Wizard of OZ

We are in “The Wizard of Oz.”  All three of us.  It was too cute to see my son audition.  (He sang Jingle Bells)  He was so nervous that he sang the chorus several times and never the verse.  Too CUTE!  ~ not biased though… hehehe…

He is part of the lolli-pop Guild.  WAY cute.  He is 4 and there are two 6 yo’s w/ him.  I’ll have to post pictures another day.  All three of us are enjoying it, but we are having to be inventive in having family time.

My meal planning has gotten creative also.  This is the first time I have had a freezer large enough to do freezer meals.  I am cooking larger and getting meals tucked away for those nights that things are just crazy.  Saturdays will be crazy w/ a matinée  and an evening performance.  Well, I hope we have full houses each night, but even if we don’t, it’s been fun.

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Antibiotics at Birth

We were trying to have an at home birth.  Water broke at 2:00a  and no real contractions for 7 hours.  My mid-wife decided to herbally induce me.  She said that protocol says the baby needs to be here w/in 24 hours of water breaking.  After several yucky doses of parsley tea (DO NOT DO THIS W/O SUPERVISION OF MID-WIFE OR DOCTOR), contractions began really hard.  This was the case for many hours but I was not effaced and after a while the contractions began to wain.  Finally, at 1:30a we decided that it was best to go to the hospital.  That was not what we wanted, but we also didn’t know any better.  We arrive and have a GREAT hospital visit – until later.  I am given pitocin (sp) and an epidural.  The thing I did not want from the beginning.  That is what they were telling me was what I needed for the health of the baby. (In a moment I’ll let you know what I have learned since)  I also was hooked up to antibiotics. Through out the course of the day I would have about 4 litres.  (It’s funny to me how having a baby is more like a disease than a natural process today)

I had one nurse who was sure I needed to push to see if I could on an epidural.  Well, that’s all she wrote.   My cervix would not efface and I was doomed for a c-section.  I had one and had a wonderful baby boy out of the whole ordeal.  The after surgery care was exceptional in the hospital.

We got home and soon after we both had a systemic yeast infection.  Thrush, vaginal, genital, breast-feeding, etc.  It was horrid.  We had no idea that it “happens sometimes.”  Well, if it just happens then it just goes away.  I am here to tell you NO IT DOESN’T.

He was sick off and on while I was nursing him.  Because of the yeast infection nursing was a major problem.  It blocks the milk production.  I nursed him for just shy of a year.  But we started supplementing very early on.  He was unusually hungry and I was not producing enough.  (Both signs of yeast hunger is because he was not being able to digest anything well) I wish I would have known about formula alternatives then.  They say ignorance is bliss, I beg to differ.

After I stopped breastfeeding, and he stopped getting the anti-bodies from me, he became more severely sick.  He would be sick for 4 to 6 weeks and well for 2 weeks.

Then we went to my in-laws for Christmas, as we do.  She always makes fresh bread.  She does it w/ finesse that she made me want to do it.  She did it w/ white, and I was doing it w/ wheat so I made MANY door stopper loafs.  Finally, I started making something edible, and actually wonderful and made it so often, that Dillon was so severely sick, we had to figure out what was triggering it.  We realized it was the yeast in the fresh dough.  Sadness, because I was really enjoying making bread.  But his health was much more worth my time then a new hobby of bread.   So then, we jumped into an anti-yeast diet.  We really relied on yeastinfectionadvisor.com.

Wow what a difference.  He is now a healthy, active, young boy.  A few months later, in our ignorance we thought we were done w/ this whole thing.  So we had some fresh pizza from “Papa Murphy’s” (we really miss this place).  YIKES!! 5 hours later he had the absolute reaction ever!!! That was crazy!! We have since learned that we may never really be “done.”

To update the information about the birthing process.

First, its ok for water to break.  After my experience, I was talking to a very close friend.  She told me that when her mother was pregnant w/ her, that the water at three months prego.  That was call for abortion said the dr.  Her mother was not going to the doctor to terminate the pregnancy, she just needed help in knowing what to do and he gave her no more than “good luck.”  Six months later my best friend was born.  She is a mother of 3 w/ 12 years of marriage and went to college at TAMU.  That is pretty impressive for someone who was suppose to be debilitated from this “traumatic” situation.  I am not suggesting that you don’t seek help, and monitor the pregnancy, but I am saying there is more to life than protocol.  If I had to do it over, I would not be induced, I would monitor the baby carefully and I would wait until my body was ready.  When I decided to go to the hospital, I would not have allowed antibiotics.  1/10 of 1% of babies that are born from mothers whose water broke get an infection that is easily treated after the baby is borne w/ much less intense antibiotics.  I also would have declined the c-section.  I asked my ob/gyn afterwards and she even said it was not necessary but it was what she suggested.  I could have declined and she would have stood by my decision.  We were not thinking clearly after 43.5 hours of labor.

Also never, ever push unless it is time.  THAT WAS STUPID!!!

He grew and is very smart and a joy to be around today!!  But not w/o much agony!!

Read, learn and be in-charge of your health.

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How I became a Foodie!!

When I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (fibro) 12 years ago, I started on this good food thing. (It was mainly herbs back then)  A roommate and I cut out all sodas.  That was me “eating healthy.”  Wow! That was a long time ago and an entirely different menu.

As I learned more and tried things out I added small things.  Then I met this amazing man…. got married and an entirely new journey began.  Praise the Lord he trusted me w/ food and herbs. As we have been married, we have learned much about food together.  At first it was try to eat healthy out.  Now we are getting closer to complete traditional eating.

When we had been married about 6 months, we fell pregnant.  During the pregnancy I had a LOT of swelling (had a good bit before, but this was crazy) and almost fainted several times.  We discovered through this that I was very sensitive to MSG (monosodium glutamate).  We thought we were taking it out of our diet.  About 14 months after my son was born we went to California for an 8 week research trip for my husband to work out at the Lawerence Livermore National Lab.  On the way out there we listened to “The Great Physician Rx” – by Jordan Ruben.  I had been skeptical and didn’t want to pay full price.  So before we left we went to Half-Priced books to look for an audio book for my husband and sadly didn’t find anything.  But he found this for $2.00!! We got it and WOW were we impressed.  California is a GREAT place to spend a few weeks when you are trying to learn what healthy is because they have great, FRESH food everywhere.  We enjoyed farm fresh produce and RAW MILK!!!  When we got home we located a farm near us and she actually sold me the book Nurishing Tradition -by Sally Fallon.  WOW!! Overwhelming!!

Then about 1.5 years later we really realize that my sensitivity to MSG is significant.  We did a trial diet from MSGmyth.com and wow the difference in just 10 days.  (I have sense put many people on it and it has made such a HUGE differences in their lives)

My son has been sick since he was born.  Severe chest colds and asthma.  Sometimes w/ his chest caving in.  Sorry to say that it almost took us 3 years to figure out what it was.  (The full story is for another blog-post.)   We finally realized that he had a systemic yeast infection and it was the cause.  With in a few weeks I was realizing that I had to teach my almost 3 yo how to play out side because he had spent so much time being sick.  Sad day for this momma.  He has only been sick a couple of times this year!!!

He is not fully well, so we are endeavoring into the GAPS diet.  I am still trying to prep my kitchen (and brain) for this change.  Process is the name of the game for change in this house.  We are loving learning together.  It is so funny to now hear my 4 yo talk about how God’s-salt is good for you and the ways that refined salt is not.   He sees the difference, he knows that he does not want foods w/ sugar and yeast.

Well, I hope this in an encouragement to you and your journey to real food and real health!

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Title Picture

Wow!! Set up of the site is an interesting thing.  Out of all of the pictures that we have, none w/ the entire family fit.  So hopefully I will be able to remedy it.  Cute cut for now is what I offer.

Enjoy!

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Hello world!

Hello!  Today, I have decided to join the world of bloggers.  There is so much to say and so little time to say it in…. so, writing it all down is the avenue I have chosen to say it.

We are a family of four first borns!! My husband, myself, my son and our dog.  All first borns and all RIGHT, ALL of the time!!  Nothing is ever boring around here.  If you follow the Pearls, Debbie wrote a book “Created to be his Help-meet!” She decribes different types of men.  My man is a “VISIONARY”!!  This is very fun but very hard to keep track of.  My son is 4 yo and full of intellegence and vocabulary.  He is very inventive and has a GREAT imagination!  I am a headstrong woman who is trying to be what God has called – a help-meet. (Now that is a tall order!)

We are a God fearing and loving family w/ HIM at the forefront of our family.  We are pursueing traditional foods and sustainable lifestyle choices.  We love well trained and raised children and families that are on their own journey towards these goals.  This is going to be our place to document our progress and failures.  Hope you join us on the journey towards doing things God’s Way!!!

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