A friend invited us to the Jump Zone on September 14, 2012 (Mila was 14 months old) for a little play date. Mila had so much fun! She ran around, chased other little kids, went on a slide for the first time and bounced on the inflatable obstacle courses. We’ll definitely be visiting again soon.
Mila likes, no LOVES, strawberries. In August, we had a family get together for several birthdays and Mila went nuts when I brought out my cake topped with strawberries.
And after she got it, she gobbled it up and asked for more.
When a baby becomes bored with something, you find something new to entertain her.
For example, Mila liked sitting in the front of the shopping cart…then she didn’t. She would whine to be picked up or let out so I figured what the hey, let’s put her IN the cart!
She loved it! She started yelling, (which you can’t tell from these photos because that pesky binky is stuck in her mouth), “GO, GO, GO!” And thus started her next word addiction.
Of course, I missed the “go, go, go” and she wouldn’t do it again.
Mila is a pretty tough little girl and has had many bumps and bruises from falling – on her face, off the bed, off the couch, into the side of the tub, you name it.
Not only that, she’s had many-a-rashes. Most recently, she developed a heat rash on her upper back. We treat her skin irritations with Aquaphor and it goes away in no time.
That’s not it, though! Since this summer has had an infestation of mosquitos, Mila has had bites all over her. You can’t put bug spray on a baby, so she gets bit. You can’t put topical cream on a baby, so she suffers. What we have been able to do is give her Benadryl – at the recommendation of the doctor, (if we noticed the bites were bothering her and yes, I caught her scratching). The Benadryl has helped clear up the bites, it just takes a while.
One day while we were outside, my father-in-law stuck an “Off” mosquito repellant on Mila’s back. I guess it worked. It didn’t bother her, that’s for sure.
I also found that Avon’s Skin So Soft is safe for babies. I purchased a bottle while I was pregnant because I couldn’t use repellant then either.
There’s really no way around it; your child will have bumps, bites and bruises. Once your baby starts moving, she is bound to fall. When it’s summer time, she’s bound to have mosquito bites. It will break your heart, yet all you can do is try to protect her and find solutions to heal her.
I’ve been working on this list that would eventually become a post for a long time. I have a lot of items I’ve found useful and others I found to be a waste.* I’ve found common items that aren’t even baby items to use that cost half the price of what’s advertised specifically for baby. It’s amazing the amount of items we are inundated with on a daily basis, all claiming to be NEEDED for a new baby. It’s not true. Take this all in stride and think about what you actually need before you purchase it. There’s been a lot of wasted money in my household and a lot of grateful advice along the way.
- Once Mila began drinking bottles, I purchased a small plastic basket that I keep near the kitchen sink. You can find this in the storage, laundry, or kitchen section of just about any store and it costs about $3. I use this to toss in all the pieces of Mila’s bottles, her pacifiers, bowls, spoons, etc. that need to be washed. Everything gets rinsed before going into the basket and this has been the best at keeping everything together and away from slipping down the drain.
- I received flannel blankets at my baby shower that I used as receiving blankets, swaddles, blankets for Mila when she was real little. When she outgrew this, (really even before because I had so many), I cut them in half with a pair of pinking shears, and used them as burp clothes. I was shocked at how much stores charge for burp cloths and most of them don’t absorb real well. I found that the thin flannel of these blankets worked great for cleaning up spills and spit-up, too.
- I learned quickly that different style bibs were important for different things. When your baby drools like crazy, you either change her clothes three times a day or you purchase a cloth bib with a plastic back. This way, the drool doesn’t seep through the bib and soak your baby’s clothes, too. When Mila began eating more foods and feeding herself, her bibs would become stained. Make sure you have a stash of (cheap) bibs that you don’t mind having ruined or tossed in the trash.
- Aquaphor has become a staple at Mila’s changing table. We’ve used this to heal baby acne, random bumps and rashes, scraps and small cuts, (after they’ve been cleaned, of course). It really is a miracle ointment. Even today we use this to help heal her mosquito bites.
- Desitin is another ointment we keep handy and not for diaper rash. When Mila was first teething she drooled so much (“[more than] the kitchen sink”, as once pointed out) that she developed a rash under her chin and on her neck. She was so little she really didn’t have a neck, which meant that the skin in that area couldn’t air out and a rash developed. A small amount of Desitin rubbed on her neck took the rash right away. I’m sure this isn’t strictly a Desitin thing and that other diaper rash ointments could be used, it’s just what we had available.
- Mesh fruit/veggie bag: This worked great for bananas especially, when I wanted to keep the mess to a minimum and not worry about Mila choking on large pieces of food.
When your baby’s quiet is when you need to worry.
I was cleaning while Mila was playing throughout the two rooms connected to the kitchen. I listened to her walk around and pick up and drop toys, push buttons, plays music and roll cars across the hardwood floors. Then all of a sudden there was nothing. Not a single sound in the entire house. My suspicions grew as I walked into the other room to find her just standing at the window, her back to me. I walked up to her and realized why she was so quiet: she had gotten ahold of one of my small tomatoes and had squished it in her hand, on her clothes and all over the windowsill. Nice, kid. Real nice.
Funny, 2 months after this post, I found this:
Your true character will emerge by having a child. You will be reintroduced to yourself.
I was recently told that having a baby was good for me. My attitude changed. I knew my outlook changed, it just took someone else to point out that my projection out into the world was also changed. For the better.
A few days before Mila was born, I caught myself snapping at everyone. My mother remarked that after I had Mila in my arms I was nothing but love. I was at peace and loved everyone. (I think it may have been the drugs! haha)
Having a child requires a great deal of patience. Some days I wander around the house looking for my lost patience, wondering where it got off to.
It doesn’t matter if you’re uncomfortable, if your child is content you’ll suffer through whatever ails you.
Having a baby makes you a dancer. For better or worse, you’ll dance: when you have your baby in your arms and a good song comes on the radio or when you look down and your baby’s reaching up to you, you grab her hands and swing her around or…
When you’re ever so quietly attempting to exit her room, backwards, while she lays peacefully almost asleep in her crib. You reach back with one leg, crossing over the other leg, keeping your knees bent as you gently place your foot over the spot where you think the floor creeks. Repeat until you’re in the doorway slowly pulling the door closed in front of you, being ever so careful not to make any noise as you click the latch into place. Then you step away from the door – in the same manner – and walk down the hallway and down the stairs avoiding every spot of the hardwood floor that squeals in rebellion to your weight shifting from step to step; gently placing your feet on parts of the steps that aren’t normally walked upon, until you reach the bottom and sigh with relief.
And after all of this, only to have your baby shuffle, roll over and scream her head off. So, you turn around, walk up the steps lightly and do it all again.