The Long Winter:
We had a blizzard last week. We got 14-16 inches of snow in the first dump, then 4 more two days ago. Given the unchecked, driving wind, there were 8-10' drifts in some places. Out our back window, you can see a parking lot. Some cars were buried. Others could just drive away and you could see gravel under the light snow beneath them. It looked like a moonscape. They canceled classes at the U. for the first time since Cole has been here--15 years. David got a sled for Nat--the baby kind with high sides and a seat-belt. He took her up and down the shoveled piles while Cole and were getting haircuts. I think she liked it. David did!
First, everyone is 100% okay over here. No worries. But last week, Nat had her first trip to the ER and Cole and I had our first trips to the ER with our dependent child. It seems that early on Thursday morning, while I was still in bed and Cole was in the shower, Nat managed to grab Uncle David's just-that-minute-freshly-made coffee off the kitchen counter with the tips of her fingers, spilling it down her chest and tummy. She has 2nd degree burns on same. It looked awful at first, we were all emotional messes for two or three days afterwards, but Nat was and is a real trooper about it. We are still changing the bandage daily, but she doesn't even cry when we do this. She does say, soberly, "Coffee hot! Hurt! Cry!" which is all true and to which I add, "yes, the coffee was very hot and it burned you and you cried and cried. We had to go to the doctor so they could give you a bandage. And now you have a burn on your tummy, but it's getting better!" And it is getting much better, much more quickly than I would have anticipated. Everyone tells us baby skin heals well and fast and leaves few if any scars. That said, please leave any and all scar-prevention advice you have in the comments. Dr. Dr. Uncle Wayne, whose complexion is quite similar to Nat's says 100% coco butter is the way to go. The folks at nappturality.com say coco butter and aloe (we have a lovely, healthy aloe plant so that is easy to come by). There are a number of special scar-prevention or fade products online I found via google. Any further thoughts? Thanks!
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