Saturday, August 27, 2011

4 months old!

Length: 25" (75th percentile)
Weight: 11 pounds, 8 ounces (10th percentile)
Head circumference: 40cm (25th percentile)

The pediatrician said she's very strong, and growing well. She seems to be over her reflux, so YAY! She LOVES her brother, and also loves eating her dresses. She has rolled over front to back and back to front (but not very often) and she laughs pretty frequently. L is a little under the weather today because of the shots she got yesterday, but she's feeling better than she was last night.

I do wish her dress was a bigger size, because it would be perfect for the holidays (with a pair of tights, because otherwise she'd get cold)...but it's 3-6 months size and won't still fit her at Christmas. So she gets to wear it for this picture. :-) Also, J picked out her hair bow. He said she needed one.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Seventh Generation Diaper Giveaway!

I've been kicking this post around in my head for a while, trying to figure out how to go about it. We do primarily use cloth diapers (and did with J too), but on occasion, disposables come into the mix. With J, we ended up using disposables a lot more once he was over 2, because our cloth diapers were not keeping up with how much pee that kid produced at naptime and overnight. Anyway, we experimented with a variety of brands, and in the end our favorites actually happened to be Seventh Generation. So when the folks at MyBlogSpark teamed up with Seventh Generation and contacted me about trying the newly relaunched Free & Clear Seventh Generation diapers, I jumped at the chance. They have reduced the amount of plastic used in packaging, and the packaging is recyclable where plastic bag recycling is available (check your local grocery store). The new diapers also have a lighter-weight core, and the entire manufacturing process is chlorine free so that no chlorine is released into the environment (click here for more information).

Seventh Generation does make newborn sized diapers, but they aren't very widely available in my area (and were not available for this giveaway).The size 2 are for 12-18 pounds, but we tried them anyway. I was amazed that they actually fit my little skinny girl (who even now at almost 4 months isn't 12 pounds). Their diapers are chlorine-free, and not scented (like some other brands) and they absorb incredibly well. I still loved them, and they even contained messy breastfed baby poop explosions better than the other disposable diapers we had on hand (we'd gotten some as gifts). The diapers are a beige color, and reasonably soft on the outside (quite soft on the inside). I remembered them being softer on the outside, but they still work fantastically well, so it isn't really a big deal if they aren't as soft as the old version. Plus, L looked cute in them :-).

These diapers tend to be a little expensive compared to other brands, but there are frequently coupons available either from or in your local Sunday paper.

Seventh Generation and MyBlogSpark not only gave me the opportunity to try the cereal and get a prize pack, but one of you will win one too!

One lucky reader will win one pack of Seventh Generation Diapers, in size 2, 3, or 4. 

Here's how to enter:

Mandatory entry: Respond in a comment here telling me one way you and your family are environmentally responsible; this could be using earth friendly cleaning products, recycling, or anything else you do. You must include your email address!

Additional entries (please leave your email address in each additional entry so I can contact you if you win):
1. Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me that you've done so, or that you already follow my blog.
2. Blog about this giveaway, and leave a comment linking to your blog post.
3. Visit and "like" Seventh Generation on Facebook, and leave a comment telling me you did so.
4. Tweet about this giveaway, making sure to include @simplytena in your tweet. Please leave a comment telling me you've done so that includes your Twitter name so I can verify each entry.
5. Follow Seventh Generation on Twitter, and leave a comment telling me you did so.

Good luck!

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. The giveaway will close at 11:59pm MST on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011. Winner will be drawn by

I was provided with a pack of size 2 diapers and information from Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.