Feb. 4th, 2008
07:47 pm - Ultrasound date
Today I found out my official ultrasound date is going to be Feb. 19th :) YAY! Very excited to find out what we're having! Ethan get's his cast off on the 18th, so he'll be able to come too, which I'm excited about because he is really excited about the thought of having another baby sister or brother, and understands whats going on a lot better, so I think he'll like being able to see! :)
Feb. 3rd, 2008
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.
But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generall y make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressur e: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you s uffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it ama zingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Au stria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of th e stom ach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'
Feb. 2nd, 2008
Today I made Ethan a "Cast Calender" so that he can put a sticker on every day until he gets his cast off - that way he can have something visual to see for when it comes off and to help the time go faster. It looks cute and he liked it a lot!
I made some super healthy/delicious Banana Bread tonight, so that we can have it in the mornings. It's made from rice flour and doesn't even have sugar in it (seriously) but it tastes AMAZING! :)
Not too much more to report today - the same as usual. We pretty much spend our day in the same room all day, which can be boring and tiring but we're all pretty used to it by now.
Jan. 24th, 2008
07:45 pm - Things to be grateful for ...
This has been one of the most challenging two months of my life ...
I wish I had all the time in the world to say why, but I don't really have the time as I'm needed by someone, either Ethan, Haylee or Clint, so my focus isn't that great with being able to write all my thoughts.
But tonight I just really wanted to write how GRATEFUL I am to the church ...
For the sisters who have been willing to bring meals over
And to the sisters who really try to do their calling well and do it without complaining.
I'm also grateful that I met a girl in our ward today who is pregnant as well (two months further along) but as it seems, has the same insights on birth as me and will be giving birth at the same birth center that I will be.
Also, her husband goes to the same school as Clint - that is neat. I really hope she wants to be my friend too. It's been so long since I've met anyone that I've felt like I could "click" with, especially with moving as often as we have.
Despite how hard life may seem at times, it's always reasurring to know, and to be aware when Heavenly Father really is watching out for you and caring for you through others!
Quick Pregnancy update;
I am not feeling sick anymore :)
I'm almost 5 months
I'm going to be finding out the sex of the baby in the next couple of weeks
I really love my kids to peices and am feeling more humbled and realizing more whats really important in life.
Feb. 19th, 2007
03:54 pm - The Secret - Law of Attraction
About two weeks ago I was talking to my Mom on the phone, and she told me about this book/movie called "The Secret" - she said it's been helping her lately think more possitively and that Oprah was going to be talking about it on TV the following Thursday, and to watch it. Well, I TRIED to watch it, with Ethan and Haylee being awake. I got bits and peices out of it, and it seemed interesting but I just didn't get enough out of it because it was so noisy.
I have one of those TiVos so that we can record and watch our shows later (which is helpful with kids so that we can actually watch the shows once they are asleep) anyways, there was another one a week later called "The reaction to the secret" on how everyone responded TO "the Secret" ... I watched that today while Ethan and Haylee were fast asleep and LOVED It, I got so much out of it today and really feel like making a difference in my life!!!
I feel as though there's too much information for me to even be able to write - but I HIGHLY recommend, to anyone, to read the book, or get the movie called "The Secret" ... or even look up the secret on the Oprah website and see what you can find/learn about ... it's really intriquing!!! Awesome!
Feb. 1st, 2007
03:23 pm - My Princess
03:00 pm - Busy as a bee!
Life is BUSY - holy geez batman! just kidding ... life has been testing my patience and my ability to function properly :) Clint and I both had a morning full of emotion/breaking downage because life can be so overwhelming and busy! But we're happy and loving life. Haylee has brought another huge amount of joy into our lives - and she smiles like CRAZY at us!!! It's so awesome! :) She always mummbles stuff to us all the time and it seems like she's just DYING to talk to us! :) So fun! Ethan makes her laugh all the time these days - jumping up and down makes her crack up, and when he runs around in circles she laughs too! He plays with her the same way we do which is so cute to see. I can tell he's gonna be a super great big brother!! I'm loving watching them at this stage growing together.
Clint's brother Max came down to visit for a week, and we had fun showing him around Florida! We went down to Key West too, which was awesome! They have a 7 mile bridge that crosses over pure amazing beautiful blue/green water. It's an amazing sight! Key west is fun of fun little shops and things that you don't see anywhere else - its SUPER fun shopping there - or just looking even. (Which is mostly what we did because money is something we lack!) :) But, it was a blast. We went to the sunset festival where they have people performing and people selling cool things along the way.
We've stuck to our new years resolutions - and it's been going really well! :) I have sooo many things I want to scrap book and am trying to find the time to do that with Ethan and Haylee inbetween naps and things. It just takes a little time - but will be done! I'll be so excited when I'm finished. :)
I got called to be in the nursery - which is a blessing I think, since Haylee is with me all sunday long and Ethan struggles going into nursery still. This way he'll be happy in nursery and be able to get comfortable enough that when I'm not in there hopefully he'll be okay when I leave. I'm happy about this calling!! :)
Haylee is going to be blessed this sunday! =)
Sep. 16th, 2006
10:52 pm - Visit from the midwife!
Today my midwife came over to do a house tour, also talked with me & Clint for about 2 hours about the procedure of a homebirth, what to do in case of emergency, make sure I had everything I needed for preperation for my birth, etc ...
It was such a fun experience to have her come TO our house and sit on the couch and talk ... she was so layed back, in the sense that she didn't seem "Rushed" or wanting to get anything over with. She just took her time answering questions, teaching us things, made us laugh a little ... and when she left she gave me this huge hug ... for some reason that scored for me! It just made our "relationship" more personal somehow. I felt more comfortable and loved by her as a midwife and that she would do well in taking care of me, the baby once it's out and the whole nine yards! So that was definitely awesome!
I'm renting a birthing tub this time round, so that should be really nice.
I'm going to go to Toys R' Us and buy Ethan some special new toys for when I'm in labor and for afterwards, since he'll probably be wondering whats going on! lol. He cries just when my midwife checks my pulse, haha, oh dear :) But it should all be good. I REALLY hope I don't go way past my due date.
Anyways, I'm off to put Ethan to sleep ...
Aug. 20th, 2006
10:34 am - Vancouver, Washington
So the title speaks for itself basically - I am in vancouver, Washington! Got here last Thursday night really late to be with my Mom and Pamela (And am also able to visit with Nathan and his wife and Nephew Tyler, and Tim and HIS wife and nephews Anthony and Jacob. So I'm really excited and Ethan is able to play with them too so that's been so fun. :) I just wanted to update on why I haven't been replying to comments or writing in here. I gave in to coming even though I'm pretty close to my due date just because I didn't want to be alone when my husband left to Cali - and my emotions have been so high I've needed a mommy or friend. So it's been great to be here because of that! However, I have gotten a cold while here - sore throat, and all that fun stuff. But I'm just happy to be here and VERY happy it's not a flu or anything! :)
I'll write in here when I am less busy and tell what we have been up to!
Jun. 18th, 2006
08:15 pm - Father's Day!
Father's Day has been good so far.
Ethan and I made Daddy breakfast in bed this morning ...
We had a little picnic lunch ready for later on in the day ... just somewhere close and peaceful so it didn't take away from the sabbath day!
And then I made him his favorite dessert ... Cheesecake :) So far a success!!
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