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Celebrating Breastfeeding & Taking a Break

Well, everything continues to be hectic around here lately…

While not impossible by any means, transitioning from a year of being able to focus almost solely on baby (and occasionally housecleaning ;) ) to widening that focus to ‘the real world’ is getting to be a bit out of hand.

Work is still uncertain – I’ve been applying for jobs but I may also be able to work it out to stay at the place I originally wanted to stay – I will be figuring that out (hopefully Monday) and if it actually becomes decided then a whole lot of stress will be lifted off me!

If it doesn’t…? Well, you do what you gotta do, right? 

GAPS is still going well – I’ve shortened the intro a bit and haven’t suffered any ill effects thus far. I even had a cup of (gasp!) coffee this morning!

Well, it was half a cup. And it wasn’t very strong. But it was really good…

I am certainly feeling more normal after last week’s exhaustion, though I probably haven’t been getting to bed early enough and it really shows when I don’t.

It’s still a lot of work to make pretty much everything I eat from scratch at home, but I’m definitely getting a routine down for it and it becomes easier every day. I am very proud of myself, knowing I haven’t eaten anything processed in 2 weeks!

I’m still buying yogurt because I haven’t gotten a chance to try making it again, but that is going to happen soon. I made butter last week and it was a success, so this week I’m making cultured butter. Stock is so easy it’s pretty much ridiculous – the most difficult part for me is washing the stock pot lol.

I really don’t like the sauerkraut I made – I find it way too salty tasting and I’m not sure if it’s because I used too much salt or if that’s how it’s supposed to be. At any rate, I think I need to figure out some different fermented foods – hopefully will be able to check out the Nourishing Traditions book at some point as I hear it’s pretty much the cultured/fermented food bible…

Aside from work and diet, Bean is coming up on a year and definitely requires a lot more attention now (not that that’s a bad thing at all) – but she’s really getting to that stage of so much fun interaction and wanting to do what we’re doing – and not wanting us to do anything without her!

All told, there’s a lot on my mind lately – and we will be visiting with family members we rarely see during most of next week, so I’m officially taking a break from blogging for a week to a week and a half or so – in fact I will be going mostly screen free when our family members arrive.

So – just a few housekeeping details (and more on World Breastfeeding Week): Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Surf’s Up!

So I’ve definitely been lagging behind with the blogging this week, for various reasons…

Number one is GAPS – I’ll post more about it tomorrow, but basically, while I know without a doubt that it is working and doing good things, it is also kicking my butt!

I feel tired and sickie a lot, but I knew that was to be expected, so I’m just trying to push through and get lots of sleep! It doesn’t leave a whole lot of motivation for doing much else though and I’m feeling pretty bad about all those e-mails I haven’t yet responded to…

Thrown in the mix is what appears to be a flare up of sciatica, something I experienced once before about 3 years ago and is totally not what I need right now!

There are various things that can cause sciatica, but in the main it causes excruciating pain in the lower back, hips, and up and down the legs, which only becomes worse when you sit or lie down. When I saw a doctor about it in the past she told me to alternate cold and heat on my back and take ibuprofen, which I have been trying for the past 4 days.

Aside from the fact that ibuprofen probably is not the best choice for the GAPS intro diet, it also doesn’t seem to be working – it will give temporary pain relief but the problem isn’t going away, so I’m thinking I need to see a doctor again. I hate going to doctors. :p Read the rest of this entry »

It’s A Sunday Surf!

Bone Broth Simmering

Bone Broth Simmering

Weekends always go by too quickly, but I don’t mind it as much this weekend because I got so much awesome stuff done yesterday!

I have tons and tons of stock boiling in the kitchen, all kinds of veggies cut up and ready to use in the fridge and some beautiful organic meats in my freezer. All I need to do right today is peel and chop some butternut squash, cool and jar the stock when it’s ready, and I am prepped for the week!

I have never made homemade stock before so I’m very interested to see how it will turn out – it definitely smells good! I’m a little worried that it doesn’t really seem to be reducing much, but I think I’m just being impatient – the recipe I’m using for bone broth says you can cook it for 2 days!

So I will try to remain patient, and in the meantime, provide you with a Sunday Surf – here are some of the best posts I’ve been reading over the past week… Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Surfin’ July 17, 2011

Lots of great posts this week – and a busy day of rearranging our entire living room, phone and internet setup today – so without further ado, your Sunday Surf!

Hope you enjoy and benefit from these posts as much as I did… :)

  • You may think of fabric softener and dryer sheets as fabulous inventions that help keep your clothes static-free and smelling good, but in reality they are some of the most toxic products in your home.Why It’s Important to Minimize Chemicals in Household Cleaning from The Peaceful Housewife
  • …most examples of social privilege aren’t that straightforward. Let’s take, for example, a basic bit of male privilege: A man has the privilege of walking past a group of strange women without worrying about being catcalled, or leered at, or having sexual suggestions tossed at him. A pretty common male response to this point is “that’s a privilege? I would love if a group of women did that to me.” And that response, right there, is a perfect shining example of male privilege.On the Difference Between Good Dogs and Dogs That Need a Newspaper Smack from Sindelókë
  • I started a TerraCycle program in our town about a year ago. A friend of mine knew about it, but was totally honest with me in saying that she just did not have time to save all of that. I never pushed or even made any comments. Just recently, she has started giving me her energy bar wrappers. She says that now she feels like she can’t throw them away.Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) from Reduce Footprints Read the rest of this entry »

Bloggy Awesomeness – Sunday Surf

Boycott Nestle Brands

Image by phdinparenting via Flickr

I just got done mowing the lawn, and it is HOT outside!

The sad thing is, it’s only 9:30 in the morning. :p

Oh well – guess that makes a good BBQ day, which is what we’re doing today. That means lots of cleaning (can you tell I’m a procrastinator?) and baking a cake (we’re celebrating friends’ birthdays).

The fun thing is, I’ve gone without sugar this entire week – and I don’t think I’ll be tempted to partake of cake (as long as I make sure they bring home the leftovers!).

Yes, I’ve done grains, but right now I’m OK with it. I tried to do too much at once and it wasn’t working, and in my mind sugar is the worst offender, so I’m now dealing with that first.

One surprising help to me in avoiding the stuff has been our decision to join the Nestle Boycott – and you’ll find quite a few links on that in this week’s Sunday Surf (and there are many, many others – too many, of course, to include in this post!).

In truth, I’ve never intentionally bought much Nestle stuff, but after reading more about it this week than I ever had before, the hubs and I discussed it and decided we were on board.

In regards to what this has to do with sugar – well, I’ve never had a huge sweet tooth but chocolate has always been my greatest temptation (to which I usually give in without much of a second thought). But I also had no idea that many of our chocolate bars come to us through the means of child slave laborI think it’s one of those things I should have known but found it easy to close my eyes to.

So along with our Nestle boycotting, we’ve decided to purchase only fair trade chocolate from here on out (and will progress into doing so for other items as well)… Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Go Surfin’ Now…

Cafe Gratitude (SF)

Image via Wikipedia

So yesterday I posted about gratitude and how it hadn’t been a very gratitude-feeling week for me but that I planned to be more intentional about it this week.

Last night, for the 3rd freakin’ night in a row, Bean took FOREVER to go to sleep – to the point that the husband and I have been alternating staying up there with her for an hour at a time.

I cannot even begin to convey to you how much this pisses me right off.

Anyway, as I was going through my anger sleep routine with baby once again…I just started begrudgingly listing in my head things that I am grateful for. I listed some, and I listed more, and I listed more, and very, very gradually I calmed down.

And Bean dropped off to sleep.

Coincidence? I think so. ;)

Still…it did help me to not be so irritated. Guess this gratitude thing really has something going for it!

And now, to share some of the awesomeness from the bloggy world over the past week (some of it wasn’t exactly written last week – that’s just when I read it). Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Surf – June 26, 2011

I was NOT happy when I woke up this morning.

I’m never normally happy upon waking…I’m not one of those people who jumps out of bed with joy to greet the day. But usually by the time I’ve visited the bathroom and brushed my teeth I’m fairly good to go – as long as coffee follows soon after.

This morning though, I was still washing my hands and getting ready to brush my teeth when my husband called me downstairs to look at my daughter’s poopy diaper.

You’d think by now he could deal with this stuff on his own??

The reason he needed my assistance was the fact that there were ‘strange looking’ things in there (the remains of solid food she hadn’t digested) and he was worried. I told him what it was and grumbled back upstairs to brush my teeth.

Then she was acting tired and it was her naptime, so I attempted to get her to sleep for half an hour, which seemed more like 3 hours as I hadn’t yet had my coffee.

Finally we gave it up as a bad job and came downstairs, where I cried and told my husband all about how this was the worst morning ever – especially as he was leaving in 20 minutes to go help someone move and I had to deal with it all by myself and I wouldn’t be able to eat breakfast or have coffee or anything and it was all terrible.

Yes, I am not a morning person. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Father’s Day & Sunday Surf

Inspired by I Thought I Knew Mama, I thought I would share a few pictures of the husband from when he first became a daddy:

The day she was born

The day she was born

Totally in love...

Totally in love...

Now this is interesting...

Now this is interesting...

The real reason daddies learn to wear babies! ;)

The real reason daddies learn to wear babies! ;)

Happy family

Happy family

Wishing a happy Father’s Day to the best husband and dad I know, hands down! I love you Dave… :)

And with that, here are some of the great posts I’ve been reading this week… Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Sunday Sunday… Surf

Candlelit dinner  Le 313 - Hotel du Louvre 2

Image by Earth Hour Global via Flickr

What a weekend it has been…

The husband and I had our first date in over 9 months yesterday – we went to see X-Men in the afternoon while Bean had a visit with her grandparents.

It was a great movie and a lot of fun, though I do still think it’s going to be awhile before both of us will be OK to leave her at night, I have my eye on a fancy Mexican restaurant for when the next date does come around!

I actually did leave Bean overnight with her daddy last night - the first night I’ve ever spent away from her. I went downtown to celebrate a friend’s birthday – as both of us can’t go to such things at this point, we’ve decided to start some sort of alternating schedule and I guess you could say it was ‘my turn’.

I knew it would be a late night and I driving downtown isn’t easy for me at the best of times, so I decided to crash at my friend’s and come home early.

I must say, it’s possible that I’m just lucky and I’m certainly not taking a huge amount of credit here (especially because I know how easily it could all turn on me) but I really do think the fact that I rarely left the Bean during her first months of life has helped make her into such a secure little one - we have experienced no kind of separation anxiety thus far that I have seen.

Leaving her is certainly not something I’m going to make a regular habit of just yet, but as I will be returning to work sooner than later it’s something I feel a need for both of us to start getting used to, slowly and steadily. So far I’m happy to say it seems to be working out well!

Now I’m just hoping I won’t be eating those words lol.

With that, here’s some of my very favorite posts I’ve been reading over the past couple weeks… Read the rest of this entry »

Victoria Day Weekend Sunday Surf

Grilling Vegetables - Day 250

Our probably won`t look quite this healthy...

To all you Canadians out there – happy Victoria Day Weekend!

I just love 3 day weekends…I think there should be more of them. ;)

We’re planning a BBQ tonight with friends we don’t get to see very often, which means I have to finish getting the house cleaned shortly! And we’re hoping it doesn’t rain…though if it does we’ll just move the BBQ into the garage!

Long weekends are certainly a bit more low key now that the Bean is here, but we’re OK with that.

I even got a special gift from the husband this morning – the chance to sleep in! He got up early with the Bean and took her for a visit to his parent’s house – I got to sleep until almost 9:00AM! I think it’s the latest I’ve slept in for close to 9 months now.

It is telling, however, that I didn’t sleep longer…before baby I could have easily gone until 12 – maybe even 1. Oh how things change…

I’ve really got to finish my housecleaning soon, but thought I would procrastinate just a little bit longer to share some of the great posts I’ve been reading this week. In the meantime, hope your weekend is going awesome! :D

Sunday Surf… Read the rest of this entry »

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