Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Yes, I did fall off the earth.

At least that's how I've felt. Let's see. Not a single post since 11-1? Yikes. I'm letting down all my fans ... I know. :)

Well, Kalleigh is now 7 weeks old. She's holding her head up most of the time, but still not her torso very well, so the Bumbo isn't doing us much good right now. Maybe in a couple of weeks. She is smiling, though, which is just so precious:

This is from 5 weeks old. Gotta love all that baby acne!

Her diaper rash is just awful, though. We've tried everything we can think of and it gets better and then gets worse, better, worse, etc. Let's see, Desitin, Butt Paste, A&D, Johnson's, Balmex, Aquaphor, Aveno, Arbonne, no diaper, more baths, and even a prescription from the doctor. It's not bleeding, thank goodness, and it does get better every so often. I'd welcome any other suggestions you have.

Johnathan is still adjusting to life with shared attention. Here's what he was doing one evening while John was cuddling with Kalleigh:

Our little performer. I don't know where he gets that. :)

I'm not sure it worked, though:

I always have to throw in a Johnathan story, so here's one from yesterday:

Johnathan was talking about the giant from Jack & the Beanstalk and how scary he was. Then mean ol' mommy, in a scary voice said, "Fee, Fie, Foh, Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!" Johnathan's eyes got big. Then he pointed across the room and whispered, "He's over there!"

I got to be a single mom all last week while John went to West Palm Beach, FL for a worship conference ... bless his heart. Man, I don't know how single moms do it all the time!! It certainly made me much more aware of and appreciate the single moms of the world. I'm going to make a conscious effort to do what I can to help more single moms out. I had a lot of help from church friends last week, and I was so thankful for it! Plus, the Lord blessed Kalleigh with good nights all that week. Her first stretch of sleep each of those nights was 5 or 5 1/2 hours! Amazingly enough, the nights since John has been back have been pretty awful. Last night, at least one of us was awake the entire night. Oh, except from 11 pm to midnight ... I think all of us were asleep then. **sigh** It's still worth it ... right?

We're headed to Searcy tomorrow for Thanksgiving. What? John doesn't have to be at church Wednesday night? Well, Glenwood does Thanksgiving church on Tuesday night--Brilliant! We're looking forward to spending Tkgvg with Mom and Mamaw and Papaw. Both Kreg and Kristi will be in Italy, but we will do our best to eat all the turkey and pies without them. ;)

I'm also really excited b/c Daisha and JR will be in town with little Gideon. I can't wait to meet him! And JR, too, of course, but we know who the real star is. :)

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Cheryl Cash said...

Hey! Welcome back!
Here's an idea about the diaper rash...have you tried Monistat cream? Maybe that is what the Dr. prescribed? Those pesky rashes can sometimes be yeast related...

Bless you through the sleepless nights...
Love, Cheryl

Sandi said...

Okay, I'm so curious! How do you two know each other? (Kim and Cheryl, I mean.) I know each of you but in different contexts and can't figure out for the life of me how you know each other!!

Kim, glad you're back -- I'm one of those fans who's missed hearing about your life. I'll miss you guys in Searcy again...will you be there over Christmas at all? I would love to see you guys!

elizabeth said...

Welcome back!

About the rash...Ashlyn had one of those difficult rashes, too. We went to the dermatologist and tried everything. Eventually, I think it was a combination of consistency and time. With every diaper change, we used a prescription cream which was basically a cortisone cream (I suppose you could just try a cortisone over the counter.) Then over that we put regular desitin. Every diaper change. If the rash is very red (maybe yeast), try lotrimin with Desitin over it. For Ashlyn, I think it was being consistent and just waiting it out.

Kristi Petrak said...

Kim, tell Mom to eat a piece of custard pie FOR ME. I won't be there to joke with Mom that we are eating the whole pie between the two of us--plus, I can't handle that much food anymore! Although I did down a ton of oreos last night with milk in our favorite way of dunking them until the cookie dissolves in your mouth. Mmmm, oreos. Have fun at Thanksgiving and hug your kids and husband for me!!!! ^_^

Tiffany Rose said...

Very cute pics! Those will be fun to scrapbook!

Rachel Cochran said...

Diaper rash, huh? I guess that's just one of those things I still have to look forward to in life.... then I'll be asking you guys for help all the time! :) Your babies are so cute, and growing up fast!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that htings are going well except for a yucky ole diaper rash. I'm with Cheryl. Madison had a terrible time with yeast diaper rashes. The doctor finally told me that I could just buy some over the counter monistat cream and apply it 2-3 times a day. Hope it is getting better.