Friday, April 24, 2015

Why I've Been Quiet Lately

It's not just the typical busy life of working full time plus five kids... it's not just the post-vacation scrambling to catch up... it's not even working on my new blog, set to launch on Tuesday (feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla!).

Nope, there's another reason entirely that blogging has had to take a backseat...


Yes, that's right... as those of you who are my FB friends already know, Wahlund Baby #6 is due December 12, 2015. We haven't come up with a nickname for him/her yet. (I suggested Lupe or Guadalupe, since Baby is due on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but Collin nixed it.) 

I've been struggling with pregnancy-induced nausea for the past several weeks (I refuse to call it "morning sickness" because for me it's 24/7), especially since I won't take Zofran this time around. 

Last week was really bad... I threw up twice (once at work) and felt horrible the rest of the time. I guess that's better than non-stop vomiting and a trip to the ER (as experienced with pregnancies #1 and #3), but still, it was pretty hard to function. I decided to try several different solutions in hopes that something would help. 

Although I still have some bad days, I think I mostly have a handle on it. Part of me is scared that it means imminent miscarriage, but it could also be the changes I've made. In hopes that it is the latter and not the former, here is what I've done:
  1. My doctor gave me a perscription for Diclegis (unisom + vitamin b6), which is the only category A drug that is FDA-approved for pregnancy nausea, and I've been taking two at bedtime for the last two weeks.
  2. I'm getting more magnesium. I tried soaking in a tub of warm water + 2 cups Epsom salts (aka magnesium sulfate) for over 45 minutes, and the next day I felt so much better. I picked up some magnesium supplements in pill form and am taking those every evening before bed (and soaking in the tub whenever I can, too!).
  3. I have started following this diet, as recommended by Jen Fulwiler: no processed food, no sugar, no grains or vegetable oils. It's been a struggle but I'm mostly sticking with it. 

I don't know what it is that is working, but SOMETHING is. I can manage the nausea without Zofran, which I wasn't sure would be possible. Praise God.

My first prenatal appointment is May 4. Please join me in praying that the ultrasound will show a living, thriving baby!

Friday, March 27, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday - March 27, 2015



Whew, what a busy month it's been! I can't believe Lent is almost over.


As I mentioned in my QT two weeks ago, we decided to spend a few days in California during the kids' (and Collin's) spring break. The reason we went to California? Well, we had to see a mouse about a car.



Yes, that's right, we went to DISNEYLAND! Collin was able to get some discounted two-day Park Hopper tickets through his job, and I sold some stock shares that had vested last November (I get an annual stock award from my company if we meet certain goals during the year). We decided to use half of the proceeds of the sale for a fun family vacation.

Our last trip was three years ago, while I was pregnant with Gabriel, so there were a lot of new rides to experience and new sights to see. The remodeled California Adventure park is beautiful, and Cars Land was fantastic! As you can see above, we very much enjoyed the Radiator Springs Racers ride. I finally was able to go on the revamped Star Tours ride, and it was fabulous.


Elanor was chosen for the Jedi Training Academy, and William was chosen by Thor to try and heft Mjölnir (they had a "Meet the Avengers" attraction inside Innoventions). The pictures are fantastic! We're going to order a digital CD, and I'll probably share the photos on Facebook this weekend. (One more week of no Facebook... I'll be honest, I can't wait to get back on.)


Once we returned from Disneyland, we had one day at home to do laundry and some yardwork, and the next day we went to my aunt and uncle's new home outside of Maricopa, AZ. We stayed there until Saturday evening. My mother and stepfather had flown in the previous day, and my cousin Kelsey was there too, along with some friends of my aunt's. Their ranch has several horses and Elly was in the seventh heaven of delight.




Peter met his stepgrandpa Rod for the first time. They hit it off.


 

This weekend my grandmother Violet flies into town for her annual visit, and I'm excited to see her again. Busy busy!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday - March 6, 2015

Thanks to Kelly at This Ain't the Lyceum for hosting!

1. We had a joint birthday celebration/extended family dinner for William and Violet last Saturday at Golden Corral (their choice of venue; they both love the chocolate fountain), so last night we celebrated Violet's birthday with a dinner of hamburgers with cake for dessert. Violet requested "an Elsa cake" and the local Safeway was able to oblige:



As I mentioned yesterday, our birthday season is finally over. We're almost entirely in odd number territory now; the kids are 10, 7, 5, 3, and 1. Ellie is the "even" man out (instead of the odd man out, haha). 

2. The rest of our month is crazy busy. Tomorrow, Kara, our friend Mary, and I are going to see (and hear!) Abby Johnson speak, and we'll probably do lunch afterwards. I've met Abby before and can't wait to see her again and hear what she has to say. I may try to get another autograph. :) 

3. The kids have spring break March 16-20 (as does Collin - I love that he gets spring break off too, now that he works for a school district! Luckily, his spring break coincided with the kids'). I took the week off of work. We're going to California for a few days (we haven't been there for three years), and the day after we get back my mother and stepfather are flying down. My aunt Sheri (my mother's older sister) and her husband recently purchased a ranch near Maricopa, AZ and we're all going to spend a few days out there. 

4. My grandma Violet flies in for her annual visit the weekend after that, on March 29. I was afraid her health wouldn't allow her to come this year, but she says she's feeling better and wants to come. 

And then it's Holy Week! Whew! 

5. My latest post for Catholic Stand is up: There Is No Pope in Islam

6. Please pray for a special intention! St. Francis de Sales, pray for us. St. Joseph the worker, pray for us. St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

7. Did you hear the wonderful news?? Kara and her family have committed to adopting baby Truman! Please consider donating to one of their current fundraisers -- they have a very short time to raise a large amount of money. One of her fundraisers is a raffle for an American Girl doll, so please check that out!! 


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Violet is Five!



Five years ago today it was a Friday in Lent, and I had a baby girl. Father Hans came to see us in the hospital, and was very impressed that we had named her after that day's liturgical color. 

I even remembered to have a meatless meal (a tuna sandwich) for lunch!


Violet is exuberant about life and fascinated with everything around her. She's probably going to be reading before kindergarten (which she starts in August!), given her insatiable curiosity with letters and words that has recently developed. She's also a fantastic big sister to Gabriel and Peter.


Happy birthday, Violet Elizabeth!

After today, "birthday season" (in which we have at least one family birthday every month from October to March) is officially over until Peter turns 2 (gulp!) in October.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Happy National Grammar Day!



Sadly, I don't think I'd like this drink -- I'm not a fan of gin and I don't like olives. But I applaud the concept!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Have a Seven-Year-Old!

My oldest son turns seven today!

Since this picture was taken, he's lost his two front teeth!
He's gone from a tiny 6lb, 4oz baby (4 weeks early!) to a tall young man who excels in school and loves playing Xbox (as well as classic Nintendo) with his dad. He is sweet, caring, and says he loves God. (Future priest? Let's hope so!)

Happy birthday, William Joseph!




Friday, February 13, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday - Resources for Lent



Ash Wednesday is in less than a week! I've found cheap and/or free Lenten resources around the Internet recently, and I wanted to share the love.

(Full disclosure - I recently joined the Amazon Affiliates program, so if you buy any of the Amazon resources by clicking on their respective Amazon links below, I get a small percentage of the sale.)

1. 2015 Magnificat Lenten Companion (I bought this one!) - 99 cents on Kindle



2. Lenten Meditations with Fulton J. Sheen - 99 cents on Kindle




3. Living Faith: Lenten Devotions for Catholics: Lent 2015 - 99 cents on Kindle

 


4. Pope Francis: Living Lent with Passion: Encouragement and Daily Prayers - 99 cents on Kindle



5. The Cross and the Beatitudes by Bp. Fulton Sheen - $3.49 on Kindle



6. Free Printable Calendars:

Family Lenten Practices Calendar

Printable Lenten Calendar from Catholic Icing

7. Meatless meal resources:

My Meatless Meals Pinterest Board

Recipes for Lent from AllRecipes.com

Lenten Recipes for Your Family from CatholicMom.com

Recipes for Lent from GoodHousekeeping.com

12 Meatless Lent Meal Ideas from TaylorMarshall.com

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