Tuesday, February 09, 2010

How We Spend Our Time (or Disjointed Thoughts and Pictures)

Eleanor has a true love: play dough. She has been begging me to go to Target to buy some off and on for weeks now. Finally, in a moment of clarity, I remembered that I could make some. This provided the fun activity of actually making the dough and then the hours of entertainment the finished product would provide.

Here's the recipe:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Mix together in pot. Cook, stirring constantly until lumps form.

We added food coloring to aid in the stain-ability.

Eleanor and I go to a play school on Tuesday mornings. Today the kids made Valentines. 'Twas fun. There are a lot of babies at play school. Eleanor wanted to hold Priscilla today. Priscilla didn't like that much.

For Christmas, my mom gave Eleanor several outfits. Today Eleanor chose pieces of three different outfits to wear. She likes to be colorful.

Eleanor is constantly teaching Charlotte. She will hold up a carrot and say, "See Charlotte, this is a carrot." She tries to explain the world to her little sister. I love watching this process. Eleanor also likes to hug Charlotte. Often. Charlotte doesn't like to be hugged as much. One day Eleanor brought out some dolls to explain to Charlotte why she should like to be hugged: "See Charlotte, if someone bigger than you is squeezing you, they aren't trying to be mean. They are trying to be nice."

Off and on since November, Charlotte has had a diaper rash. I have tried 4 different brands of paper diapers, two types of cloth diapers, 5 or 6 different salves and ointments, and a couple of brands of wipes. I changed her soap, detergent and let her air as much as possible. Finally in desperation, I went to the fabric store and bought a couple of yards of flannel. I sewed up about 30 wipes and bought some of this. After about three days of no commercial wipes, she is finally rash free. I think she may have sensitive skin. Maybe.

But she's super cute. She now weighs 15 pounds and 10 ounces. Chunky baby. She smiles and laughs a lot. She loves watching Eleanor and Eleanor loves being watched. It's a win-win situation.

Sorry these pictures are so bad. My phone is the easiest way to upload posts, but the picture quality just isn't as good.

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Anonymous said...

Love the names you chose for your children. Taryn was almost named Charlotte.
Thanks for posting the play-doh recipe. Taryn likes it too. Is homemade more stainable than store-bought?
-Stephanie Jones

Day Family said...

Both my boys were allergic to commercial wipes. Great idea with the homemade cloth wipes! WHat I ended up doing was using store bought wipes and then taking them to the sink for a mini bath with soap and warm water. And of course it had to be a special soap - Cetaphil works great for them. No stinky bottoms at the Day house! And we also have to use special laundry detergent! Oh, the world of sensitive skin.

Dianne said...

Taylor also had problems with diaper rash at times. An "old nurse" told me a rememdy. 20 mule team borax. Sounds awful but works great. Just take a couple of spoonfuls in a sink of warm water and sit baby in for a few minutes. Soothes rash quickly and clears up in no time.