Galations 2:20-21

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly." Galations 2:20-21

Monday, March 30, 2009

What's Going On

Wow, it's been a couple weeks since my last post. It's been a rough first trimester, but I'm feeling the light at the end of the tunnel. We are on week 12. Only one more week until the 2nd trimester! I have already felt some relief with the morning sickness and am hopeful I will get past this in the next couple weeks. The Lord has really blessed us. My aunt had my little cousin 8 months ago and she's already the size of a one year old! That means she's already growing out of all her stuff..which means we get use all their baby gear (I'm not really one of those people who need to have everything certain colors or want a theme for the baby room). That alone has been a big weight lifted off my shoulders. Also, my aunt is letting me borrow all her maternity clothes! Bags of them. Thanks Auntie! I really can't wait until my baby bump gets bigger so I can start wearing them.

Along with baby stuff, we are also trying to get our garden ready. We were definitely late getting our seedlings going. With being sick and all it was hard to think about, but we managed to get them going the first week in March. We'll see how it goes. Byron made our very own tomato cages a couple weekends ago. He's pretty proud of them.

This is what our garden looks like now...:(

Some of our seedlings starting to grow....

My Love making tomato cages

Friday, March 13, 2009

Morning Sickness Remedies

Since very early on in my pregnancy I have been trying everything and anything to ease the morning sickness. Every day I get through I thank the Lord for bringing me one day closer to the end of all this. I've searched the internet and talked to friends and family about what worked for them. Here are some things that HAVE and have NOT worked for me..

Have NOT:

1. Crackers: This is the most common food people have told me eat right before I get out of bed in the morning and snack on throughout the day. NOT for me. I am so thirsty in the morning. The last thing I want to eat is a dry and salty cracker. Also, I'm not really a cracker eater and trying something I already don't really like is out of the question.

2. Cheese: I saw this one some website and thought I'd give it a try. I really like cheese. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. I had a piece of string cheese for a snack yesterday and puked it up 10 minutes later. Oh, and FYI: cheese is one of the nastiest things to vomit up! Won't be trying that again.

3. Travel-Eze Wristbands: My mother-in-law purchased these for me with very good intentions. I gave them a good try, but I don't notice any difference in my symptoms. They say they are "one size fits all." For children and adults. But they are almost too small for me and I have really small wrists to begin with. After an hour or so of wearing them, they begin to itch really bad and cut off my blood circulation. Thanks for the thought, Deb. I gave them a good go at it!

4. Pickles: I'm not trying this one again. The funny thing is that after I got enough courage to eat one, I ate 3 of them in one sitting. But the after effect was not pretty....

Now onto the things that HAVE worked:

1. Sleep: The more I sleep the better I feel. Plain and simple. I notice if I don't get proper rest, I have a really bad day. The nausea is really bad and the vomiting is worse.

2. Gatoraid: The blue flavor. I am addicted to this stuff. It's been hard for me to drink enough water, so this is really helping me stay hydrated and the extra electrolytes help as well.

3. Popsicles: These are literally like a drug for me. Any flavor but grape, please. Any time the nausea is way too much to bare, I grab a popsicle and I feel instantly relieved....until the popsicle is gone, that is. I could really eat a whole box in a day if i didn't have any self-control.

4. Vitamin B6: At first I didn't think this one was helping, but after doing some research I cut down on my dosage and find that is helping a little after all.

5. Food I can handle: Bagels, Toast, Toaster Streudals, Honey Nut Cheerios, FiberOne Honey Nut cereal, Jello, sometimes a light soup like Mrs. Grass, Pringles potato chips.

6. Boiron Homeopathic Medicine: My midwife turned me onto this. They come in little chapstick looking containers. They are little white pellets that you dissolve in your mouth 3 times a day. They have all different kinds, but one that she recommended for me is ipecacuanha. It helps with nausea, vomiting and hypersalivation. That's a pregnant woman! They have actually been working pretty well. The only downside is that it's about $8 for 5 days worth. Whole Foods sells them and there was a store right by the office, so that was convenient.

Weird foods I sometimes have the craving for that I wouldn't think women with morning sickness would even desire: Taco Bell....cheesy gordita crunch, plain chicken taco with loads of hot sauce....Taco lunchables...Chili's queso dip and chips.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A New Addition in October

Yes! We're pregnant! We are 9 weeks along now. We had our first appointment with our midwife yesterday morning. We were very disappointed with the care we got with our last pregnancy, so we wanted to do things a little differently this time. We found West Suburban Midwife Associates, Ltd. by just browsing on the internet. Two of the three midwives actually own the practice. Gayle Riedmann, one of the midwives and owners, is on the Board of Directors of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group and Chair of the Illinois Birth Center Task Force. She has also submitted a legislative bill to establish freestanding birth centers in Illinois. WSM has a collabrative practice agreement with an OB, due to legal reasons and in case of emergencies. All births take place at the Alternative Birthing Center at Resurection/West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park. You have your own private hotel-like room with a queen sized bed, tv, mini fridge (yes, they allow you to eat during labor), rocking chair, little crib for baby, and even a bath for waterbirths. And yes, most insurance companies cover this!

Our first appointment went very well. We had a great connection with the midwife. We felt so comfortable there and enjoyed their layed-back attitudes. They treated us like individuals and made us feel like they really cared about our baby's well-being. They are all about doing things as naturally and non-interventive as possible, which is something we really wanted. After talking for a while with the midwife she checked for the baby's heart beat using a fetal heart rate monitor. We are 9 weeks along, so we are right at the border line of when they can usually hear it (about 10 weeks). She wasn't able to hear it with the monitor. She didn't seem concerned because it was still a little early to tell, but we were. Especially, since this is what happened before we found out about the loss of our last pregnancy. Even though we didn't verbally express our concern she wanted to give us peace of mind, so we went across the hall to do a quick ultrasound. After she turned it on...there it was! Clear as day. I couldn't believe we could actually see the baby. We could clearly see the the head and little body. It was waving it's arms all around and looked like it was doing a little dance for us. The heart beat was like a little flicker on the screen. It was truly one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. It really made this whole experience feel so much more real for the both of us. After leaving, we both felt so much peace. Not only with the pregnancy, but with our choice of care. Our next appointment is in 4 weeks, B's birthday! I'm really looking forward to it.

So, all you people out there who thought we fell off the face of the planet, we are alive and well. We were trying to keep this all a secret until we got past this first trimester, but it's not easy when you are so sick all of the time. People start to figure things out! Plus, after our appointment yesterday, we feel good enough about things to start spreading the GOOD NEWS! Due to the fact that the morning-or rather ALL DAY sickness has really been bogging me down, our social life has been non-existent for the most part over the past month or so. Even going to church has been a difficult task. I am hoping it will soon pass after this first trimester.

Our due date is October 12th-I mean 7th (who knows, Deb?!). We are getting more and more excited every day about this baby's arrival. We just ask that you all keep us and our baby's health your prayers.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Gardening Resources

I'm the type of person who learns better if someone shows me how to do it rather than tell me. As my husband and I have started to garden over the last couple years, I have searched the internet for resources. One of my favorites is a video podcast called Gardenfork.
Eric Rochow, the creator, is just your average guy who likes to garden, cook, and live green. His wife works the camera and there two energetic dogs are always in the background causing a distraction. He has great tips and how-to videos that make you feel like you can do it too. Anything from pruning apple trees to making apple crisp.

Rochow is also creator of Real World Green. He has videos ranging from how to recycle your Christmas tree to how to "Green your Laundry."

Check out his website and subscribe to his video podcasts. Let Eric Rochow help you get a good start to this year's growing season.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Talented Sister II

My little sister, "Number Six," is a talented one. Some of her artwork was put on display at our public library.

Award Winner
(I took the liberty of correctly rotating it for you, sis)

Love you, my little button!