Friday, January 30, 2009

25 Random Things

People on Facebook have been posting notes entitle 25 Random Things About Me. Evelyn felt left out and wanted to do one as well.

1. The only consistent thing about me is that I am inconsistent.
2. I like to eat all day long.
3. Sometimes I would prefer to eat all night long as well.
4. Rather than poop at regular intervals, I like to store it all up and make a mess of my clothes.
5. I won't fall asleep without my pacifier.
6. I take 3 naps a day, unless I decide they should be really short, then I take 4.
7. I'm in bed every night by 8:30 or 9 at the latest.
8. I have long feet.
9. I just found my feet and I like to eat them while mom tries to change my diaper.
10. I've just started teething and I'm not sure I like it.
11. My daddy reads the Bible to me every night, although it usually just makes me fall asleep.
12. I love kicking my legs.
13. I like to take baths and don't mind getting water in my eyes.
14. I'm often happiest when mom is carrying me in the Moby wrap.
15. I'm learning to sit up and I think it's pretty fun.
16. My toys make me mad when I can't get them in my mouth.
17. Did I mention that I like to eat?
18. I'm just now finding peek-a-boo to be fun.
19. My favorite time to get fussy is right when mom and dad sit down for dinner.
20. I still like to be swaddled when I sleep.
21. I love the grocery store, just not the car ride there or back home.
22. I'm a very happy little girl most of the time.
23. Now that the chiropractor fixed me and mommy isn't eating or drinking dairy, I hardly have any reflux.
24. I'm starting to look less bald on top, so soon mom won't be able to say my hair looks like a little old man (bald on top, fringe around the sides and back).
25. Jesus knit me together in my mother's womb (Psalm 139) and has big plans for my life!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sitting Up

Evelyn has just started sitting up on her own! She still has to "tripod" sit, but she's getting pretty good at it. I took this video after she had been sitting there for over 5 minutes.




I particularly like the sneeze too. :)

She has also started rolling from her back to her tummy, but I don't have a good video of it yet.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Getting Strong



How cute is she?!?

7 Quick Takes

So one of my bestest friends Anna does 7 quick takes about her week every Friday. I've decided to give it a go. It may only last one or two weeks, but hey, so is life. :)

1 ~ Evelyn has started putting herself to sleep for naps with her pacifier. It's so weird to not rock her to sleep. I kind of miss it, but I know it's good for her. And because she doesn't even cry when I do it, I figure she's ready.

2 ~ I put Evelyn's little newborn clothes in the basement this week. First I held up this little pair of brown pants that she used to wear almost every day after she was born. They wouldn't even go half way around her belly now!

3 ~ Scott has been REALLY busy with work. He comes home around 7-8, eats dinner, and then works...sometimes until the wee hours of the morning. Thankfully, this will be done with in the next week or two.

4 ~ I don't like my new diet restrictions. I know it's good for me. But it's showing me how addicted to food I am. Sometimes I would give anything to go to IHOP for all-you-can-eat pancakes or a big piece of chocolate cake.

5 ~ I love the look on Evelyn's face when Scott comes home for lunch or at the end of the day. She lights up for him and laughs for him (more than she ever will for me). It has recently convicted me about how much joy I come to my own heavenly Father with...

6 ~ I left Evelyn laying on her blanket today in the living room while I went to make dinner. I came running back into the room when I heard her screaming. Somehow she made it several feet from where I left her and she had her face pressed into the hardwood floor. Uh-oh. I now have a mobile baby!

7 ~ We're skyping! We got a webcam for Christmas and can now video conference with anyone else who has one. So eveyone needs to get one. :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

4 Month Stats

Evelyn had her 4 month well baby visit today with Dr. Brooks. She is doing marvelously!

Weight: 14 lbs., 45%ile
Height: 25.75 inches, 87%ile
Head Circumference: 16.25 inches, 48%ile

She is getting tall and skinny... :-D


(I know it's blurry, but I had to take it with the webcam as our camera is still MIA, and she's still cute!)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Evelyn Rolls Over!

Evelyn has been able to roll over in her crib, on the couch, or on the bed for a couple weeks now, but never on a hard surface...until now! And I caught it on video!!!




YAY Evelyn!

Sweet Potato Chips

When on a candida cleanse diet you can eat sweet potatoes moderately. I'm not a big baked sweet potato fan, but I tried my hand a sweet potato chips and yummy!!! They are soooo good!

Sweet Potato Chips

1/2 - 1 sweet potato per person
melted butter
salt
pepper
paprika

Slice the sweet potatoes to about 1/8 inch thick. I use my mandolin slicer so that they are all the same thickness. Add spices and salt to the melted butter. Using a pastry brush, brush a thin layer of butter over a jelly roll pan. Lay the slices of sweet potato out so that they don't overlap. Brush a good amount of butter mixture over the top of the slices.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes on the lowest rack of the oven.

I eat them hot - mostly because I can't keep away from them long enough to let them cool. :) You will be hard pressed to enjoy store bought potato chips ever again!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Webcam

We got a webcam for Christmas, so you can look forward to fun-filled videos of Evelyn. Here is our first attempt.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Babies and Colds the Natural Way

Update for 2016: By the 4th kid I'm hardly doing any of the stuff in this post.  What I am doing is saline nasal spray and a Nose Frida.  The combo is magical!  I do also like eucalyptus essential oil (I buy mine cheap online) in a diffuser in the room with some lavender and tea tree oils as that really seems to help with coughs and breaking up congestion.



Evelyn has been struggling through a bad cold for a week and a half. It seems like every time we visit family and friends she comes home with something! I know it's good for her immune system to work through illness as a baby, but it's so hard to have her suffer! I found a great book (Natural Baby and Childcare) that offers some great home remedies and herbal remedies to help babies and children recover from all sorts of issues...although the work for adults just as well. I figured I would pass along what it says about colds because it's the season for all kinds of them.

Hydrogen Peroxide: helpful at the onset of symptoms. Place 4 drops (3%) into both ears.

Onion: improves circulation and breaks up thick mucus and congestions. It helps soften lymph nodes, soothing painful swollen glands in the neck. For colds, an onion pouch in a child's room can help with congestion. Using a cloth or sock, make an onion pouch of chopped onion, securely tied. Place near the child on the nightstand, by the the bed, or above the crib, and leave it overnight.

For chest colds, place an onion poultice (chopped onion warmed with hot water then wrapped in a light cotton cloth) on the chest and wrap with a scarf. Onion poultices can also be applied to the feet by way of onion socks (putting a small poultice in your child's sock then having them wear them to bed).

For swollen glands, place a cloth envelope of chopped onion over the swollen glands and wrap with a scarf. In addition to treating colds, onion poultice socks can be used for earaches, teething, and bladder infections.

Lemon: Lemon is good for tickle in the throat or chest (tickly cough), watery runny nose or eyes (opposite of onion which is good for thick discharges), sore throat, and high fevers. Lemon can be applied as a throat wrap, throat and chest compresses (line up the lemons in a cloth), foot bath, and room inhalation (put fresh lemon juice in with the water in a vaporizer).

Potatoes: Potatoes break up congestion, which makes them useful in alleviating sore throats, coughs, headaches, neckache, muscle pain, and chilliness. Potato poultices around the throat and chest are an excellent source for moist heat and retain temperature longer than a hot water bottle.

Breast Milk: A few expressed drops in the nose and eyes will kill any bacteria living there due to the antibodies found in breast milk. It's also the best food for baby while sick for the same reason.

Probiotics: Help support baby's immune system and allow their gut to fight off bad bacteria and yeast.

Hope this helps you survive cold and flu season!
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