Thursday, January 14

24 weeks

Weeks are passing by...belly is getting bigger...kicks are getting harder...knitting needles are knitting faster...

Finally, since a few weeks, I can enjoy this pregnancy. I'm reassured by gynaecologist's visits, ultrasounds and kicks of our little one. My nausea is now mostly absent and I'm sleeping a lot better.

I'm kind of finding my way through all the necessary baby equipment, I say necessary because I think there are a lot of things you actually don't need, but are just convenient or plain trendy. Like, we're looking for an old second-hand wardrobe to paint and I'm learning a lot about cloth diapering. I still don't know yet if I'm going to pick cloth diapers over regular throw-away diapers. I'm a bit concerned with the laundry pile, my washing machine takes 2 hours (!)  to finish a 60°C wash (Okay maybe that is just normal?) It'll be okay if I'm still at home, but I'm worrying about it for when I have to go to work again.

Do any of you have some tips on these matters for a first time mom?

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  1. lots of burp cloths (which if you ditch the cloth diapers would be perfect). a baby monitor, lots of hand knits. Do not buy lots for 3-6 months size, people will gift you that, go for 6-9 and 9-12. I am so excited for you!!!!!

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    1. I've got some newborn rompers and a few clothes in 6-9 months. I'm waiting to buy more clothes until the baby arrives. May can still be pretty cold here. I will knit though for the winter already :-) I really think I'm not going to work with cloth diapers. Thanks for your advice!

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  2. Unfortunately no tips as I am actually clueless about babies. I love seeing baby bumps though, you're looking great! As for washing machines, mine takes 50 minutes or so, but my dryer takes ages so not much of a time advantage there..

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    1. I know, it all seems so environmental friendly and all, all that cloth diapering, but I think it'll be a hassle anyway. Plus I'm not succeeding in persuading my boyfriend in all that cloth diapering washing and changing, so I think I'll stick with the throw-away diapers! Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Hi Ine, just stumbled across your blog today and I'm so happy I did, as we've already connected on Instagram. I'm thinking about the whole diaper question a lot as well. I hadn't given it much thought but my husband surprised me by saying he really wants to try cloth diapers. My washing machine takes 2 hours too and I'm feeling hesitant about the extra laundry as well....so I don't know what we'll do!
    so much to learn and consider, but it's a fun journey for sure! You look lovely and your baby knits are all so beautiful! I'm a bit behind in the knitting for baby department but it's hard to know what to knit for a summer baby!

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    1. Hello Ruth! Thanks for your sweet comment and visit on my blog. Since it's the other way around with us - my boyfriend isn't really supporting the cloth diapering at the moment- I don't think we'll start it. Besides most of te laundry will be done by me, but since I'm planning on breastfeeding too, most of the feedings will be done by me too, so I'm all worried about planning those things, but try to see it as a learning process indeed!
      It really is hard to know what to knit for a Summer baby! I started a cardigan for a 6-9 months old baby, baby can wear it from November until February :-) I hope...
      I like your idea of knitting a cotton baby blanket too!

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  4. I love seeing everyone's growing bump pictures :)
    The diaper question is a hard one. I'm still undecided as well! I think cloth diapers will be so neat and environmentally friendly, yet I too will be going back to work while baby is still in diapers and who knows if that will work out? Plus the baby comes with a lot more laundry anyway and I'm unsure if washing diapers wouldn't just be too much for us.
    By the way, you're in plenty of time for baby shopping - I started at 33 weeks because I didn't have a minute to spare before ;)

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    1. Hey Kristina! It really is lovely to see all those cute baby bumps appearing in our knitting community :-)

      Cloth diapering is neat and eco friendly. But laundry is the thing we worry about too. It's all about finding a new rhythm - well, probably just following babies rhythm - and to plan in extra loads of laundry is a bit inconvenient maybe? Oh it reassures me about the baby shopping! It's just that we have been spending a lot of time shopping and constructing things for the house - like you - and we still have to do a lot before baby arrives so I was already stressing out :-)
      I hope your delivery goes smoothly and baby is healhty!!

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  5. Hoe fijn dat je er eindelijk van kan genieten, en wat een mooi buikje!

    Over de luiers: vrienden van ons hebben pas een kindje gekregen en zij werken met herbruikbare luiers en ze raden het iedereen aan! Ik weet het natuurlijk niet zelf want we hebben nog geen kindjes... :-) Het wassen valt naar het schijnt best mee (en je moet er nadien ook niets mee doen, gewoon op het droogrek hangen)... Ze hebben zelfs tijd om zelf waspoeder te maken. ;-) Zij hebben er meteen voor gekozen met hun eerste kindje dus zij kunnen natuurlijk niet vergelijken...

    Wat ik wel al uit eigen (babysit)ervaring kan zeggen is dat herbruikbare luiers véél minder stinken en minstens even gemakkelijk in gebruik zijn. Ik zou het, voor mezelf dan, niet kunnen verantwoorden om wegwerpluiers te gebruiken als er een goed alternatief bestaat. Maar dat is heel erg persoonlijk natuurlijk. :-) In elk geval moet je doen waar je je zelf het beste bij voelt natuurlijk! Veel succes met je keuze!!

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