Category Archives: Pregnancy

Loss Remembrance Day 2015

Loss Remembrance Day 3

October 15th is Loss Remembrance Day.
Especially today we remember our 3 Angel Babies waiting to meet us in Heaven.


Prayers of Comfort to All Who Know This Pain.

Remembrance Day

FOUR Years of Paleo Living!

 

Wow, my 4-year anniversary of going Paleo…

I didn’t realize it had been that long until Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Mom
posted about her own 4-year anniversary, which is shortly before mine.

A lot of changes have happened in those four years!

Healed from two autoimmune conditions (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Celiac),
lost 65+ lbs in the process, regained my fertility and had a baby at the age of 47!
Whew!  (Baby just turned One, btw.)

As I said in my Success Story published by Robb Wolf in 2012, I will NEVER go back to “Before”!

From this:

To this:

1st bday gift 5a

Mommy (48 years old) and Max on his First Birthday 09/09/2015

Soccer Ball?!

soccer ball

We are 6 months (24 weeks) along our journey to second-time parenthood.
BabyCenter.com says,

“Your uterus is now the size of a soccer ball.”

Read that, looked down and though, “Yup.  Sure is.”  LOL  #paleopregnancy

23 Weeks 2

The Bump at 23 Weeks

How much bigger will he get?  My first son was 10 lbs and 22 inches at birth.
I’m hoping this one won’t get quite that heavy!

More than halfway through this pregnancy, things have normalized for the most part, with the exception of that “soccer ball effect”, making it impossible to bend.  All the early pregnancy symptoms have disappeared – nausea, fatigue, digestive issues, big appetite, etc.
I envy all the Paleo Preggers who had few to none of these challenges.  I guess they can still come with the territory even when living Paleo and eating a nutrient-dense diet.

I feel truly blessed, receiving this miracle child.  I know every life is a miracle, but this one even moreso than most.  Against all odds, a healthy boy is expected in September to a
47-year-old mother with two autoimmune disorders.

According to a number of medical sites, the chances of a woman over age 42 conceiving with her own DNA is less than 1%.  it drops even lower at age 45.  In my case, cut that in half due to a missing fallopian tube (from an ectopic pregnancy) and that comes to less than 1/2% chance of even getting pregnant!  Of those pregnancies, 55+% tragically do not survive the first trimester.  Serious chromosome defects are also a concern for these older mothers.
This boy got past ALL of that!  

We are looking forward to meeting little Max in the Fall!

Big Yawn!

Big Yawn!

 

Half-Baked!

A little humor:  Our bun in the oven is now half-baked.  LOL!
Well, I think it’s funny, anyway…  Today we are 20 weeks along – half way there!

Had our ultrasound today and saw our little boy in detail.  He bounced around, annoying the technician while she was trying to take measurements and photos, sucked his tumb and even yawned a few times!

 

And So the Marketing Deluge Begins…

 Target Baby Book

Last year I received one of these the day BEFORE I found out I was pregnant!  

This time, I managed to evade their detection for 3 months – probably due to wearing a parka hood and/or sunglasses when entering the store.  I know it wasn’t due to purchase patterns because I haven’t made any changes or bought anything baby-related besides my usual California Baby Calendula Cream.  It still irks me that the booklet states: “Thank you for being a Targt Baby registrant”, as I have NOT registered since 2004 when my son was born!

This time around, I am much better educated about health and safety, and therefore plan to minimize the plastics and all-around over-consumption of baby goods.  Simple is better – especially in light of our Paleo lifestyle!

Any product recommendations from other Paleo Moms out there?

Lightning Strikes Twice!

Who knew?!

Against all odds, I find myself pregnant (again) at the age of 46.
This time, all is well and we are expecting a healthy baby boy in September.

Baby Max Ultrasound 03-14-2014a

OK, it’s a bit like looking at clouds, but take my word for it – it’s a healthy baby boy!

The past three months have been somewhat of a fatigued blur and I am so looking forward to Spring and sunshine!  As a Paleo mom, I am making extra effort to eat nutrient-dense foods and have avoided most cravings with the one exception of a gluten-free burger and fries (with everything but cheese) from Ernie’s.  That was a doozie – for three days I was literally drooling in my sleep dreaming of it!  LOL  

So begins a new adventure for our family…

Birthdays are a Good Time for a DNA History Lesson

Birthday Lego Minifigures

It’s Party Time!

This was us 9 years ago, awaiting the arrival of our son – a big 10-pounder!

9 months pregnant - Thanksgiving 2004

After 39 hours of labor and a c-section, we had our boy.
He was so big the nurses dressed him in a 3-6 month sized sleeper – and it fit!

Alex 12-12-2004

We like to tell him the story of how he got revenge on the doctor and nurses for making him wait so long to be born.  After they lifted him out, he piddled on every one of the medical staff in the O.R. (about 6 in all)!  Mommy and Daddy were the only ones unsoiled.  He was literally pissed!  LOL

Here he is now – still a very tall boy.

Santa 2013

Happiest Birthday to my precious boy!  He is our miracle.  We had lost two before he came along (and another one this Spring) likely due to my Hashimoto’s and Celiac conditions.
His birthday is a most joyous occasion, worthy of special celebration.

Birthday Balloons

He has rediscovered Transformers. Cool balloons, huh?

I’m making one of his favorites, Paleo Taco Pockets for dinner.  Trying a new variation by layering the dough and taco meat in bacon-greased muffin tins.  Some greens on the side and dessert of vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting (Paleo-ized with ghee and coconut milk, of course!) and cookie dough bon-bons.  Yummy!

Singing “Happy Birthday”.

Happy Birthday 3

On a related note…Just this week, he did a class presentation on his family history.
He learned a lot about where he came from.

Window 2

The presentation was on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day.  Here I am holding up the wooden shoes my father brought back from the Netherlands in 1962 while in the Navy.  As my family is from the area bordering the Netherlands, we celebrate by placing wooden shoes out at night for St. Nicholas to leave treats (for good children) or coal.  This pair held a small Lego Christmas Train Kit and a hat.

Window Week Poster (final)

Our son is half German and half Finn.  We recently participated in the National Genographic Project to get our DNA history, and the findings confirm that we are who we think we are.

This is a fascinating project.  Check it out!

Remembrance Day is October 15th

Today is Remembrance Day.  It’s especially important for us this year as Annalise Toi or Maximum Finn would have been arriving this week.

Angels in Heaven

This has been circulating Facebook in recent days.  A friend posted it for me and my family, as we lost what would have been our 4th child at Easter this year.  With our due date of October 19th rapidly approaching, I can’t help but wonder what could have been.

Amen. x3 

This is a tough subject and people don’t talk about it. It is a death in the family. Most people think once you recover physically, it’s all over, but you never forget your angel babies.