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Cracking UP

July 27th, 2008

I’ve been doing a lot of that lately.   Cracking up as in laughing my head off, and “cracking up” as in oh my goodness I’ve done five loads of laundry in the last ten hours and Kenny still doesn’t have a clean pair of shorts that fit him to wear to church.   And then Casey does something innocent like turn the sprinkler on at noon on a 90 degree day and I find myself choking back tears as I nurse Cooper on the couch, watching the water evaporate in thin air and wondering how our eco-inconsiderate action will affect his availability of natural resources in the next twenty years.  

I actually   got them both to nap at the same time.   In   their OWN BEDS.   I am not holding, nursing, burping, soothing or jiggling Cooper, nor trying to catch up with all the inanity called housework while attempting to give Kenny some much-needed attention.   This infant+toddler equation is not an easy one.

Yesterday found both of them at the doctors’ office – Croup.   Yuk.   Poor baby Cooper needs the boogers suctioned out to nurse and Kenny sounds like a baby seal.    After the un-planned appointment,  a group of dear friends had a baby shower for me.   I was so overwhelmed with these incredible women, who are so busy with their own broods, that they put together this beautiful brunch and showered Cooper with adorable gifts.   It is humbling.   It was also delicious!   Fruit “pizza” and french toast strata topped the tastes, as did tender blueberry muffins and a fluffy quiche that they swear they just “threw together.”   HA!   Thank you girls – you are over  the top!

As I write, Kenny has wandered into the office – only 45 minutes after I left him (how did 45 minutes speed by so fast and I STILL didn’t have a chance to go to the bathroom?), and is climbing onto my lap asking to “see something,” which is how he asks to watch anything animated, be it a cartoon or an uploaded curious George snippet on YouTube.

So I must be brief with my main question to pose here:   Anyone out there have an infant with  seborrheic dermatitis on their face???   This is called cradle cap when it’s on the head.   Kenny had an awful case for about six months, but it never crept onto his face.   Now Cooper has it on his face and neck, but not yet on his head.   It is definitely not infant acne, as the pediatrician has seen it.   It breaks my heart to see my beautiful Cooper with this rash on his perfect face.   I can’t imagine that it will last as long as Kenny’s did.   Our doc said that we could use hydro-cortisone every few days to keep the itch away, but to wait five days or so in between each two days of using it, because it can damage tender baby skin.   Any advice would be appreciated.

Oops… now Cooper is starting to grunt… So much for naptime…


  1. Christy says

    All three of my little guys had terrible cases of this, made worse by a later diagnoses of eczyma. We found a godsend cream called Renew Lotion that is sold online by a company called Melaleauca. We still use it daily to keep their skin free from eczym breakouts.

    Good luck!!

    July 27th, 2008 | #

  2. Kimmie says

    Pig Will had something – not sure the technical name… but we used a drop of Selsun Blue on a wash cloth and lightly rubbed her face…

    Christy, (PP) – thanks for the info… my 4 yr old has eczema and we have to use prescription cortisone and Eucrine on her all the time.

    July 28th, 2008 | #

  3. LeAnne says

    My second son didn’t have what you’re talking about, but I know he peeled alot after he came home. He did have cradle cap pretty badly and the Dr told us to use head and shoulders and it did wonders. I mention that part since Kimmie mentioned about the Selson Blue. Renew is a great lotion (Christy’s comment). Check on Ebay for it before you go to the actual website (it’s a really nice website tho). I just looked and you might be able to get it cheaper.

    July 28th, 2008 | #

  4. a-licious says

    oh wow – i might have to try that lotion too! my son has eczyma too – as do i. we have been using Aveeno Moisture Cream and we love it! (and I have tried everything!)

    good luck with it!



    July 29th, 2008 | #

  5. Freddie Mac says

    Right after he was born, Everett had really rough, dry cheeks, but I don’t know if it was the same condition. He DID have really bad cradle cap last week, and my mother-in-law massaged his scalp with coconut oil – i think it was gone in like 3 or 4 days! So I would bet if you’re able to find some coconut oil, hopefully massaging a couple drops into each cheek and his neck would yield the same result!

    Hope you don’t mind a daddy barging in on the mommy blog! 🙂

    Freddie Mac

    July 30th, 2008 | #

  6. Alicia says

    Welcome to the world, Cooper! It’s so good to hear that your family is doing well….when we left you’d just found out you were pregnant. We’re saying prayers of thanks for Cooper’s safe arrival!

    July 30th, 2008 | #

  7. Sarah says

    Just a thought…breastmilk. It has lots of all that nautral anitbodies…I have squirted it on cottonballs before and rubbed it on rashes and it took care of it pretty quickly. Can’t hurt to try it right?? Kind of like the windex idea from My Big Fat Greek Wedding…seriously I use breastmilk on everything. Good luck!

    July 30th, 2008 | #

  8. janelle says

    Just wanted to say u have a beaitful bloag here and Id like to invite u to my mommy message board

    October 9th, 2008 | #

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