Cat naps are awesome.

 Everything new must be investigated.
And sat on, if possible.

Several of the used Bum Genius 4.0 diapers I bought have worn out elastic in the legs. I didn't realize that at first - I just assumed he was too small for the diapers.

Then I realized some fit better than others. I looked it up online and turns out replacing the elastic is pretty easy. You just turn the diaper inside out and the elastic can be pulled up and replaced by the legs.
On the left is replaced elastic. On the right is the old worn out elastic. As you can see, once the elastic is replaced the diaper is much tighter.

He's enjoying going out and to the store. He was awake almost the entire time we were out, taking in all of his surroundings.

We took a quick stroll around the pond at Heritage Park. The ducks aren't out in full, but there were a decent amount lying in the sun, enjoying the day.

When the baby is elsewhere, Leki comes around looking for laps to lay on.

We took Quinn out to the mall today. Up until now the only places he has been are the doctor's office and my parent's house. Now that he's going longer stretches without eating and cold/flu season are over, we were excited to take him out.
We got to ride the elevator between the floors...
...and he had a good time staring at everything. We were there for about an hour and he was awake the whole time. The lights and ceiling pattern in FYE especially were very interesting to him.

I look forward to taking him on short trips to other stores too for new things to look at!

My parents came out today to visit and see how the little one is growing. As you can see, my dad enjoyed putting bunny ears on him for photos.
 He really enjoyed cuddling with Grandma.
Dayzee was pretty stressed out. She actually was the most unsettled I've ever seen her at the house. It didn't help that the cat attacked her. She mostly just laid on her bed or in front of the door, waiting to go home.
We made some tacos for lunch.
And my parents got to hang out with their grandson and enjoy his arm waving, smiling and push ups.

There were some snow flurries today. At least it didn't accumulate.

I tried to put Quinn in his footed pajamas with socks on to see if the feet would bother him less. He still fussed a little so yesterday I decided to cut the feet off of this outfit and sew the legs.

He slept perfectly fine in the outfit once his feet were loose. I think part of it is that he doesn't like when he pulls his leg up and can't get his foot back right in the feet of the pajama.

Anyway, now to use those little alligator feet for something else. Like a stuffed toy or something.

Quinn had his first round of shots today. He was pretty upset for a minute or two and then everything was ok. We even got a few smiles from him between afternoon naps.

Quinn really doesn't seem to like feet on pajamas. At first none of the outfits would fit him (his legs were too long) so I went out and specifically bought him outfits without feet. But as he's growing into various gifts that were given his legs are the right length but he isn't having it. When he pulls his leg up to kick it comes out of the foot and then he starts to get frustrated at all the fabric around him. He usually ends up crying after a few minutes of pulling his foot up from the pajama feet.
There are two outfits in particular that fit him pretty so I decided to take off the feet and see how that works.
I only removed the feet on one outfit today - the bear outfit - as a test. Once I ripped the sitches out of the feet I used the sewing machine to do an overedge stitch.
It was my first time using that stitch and the fabric kept sticking when I'd get to the thicker parts, so it isn't beautiful but it does the job.

One issue with ripping the feet off is that you have a large flap of fabric loose at the ankle. In outfits with no feet there is a snap at the bottom of the leg at the ankle that keeps the fabric snug.
I thought that having the fabric loose at his feet might bother him, but he seemed fine with it. He kicked with abandon like usual but it didn't work him up into frustration like seemed to happen with footed pajamas.

Now I have two little bear feet left over that I need to convert into something. I was thinking small stuffed animals.

My mother suggested putting socks on him and then putting him in the pajamas, so I'm going to try that next with his other outfit to see if that works. If it does, at least I got some sewing practice in with this project since I may have wasted my time otherwise.

At 2 months he's really enjoying tummy time and smiling a lot more. And things are settling more into a routine with eating and napping. I'm looking forward to the next several months as he's sitting up, crawling, and eventually walking and talking. 

I guess that's why he's covering his face with his foot.

It was a pretty chill day today. The little guy had two bottles today, since we're ramping up for when I go back to work. And he took them alright. He still prefers breastfeeding, but he'll do just fine when I'm not around.

The stroller body and the car seat each have their own hood that you can raise or lower to keep sun (or rain?) off of a kid. But when you have the car seat attached to the stroller, there's no way to keep them together and closed up to protect the a baby from the elements.

Up until now, that hasn't been an issue. But today was so sunny that there was no way to keep the sun off of the baby's face because the two hoods wouldn't connect.

I ran out to Joanne Fabrics this morning to pick up some velcro and pinned a piece in place.
Once everything was lined up, I started to sew. The fabric was pretty tough to get through and I actually snapped a needle. I probably wasn't using the proper type, but I'm not sure what I needed and I wasn't going back out to the store so I just worked with what I had.
It took a bit of time (and a pair of pliers to pull the needle through at times) but I finally managed to get the piece of velcro secure enough that it would keep both hoods together. And as you can see, there's a perfect view into the carseat where the baby would sit.

Now when the sun is beating down our infant wont fry to a crisp on our walks.

The weather is beautiful. The sun is out and it has been in the 60s for what seems like all day. So Chris took advantage and did some yard work.
Quinn and I went out on the deck to play and enjoy the sunshine as well.
We even did a little bit of tummy time, although he was pretty exhausted and ready for a nap at that point.

It's great that the weather is getting nicer. I'm really enjoying being able to get out of the house more.

The puddle at our local park has turned into a pond. As you can see, the ducks are enjoying it.

I got to run some errands this afternoon, which was nice. I snapped a shot of this nice Avengers display at the local Target for Chris. It's quite elaborate, with an Iron Man that flies around and a Hulk sign that lights up.

I'm a little bummed we won't be able to see the Avengers movie in the theater in a few weeks. At least the wait for movies to hit DVD and cable isn't like what it used to be. Just a matter of months as opposed to years.

Chris's brother and mother came out today to visit Quinn. Scot had a good time and immediately got down on the floor to play with the little guy.
Quinn got to spend time with his grandmother too, who enjoyed playing with him and watching him grab things.
 After a nice walk around the park we came back home to enjoy some more Quinn time...
...and block building! The little guy had a pretty good time and was tuckered out after they left and fell asleep.

Lorelei and Dan came over mid-afternoon to hang out for a bit. She really enjoys crawling up and down our stairs and spends a good portion of every visit investigating them. But she was briefly distracted by a lightsaber.
Adam and Comfort came over a little later to catch up and watch the first two episodes of Daredevil on Netflix. Plus brownies.

An unexpected box arrived for Quinn today from Chris's friend Jeff and his wife Stephanie. In it were several super hero learning books and a nice superman hoodie (with detachable cape!). Very cool. 

My friend Kati, who I've known since 7th grade, drove out to Grand Rapids today with her mother and two daughters. They got to meet Quinn, who was pretty chill a big chunk of the day. 
We took a nice stroll around the park, even though it was cloudy and chilly. I think the girls really had a good time pushing him.
We tried to do some time on the floor, but he was a little fussy and didn't want to be down for very long. He really just wanted someone to hold him all day.
And Kati made this awesome blanket. It's super soft. I kind of want to curl up and snuggle with it myself instead of giving it to Quinn. She totally didn't have to do that since she already crocheted him some awesome clothes!

I bought a bunch of used Bum Genius 4.0 diapers before Quinn was born. My intent was to use them from day one, but when Quinn was born he was way too small to wear them. So I've been waiting for him to get a little bigger and chubbier so he will fill them out.

Since they are used, not all of the elastic is tight in the legs, which means some of them fit better than others. He wore about 4 today and there were no leaks. Only one did he really scream and scream until I took it off and put a disposable one on him.

I did have him dressed in an over-sized onesie so that he could wear the diaper. It's considerably bulkier than a newborn diaper, But that's to be expected since the Bum Genius 4.0's are size range 8-35 pounds. I probably could have put him in a tighter fitting onesie, but once he was dressed I didn't want to change him.

The nice thing is cloth diapers have good resale, so any that are still in good condition I can turn around and resell. That's unlike baby clothes, which I get the impression there is so much floating out there people practically give it away (and is what my friend Lori did for us)

Awhile ago I bought a bunch of cheap totes from Woot. I've used them on and off for a bunch of things but there are always at least 2 lying around unused. So since we have these totes collecting dust I took one to my parents with my Breastpump and supplies.

It worked great for pumping in the car. Sure it doesnt have the fancy side flap the Medela brand bags do for easy access to the pump, but I really dont want to spend $70+ for a bag that will have a silly hole in the side once I'm no longer pumping. All I needed were some pockets.
So today I took one of Chris's old khaki pants and cut fabric for two pockets. One along the side of the bag (vertical), and one that goes across the length of the back. That was I have two different size pockets for whatever I might need.
It's not perfect or even beautiful, but the pockets work fine. All that's missing is velcro across the long pocket at the top. Then I can stick my Kindle in it, or maybe extra cloths or wipes.
The best part is that it's a silly taco Tuesday bag. I wanted to use the Settlers of CATan bag (with cats playing the game on it), but I didn't want to risk destroying that bag since I'm not much of a seamstress. So now I just giggle when I look at the silly taco face.