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Treating Penile Adhesions for Baby

My son had his 9 month well-child check the other day.  He is very healthy and his growth chart is looking great!  He is 95th percentile for height!  However, there was one thing we had to address; his circumcision.  For some reason, he has formed penile adhesions where the skin has grown back together.  I hadn’t really noticed it, but my husband definitely did, and the doctor confirmed as well.

Luckily, there seems to be a fairly easy solution.  Apparently a simple application of a low dose steroid cream to the adhesions may be the cure.  All I have to do is apply it twice a day for a month, and according to our doctor, this almost always fixes the problem.  If not, my son will probably have to have surgery, so I am hoping it works!

With that said, after only 5 days of usage, I can already see the skin on the adhesions thinning out.  Can it really be working this fast?  I’m feeling optimistic that the cream will work completely and that surgery won’t be necessary.

If you’re concerned your baby may have penile adhesions, make sure you bring it up to the pediatrician at the next visit.  They may be able to prescribe a steroid cream and avoid surgery.  But whatever you do, don’t go purchase a steroid cream and use it on your baby without talking with your pediatrician first.

We used some other creams as well after it seemed to work well. This stuff worked well for all sorts of skin issues(dryness, eczema,…etc) 

I’ll keep you posted!

Do you have a baby that has/had penile adhesions?  What worked for you?

Also, it may seem like a long way off, but have you started thinking about your options for your child’s education? Make sure you read about why homeschooling is an amazing option, even if you are a working parent!


Shopping for a Post-Partum Bra

I am finally ditching the nursing bra and trading up for some normalcy again!  After almost 9 months of breastfeeding I’ve found that my old pre-pregnancy bras just don’t fit the same anymore.  They’re too small, and some are just too worn.  In fact, I split one almost in half the first time I wore it!  Plus the cups are too small, and I think I even walked around in public with one of my nipples having fallen out of the cup without me knowing.  Embarrassing!  So it was more than time for some new bras!

But here was the challenge: money!  Ever since I quit my job to stay home with our son, my husband and I have tried to be very conscious of our spending.  To the point where I downgraded from my regular hair conditioner to save a measly dollar.  So we are pretty serious about cutting where we can! 

With that said, I knew bra shopping would be a challenge since bras are so ungodly expensive.  So instead of going to Victoria’s Secret, or even JCPenney, we went on the quest of finding a bra at Walmart.  I have never been a huge fan of Walmart, but we have recently become fans of Super Walmart because it’s the cheapest place to do our one-stop shopping.  However, I was a little skeptical about what their bras would be like. 

Luckily, Walmart proved me wrong, and I found two bras that were not only in our budget, but cute and comfortable at the same time.  Thank you, Hanes, for making a great bra for only $12!  I purchased one with underwire in white, and one without in hot pink.  There is something about buying a new bra that lifts my spirits (not to mention other things).  I am so happy with the fit and the material that I don’t know if I’ll need to spend $35 on a new bra again!

I am only beginning to rebuild my post-partum bra collection.  Two just isn’t going to cut it, but it’s a good start. 

Have you tried the Hanes line of bras?  What do you think?  Do you have any recommendations for a great, low cost bra?


Here is the followup to working out with Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.  Unfortunately, I had to end the program 2 weeks in due to a sprain.  I did see very good results in the little time I was able to do the workout.  I plan on restarting the program and finishing the full 30 days.  I highly recommend the 30 Day Shred for those who want a short, but very intense workout.  It totally kicked my butt the first few days, but my body responded very quickly and I was soon able to keep up, and eventually progress to level 2 (until my injury, which was not caused by the workout).  Here is my daily progress from the Shred. 

Day 1:

  • Start weight:  136

Day 2:

  • Weight: 134.2 (Down 1.8 pounds from Day 1)
  • Physical condition:  Still very sore!  But got a massage from my husband which helped.  Am already keeping up with the video a little better, but I still take a few seconds of rest during cardio.  Still struggling with push-ups.
  • Emotional condition:  Feeling optimistic.  My extra pounds should come off rather quickly if I stick to eating healthy and doing the work out.  But I still feel very out of shape, and dare I say, fat!
  • Here is my eating plan.  It’s pretty basic.  Try and eliminate my intake of processed foods and sugar and eat as much natural, whole foods as possible.  That part itself won’t be hard for me.  The hard part is to remember to drink more water
  • I don’t plan on doing any more structured workouts during the day besides the DVD.  I do take walks with my son on occasion, or go for bike rides, but nothing too intense.

Day 3

  • Weight: 132.8 (down 1.4 lbs from Day 2, 3.2 lbs overall)
  • Physical condition: Minorly sore, but still feeling it.  Almost can complete entire cardio set without resting (the jumping jacks/jump rope section still gets me).  Almost did an entire single set of the push ups without dropping to my knees.  Almost.
  • Emotional condition:  Motivated by seeing a drop on the scale, even if it is a lot of water weight.
  • I did well with eating yesterday.  I kept it light but snacked and drank a good amount of water in between.  I’m still not ready to progress to Level 2 of the video.

Day 4

  • Weight: 132.2 (down 0.6 lbs from Day 3, 3.8 lbs overall)
  • Physical condition:  Starting to feel a small change in my body.  My waist doesn’t feel and look so bloated.
  • Emotional condition:  Having intense sugar cravings!
  • Despite the fact that I am craving all-things-bad for my body right now, the improvements I’m seeing already have helped keep me from caving in.  I even turned down a bag of my favorite, Reese’s peanut butter cups, from my mother-in-law.  Another small battle won!

Day 5

  • Weight: missed my weigh-in (did some early morning garage saling)
  • Physical condition:  Starting to get a couple of bicep bumps!  Woohoo!
  • Emotional condition: Still craving bad foods
  • My husband took the day off from work and we did some shopping.  He asked me what I wanted to eat lunch.  I wanted something greasy and salty, but we decided on a more healthy option of Japanese stir-fry.  So glad we did!  It was delicious and I don’t feel it will set me back any!

Day 6:

  • Weight: 131.4, but I failed to eat supper last night (playing a late night concert) so it’s probably not an accurate number
  • Physical condition:  My legs feel more toned, and stomach and sides more trim.  Completed the entire workout for the first time today, regular push-ups and all!
  • Emotional condition: Feeling awesome!

Day 7:

  • Weight: 132.2
  • Physical condition: Taking a well-deserved day of rest today.
  • Emotional condition: Accomplished
  • Today I had my cheat meal.  I was still going to watch what I ate, but ended up celebrating with one-too-many slices of pizza and some ice cream.  But back to the straight and narrow tomorrow!

Day 8:

  • Weight:  I purposefully skipped my weigh-in this morning.  I didn’t want to be discouraged by my cheat meal last night, which I know will have me up higher than I’d like to see. 
  • Physical condition:  Still full from last night
  • Emotional condition:  Feeling a little regret about the cheat meal, but I even more determined to tackle Level 2 at my next workout!

Day 9:

  • Weight: 131.2 (4.8 lbs lost total!)
  • Physical condition: I can tell a difference in my whole body (even my butt!) but still need to get more toned.
  • Emotional condition:  Feeling redeemed after having a cheat meal 2 days ago.

Day 10:

  • Weight: 131.2- Same as yesterday!
  • Physical condition: Level 1 is feeling easy, so definitely need to move on to Level 2 tonight!
  • Emotional condition: A little frustrated that I’ve plateaued on the scale already, but excited to see what Level 2 is going to do for me.

Day 11:

  • Weight: 132
  • Physical condition: Started Level 2!
  • Emotional condition: Still frustrated by the plateau, but happy to be on Level 2.
  • Level 2 started off easier than I thought.  I thought the walking push-ups were easier than regular push-ups.  But the new cardio series is pretty brutal, being that it combines strength with cardio and has me on the floor most of the time.  I definitely did the “easy” version of most of the cardio.

Day 12:

  • This is the unfortunate day that I got an injury.  The Shred has been put on hold.  🙁

So overall, I lost about 4 pounds in less than 2 weeks with the Shred.  More importantly, my muscles feel more toned and I made definite and quick improvements in my physical condition.  I can’t wait to get back into the Shred and finish it!  I highly recommend it, but be prepared for a very intense workout.  It is not for the faint of heart. 

Has anyone else tried the Shred?  What do you think?


It’s been a long time in the making, but 8 months after the birth of my son I’ve decided to start working out again!  The pregnancy weight fell off fast thanks to good genes and breastfeeding, and a few months after I was down below 130 pounds.  Well, it seems that I’ve managed to pack on a few extra pounds again and being summer and *gasp* swim suit season is just around the corner, it’s time to get back to where I was and get a little toned in the process.

My weapon of choice:  Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred.  My husband gave me this DVD for Christmas (per my request) and some 6 pound hand weights.  I usually don’t particularly like DVD workouts, but I love Jillian Michaels from the Biggest Loser.  Of any other workout video, I knew I wanted her.  Plus I love that it’s only 20 minutes, which is pretty easy to fit into my schedule when I’ve got an 8 month old that needs my attention.  The DVD claims “Lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days”.  We’ll see what it can do for me in 30 days!

Here’s the plan:

Start weight: 136 pounds

Goal: 125 pounds and/or more importantly muscle tone

Total weight loss: 11 pounds in 3o days or 2.7 lbs/week

One cheat meal a week, plus one rest day

On Day 1 I started with Level 1 of the video (which has 3 levels total), thinking Level 1 would be a  breeze for me since I’m not particularly overweight.  WRONG!  It kicked my butt!  I couldn’t keep up with her, which was very humbling since I used to pride myself in being very fit.  I can’t do normal push-ups anymore and had to resort to doing them from my knees.  I couldn’t even do something as simple as jumping jacks for the short time they did them!  Disheartening?  Yes!  Motivating?  Absolutely! 

One day after my first workout, my body is sore from head to toe.  (Jillian does a great job hitting every muscle group in such a short period of time).  I’m dreading but looking forward to workout #2.  I will be posting my results when I’ve completed the Shred.  So check back in a month to see how I did! 

Anyone else ever try the 30 Day Shred?

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