Sunday, December 21, 2008

Raw

olive has the rash from the belly of hades again. we had a small group christmas party last week and a well meaning friend gave her what i believe was a single orange segment that i was only aware of after the fact and the next day as is typical with any sort of "infraction" her bum was well... i won't go into detail let's just say it's really sad looking and causing her great discomfort. how's that for the start of an entry?! but no really, i've never asked folks to pray for a kid's bottom before but like why not? my range of what is appropriate and what is not to pray for is skewed to say the least. sorry God for my tiny tiny scope of what is important to you. i've never heard of a kid having such a sensitivity to citrus/acidic foods as severely as olive's. i mean a spoonful of a tomato based soup and she busts out in a raw rash. i feel so bad for her! this week i bit the bullet and put her put her into some disposables. i rationalize that these are chlorine free and like COOL but i wish i had access to some biodegradable dipes. (sidebar: does it not totally negate something being biodegradable if it is sealed in a plastic trash bag when entering a landfill? i mean the bag isn't so why does it matter. moral of the story: don't bag biodegradables)

i hate how expensive "green" stuff is. i mean what you are not simply what you consume and intellectually i can accept that but i can be an environmental perfectionist in some areas. we are on a limited budget so it's hard to choose where to "put my money where my mouth is" and where to just have peace even when i'm not feeling 100% about backing a company/purchasing a product. stuff like that can make you nuts though if you let it. pick what you are most passionate about and dig deeply into that cause in ways that both make sense and simultaneously stretch you little by little towards the person you want to be. this has been deep thoughts with jenny lol

my children are little to no nutritional food and had no naps. just imagine it! it's days like this that i wish i could afford a temporary raw diet.


anyways

darn i can make some cute kids. granted im only responsible for half of that DNA but darn it they are cuties.

15 comments:

Sarah said...

I've never tried gDiapers, but they're supposed to be the best of both worlds. I hope that helps you even a little.

http://www.gdiapers.com/

jenny mae. said...

i've also never used them but heard good things. where doth one buy these things i wonder? i mean besides the internet?

amy said...

your children are absolutely beautiful!
you can buy a g-diapers starter kit at whole foods - for sure the one in dublin, i'm not sure about lane avenue. if you do get them, i have extra biodegradeable inserts for them that you can use. i use cloth dipers with the g-diaper covers instead.

Kristin said...

We have some g-diapers a friend gave us, and so far as I can tell they work well (we've only used them once so far, as they are still waaay too big on our little guy). The only thing I am wondering is, how expensive are those disposable liners? And i think it's so funny that the advertise their product as "green" because you can "flush your child's waste down the toilet where it belongs." A REAL green diaper would be all about composting!! (Although, I think this kind is compostable, too.) Anyhow, enough ranting and raving! :)

a.parker said...

Poor little lady - I hope she feels better soon!

Such a cute photo!

rachaeldear said...

oooh... i have a couple of friends who have the sensitivity to tomatoes. from what i've heard it's not pretty! when i worked at the pizza place, a lady who was allergic to tomatoes told me that the acid "bakes out" of pizza sauce after it's been through the oven... interesting.

Nathan and Aimee said...

My daughter used to get the worlds's worst raw, hot diaper rash. I never really knew the trigger, but every time we would stop using wipes and just use a warm washrag instead and let her go naked as much as was humanly possible. And lots of baths with a little cider vinegar in the water. Those things seemed to help the most. If she can stand it we even used to vinegar water to wipe her with, but it may hurt too much.

Anonymous said...

I used g-diapers with my girls. My youngest wore them exclusively and I loved them!! We bought the starter kit at our organic foods co-op but I am pretty sure whole food sells it as well, it is cheeper than buying single diaper covers from the website (but you can't choose the colors). They are flushable and also compostable in your backyard compost. We even used the covers with our own cloth inserts when were at home. Give them a try... ERIN

jenny mae. said...

nathan & aimee - we only ever use cloth wipes with water. well with the occasional squirt of soap i suppose. and if you have read this blog for any length of time you might know that olive LOVES taking her clothes off. she's really loved all of the "air" we've allowed. adding some ACV might be a good idea. thanks!

Judy Crawford said...

cute picture Jenny! You have a way to capture!

Gerbicks said...

if you need any advice on 'pastes' to mix up to help the rash...let me know, i have several stowed in this mama brain. (our little ones have pretty intense rashes often).

Katherine said...

Hey Jenny, I'm a counseling student at Asbury Seminary and I took a doctrines class this past semester. Your comment about God's priorities made me remember one of the most encouraging things my professor passed on to my class. We were talking about God's eternity and timelessness and how these attributes basically mean that He has no priorities! He has all the time in the world (literally) to attend equally to everything that concerns His beloved creation: in a sense, the atrocity of genocide is just as important to our God as your baby girl's diaper rash. It's like when Jesus told us that He cares for the birds and flowers, and He counts the hairs on our head (and of course that number changes several times a day!!). So, needless to say, I will be praying for Olive's butt, because I know how much God cares for us, especially when we are hurting.

Queen Bee said...

as for biodegradable wipes, Parent's Choice (sold at Wal-Mart, i know **boo hiss**) has organic cotton wipes that they advertise as being 100% biodegradable. it's what we use in a pinch.

meridith said...

such cuties! poor olive. :( i will say a prayer for her.

bottleblack said...

This is way behind the times, but I believe broodychick.com has biodegradable disposable diapers :D