Monday, January 19, 2009

Prayer request

Please keep little Cecilia in your prayers. In addition to reflux accompanied by occasional projectile vomiting and a continuous eye infection due to a closed tear duct, she now has a yeast infection that she has so generously shared with me. Now nursing has become a painful exercise that is hourly dreaded.

We have a prescription called in for us but it is snowing... snow in the south is a serious problem as it is so rare that most drivers don't know how to drive in it - so one hazards out on the road only when extremely necessary even if you have over a decade of driving experience in the snow... as it is the other drivers who are lethal!

For some bizarre reason snow in the south typically equals power outages - even just a thin layer can cause this. Perhaps this can again be laid at the feet of inexperienced drivers - taking out power poles perhaps? At any rate, as well as clear roads in the morning, I am also praying that we do not lose the power. And most nights find me begging our Holy Mother to petition Jesus to help little Cecilia with her tummy aches. Sometimes I beg him directly and at other times, remembering the miracle at Canna I turn to her and ask her to plead for Cecilia's comfort. Truly there is no greater pain than watching a small child suffer, especially while helpless to help her. All I can do is hold her and murmer little prayers as she squirms and cries out in pain until after a half hour or so of prayer she is finally quieted and sleeps.

Well, speaking of Cecilia, she is now hungry so I best go take care of her. I will be so glad to start with our meds. I just hope we can get them tomorrow morning.

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Battle of the Bulge...

Is there anything more depressing than spending 4 plus hours shopping for something special to wear to your daughter's baptism only to come home empty handed and extremely sad over the weight you have gained despite healthy eating during the long weary past nine months?

Well, yes, there IS lots that is more depressing than that but, regardless, I think I have found the motivation to keep ahead of the temptation score. I just need to get a full length mirror and try several too small outfits that are in sizes I NEVER dreamed I would that ever fit in - let alone be TOO BIG to fit in. I need to do this daily! Then I will never ever feel tempted by a chocolate chip cookie or McCafe Mocha again.

Sonoma Diet here I come... again. Stay tuned because this is one battle I am VERY motivated to win. I want, some day (soon) to be able to once more walk into a store and not only be able to find styles of clothing that I like - but actually be able to fit into them. Luckily I came across the book for this diet over the holidays in the dollar store and bought it.

What I like about this "diet" is that it is not so much about being a diet as a change in eating habit with healthier choices, portion sizes and food combinations. I will go straight to stage two because as a nursing mum I do need some natural sugars such as you find in fruit. Stage one, I think is too restrictive for a nursing mother.

I think my fatal error while pregnant is that while I avoided a lot of desserts, treats and soda - I did not remain focused on whole grains and healthy food combos that work together to help your metabolism. Add that to the body's natural desire to put a little baby fat on for future nursing needs and you end up with more than a little cubbiness.
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