UPDATES | MommyCon, BLW, and the Neverending Thrush Bug

"Let me explain... No, there is too much. Let me sum up."

ONE:  The Never Ending Thrush Bug (or was it?) 

Last week was the first time in three months - yes, THREE WHOLE MONTHS - that I nursed Little Mouse without any pain. THREE MONTHS, y'all. Oy. Vey.

SO: if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck, right? Well, maybe not after all.

After Diflucan, Nystatin, probiotics & all-purpose nipple ointment; after vinegar rinses, grapefruit seed extract concoctions, toy & laundry disinfecting, & letting the girls air out; and after nursing repositioning, Tylenol, warm compresses, or even cool ones, I was still having sandpaper-like pain with every nursing session. 

No matter how difficult or painful it got, though, I just couldn't give up on that sweet little face! Finally, I decided to treat this symptom as though it was simply dry skin instead of ultra-resistant thrush.

Since I can't tolerate lanolin or other natural ointments for whatever reason, I decided to go the simplest route I could think of: COCONUT OIL. I kicked breast pads to the curb, wore looser fitting nursing tanks, and slathered on coconut oil after each feeding. BAM. FIXED. HEALED. CURED. FIIIIIIIINALLY.

If it was thrush, I don't know why coconut oil of all things helped. But hey, whatever works, right?

UPDATE: It was a fluke. The pain has returned. POOOOOOP.

TWO:  Baby-Led Solids (aka "Baby-Led Weaning")

Little Mouse LOOOOOOVES feeding himself and loves new foods, as long as he's awake and alert. Hit a mealtime at the wrong end of his wakeful period, and it's a no-go. Otherwise, though, he's a happy and adventurous eater, as evidenced by the broccoli all over his face:

With broccoli, bathtime always follows shortly after...

So far he's had apples, sweet potatoes, mangoes, broccoli, sweet peppers, lentils, brown rice, carrots, bananas, watermelon, and Tilapia. He's also enjoyed his share of Baby Mum Mums and baby cereal puffs. His stand-out favorites so far are sweet peppers and broccoli, he's indifferent about bananas, and he's only had a reaction to "Baby Crack" aka those baby cereal puffs. He had a bit of an uptick in his eczema rash after those (perhaps the wheat?), so we're holding off on packaged foods and wheat/gluten until a later date.
He loves feeding himself with a spoon (oh what messy fun!) and usually hates being spoon-fed by me or hubby. He's a fiercely independent little boy. He's even decided bananas are to be eaten with spoons as well. Though not the most efficient method of banana eating, it is at least fun to witness!

THREE:  MommyCon Chicago 2014

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend MommyCon this year with one of my best friends from high school, Jess!

Little Mouse and I got there a little late due to some extra nursing stops on the way up and missed the workshops on essential oils and the healing properties of amber, but we were still in time to hear some of my favorite bloggers and pros in the industry! We heard Jessica from The Leaky B@@b (pictured), who spoke on normalizing breastfeeding; the founder of Cotton Babies, Jennifer Labit, who gave a seminar on cloth diapering; and Jaime The Baby Guy, who gave us the skinny on carseat safety.

We also got to try our hand at some different BECO baby carriers at the "Baby Wearing Lounge", check out the play room (and the hallway - Little Mouse loves crawling anywhere he can!), and hit up all the awesome vendors!

And of COURSE, what would any good convention be without SWAG? As Michael Scott so accurately put it, "SWAAAG! Stuff we all get. I basically decorated my condo [or in this case, pampered Mommy/raised baby] for free with all of my SWAG!"
The only trying part of the whole adventure was the drive home (6 hours because of treacherous weather and a baby ready to be home), but let's leave the past in the past, shall we? Suffice it to say God heard my prayer and delivered us from the fate of so many spun out to the left and the right of us. Amen!


While at MommyCon, we picked up one of those Baltic amber teething necklaces everyone is going gaga over these days. I was skeptical, but when Little Mouse's neck rash cleared up in less than 24 hours after THREE separate prescriptions and countless other remedies wouldn't touch it, I'm convinced those things work. Even other extremely skeptical family members have remarked at how amazed they are that it ACTUALLY worked! I wish I had a before picture of how bad it was, but I was so embarrassed by it, documenting it was the last thing I wanted to do! So here's a super adorable picture of baby boy loving his awesome Momma Goose Baltic amber necklace instead:

I've also been busy crafting:

Matching skirts and bowties for sis-in-law and family...

A nice, warm "harf" (hat/scarf all-in-one combo) for Little Mouse...

And some DoodlePants to fit that lovely cloth diaper bum!

Now back to keeping up with cloth diaper laundry, which Little Mouse has been more than happy to help with these days!

Until Little Mouse lets me write again...

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