Sunday, March 29, 2009
Later that day, he practically carried me to the car and into the chiropractor. My dear friend Bethany watched Hope and practically cleaned the whole house while we were away. I am so blessed! Eric and I were both so relieved when the chiropractor told me that there was nothing really wrong with me. Her treatment was very helpful, and I left with the pain greatly minimized. Through the weekend, I have slowly felt almost totally better. I still am slow though. No quick motions, and don't expect me to stand holding any small children for more than a minute or two. The chiropractor's assessment of the situation: stress. Her prescription: find a way to deal with or eliminate your stressors... easier said than done. But that recommendation has opened up a dialogue in our home about what really stresses me, how to deal with, when to ask for help, etc. Around here we have fairly rigid expectations for gender roles and responsibilities, but I feel like those might be loosening up a bit in the future which will be a good thing. I think this was probably a timely wake up call, as I definitely don't want to experience that pain or immobilization again!
The back labor sensation was very troubling to the chiropractor since I am pregnant. She thought I should see my midwife right away, and thankfully I had my first appointment scheduled the next day. This whole pregnancy, I've had a sort of gray cloud over me. I sort of expect something to go wrong... not sure why. I don't actually think that something will go wrong, but it wouldn't be a surprise to me. Since this was my first appointment, I struggled with fear that perhaps they wouldn't be able to hear the heartbeat or something else would be a problem. I believe that God is using this pregnancy and my recent lack of well-being to test my anxieties. Where do I put my hope? What do I allow my mind to dwell on? Will I live in fear, or will I trust and obey?
Anyway, as predicted, the midwife (actually a mid-husband, in this case), had a hard time finding the heartbeat. I lay there praying and thinking random thoughts: "I knew it!".... "Oh no!".... "what now?" But then all of a sudden, there it was! Sure and fast, a little drum pounding inside me. Heartbeat was normal, I'm measuring normal, I've gained less weight at this point that I had with the girls, all is well. The mid(husband) left me saying, "Congratulations, everything looks good!"
And so one small doubt and stressor departed my heart, and I swear I walked smoother and felt my lower back loosen just a bit.
So, that's the happy ending: The baby is fine. I am fine. Eric and I are having good conversations about supporting each other and handling this busy life. We've bid farewell to head colds and fevers and coughs for now. A new week starts tomorrow, and I feel energized for the first time in months. Easter is coming soon, and I am looking forward to celebrating my Savior who daily bears our burdens.
A little fun fact- baby is presently about the size of a lime!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
On that subject, I hereby declare that this has been our sickest winter yet (since adding kiddos to the mix), and I'm really struggling to keep a content spirit in the midst of it. I know that these present afflictions are for our good and growth in godliness, but currently, I am mostly growing in grumpiness! And it's pretty ridiculous too, because the girls don't seem to mind their coughs and fevers much at all. And really, Eric is no complainer. But, me? The head cold is driving me a little batty! God is making us depend on Him, and nothing else... no home remedies, no ammount of nutritious cooking, no super foods, or healthy habits. If all these things (which I am constantly attempting) met the mark, I suppose I would be full of pride and self reliance, which would lead me far from my Father's throne. So, here I come to the throne... kicking and screaming... wanting a good night's sleep and to put the thermometer away for the season. Lord, help me!
So, does that explain why I haven't been blogging lately? I've been busy, and when I haven't been busy I've been indulging in self-pity over minor ailments. What a woman!
Let's move on to some fun stuff!
So, here's the scoop (pun intended:): Grate 1/3 of a bar of old fashioned "Fels Naptha" soap into 6 c. warm water until it dissolves.
So easy! This is also the recipe that the Duggar family uses (18 kids!), only they make it in much bigger batches.
I have to add this caveat, I am not absolutely certain that this is the ultimate in natural, allergen free laundry soap. But it's a lot better than most, especially for the cost. By the way, all the ingredients were easily found at my local grocery store.
Give it a try, and tell me what you think!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Katelyn tramps across the snow.
Evan embraces the thrill that 5 feet can give.Eva was actually on a diving board, folks. (it's always imagination, with this one!) But seriously, check out how she's eye level with the roof of the van!
Pure exuberance. I felt it too... just not the jumping up and down part!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
1. Cost - buy grains in bulk for lower prices and mill them as needed.
2. Variety - I can make loaves of bread, crackers, rolls, desserts out of whatever combination of grain pleases me. I suspect there will be a lot of spelt/wheat combinations, but I'm excited to try kamut and brown rice.
3. Nutrition - Most of the flour from the grocery store was milled a LONG time ago, leaving the essential fats to go rancid and turn into free radicals. Although it is debated, most people agree that flour that sits around on shelves slowly looses some of the mineral content as it ages.
If you're interested, here is more info on WHY to mill at home.
In other news, the morning sickness is all but gone. I feel almost awesome, evidenced by the 12 (yes, ma'am!) loads of laundry completed yesterday. Thank you for praying for me!
We're heading out of town tonight to visit Eric's mom who recently had both knees replaced. Yea for a little getaway, yea for new knees and a new lease on life. Eva is psyched to see the big scars, and I'm psyched to see the new foot of snow they welcomed yesterday.
So, perhaps there will be some downtime while we're away and I will post something. Maybe :).
Thursday, March 05, 2009
2. I made it sound like I would tell more info about baby #3 later, but, well, later will be whenever I feel capable of sitting in front of the computer... or doing anything for that matter. I am not feeling well this time around, which is a change from the 1st trimester with the girls. Now, I am growing in sympathy for all of you who have the ickies during the first weeks. I am exceedingly thankful for my previous two easy pregnancies, and exceedingly sympathetic to the scores of women who have already gone through this. Yuck.
3. And just to answer one (or two) burning questions: Yes, this was quite a surprise! No, I will not be running the marathon in the fall... I'm imagining a labor and delivery that will take just about as long though, Lord willing or course.
4. I believe I am 8 weeks along, expected due date: October 11th.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
More to come later!