The cloth diapers are giving me fits. (What does ‘giving me fits’ mean, anyway?) A couple weeks in, we started getting the dreaded ammonia smell, so I stripped them, which did not bode well for my cloth diaper math (all that hot water is expensive!) Then, a couple weeks after that, they started smelling like…ass. Not the dirty ones necessarily, but all of them. So I did a lazy mini-strip (ran an extra hot rinse, but that was it) and it seemed to work. My current theory is our cold water is cold enough to be ineffective as a rinse and if I really want to get all the detergent out, I need to rinse with warm or hot. Which, by the way, is impossible to do without babysitting the machine, since the only option is a cold rinse.
Paul turned ten months old today. He is still not sleeping well. Cosleeping helps a little – especially in the mornings. He gets up around 5 (and once during the night) and it helps tremendously to not have out get out of bed to feed him.
He still refuses to drink bottles at home. He’ll drink a few while at my mom’s during the day, but never at home. If I’m not around, or can’t nurse him, he demands solid food and rejects all bottle attempts. When I pump at work, I get roughly two ounces per pumping session which says two things to me: 1) I need to quit 2) He’s not getting enough milk. But what do I doooooo? He refuses to take ANY additional milk. I have a freezer full of breastmilk (which he drinks at my mom’s) and he won’t touch it at home. I tried giving him formula and he was not amused. He won’t drink bottles for Thomas, either, even if I hide downstairs.