Monthly Archives: January 2011

On being done with nursing the second time

I’ve figured out that my milk supply is all dried up. Sprout is not a happy camper.

I had suspected as much the last week or so. I stopped feeling letdown and I have a strong one. Many times he would latch on, try for a few seconds and then get frustrated. Sometimes he didn’t even want to try. He definitely wasn’t getting full or satisfied.

My plan had been to get him through cold and flu season and then gradually wean him, more as he led than me, before the new baby arrived. I definitely wanted to get him through the current cold he and his sister are sharing.

I feel torn about introducing cow milk right now. It seems like good timing since he can’t get it from me. I have been so afraid of food allergies this go round. A few weeks ago I tried to give him some yogurt and he wasn’t a fan. I also made him a smoothie with some raw milk around the same time, the same smoothie I usually make with almond or hemp milk, and he didn’t like it either.

I stopped getting our raw milk from our CSA because dairy doesn’t seem to agree with me at all this pregnancy and Stephen doesn’t drink enough to justify the additional weekly expense. It just kept getting sour anyway.

Plus, cow dairy products increase mucus production in humans which he doesn’t need considering his nose is already a dripping faucet and he has a junky cough going on.

Then our most recent pediatrician wasn’t a fan at all of milk or dairy products, even the alternative ones. She said after weaning they were completely unnecessary and more of an American cultural diet than anything.

I mean he could definitely use the extra calories. Much like Bean did around this time he has basically dropped to the bottom of the growth chart. Though I don’t even know if I believe in or trust the growth charts anyway.

I wish there were an easy answer. Meanwhile poor little guy is frustrated and very upset about this sudden loss.

I am sure this all sounds very melodramatic to some of you and you are saying, “He was over a year, time to pack those girls up and move on,” but maybe that isn’t the case either. I think those of you that have stuck with me this long already know how these things go with me.

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Gourmet Lisa: Cinnamon Apples with Maple Almonds and Millet

You know I have to be feeling quite a bit better if I am posting about food, cooking, coming up with a recipe and all this in the morning, no less.

I plan to talk about natural ways of balancing and healing the thyroid that I found in a subsequent post, but the steps I started taking about a week ago have already shown major improvements in the way I am feeling. Last night I made dinner for the first time in weeks and this morning I was up for something a little more complicated than pulling out cereal for the kids.

With the lack of cooking and appetite around here our CSA fruits and veggies have been building up. I had a whole big bowl full of apples and citrus and we are getting more this morning. Something had to be done.

• 3-4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
• cinnamon
• butter or your favorite alternative (despite my beliefs about butter being most traditional and thus best for you, we use Earth Balance buttery spread when making stuff to share with the kids because of Bean’s dairy allergy)
• puffed millet
• maple almonds (I get these at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s has some cinnamon almonds that are equally delicious, or you could use your favorite candied nut)

Place apples, butter, and a few dashes of cinnamon in saucepan over medium heat. Stir until coated and butter is melted. Cover and cook until apples are slightly soft.

I made two batches this morning and the second batch got a little too soft for my liking so the apples lost some of their tang and crisp. So you have to watch and test to see where you like them best.

Once your apples are to the point you like them, remove from heat. Using a hand chopper, finely chop a good sized handful of the almonds. Add to pan along with about the same amount of your puffed millet.

Stir together until well combined and then serve.

You can use this recipe in a number of ways: eat plain by itself, top yogurt or pancakes or ice cream with it, mix in with some granola, the possibilities are up to you and your level of creativity with food. Enjoy!

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Twelve months of Sprout

Just so they are all in one place. Happy birthday little boy, we love you so!

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Sprout month twelve

Tomorrow this sweet little boy turns one year old. It has been a great year.

He is pretty much a full time walker now and is going everywhere. Two of his one year molars have broken thru. He is still a pretty terrible sleeper.

The last couple weeks he has joined his sister in excited Papa is home greetings by stopping everything as soon as the sound of the door happens and running to him. Very cute.

He is very much in a “me too” phase. If he sees his sister or even me or anyone with something or getting something, particularly food, grunts and whines begin because he wants some too.

He is also in the screech phase. Boy is it loud too. Leaving the house with him is sometimes an issue because of this.

He is really, really sweet and loving. During the day when playing with his sister he always stops periodically and comes over to give me a hug or rest his head on my lap. Bean always does this scream and run from me thing, but he doesn’t do that. He just really is sweet, snuggly and loves his mama. Melts my heart every time.


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Baby #3, 10 weeks

I guess I am pretty overdue for something more than, “we’re expecting again.”

In a lot of ways though I just feel like there really isn’t much to tell.

I guess first things first is that, yes, this was another surprise. Many of you know that I was done after two. Surprisingly though when I found out I didn’t think, “Oh gosh. Shoot. Me. Now.” Which is about how I expected to react. Instead it was, “Well. OK.”

To be fair, about three days later when I was feeling yucky and very sorry for myself I had a hormonal emotional breakdown of sorts, but Stephen talked me off the edge and I was fine again.

So overall I guess I feel more accepting and better about this baby than I did upon finding out about Sprout. Which is really good, because I was a big mess then.

My biggest fear when I found out actually had nothing to do with the baby actually being here and being a mom to THREE children. That part kind of seemed easy. What I was very worried about was the morning sickness.

Thankfully this has been the mildest of all my pregnancies so far. I haven’t actually lost a meal yet, but there have been some close calls. I definitely feel yucky, but for some reason I am able to control it a lot better than in the past. Also, all the little tips that never worked for me before seem to be working this time: eating a little something right when I wake up, taking my time to get up, eating a little something every two hours, homeopathic medicines (actually I just discovered these), Ginger capsules, Unisom when I am desperate and as a preventative measure, B vitamins, avoiding strong smells and certain foods, not handling raw meat, protein bars, etc.

I am planning another homebirth. You all already know my views on that so no reason to go into it here. The difference this time is that I have hired two (one or the other will be present at my birth) local midwives from a local birth center.

Of course I love, love my midwife that was at Bean and Sprout’s births. I would have had her again, but there were some things to consider. First, going to Bakersfield once a month, then every two weeks and then every week for prenatals got to be kind of a hassle. Even though we have family and friends there and could make a worthwhile trip out of it, it was just a lot. Another thing for me was wanting to find someone with a for sure backup OB that wouldn’t flake on me at the last minute. So in the beginning if I needed a prescription for Zofran it wouldn’t be a big deal and at the end if I went overdue again I could get an NST without any drama. Basically, I wanted to have as little drama as possible this time. A couple other factors are that my midwife is a newlywed and a new mother. So I didn’t want to be pulling her away from her still new family come August to drive all the way out here for me. The most minor and selfish factor of all was not wanting to spend anytime in Bakersfield’s triple digit summer weather in the height of my pregnancy.

So I stepped out of my comfort zone and started interviewing the locals. This area is much more homebirth friendly than the valley so there were quite a bit to choose from.

Actually, I first interviewed an OB that does homebirth. He was pretty hilarious, actually. When I told him that this was my third homebirth, he said that he was probably overqualified to be at my birth. Ha! He gave me a list of midwives he recommended, said I should interview everyone and then if I really wanted to use him that I could. There were lots of other things I thought were pretty funny and great about him, but my all time favorite line was this: “Some midwives are very hands on. They are going to massage your back, maybe be in your ear speaking softly and encouraging you. Yeah, I am a guy. I am not going to do that. That’s your husband’s job as far as I am concerned.”

I took his advice about interviewing the other midwives though and found ones I like and who are honestly much more affordable than the OB would have been.

At my first consultation I got to hear the heartbeat, a strong 170bpms. My subsequent actual appointment the babe was hiding down in my pelvis and not cooperating. At that appointment they did some labs and we found out I have an overactive thyroid again. So they are referring me to an endocrinologist.

The “pregnancy” yucky symptoms I am experiencing this time around–shakey, fainting, nausea, extreme exhaustion, weight loss, headaches, and constantly starving–may actually all be hyperthyroidism symptoms. So if I get it all under control I might be feeling even better. That would certainly be nice.

This time around we are also not finding out the gender. I think we are adequately prepared either way so it will be kind of fun to have a surprise. I love our little Sprout and couldn’t imagine it another way, but when we had that big ultrasound I had some major gender disappointment issues. I cried, a lot. And Stephen got really mad at me about my reaction. I think it is a whole lot harder to be disappointed when the baby is right there on your chest. Not that I would be disappointed either way this time because having both just makes you realize a lot and see how great both can be.

Anyway, I think that is about all there is to update about.

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Because sometimes fighting with your two-year-old about what is acceptable to wear out of the house isn’t worth it.

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East versus West

Contemplating right now:

“From the start Greeks and Latins had each approached the Christian Mystery in their own way. At the risk of some oversimplification, it can be said that the Latin approach was more practical, the Greek more speculative; Latin thought was influenced by juridical ideas, by the concepts of Roman law, while the Greeks understood theology in the context of worship and in the light of the Holy Liturgy. When thinking about the Trinity, Latins started with the unity of the Godhead, Greeks with the threeness of the persons; when reflecting on the Crucifixion, Latins thought primarily of Christ the Victim, Greeks of Christ the Victor; Latins talked more of redemption, Greeks of deification; and so on.”

-Timothy Ware

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I better hurry up and get Christmas behind me, hello 2011

Um hi. It has been awhile. Quite frankly I just haven’t much felt like sitting down to write and edit photos.

I decided today though that my list of things I should be posting about was getting much too long and so I decided to throw together this massive post full of updates and photos of things that have happened since before Christmas when I dropped off the blogging map.

Here goes…

Handmade Christmas and a shower gift

I had big ambitions for Handmade Christmas this year. Almost everyone I knew was supposed to get something handmade. And then I lost all motivation. This pregnancy has been so exhausting. I have barely been sick, I mean a little, but nothing like the other two. Instead I sleep all the time. 3-4 hour naps in the afternoon and I go to bed at like 8:30pm most nights. Also, I wasn’t a super awesome planner and tried to cram all my handmade gifts into November and December. Honestly, not usually a problem for me because I am fast like that. But yeah. So tired.

So here is what I did manage to accomplish:

Embroidered Scandinavian slippers for my sister in Korea. You can follow her super cool blog about her adventures over there by clicking here.

I also made a mini pair for Bean, but they were a tad too mini. So now they are sittng in my craft room and I am trying to figure out what to do with them.

Then my friend Sarah is having a baby boy this month so I made him a set of aviator themed onesies, a faux leather vintage pilot hat and a matching bib. I don’t have finished pictures of all the onesies because I accidentally went on a deleting spree on my camera. They are all based on some Pottery Barn bedding that she got as a handmedown from a friend.

Finally, for our family’s favorite little hip-hop head:

I made a series of embroidery meets hip-hop onesies:

And then a couple days ago, once the madness had died down a bit, I made myself this little hot drink sleeve:

The fair isle pattern is from a Debbie Bliss toddler dress that I had been trying to finish for Bean to wear for Christmas, but when the exhaustion set in that just wasn’t going to be possible. One day I was working on it with one of my favorite hot drinks and I figured out that the motif was just the right size for a hot drink sleeve. So I ripped out the dress and made the sleeve. Selfish, I know.

Sprout hit the 11 month mark, I forgot to take pictures until we visited a petting zoo on Christmas Eve

But hey, it turned out OK, because seriously can it get any cuter than a boy and a bunny? I think not.

Or a boy pinching a guinea pig?


And this one is just to make my sister mad:

She was pretty pissed that I let him put the hay in his mouth. But she lets her baby listen to ear buds. So we are even. Or something.

There was also a train ride involved. And if you didn’t know, I have a certain affinity for trains. Something I share with my daughter. Love!

Bean had tons of fun at the petting zoo. She did a very good job of making sure all the rabbits, goats, and guinea pigs got just a little bit fatter.

And we had a lovely Christmas thank you for asking.

So there you have it. That about sums things up for the end of 2010. Happy New Year everyone!


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