Friday, March 30, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sleeping Beauty

We found Vera napping like this earlier this week.

She makes us smile!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Natural Treatment for Cradle Cap

Most babies experience cradle cap at some point, and my sweet Cordelia is no exception.

Today I decided to treat her cradle cap, even though I know it doesn't bother her.  It bothers me a little bit, and I don't like how random strangers feel free to comment on my baby's dermatological issues.

Here's how to naturally treat cradle cap quickly and easily!

You will need:
-warm water
-a soft washcloth
-coconut oil
-a fine-tooth comb or baby nail brush
Make sure your baby is happy and relaxed before starting this process.  Try doing it right after a feeding with your baby in a comfortable position.

Place a washcloth moistened with warm water on the affected area of the baby's head or forehead.  Gently rub the washcloth over the area to soften the skin.  (Alternatively, you could do this treatment after a bath.)

Apply a small amount of coconut oil on the baby's scalp or forehead using your fingers.  The heat from your hand will melt the oil.  Massage the oil gently into your baby's skin.

Using a fine-tooth comb or a baby nail brush, very gently scrape the "scales" off, combing in the opposite direction of the way they are laying.  Wipe away the removed scales using the warm washcloth.

Continue this process until the majority of the scales are removed.  The skin may be slightly red for a little bit after the treatment.

Here you can see a before and after of Cordelia's cradle cap:
before
after (still not completely better, but much improved!)
I didn't get all of the cradle cap off with the first treatment, but I will keep working at it.  I still think it looks much better than it did before!

Looking for a great place to buy coconut oil? Try Vitacost! I got a 54 oz. container of organic, extra-virgin coconut oil for about $15 shipped because of the $10 credit you get when you first join! It's a great deal (cheaper than Amazon).

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sneaky Muffins

I don't have a difficult time getting Vera to eat healthy foods, so I don't have to "sneak" fruits and veggies into her diet.  BUT, I made these moist, delicious, "sneaky muffins" today for her and she absolutely loved them!  She called them cookies and thoroughly enjoyed eating them for dessert after lunch.  I felt great knowing that she was getting whole grains, fruit, and veggies.   

Tad and I enjoyed them too!

If you have a picky eater, these might be a great way to get those veggies in their tummies!

Sneaky Muffins
     adapted from this recipe

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sucanat (or less, if desired)
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 small jar of baby food (such as carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, mixed veggies, etc.)
2 carrots, grated (or about 12 baby carrots)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour (fresh ground is better)
1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Fill muffin tins with paper liners or grease them.  (This recipe makes 16 regular sized muffins or 24+ mini muffins.)

In a medium-sized mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat together the butter and the sucanat until smooth.  Add the remaining wet ingredients and combine.  Add the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.

Spoon the batter into the muffin liners.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow muffins to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove the muffins to cool on a wire rack.

These will last for two days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.  They also freeze well!
Enjoy!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Family Walks

We've been walking in our neighborhood lots lately.  The weather has been perfect... not too hot yet, but warm enough and sunny!  Vera loves it because she gets to see doggies (she actually asks about 20x a day, "doggies? doggies?").  When we walk past a yard, she'll ask, "Do you see a doggie?"  It's so cute.  We're learning the names of the dogs in our neighborhood (and meeting neighbors, too) and it's fun to see Vera so delighted with the dogs, even when they bark at her.  We see a few kitties (which Vera calls "meows") too.
 

Cordelia enjoys the walks (she usually falls asleep by the time we reach the end of our sidewalk) and I know the sunshine is good for her.
 

The sunshine is good for me too!  I haven't really dealt with the "baby blues" as much this time as last, and I think part of that is because it is spring and I've been able to get out and soak in the sun!  We walk about 1.5 miles every day, so I'm hoping this will help me continue to walk off the baby weight. :)
Tad and I enjoy the time together, since we are able to carry on a pretty uninterrupted conversation with each other during our walk.
Does your family like to walk together?  In the future, we look forward to riding bikes in our neighborhood too!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Do you think...

Do you think baby Cordelia looks like her Mommy, her Daddy, or a combination?  See her picture yesterday.
Aliesha

Tad

Friday, March 23, 2012

Cordelia's One Month Old!


It's hard to believe it, but Cordelia is one month old today!  (Here's Vera at one month)
 

Some milestones:
-nurses a lot :)
-is really growing!
-weighs approximately 11 pounds
-started wearing cloth diapers this week
-loves taking walks and being worn in a wrap
-wears some newborn clothing, but mostly 0-3 or 3 month stuff now
-this week started to really maintain prolonged eye-contact... so sweet!
-still has lots of dark hair
-doesn't look as much like Vera as I originally thought she did (she has her own look!)
-is quite a little cuddle-bug!

My mom used this rocking chair to photograph me every month of my first year, and we also used it for Vera's first year!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Streeeetch!

I love watching Cordelia stretch!
I just posted a review on She {hearts} It of her adorable little outfit from PAIGELAUREN Baby!  Read my review of PAIGELAUREN Baby here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jeopardy

"I'll take "Parenting" for $500."

"Answer: Because I didn't have enough laundry to do already."

"Question:  Why did you choose this week to start potty training Vera and cloth diapering Cordelia?"

"That is correct! For $500."
unrelated, happy bath photo

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dug Down Deep

We just finished studying a great book with some of our youth called Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths that Last by Joshua Harris.  The newest edition (paperback) comes with a group discussion guide in the back of the book.

This book is a theology primer and was perfect for teaching our kids about the study of God and why it matters.  Each chapter discusses a different theological principle and its significance in our lives. 

While it is simple enough for high-schoolers to understand, this book is not "watered-down" in any way.  Tad and I both gleaned a lot from it personally as we studied it in order to teach it!

Here's a quick promo video (that's pretty fun to watch) that explains more about the book:


We had four students go through the book with us (two of them are pictured above), with a couple of visitors now and then too.  We met on Saturday mornings over breakfast and many times some of the youth stayed to hang out long after the study itself was over!  We treasure times like those.

Tad and I both highly recommend Dug Down Deep either for personal study or for a small group discussion!  It would also make a great gift for graduates.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patty's

Couldn't resist posting a couple of pics from Cordelia's first St. Patrick's Day!
Love those sweet cheeks!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mothers

*These photos are from a few weeks ago, so if it looks like Cordelia got smaller, that's why. :)

Living so far from our families is hard.  It could be worse... we could live even farther away!  We are blessed that both of our families live close enough that they can come visit (and we can visit them) on a pretty regular basis.  But it's still hard on a daily and weekly basis to be apart from them!

Both my mom and Tad's mom came to stay for a few days (at different times) after Cordelia was born.  We were tremendously blessed by their service to our family while they were here!

My mom was here for Cordelia's birth and she stayed to help with Vera for a few days afterwards too.  She was an incredible support and encouragement to me in labor!  Vera had such a good time with her, though she did her best to try and wear out her Mimi!  They played together lots and Vera loved all of the one-on-one attention!  My mom also helped make meals for us while she was here, which was such a blessing. 

A few days after my mom went home, Tad's mom came to visit!  (She and Tad's dad came to see Cordelia at the hospital the day she was born.)  Vera had tons of fun going on walks with her Grammy, putting stickers in her sticker book, and playing with glowsticks on the porch after dark.  Tad's mom helped us so much and we enjoyed her fantastic cooking and the great fellowship each night over coffee.
 

We were so sad to see both our moms go back home, but we were truly thankful for the sweet time we got to spend with them! 

“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  
Proverbs 31:29-30

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

aden + anais

Today on She {hearts} It, I am reviewing aden + anais swaddling blankets (pictured on Cordelia, below)!
Read the review to find out why I love these blankets so much!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

First Sunday

We took Cordelia to church for the first time last Sunday!
 
 

My family was in town too. 
Tad was preaching, which made Cordelia's first Sunday extra special.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Family of 4 Photos

Shannon (who also took my maternity photos this time around) was sweet enough to come over last week and shoot some photos of Cordelia and our whole family!  I just love how they turned out!  Here's one of my favorite shots.

For the rest of the pictures, visit Shannon's blog!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sunny Days

Not to rub it in if you live somewhere that is still cold right now... but it was 70 degrees here today! 
 

Looks like sunny days are upon us! 
 

Don't be too jealous... "spring" is actually very short here.  It gets unbearably hot by May :) so we like to enjoy this temperate weather while it lasts!
 

We all enjoyed some time outside today.

Vera would have made it into some pictures if she'd been interested, but she would rather chase the kitty!
 Thankful for my sweet hubby's willingness to take these photos!
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