Sunday, March 29, 2015

Homemade Baby Wipes

Yes, we make our own baby wipes. After having Cecelia, I started to read and research on the internet different parenting options that I wasn't thinking prior to being a momma. I learned that I wanted to be a cloth diaper momma but knew that since I work, more loads of laundry in the week were not an option. Sanity please! So as a compromise to my consciousness, I decided making baby wipes wan't a big deal and it made me feel better.  

I've tried many different recipes from the web and have found the formula I like best. I started making them with Coletyn (baby #2) and didn't even think twice about not doing them with Charlotte. Cecelia got the world's worst sores on her bum from her continual poopies. That little sensitive skin would bleed it was traumatizing for me! We soaked her butt twice a day and dried with a hair dryer. Coletyn never had as much as a diaper rash and I give all the credit to these wipes!

Coconut oil- 2 tsp
Lavender essential oil- 3 drops
2 cups hot, hot water
half a roll of paper towels (cut a roll in half with a serrated knife)

Coconut oil at room temperature is a solid. When mixed in the hot water it turns to liquid form. I have seen recipe with fractionated coconut oil that is a liquid form but I always have coconut oil on hand so it is cheaper.

So, mix the coconut oil and lavender in the hot 2 cups of water until oil is no longer clumpy and pour into container.

Put in half a roll of paper towel. I always like to put the rough/cut edge on the bottom. You'll see it is bigger than the container... no problem. Squish it down, put the lid on and dump upside down.

Let sit for 5-10 minutes and then turn upright and open. They now fit in the container. If the towels aren't wet all the way through, put the lid back on and turn over for a few minutes longer. The water will wick to the tops.

Once wet all the way through, the roll out of the center will slide right out.

Then, you use them from the center, outward. So easy I made them while holding Charlotte!!

A word on storage... moisture + heat = MOLD
I've had my run-ins with mold and these. So this is what I do. First of all, I leave the lid completely off until they have cooled down, about half of a day. After that, I never secure the lid on them. I leave it a jar so that there is air flow. It takes us less than a week to go through one half a roll. Other ways to prevent mold are to use distilled water. I think we are cursed in our house to begin with as we get mold in other places so they may be completely fine in another house. After I am back to work or the baby starts solids, I will no longer make these any more as we won't go through them fast enough before mold grows.

How they sit in our changing setup is below. In the background, is my second container (I only have two that rotate) that I will make the next batch in when I think there is only one or two more poops worth of wipes in the container.

I am truly serious when saying that I attribute no diaper rash or sores to these wipes. The lavender is calming and the coconut oil is soothing. Not to mention no harsh chemicals from the store bought brands. Side note- something I learned with Cecelia... diaper wipes are only to clean poops. One must dry the bum prior to wrapping back up in the diaper. No one tells you that! Sorry Cecelia, I didn't know!

Did I say I love these wipes enough? I love them so much I've started using them to wash my face (I have very, very dry skin. Any cleanser dries it out further. No moisturizer even comes close to helping!) and take off my makeup. I only use every other day, as I worry about too much oil clogging my pores. Love 'em!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Charlotte Medical Crap...

I'll start this post by saying that our little Charlotte is perfect and healthy. Just gave us a little scare along the way!

As our little miss fell out in three pushes, she had her cord wrapped around her neck- twice (nuchal cord). They cut her cord before she was out and she was a bit purple for a LONG TIME... it was probably no more than seconds but it felt like a lifetime until she cried. They had never seen any drops in her heartbeat on the monitors during labor so the doc guesses that descending is what tightened her cord. Thank goodness she was out in three pushes. She pinked up finally leaving her hands and feet purple for hours later.

Later that night the nurse came into the room to let us know that her blood work came back abnormal and that they would run it again when she was twelve hours old to double check. I asked what was abnormal and the nurse just quickly mentioned her blood levels since her cord was wrapped around her neck.

I left it at that, for a moment. Later I began thinking wondering more about what they were talking about "blood levels." Instead of asking a nurse or doctor I immediately took to Google, of course where I learned the following: the hospital intervention of a too tightly wrapped cord is to cut immediately. By cutting prior to the baby being out and the cord unwrapped, you chance the baby and placenta not being able to regulate it's blood volume. Meaning it may leave the baby with NOT ENOUGH BLOOD. Further research of possible outcomes of this scared the crap out of me, until her 12 hour old blood work came back and she was fine. They reran it again at 18 hours old and that was fine too. THANK GOODNESS. 

Crisis number one, avoided.


Both kids have ended up on the biliruben lights for a week a piece and it always sucked big time. They ended up on the lights because they both developed physiological jandice right after birth but then battle breastmilk jaundice as well. From what I understand, my milk lacks a protein that breaks up the biliruben. So, we were prepared to ride the jaundice roller coaster with Charlotte as well. I was hoping for no lights as that makes life so hard being trapped in one place for a week... Thankfully, we skirted the jaundice as she only got a high at 14.8. She defiantly poops like a champ from day one so I am thinking that helped her numbers stay low.

Crisis number two, avoided.


So I was able to avoid the formula talk (because that there answer for everything) at every visit to the pediatrician as we were there every other day for the first two weeks because the little peanut wasn't gaining weight... at all. She was stuck at 7 lbs 9 oz for over a week. I tried everything in my nursing toolbox- I've seen/experienced it all. Nothing was putting on weight except supplementing. So I would feed and pump at the same time then put what was pumped from the one side into a bottle and then pump the side she had eaten on because she wasn't efficient and I had to protect my supply. EXHAUSTING! I did this over a weekend and bam, she put on three ounces. They want a half ounce to an ounce a day growth. This is where the pediatrician left me... supplementing. That wasn't okay with me. It felt like it was only fixing her growing problem, not the evident nursing problem we had. So I had to seek other resources.

Crisis number three... NOT AVOIDED.

What to do next? I hit every nursing resource I have, including a friend who is a  Le Leche League leader. The pediatrician wrote me a script for the lactation consultants. In the end, I made an appointment with the most respected IBCLC in our area and across the nation, Dr. Jen Thomas. Thankfully, she is very close. Charlotte and I went and bam... we had an answer. She thought Charlotte had a tiny bit of a tongue tie. That combined with her small frame and my apparently endowed tissue made it hard for her to transfer the milk out. She expected that she would get more efficient as she got older and asked us to make a two week follow up. She suggested playing the pumping and supplementing game when I felt like she didn't get a full feed- her demeanor let us know or if I felt engorged. So we did that for a whole week then she started to be more content after nursing and little by little I dropped all the supplements. By our two week follow up, she was only nursing for 4 or 5 days already. Dr. Thomas watched her nurse again and said she was dramatically better that the last time she saw her. 

Crisis number three.... IN THE BOOKS!

I am so glad I went further than my pediatrician's recommendation. In the end, I have a champion nurser, protected my supply and (I am currently laughing my ass off as Charlotte just dropped a huge fart and she is laughing at herself!) feel good about our nursing relationship (I was heartbroken to think that we were going to be held hostage to a pump).

So, if we can just keep everyone from breaking bones, we should be ready for spring and all the adventures a family with three kids take on!

A word on Dr. Thomas. I've read a LOT of nursing resources. Almost everything that is out there and her book is the best advice I've ever read. It is an easy read and portrays a realistic impression of nursing. It will probably be my new baby gift! Watch out if you are expecting in the future!

Other Charlotte Birth Posts:

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Cecelia and Coletyn are so in love with their new baby sister Charlotte! To be truthful, they loved her before they knew her!

We snapped a few photos of them with the belly when we took their three and six year old photos.

Love at first sight!

 Coletyn warmed up!

Cecelia is Star Student this week at school. She had to fill out this big poster about herself. It was adorable. Her favorite activity is playing and holding her sister! She is just smitten!

One day, before we know it, there'll be a third little tush right with them. Three peas in a pod!!

Other Charlotte Birth Posts:

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Charlotte Josephine- Newborn Photos

Jason and I did Charlotte's newborn photos when she was five days old in our livingroom. Taking pictures is never "easy" doing them yourself but we end up not killing each other (but coming close) every time. I think we each have our own vision and for some unknown reason, Jason can't read my mind!!

Jason and I picked the fabric out from a craft store. I made that headband with a needle and thread from the fabric.

Charlotte on Charlotte's web.. come on. Jason and I will sign the book and hopefully, she will keep and cherish forever!

I was the camera man for this one.... shockingly I can't read Jason's mind either!! #stressful

Charlotte's birth announcement.

Behind the scenes!!!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

She's Here... #Three Charlotte Josephine

I'm finally getting to blogging our newest addition!! She is here...
Charlotte Josephine
Born on January 29th at 1:49 pm.
8 lbs 1 oz and 20 inches long

I won't do a whole narrative, birth story... even though I am sure some of you would like every gory detail! I'll use pictures to tell her story!

Apologies for the uncropped photo and the only gigantic photo you'll see.
 After much coaxing, my doctor finally talked me into being induced on her on call day. The day before my due date. She promised once my body kicked in she would turn off the pitocin... yeah, we'll see. I think she was genuinely concerned with the size of the baby (Coletyn was 8lbs 15 oz)... she was WRONG!

I was induce with Cecelia and Coletyn. Cecelia because my water broke two weeks early. Coletyn because I was a week late. I so wanted to experience a "real" labor for our last one. In the end, the option to know when she was coming (for this planning obsessed person) won over my personal desire. We got to pick our time. It was very nice to have that predictable. No call to my sister in the middle of the night. The kids didn't wake up and we were just gone. We were able to drop Cecelia off at school and Coletyn off at the sitters and head on in.

Three hours and three pushes and bam!

An afterschool meeting. Thanks to Auntie Erica who kept the ship afloat for us!

That stupid cast came off the week later followed by two weeks
 of a three year old that couldn't/wouldn't walk!

For real... look at her. Complete love at first sight! 

We left the hospital the next day. For the third kid all you want to do is get home. The nurses thought we were nuts and thanks to our pediatrician for vouching for us. Home and a family within 30 hours... nice. That was as long as Cecelia's labor was! #winning 

First bedtime book as a family of 5!

Other Charlotte Birth Posts coming soon: