Saturday, January 31, 2009

Just A Little Update

Well, I'm sitting here eating my yummy stir fry and watching my baby play with his favorite thing in our house, the bathroom door. He sits and opens and closes it over and over. I think he's finally noticed that there is another unexplored room (the bathroom) I better keep an eye on him... uggg, I have to go get Jakob's from grandmas in five minutes. I just need one day ALL to MYSELF! We all feel this way, right?

Well, it's been a little while since I wrote. In fact it's been 3 hours since I wrote the previous sentence. That's how this past week has been. Work on one thing, switch to the other, then return and finish the last thing. So much is going on, I'm just trying to wrap my mind around it all.

The most consuming thoughts are about Leif's new career path and all that we need to do to follow it. I know it's the right path... But definitely NOT the easiest. But we'll survive.

The rest of life is just life. The every day happenings. Jakob LOVES preschool! He has learned So much and is growing up. Caleb is growing up right before my eyes. He is really happy and content for the majority of the day. He starts to struggle around 7:00PM. We took him to an ENT doctor to have him evaluated to see about putting tubes in his ears. He told us that if a baby has more then 6 ear infections in 12 months then they are a candidate for tubes. Caleb is definitely in that category. So he'll get tubes at the end of this month.

The previous post gives you an idea of how I am doing. For the most part I am well. I will be focusing on my Holistic Health Practitioner studies for the rest of this semester. Leif will have his last reprieve from school during the summer semester. So I am actually going to take advantage of his free time. I am going to enroll in some of the General Studies that I have avoided for so many years. Then he will be available to tutor me;)

Well, I really need to get the dishes done. I HATE Dishes! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

For The Record: Mama's Health Update

For The Record: I might as well give a quick update on my health since I have recorded it this far.

I was diagnosed with severe Anemia several months ago. From that point on I took 1 round of a liquid Iron supplement and have taken a high grade Prenatal Vitamin faithfully. I am happy to report that I am no longer Anemic. Blood test shows this, but I can tell! I had no idea that Anemia could cause so much pain and problems.

Beginning when Caleb was born I started a regimen of supplements. The Prenatal, 4 grams of Omega-3, extra Calcium, and extra vitamin D. I have tried hard to eat healthy and luckily my kids and life keeps me active enough that I haven't had to Go Out and exercise. With all of this combined I have been able to lose around 30 pounds. I'm still working on losing at least 15 more. I feel really good though.

Unfortunately a couple/few months ago my body decided that it HAD to have the stupid/blessed anti-depressants in order to function kindly and happily. So, I followed the cues and went on Paxil and Wellbutrin. Unfortunately, the side effects have been a real struggle this last month. I'm really trying to figure out the best way and things to do and take to find a healthy baseline and stay balanced. For now I am currently just on Wellbutrin twice a day and no Paxil. I like the results until I fall asleep at night. Some nights are fine. But other nights are full of nightmares. So I'm doing my research. I thought about going to talk to someone. But I decided that it was too much work for now. I'm fine for the most part. I am reading a few books and once I've gathered all the information that I am looking for, then I will make some decisions along with my doctor.

So, that's Mama's health report.:)


My Journey from Darkness to Light: How to overcome Depression and Bi-Polar Illness one step at a time By Patricia Tew Potts

Natural Prozac: Learning to release your body's own anti-depressants By Dr. Joel Robertson with Tom Monte

The New Anti Depressants and Antianxieties: What you need to know about Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Clonazepam, Ambien, and More By William S. Appleton, M.D.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Few Clarifications

I need to give some clarifications about some things dealing with a couple of my previous posts.

First things first:) I need to clarify that the numbers next to the word Baby on my last post, is the age that the baby will be that year, not the number order for the next baby. I plan on only being Pregnant one or two more times. Which will bless our lives with plenty of children.:)

And now, back to some political issues that I need to define my standing on.

When I wrote my post titled: A Dream Fulfilled, one of the main points that I wanted to make is that I believe that the dream that Martin Luther King had has in many ways been fulfilled by electing President Obama. I am happy about this because I admire Martin Luther King very much.

I did not vote for Obama. If I had my way, Mitt Romney would be President! But I believe that once a person becomes the President of our country they deserve the respect that comes with that office. However, we are not required to support everything that the President views as right. That is supposed to be the beauty of a democracy. So I will clarify...

I am very much against any form of abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or the mother's life being threatened.

I do not agree with a government dependant society. I will forever be grateful for the assistance that the government has given my little family. However, I feel that a person should always be encouraged and given incentive to progress and care for themselves on their own. I can see how easy life might be to have the government "govern" so many aspects of our life. But that is not the plan that God has established on earth and in heaven. We are meant to have agency.

I am not in support of gay marriage or homosexuality being openly taught in our public schools. There is much I can say on this issue. But it's not necessary. I will leave it at that. My position on this is firm and steadfast. This position should not be misconstrued to make one believe that I am "homophobic", or anti-gay. I am not. There are just some things in this world that we have been counseled by the prophet of the Lord not to accept as right.

Now, with all of that said, I will say this in final; I will forever try to be an optimist. Life is so much easier to live this way... As I watched the inauguration of President Obama, I focused on the things that I can control. I can control my attitude. I can try to seek out hope even though it might be intermingled with sorrow. My hope is that my children will be able to look to president Obama as a man who is an example of integrity. I hope that he will be able to resist the prideful pressure that is so heavy in the political world. I hope he will find a way to help the American people find a way to help themselves. I hope that he will remember his dream for America. AND I Hope that right will prevail and the righteous will triumph. I can try to see the rainbow amidst the storm. Therefore, I will.
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