On Friday I picked up my new baby chicks and they have been so much fun! My son has absolutely loved watching them play and I love how gentle and curious he is about the new little beings in our guest bedroom. I had to leave my old chickens in Colorado with the people who purchased our home, so I’ve really been missing my chickens lately, so it’s nice having them around again. In Colorado I had a Buff Silkie Bantam, an Austrolorp and an Easter Egger, I like having a random assortment so this round I changed things up quite a bit and went with a Jersey Giant, an Americauna and a Silver Laced Wyandotte. If you need some fun in your house to get through the final dregs of winter I highly recommend picking up a few chicks, they are the best pets ever, they feed you!
Ugh-we’ve been hit with a bug and the whole family is congested with a cough-yuck! In the past I would reach for the hard stuff-Nyquil, Dayquil, Sudafed anything to make me feel better and I’d end up with my cold symptoms going away but feeling super loopy. Since I’m prego and my son is still just a baby I was on Dr. Google trying to find some safe remedies. I made tea by throwing a whole lemon quartered in a bunch of water and simmering on the stove and sipping all day yesterday. When I’d pull it off the stove I’d add cayenne pepper and honey which felt great, today I need something harder. I’m making Wellness Mama’s Natural Vapor Rub but making a few changes. I didn’t have beeswax so I chunked up a a homemade lotion bar that I made a few weeks ago that contained beeswax, shea butter and apricot oil. I also added 2/3 of the recommended essential oils since we need something kinda strong but I didn’t think we needed full strength. Now we are off for a steam shower, I put a couple drops of eucalyptus in the corners of the shower and steam it up=works wonders! What are your go to home remedies?
I know, I’ve been neglecting the blog, but its for a really good reason, I promise. The truth is, I’m preggo and have been trying to figure out how to reorganize my life best to fit this new little person into our lives. I’m currently about 16 weeks along and have been sick with lots of back and tummy pain, my body does not like being pregnant but the last few days I’ve really been feeling the baby move which makes everything seem worth it. Because my son is 15 months, this means I’ll be going the sleep deprived and utterly exhausted club of 2 under 2 in for a few months come July.
In other news: I quit my job and my last day will be February 15th, meaning more time for my toddler and being a hippie. I’ve spent hours planning my garden and I can’t wait to share the progress with you once it warms up. My son also started speech therapy recently and I’ve been researching and implementing different strategies to try and get him talking and we’ve definitely noticed some big differences so stay tuned for that. I’ll be around a lot more now that my head is out of the toilet!
My son has been having some GI issues as well as some other stuff going on. After some research I decided it would be worth it to go gluten-free and see if his issues resolve. So far things are heading in the right direction, but eliminating gluten is like eliminating all the sunshine in the world, and I’m in Portland! I know I sound like a whiny fat kid, probably because I am a whiny fat kid, but I live to eat. The first thing and the last thing I think about everyday is food and what I’m going to eat. Gluten, I’ve come to realize makes up 75% of my diet, between the sandwiches and cupcakes, I’m literally starving and it’s only been since Monday. What I wouldn’t do for a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting or a soft pretzel covered in salt warm from the oven. I know, I know there are gluten free options available, but when you start making bread without gluten the list of ingredients becomes scary long and that’s not really a trade-off I’m willing to make, plus it just doesn’t taste the same. I just made a trader joe’s gluten-free pizza and it was ok, but the crust was sandy and kind of gritty. The best things for us are never the easiest-that’s for sure!
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I’ve been thinking about ways to keep my son entertained throughout the day as he is napping less and less and I thought about the old standby-Playdough. The scary colors and tons of sodium with a kiddo that still puts things in his mouth had me a little worried so I did some research and found a no salt variety:
2 cups of Flour
3 Tbsp of Olive Oil
1/4 c. of water
And mix, mix, mix. My son actually ‘helped’ me make it and has had fun playing with it, make sure you keep it in the fridge though and put a nose to it each time you take it out, since there isn’t any salt it will go bad faster than the regular stuff. I love finding activities that we can do together and at 14 months sometimes I definitely struggle.