Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I'm not crazy!

Today I thought I was going to lose my mind. I felt like I had a million things to do and Sweetpea was testing me, needing me, ripping the house to shreds, etc. and therefore I couldn't accomplish one single thing!

I decided to take a shower, and it took only 3 hours for me to complete that process. First, she had to come into the bathroom while I was in there, which made the shower longer because I had to keep telling her, "no, don't flush the toilet, no, don't put the flattening iron in the water." You get the picture. Then, while I was getting dressed she figured out how to get all the way out of her pajamas AND DIAPER and started running around the freezing cold house naked. She, for one, thought it was hilarious. I got her dressed, and settled down and we went to the living room to eat, and watch a little Blues Clues. While I was trying to do my hair, she got up to go play and slipped on something on the hard wood, fell down and started crying. I was like, "what the heck did you slip on?....oh, a puddle...is that pee???" Yeah, she had peed on the floor while she was running around naked! UUUUUGGG. Do you ever feel like saying to your child, "mommy needs a little space right now, and I think it would do you some good too, sooooo you play in here, and I'll be on the computer." This is how she was all day. I felt like every other word out of my mouth was "NO." I kept picturing what my life would be like on a day like this with a newborn stuck on my boob to add to the madness!

Finally I escaped next door to bible study. We listened to a Beth Moore study, which discussed 1 Timothy 1:7 - For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
She was talking to me when she said the devil is after your mind and wants you to feel like your losing it. Oh wow, that is exactly what I needed. I almost didn't make it tonight because Sweetpea was hanging on to my leg with her runny nose when I was trying to leave. I'm so glad I did. Faith drives the sound mind and I am going to need lots and lots of it in a few more months (God is probably prepping me now so that I understand I need it EVERY day). What a blessing these studies, my neighbor and all the girls in the group have become! I feel like my family is where we are supposed to be right now.

When I got home, Sweetface had fed Sweetpea, we gave her a bath, she cried when we took her out because she wanted to draw in the tub (oh yeah, she only had a 1 hour nap today and she usually sleeps at least 2), I wrestled with her to get her pajamas on, read her a book...and then, she closed the book, put her arms around me and without me saying anything to her said, "I love you (she says "I Lou")." She curled up on my lap and passed out! She usually doesn't fall asleep until she is in her crib, but I think she was also worn out from the day we had. That little girl made my heart melt and almost (ALMOST) forget about the long day. I was reminded tonight, that I have been given the mind of Christ, which is SOUND and sane. Panic never leads to rational decisions, so I need to relax, take a deep breath and know that He is in control. He has blessed me with my girl that I've been dreaming of since I was a child and then again with the baby on the way. Parenting can be draining and hectic (and I don't even know the half of it yet), but boy is it rewarding.

Thank GOD that Sweetpea is not like this everyday. I think it was a combo of her runny nose (she hates it), her nose getting chapped, our house being cold, and being cooped up all day. But anyway, I am happy we got through it, I have a few moments to myself and will be ready for a new day at 6:30 am.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Saturated fat that will change your life (for the better)

A few people have been asking me about coconut oil lately, so I thought I would share the info I have found from extensive research with all of you.

For a while, coconut oil got a bad reputation for being a saturated fat and the general public turned to other oils such as canola (which actually makes you fatter and messes with your hormones). Instead of writing a book on my blog about it, I will give you a list of the benefits of coconut oil.

~Increases your metabolic rate (weight loss)
~Natural laxative (weight loss)
When added regularly to a balanced diet, lowers cholesterol to normal by promoting its conversion into pregnenolone
~One of the best natural nutrition for hair
~Anti aging when applied to skin and also is good for treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
~ Anti aging when ingested
~Protects against the damage to heart cells
~Improves digestive system and prevents IBS
~ Anti microbial properties help deal with various bacteria, fungi, parasites etc. that cause indigestion
~Helps absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids
~Strengthens immune system

I've been using coconut oil for a year or so in some of my skin care potions and cooking with it. I also put it in smoothies and cream of wheat for Sweetpea. This, along with some other nutritional habits helped me loose all (plus more) of my "baby weight" after she was born. And yes, using natural ingredients instead of store bought synthetic lotion (cosmetics in general) does help with weight loss. Most lotion is made with chemicals and can cause estrogen dominance. When this happens, it makes it very hard to shed pounds because estrogen is in fat cells and your body starts to hold on to the estrogen (fat). Even when you are hardly eating and working a lot (trust me, this is extraordinary frustrating, I know from experience). Don't forget, whatever you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. When ordering your coconut oil, please make sure that it is good quality (organic, not refined, no chemicals added, no bleaching, no deodorization, no hydr0genation, made from traditional coconut palms only, no hybrid or genetically modified varieties, made from fresh coconuts not the dried "copra" used in cheap oils, made without heat processing). I order mine from www.mercola.com.