Monday, September 28, 2009


After missing my camera for a week, I found it yesterday while searching the house for the check book. So now, an update.

Today we went to Raleigh to pick up some raw milk (not all pictured) and other dairy items. Since we were there we stopped into Whole Foods and got a little over 2 weeks worth of groceries. Almost everything we bought was organic and I was really surprised at how cheap everything was. Some things even cheaper than the commissary.

My "baby" in the Moby.

They were playing "catch" although neither one of them actually caught the ball.

See the ball in the top left corner?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


We've been busy lately and I am trying to enjoy these last few weeks with the kids before we get a new baby! We've been talking a lot about a new baby in mommy's tummy and Annabelle is getting really excited. She's been caring around her babies a lot more lately and got into Levi's closet and found a few leftover Born Free bottles from Levi. She now sits down to feed her baby several times a day. It's really precious, especially since she has done it all on her own without our prompting.
I am now 30weeks. I have been put on light bed rest due to contractions. I am still able to move about, just no lifting, cleaning, or moderate activity. I failed the glucose test, so I will be taking another one this time three hours though :( I am really praying I pass. I am not a candidate for gestational diabetes. I am not overweight, I'm active, and I don't eat too terrible bad. It's upsetting for sure.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of our last few weeks.
Feeding her baby
Getting her baby all tucked in

Watching the rain

My two favorite men

Watching Levi and Daddy play

Running back to mommy after daddy put him in the water

My favorite little boy digging away

The beautiful Beach

The kids yummy bento

The Man's Bento

And my candida diet friendly bento

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Questions to the Readers...

Has anyone done the GAPS Diet? If so let me know how it went in the comments.

Friday, September 4, 2009

The candida diet....

My grocery trip today lots of veggies for the "diet"
Some of you know about my yeast "issues". For those that don't I'll sum it up. Basically, every time I breastfeed a child I get yeast infections on my breasts (aka thrush) that DO NOT go away until I fully stop breastfeeding. Having been to many a Dr. and taken many, many, rounds of anti-fungals (like 3months of diflucan and others) it still seems to not go away.

What the Dr's tell me, stop breast feeding, or you can go on this "candida diet". Having discussed this with my midwife very early in this pregnancy (cause I really want to breastfeed this baby a whole year) she recommended that I start the candida diet 6 weeks before my due date. I have about 11 weeks before I reach my due date, but I've been sick for weeks. So, after talking to my husband I decided to go ahead and start the diet earlier than planned. I had planned on starting in early Oct.

So, what are symptoms for yeast? It can be a wide variety of things. For me, I get nauseated and feel like I have the flu, only it's my bones that ache, not my skin. For some it's actual yeast infections but can range to constant headaches and much more.

This kinda kills my no spending challange as I was trying only to spend $50 this month in groceries.....I've almost spent that already and we just started! But, my health is way more important.

When you see some funky food combo's these next few weeks you'll know why. After three weeks I can start adding some more regular foods in like grains and fruits. Yep, no fruit for 3 weeks, except green apples and blueberries, and even then only one serving a day!

To read more about the "diet" and yeast in general go here.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Sept Challenge 30 days of nothing...

Life has been busy these past few days. The hubby came home, we got a new bike trailer (which means we've been riding a lot more) and the start of this whole Sept. Challenge!

While we won't be going without "nothing" we will be cutting back. My goal is to spend much less this month and eat up all the yucky food that's been sitting in my cupboards for a while now. What I mean by "yucky" is all the processed junk I have got free with coupons. In Oct. I have to start my "diet". It's not a real "diet" but a change in eating habits to prevent yeast, so hopefully by God's grace I can breastfeed this little baby without pain. But, more on that later.

This weeks menu:

English muffins, eggs, strawberries, milk
Leftovers, water
Corn chowder, bread, fresh veggie platter with homemade ranch, tea

Waffles, strawberries, milk
fish sticks, corn, salad, water
Pot luck dinner at bible study (make cake)

Pancakes, bacon, eggs, milk
Chicken pot pie, water
Steak, rice, corn on cob, tea

Oatmeal/cereal, milk
Potluck after church

waffles, sausage, milk
grill cheese, soup, water
hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, yogurt pie, watermelon, tea

Biscuits, eggs, milk
leftovers, water
sausage and peppers, tea

cereal, milk, bananas
leftovers, water
tuna casserole, tea