My sweet little Brooklyn is two months old today. Man time sure is flying by. She weighs in at 9 lbs 6.8 oz and is 22 3/4 inches tall. The doctor said she is 68th percentile for height and 17th percentile for weight. She sure is a little peanut. He is not concerned about her weight since she is consistently growing. She still is exclusively breastfed and all is going well in that department. She smiles more and more each day and recently started cooing. I just love all the little noises she is making. She is a cuddly little girl and is just a dream.
I recently was given the opportunity to work with Rockin' Green Soap and review one of their products. I was wanting to try out their cloth diaper detergent, for I was new to cloth diapering and was in need of a good product to wash my stash and one that was going to be gentle on my daughter's skin.
Animal by-product free and never tested on animals
Enzyme and optical brightener free
Designed for sensitive skin
ONLY .13 cents a load!
HE compatible, but can also be used in older machines
Can be used on diapers OR clothes
Comes in 3 different formulas and many different scents
They sent me a sample pack of their Classic Rock detergent in Lavender Mint Revival. When I first opened it I noticed the lovely smell. It was very refreshing and not overpowering at all. My diapers weren’t particular dingy, so I decided just to wash them with Rockin’ Green. After a quick cold rinse and a hot wash/cold rinse, the slightly stinky diapers came out smelling great, no smell to them at all (which is what we all are going for here). I love that because it means the detergent rinsed out completely clean. If you have really stinky diapers or they are a bit dingy, Rockin’ Green suggests you “Rock a Soak” overnight.
Rockin’ Green now comes in three formulas: Hard Rock (for hard water), Soft Rock (for soft water/super sensitive skin), and Classic Rock. There are now some amazing new scents:
Rage Against the Raspberries
The Plain Green Tea’s
Lavender Mint Revival
Bare Naked Babies (unscented)
You can also purchase a sample of any of the scents for just .75 cents.
Like any detergent, be careful to watch that your little one doesn’t have a bad reaction. I have already done two loads and so far no reaction from my 8 week old.
You can buy a 45/90 load bag for just $13.95. Also, be sure to check out their pail fresheners, laundry scoops, and other accessories.
Now for the giveaway, Rockin’ Green Soap has generously offered a 45/90 load bag of their Rockin’ Green Detergent in the scent of your choice!
This contest is open to US residents and ends on June 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm PST. The winner will be chosen via random.org and will be notified via email as well as announced on my blog Our Life. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate winner will be chosen. Here is how to enter:
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I would like to send a special Thank You to Kim at Rockin' Green Soap for providing the review and giveaway item(s). I was not compensated in any other way and the statements within this post are of my own and honest opinions.
Man, time is sure flying by. I can't believe my baby is already 7 weeks old. She is smiling a lot more and is just as cute as can be. Breastfeeding is going great as well. Aleksia is such a great big sister, she just loves Brooke to pieces. She is so very helpful and can't wait for Brooke to be big enough to 'play' with her.
I started cloth diapering 3 days ago part time. It's been going well. Need to get some more stuff though. I cloth diaper her during the day but at night and if we go out for long trips during the day she wears a disposable one. Just did my first wash yesterday and surprisingly it was really easy. I can't wait for some of the goodies I have coming in the mail to come.
Thought I would post her long overdue birth story and slide show...(please forgive the poor grammar and typos, this was copy and pasted from another board and was written on NO sleep).
4/16 @ 3ish pm
I was visiting with my mom at my house and I was walking to the kitchen to get some batteries when i felt a little gush. Thought that was strange and when to the bathroom. After I peed I felt another small gush and figured it was an increased amount of CM. When i was walking back into the kitchen i felt another gush and just knew my water was now leaking. I called L&D and asked if i could just go to the clinic in town to get it checked instead of going all the way to the hospital and up to L&D. They said no point and to just come here. So my mom, Aleksia and I all drove to the hospital to get it checked out. At this point I figured it was my water but I was in denial so i told my mom that i would most likely be sent home.
Got checked into observation and hooked up to the monitors. Everything looked great.
Midwife confirmed my water was leaking. I was there to stay. Called my mom out in the waiting room and then Richard to tell them the news. My mom took off to meet Richard at our house, so he could them bring her to his cousins house in town and then the both of them came back to the hospital.
My mom returned to the hospital and by this time i was all hooked up in the labor and delivery room waiting for Richard to show up and for them to start my IV, so i could get my antibiotics, for i was GBS+.
IV has been hooked up and my first round of antibiotics went it. I wasn't having any contractions and since they wanted TWO doses of antibiotic in, that had to be given 8 hours apart. I was not put on Pitocin right away. So there we all sat waiting for the time to pass or something to happen.
Since i was having NO uterine activity they decided to start the Pit. at a low dose. They checked me then and i was still 3cm dilated, about 50% effaced and baby was pretty high @ -4. This is what i was on Wednesday at my appt. (except baby was a bit lower then).
Contractions started to regulate but they were not painful at all and they were not lasting very long. So there we sat, waiting. We walked the halls and i bounced on my ball to get her to engage a bit more.
4/17 @ 2:15am
Pit. was upped. Contractions really started to pick up and get painful quickly.
2nd dose of antibiotics went in and i was checked again, STILL 3cm but about 60% effaced and baby was -1.
Contractions were pretty painful and they suggested giving me a shot of Phentenol to hold me over until i could get the epi. That worked for about 45 minutes, but was pretty nice.
Got my epidural.
Epi worked WAY differently than with Aleksia. I wasn't feeling any contractions but i was still feeling a lot of pressure. With Aleksia i felt NOTHING and i mean NOTHING. I didn't even know when and how to push with Aleksia. I was checked again and i was only 3.5cm but 80% effaced and baby was -2.
I was feeling a lot of pressure still. Like i said WAY different than with Aleksia. At that point i was not liking it at all and was so sad i wasn't progressing very fast and feeling very discouraged. I asked them to check again cause i was just feeling so much pressure. I was 6cm, 100% effaced and baby was fully engaged. I was then really happy with the progress in an hour. I remember the nurse saying she would come back at 8am to check me again and that is when the new midwife was starting. I was like ok, whatever you say.
The pressure was so intense i just could not stop pushing at every contraction. i swear i felt her coming out. I was yelling for someone to go and get a nurse and then i remember trying to find the call button on the bed. A nurse came in and i said, "She is coming out, get the Dr. now" sure enough i was complete and she could see her head. In came all the nurses and my original midwife from the night.
10 minutes later and about 4 pushes little Miss Brooklyn was out. It was so weird being able to feel the pressure and know how and where to push. With Aleksia i had no idea her head was even out and or if i was even close or if i was having a contraction. With Brooke i just knew exactly where she was and i knew exactly when her head came out. It was a great experience cause it was so fast and being able to feel all that pressure helped get her out quicker I'm sure. Actual labor was about 6 hours and i only pushed for 8 minutes.
I am just so in love. She latched on and was nursing like a champ at an hour old.
Brooklyn Michelle Hansen
7 lbs 5 oz
Well it sure has been awhile. We are all doing great. As you may have already known we welcomed a 2nd beautiful daughter into our family on April 17th at 7:52am. She is just adorable and one of the loves of my life. She is an awesome baby. Breastfeeding like a champ and sleeps great. She is now 7 weeks old. She was 7 lbs 5 oz and 19.5 inches long at birth and now she is 9 lbs, 21 inches long. She is growing like a weed. She fits in so perfect and everyone just loves her to pieces.
Aleksia is 3 and is as smart as can be. She is growing way to fast too. She loves playing with the neighbor girl who is 6 and they sure do get along so great. She really does love playing with older kids. We go to play dates 2-3 times a week and she has a blast. She is also in ballet and goes to her classes every Thursday. She has her very first recital on the 12th, I can't wait to see her all dresses up like a little princess. I hope she does well and dances and not just stand there like some 3 year olds would do.
Richard and I are doing great, we are coming up on 6 years of marriage. He is still working for his dad @ NC Routing Services and I am still a stay at home mom. I just love staying at home and being with my babies. This May it's been ONE YEAR since we bought this house, slowly but surely we are getting it the way we want it. Right now Richard is working on the back and front yard. I can't wait until the backyard is done cause Aleksia wants to play out there so bad. Soon...
That's is all I can think of right now. Many more updates to come.