Monday, November 17, 2014

Teething doesn't have to be a nightmare with Baby Orajel Naturals Nighttime Teething Gel!

I was given a free sample of Baby Orajel Naturals Nighttime Teething Gel from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review.

My Little K is 10 months old and he already has six teeth. Lo and behold last night before bed he was getting super fussy, way more than normal. I looked in his mouth because he'd been chewing on his hands and what did I see? Tooth number seven is making an appearance and he sure is not happy about it. This might explain the night time wakings this past week when he's normally pretty good about sleeping through the night. Since I'd received this sample from Smiley360, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. I rubbed a little bit on his gums (just a pea sized amount is all you need) and waited to see what would happen. He did start to calm down, but I also was breastfeeding him so I'm sure that had something to do with it as well.

It was 10 pm when he fell asleep. (Don't judge. He took a nap until almost 6 pm, so he wasn't ready very early.) He did not wake up until 8:30 am the next morning. Now I don't know for sure if it was the calming and soothing ingredients of chamomile or passion flower that did the trick or that he just happened to get back on his schedule of sleeping through the night last night. I guess we will wait and see. But I will definitely give this a shot again if he appears to be experiencing teething pain. I feel much more comfortable giving him this medicine than others since it is Benzocaine free, Belladonna free, Paraben free, and dye free. Remember, it should only be used on infants ages 4 months and older unless your doctor says otherwise.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The First Christmas Ever - Book Review

I got the chance to review a Christmas children's book for Book Look Bloggers.
It was nice to have this opportunity at this time of year.

The First Christmas Ever is Illustrated by Dennis Jones. It is a retelling of the Christmas story (the birth of Christ) in a way that children can understand. The illustrations are fun and colorful. I think it does a great job of telling the story of Jesus' birth in an entertaining way as well. There's extra detail added like the KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK on the innkeeper's door. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Jesus is born. It says, "All babies are special, but Mary's baby was extra special!" That's for sure! This book also has a couple of pages at the end that tell about what Jesus did as he grew up. It keeps it pretty simple, saying that Jesus started doing God's work and preaching about God's love, but that the birth of baby Jesus was "just the beginning of something wonderful for the world." Reading this book got me interested in checking out some of Dennis Jones' other illustrated Bible stories. This is a good book to read to your children for Christmas. If you have a young child and you want to teach them about the true meaning of Christmas, I suggest picking up this book. At the low price of $1.99, it's a great stocking stuffer!

I receive these books free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookLook Bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

O is for Others

On Sunday, I attended my cousin's fiancee's baby shower. It was full of family and friends and fun shower games. My aunt always puts on great baby showers. One of the games we played was the A through Z of baby necessities. You were supposed to list something you need for a baby that started with each letter of the alphabet. When we finished, we passed our papers to someone else and if they saw anything that they thought was questionable on the paper, they brought it up to the whole group. We then raised our hands if we thought it should not be counted.

For the letter O, I put "others". Others. As in other people. I was voted down. I was told it should not be counted because, according to my aunt, she didn't need anyone. She raised her baby by herself while her husband was deployed.

Let me tell you what's wrong with that. My aunt did not raise her baby by herself. She lived away from the rest of her family at the time, but I'm quite sure she called them up on the phone from time to time for advice. I'm quite sure she talked to her mother, who had raised a very large family. I'm quite sure that, even though her husband was on deployment, she was able to talk to him or write to him. She thought about him and he thought about her. She was not "on her own".

I see this theme going with single mothers. They talk about doing it "on their own". Sure, I will give you that there are some women who truly are out there without any friends or family around. But that's my point. They are really struggling to get by, aren't they? They can't do it on their own. What about the baby sitter who watches their child while they are working to put food on the table? What about the teacher who teaches their child when she gets old enough to go to school? No one can do it on their own. If they think that they can, they are sorely mistaken. We are social individuals and we need each other to thrive. So don't ever let anyone tell you that you don't need others to help your child grow and thrive. You are the most important part of your child's life, but don't discount the contribution of others. Don't ever take it for granted.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, T-Rex!

Two years ago today, I was worrying a little bit. I was worried that I would have my baby before I could finish the last two weeks of my online course I was taking for my Master's degree! I remember e-mailing the professor from my ipod at the hospital (I went in at about 7:30 am) and telling her that I didn't know if I was going to be able to finish out the class. It turns out I was right because on November 11, 2012, "T-Rex" was born! He was 19 days early, so he was a little guy. He's sure grown since then!

We had a great day for his birthday party Saturday, and I wanted to share it with you all. Thanks to the Birthday Party Ideas on the PBS Kids website, we were able to throw a Daniel Tiger birthday party that T-Rex loved! There weren't a lot of people there, just family and one neighbor. T-Rex still had a blast.

He munched on "Tiger Tails" (Cheetos). He'd never had Cheetos before. He sure loved them. Little K even had a tiny sample of one.

His favorite part was wearing the masks we printed out from the website. He seemed more interested in being the other characters besides Daniel Tiger, though he did take his turn with him too. Big Sister even got in on the fun!

I tried out the mask and so did Dad!

We didn't go all out on the birthday cake. If we would have hired someone to do it or I'd been crafty enough to do it myself, it would have been Daniel Tiger. Instead, it was just a tiger. T-Rex loved it just the same.

Thanks for stopping by to celebrate T-Rex's birthday with us! He sure had a great time!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Little K's Incredible Journey - Ten Months Old

You are ten months old already! I almost can't believe how fast time has flown by. You are still growing like a weed. You have six teeth - four on top and two on bottom. You love to laugh and smile. You wrestle with your brother and sister and throw balls around the room and crawl after them. You can walk while pushing your walker around the room now, so I think you will be walking on your own pretty soon. I think on your 11 month post I will be saying that you're walking.

You have been talking more, and I even think you have been saying some words though it's hard to tell. One time I was in the bathroom and you were outside the door. Dad said you opened and closed your hands a few times and it sounded like you said "Open." You say "ba" when you throw the ball. You say "Dada" when you see Dad (and for some reason when you get really mad) and you say "Mama" too. Mama really was your first word because you said it when you wanted me, but you were saying "dada" and "baba" before just making noises. This past weekend you started saying "Woah!" when you heard a sudden noise like the phone ringing or when you threw a ball. I think you are going to be like your big sister and start talking in sentences when you are 18 months old at this rate!

You are eating real foods now. You have eaten a little bit of crust off a pizza, french fries, and a couple weeks ago you had your first taste of KFC (though you just ate mashed potatoes, baked beans and green beans). You love food, that's for sure! You are really good at feeding yourself, but you like me to feed you too.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's Turkey Time! - Fall Painting Craft

It's going to be Thanksgiving soon, so what better Fall painting craft to do with my boys than the classic hand print turkeys? This was Little K's first time painting, so it was an interesting experience for him. T-Rex loves to paint now, so if I ask him if he wants to paint the answer is always "Mmm Hmm!!" I am waiting for him to point to the paints some day and ask if he can paint before I bring it up!

First, I traced their hands. It was a little difficult because toddlers and babies have squirmy hands. I think I still did a pretty good job. These are T-Rex's hands.

Then it was time to paint. In hindsight, I probably should have drawn the turkey features on T-Rex's turkey first. I should have known he'd cover the whole paper. I will have to draw the face on the other turkey after it dries.

T-Rex's final product

For Little K, I just put a little paint on the paper and let him smear it around. Next time, I think I'll tape the paper to his table because he kept trying to pick it up and eat it!

Little K's final product

I sure love painting with my boys! I love how each of the paintings are so unique to them. I just let them do their own thing and it turns out so cute every time. I loathe cookie cutter art that all looks the same!
Take some time and try this old classic with your little ones. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Heal your dry skin with Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair lotion - Review

I received a full size sample of Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair lotion from Influenster in exchange for my review. Vaseline's new Intensive Care Advanced Repair lotion is "Clinically proven to heal very dry skin in 5 days."

I have tried Vaseline products before and have found them to be very helpful in soothing my dry skin. Right now, I am lucky to not have very dry skin. I haven't hit that season yet. But once the winter rolls around, my skin tends to get very dry. My hands take a beating with all the diaper changes and subsequent hand washings!

The kit came with test strips so you could see how dry your skin was before you use the lotion and after. My test strip appeared to show that I had normal to dry skin. After applying the lotion, I could see it was a lot closer to the normal level. (It was hard to get a good picture of how to see your dryness level, but basically if you see any kind of lines or flakes on the test strip, you have dry skin.) It was completely smooth on the after strip.

My son loves lotion, so he wanted to get in on the action too. I was not afraid to let him use a little since this lotion is fragrance free. It also contains micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly and since I often use Vaseline to sooth my son's diaper chapped skin, I wasn't afraid to let him give it a try.

My skin feels so soft and smooth now! It's not greasy at all, which I love! I have tried generic brands of Vaseline Intensive Care lotion and I was not impressed. I have a full bottle of a generic brand right now that I am getting ready to throw out because it's not greasy, but it's almost like a paste! It doesn't make my skin feel smooth or reduce dryness and itching. After putting this new Vaseline lotion on my skin, I'd be willing to shell out a little bit extra to get the real thing and have smooth, soft skin.

You can see in this picture how the lotion absorbed right into my skin with no greasiness.

Trying out this lotion made me think of my mother. She always has very dry skin on her hands. I think I will give her some of this to try out next time I see her. I'll let you all know how it turns out!