Ok, so this is not technically "wordless", but in this case it was an appropriate picture for my Wordless Wednesdays post. After two crazy days of family, food, fun, sleeplessness, here we all are...exhausted...but happy! Merry Day After Christmas!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Welcome to the December 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Natural Remedies. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they use natural remedies in their homes.
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It has been an exhausting week. And when I say exhausting I don't mean the regular old mom tiredness...this is like a hair raising, drunken feeling, I probably shouldn't be driving right now sort of exhaustion. Why am I so tired you ask? Well, my little guy is teething, fiercely. He has been up multiple times throughout the night for about a week now. Nothing seems to calm the little man down. He is extremely fussy and just overall crabby. This baby is usually a very good boy, he pretty much goes with the flow, but his two little top front teeth are giving him such a hard time. Besides being feverish and crabby, a few days ago he started having the dreaded "D" word. Diarrhea. Ok, there. I said it. According to my pediatrician, this is normal because babies swallow so much mucus and saliva when they are teething that it all comes out in their bowel movements. This little nugget has been exclusively cloth diapered for basically his entire life, we started him at around 3 weeks. And this is the first time I have actually had a problem with the poop. When you have a newborn, cloth diapering is actually easy, very easy. If your baby is breastfeeding exclusively, all you do is literally throw the poopy diaper in the washing machine and you're done (breastmilk is water soluble). My little guy has been nursing and on solid food since about 4 months. Now normally, I wouldn't suggest starting solids at that age, especially because of the decrease in nursing, but he would literally and aggressively steal food from anywhere he could find, including sticking his hands inside mommy's hot oatmeal, and scrounging the floor for Cheerios. Ever since I started feeding him solid foods he has been calmer-but let me tell you, this boy can eat! Which is great to watch because my older child eats absolutely nothing. For years I thought I was a terrible mom and that he might starve to death or get scurvy, like a baby pirate...I digress. Back to teething. Last night, as I was preparing dinner, my little one was extremely fussy. All he wanted to do was nurse, so I had a grand idea for a natural remedy. I quickly took out the day's pumped breastmilk from our refrigerator, placed it in my snazzy popsicle molds, and off to the freezer it went.
Less than 4 hours later, voila! breastmilk pops! He gnawed on those things like they were going out of style! What a happy, happy baby! And mommy was happy too! He has been devouring these, and I know that he is getting all of the nutrients he needs and having some much needed cold relief on his little swollen gums. Please remember to handle all breastmilk pops according to standard safety guidelines. If your milk is freshly pumped, you may pour it in the molds, and freeze up to 3-4 months. Previously frozen breastmilk cannot be thawed and frozen again. Partially eaten breastmilk pops should not be frozen again. My little guy is still teething fiercely. I used all of the tools in my mommy arsenal...the chewbeads, the amber necklace, the teething balm, the CJ's BUTTer spritz for his bum, and breastmilk pops...hopefully he will sleep tonight. Hopefully, I can have a rest as well...I know I sure need one!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
10 Gingerbread Men" every night of the year). We had so much fun! We just sat around the table putting it together, I frosted the walls and windows while baby talked and simultaneously ate the candy decoration. We managed to save a few of the unbeaten ones to decorate the roof of the house. I am so glad for the chance to slow down this holiday season, and especially for the opportunity to take the time to spend together and build this. What a great way to usher in the Christmas season. Do you and your family have any Christmas traditions that bring your together?
Saturday, December 8, 2012
|Left Photo Credit: Erica Dunhill of WP Inks|
The verdict: The diapers and inserts that were washed with Eco Nuts were extremely soft...surprisingly soft. And they had no smell whatsoever, which is great! However, the cloth diapers that were pooped on did not come out as clean as I would have liked. One of my Rumparooz even smelled like poop and had little poop "particles" all over the gusset. Simply put, the diaper was not clean. Having said that, if I had been a bit more diligent about hosing off the diaper completely before placing it in the wash, I think the Eco Nuts would have done a great job. For children with sensitive skin, this would be a great alternative to the traditional (perhaps harsher) brands of detergent. Eco Nuts worked very nicely on my LO's clothes, but as far as the cloth diapers, since my LO does not have sensitive skin, I think the Tide does a better job for keeping the poop off the diapers. Round one goes to Tide!