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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gatlinburg and a birthday

With Sanai's birthday being on Valentine's Day they already had a big party planned at daycare, plus we were planning to spend 3 hours in the car driving to Gatlinburg for the weekend.  Needless to say, we weren't able to celebrate her birthday on the actual day.

On Friday the 15th we were out and about in town and decided to pick up a cake!

We had packed her eating chair with us to make it easier for her to feed herself so we stripped her down to just a diaper for her first piece of cake.

She wasn't quite sure about it at first.

I love the quizzical look on her face! 

She figured it out shortly after and made quite the frosting mess.

Her bath water was literally pink. 
I had to drain the water and put clean water back in the tub to wash her off.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Growing up at home I could always expect a rose on Valentine's Day from my Dad.  I would usually always find it in my car, it was the sweetest thing!  But this Valentine's Day I got my morning email from him saying "Happy Valentine's Day"  and my response was "Where's my rose! ha ha" 

I continued about my day and headed home around 1pm to get the car loaded up for a coaches clinic Tommy had planned in Gatlinburg with several other coaches.  We attend every year and it's a blast!  So when Tommy came to pick me up I opened the passenger door and there was a rose on my seat!

My immediate reaction was, "Thanks babe!!"  He proceeded to tell me it wasn't from him...but from my Dad.  So it's official...I have the most awesome Dad in the world.  It made me smile :)

Then Tommy told me that he thought the rose tradition was so neat he decided he would start the tradition with his own daughter.  So as we went to pick up the kids, he gave Sanai a rose too!  She proceeded to try to eat it...but still, it was incredibly cute and I can't wait for her to cherish this memory from her Dad too.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I'm in complete awe that my little princess is 1 year old today.

She's everything I could have dreamed of in a daughter. 

She's my answered prayer from God.

She's brave, yet timid.  She's sweet, yet sassy.

She perseveres and never gives up until she figures it out.

She has the sweetest giggle.

She's the missing puzzle piece to our family.

Happy 1st Birthday Sanai!

6 weeks old


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The HAIR Post

Sure, I read some books on African American hair care that our adoption agency sent but those books definitely don't prepare the average white girl for a black girls hair!  When we first met Sanai her hair was short and curly, so cute.  It looked really healthy and shiny.

I asked several Ethiopians what they did to their hair to make it look so good.  Their curls were perfectly in tack, no frizz and looked great.  I was told they just use regular mineral/baby oil on their hair.  When we first got home that is what I used on her hair until I noticed it started to look dry.  Although baby oil is what they use in Ethiopia I realized that they don't wash their hair as often and the climate is much different there than here which has a lot to do with hair.  Also, baby oil will clog the pores of the scalp which will not allow the hair to grown and be healthy.

Thus, I jumped into the complicated world of African American hair.  Never did I realize how in depth, complicated and time consuming hair care is...coming from a girl who really doesn't use hair product besides hair spray and texturing powder.  I do her hair and try to add moisture at night and in the morning so it will look nice.  I will also do it if we are going anywhere because I'm scared my sister in laws will physically harm me if I let Sanai come out of the house with her hair looking like a hot mess :)

I started out by using a product called Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter that I picked up at Sally's.  It smells AMAZING!  Besides water, the first several ingredients include fruit oil, olive oil and soybean oil.  After using this for several months it doesn't really hold her curls in place all day and doesn't seem to add a lot of moisture to her hair.  I still use it occasionally but I probably won't buy another tub.

I had read great reviews about Ms. Jessie's hair care line and was happy when I heard that it was available at Target.  It doesn't smell nearly as good as the Moisture Butter but it does seem to hold her curls in place better and it works through her hair better.  At $32 for an 8oz container it's a little expensive.  But you don't need much so it goes a long way.

I have also read a whole lot about coconut oil and how it's really more of a moisturizer because it's a butter when it's in it's solid form.  It's the most absorbent oil and is very good for skin and hair. Scoop some out in the palm of your hand and it melts completely.  I have been using this on her skin and hair each night before bed and her skin is very soft in the morning.  I got it at our local walmart and it was maybe around $6-$8.

By far the BEST website I have come across in learning about hair care is  This website really breaks it down for dummy's like me and I have learned that I was using OK products but not putting them on in the right order and not really using them for what they are intended for.  This website also recommended a great detangler/leave in conditioner that is Amaze-ziiiiing! 

Her hair gets knotted on the back of her head and occasionally on the sides and this stuff works like a charm.  After her bath I put this in her hair and leave it and am able to use a fine tooth comb to comb through her hair.  I also use their shampoo once a week to clean the product build up and/or food that might have accumulated in her hair (although I wipe her hair out with a damp washcloth every day).

Her hair has grown quite a bit since she's been home, although it's still much longer on the top than the back.  But we will get there!

I still have so much to learn about her hair and as she grows the texture will change but she's come a long way since we brought her home. She absolutely hated it when I did anything to her hair and would scream, cry and pull my hands down when I just put moisturizer in it.  I would have to put her in the high chair just to comb through it.  Now, she will continue to play while I mess with her hair or comb it.  I've had to learn patience and be proactive in learning about new products and what will work best for her hair.  I'm in search of a better moisturizing stay tuned!