Living in a World

..foreign to what I've known, yet the most challenging and inspiring.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Looks can be deceiving

A beautiful spring day at the park may have started out pleasant, but surely ended on a pinch-ier note. After a couple hours running and climbing high at the Castle Park (a truly magnificent park) Altea eagerly grabbed for a handful of flowers. Being four now, and more aware, this may be the first Spring she's really noticed the beauty in flowers and seems to be looking, poking, picking, and collecting them with every chance she gets. But with this grab, there was more than just a flower in her fist, there was a bee.

I saw the whole event out of the corner of my eye, and being that I've had plenty of bee stings myself, I knew instantly what had happened. Altea and her friend were running along the path, next to a huge bush of purple flowers, the kind the grow in clumps, not individually. She barely stopped running when she reached in to grab a handful. A little bee must have been tucked inside, out of sight. Altea closed her fish around the cluster of flowers and pulled. Instantly she screamed. Realizing the flowers had no thorns, my stomach clenched and my heart sunk deep into my chest. A bee sting. And here we were, at a park. With no first aid kit, or ice, on us. (Score for mom, by the way.)

Now, keep in mind I am pregnant and due in about 3 weeks. I pick up my 4 year old and carried her to the bathroom. I don't know if my brain was impaired by the shock or if these faucets really were clever little bastards, pardon my French, but we could not turn them on! My daughter has a bee sting, right now. I've managed to remove the pincher, but she desperately needs some running water and I cannot get the faucet to run. So I picked her up again and carried her across the park, over the grass, and through the parking lot to my car. I make sure to always keep a case of water bottles in my trunk. This is for emergency drinking needs, but apparently they work great for bee stings too. I opened a bottle, submerged her pinky, and fastened the kids in their carseats.

Once we arrived at her friend's house, we were able to get her littlest finger on ice. Then I nursed her, which calmed her instantly. The power of breastmilk. Again, I really don't understand how parents can choose not to take advantage of this wonderful gift. Nothing seems to calm or nourish them so quickly, as the breast.

At least now when I tell Altea to keep her shoes on, while playing in a field of grass flowers, maybe she'll listen to me. Maybe.

In the meantime, I don't think we'll be singing this childhood favorite, for a long long time.

I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee,
Won't my mommy be so proud of me,
I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee,
Ouch! It stung me! (Spoken)

I'm squishing up the baby bumblebee,
Won't my mommy be so proud of me,
I'm squishing up the baby bumblebee,
Ooh! It's yucky! (Spoken)

I'm wiping off the baby bumblebee,
Won't my mommy be so proud of me,
I'm wiping off the baby bumblebee,
Now my mommy won't be mad at me!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Mama, Téa, happy girl.

June has arrived. The weather is warm. And Emma is visiting from Seattle. With her insistence, and later my gratitude, we set off for Altea's ballet class, followed by a photo shoot in the park. I suppose it is critical to record this pregnancy, even if I an horribly uncomfortable and feel the size of a boat.

Here's a few of my favorite shots. Less than one month left! xoxox

Friday, May 22, 2009

does diagnoses equal a cure?

I have a little over a month before this child makes it's great escape and my stomach pains have increased tenfold. I can't seem to eat anything without keeling over in pain 20 minutes later. And as a result, I believe I am starting to lose weight. I'm pretty sure this is not OK for third trimester pregnancy.

So after all my googling, I self diagnosed myself with gall bladder issues and presented the idea to my doctor, who agreed I might be on to something. She scheduled me for an ultrasound to look for gallstones and recommended that I extract all fat from my diet. While it feels good to eat again and not feel pain, eating without fat is more difficult than I imagined it would be. I'm eating a lot of raw fruits and vegetables, plain pasta, and non fat dairy. I'm also really starting to crave oil. Badly.

I've searched around and found some herbal remedies that are supposed to relieve gall bladder pain. This flax tea recipe seems to work miracles.

Flax Seed Tea Recipe

Boil 1 Tbsp of organic flax seeds in 2 1/2 cups of water for 5 minutes.
Steep 10 minutes.
Strain and sip slowly.

I can actually eat a bit of fat, along with this tea, and minimize the pain. Oddly enough, salmon also does not seem to bother me, even though it is high in fat. I have not been able to figure that mystery out. Guacamole and chips, by the way, seem to be deathly.

I am hoping *wishing* with all my heart that I do not have gallstones and do not need some sort of surgery after this baby is born. Of course it would also be nice to find something at the ultrasound which proves I'm not crazy, because sometimes I feel like this is all in my head, even though the pain feels so real.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

showered with love and well wishes

This weekend I was blessed with a beautiful baby shower, hosted and organized by my good friend Kerri. The weather was warm and sunny and it couldn't have been more perfect. There was a fruit bouquet sent by my other friend Carrie, who lives in North Carolina, and a chocolate fountain brought by my mom. The decor was absolutely stunning with red Gerber daisies and giant strawberries. It really looked almost too romantic for a baby shower, which made it perfect in so many ways.

Thank you everyone who came to celebrate this pregnancy with me. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends in my life. And thank you Kerri, for the pictures of the shower girls and my belly, which is also holding a very special little girl.

All stacked up.

Altea has this game where she takes all the pillows off the couch and makes a pathway throughout the living room and hallway and leaps from one to the other. Sounds great to be four, huh? Well, I wasn't feeling to motivated to clean up the mess today, so I told her in advance, "If you take the pillows off the couch, YOU need to put them back yourself." This may seem like an unreasonable task for a four year old. I agree. But she assured me she could and would put them back.

I was in the kitchen while she "cleaned up". Then Mike and her went to the bedroom to start bedtime activities. Here is what I found waiting for me in the living room.

Beaming with pride and stifled giggles, I couldn't help but snap a picture.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

what ails me?

I think I might have an ulcer. Or a gluten intolerance. But geesuz this is all sorts of painful.

Extreme stomach discomfort this pregnancy has left me google hopping from one malady to another. One of my most prominent ideas right now is that I may have a gluten or a dairy intolerance. It's interesting that I am speculating this now, since I have a vague memory of being diagnosed with a wheat and dairy sensitivity as a child. I called my mom to confirm, and of course she can't remember, even though we both agree that she took me off milk when I was 7. Sooooo this leaves me to do my own investigative work.

The obvious thing to do, would be to remove these foods from my diet. But I am pregnant and the last thing a pregnant girl wants to do is take away bread and ice cream. Really? Instead, I just keep complaining about my constant discomfort and reading about what I should not be eating, on the internet.

My recent discovery of the blood type diet has my head spinning. I have an O+ blood type. This diet states very clearly that all the foods I presumed were giving me problems are on the forbidden list! Blood type O was the first human blood type, so it's genetic makeup is designed to be a hunter/gatherer. According to the theory, those who still have this blood type today should be eating a strict diet containing mostly of meat, vegetables, and fruits, with limited grains, legumes, and dairy. I'm truly baffled. I want to test this out, badly. If only I can find a way to not eat more meat and still consume cheese.

8 months today and still growing.

PS: WebMD is a very dangerous place for a pregnant girl to be searching "stomach pain".

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

a Com.

At four years, she already has it figured out.

"Does it have an online about this? I think everything has an online. It means that you can go to a com or something and read about it."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

a little monkey business

In lieu of this book, Caps For Sale, Lisa had all the kids bring their favorite hats to school and together they engaged in role playing games and a photo shoot. I received these a few days later.