I am only about 5 mos PG but already I am getting the first signs of colostrum!!! (Or at least there is something leaking ever so slightly from my breasts where there never was before.) And my breasts are still sore – that never really went away after the first trimester – and continue to grow. So why is this such good news, and why am I sharing such personal details about my breasts of all things?

Natural Healing for Pink Eye

We don’t have a pharmacy to call.  How can they prescribe antibiotics for something they haven’t seen? What if she DOESN’T have pinkeye, but allergies? They want me to put unnecessary antibiotics in her eyes so that one day when she REALLY needs the antibiotic it won’t work right?? (am I correct in assuming this might happen with unnecessary antibiotic eyedrops??)

Natural Weaning…Or Not?

Sometimes I feel like I am pushing towards weaning. Lately my child has been napping in the car a lot when we run errands so s/he doesn’t nurse to sleep plus when we were moving s/he spent long periods of time with my parents. They would bring her over if she ever asked for me but s/he usually doesn’t – they keep pretty busy. S/he really doesn’t nurse much during the day, sometimes only at nap, at night, and bedtime.

Smoothie Ideas

THE RESPONSES: o.j., strawberries and raspberry ones – they have zing! I also use frozen soy yogurt instead of fresh yogurt to give it more consistency.  We’ve also done o.j. with lime sorbet YUM YUM and strawberries, apple juice and lime sorbet.  Ya just gotta think of a main "smoothie" and then add little zingers in there to make it different. do you freeze your bananas? I think that makes all the difference! Wait until they get spots on them and then peel them, break them up into pieces and put them in a bag in the freezer. We buy bunches of bananas and do them all at once. They make the smoothie have more of an ice cream consistency. try making almond milk with soaked almonds and blending them with water, then add the bananas (a big handful,) and other frozen fruits. Frozen berries are all good. Mangoes are yummy, sometimes i add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom or a splash of vanilla (i know, i know)also. I have even been known to add frozen breastmilk LOL! Nut butters are also good in smoothies….fresh lime or lemon juice or grated ginger are good….fresh mint, yum! Now i wanna go make some. I agree about freezing bananas.  My usual smoothie is 1 cup of oj, 1 frozen banana, and 1 cup of frozen fruit (usually strawberries). Yummy! It’s as good as ice cream. Our morning smoothie:  2 cups soymilk, 4 oz tofu(firm), 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 frozen banana, 8 organic strawberries, YUMMY!!! We love smoothies!……….(and an obvious idea)..I freeze leftover smoothies in popsicle molds for a healthy snack. This one is good:  I developed it for the deli at our co-op a few years ago- 1 cup pineapple chunks, 3 TBS frozen peach-mango juice concentrate (Cascadian farms organic), 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 frozen banana, cut into chunks a few ice cubes. Whir it up in the blender- yum! We call it "Jamaican me thirsty" lol I love to make smoothies too and usually just dump some of whatever I have in the blender…I will use a combination of two frozen fruits-usually blueberries, peaches, strawberries, bananas-yogurt, soy or rice milk, and wheat germ or protein powder and blend. I like frozen fruits because I like the consistency to be thick, like a Frosty. Mine are wierd but yummy and I feel energized after eating one. Nancy’s full fat plain yogurt (you have to live in the pacNW to appreciate how AWESOME Nancy’s yogurt is ), frozen blueberries, frozen banana, spirulina powder, nutritional yeast, shaklee protein powder, and a little bit of honey. MMMM….

Sexual Desires? Got ‘Em Or Not?

I have some issues with sex due to past abuses and I realize that. I mean I’ve had great sex before, I think. DH tends to be very passive about sex and I don’t really respond much to that..I like my aggression but he just isn’t that person. I know I need to try something but I just don’t know what..what do you do when you just don’t know HOW, WHAT, WHERE…

Eliminating Dairy

I have finally (!) convinced DH that maybe kids can survive without dairy products after all. My son has eczema that isn’t responding to anything, so DH has agreed that we will all go dairy-free for at least 2-3 weeks and see if the eczema improves at all. I am honestly expecting huge improvements for all of us since we are all prone to nasal congestion (which we have previously blamed on the poor air quality).

Relactation Helpful Hints

A baby’s suckling is always going to have more of an effect than a pump.  If you have a child who will suckle, get a Lact-Aid and offer the breast as much as the baby will take it.  As your milk supply builds you can remove your dependence on supplementation both by formula and the Lact-Aid.

Diet and Morning Sickness

I am trying SO hard to eat healthier, but morning sickness has really kicked in lately and I am just not able to tolerate anything healthy! Honestly just about everything is grossing me out, but vegetables in particular are particularly revolting. I know I need the veggies though, and I’m being hard on myself for not having the willpower to eat them. I never had morning sickness with my son or the pregnancy I lost recently, so this is new to me.

Healing Allergies with Accupressure

My first exposure to allergies was the day my husband came to pick me up for our first date.  Until that day, I had remained blissfully ignorant of the havoc allergies can wreak in a person’s, and everyone involved with that person’s, life.