Apparently taking a series of diluted bleach water baths will relieve Eczema for children. A recent study was done on children ranging in age from 6 months to 17 years showing

“such rapid improvement in eczema and infection symptoms that the researchers stopped the study early, so that children in the placebo group could get the same amount of relief.”

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m never a big fan of using chemicals on skin, especially my child’s. While it’s great these kids are getting some relief, I wonder what side effects or problems down the road will sprout from these chemical baths.

You definitely won’t catch my kids in a study like this.



April 28, 2009

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Best Saturday Ever

April 25, 2009

Yesterday was an awesome start to our weekend. Jackson, Archer, and I spent most of the day outside enjoying the breezy 80 degree weather. I got some yard work done, hung blankets out to dry (one of my favorite things), and brought all the plants crowding my kitchen counters out for some well deserved sun and rain. The evening was also wonderful with the breeze picking up and coming through our OPEN windows. Archer and I made a late run to the grocers to grab the essentials:

strawberries (for my first attempt at making a pie: strawberry rhubarb)

and … !!!

fudge pops!

When we got home John was grilling chicken legs. So, with my appetite that so closely resembles that of a pregnant woman, I went ahead and gave in to my cravings and thoroughly enjoyed a fudge pop, 3 chicken legs, and another fudge pop for good measure.

Today, is said to be (by me) the best Saturday ever. We have plans to finish prettying our yard, clean house, and then go over to some friends’ house for gardening and probably some wine.

Yay for warm weather!

Spitting Crickets

April 22, 2009

Last Saturday we woke up WAY too early for my taste, and went to an Easter celebration at John’s place of work. It was really nice. There was a catered breakfast, games, an egg hunt, an art station, and time to spend with the Easter bunny. Fun was had by all. *smirk*

After that we came home to get ready for the bug bowl at Purdue. Archer took his first stroller ride and Jackson spit his first cricket! Of course I didn’t get a picture of the actual spitting of the cricket; only pictures of before and after–thanks to slow cameras. Jackson also had the chance to try out fencing with his daddy. It was a fun Saturday.


April 21, 2009

Today I went to a seminar about elimination communication at the local natural food market. I had been planning to start ‘EC’ with Archer after doing some reading and seeing a friend successfully go diaper free with her little girl. For us, it seems like a natural option. After the talk today, I decided that we are ready to start. Hearing this mother’s experience about going diaper free with her 3 children, helped me to realize that Archer and I have already been on our way to being diaper free. I’ve been picking up on his cues, and have now found other signs that I didn’t see as cues before, but now am aware. I have had the ‘phantom pee’ sensation, I have experienced him being fussy in the evenings and not becoming satisfied with eating, sleeping, rocking, walking, or anything, and I have also been experiencing a sort of ‘disturbed nursing’ where he nurses, stops, nurses some more, but never really settles down to enjoy his meal. All these signs have been Archer trying to tell me he needs to potty. So, tonight I successfully picked up on a few cues, and have pottied him 3 times already!

One thing that encouraged me today was when the speaker was talking about the 3 things that young babies do–eat, sleep, poop. So, if they aren’t satisfied with eating or sleeping, your next option is the potty. Babies are born with the ability to voluntarily eliminate, and they naturally do not enjoy sitting in their own pee and poop. What we do is train babies to get used to sitting in their pee, and then at the age society has chosen to be the time to start using the potty, we are essentially telling them to un-learn what we have been teaching them since they were born. I think it will be easier using EC than potty training my 2 year old. And, after becoming aware of the fact that babies can control their bowels and would prefer to not sit in them, I don’t feel right about letting Archer sit in his wet diaper. I would much rather respond to his needs by letting him potty somewhere other than in his pants.

In other cultures using EC is the norm. Our 3 and 4 year olds running around in pull-ups is ridiculous to mothers in many other counties. Of course, in third world countries this is what they do and have always done. They wear their babies and are close enough with them to pick up on their cues for when they need to eat or potty. Fortunately, I am able to stay at home with Archer. I’ll have the time to bond with him and respond to his elimination needs.

To me, this is just another way to give my son everything he needs to be happy and healthy.

farmer’s market

April 15, 2009

I turned in the contract to be a temporary vendor at the downtown market this year! I couldn’t imagine not vending a few times. I had such a fun time last year.

Cool Cat

April 13, 2009

This was Jackson’s Easter attire this year. The jacket was his daddy’s when he was little.

Have you ever seen such a cool cat?

Blessing Way

April 13, 2009

I was recently invited to my midwife’s Blessing Way. I had never heard of this, so I looked it up. It’s an alternative to a baby shower that was originally a Navajo ceremony for women’s rite of passage into motherhood. The modern version is a celebration of the the upcoming birth, a new mother, and/or a mother having another child. I am so excited to be a part of this. At this particular Blessing Way, there will be a belly dancer teaching about the long time tradition of using belly dancing during labor. How cool! Another activity that you might see at a Blessing Way is this:

Prayer Flags: Inspired by Tibetan prayer flags, these are strips of cloth that are cut about 3″ X 18″ (or any other size you choose). They are handed to each guest to write a birth blessing or positive message on it. When the guests are through the mother is given the flags to read and take with her to her place of birth. Messages can be anything. Some examples include: “You are a strong woman.” “You can do all things through God.” “Your baby will be born at the right time.”

I love it!

An aside:

When John and I were talking about this, we could not resist referring to it as ‘A blessing, wey!’ As if we were Mexicans casually discussing a blessing. We are silly.

Rainy Day

April 13, 2009

Have you ever had one of those days when you are at work, it’s raining, and all you want to do is go home and crawl under the covers? Well, guess where I am right now? … In my bed under the covers! We are having a lazy day at home.


April 13, 2009

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