Tuesday, April 22, 2014

an oily post.

I've recently dove in head first to the world of essential oils.  And I've got to tell you all just how they've been working for our family.

I'll start with some background.  My boys have been battling cold after cold followed by asthma and coughing and days turn into weeks of breathing treatments and then a week of health before another round of it all!  Lincoln was prone to ear infections as an infant, got tubes put in when he was almost 2 and before that was on antibiotic after antibiotic until he started developing immunities to a couple of them.  Which scares the crap out of me.  And then recently has had two more ear infections and were treated with two more antibiotics and that's when I FINALLY was at the end of my rope.  My children's health is at stake here and I'm not going to keep pumping antibiotics into them until they are resistant to all of them.  So I started researching.  Researching ways to boost their (and mine!) immune systems.  After talking to a friend I started making elderberry syrup.  And now give my boys a tsp. of it every morning as an immune booster.  It's super easy to make and one batch of it last 3+ weeks.

After months of research, I started finding other people who use essential oils and I started asking questions, tons of questions.  Then my friend Katie told me about a class I could go to close by and after attending it and learning SO much about the oils I was ready to get some of my own.  I ordered about 11 oils and a diffuser from Young Living and got started!  That was the beginning of February and even though it's only been a little over 2 months, we have not made a single visit to the Doc's office.  Which is saying a LOT considering we were there at least once a week if not every other week all winter.

Since then Tyler and I have both started getting colds, started with my oils and we (or I at least) was over my cold in a DAY.  One day people.  No more suffering through weeks of a sore throat, cough, sinus pressure.  Tyler's took a little longer because he was skeptical and used Zicam for the first few days and when he saw I was feeling 100 times better and he was feeling worse, he gave in a used some theives oil and lavender :)

Since then we've treated the following with Essential Oils and NO trips to the Dr.'s office (besides well child check ups) and NO antibiotics and NO breathing treatments :

- Dietrich has been congested, teething - treated with lavender, cedarwood, tea tree and lemon

- Caedmon's asthma - treated with a combination of cedarwood, frankincense, lavender, lemon and RC if the others aren't getting the job done :)  RC has some oils that are not recommended for children under 5 so it was used very mildly and under lots of supervision.  And I just ordered Ravintsara with is supposed to be a good substitute for Eucalyptus, which is in RC.  So I'm excited to see how that works.  Since February I've only had to use his inhaler once and that was only because I ran out of lavender and had to use the inhaler until I could get some lavender from a friend.

- Lincoln's asthma - same as Caedmon

- I've had the flu - I literally bathed in Valor (added to epsom salts and either olive oil or milk and pour into the bath), thieves around the clock and breathing in peppermint to help with my chills (since I'm breastfeeding I didn't apply it because peppermint can reduce your supply)

- bad cold for everyone - treated with thieves oil on mine and Tyler's feet, lavender on our throats and diffusing lemon, diluted lemon on the boys' feet, tea tree behind ears to relieve pressure.

- sore muscles - Tyler put PanAway on his sore legs after working out and MAN that one is strong! (It is also on the not recommended for kids list)

- my allergies - lavender and lemon

- sinus infection for me - purification in a steam bowl every two hours.  Worked to help with the symptoms but it wasn't getting RID of it so my friend Shannon made up an inhaler for me with a mixture of frankincense, opopanx and ravintsara.  Worked SO well.  Everything moved out of my sinuses and I felt so much better.

- fluid in Lincoln's ears (which usually leads to an ear infection) - tea tree.  I'm amazed.

- goose egg bump/bruise - Caedmon tripped and fell face first into the corner of a chair.  Seconds later it was already swollen and bruising.  I applied a drop of lavender to it and because essential oils get into the blood stream so fast, it helped the swelling to decrease within minutes and the next morning there wasn't even a bruise!

- Sunburn - we stayed outside all day and all of us were pink at the end of the day.  Added some lavender to coconut oil and rubbed it on our sunburns.  Helped a ton.  I've been told that same combo is a good sunscreen as well but I haven't tried it yet :)

For the first time in my life I feel like I'm in control of my health.  Yes I still get sick, I'm building my immune system back up after HELLP syndrome destroyed it, but I can deal with the sicknesses better and I don't have to head to the doctor out of fear for every single thing.

I'm so, so thankful that I was introduced to this class I've been going to because I've learned so much not only about essential oils in general but different application methods and the safety aspect of essential oils.

Essential oils are very, very potent and concentrated oils and need to be respected in that aspect.  I've learned that 1 drop of lemon EO contains the oil distilled from 27 lemons.  That's a LOT.  Which is the reason almost all oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil (like olive oil or coconut oil) before applied topically.  There are a lot of things out there on oils, I encourage you, if you are wanting to start using oils that you would educate yourself.  I'm more than happy to recommend some books, facebook groups, etc that have good, SAFE information!

http://scentsablehealth.com/ is a great resource!

Here are some resource cards to use if you have kids
*Put together by Shannon Dennis of Scentsable Health*

Here is a check list to reference when trying to decide if an oil is safe
for your child or not.  These are single oils. 

 This one is the same thing just for Oil Blends like Thieves, Joy, Valor etc.

Like I said earlier most oils need to be diluted when used.  
Here is a reference card for how much to dilute for how old your child is.
And it lists suggestions for carrier oils (the oil you use to dilute the essential oil).
I personally mostly use coconut and olive oil because that's what I have on hand.  
And it's helpful to buy a couple extra amber bottle to store your diluted essential oil in.
So if I'm sick I go ahead and dilute thieves and store it in a new amber bottle so I don't waste it and can use it all before making more.  This also helps make your essential oils last longer!  

If you are just wanting to build up a stash of essential oils to have on hand
that are safe for the whole family here is a good list!

I just wanted to share with you all what has been working for us.  I'm not trying to push this at all just am amazed at how well these oils really do work.  :)  If you have any questions about essentials oils, I'm happy to try and help!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dietrich Jon {6 months}

I've completely neglected this little blog, but it's been a good break.  I may or may not be back, the jury's still out on that but for now here is a quick update on our sweet Dietrich.  Who has decided to grow up.  I mean seriously, must you get so big so fast?!  

6 months old
14 lbs {5th percentile}
25 inches long {5th percentile}
head {70th percentile}
...rolling everywhere
...most nights you get up just once to eat
...have quite the charming personality
...still ebf but will start solids soon
...both bottom teeth are SO close to showing themselves
...all around a very laid back, happy baby boy!


Decided to take some 6 month pictures today while the other two boys had rest time.
Out of the hundreds that I took, here are my faves.  







Wednesday, January 15, 2014

lately...


hello?  is anyone still reading this here dusty blog?  it's been MONTHS since I last posted.  I just have been so extremely busy that posting on here got pushed way down on the totem pole of importance.  I've missed it tremendously though.  I love looking back on it and our lives for the past 4 1/2 years and I hope to continue.  I just haven't had the extra brain power to muster up anything to write.  Even the monthly posts about Dietrich seemed way too tiring.  Sorry buddy.  I'm still keeping track of your milestones weight etc just not getting it on here!  But here's some random stuff that been happening and on my mind....

I'm finally getting some sleep!  Dietrich is in a good routine of waking up just once at night and if I'm lucky he'll throw in a whole night stretch for me.  Those are just wonderful.  wonderful.

The boys were all sick between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  They start out with colds but then since they both have asthma it gets in their lungs and stays there.  So a little cold turns into weeks and weeks of coughing and breathing treatments, steroids etc.  So I was getting desperate in trying to keep them heathy and boosting their immune system.  So I started looking up things I could try and I'm going to be making elderberry syrup and thinking about getting a diffuser and diffusing some essential oils (hastag hippie) :).  Just in the researching part right now so if anyone has any suggestions pertaining to essential oils etc I'm all ears!

I'm still 20 lbs above my preprego weight and I'm trying daily to be ok with that.  I've learned that I just can't lose weight when I'm nursing because I lose my supply so I have to wait until I'm done nursing to get serious about weightloss.  But that is SO hard.  But I'm trying to be ok with it.  I only have this one 10 months - a year to breastfeed my baby, I have the rest of my life to get back to my pre pregnancy weight.  Breastfeeding is much more important to me, breastfeeding is much more important to me... keep reminding myself.

I've been so blessed to have a year of working for Origami Owl now!  January is my "owl-iversary" :)  This at home job has been so wonderful and I'm so grateful for a way to help us meet this huge financial goal of ours.  Slowly but surely we're chipping away at each dollar.  I also am a Jamberry Nails consultant and have been with them for about 5 months now and it's gone tremendously well also.  I love all the people I've met and new friendships that have formed because of these two "jobs."
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(shameless plug) :)

It's January and this is the month that I told myself I would start back at the paperwork for our adoption.   Getting the process started again!  We couldn't be more excited and can't wait to bring our little girl home.  

Lincoln has been asking TONS of spiritual questions lately.  Questions about heaven and Jesus and how do we get to heaven, what is heaven like, does God's house have a basement (lol) and those questions and led him to want to ask Jesus to be apart of his life all the time.  So about a week ago I sat on the kitchen floor with him in my lap and listened to my son pray the most beautiful prayer and ask Jesus to come into his heart.  My prayer is that Lincoln will continue to ask questions and learn more and more about God and want to live his life for Christ.

I was told by a wise women (my mom) that I need to stop putting God in a box.  I've been in the mindset of "I have to do everything and say yes to everything."  And my reasoning was, if I don't do it, then who will?  Which is very arrogant and essentially puts God in a box.  Thinking that this or that won't get done without me doing it. But it will, because my God is NOT in a box and he doesn't NEED me for every aspect.  Right now I need to be completely focused on my family, my husband and my boys.  They are my priority and anything that gets in the way of that, I need to stop doing.  A constant balance...

A successful day in my books lately is when I can get all three boys napping (or resting in his room, in Lincoln's case) at the same time.  This has been happening a few times lately and it. is. amazing.

we're a house full of sickies again.  Yesterday there wasn't a minute when someone wasn't coughing in our house.  Lincoln's got so bad that I thought it was bordering an asthma attack.  So my doc called in a steroid and it helped calm down his cough but he was up in the middle of the night just not able to sleep so he came into our bed.  Wow was that something.  He was so uncomfortable, tossing and turning.  And at one point just wouldn't lay still so Tyler and I both turned our backs to him so we could sleep and as we did that Lincoln says, "why doesn't anyone want to sleep by me?!" lol.  I can't imagine why?!  and then an hour later he is still getting situated so Tyler thought putting his arm around Lincoln would help calm him down and he would go to sleep after awhile Lincoln sits up and tells him, "This is not a good idea." I half heard it in my sleep and chuckled.  I love him so much.  

So how's that for a random post? :)  Happy Hump Day!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Dietrich's birth story


{last belly picture}
36 weeks  6 days 
Day before Dietrich was born

Months ago Southwest had a sale on their fall flights and so my mom called me and asked me when this baby was coming :)  There was no telling when he would come since I wasn't planning a c-section, so she just booked two one way flights just choosing random dates in hopes that I would make it to 36 weeks and she would be able to use one of them and then if needed she could transfer one of those flights to another date.  So the day her flight was booked for (Sept. 24) was coming up and we were all surprised that I was still pregnant.  Her and I had a couple conversations about whether or not she should come already or just wait.  I was scared that she would come and stay 3 weeks and THEN I would have my baby and not have any help.  Be cause my due date was Oct 17 and her flight to go home was Oct 15.  So if  I actually made it to my due date, she would be gone!  But she ended up deciding to just come in faith that God's timing of it all would work out perfectly.  So she flew in Tuesday Sept 24th and we were all so excited to see her!

The day before I had gone to my OB appt and was dilated to 4cm (from 1cm two weeks before).  So that was a good sign things were getting started.  But some women also walk around at 4cm for weeks so there was still no telling when this baby was going to make his appearance.

Well we decided to make the most of her time here and had a fun day on Wednesday.  Before leaving the house that morning my mom told me she felt a peace about the timing of this baby.  That we didn't need to worry about it just go about our time together and God would take care of the timing.  That seemed like such a simple concept but I realized I had been worrying too much about it all and just needed to let it go.  I wasn't trusting God and his plan for this baby.  So we ran some errands, did some shopping at the mall, Grandma took the two boys on a train ride, they played at the playspace and came home for naps for them.  The week before I was talking to my mom about her getting here and my Dad being in town Wednesday-Saturday, I mentioned that Thursday the 26th would be the perfect day to have the baby.  Then both of them would be there and it would just be a good day.  :)  Well my Dad got here Wednesday evening and we all went out to eat, came home and put the boys to bed.  I went to bed not worried about when this baby was coming...

3:20am I woke up to a contraction and then laid there awake for a couple minutes.  While I was laying there I felt what I can only describe as like a balloon popped in my belly.  It was the strangest thing and it wasn't my water breaking.  So I just wrote it off as weird and fell back asleep for about 10 minutes.  And had another painful contraction that woke me back up and then fell asleep again.  Another 10 minutes later right before 4am my water broke.  I woke Tyler up and as we were getting ready to head to the hospital the contractions started coming right around 6 minutes apart.  I went downstairs to wake up my parents and let them know it was go time.  My mom sat straight up in bed and the first thing she said was, "are you joking?"  Yes mom I woke you up at 4 am just to play a joke on ya ;)  It was so nice to just be able to leave and not have to worry about where we were going to take the boys.

We live about 20 minutes from the hospital and at one of my last dr appts he told me if my water happened to break, to book it to the hospital because with all the contractions I had been having things would go fast.  Well he wasn't kidding.  On the way to the hospital my contractions got more intense and were every 3 minutes apart.

We got there, parked and walked up to the third floor.  Almost made it to the elevator when I bent over to get through a contraction and a Dr walking the empty halls stopped and watched until he saw I was ok and then went along his way.  He was probably an intern who obviously didn't work in labor and delivery and wanted to brag to all his coworkers if I happened to be having the baby right then and there and he had to deliver the baby.  (oh wait, have I been watching too much Grey's Anatomy?) :)

I got up to triage and was at 5cm and still contractions every 3-4 minutes.  These contractions were very bearable.  They sucked but I had time to recover inbetween.  When I had pitocin with Caedmon they were AWFUL.  Super, super intense, long and right on top of each other.  I think I was in triage for about an hour before they had a room ready for me.  So another nurse came to take me there and she was the nurse that would be with me until shift change at 7am.  She asked the same questions that I'd already been asked 10 times and would continue to get asked for the rest of my stay.  Her first question, "do you know what you're having?" YEP! a boy! "is this your first?" No, my third.  "oh, what do you have at home?" "Two more boys." and her response?
"Boo!"

......and my reaction?  I said nothing.  I glared at her.

thankfully for her my first nurse was still there and broke the awkwardness of her rude comment and my silence by saying how awful it was that she just said that and that three boys is great!

I mean I was so mad at her at that point.  I just looked at Tyler like, "are you kidding me?!"  Who says that? ESPECIALLY a labor and delivery nurse.  3 boys can't be that rare that she had never had another mom with 2 boys and in labor with a third.  Oh it was just so rude.  Seriously you are saying it's a bad thing that I'm going to have 3 boys.  I'm sorry but I disagree tremendously.  And please don't ever say that to anyone else.  Ugh I'm just getting mad again thinking about it.  I am beyond blessed and my THREE boys are such a gift!

Anyways she knew I was mad and eventually apologized about the comment and she ended up being a pretty good nurse until shift change at 7.  And in came two new nurses.  One had just started so she was "shadowing" but really she did most of the work and did a fantastic job.

Back in triage I was told that I wasn't guaranteed that I would be able to get my epidural.  "ummmmm......you're kidding me, right?" Nope it was super busy that morning and lots of emergency c-sections.  I just prayed I would get one in time.  My nurse checked me and I was at a 7,  I still had time and thankfully she saw how much I wanted one and made it happen.  I got it at 6:45ish and I mentioned to my nurses that with Caedmon after I got my epidural I went from 2cm - 10cm in less than an hour.  They semi took me seriously and slowly started to get stuff set up.  By 7:20 or so I started to feel the urge to push.  I was at 10cm and was told I could start pushing as I felt like I needed to.

And this was the most awkward part.  Tyler and the nurse were holding my legs and everyone (resident, dr on call, and two nurses) were all waiting for my next contraction and my contractions were still like 4 minutes apart so I would push and then they all just stared at me for 3 minutes until I had to push again and since I had the epidural I felt hardly anything so we all just casually talked and waited awkwardly until I pushed again.  Seriously besides the awkward waiting periods it was the most enjoyable a delivery could be, lol!  I pushed three times and he was here!  (beat my record of 4 pushes with Caedmon) :)  My amazing 6 lb 5 oz 18 1/2 in long miracle was here!  That is the most surreal moment ever.  With that baby laying on your chest, staring up at you with his dark eyes.  Instant love.










Friday, October 11, 2013

Dietrich Jon

My baby boy is here! (and two weeks old already!)
Dietrich is such a blessing and seriously such a good baby.  He was born on Sept. 26th at 7:39am weighing 6 lbs 5 oz and 18 1/2 in. long.  He has turned our world upside down but in a good way.  The first few days were the hardest just trying to get this sleepy, mucus-y boy to eat.  Just as we expected, he was tongue-tied like his two older brothers but thankfully it was discovered by one of the nurses while we were still in the hospital so they just called in their Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist to come clip it one morning.  Easy as that.  Getting that done and then my milk coming in and he was well on his way to eating better.  He got down to 5 lbs 12.5 oz and slowly, slowly gained it back and as of yesterday, exactly 2 weeks old he had gotten back to his birth weight!  

Things I don't want to forget about you right now....
*You love your green binkie (yay!)
*you tolerate being swaddled very well and sleep longer that way
*Eating every 2-3 hrs during the day and night with a longer stretch thrown in during the night every once in a while
*started cluster feeding in the evenings (which has led to a longer stretch for mommy to sleep)
*Lincoln is completely in love with you and Caedmon just needs to know where you are every second, finds you and then tries to put his germy, snotty hands all over your face.
*Grandma Hunni has been here almost 3 weeks now! The timing of your birth and her getting here was once again PERFECT timing....I'll post more about that later when I type up your birth story.
*This has been the easiest recovery I've had of my three deliveries.  Still hard but lots better than the other two.

And now here are some pictures of the little man... :)









Thursday, September 19, 2013

{36 weeks!}

And I've offically broken a record!  I've never seen week 36 in a pregnancy and I'm still kind of in shock that we've made it this far.  What with all the contractions and such taking me to the hospital multiple times.

{will post a belly picture soon!}

Symptoms:  Just the usual.  Contractions, pressure and cramps.  Same ole, same ole. Still 80% effaced and 1 cm so no change with all that. 
Weight: 30 lbs

Movement: Oh man he is becoming stronger and stronger with his kicks.  They've gotten to the point where some of them hurt.  I've never been this pregnant before so I've never experienced that.  He's mostly set in one position so all his kicks are directed to the right side of my belly.  I can feel his little foot with my hand and I just gently push him back in there (I'm sure I just completely weirded out Kelsey) :)  Sorry dude, no stretching until your are on the outside!  

Sleep: I'm super, super tired lately.  Usually falling asleep on the couch during the boys' naptime.  I'm sleeping decently at night, it just gets to be a hassle to turn over, not only because I'm as big as a whale but because I use 4-5 pillows and I have to move them all anytime I change positions.  

Cravings/aversions/eating: fruit and savory foods.

Clothes:  you can bet I'm gonna be living in yoga pants for the rest of this pregnancy :)  

Random: Still measuring a couple weeks ahead at my appointments so baby boy is getting big!  I think it'd be safe for me to pack up all the preemie clothes that I had gotten out.  :)  

I just need to keep this boy baking until after tomorrow.  My cleaning lady comes tomorrow (thanks mom!) and I'm so excited to have this house super deep cleaned!!  Now to just clean it today so that she can clean it tomorrow.  And by me cleaning it I just mean picking up all the toys and clearing off the counters so that she can actually clean :)  

We have a pretty jam packed weekend.  Myself and two other girls are doing an event all weekend for Origami Owl, Tyler is signed up to help out at a "Touch a Truck" event on Saturday, the Avon resale is this weekend and I'm hoping to make it.  Lincoln needs some winter clothes and shoes.  

My mom is scheduled to fly in next Tuesday!  We are so excited!  And my dad will be in the area again for work next Thursday/Friday so if baby boy wanted to come Wednesday or Thursday of next week that would work out just perfectly.  He'd be FULL TERM (what's that?!?!) and get to see both grandma and papa jay right away.  Otherwise it might be awhile before my dad gets to meet him.  But all in God's perfect timing.  

Oh and one last thing.  I'm taking the rest of September and all of October for maternity leave for Origami Owl.  If you are wanting to place an order, don't worry!  I'm still taking any and all online orders from my website or if you email it to me I can get it placed as well.  I'm just not doing any parties or events until November.  SOOOOO if you are wanting to get a jump start on your Christmas list, I'm running a Maternity Leave Special!  Or if you want to get a party booked for November or December (in home or online) contact me now so we can get it in the books!

***Place an order of $100 or more before tax and shipping and you get a 
free mini locket!***

Just order from mariesdesigns.origamiowl.com


A sneak peek at what is coming in the new Catalog in October!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

{34 weeks}



34 weeks 3 days

Symptoms:  same as the last couple weeks as far as contractions go.  Lots of them.  I've started having horrible back aches and cramping then past week and LOTS of pelvic pressure.  All that combined with contractions coming every 4 minutes for 2 1/2 hours sent me to the hospital again this past Thursday.  Like magic as soon as we got there, the contractions slowed and eventually stopped.  The doc did check me while I was there and I'm 80% effaced and 1 cm dilated.  So at least I know that, it doesn't mean much though I could go into labor tonight or in 4 weeks....it doesn't mean a whole lot.  Although it seems like everywhere I go these days, in my mind I'm planning out the fastest route to the bathroom in case my water breaks.  
 
Weight: 27 lbs

Movement: It's been weird but every so often as I'm walking baby boy will press just the right nerve and shooting pain runs down one of my legs.    

Sleep: Getting a little more and more uncomfortable at night so sleeping isn't the greatest.  

Cravings/aversions/eating: Wanting lots of fruit and water this week.....oh and that cheesecake Friday night hit the spot too :)

Clothes:  getting pretty sick of my wardrobe. :)  I basically just wear the same outfits over and over again!

Random: After tomorrow, I start weekly appointments.   My house sure is suffering these past few weeks.  I lined up someone to come do a deep cleaning for me Sept 21 and I'm just hoping I make it to that day before baby is born so I can have the house CLEAN before baby is born. :)  I've never had a cleaning lady, I've BEEN a cleaning lady, but never had someone besides my mom come and clean my house.  I almost feel as thought I should clean it before she comes to clean it.  Weird huh?  But I won't....I'm gonna thoroughly enjoy this one time gig.  It'd be so nice to have someone come help but man I've now found out how expensive it is!  yikes!