Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Feeling Good by Getting Dirty

I have several pictures like the one in this great post over at Simple Mom. Set my twins out in our garden bed (we gave up on trying to grow anything this year) with a shovel and some construction vehicles (or race cars, school buses... anything can be a dump truck) and their in hog heaven. It's a good day when they're covered in dirt, sweat, and smiles.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Surprise, Surprise!

We're having a baby! Again! Heh. Though this pregnancy was definitely a surprise, we are excited to meet this newest butterbean. The prospect of having four children under four is certainly daunting, but we trust in the Lord to guide us as we know He doesn't give you more than you can handle.

The reactions from family and friends have been positive. We're so blessed to have such wonderful people around us who not only understand but also respect and support our faith and life choices. (I did have one friend compare me to the Duggar family. Hmm, 4 kids to 19. That's a bit of a stretch, don't you think?) But in the sense that we leave the ultimate decisions of children to God, she is correct. (Though, I don't know if the Duggars practice NFP as we do.)

It is still very early in the first trimester, around 6 weeks, so I am deep in the throes of all-day-sickness ("morning" sickness is a joke) and exhaustion. I'm managing fairly well with sleep, going to bed early and trying to nap and rest when the kids are sleeping. I am really struggling with the nausea, though. I have found some tea that seems to be helping, Get Maternal, but it can only do so much. I am trying to snack every two hours or so, but I am finding it increasingly difficult to find foods I am able to eat.

I have suffered from moderate to severe IBS for over a decade now, though I have found ways to manage my symptoms very effectively. Unfortunately, many of the things I have given up eating are the very things recommended for pregnant mothers. I cannot eat ANY type of dairy (cheese, milk, yogurt, etc) or high fat foods (anything fried obviously, but things like egg yolks and avocados, too.) I know my stomach can handle things like crackers and pretzels but, funny enough, their lack of flavor can actually aggravate my nausea. One of the only things I can consistently get down is a toasted bagel with Toffuti Brand Cream Cheese. It's a great snack because it has a decent amount of protein and carbs. Ideally, all my snacks should include those two. I'm having serious problems thinking of other things to eat though! (I would normally say hummus, but the smell and taste are too much for me right now.) Anyone have any ideas?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Voyage of the Dawn Treader Trailer

I am looking forward to seeing this installment in the Narnia series. I do hope that the plot is stuck to more than with Prince Caspian, though. These stories don't need embellishing.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Keeping Cool

We visited Steve's brother, Shane, and our nephews, Jacob and Michael, today. We all headed to the pool and spent a few hours splashing, playing catch, cooling off, and having a great time. The kids are anxious to go back, I'm hoping to start teaching them to swim this summer.

**If you view this album at Picasa online (follow the link of the album title) pictures number 24 and 52 are actually videos.**