Showing posts with label Babies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Babies. Show all posts

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Babies with Sensitive Skin

babies with diaper rash

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As many of you know, my child has VERY sensitive skin! We have been to the doctor many, many times and even seen a pediatric dermotologist several times.

Lately, I have had 3 or 4 moms ask me questions about what I do to keep his eczema and diaper rash under control. Both of which are constant battles because of his sensitivity.

Here are the creams/lotions/washes we use:

aquaphor healing ointment

  • A&D Ointment - at the FIRST sign of any kind of redness on his bum we start using this along with the aquaphor.
  • Lotrimin - we use this when the rash moves up north from his bum
  • Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo Tear Free- we have tried every wash out there and this is the one we have found to be the best!!! Its gentle enough that it doesn't hurt his eyes and it doesn't smell.
aquaphor gentle wash

eczema lotion

I thought I would share with you all some of the tips I have learned and some of the products we love.

  • The best thing you can do for eczema is to keep the skin moist!
  • We do not bathe Landry every single night. We do it every other or every 3rd day. Obviously, if he is super dirty I will give him a bath, but if he doesn't need it we avoid it. Water dries out the skin, so we try not to bathe him more than necessary.
  • Use warm water. I know with babies and toddlers you don't really get the water hot, but if in doubt colder is better. The heat also dries the skin out.
  • Lotion, lotion, lotion! Especially after baths! That is when the skin can absorb it the most. We also lotion every night before bed and every morning when getting dressed.
  • When diaper rash gets really bad, we add a little bit of baking soda to his bath water. It helps neutralize the acid in his skin. We also try to lower the acidic food he eats when it gets bad. Usually after a day that does the trick.
  • We also changes diaper brands frequently. I have learned that he is not necessarily allergic to any brand of diapers, but he will break out if we use one brand for to long. So I usually buy the 100ish count of diapers and then switch to a different brand next time. We cycle through the brands before starting back with back with the first again.
  • Also, I make our wipes. You can find out how here.
We have been to the doctor many times and we have prescription strength creams too. 

I know what a struggle this can be for moms. There is nothing worse than watching your child scream when changing their diaper or seeing it bleed because it is so raw. There have been times when we had to put 4 or 5 different creams on him at once. There have been days when I stopped using wipes and would use a warm wash cloth instead. So mom if you're reading this YOU'RE A GOOD MOM! Please feel free to ask me any questions and I will try to answer or help the best that I can!

**I am not a doctor or an expert by any means. So please see your doctor for your specific situation. Also, I am not being paid for any of my opinions. I just love these products and know what a struggle eczema can be for a mom. However, if you work for any of these companies I will gladly accept free products :)**

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Grieving through a Miscarriage

This is not something I thought I would ever be writing about. Honestly, it's one of those things you hear about, but that you don't think will ever happen to you. At this point I'm not even sure how I feel about it, but I just know that I need to share.

Never in a million years did I think I this would happen to me. With Landry everything was perfect. The first month we tried to get pregnant, we did. I had an almost perfect pregnancy. I guess I took it for granted and thought it would happen just like that again.

We tried for 4 months this time, still not a long time, but longer than I thought it would take. I woke up on Monday morning. I went to boot camp like normal and then came home to shower. I decided I would take the pregnancy test, but I just had this feeling (much like I did with Landry). I got in the shower without even looking at the results because I knew what it would say. I was right! I was pregnant and we were so excited!

We decided not to tell our families right away this time because we wanted to be able to surprise them. However, I did call the doctor. She ask that I come in and have blood work done just to confirm since I was going to have to start taking my Lovnenox shots right immediately.

I did that on Tuesday. My doctor called me back on Thursday and confirmed that I was pregnant. She said my numbers were low. I didn't think anything about it, I knew I was watching my cycle like a hawk and caught it early. Plus, Joel and I had both been sick and throwing up on Monday and I thought that might have skewed my numbers. She ask me to come back in on Friday to make sure that my numbers were doubling like they are supposed to.

Went in on Friday, no big deal. Friday night, I had a tiny tiny tiny bit of blood. I knew that wasn't normal and now I was a little worried. I had one of the worst nights sleep... I woke up at 4 AM and this time there was a lot more blood. I tried not to worry about it and go back to sleep, but in my heart, I knew what this meant.

I ended up calling the doctor to see if there was anything I could do to stop it. I wished for some magic pill or position I could lay in, ANYTHING! She confirmed what I already knew. I woke Joel up and told him what was happening. Then I called my mom, this is not the way I wanted to tell her I was pregnant.

Saturday was a day of depression in our house. We didn't do anything. We kept all the windows closed and I laid on the couch all day. I was scared to move or do anything. I just kept thinking if I rest this will stop, but it didn't.

On Sunday we had to go to church because I was working. If I hadn't been working I can guarantee you we would have had another day of depression. On the way to church a song came on about praising God in all things and I lost it. How can I praise God when my child has just been taken from me? I looked at Joel and told him I couldn't do it. I couldn't go into church and put on a happy face and act like everything was ok.

I went anyway. I sat in the back and didn't say much, I didn't know what to say or who to tell. And I knew the second I opened my mouth I was going to lose it again. So I sat in church with a broken heart trying to listen and get something out it.

I went downstairs and began my duty working with the preschoolers. After everything was settled, Pam, our preschool minister, came to check on me. I told her what was happening. She looked me in the eye and 'oh Carissa, I've been there'. It was as if God knew I needed to hear those words. It was as if God was saying my name in that moment. I broke down in the middle of the hallway. Pam was the only person I had spoken those words to outside of my family. She prayed with us and it was so comforting.

A few minutes later Andi came down the hall and said that she had been there too. She didn't offer advice or cooping strategies. She just told me she had been there 3 times and then ask what specifically she could pray for.

A few minutes later Loyce stepped out from teaching 4 year olds and ask if I was ok. She said she noticed something was wrong. So I told her. She too said she had been there. Didn't offer advice, only prayers.

On that day when I needed it most, God put not 1, not 2, but 3 women in my path that had been right where I was. None of them offered advice or help, they knew it wasn't what I needed. They simply offered their prayers.

I never knew any of these women had been through this terrible thing they call a miscarriage. It's one of those things that no one ever talks about. It's hard to talk about it. Nobody really wants to hear about it. You don't know what to say or how to act. It's not a club I want to be in, but I feel the need to share my story.

If you are going through a miscarriage tell someone. More than likely someone close to you has been there. Please know that you are not alone.

Prayer request - tomorrow I go back to the doctor for more blood work. Basically, I have to come back with a negative pregnancy test to make sure I'm not having a tubal pregnancy. I still don't know how to feel. I wanted that baby so bad. As soon as I got the positive pregnancy test, that was my child. It was my job to protect them, and for some reason my body couldn't.

This whole situation still feels like an out of body experience. I am cramping and having lower back pain, but for the most part the physical side of things hasn't been bad. It's the emotional side that is the worst. I keep waking up in the mornings thinking I should be pregnant. I wonder how long this will go on. When will I get over this? I know I will, but right now it seems like that is so far away. Although I never held that sweet baby in my arms, I will always hold them in my heart.

brokenhearted miscarriage

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Baby Shower Fun

This morning I had the pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower brunch for my sweet friend Julie from church.

Julie is due in September, and my co-host Kristin is due in Nov. Both with baby girls!

brunch shower

We served breakfast food like cinnamon rolls, breakfast casserole, fruit skewers, and a yummy strawberry cake.

baby girl shower

girl baby shower

brunch shower

Julie had the shower at her house so she could shower off cute nursery.

As an activity we made bows and headbands for little Ms. Audrey to wear. It was lots of fun and we all got to bring out our creative sides.

Here are most of the finished headbands.

homemade headbands

Then we opened gift. I will spare you those pictures, but she got some great stuff.

shower gifts

It was a great shower, and I'm so glad I could be apart of it. Can't wait to meet Ms. Audrey!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Here's the Scoop...

This Sunday I co-hosted a baby shower for my sweet friend Anna. She is due July 4th, just 5 days before me! It's been so fun to experience this with her and I was so honored to be able to host a shower for her.

The shower was ice cream themed and we all enjoys ice cream sundaes.

I even brought out my creative side (with the help of my mom) and made an ice cream themed centerpiece.

Even Pearson enjoys the shower.

Me, Anna, and Amy (the other host, thanks again for having it at your house!)

The girls: Katy and Pearson, Amy, Alicia, Julie, Michelle and Baby Hutchison, Anna and Westin, Denise, Jenny, Kristin and Myla (10 days old and the only baby girl in the class) and Me and Landry.

It was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Can't wait to meet baby Westin.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Date Nights, Weddings, and babies!

What a fun weekend! The weekend started on Friday night. We met with our dating group from ABF at

Apparently we all agree that it is the best fast food restaurant. The we headed to the Hooper's for game time. We played the game of 'Things' where the object of the game is to laugh. Boy, did we laugh.

Meet the couples:

Matt and Katy who told us they were having a boy! (Congrats guys!)

Jonathon and Tammy, thanks for having us over!

Joel and I

Ben and Sarah. Sarah made Double Doosies, they were so good. 

The girls!

It was a great way to start the weekend!


Joel and I woke up and cleaned the apartment, then we got all dressed up and headed to see Daniel and Jana get married! We found out that they live in the same apartment complex as us, so we will probably being seeing alot more of them.

Bride and Groom

We tried to take this picture 5 or 6 times and this is the best one. Joel's eyes are huge!

Joel grew up with Daniel. They used to go to church together and play paintball together. They both have a love for fancy cars, so they always have fun together. Daniel was in our wedding so it was great to meet his bride and be a part of their very special day.

The decorations were so cute and colorful. They had a bag of popcorn at each spot when you came into the reception.

And who would have guessed that a Saturday in January would be so B-E-A-utiful! So when we got home there was still a little day light left, so we took Leo for a nice long walk. Then we enjoyed a movie and watch some X-games!


It started off with a wonderful ABF class and learning about serving in big church. Then I came home and wrapped a present and started writing this blog before heading out to a baby shower.

Loree and Lloyd... Future Mom and Dad

The cake, isn't it sooooo cute!!

Then I headed to back up to church to help plan some activities for our ABF! I am so excited about some of the things we have coming up!

What a fun filled weekend! How was your weekend?