Saturday, September 20, 2008

Creative Ways to Keep It Hot

Our awesome 1910 house (no, that's not the address, that's the year it was built!) has little to no insulation. Obviously, this is a problem in the winter (and summer and fall and spring). But the biggest problem is not the house, it's my husband. He pays the bills right now and he has me on strict thermostat control. Though the inside temperature may be nearing 15 degrees F, I cannot turn on the thermostat until October 1st and even then, the thermostat is not to exceed 65 degrees. If I were to break my husband's precious rule, I would probably risk having to do my own laundry for the rest of my life.

So now that we have a baby, we have to figure out how to keep him warm at night. I've been putting together a list of creative, thrifty ideas...

1. Wrap baby in an aluminum emergency blanket.

2. Duct tape a cat on each side of baby to help generate more body heat (good thing we have two cats!)

3. Stick heat patches on his abdomen, legs and arms and replace every 4-6 hours.

4. Buy a reptile heat lamp to assemble above baby's bassinet.

5. Invest in a space heater.

I think we'll go with number 5.


Butterflyfish said...

I don't know -- I am kinda partial to cats and duct tape

FSD said...

I like option #3!!! LOL. Man, 15 degrees F??? Brrrr. That makes your "Night Sweats" post even more troubling. :- )

LL said...

Love, love, love #2.

Infant Attorney said...

Haha, I've got a great mental image of Jacob with two cats strapped to him!

Portia said...

Hilarious! As usual! Thanks for the smiles while I deal with Ms. Fussbucket. :)

By the way, Eden used to sneeze a lot too - our doctor friend said it's totally normal. Apparently babies just sneeze a lot. (that's why it took us a bit to catch on that she had a cold!)

LEO said...

I know this is late... but I had to comment. First of all, this post made me laugh out loud and it reminds me of how I react to my husband anytime I think he's being ridiculous (although if you're really not turning on the heat, you're a better wife than I).

Second of all, the mention of the cats reminded me that you have them. How is Jacob reacting? well, he probably doesn't notice, but how are the cats reacting? did you do anything to keep them away from the baby, or has it not been an issue? I'm already feeling guilty for ruining the cats' domain in a few months.

Tranny Head said...

I found that a good swaddle to sleep cam help a lot. Kiddopotomus (sp?) makes some fleece-type swaddlers that are really easy and hold up really well.

When that fails, I say go for the cats.

newduck said...

I was going to suggest covering him in Bengay, but I also like Trannyhead's suggestion. I had kiddopotamus swaddle blankets and they were the best thing ever.