Monthly Archives: December 2010

Healthy Happenings–Multitude Monday

Here we are at a third week of recounting that which I am thankful. 

As I have mentioned in other posts, I have a history of MS.  I just realized the other day that I was diagnosed 20 years ago.  I was 15.  It’s likely I was sick with it before then.  It looked like MS was going to win over my desires as it was often flaring and making me sick.

In 1994/1995 I started Beta Seron, the first medication to treat MS.  It was/is not a cure, but it was shown to lessen the number and severity of exacerbation.  Doing those shots was no fun, but things did seem to get more stable.

By 2000, I had tried another medication, Avonex.  That one also worked some.  Neither was fun.  Giving yourself shots never gets routine, if you ask me.  I started needing high doses of steroids.  I was in the hospital 15 times over the next three years.  Twice my balance and walking got so bad I needed rehab to learn how to walk again,  Both times I went home in a wheel chair, the second time they told me they didn’t know when I would walk again.

But the Lord had plans for me.  He used the medicine of the doctors and work of the therapists to restore my body.  And I found a specialist who helped manage the MS.  I would do steroid bursts in his office every 3 weeks, we didn’t wait for me to get sick and play catch up.  No more hospital stays.  The steroids made me sick and weren’t any fun, but they helped.

Then in July 2005 I had my last steroid burst.  My body went into a spontaneous remission.  Then we started our family.  I have been pregnant or nursing a baby since November 2005.  And for me, pregnancy and nursing have been very healing.  Thank you Lord Jesus for using my babies to heal me.  I have needed no medication since July 2005 and my doctor has gone from being cautiously supportive of me staying off meds and having kids, to being 100% supportive and considering my course of MS mild!  Praise you Lord Jesus.

My history of walking/balance/strength issues makes every step walked or run a testimony of the Lord’s work.  Every step I push myself to run is a praise report.  Every time I spin my girls in a circle is a beautiful Amen.

And for this and many more things I am thankful.

13.  the desire to be healthy.

14.  the strength to run.

15.  doctors the Lord blesses with knowledge to help others.

16.  a daughter with 20/20 vision.

17.  my new treadmill so I can keep running in our cold Mitten.

What are you thankful for?  Head on over to A Holy Experience to see some breathtakingly beautiful photos and see why others are thankful.

Are We Pumpkins Yet?

Recently I started telling Caitlyn that she would turn into a pumpkin after bedtime.  Now she asks me, “are we pumpkins yet?”  And we count the minutes until they become or are pumpkins.

This fall we had a great day of pumpkin fun at the Pahls Pumpkin Patch, If you have never been, you should go next year.  If you have been, you should go again!

Here is some of the fun we had!

October 5, 2010

riding tractors and pulling wagons

petting goats

watching them play on the goat walk

Huggin’ our cousin

playing in dirt, picking rocks

riding Miss D

playing in the corn

lovin’ on mommy

picking pumpkins

deciding which one is our fave

and loving them all!

and carving them after we got home.

When Have I Snapped this Week

Well, let’s not recount the times this week I have been snapping at people, let’s just think about what pictures I have snapped this week.  That is so much more enjoyable, isn’t it?

Remember to hop on over to An Ordinary Mom after you soak in my cuties!

To those moms who have one of these baby seats…don’t dispair if your baby only uses it a little while, my older kids still fit and LOVE it

These Strawberry Shortcake glasses ALWAYS crack me up.
Oops, anybody know what happened to Patrice’s pants?

A tradition lives on.  My mom always made “elephant ears” with her leftover pie crust and we have started it too.
Yum, yum.
This is where she landed one evening this week.  And conked out.
Our Christmas display

has MUSIC this year.  Thanks mom!

Daddy’s decorating helper, Caitlyn, who was very upset when she thought she had to come inside…
Now, if you are in need of a taste of winter, head on over to An Ordinary Mom and check out her winter wonderland.

Holidays and Life Goals, 5 ? Friday

Fun on Fridays is a 5 Question Blog Hop.  Once you have read my answers, head on over to Mama M’s and check out what others have to say.

1. What’s on the top of your holiday wish list and why?!

A serger I think.  I have been sewing a lot more recently and a lot of projects suggest using a serger.  No, I would rather have time to run.  We got a treadmill for our anniversary gift and I am really enjoying it.  Soon I will have to go back to work and it will be harder to find time…Yes, time to run is what I want for Christmas!

2. What is your favorite Christmas gift from the past?

My oldest daughter rolled over for the first time the week of Christmas.  That was a cool gift.  I was so afraid she would do those first things at daycare, so was thrilled when she did that at home with me!  My other fave was the year my hubby bought me a freezer.  Yup.  I was nursing and pumping for our oldest daughter and was worried about storing my milk.  It meant a ton when he got me a deep freezer for storing pumped milk.  Who knew a question about Christmas presents could be TMI, huh?

3. If you had life to do over, what would you be when you grow up?

I am so proud, this is the question I suggested for 5 Question Friday!  Now on to my answer, I would be a Certified Nurse Midwife.  I am tempted to go back to school now, but with my English degree I would need to basically start my degree over, get my nursing degree, then my masters in midwifery.  So my second choice is to become a birth doula.  I have taken the classes, now I just need three births to attend.  Do you know anyone having a baby who would like to have a doula?  Please let me know!!!!

4. When do you put up your tree?

We don’t put our tree up until about a week before Christmas.  It drives me batty to tell the kids not to touch it, so we wait…less time for the tree to stress us all out.  But we have started the outside decorations.

5. What is your favorite Holiday?

I like Easter.  I like celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and I love knowing spring is here or just around the corner!

A special thanks to Lori at Dolly Outfitters for restoring my blog design.  I know she is crazy busy with her business right now.  I really appreciate her taking the time to redesign my blog a few weeks ago and then yesterday she restored it after I messed it up!

Dressing Miss Patrice

Today is our first day of snow and the first day Patrice is wearing jeans.  Nope, they are not really connected at all.  Just random, except the jeans have little snowflake designs on them, so maybe they are related…
Here are the steps of dressing Miss Patrice today.

One cloth diaper

One diaper cover

One snowflake onesie

One pair of snowflake blue jeans

And socks 🙂

And now for the real purpose of this entry…I want to enter the contest over at Swap Mamas and Pooters.  Check out the cutest denim diaper cover.  Wouldn’t Patrice look adorable sporting that???

Also, one last call for entries on my 100th post.  Head on over there.  A winner will be chosen Saturday. 

Making a Baby Wearing Wrap–WFMW

Here we are, another Wednesday.  Last week there was not a works for me wednesday in honor of Thanksgiving, but it has now returned!

I am by no means a super-duper seamstress, but I have made several baby wearing wraps (think Sleepy Wrap or Moby Wrap).  I thought today I would share how I make mine.  Maybe you have a new mama in your life who would love one for a Christmas Present.  My original was a gift to myself.  Best gift ever!

What you need:

5 1/2 yards of 60 inch wide fabric, cotton knit. (enough fabric for 3 wraps)
Tear away or wash away stabilizer

The edges of your wrap fabric should curl under when stretched. There should be some give, but NOT as much as a t-shirt fabric. I prefer a stiffer fabric. This is enough material for three wraps.  Cut the fabric length wise in 17-20 inch wide strips.  Cut the ends rounded to make it easier to tie the wrap on.Technically you do not have to sew the fabric I use, but I choose to stitch around it to give a nice finished look.  The key feature of the wrap is something to mark the center.  So fold your wrap in half, so the ends are lined up, and sew either a pocket on the center with the opening on the side you want to be “up”, toward your head, or I prefer to pick a fun baby fabric and cute a cute shape out of and sew it on.  You need to be able to find the center easily to tie the wrap for baby wearing.

If you choose to sew around it, get some water soluble or tear away stabilizer. Cut it in strips to place under the edge where you are stitching. Trust me, you will thank me later! I do not pin the fabric at all, just lay it under the fabric as you are sewing. Sometimes I do it all the way around, other times, I just do it at the beginning of sewing.

I hope my instructions are clear, but if you could use more help, or pictures, check out this site.

I love wearing my babies (or stuffed animals!).  With this wrap you can start wearing them from birth on, there is no weight minimum.

The basic wrap instructions are the same for almost any hold.  Center the decoration you chose to add at the wrap middle, across your belly.bring the fabric ends over each shoulder, creating an X.  Tuck the ends of fabric under the fabric in the front, again creating an X on the front.  Pull the ends around the waist to the back and tie. If you have lots of fabric, bring it back to front before tying and make the knot in the front.  You Tube has lots of videos on how to tie the wrap.

I hope this gives you some idea of how to make a wrap and what works for me this wednesday!  Now head on over to We Are That Family for more holiday or gift ideas.

Body After Baby–the Plan Stan

I have found yet another blog hop to join.  Over at Mama Notes, she is doing a body after baby challenge where she will share her journey; she has invited others to join in.  So here goes.

Patrice is 16 weeks old and I have about 16 pounds to get to pre-baby with her, and then those other pounds, but lets ignore the extras for right now 🙂

Mama gives us the option of sharing or not sharing a before and after.  I think I will go ahead and share the beginning photo.

My plan is to keep running.  I love it and we just got the new treadmill set up.  That was a big investment for us to make right now and I want to honor that by using it A LOT.  So hopefully this challenge will keep me working toward being the healthy mama my girls deserve.  Eating wise, I am not sure what I will do.  I am nursing Patrice full-time and am nervous about cutting calories.  It is easy for the body to go into starvation mode, making it even harder to lose and it is possible to cause a milk supply drop, so we’ll see about diet.

But here goes…I have nothing to lose, but the weight, right?