7 Quick Takes Friday #7qt

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Slightly late today, just like baby is. Or is it all extremely on time?

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No baby. 40 weeks.

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Frustrated.

Turns out the specialist that I saw has changed her tune in her recommendations. When I talked with her she told me that if I wanted people (meaning the doctors) to “back off” of pushing for inductions for the baby, then I should go for a bio-physical ultrasound at the hospital and as long as everything looks good, then there should be no concerns with waiting until labour starts naturally. When my doctor talked with her yesterday, she told her that even if the ultrasound has nothing that shows up, that the baby is still going to be a risk of dying if I am not induced. Yeah, they pulled the ‘baby dying’ card, which really bothers me. Evidence of a baby dying due to a women being given insulin for 2 months while pregnant is practically non-existent. There’s a higher risk for those who have un-managed diabetes, or for those who are diabetic outside of pregnancy, but no solid research exists for women with gestational diabetes. So I’m a little miffed. They want to induce me tomorrow (which is the second due date), but I’m really not ready to feel forced into something like that without first trying other methods for helping my body start labouring on its own.

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Alternatives.

My doctor was supposed to call me today to confirm what I want to do (she did let me know that ultimately it is my choice what I do), but she didn’t call. I’m taking that as a good sign. I expect she’ll call tomorrow. We are planning on waiting until Monday or Tuesday before we try any doctor-assisted methods. In the meantime, I went for acupuncture today, and if nothing happens before Tuesday, I’ll go again. My acupuncturist gave me some places to consistently apply acupressure for helping start labour along as well.

I went for 2 good walks today. I’ve been applying clary sage oil to my ankles and lower abdomen. And overall, I’m trying not to stress about it, which is hard to do. I trust my body and my baby will work with me on this, so we’ll see – maybe there will be a baby by the end of the long weekend 🙂

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Growing.

But not baby – flowers! Spencer’s little ‘garden’ has it’s first little sprouts up out of the ground and boy, is he ever excited! He’s so pleased with himself about it, it’s the sweetest thing to watch. I love that he helped to get the ground ready, then he planted the seeds (well, half of them), and now he gets to watch the fruits of his efforts. I’m excited to watch him revel in the bounty of our good earth and hard work.

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My mum is visiting and holy moly, has it ever been such a great time having her here! She has helped out soo so so so much with the kids, freeing me up to relax some and get chores and little things done I wouldn’t otherwise place a priority on, as well as being able to let Andy keep working while I get to appointments and the like rather than him needing to watch the kidlets. And they have been having a great time with her too, fostering a great relationship. I’m very thankful she’s here to help out for this period in our lives. It’s only gonna get more crazy once babe is born.

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And she bought me a pedicure! My feet haven’t felt so loved in such a long time 🙂 2014-05-16 21.21.59

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Big plans for tomorrow include buying compost for our lawn and garden. Aren’t we exciting? It’s the long weekend, folks – hope you have beautiful weather to soak up while you get an extra day off! Hope and pray for us that we can welcome our new edition this lovely weekend! Happy weekending!

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7 Quick Takes Friday #7qt

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Craziness ensued on Tuesday. Which was pretty much planned. On Tuesday it was April 1st, or more commonly expressed as April Fool’s Day. About a month ago I had a brilliant idea. My dear husband has, for the past 13 years, carried a beard on his face. If you know him, you’ll likely have known him only with a beard. Once, while in Ottawa, he gave himself a goatee. But all his hair was never fully removed. The plan for Fool’s Day wasn’t to remove it all, but rather to shape it in a creepy, unbecoming way. This is what we came up with:

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My thoughts were based on:

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I think we pretty much captured the spirit of creepy. It was fun, and I’m glad Andy was interested and willing to do it. It fooled many. He found there were a lot of people who

a) didn’t know he had a beard to begin with

b) didn’t know his face well enough to notice a change

But he did get some good laughs, too. And some people who were too polite to say anything.

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So now, for the first time in 13 years, he has gone baby face. He tried to just shorten the beard, but it still looked kind of creepy, so he shaved it all off so that everything would grow back together evenly. This is what he looked like 13 years ago:

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And that, my friends, is Andy without a beard (and 40+lbs heavier, he told me to let you all know). This will not likely happen again (if he can help it)(the shaving his beard off part).

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The kids’ growth spurts continue. Cassia has decided that she actually can eat ground beef, and will most likely devour it when in the form of mini-meatballs. She is still really picky about eating foods, especially veggies; I don’t know if it’s by association, or if it’s timing of day, or what. Sometimes she’ll happily munch on broccoli florets in between meals, but when they show up on her plate at a meal, they won’t be touched. Anyone understand toddler that can translate?

Spencer has taken to doubling his portion sizes for the past week, rivaling what I eat (sometimes he eats more!). He continues to be moody, but not as bad as he was when he was eating wheat, so I have to keep it all in perspective. The worst right now is his listening skills (aren’t they always the worst?); I thought he was bad before this growth spurt. I should have counted my lucky stars. We are managing, though. Two major growth spurts at the same time is exhausting, I am finding. Somehow, we’ll get through it and define a new ‘normal’ and try to recover until the next one hits (or the baby comes; whichever first).

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Speaking of eating, as I have mentioned before, I am gestational diabetic (BOO!). A couple days ago I turned to pinterest to ‘research’ low-carb options for muffins, as I’ve been craving craving CRAVING sweets now for three days. Consistently I found that low-carb options are (out of necessity) also basically gluten-free, which means that I now have a vested interest in baking for my sake and Spencer’s. He’s going to get a lot out my vested interest here, I can already tell. Poor boy. The kids hardly have sweets at all. A big part of it has been that I’m intimidated by gluten-free baking, which I need to do in order for both kids to have a treat, so they basically don’t get sweets or treats at home.

Being gestational diabetic will hopefully change that. I have a stack of recipes I want to try now that look reasonable to put together. I found one website (Maria Mind Body and Health) that has gotten me really thinking lots about the way I eat, namely about proportions. She follows an 80% fat, 15% protein, and 5% carb diet and also does nutritional consultations and has written books. Ultimately it’s anti-grain (think Wheat Belly but not as ego-centred as I found that book to be). Each blog post starts with a testimony of someone who has committed to this style of eating, and I have to say, their testimonies are really convincing, especially when it comes to diabetes (for me). The focus on fats, oddly, doesn’t feel foreign to me at all. I feel like I’ve been fighting a philosophy out there that fats are bad, but all I can remember from health classes is that bad fats are bad, but good fats are good. I’m not shy about loving fats (butter, coconut oil, avocados, etc), and I hate it when people give me the double-look or the lecture about how bad fats are for people. Ultimately, I feel a little vindicated with this website! Here is an educated person saying the same thing and getting great results with it! At any rate, I’m looking forward to trying some of her recipes with a couple alterations (she uses a specific sweetener that, as far as I can tell, is not available in Canada).

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Spring! It’s possible that it has finally sprung here! 2014-04-02 16.08.33We were out a couple days ago enjoying the splashing and poking and not-freezing we were able to do outside. I have unfortunately noticed that Cassia does have a tendency to fall into puddles. And they are never just small puddles she falls in. They’re the type that fill the gum boots with water. Oh well. All a part of the spring experience, right? I’m itching to get the rake out and start raking the dead grass and leaves off the lawn. Next week promises to be tons warmer than even this, so I’m very excited!

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2014-04-02 14.24.01She loves cameras. If the back of the phone is even pointing in her direction, she starts giving it smiles. It is super duper cute.

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34 weeks pregnant. It’s sure getting closer. And I look like a deer caught in headlights. I think that applies figuratively as well as physically. IMG_2996

Don’t mind the mess. We try not to. And unfortunately, it’s not due to any real reason for being messy…it just is that way.

7 Quick Takes Friday

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It snowed. Now it rains too. I feel very fortunate that it came after Hallowe’en, as it allowed the kids to really have time enjoy the evening before extremities went numb. The kids went as Thing 1 and Thing 2, and I made a Cat in the Hat hat for Andy. I sat at home, ate candy, and watched Once Upon a Time.

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Speaking of Once Upon a Time, I’m totally addicted. Every chance I get I seem to attempt to turn it on. It’s a little tricky, as it’s not really kid-friendly material (scary stuff happens!), but I’m up into season 2. I don’t know if it’s the pregnancy hormones or what, but I seem to bawl at least once per episode. I’m a wuss when it comes to watching a show like this, apparently.

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Pregnant. Still. I have had nearly no morning sickness with this babe, which continually astonishes me and I question whether I can really be pregnant without being sick. Both with Spencer and Cassia I needed meds to be able to eat enough for my body to function. Not so with this babe. Not so at all. Except for jalapeno popper chips. Those don’t seem to agree with me (or babe).

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We are hoping that Andy’s parents are able to weather the snow storm and come visit us today. We have high hopes of going to Audrey Assad’s concert tonight kid-free, and Spencer is so thrilled at the thought of them coming to visit. I just hope that the weather stays light and roads clear for driving. *sigh* A week ago we didn’t have this type of worry.

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Audrey. Assad. Here. Yes, she’s singing in the Cathedral tonight. And I can’t be more excited for it. Twice (unexpectedly) in one year! I really feel truly blessed in this opportunity, and this time it will be most of her music from her new album, Fortunate Fall, which is almost preternaturally reflective and beautiful. I can’t get enough of it (when I’m not watching Once Upon a Time).

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I will be up in Prince Albert next weekend (November 16th) for a Girl Guides craft fair with my business – Mama Knows Best Natural Products (the site needs product updating, so bear with it)! It’s my first ever, so prayers would be much appreciated. I’m a little nervous and feel like I might not be able to get all the work I need to done in time. Gah! However, I have some cool Christmas products I’m excited about, including a 2 Kings Body Scrub and Mulled Wine bath salts. Mmm, now you can not only enjoy a glass of wine in the bath, but you can carry the scent with you through your relaxation (it really smells delicious and I wish I could have mulled wine).

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Matthew Warner has a great article today called ‘What’s Your Idle’, which talks about where we spend our time idling during the day and how how we typically use that time doesn’t contribute to our well being. I totally encourage you to read it – it’s given me some food for thought. I might not be willing to completely give up on my Once Upon a Time show, but perhaps I could shave it down a bit and do something more creative or purposeful with that time.