climb in with him and fall asleep next to him.  But we have never been co-sleepers.  Not because as parents we didn’t want him to sleep with us, but because he prefers to sleep alone.  When our little cub was a wee little thing, he would sleep in the bassinet in our room next to our bed.  This way when he would wake up every two to three hours for his feeding, he was right there at arm’s reach.  But if I ever brought him in the bed next to us, he would fuss and not fall asleep.  He just liked his own space.  In the day time he took his naps in his room in the crib and at night we brought him into our room.  Then one night it was time for bed and he hadn’t woken up from his nap in his crib.  So we brought the baby monitor into our room and fell asleep knowing he would be waking us up soon.  We woke up 6 glorious hours later to his cries (the longest he had ever slept at night at the time) and we were surprised he had slept so long.  Then we discovered a pattern, he slept longer in his crib in his room at night than in his bassinet next to us.  So, although as a mama I sniffled a little that he was growing up, we permanently moved him to his own room.

I love reading about other mamas who enjoy the benefits of co-sleeping, but alas, it just isn’t for us.  Not because we willed it so, but because our little guy likes his independence and he doesn’t like to share a sleeping space!

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I used to be very by-the-book on what solids to feed Lil Z-Bear.  He started with a little bit of rice cereal at around 4 months, and then around 6 months we introduced bananas, sweet potatoes and butternut squash.  We slowly kept building his repertoire with single ingredient mashed and strained fruits and veggies (although I did add spices to his food early on).  I waited longer than the required 3 days between new foods, and every time he ate something new a part of me felt nervous.  At 8 months now, I have stopped being so cautious.  Because Lil Z wants to eat whatever we are eating.  So instead of letting a chart decide what is and isn’t ok for him, I am letting him lead.  And I found out I am not unique in this; there is a whole slew of baby-led weaning mothers out there. 

Now when Z-Bear sits at the table with us, I give him little morsels of whatever we are eating and he loves it!   I have been horrified for so long by seeing what passes as ‘Country Chicken Dinner’ in a jar at the store.  It seems unnatural for baby not to know what real food should smell, look and taste like.   He has no teeth yet, but I am in love with how he chews his food.  I cannot help but wonder if chewing is a natural reflex just like sucking is for babies, or if he is imitating what we are doing.  Either way, he loves to be included during meal time.

This weekend I made curried chicken, and I fed it to him with bits of naan and he was delighted.  He did not mind one bit that there was red cayenne pepper and a sprinkling of green chilies in the dish.  He LOVED the spicy taste and he had no irritation after eating it either.  I love this new stage with the little one because now I am mindful of preparing food that is more organic and has very little salt so it is good for mama and papa as well.  And although I still continue to feed him home made baby food, he can have a few nibbles with us too.

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Three day weekend. How do I love thee, let me count the ways:

I love you because it means we get to spend tons of time with our little cub.  I love you because we finally get to try Fuzzibunz cloth diapers.   So far, I am in love with them and I keep kicking myself for not switching to cloth diapers sooner.  I’ll be doing a detailed review after we have been using them for a few weeks.

I LOVE how cute Z-Bear's bum looks in the cloth diapers!

 I love you because we get to take cute pictures with these cloth diapers.

A chocolate bunny and our cub in a purple Fuzzibunz...I just couldn't resist taking this picture!

Love the chubby thighs wrapped in the Fuzzibunz

I love you because it means impromptu trips with Lil Z.  We went to the Adventure Aquarium, and Z-Bear loved every minute of it!  (And so did we!)  He was fascinated by the colorful marine life swimming around, and he squealed when he saw the big fish (especially sharks) coming towards the glass.  I wasn’t quite sure if it was in delight or because he was a little afraid.  But either way, he was a charming baby the whole day.  (Pictures are blurry due to the low lighting.)

Z-Bear enjoyed looking at the sting rays swimming by

I love you because it allows for long Sunday lunches, munching on sushi while talking about everything and nothing at all.  And even Lil Z enjoyed a few bites of noodles.

The worst part about a relaxed long weekend, coming back to work on a snowy Tuesday!

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The Switch


To switch or not to switch?  That has been the question that has been hounding me for the past couple of months.  And a decision has finally been made: TO SWITCH!  To cloth diapers that is.  We are down to the last row of disposable diapers, and the cloth diapers are on their way!

I always wanted to use cloth diapers, but after Lil Z-Bear was born, I chickened out and went with the convenience of the disposables.  But now that I have battled all the challenges of new mommyhood and learned about feeding and sleep cycles and bathing baby and playing with baby (don’t get me wrong, every day I still continue to learn something new!) I think I am finally ready to tackle cloth diapers. 

I wouldn’t have been able to make the switch without the abundant blogs out there by other mommies who share their experience on cloth diapering.  And I am truly grateful to all the responses I have received anytime I asked a question (even a dumb question!) about cloth diapers. 

After looking at all the options available out there (and figuring out what the difference between an Indian prefold and a Chinese prefold is!) I decided to go with what seems the simplest option for us: pocket diapers.  It’s a cloth diaper shell with snap closure and soft cotton pad insert to stuff inside the diaper, both of which are machine washable and reusable.

There are so many brands to choose from, all of them with such cute names like bumGenius, Rumparooz, Fuzzibunz, Knickernappies and Happy Heinys.  Top reviews kept coming up for Fuzzibunz, so finally this week I placed our order for a starter pack, and I am waiting on pins and needles for the package to arrive.

Look forward to posting about the experience!

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Yesterday evening when I got home from work, Lil Z-Bear was a bit irritable.  He had only taken 15 minutes of his 5 pm nap, so it was probably because he was tired.  I bathed him and gave him a rub with lotion.  That usually calms him down, and then we play for a bit before giving him his last bottle of the day and by 8 he is ready for bed.  Last night it didn’t work, he was over-excited during his bath and then he just got cranky after that.  He didn’t even want to take his bottle and we weren’t quite sure why he was being so uncooperative.  So papa and I dimmed the lights and I cradled Lil Z in my arms while papa stood close to us and held his bottle to feed him.  And we hummed to our little cub and we swayed back and forth.  Papa put one arm around us both, and there we stood in a circle swaying and humming to our child.  He quieted down and began to drink his milk.   Papa and I continued our little dance, talked in hushed whispers to our Z-Bear, and planted soft kisses on his cheek.  Lil Z finished his milk, closed his eyes and we put him to bed.  We turned the lights back on and went back to our daily routine.  I started making dinner while Papa finished some work. But during those precious minutes, the world stood still and it was a perfect moment.  One I knew I will remember, God willing, many years from now when Z-Bear is grown and I’ll shake my head and wonder where the years have gone.

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It was a nice relaxed weekend with the cub.  There was a lot of time spent laying on the floor with Lil Z-Bear and papa staring at the clouds through our skylights.  It doesn’t get better than that!  Here are the highlights of the weekend:

We received an exersaucer/walkaround as a gift this weekend.   We weren’t too sure about it since we weren’t really planning on using one for Lil Z, but he was quite content and spent a good amount of time enjoying his new toy.

Saturday night we met up with some friends to eat dosas.  I hadn’t actually eaten these before until I met my husband who is South Indian.  So of course we had to let Lil Z-Bear try some too, and he enjoyed munching on a piece of the crepe-like wrap and he was definitely a fan!  (And as you can see, I was busy stuffing my mouth with these too :)).

I spent a good part of Sunday making a week-long supply of food for Lil Z.  Check him out drooling over his favorite vegetable: a butternut squash almost as big as him!

Even the most mundane of weekends are loads of fun with you our Lil Z-Bear!

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