March 2010

My poor baby has a terrible rash. I posted yesterday asking for advice about cloth diapers and suggestions on brand preferences. I’m doing a giveaway for all users that post a helpful comment on that blog post.

Anyway..after getting some help from a nurse from our clinic, I have mixed her advice and the advice of some friends and this is how today has gone so far.

This morning, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to check on his diaper and change if neccessary. It was completely dry from my side peeking observations (I wasn’t going to wake him up!). So I left it.
I woke up again at 7:30 to check on him and change him. The nurse I’d spoke to told me to put him in a bath with 2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda for 10 minutes, 3 times a day, followed by diaper cream.
So I did:

This lasted for just over 10 minutes when he had a nice In-Bath-BM. This actually wasn’t so bad, since it meant not having to wipe him up to much, saving him the pain from his very rashy bottom coming in contact with a wipey. Speaking of wipes, the nurse also suggested NOT using regular diaper wipes and temporarily switching to paper towels and warm water. Which I’ve done and it seems to be less painful for him.

So this is the current state of his tub and toys. Soaking in Bleach Water.

After getting him out of the tub I quickly, loosley pinned on one of my cheap Gerber Pre-folds. I did this because a friend suggested giving him “naked time” to help his bottom air out, however with his increased BMs, I don’t think that’s entirely practical. However putting the cloth on him is perfect because it’ll catch a  mess but it’s so loose I could literally stick my hand in between his bottom and the diaper. Naked time without the naked.

I hope you caught all my little snippets of tips.
For cleaning up a dirty bottom and dealing with diaper rash at the same time I recommend:
1) Wiping with a cloth or papertowel and warm water. No Huggies wipes!
2) Tub with 2 Tablespoons baking soda, 10 minutes at a time, 3 times a day.
3) Bleach tub baby has a Bath-time-BM.
4) Very loose pre-fold for 5-10 minutes for Naked Time.
5) Wipe up any additional mess and secure a regular diaper (disposable or cloth, whatever you use).
6) Playtime or naptime.

Remember Momma, take time for yourself!

And don’t forget to check out my $10 Babies “R” Us Giftcard Giveaway.

This post is linked to Real Clean Wednesday: Flipping a Mattress.


UPDATE: My blog has moved. Follow this link to my party post on my new blog and this link to this same post on my new blog. Sorry for the inconvenience.


…I’ll be giving away a New Momma Prize Package from Pampered Chef.

It will include the Must-have Quick-Stir® Pitcher and Twixit! Clip Combo Pack!!

I love using this pitcher for mixing formula for my son, Abel, and I recommend it to all Mommies who will need to use formula like I have had to (that’s another story) and for mixing Kool-Aid when your child is older.

I love the Twixit!s for just about everything, so much in fact that I once blogged about them (just wait..I’ll link it).

I’ll also be including a $10 gift certificate to be used on my Pampered Chef Website.

This giveaway is open to everyone in the United States. Stay tuned, I’ll be updating this post with more information on winning.

For more information about the Ultimate Blog Party, you can visit 5 Minutes for Mom.

When I was younger (in my tweens or preteens throughout my teens) I kept a devotional book. I would get a new one each year from my aunt in Alaska. For 3 years, she sent a devotional book by the group “Point of Grace” called “Girls of Grace.”

What’s the importance to this? Well, I didn’t remember that part of my youth until I read this blog post by We Are That Family this morning. I follow this blog and read her posts at least once a week. I read that post and the only thing I could think was “Where the heck have I heard of Point of Grace?” Well duh Shelby! Auntie Libby!

Anyway, if you’re familiar with the group or would like to be, go ahead and enter the blog giveaway. But only if you promise to share your winnings 😉 Just kidding.

And while you’re at it, check out my $10 Babies “R” Us Gift Card Giveaway.

So two things have forced me to write this post and ask for help.

1) I watched “No Impact Man.” A documentary about a man in NYC and his wife and young daughter who spent a year (That’s right, 365 days) trying their best to make little/no negative impact on our Mother Earth. One of the first things they did was switch their daughter to cloth diapers. Something I’ve wished I had the mental strength to do since Abel was born and just never did. Aside from mental strength, we’d gotten so many bags of (disposable) diapers as gifts that we went 6 1/2 months without buying diapers.

2) Abel has developed an awful rash due to an increased number of BMs lately. I can deal with the increase in BMs, but the awful rash on my baby’s bottom makes me wonder if using cloth diapers (at least until it’s cleared up) will help him feel better. I got a pack of 12 Gerber Cloth diapers (see pic for reference) from my MIL with the words “Just in case you ever run out [of the disposables] and aren’t able to buy any in time.”

Thanks Momma, now I’ve got them, washed them in the sink with warm water and Johnson’s Baby Wash (I don’t have a washing machine therefore the sink and Baby Wash). I’m letting them air-dry in my dining room on a clothesline strung from the chandelier to the fireplace mantle. (Hey…I don’t have a dryer either!)

I need to ad an EDIT: I’ve been reading reviews of this particular brand/style of diaper that apparently they don’t work well as a diaper. If I could get some honest input on this brand/style as well that would be great.

Anyway, HELP!! What do I do next?? The instructions on the package consist of 3 tiny little pictures and I need help!! Please comment and help me out. What do I do now? Mind you, this is temporary at the moment, I don’t intend on investing my money in a bunch of stuff for 1 week of cloth diapering.  If it turns out we really can deal with this, I may change my mind, but for now.

1 week of cloth diapering. What would you do? Have any tips or tricks? HELP!!??!
If I can get over 10 helpful comments, I will be drawing for a $10 Babies “R” Us Gift Card. I will be using a random number generator to pick the winner. Please don’t comment more than once (unless you honestly forgot to include something) only one comment per person will be included in the drawing. I look forward to your responses!

Gift card drawing will take place on April 7th or when we get 10 comments. Whichever is last 😀

Thanks in advance for all the help!
Use of this card constitutes acceptance of these terms: Card may be used only for purchases at Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, or at or Not redeemable for cash, except as required by law. Remaining value on a lost, stolen or damaged card may be replaced with proof of purchase.

Via another blog that I love to read, I first heard about stumbling. I didn’t think much of it, but I enjoyed reading the links she posted.
Today I was checking out a webpage I liked and right next to the option to “Digg it” I saw an option to “Stumble” and thought…let me check this out! So I stumbled for awhile and this is what I found!

Check out Piano Fun to see how making one simple thing in life a little more interesting can change the way you react with your surroundings.

See this beautiful Photo. I changed my desktop background to this for the time being.

Move you arrow across this picture and see a cool time-elapsed effect.

Some amazing city art.

Another Photo

Make your own Kaleidescope.

More entertaining Art.

Want to know a few ways to Tick People off? Of course you don’t. Just let yourself be entertained and read this.

I just love the pictures of FOOD!

If you find any broken links, please comment to let me know. Hugs to my readers!

Okay, so I know this will be posted on Friday officially. But in my defense, I started writing it on Thursday!! (Okay..I know 11:59 is unfair, but I totally forgot until now!)

This Thursday, I’m totally in love with these AMAZING Twixits!!

First of all. These are really one of my favorite multipurpose tools.

Here’s a few uses:
* Toothpaste squeezer to get the last half of the tube out without squeezing it into an unidentifiable chunk of plastic. I currently have a white one on my Colgate 😉
* Chip/Pretzel Bag Clip. You know you hate stale chips and pretzels. You can also use one of the smaller ones for crackers!
* Clipping your hair up and out of the way in a moment when you can’t find a scrunchie.
* Clipping the bread bag closed when you’ve lost the twist tie. And it’s way quicker!
* Sealing potting soil bags and pet food bags.
* Clamping the umbilical cord when you give birth at home. Yes, I’m serious. View this news video and watch the whole thing. This happened in the last week.

Lebanon County Mother Gives Birth at Home

If you’re interested in buying these, copy and paste this link into your address bar and click “Shop Online” type in Shelby Michalek as the hostess name and search “twixit” in the product search bar! Make sure during shipping you select the “direct shipping” option otherwise they’ll be shipped to me! Note: As complicated as this sounds, it’s not, I promise!

Anyone in Biloxi/Gulfport Mississippi need someone to do work? Babysitting, housework, personal assistant shopping, etc? I need some parttime work while I’m there.

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