Tuesday, July 08, 2008


I was hoping to have something to post every weekday. I want my blog to be enjoyable to read and I (vainly) want to grow my readership. That plan has already been derailed. I know I won't post on most weekends, as I rarely even turn the computer on. I'm having a hard time thinking of things to post about daily though. I have nothing today that is worthy of a whole post, so I'm going to write some snapshots of our life lately.

Butterfly has a cold. It is so sad to listen to her stuffed-up breathing and baby cough. Even her cries are raspy. And although I have five children, I still have a hard time determining when to go to the doctor. With a baby, I always err on the side of paranoid mom. So we went to the doctor and she just has a cold. Thank goodness.

Many friends/readers have suggested eliminating or reducing dairy in Monster's diet to try to stem the asthma symptoms. It will be tough, as he gets a lot of his calories from milk and yogurt. However, one friend said switching to raw milk worked for her family, so hopefully he will like it. We'll see.

I have lost 9.2 pounds! Yippee! I'm enjoying my workouts again. The knee pain disappeared. I think it was due to not working out for too many days and then doing too much. I could have lost more weight, but I'm still having a hard time eliminating the bad things in what I eat. I've reduced soda intake, but not as much as I should. I'm not stressing about it though. I'm in a routine that is managable and likely to be sustained and that is all that matters.

We're going to a wedding this weekend where I'm likely to see people I haven't seen since high school! I got a new dress that I love, but nursing in it will be a challenge. Butterfly will take at least one bottle. I'll probably have to go out to the car and have my mom go with me to help get the dress unzipped and me covered so I can feed Butterfly when needed. I was just going to wear a skirt and shirt, but couldn't find anything I loved and so I got a dress anyway. The girls said it was their favorite too.

That's all I've got today. What do you want me to write about?

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  1. In no particular order: 1. I'd love to see a picture of the dress. 2. I hope the non-dairy diet can help Monster. It'll be hard at first, but if it does work it will be a blessing. 3. YAY for the great weight loss! And a bigger YAY for continuing with the workouts! 4. Sorry Butterfly isn't feeling too well. I'd have erred on paranoid mom, too. 5. Got any summer plans (vacations/trips/anything)?

  2. Look on the Weston A. Price Foundation website for information on raw milk. We've been drinking it for years. It is better tasting and much easier on our systems. But I would also encourage you to test Monster for food sensitivites through a stomach doctor. Many people cannot tolerate soy or wheat/gluten products and suffer from asthma/allergies all the time because their immune systems are down due to the sensitivities. The Weston A. Price website talks about that as well. You have a local W.A.P. chapter in your city and they can point you in the right direction for all these things.

  3. 9.2 lbs! That's fantastic! I'm jealous. I haven't been able to settle into a schedule myself. You're right - the program you'll stick to is the one that will work, regardless of the occassional "bad" food choice. I'm proud of you!

  4. Please fill us in on raw milk.

    9.2 pounds is awesome! Congrats.

    Have fun at the wedding, and when you find an outfit you love, all else will fall into place. At least that is my theory.

  5. I am in the same boat: wanting to post every day and then feeling like I have nothing worthwhile to write. I think it's because we are in the same stage of baby raising.

    I like to hear whatever you write about -- it makes me feel like I'm not alone! :)

  6. I've been lurking here and there...and want to share with you that my oldest has severe asthma. With raw milk, Shaklee supplements and chiropractic adjustments, she is off of ALL prescription meds (including inhalers, thanks be to God!) and is doing fabulously! And this from a child who was literally a breath away from lung collapse and intubation just a few years ago. It's amazing how getting the gunk out and putting the good stuff in makes such a huge difference! Good luck, and let me know if you want more information on what we did (and why).

    And congrats on the weight loss--that's GREAT!!


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