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September 28, 2020

Life has been busy. On September 14 we added Mackenzie Rose to our lives. She was 9lb 9oz and 20.75 inches long. She makes baby #6 with a birthday on the 14th in my family.

We are virtually teaching 4 of 6 children and my husband has a full virtual teaching load this semester. March 6, 2020 was the first day of spring break that never ended. Yes, we love our curious, creative and inquisitive children however we are really missing our daily break from them as well. We never really appreciated how sending the kids to school gave us a much needed break and time to refresh ourselves, mentally and emotionally.

I'm ready to start slowly losing the baby weight, again. I plan to start by walking (aka pacing) across my living room and dining room floor. I'd love to be outside however I have a handful of steps to get into and out of my house and the lawn is lumpy, very lumpy. Both are not a good idea for me right now.

Dec 2019

Not too much has changed in the past season. Kids are still growing like weeds. I'm still sparking. I've started intermittent fasting (IF) 3 months ago. I've seen some great health benefits from it, one benefit being weight loss. IF is safe and has been well studied. There are lots of journal articles supporting IF. Other health benefits and less inflammation, less sensitivity to lactose and other ingredients in food and body care products. My brain fog has lifted and I can remember things again. I'm feeling amazing inside and out. I'm reading two books by Gin Stephens; Feast without Fear, and Delay, Don't Deny.

September 17, 2019

Life continues to move forward. I have 5 children, 8, 7, 5, 4 and 9 weeks. I walked 25 miles last week and the scale didn't move so this week I am tracking everything that I put in my face. I'm still walking 5 miles a day. I'm hoping the scale will start to move as I become more aware of what I'm eating. Though I do have to say my diet up to now isn't terrible. I'm still eating fruits and vegetables and meats. I've been dairy free and grain free for a week.

May 2016

Life has been busy. I have 4 kids, Rebecca, Kaylin, Alexander and Jackson. As of May 2016 they are 5, 3, 2 and 11months old. I've been busy painting my entire house. My husband and I bought a house in October2014. The previous owners of our house didn't paint the walls or do much of anything to it; so now I've been busy painting.

I've also been busy gardening. I have several generously sizedgarden plots. The contents are: rhubarb, annual flowers, hot peppers and raspberries, pea pods green beans swiss chard radisshio and romain lettuces, blueberry bushes squash and pumpkin, strawberry gogi berries and asparagus. Several herb gardens along one side of the house, perennial flower garden x6 and 3Apple trees, 2 peach trees and 2 cherry trees.

Dec 2013

It's hard to believe Alexander is already 2 months old! time sure does fly when you're distracted. Life is going well. My husband and I are looking to purchase a house! Kaylin finally has 12 teeth (4 top front, 4 bottom front and the first molar in all four quadrats of the mouth). She is also finally walking between furniture. It won't be long and she'll be walking all over. Rebecca just had her 3rd birthday. Her party was small (most of the guests were sick so they stayed home) but lots of fun. I made homemade pizza, homemade ice cream and cake.

Aug 2013

Life has been busy. The girls are doing well. Kaylin's first birthday went well (this past August). Rebecca is fighting naps though the rest of the "terrible 2's" are winding down. She turns 3 this December. Baby #3 is doing well. We are expecting baby #3 to arrive mid October. I'm doing well.

I've been busy knitting hats, socks, sweaters and blankets for everyone in the family. No it's not nesting, it's trying to keep me from doing too much, help pass the time and to get some knitting done before life becomes much more busy and crazy for a while.

Jan 2013

Life is good! Kaylin is 5 months and still happy with enzymes before every nursing session. Breastfeeding has improved. For a while I was thinking I would have to switch to formula but since Kaylin is happy and nursing is enjoyable again the supply has increased! Rebecca loves to climb on everything! I'm doing the "Biggest Loser" Challenge in my spark team Parents of Infants (up to age 2). So far I've lost 5lbs and I've become much stronger. I still need to make my core stronger because my back still hurts (though not as much as it used to) but soon my abs will be strong enough to adequately support my back and my back will "get a break" and will stop hurting.

We figured out Kaylin's cause of her colic is lactose intolerance. She is so happy now. Her sister Rebecca is also much happier. She no longer holds her hands over her ears :) The girls' check-ups went well both are growing like weeds.

Dec 2012

Kaylin is almost 4 months old and we figured out she has colic. Her behavior now seems more manageable since we have a name for it. We are hoping she out grows it soon so our evenings from 4:30 ish to 10:30 ish can start to be a bit quieter!

Other than that nothing else is really new. Thanksgiving was enjoyable despite everyone having the flu. Christmas is going to be enjoyable as well. I can't wait to see Rebecca's face light up when she sees her counting Cookie Monster!

Nov 2012

Time sure is flying! Kaylin is 3 months old already. She is growing like a weed, which is a good thing :) Yesterday I figured out what my body needs to make lots of milk: hot chocolate. I don't know what is in hot chocolate that is helping my body to make more milk but it's working. I'm finally not nursing every 1-1 1/2 hours around the clock!

Oct 2012

Kaylin is 8 1/2 weeks old. Everyone is doing well. Her older sister Rebecca has adjusted well and has figured out taking Kaylin's nook makes her cry which is loud. Rebecca doesn't like loud and mom is very happy Rebecca has finally stopped taking things from Kaylin :)

I've started to get back into watching what I eat and making mental notes about how different foods make me feel, which foods keep me fuller longer and which foods I end up craving. I'm nursing so I have a few cravings here and there. Strange since I didn't have any cravings while I was pregnant this time around.

I love to knit and crochet and thought you'd at least like the bright colors on your page :) For me needle work is a constant reminder that "slow and steady wins the race." If I try to rush then mistakes happen and I have to start over again. The same is true with diet and exercise. I keep telling myself "you have done an amazing job and look great!"

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