Saturday, October 27, 2007

Date Night

Big Red and I gotta go to Johnny Carino's last night...alone! Thank you for watching our little Karrots...and for having us over after. You guys are awesome!

Teaching Karrots to surf channels...

Pacifier: Accepted

Karrots actually took the pacifier yesterday. She was screaming and so I thought I'd try it and she sucked on it for like 1/2 hour (off and on)!

Anti-Religious Movie

Supposedly there's an email going around that says the following:

There will be a new Children's movie out in December called THE GOLDEN COMPASS. It is written by Phillip Pullman, a proud athiest who belongs to secular humanist societies. He hates C. S. Lewis' Chronical's of Narnia and has written a trilogy to show the other side. The movie has been dumbed down to fool kids and their parents in the hope that they will buy his trilogy where in the end the children kill God and everyone can do as they please. Nicole Kidman stars in the movie so it will probably be advertised a lot. This is just a friendly warning that you sure won't hear on the regular TV.

Snopes has is dubbed as true. Just thought I'd let ya'all know!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Midwife Postpartum Appointment

Well, for all those who are curious, I'll answer the question I've been getting for weeks - Karrots weighs 12 lbs. 12 oz. (14 oz. with clothes and diaper so 12 is a guess).

For my nipple she recommends doing the salt bath with sea salt and then using Neosporin, which she argues is the same consistancy as Lanolin, i.e. it will be easy to wipe off. She's also in agreement with doing the pumping and bottle.

My tear's just about healed except a little abrasion which she put silver nitrate on to speed up recovery. She wants to see me back in a week.

Thank you, Gina, for coming with me and looking after our little angel. You rock!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

She's Laughing!

Seriously, I may not have it on video, but Karrots has been laughing. Not just smiling, but making different tones of laughter. Here's my feble attempt at catching it on video...note that the camera distracts her. I think she's aware of my plans to capture her cuteness and thwarts them!

Umbillical Hernias

As my mom's been trying to get me to bring Karrots to the doctor for her belly, I thought I'd post some info on umbillical hernias...

Even though it may look uncomfortable for your baby, umbilical hernias don't usually cause any pain. Sometimes they can be gently pushed back inside the abdominal wall with little discomfort to your baby. Says Dr Emery Cooper: The bulge should normally give way to gentle pressure applied by the finger tip and should cause no pain to your baby.' The muscle walls will then gradually close up as normal. In many cases, if the hernia only protrudes during straining (doctors call this 'reducible'), this will happen naturally anyway. As your baby grows, the strong abdominal muscles will close the gap, and the hernia will grow smaller. This can sometimes take up to five years...

...Although most umbilical hernias heal by themselves and doctors prefer not to carry out invasive treatment, sometimes surgery is the only option. This happens when the hernia does not retract or when the protruding bowel or intestine becomes stuck, causing a blockage. This is potentially serious and urgent surgery will be recommended.

The word hernia conjures up thoughts of surgery, and appropriately so since many types of hernia are best treated with surgery. Umbilical hernias are an exception to this and are not a cause for alarm. In the not too distant past, the most popular treatment for umbilical hernias was to push in the pouch and tape a coin over the belly button to prevent it from pooching out again. Most of the time this worked and the umbilical hernia disappeared by the time the baby was a year old. Umbilical bands or straps were a variation on this theme.

We now know that not using a coin, band, or strap works just as well -- and avoids skin irritation. Over 85 per cent of umbilical hernias will disappear by age one even if you do nothing at all. Predictably, the smaller the hernia (not the smaller the balloon, but the smaller the opening in the belly wall) the more likely the hernia is to close by itself. Still, even large hernias (6 cm opening) have been known to close pontaneously by 5 years of age. Those that first appear after 6 months of age are less likely to correct themselves.

Many umbilical hernias close spontaneously by ages 3 to 4. If closure does not occur by this time, surgical repair is usually advised. In younger children, if there is an episode of incarceration or if the hernia is very large, surgical repair may be recommended.

Ninety percent of umbilical hernias heal on their own by the time the child is 3 or 4 years old. Therefore, your surgeon will probably recommend waiting until your child is 3 or 4 before advising surgical repair.

Here's pictures of Karrots' hernia:

This is what it looks like when it's got pressure and is protruding

It goes back in if you play with it

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

8 Random Things About my Kitchen

I've been tagged by Daja to blog eight random things about my kitchen.

  1. We have a spice rack that we had registered from our wedding. I have only used about 4 of the spices as that's all I recognize...but it looks good!
  2. When we moved in here we bought a really cool baker's rack from Target. If the little shelf on the top were any bigger, that part wouldn't fit. It was totally a God-buy!
  3. We have a book case full of photo albums, comics, Bibles, etc. in our dining/kitchen area.
  4. We can't get to a few of the storage areas because we have too much stuff stacked up in front of them.
  5. We have to keep our microwave in the dining area (right next to our dining table) because there's no room for it in the kitchen.
  6. Our dining room table is a small card table that barely sits 4 people. Complete with folded chairs!
  7. The fan over the stove is pointless. It blows the smoke right in your face as you're cooking. (Not that I catch much on fire!)
  8. When we moved in our dishwasher wasn't bolted down so it would fall slightly every time we'd pull out a drawer. The handy man has since secured it so that now you can't place a bowl in the far back of the top drawer.

Nipple Update

No, it still hasn't healed, but there's hope!...

Our pastor's wife, Janet, has told us a few times about how well she feels she knows Karrots due to all of the pictures I have posted. She knows her little feet, her hands, and even my boobs. (Har, har!) Well, since she knows my breasts so well, I decided I'd ask her to pray for my sore. While telling her what was wrong I broke down. I didn't even know how frustrated I was until I started talking about it. She prayed and offered some ointment she got from Alaska (Kaastein?) that is made of a flower that bears used to heal themselves. (I'm supposed to get it Thurs. and I'll let you know what I find out about it once I know how to spell it!)

As I've already mentioned, Sunday we got a new bottle that Karrots has taken to. Also, Monday my mom brought over an older version of the Avent manual pump that I have and it actually works! (Dear Avent, just because your pump was a hit, doesn't give you a reason to be cheapskates with the new models...they don't work and people are figuring it out.)

This morning, I breastfed Karrots at around 5:30 am and then had to change her. I don't usually since she stays awake, but let's just say her diaper had exceeded its limit. While changing her she spit up blood. Yum!

As a result of the prayer, and the fact I now have a working pump (thanks Sandy!) and bottle, I think it's time to give my nipple a break. I started pumping it today and giving the milk to her in the bottle. I was very hesitant to at first because I didn't want to lose her to the bottle, but now that everything is lining up and my nipple hasn't gotten any better, it's time...and I think it's truly helping! There is a nice coat of what may become skin (or nipple?)! Praise God! Please pray that it heals fast so I can get back to giving her the intimacy of breastfeeding and more of my time and not just the milk.

Also, I've come down with a cold which involves lots of phlegm and a voice change. Please pray about that as well. Pray God will keep the rest of my family healthy. Also that I'll get better!

*For all of you wondering, I have an appointment with Simona Thursday for my 6 week postpartum check up (yes, it will be more like 8 weeks). I wanted to make sure the tear had healed okay as it was still quite tender even after 6 weeks and was a little pink as if it was new skin.

Casa Hogar Update

We got a call from Cisco today letting us know that the winds had blown the fire away from Casa Hogar. Praise God! Thank you all for your prayers!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Please Pray - Casa Hogar

We just got a call that the hills above Casa Hogar are on fire. This is the foster home that Big Red and I met at and continue to support. Everyone is crowded in one room as there is a lot of ash and smoke. They're packed, ready to evacuate if necessary.

This is just crazy timing as they just finished building the school on their property. It has a music room, dentist, and is for elementary grades. They plan on ministering to the community by bringing in kids to teach. The government had kicked them out of the community school because they were putting a strain on the system and built them a "school" out of garage doors with an outhouse with a tire as a seat. The new school is to replace that.

God's been providing for them so pray He continues to protect the kids and the property.


As Karrots didn't take to the Avent bottles, we opted on trying the Breastflow ones and picked up a kit from Babies R Us on Sunday. Guess what! They worked! Now Big Red and I can have nights out and my expressed breastmilk won't go to waste!! Only the kit came with lids for storage, but it doesn't specify if it's good for the freezer. I'm guessing yes...

New noises

Favorite Faces of Karrots

She looks like she's praying...

Our little angel...

Little Rascals anyone?!


Goofy shot!

Her model pose...

She looks like she's made of porcelin


I LOVE that smile!

Sleeping at her grandparents'

Our little couch potato...she's watching TV