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Blogging for Baby – Prepping the Nursery

13 May

Let’s be honest.  I have no input in the design of the nursery, especially one for a little girl. Even if my wife wasn’t the most awesome planner I know, she also has two interior designers in her family (her sister and her mom), so I am basically fourth on the depth chart when it comes to opinions.  If I’m being really honest, I am actually a day laborer in this endeavor, minus the payment.  So my contribution to this involved painting, lifting, and reaching.

Before Photos

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Okay, this isn’t really the “Before” Photo.  This is more like the post-clearing-crap-out-but-pre-nursery-photo set.

My experience involved coming home on a Thursday night and taping off the room, laying down plastic, and applying samples to our wall.  Then on Friday, I applied a thick coat of primer because even though our walls were originally a light shade of tan, it kept getting bleeding through.

Finally, on Saturday, I put Star Wars on the laptop and got to work.  Three consecutive viewings later, I had a very pink room!

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Then it was time to add detail and furniture to the room!  But that could wait, right?  Clearly you don’t know us or you wouldn’t be asking that question.

We actually had no intention of purchasing our crib until much later in the pregnancy, but Amazon pulled a fast one on us!  We had already settled on the Davinci Jayden 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in black, to match a dresser that we already owned.  It was perfect!  Phthalate-safe, affordable, and easy to assemble!  I was hooked after reading the first review on it!  But at some point, they stopped carrying it (at least in black).  So that sent us on a mad scramble to buy the crib much sooner than anticipated before the price point changed!

I am not the sort of person to just let it sit there in the box to be assembled in the future.  Once it arrived, it got built.  From there, were were actually able to incorporate pieces from elsewhere within our home to complete the nursery.  The only things we had to buy were some art pieces for a gallery wall.

I won’t give away all of the final touches, but here are some teasers:

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When I told my mom the nursery was already done in April, she asked what we planned to do through the summer while we waited for the baby to arrive.

“Simple,” I said, “Dust!”

 

 

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Burned

3 Sep

Imagine you are wearing a “heatproof” glove designed specifically for handling hot items around a campfire.  

Now imagine reaching into the fire to pull out one of those fold-up campfire toasters and realizing that the heat was searing right through those gloves.

Now imagine that in the face of blinding pain, you panic and drop the white-hot metal contraption.  Instinctively, you reach out with your unprotected hand to catch the falling food.  The heated metal only touches your skin for a second, but your finger still ends up being the most thoroughly-cooked item of the night.  Maybe you end up with something like this:

Blister

Not a pretty picture, is it?  In my opinion, there is no worse “minor” injury at a campsite than a burn.  Cuts and scrapes can be patched up.  But a burn in the wrong place can be downright debilitating.  

As soon as I realized how bad the burn was, I jammed my finger in ice water.  Step one of any burn treatment is to leech out the heat as quickly as possible.  Luckily, the nighttime temperatures dropped into the low 40’s, so cold water was not hard to come by.  Then I recalled that Baking Soda and Vinegar were both cited as home remedies to relieve burns.  

I realized that while my finger was submerged, the pain was minimal, but as soon as I took it out of the water, it flared up again.  I needed something more, so I quickly poured a teaspoon of baking soda into a cup and filled it with just a small amount of cool water.  The mixture made a paste.  Since I was one-handed at this point, it took a little bit of work to mix it together, but once the salve was finished, I jammed my hand into the DIY ointment and felt cooling relief immediately.  

I let the burn soak in my homemade remedy for about thirty minutes.  When I finally removed it, I felt a little heat, but nothing like the searing pain I had previously experienced.  The salve left on my hand dried into a flaky white substance.  And this is where my experimental spirit got me thinking, “Hey, I have vinegar too!  What would that do?”

So I grabbed my vinegar and poured it on the burn without first removing the baking soda.  As soon as the two substances met, they fizzled, but in all honesty, I didn’t feel like it improved my pain level one bit.  So I quickly washed off my finger and reapplied a bit of the baking soda “paste”, laying it on thick.  Then I wrapped it in a bandage to make sure the salve wouldn’t drip off the wound.  

I didn’t feel the pain of the burn again that night.  And when I woke up the next morning, I had no pain whatsoever.  A day later, the blister popped on its own.  For the rest of the trip, I had full use of all ten fingers, even foregoing bandages for the blister.  

I don’t know if my home remedy is backed by a ton of medical science.  I’ve read blogs that say it is either the best way or the worst way to treat a burn.  But I know it worked for me.  I also know that the next time I get a bad burn, I am reaching for the baking soda.