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Rockin' in the Moses Basket
9/10/2017
Baby Sleeping in Moses BasketBaby J spent a lot of his first few months in this cozy little moses basket in our living room. He was so tiny and fit in it pretty well. It was nice to have such a pretty little bed for him right there with our family in our living room. This one was really special. It had beddings made of silk. We set the moses basket on a really nice wooden rocking moses basket stand. We found a stand made of wood that matched the trim in our living room. It was a nice little additional piece of furniture in our living room. If we needed to, we could just bring the basket in the bedroom if it got too loud or crazy in the living room.

How to Make Diaper Rash Cream
7/14/2013

I have tried several different diaper rash creams and have not really found one to work perfectly for me. I have used Aveeno, Desitin, Butt Paste, Vaseline, Triple cream, and Aquaphor. None of them really did the trick. They would help a little, but not totally. After spending lots of money on them, I tried to find a "better" brand, and found them to be super expensive. So I started developing my own diaper rash cream.

After experimenting a bit, I ended up with a cream that works better than anything else I have tried. Our son is prone to eczema and is alergic to certain baby wipes, like Costco's Kirkland wipes, and to his own poop. Whenever he poops, he gets red around the rectum and I always need to put cream on. He also gets diaper rashes during really hot weather. This rash cream I developed works well for all those conditions. So I'll share it with you now, and you can make it yourself if you so choose.

The ingredients are not expensive, and once you get them, you can continue to make batches and batches of this cream, along with other types of creams you might want to make. The main ingredient is castorlatum, which is similar to petrolatum, but it is made from castor oil. It seems to be the thing that really makes this diaper cream work well. It creates a barrier to protect against wetness, which is a major cause of diaper rash.

The virgin coconut oil is very healing and conditioning. The sunflower oil is great for the skin and adds softness and spreadability. Tamanu oil is very healing to the skin. (I also use straight Tamanu oil on mosquito bites, and they are healed permanently within 20 minutes. No more itching all week long.) You may be able to get away without the ground oatmeal. I heard that oatmeal is good for the skin, but mostly after it has been cooked. The oatmeal I used was raw, and I bought it in colloidal form (superfinely ground). ROE is to prevent the oils from going rancid, which they seem to do quickly in hot weather. But you can use a liquid capsule or two of vitamin E.

Ingredients:

Castorlatum - 3/4 cup
Coconut Oil (virgin) - 1/4 cup
Sunflower Oil - 1/8 cup
Zinc oxide - 2 Tblsp
Tamanu Oil  - 1oz
Oatmeal (ground) - 1 Tblsp
Rosemary Oeloresin Extract (ROE) - 2 drops

Steps:

1. Melt coconut oil by placing a container of it in a warm/hot water bath.

2. Mix in the Zinc powder until it fully dissolves.

3. Add Sunflower oil, tamanu oil, oatmeal, and ROE

4. Place castorlatum into a mixing bowl.

5. Slowly add the oil mixture to the castorlatum, a little at a time, mixing it in with a fork.

6. Beat the mixture well until it becomes like a diaper cream texture, making sure that the coconut oil re-solidifies.

7. Place into a jar, and use liberally as needed. I usually apply it using a Q-tip.

11 Months
11/20/2012

11 months have passed, and he has finally mastered walking. He still waddles a bit, but is walking for his main mode of transportation, rather than crawling. He is really happy about that! But that means he is getting around faster, and able to carry things from room to room. Random things are winding up everywhere and anywhere. He is still a bit nervous about walking around in public places like stores and restaurants

Words are still coming slowly. He has sounds he likes to say over and over again, like "dadda" and "diggum". He sometimes repeats things we say, like last night, he said "thank you" a couple of times when we handed him toys

He is still a jolly little fella, but he is starting to become mischievous. He smirks when we tell him not to do something and he does it anyway.

He is eating lots of different solid foods. He likes a lot of the same things his sister likes, like mac n cheese, fruit cups, and chicken nuggets. Also like her, he is not a big fan of green things, like spinach and brocolli. But they both love Snapea Crisps and fruit puree pouches that have spinach and broccoli in them. 



Still Trying to Walk
10/14/2012

He is practicing walking every day now, on his own. He loves to stand up and take a few steps. He laughs and has a lot of fun doing that. Yes, very soon he will be walking, more than just a few steps. He doesn't do it on command, but just when he decides he wants to practice on his own, which is becoming more frequently throughout the day.

He is still showing great interest in using utensils when eating. I was feeding him some ice cream today, and he took the spoon and wanted to constantly dip it into the ice cream. 

He understands where things belong and tries to put them back. When he took a tissue out of the tissue box, he kept repeatingly putting it back in and taking it out. He also does that with other things that he takes out of boxes. 

Eating With a Fork
10/8/2012

He continues to take a few steps toward us every now and then. He loves to practice standing up on his own. Everyone says he is going to start really walking any day now. I think it will be fun for him to run around places, rather than being stuck in his stroller. But I will have to run after him! Will I finally lose my baby weight?

He has also started eating with a fork. He has been grabbing forks and playing with them for the past couple of weeks. Finally today he was able to skewer some strawberry pieces and put them in his mouth. So I guess he will be getting a fork whenever he eats now. 

10 Months Old
9/29/2012

Daddy saw baby J take his first 3 steps toward him today. Its not consistent, but he did it a couple of times. I'm happy to see him learn to walk, but I will miss my little infant. He is 10 months now, and almost a year old!

He's got 3-1/2 teeth now. Two on the bottom and one and a half on top. He's able to bite off chunks of food now. His favorite food seems to still be pho.

He is always interested in what his sister is playing with. I have a hard time distracting him away from her. 

He still loves music and playing instruments. He sings along to music, and gets the pitches right, or pretty close. He started singing "Tada!" when he heard Daddy say it. Now he does it just about every  time any of us sing it to him.

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