A Special Bath For Abby

I finally got Abby in with a dermatologist. She does, indeed, have eczema, as well as keratosis pilaris. Keratosis pilaris is simply a build up of keratin. It causes red bumpy skin, and it can be itchy. There’s nothing that can be done about it except applying lotion multiple times every day.

.The eczema, though, well… There’s not much that can be done about it. It’s a matter of treating symptoms as they appear. The dermatologist suggested several different brands of soaps and lotions but only recommended one of them. I looked it up, and I wasn’t too thrilled with some of the ingredients. I started researching. Most of the soaps and lotion were mostly powdered oatmeal.

Instead of paying $10 per box of powdered oatmeal bath that will only last one week. I decided to make my own. Tonight was Abby’s first night using it. I bought a coffee grinder and ground up some oatmeal, which we had at home. It was very clumpy, so I sifted it with a strainer and fork, and then I added powdered goats milk. Other than being a little weak, it worked wonderfully.I’m still planning on using Abby’s current soap/shampoo and lotion. I know

I’m still planning on using Abby’s current soap/shampoo and lotion. I know she can use both of those without a problem. I may change them once I’m sure she won’t react to anything, and once I’ve had time to figure out her bath recipe.

I ran clean water in the tub, put Abby in, and washed her hair. Then she got to add the special mixture. I didn’t have quite enough for the amount of water. I need to double it I think. I was afraid the mixture wouldn’t mix up well, but it did. Abby got to splash around to help it mix with the water. The powdered oatmeal won’t completely dissolve; it’s supposed to sit on top of the water. Mine sank to the bottom, so I didn’t grind the oats fine enough. With Abby’s constant splashing, though, it kept the water agitated enough that I don’t think it actually mattered.

When her bath was over, she was sitting on the bed, and I noticed that her rough patches were a little less rough. I’m going to be adding ground up marigold or chamomile flowers to the mixture for a little extra soothing. I’m also planning on making a lotion to go¬†along with the bath. I think this will work for her. At least, I sincerely hope so.


Early Morning Adventures

I’m never sure what I should or shouldn’t post in regards to Abby. However, this, in several years, will be my revenge for the events that happened in the early hours of this morning. Some parents have embarrassing pictures, but I will have embarrassing blog posts.

At approximately 4:45 AM, Abby woke me up. She was crying. I asked her what was wrong, and her response was, “I pooped, Mommy!” I did my very, very best not to laugh at her. I said, “Are you wearing a pull-up?” She wailed and nodded. “I’ll just get a new pull-up. It’s okay, baby.”

I stumbled through the dark, found the pull-ups, and successfully managed to extract one from the package. She laid down on my bed, and I took her pull-up off. It was clean… “I thought you said you pooped, Abby.”

This kid, with tears still running down her face, looked up at me with perfect innocence and said, “I did. I pooped in the toilet.” I sat there for a full two minutes in stunned silence before I said, “Then why are you crying? Let’s put the pull-up on.” I put the new one on her, and she fell asleep in my bed. I turned out the lights, scooted her over, and laid there for 30 minutes before I could fall asleep again.

Thanks kid.

Welcome To The World!!!

Baby Boy Isn’t he simply beautiful?!?! This is Joseph Lee. Hopefully, he will have a shorter nickname soon. He was born today, 5/10/2016, at 4:20 AM Mountain Time. He weighed 7 pounds 2.4 ounces, and he was 20 inches long.

Abby is unsure what to think. She knows Auntie Luvey’s baby was in her belly. She hasn’t quite grasped the concept that the baby is now out. It shouldn’t take too long though. I, on the other hand, have just cried at all of his pictures, especially the ones of his cute little toes. My co-workers were rather amused by it all.

Welcome to the world, Joseph Lee. You are much, much loved by many, many people. I am eagerly awaiting the day I can hold you and squeeze you myself.

Three Years Old

Abby turns three years old today. She was born at 12:21 AM, and she’s been making me crazy since then. I call her Two or Toddler when she’s being particularly challenging. Now I suppose I will have to call her Three.

This picture sums up much of her personality.




Happy Birthday Three! Mama loves you to the moon and back.