eloise {week 11}


{chambray shirt: babyGap factory // leggings: Gymboree // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

{week 11} last week eloise & I were in boise visiting family {grammie, grampy, aunts, uncles, & cousins!} which means we took our first flight. since it was just me & E I was a bit nervous, but all-in-all the flying part went well. we were able to get aaron a gate pass going out of sea—tac airport which helped tremendously! he was helpful in getting us checked in, thru security, getting mama lunch & doing a last minute diaper change – thanks babe! on the flight over to boise eloise slept. the entire flight! I had to wake her up at the baggage claim in boise for a feeding since it had been so long since she had eaten! airplane cabins are the perfect storm of white noise & movement it turns out. I didn’t take a stroller or a car seat since it was such a quick trip & my parents have a car seat, but I did take the Ergo which was awesome. I love that thing & love it even more for travelling. on the flight home, eloise slept thru boarding, but woke up just as we were taking off. I am not sure whether she was fussy because of the air pressure change or that it was time for a feeding, but once she was nursing she was great. she nursed almost the entire flight & then coo-ed & giggled as we made our descent into seattle. I was worried about her crying on the plane, but it turns out that almost no one heard it – thanks to the cabin noise. I was one of the last ones off of the plane – easier to get the Ergo back on when your seat mate has de-boarded – & another mom towards the back of the plane saw us & said “oh, we weren’t the only family on board!” that was a bit of a relief!**

my only real complaint about the flying part was that we were on such a tiny plane – two seats on each side of the row – that nursing was really awkward. eloise is long enough that her feet were over the shared arm rest. I was able to angle her slightly across my lap so she wasn’t kicking our seat mate which helped {although he was very nice about it!}. also, eloise tends to run really warm, especially if she is in the Ergo, & using a nursing cover makes that even worse – no air flow!

eloise is still giggling, cooing, & smiling like crazy! she has also discovered that she can kick her hands & feet which she does when she is really excited about something – it is the cutest! she is wide-eyed all the time & constantly looking around to see everything. I can see her brain working a million miles a minute processing all of the colors, lights, & sounds. I think part of this is because she is able to see so much further now; she can track a person from across the room now!

we are also full-time in cloth diapers now! we have been pretty happy with the change from disposables mostly due to the fact we are no longer just throwing away diapers. it is amazing how much waste diapers create! we have a full stash of bumgenius diapers of various types. we have had some issues with leaking, but I think it is mostly operator trouble! overall I think this is a really great direction for our family. the only real bummer is that we have to size up in a few bottoms since cloth diapers are bigger than their disposable counter-parts. also, rolling can sometimes be a challenge for cloth diapered babes {or so I am told} but I guess we will cross that bridge when we get there!

happy eleven weeks eloise!


**{sidenote} as a new mom I feel like I have been taught that my child is not supposed to cry, especially in public. that crying is a sign of failure & being a bad mom. I find that I am super sensitive to eloise when we are in public & she starts to cry or fuss. while I realize that a crying baby in public is a distraction & sometimes an annoyance, I have learned that a crying baby is not a bad thing. babies cry for so many reasons as it is one of the main ways they communicate. I usually know {basically} why eloise is crying at any given time, though sometimes it is a mystery & I just have to start eliminating the possibilities. I am learning to give myself a break when she fusses in public knowing that all of it is perfectly  normal!

One thought on “eloise {week 11}

  1. Good work mama! The cabin noise on the plane is definitely helpful for sleeping and for masking crying babies. The Ergo is seriously the best thing ever! I also had never heard/thought about the rolling thing with the cloth diapers… but I can see that. Sweet E, I just want to squeeze you!

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