Monday, May 7, 2018

First Trimester Weeks 1-8 | Baby Number 6


I'm going to try to be better at documenting THIS pregnancy...but being that this is my 6th baby and Isabel just turned 1 less than a month ago, let's just say that I may get a little busy and distracted. LOL


How I Knew I Was Pregnant....

It all started with total and complete exhaustion.

I was actually getting slightly worried because a friend of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer and she said that the main symptom she had was extreme fatigue. That even getting standing up to take a shower was too overwhelming.

That's how I felt.

So, yeah. I was freaking out a little.

But deep inside I was thinking....dude. There's been other times when you've been THIS tired. Falling asleep while sitting straight up tired. Don't want to go to pee because that involves the energy of both standing and walking. Yep. I've been here before. Many times before. hahaha

But I pushed it out of my mind for a week or so.

Then one night I realized that...hey, weren't you supposed to start your period? Hmm...when were you supposed to start? So I made a mental note to check my Ovia Fertility App in the morning to see when I was supposed to start my period.

(Ironically, we were using the app to track my fertility to know when to avoid intimacy....but Antonio's never been big on following schedules, so there went that whole idea... hahaha Besides, we were using condoms every time until he went for his vasectomy, so what was the harm? hahaha But, hey, you know what? God apparently had bigger and better plans for us!!)

So I checked Ovia first thing in the morning....I was already a week late!

Ruh roh.

Antonio and I talked about how I had actually mentioned that I had ovulated a few weeks ago...but then a week or so later I told him that I had a weird pinching feeling in my side for a few hours. I now wonder if that was implantation....

Anyway.....

Antonio took me to Walgreens that evening to buy A Test. Actually, we had the whole "didn't you buy a 20 pack of tests off of Amazon" discussion....in which I had to tell him that I pissed through all of those tests....literally!!....during previous months when I thought that "maybe I might could be pregnant" He was amused.

So, like a classy wino, I had the clerk put the box of tests into a brown paper bag that I hid in my shirt as I went to the car. I didn't want the kids to suspect anything until I knew for sure.

And the rest is history...



Isabel is going to be a BIG SISTER!!!!!

Eeeeeek!!!!

Baby is due in December, so we nicknamed him/her Baby Mistletoe.

SYMPTOMS & UPDATES:

Starting weight (prepregnancy): 168

Super extremely tired. Especially in the mid-afternoon.

And I'm ready for bed by, like, 9 pm.

I do have bouts of mild nausea but haven't really thrown up yet. I say "really" because one time I gagged in Lowe's parking lot and a little something came up but I swallowed it. Sorry, guys...tmi, maybe...but it's a normal part of pregnancy.

My IBS has been flaring up a lot. Which is normal for me during pregnancy. I have learned that many people do not have a lot of pain with their IBS, however, mine causes extreme stomach pain that spreads to my back. Sheer pain sends chills all over my body. A good comparison of the pain is this: my labor with Isabel was nothing compared to my IBS pain.

I did have a few headaches in the beginning but those seem to have subsided.

I get really weepy for seemingly small things.

I have to pee all the time.

Foods really just don't sound good to me. Just like with Isabel. Sooo...hmmm??? Another girl?? Who knows....

I want fruity things and salads sound so good to me. So imagine my delight when romaine became inedible for my first trimester. Grrrr Thanks, e coli. Oh, and chocolate almond milk. Just like with Isa.

I downloaded the Ovia Pregnancy app and really like it!

Here are some screenshots of my 8 week update:



Well, guys, here we go go go go...on another ADVENTURE!!

I'm so excited for you all to join along for this ride!!

xoxo

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xoxo

I'm PREGNANT!!! What?!!! | Baby Number 6


Can you believe it?!

Baby Number 6 is going to be joining our family by the end of the year!!

Estimated due date is December 10, 2018....but let's just see when they'll decide to show up!

xoxo

This picture was taken when I was not even 8 weeks along! To say that I start to show early on is a bit of an understatement... hahaha


Thursday, January 11, 2018

All Natural Cold, Sinus & Flu Relief | Natural Wellness

It seems to be that time again: everyone is getting sick!

I've been finding myself typing up the same recipes and tips on how to get well quickly and avoid a trip to the doctor....so I figured I'd just put it all in one place and just share the link with anyone that needs it. 😊

So without further adieu...here are some extremely potent home remedies for the cold & flu, including sinus infections and upper respiratory infections.

Pregnant or Breastfeeding: Unlike many prescription and over-the-counter medicines, all of these remedies are safe to do while pregnant and/or breastfeeding! You might still want to run it by your doctor to double check for your individual circumstance, but I have done them all while pregnant/breastfeeding with no issue and have recommended it to pregnant/breastfeeding friends who also swear by these methods!

ALL NATURAL SUPER POWERFUL "ANTIBIOTIC" SHOT




Ingredients

Juice from 1/2 a lemon (fresh not bottled)
1 clove garlic, minced (fresh not jarred)
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 tsp turmeric (especially if you have a sore inflamed throat)
Pinch of cayenne (optional but I highly recommend for adults)

Mix this all together and drink it down like a shot. Drink one of these 2-3 times per day, ESPECIALLY at bedtime. Bedtime is when your body does its best healing, so you really want to make sure you drink this before going to bed.

Like I said, this is super powerful and you should be feeling SO MUCH BETTER in a day and a half. The more times you can drink this elixir, the better.

We actually cured my daughter's strep throat by her drinking this and gargling with a similar elixir. And using castor oil by direct application and with heated castor packs. Read about how we cured her strep throat naturally HERE.

SINUS INFECTION

I have 3 suggestions for sinus problems. All work very well. You can do all of them if you wish. (Combine them with the previously mentioned Antibiotic Shots for best results)

Nasal Irrigation/Neti Pot


This does sound odd, I know. But this works SO WELL that the results fascinated me and had me jumping up and down yelling.

You can get the specific how-tos on the instructions that come with your Neti Pot (the one pictured is the particular model that I have). But basically, you pour the special saline solution up one nostril. It goes up through your sinuses and rinses out any crud that is residing in them. And it all comes out the other nostril and goes down the drain. I know this sounds gross, but when you see what actually comes out (even though you've been blowing your nose repeatedly and not much is coming out) you're going to be in shock. Like, woah. That was all jammed up in my sinuses? And then your head and face will feel immediately better!! Do not do this, however, if you have a blocked ear or ear infection. Repeat this a few times a day and it will completely clean and flush out any infection that is stuck in your sinuses. NOTE: for severe sinus problems, do a hypertonic rinse, which simply means using 2 packets of the saline mixture instead of one. I once did it with a half-teaspoon or so of Bragg apple cider vinegar mixed in...it worked but it stung so freaking bad.

WISH GARDEN HERBS: KICK-ASS SINUS

I discovered this little gem about 2 weeks ago while I was at Sprouts. I was feeling miserable and couldn't find my Neti Pot. So I picked this stuff up. I did a double dose (explained on the bottle's instructions) and noticed immediate relief!


This is what it looks like when you mix it with water:



And check out these FAST results!



ESSENTIAL OILS

No, I don't sell them....I buy the affordable NOW brand ones off of Amazon. They work.

Eucalyptus Oil

Apply a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the bottom of your feett around where the toes meet the foot. Then put socks on to keep the oil from getting on the floor. The oil application will assist in draining your sinuses and stuffy nose.

Chest & Back Rub

Mix a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil, peppermint essential oil and tea tree oil (or a mixture of just two of your choice but I highly recommend all 3 as they each have healing properties) and mix with a small amount of coconut oil. Mix well and rub onto your chest and back (where you lungs are). This will help you to breathe better and works SO much better than Vick's VapoRub.

Diffusing the Oils

Using one of those electric plug-in oil diffusers that you fill with water and essential oils and it turns it into a fine mist, use eucalyptus essential oil and tea tree oil. Peppermint essential oil wouldn't hurt, either. Make it a STRONG mixture. Diffuse in your bedroom at night (consult your doctor if using in a child's room) with the door closed. This will alleviate inflammation of your bronchial tubes, sinuses and nasal passages. When you breathe it in, it will kill germs inside of your body AND you will sleep so much better while your body is getting well.

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I hope this post has been helpful for you! I know that these remedies have helped us immeasurably over the years. Please be sure to share it with friends and family to help them stay healthy, too without needing dangerous OTC and prescription medications.


Just a reminder: I am not a doctor or health professional. Just a mom who has been practicing natural home remedies for many years on her large collection of children. 😉 Be sure to check with your doctor to be sure these remedies are safe for you to do, too!

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Date Night Selfie Dump

For those nights when you're feeling really beautiful, so you can't help but take a selfie or two...or twenty.... hahaha

(this was a week or so ago...)








Friday, December 22, 2017

Five Kids At the Chiropractor | Video

Come with us to the chiropractor where all 5 kiddos get adjusted!

See how gentle pediatric chiropractics is on even the smallest member our family: 8 month old Isabel!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

How I Heal Hemorrhoids with Only ONE Ingredient! No Witch Hazel! | Natural Wellness

Yep.

You read that correctly. I'm going to talk about....those things that NO ONE likes to talk about. And it's not like it's my favorite topic in the world...but seriously? Who cares! We have them...we need some relief! And I am here to help!!

There are a variety of ways that you can have the privilege of getting yourself some hemorrhoids. But basically it all boils down to a lot of pressure being forced on that region of the body.

Looking at you, butthole.

For me, I got them during one of my pregnancies. Who knows which one...who really cares, honestly...the bottom line is (get it? BOTTOM line?? ahaha) that they are there.

And it wasn't until after Isabel was born that I decided to forego the typical Tucks pads and witch hazel that most people tend to reach for. I didn't have any on hand and I was in A LOT of pain. Like, a lot. In fact, my backside hurt more than my vaginal area during my entire recovery. (My vaginal area actually barely hurt at all.) I asked Antonio more than once if he was absolutely certain that Isabel had come out the correct exit. He swears she did. So I'm going to have to take his word for it.

I decided to give good old tea tree oil a try.


And it worked!!! REALLY well!!!

And REALLY quickly!!

Like, almost immediate relief. ::aaaahhhhh:::

Here's how I did it:

Every time I went to the bathroom (for both #1 and #2s), I would clean myself as per usual. Nothing fancy. I mean, except that I used washcloths wet with hot water to clean myself...they clean A LOT better and it's super soothing after having a baby....TRUST ME...(and it's extremely sanitary...but I can blog about that at another time if anyone's interested. Like you'd even tell me if you were. hahaha I know you're curious. ::wink::)

Anyway, after I was all cleaned up, I would wet some toilet paper with water from the sink (you could probably skip this part...I did it for the cooling relief of the water)

Then I put 2-3 drops of tea tree oil onto the toilet paper and gently patted it directly onto the hemorrhoids.

Initially you may have a slight burning sensation. Not really painful, just really warming. This quickly subsides. Then it gets really cooling.

That's it!

Why does this work??

Tea tree oil has the following properties:

ANTIBACTERIAL

ANTIVIRAL

ANTIFUNGAL

ANTI INFLAMMATORY

and

ANALGESIC
(pain reliever)

I noticed them shrinking rather quickly...and pretty much gone rather fast, too.

I hope this information is helpful and brings you some relief!!

Because we all know what a pain in the butt hemorrhoids can be.

hahahaha