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Sunday, March 29, 2009

A revolation about my hormones

This week I had a MAJOR breakthrough.... It all started with the random cramps I've been having. I thought maybe my body was trying to kick start ovulation again and just couldn't get it going. So I looked up what hormones are involved in cramping and figured out it's progesterone and that lead me to find Vitex/chasteberry which is an herbal supplement that can stimulate progesterone. THEN I read that this supplement is useful for women like me who are anovulatory for a long time between babies.

So THEN I prayed about whether I should take this supplement, since I'm "quiverfull" which, by my definition means that I'm always open to another pregnancy if it's the Lord's leading. And I felt a peace about taking it and so I did.

And THEN my mood changed amazingly. I haven't been so happy in years! So I was starting to think that, yes, I was deficient in progesterone in an unhealthy way. So I looked further into the effects of progesterone online I found:

"It reduces spasm and relaxes smooth muscle. Bronchi are widened and mucus regulated." I had my first asthma attack this winter!

And "It reduces gall-bladder activity". I had my first gall bladder attack last summer!

Add to that, the fact that a short luteal phase is likely to cause multiple miscarriages and I'm convinced that I'm supposed to be taking this herb, for my health. I don't think God "intended" me to be anovulatory for three years between babies. I think there is something wrong with me.

Also, this gives me hope that maybe I can control my mood in a future pregnancy. If my mood is clearly being affected by an improper balance of hormones, maybe there will be something I can take in the next pregnancy to prevent the depression I went through last time. I'll get my hormones checked when I get pregnant.

Then I had another major revelation. My baby Saphira would not be here if I hadn't gone to China last year. The only reason she "stuck" was because I left for two weeks immediately after conceptions. Giving my body a two week break from breastfeeding- JUST enough time for the corpus luteum to take over progesterone production. We had been trying for a year to make a baby. God knows how many babies I lost that year. sad Thankfully I know I didn't lose babies between my other kids. (Brandon weaned early. Hubby was away during Wolfie's postpartum years) Thank you Lord for that China trip.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Last night

Last night I went to a women's conference at a church. It was very uplifting. The singer, Rita Springer, had a beautiful, powerful voice. Kind of raspy, like Melissa Ethridge. Listening to her sing by herself was like listening to a whole choir, it was so full, if that makes any sense.

Then the preacher woman- I wish I knew her name!! But it wasn't on any of the materials they sent home with us- anyway, she was AWESOME!! The message was on hope. She had several miraculous stories of healing. The most recent was two weeks ago when she was healed of spinal MS! I was so blown away by it, because this conference was planned so long ago and this JUST happened. It was a fresh word of God for us. She also preached about women preaching! I was really happy/impressed because that can be so controversial in the church, but after years of going back and forth on that one (Thanks, Paul!!!!!!!!!!!) I've come to the same conclusion as her, that women can be preachers! She recommended this book, which I'll add to my wishlist. She also briefly mentioned not going into debt, even not giving to ministry when you're in debt, and how us Christians should have been an example to the country in this regard, but we haven't been. She got an applause for that one.

So it was a very inspiring and I love getting that renewed passion for the Lord. That inspiration to worship and read the Bible more.

OK... so then I go home and... (warning: this is NOT where you expected this story to go). Some family was visiting and I had a couple of glasses of wine with them. I never, never drink. It's just not my thing. But tonight, I thought, what the heck. So I got a little drunk and then promptly went to bed. Several hours later I woke up sooooo sick. Not only was I getting mastitis, with accompanying flu-like symptoms- which is bad enough, but I was extremely nauseous from the alcohol and had a tremendous headache. I sat in bed with a garbage can between my legs for hours, close to puking, but not quite. And my head. It just felt like it was going to explode.

Then. Strangely enough. I woke up feeling just fine. Weird.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A poignant article

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wear something out of style day

First, watch this 20 minute, easy to understand, eye opening video called The Story of Stuff.

Then, participate with me, on Monday June 1st by wearing something out of style, to counteract "perceived obsolescence". We are tricked into throwing out stuff that is perfectly good. Lets bring to light the fact that our "value" in this society is greatly based on our ability to consume. That is not what our purpose on this earth is for! Make a statement that says you do not want to participate in this cycle of over consumption any more! So on June 1st, join me in wearing something old and out of style. Tell people that it is "wear something out of style day" and the purpose is to question the perception that our value in this society lies in our ability to consume.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

A really cool St. Patty's day!!

This year's St. Patty's day was really special because I just found out that I'm part Irish!!! My mom sent me a St. Patty's day card with the announcement. She found out when looking through a genealogy web site with her mom. Not only that, but he served in the Revolutionary War!! What exciting revelations!

It's amazing how meaningful it is to me to know about my ancestors. It seems so silly. But every time I hear the word "Irish" now I get a warm feeling inside and think "that's me! Irish." I can only imagine what it must feel like for adopted people to find out their roots.

I'm a true American mutt. My family has no real culture left over from our ancestors. Which, at times, is kind of sad. Like when my class had a heritage day and we all had to bring in a dish from our ancestors and I made up a dish. (Though I consider my Christian- homeschool-crunchy culture to be full and amazing. And "American" culture is pretty awesome too.) The only things I know about my past are the stereotypes about countries.

And now I present to you Deena's obscenely shocking list of stereotypes about her heritage.
  • Sweedes have beautiful blonds and eat lots of fish.
  • English- well there's lots to like about England. They ruled much of the world in the last century. They brought us the Beatles. They drink tea. They stopped Hitler (sort of).
  • Scottish- well, they wear kilts and they were really cool warriors in the movie "Braveheart".
  • Finnish -I know nothing about them. I lump them with the Swedes in my stereotyping.
  • Native American. They were "here first". White people stole their land. They love nature but were sometimes very violent. Squanto saved the pilgrims from starvation.
  • German. I get my lack of ability to tell a joke from the Germans. They are smart. Nazis came from Germany.
  • And now Irish. :) They've endured so much. A conflict that rivals the middle east. The potato famine. Discrimination in America ("Irish need not apply"). um. leprochans. lucky charms. They have a propensity for alcoholism. A beautiful green land.
So there you have it. I'm excited to join the ranks of the Irish.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Do you know what a CSA is?

If you don't know what a CSA is, you're probably a city girl/guy like me. But all my midwestern friends talk about their CSA's. And I got curious. So what is it?! CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It's a great way to support your local farmers and provide your family with a plethera of fresh produce and save some money! You basically buy a "share" of crops and then pick up a box of produce every week during the summer and fall. Believe it or not, there are a bunch of CSA's in our Eastern Massachusetts area. Who woulda thunk it? Here's a link to a list of them. I'm thinking of doing the fruit share one. I know we wouldn't waste a bit of that. My kids eat fruit like it's going out of style. This is what is in a typical fruit share for Farmer Dave:

Fruit Share: ($200 Fruit Share)

Sample share for a week in August: 1 pint of blueberries, 2 lbs nectarines, 1 lb white peaches, 1 lb yellow peaches.
Sample Share for a week in September: 2 lb Macintosh apples, 2 lb Honeycrisp apples, 1 cantaloupe, 1 pint strawberries.
Sample Share for a week in October: 2 lbs Cortland apples, 2 lb Macoun apples, 2 lb Golden Delicious apples, 1 lb Empire apples.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

The best thing in the world

I never splurge on coffee. So perhaps that explains why I enjoyed it so much... but that McDonalds mocha has got to be the best thing in the world! I bought one today because I had no energy. I drank it in about a minute flat, all the while giggling in a low evil laugh because it was sinfully delicious.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The future of technology

I love love love the internet. My family has three computers set up side by side in the living room. It's great. Our whole family is together all the times. Learning and playing the things that interest us individually and yet interacting and connecting with each other. I think most people my age can understand my enthusiasm (and the enlightened olders). :)

"In a survey by German broadband association Bitkom around 84 percent of respondents aged 19-29 said they would rather do without their current partner or an automobile than forego their connection to the Web." Although I wouldn't go so far to say my spouse, I can understand that sentiment. And if you asked me on a bad day...


The future of the internet lies in...

Online degrees! In person classes are a complete waste of time in my opinion. And outrageously expensive. This is a soapbox issue for me. I've been looking to find the online solution and I finally found it! Western Governors University. It's non-profit. Created by 19 U.S Governors. Reputable. Affordable. It's everything I need. So I'll be signing up as soon as I get my RN. I'd love to see my husband working on a degree too. And when my kids turn old enough - 16 maybe? -I'll get them working on their degree too! Classes start every month and it seems to be self paced so if you've got a job and kids you can take it easy (and still get good grades) but you can save a lot of money by zipping through because you pay per semester, not per course.

Facebook? Twitter? Linked in?
I love facebook. I think it has clearly replaced myspace. Currently twitter and Linked in are taking a shot at replacing facebook but I just don't see how it can happen. Linked in is supposedly a "networking tool for business people" but I think that is a shallow understanding of the word "networking". The argument I've gotten, from my mom and a friend is that on facebook you put the pictures of you drinking up or whatever, personal stuff. But linked in is where you post your professional face. But the way I see it is that a lot of the job connections you make are not purely in a professional environment. This is true for blue collars and white collar jobs. It's exactly the reason why rich people pay the big bucks to send their kids to Ivy League colleges- for the networking opportunities among the friends you can make. (Don't believe me? Read this) It's how my husband gets jobs all the time- meeting people at the gym and other random places. Besides, it seems to me that the only people who go on Linked in are unemployed. How is that going to help anyone get a job?

Then there's twitter. It's basically the "short update" application from facebook. And that's it. So I don't see why I should use twitter when facebook already has that. And all my friends are on facebook. But I signed up for it today anyway, because a few people I respect are on it, so maybe it's going somewhere that I'm not seeing.

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One of the best songs in the world

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGWDdRTCl9Q

OK. I had to come back and add something that Wolfie said, because he cracks me up. I've been singing the chorus around the house a lot. It goes "How did you get here?? Nobodys s'poss'd to be here!" - sung with a lot of passion. He said I play this song so much he's sick of it and he wrote an opposite song. It goes "How didn't you get here? I gave you perfect directions!"

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