Monday, November 18, 2013

How to Get Rid of Cradle Cap

Allie's had a little bit of cradle cap that's been lingering for awhile, even though she has a fair amount of hair. We haven't really done much to address it, because it's never been really bad. You can't really notice it unless you are running your fingers through her hair examining her scalp. And then it looks sort of dandruff-y and like little flakes clinging to her scalp.

(For some reason our cat likes to lick her head where the cradle cap is....and you thought dogs were gross ;) )

But on Sunday, I was kissing the top of her head, noticing how much more hair she's grown and the more I rubbed her head, the more flakes appeared. And then the more I tried to get them out of her hair, the more popped up, and the more I wanted to pick at them. After a few minutes of feeling like a mother gorilla, I decided I should probably just make an actual effort to get rid of it and stop annoying her. When we had asked our doctor, he recommended using an oil. So using the ol' pinterest-brainwashed noggin I thought I'd try coconut oil.

And my brilliant* efforts worked awesome! (*Probably not that brilliant, cause you see coconut oil all over pinterest for being a super product so its nothing new. But I was totally impressed with how well it worked)

The little patch of cradle cap is GONE! (I'm wishing I would have taken before and afters - its amazing)

So how I got rid of her cradle cap (aka one more freakin reason we all need to invest in coconut oil):

1) First, I used a stiff bristle brush and I lightly brushed her scalp. I didn't use much pressure. (Test on your own forehead to get an idea for the amount of pressure to use).  I just used circular little scrub motions to kinda bring a lot of the flakes up. (If you are the sort of weirdo who likes picking the dead skin from sunburns *cough me and my whole family* you would be in hog heaven at this point to pick her hair. I resisted)

2) Then, I used about a grape sized amount of coconut oil and slathered it all over her hair. The coconut oil we have is super hard, I had to dig a little chunk out and let it soften in my hand first. Then I just rubbed it into her scalp. She was a nice little greased up Dapper Dan at this point.

3)  Then I washed her hair with some soap and warm water, using the same stiff brush to massage her scalp gently. (For some reason its impossible for me to wash her hair without singing "Gonna Wash that Man right out of my Hair". Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals are stuck indelibly in my brain). I had to wash her hair twice to get all the oil out.

4) Hair dry to get that cute fuzzy duckling look and give kisses since by now she was very done with having her head messed with and wanted to get back to playing.

And Behold! It was gone! And it was gone today. Her scalp was all moisturized, her hair all soft and clean. I'm so impressed!

Guess I'm officially on the HAZZAH COCONUT OIL bandwagon now.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Happy Joy Joy & Capturing It

I'm just loving November so far, even though the weather is getting pretty miserable. Its dark when I leave for work and dark when I come which is rough. But I'm finding lots to be thankful for every day - even silly things - and it seems to be lifting my spirits all the time and I'm shaking off the stress and frustrations that might tend to get me bogged down.

This week I've been very thankful for my family - my mom and stepdad have been over helping us on a few projects - mostly stuff related from the move, how did we get so much junk? And why does it take so long to go through everything? Ugh! But we finally got our garage organized, baby stuff packed up that Allie has outgrown that we're saving for the next (hopefully), and a garbage disposal installed in our kitchen sink! YAY!

I've also been thankful for candy crush saga (I play it like crazy while pumping at work), pinterest to brain storm ideas for Allie's first birthday (what did I ever do before pinterest?!) and that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is back on. (I'm guilty of liking that crap, I admit it)

I'm thankful for our cozy fireplace and wonderful kitties who are so good with our baby.

And I'm especially thankful for my little sweetie pie. Every minute of every day I can't believe how lucky I am to be a momma and to experience such wonder and joy and see her grow up. She started clapping her hands yesterday, so cute, and oh my how I wanted to cry like a super sap. Its just surreal to think that she's going to be one soon. I'm freaking out inside!
My Allie Banana is almost 10 months old!
Speaking of which, I still haven't  made up a monthly recap photo from her 8 and 9 month old photos - time is freaking flying by!  

My little munchkin and her two teefers!
Its so hard to find the balance between enjoying the moments of life, capturing those moments and then going back to organize and preserve the memories. I don't know how so many awesome mom bloggers do it - do they just never sleep? (Probably)
 A whole month went by where I didn't use my good camera and its mostly iphone shots. (I could kick myself for all those times were I was too busy/too tired to break out my good camera.) 
On top of that I started working on a mega "Year One" photo book and started trying to go through all the 2,000+ plus photos I have already. (Yes, you heard me. I have over 2,000 photos and she's not even one. Ridic.)
It feels like a hot mess. It is a hot mess. My photos are not organized or categorized really. They are just dumped into folders with the date I downloaded them. I'm trying to go through and calculate how many weeks old she is at each date and organize them and its just so much. So many to go through and cull. And its like a snowball, I'm only taking more and adding more to the mess. Eeeek. Super overwhelming. I shoulda just done what my mother & grandma taught me: do it right the first time. sigh.
So learn from my mistake - if you plan on doing a photo book, or a weekly series of photos, or you just are another crazy phototaking mom and you know you are going to take a bazillion, I would highly recommend organizing your photos in some sort of system as you download them off your camera. (Don't do my mistake: "I'm in a hurry, baby's gonna wake up, gotta get the CF card empty to go take pics, I'll organize these later". LATER sucks.) Whether its into folders "4 weeks, 5 weeks, 6 weeks, etc" or "3 months, 4 months" etc. - do it as you go. That's my hindsight advice ;) more forthcoming I'm sure....I always learn things the hard way. ha ha
Man I'm thankful that its Friday!

Monday, November 4, 2013

A month of thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving! – I love the traditions (the family going around the table saying what we're each thankful for), the weather, the gorgeous spectacle of nature, the food..mmmmm, the big (sometimes dysfunctional) family get-to-gethers.

And now that we are a full family with a little one of our own, I’m so excited to start some traditions of our own. (Like this idea I saw on pinterest, what a fun idea!) 

Besides starting traditions for the Thanksgiving Day, I've decided that that I’m going to use the whole month of November to really want to celebrate all the many things and people that I'm thankful for! Why do it just one day? 

My plan:

1)     Being publicly thankful everyday! I’m doing this by posting on Facebook every day one thing I’m thankful for. I felt kind of cheesy and dorky doing this at first, feeling a little hesitant because of what people might think – but then I decided I don’t care if people think I’m being a dweeb or annoying or bragging. When I’m thankful – no matter how small or stupid the thing – it make me happy. And who can hate on happy?   

2)     Carve out some time to write some notes and cards to tell the people around me how much I’m thankful for them. Sounds bad to say “this is a big one for me” but I hate the time that goes into writing cards/buying stamps/addressing letters when emails are so much easier. But I think that a handwritten note carries so much more meaning and are appreciated more. There are some people in my life going through hard times especially now, so I’m gonna skip fun lunch outings with coworkers, and work on a note every day during lunch.

3)     Do some nice things for others I’m thankful for – make cookies, some crafts, send photos, fix things, etc. Its hard to find time - especially when my baby isn't sleeping through the night at all (I'm so tired I could cry).... BUT I’m thinking I can squeeze in an hour a week to do this. Brain storming some ideas!

4)     Blog about my gratitude and fixate on the good during a season that gets a little chaotic. I find it easy to get dragged down on the things that are wrong/bad/ugly/missing in life sometimes. To focus on the bad instead of the good. Sometimes I have trouble ignoring that little voice, that miserable little critic in my head. But I’ve found what works – being thankful and appreciative for the many blessings I do have, it buoys my spirits on those bad days.
So to start…I’m very thankful that we were able to buy that cute little gingerbread house that you see in the photo. That's our new house :) It was a six-month process (nothing short about a short sale!) and so many times we almost didn’t close on it. But we made it through and even though its a fixer-upper inside and I have a list 10 pages long of things that need to be done to fix it or a list of things I don't like about it that we are years away from changing....but I'm going to just ignore that list and say, I’m so thankful for it.

 I'm thankful my hubby worked so many overtime hours so we could afford it. I'm thankful it has a fireplace (YAY!) a master bedroom that can fit TWO night stands, a garage to hold lots of our crap. I'm thankful its surrounded by acreage and has a great little barn. I'm thankful its quiet and private, its peaceful and safe. I'm thankful for the potential it has down the road. I'm thankful to have a great home to raise my family in. I'm thankful its ours finally.

Let the thanksgivinglovefest begin!


Any great Thanksgiving traditions or ideas? Are you doing anything special in November to show thanks?

~ K.