Thursday, April 4, 2013

Need more food

After my last post, we went to the Tyler Zoo in Texas. It was great fun, but I ate some junk food that completely messed up my not hungry rhythm... chili cheese fries and a corn dog. Since then I've been needing food a lot more, similar to my first pregnancy. So I just keep eating. Baked potatoes and sour cream are not quite primal, but more so than a big plate of pasta and garlic bread. I've gained 3 lbs so far and I'm 6 weeks now. Baby is the size of a pea.

Not too worried about it, but I'm interested to see how much weight I gain without so much bread this time. Last pregnancy I gained a little over 40 lbs.

It's breakfast time now. I wish those avocados were ripe!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Well, no minor holiday is safe. On St. Patrick's Day, I found out that I am pregnant! I am 5 weeks and 1 day now.

Estimated due date is November 26th. And since I know our babies seem to be punctual, I'm guessing it may happen even before that.

Chris says I'll do anything to avoid going to visit his family for Thanksgiving... not really. But I'm not too upset about missing a trip with three kids.

I was reading old blog posts today and saw that I felt like I needed stretchy pants by 5 or 6 weeks last time too. So that makes me feel good.

Haven't gained any weight, and I started at two pounds less than I was when I got pregnant last time.

Currently, we are eating sort of "primally". Follow the link if you want to know more. Wheat makes Lorelei crazy, I suspect it makes Xander wet the bed, and gives Chris a stomach ache (which he conveniently forgets the day or two after eating it, so I have to remind him). We eat lots of protein, good fat (the clinic told me that vegetable oils were good fat. Face plant...), and get carbs from fruit and veggies. Some rice and corn now and then too.

One thing I know from my post "Just Keep Eating", was that I was hungry all the time last pregnancy, even at this point. Right now I'm not at all. I get hungry around my normal eating times, and feel pretty darn good.

While I'm not as strict as this family, (by strict, I mean I eat some good dairy, and some grains and such), I'm interested to see how this pregnancy progresses compared to the last. Not that I ate unhealthily, but there were a lot of grains involved. Before I got pregnant this time, we had been eating primally for two months or so. As soon as we got into it, I stopped having to eat so often (normally, breakfast upon waking, lunch at 11, a snack or two mid-afternoon, and could hardly wait for 6pm dinner). The need stopped being as urgent, and I didn't feel that low blood sugary, food craving stuff. It's very liberating.

Now with all this food talk, it might be time for breakfast. Bacon and eggs.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Food for the Hungry

Back in December, my brother Gabe and I were invited to see Kari Jobe in concert with another homeschooling family that has an 18 year old boy with Aspergers syndrome (my brother has the same and is the same age). We got hooked up by Xander's counselor.

So we went, and I was going to pay for two tickets. When we got there, a man near the ticket counter said, "here, you want two free tickets?" We said, "Sure!" and so we saved about $40. By we, I mean, me.

It happened to be my birthday too! So happy birthday to me.

Once we got in, I realized that two guys with Aspergers is mostly two guys sitting and not talking to each other while their older siblings make small talk. But Gabe could tell that he had met a similar person, and that doesn't happen too often. So that was cool.

During the concert, Warren Barfield sang a few songs and spoke very passionately about helping children through Food for the Hungry. He asked what you would do to help a child, a child you could see, in need. Or even, what would you do if you own child was thirsty, but had no way  to get water? You'd move heaven and earth, and you'd hope that if someone else could help when you couldn't, that they would step up to do so.

He and his wife stopped their cable service, and he said he was thinking of telling his sponsored child that they gave up Pawn Stars and Duck Dynasty, just for them.

Then they realized that taking their family out to Applebee's one night a month was the cost of caring for one more child, for a month! So they cut out their regular kids night at Applebee's and sponsored another child. He considered writing them and telling them that he cut out his Fiesta Lime Chicken, just for them.

It hit home, you know? And I had just saved $40 on concert tickets! So I raised my hand and they brought me a picture of a little girl, one whose birthday is two weeks before my daughter's. She just turned 4, just like Lorelei. So now, Loraya's picture is on our fridge, and we try and send her little fun things that I know Lorelei would like.

After I did so, Warren's group gave out free downloads of his new cd for all those that signed up too. That was just icing on the cake.

On the way out, I saw the man that gave us tickets. I told him that saving the money on tickets encouraged me to sponsor a child, and thanked him again.

So, the cost of sponsoring a child through FH is $32 a month. About the cost of a data plan for a smart phone... or cable TV. Or maybe one dinner out with the family. And that dinner would make Lorelei's tummy hurt anyway.

I guess it could even be 8-10 trips to Starbucks too. I have never come close to that many a month, but it's possible that a working person could (on the way to work, or something).

Just think on it. If you'd rather not have a monthly expense, look at the gift catalog. You can do a one time donation that will provide things like, a pair of ducks, or vegetable seeds, for a family that needs them.

Warren said that he got a letter about one of his sponsored kids- they moved away from the area that FH covered. Because of the extra support from FH, the kids dad was able to focus on learning a trade and then moved his family to a new town where he had a new job. He could now support his family! Pretty cool.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ordering from Azure Standard!

This is a great post about the co-op that I lead. If you want info locally, email me. Or check their site to see if there's a drop in your area.

How to do it: from Raising Arrows!

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Quiet Morning

It's a quiet morning. Xander is off to school and the little two are sleeping!

Xander asked me over breakfast (half an avocado and a bunch of strawberries) how he doesn't pee the bed any more. I told him that I guess I was right about wheat and that it hurts his body to eat it. But it's not a big deal, lots of people can't eat wheat.

It's too funny to me. He's honestly confused by how it can happen! Not wetting the bed, that is.

He's 6.5 by the way. This is the stage that doctors consider less normal than all the other times I asked them.

Praise God for no wheat in my house.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

What's Eating Your Child?

I haven't been here in forever.

But I needed to put this out there, just in case parents are doing a search for bedwetting, or daytime accidents and oxybutynin (ditropan).

Lorelei was prescribed this for three months. After we read what it's supposed to do (reduce frequency of feeling the need to pee), we knew it wouldn't work for her. She had to go, all the time (every 15 minutes or so) and it was a huge amount each time! So she had a reason to go, but we didn't know why she was always thirsty and how she made so much pee...

I read this article and it sounded so much like her, that I knew we had to try it.

"The Gluten Made Her Do It"

And Xander's counselor actually suggested a gluten free, casein free diet for ADHD sympotms. So we gave it a go. Within a week or so, Lorelei woke up dry and stopped peeing through 4 to 5 pairs of pants a day. She no longer guzzles a glass of water in one drink and wakes up happy in the morning!

We were already dairy free because I suspected it caused Lorelei's constipation when she was 20 months old. It seemed to cause Xander's bedwetting too. His came back though, and it would be hit or miss. We couldn't pin it down and had lots of accidents at night.

Xander's doctor even said that Lorelei had many symptoms of bipolar disorder, which is scary because she has a family history of it too.

But it's gone. Lorelei on gluten is like Golum. She would ooze down the stairs in the morning, crying and whining, wet pullup, and start to freak out over spreading a blanket smoothly on the couch... if you sat on her precious blanket, it was WWIII. If it was wrinkled... watch out. "My blanket!!!!!" And it's not even a special blanket. Just any old one that we have on the couch.

Lorelei without gluten... she wakes up perkily at 6:30 and says "Hi Mom! My pullup is dry!".

If you've tried all else, read "What's Eating Your Child" by Kelly Dorfman and "Wheat Belly" by Dr. WIlliam Davis.

I just hope this helps someone else. :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Sorry I've been gone so long!

We've moved on base and just found a renter for our house. Things are good.

I'm sharing this awesome falafel recipe that I made for dinner last night.

1 onion, 1 lb. dry Garbanzo beans (chickpeas), 1 bunch of cilantro, salt, cumin, 4 eggs
Soak beans overnight, covered. Drain, put in food processor then dump in a big bowl. Grind onion, drain off the water and dump in bowl. Put in the entire bunch of cilantro, grind, then dump in bowl. Mix it all together and regrind in the food processor until it's a paste consistency (kind of - it's still grainy feeling). At this point, you can separate into 2 batches and freeze one. If you use half of the stuff, add 2 eggs, 1 tbsp salt & 1 tbsp cumin. Fry in 1 in of oil and drain on paper towel. Or make into cookie like balls or patties and put on a cookie sheet (rubbed with olive oil) and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Until insides are hot and done. 
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