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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.

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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…

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.

YES+: True Testament to the Healing Power of Paleo

Lee's Anniversary Gift

My husband’s 14th Anniversary Gift – exactly what he’s always wanted.

An incredible testament to the power of the Paleo lifestyle to heal, regenerate and literally turn back the clock if ever there was!  At the age of 45 I now find myself pregnant. While it was a surprise, it was very welcome.  My husband and I always wanted another child but did not think it possible, given my health issues.  After a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy that nearly claimed my life, we had our son – a miracle.  And now God has granted us another, nine years later.

Truly a miracle!  Considering that a woman over 43 has only a 1% chance of conceiving, and I am missing a tube due to surgical removal of the ectopic pregnancy – that’s about a half percent chance of conceiving a child.  And it happened for me.

Now, the OB-GYN was far less excited than my husband, and pointed out that there was a 50-70% chance of miscarriage.  (Talk about a downer!)  But we have successfully reached a very big milestone.  The ultrasound today confirmed a heartbeat and proper growth.

I had been “holding my breath” in fear and avoided sharing the news because it didn’t feel real.  Well, the cat’s out of the bag now, come what may.  I hope sharing this story will give hope to others struggling with infertility.  With proper nutrition, almost anything is possible!

As you can imagine, my days have been filled with reading nearly every Paleo pregnancy guide and blog experience out there, and the anecdotal evidence is encouraging.  I’ve discovered a number of Paleo women who have given birth in their 40’s with minimal or no complications.  Many had children before going Paleo, and the experiences were radically different.  (Much like them) with my first child, I was very ill from moment #1, suffered significant weight gain and delivery complications.  So far, I’ve felt normal except for some digestive upset early on and tiredness this week.

Over the past year and a half I focused on healing my body from autoimmune disorders (thyroid and celiac) by focusing on eating nutrient-dense foods while avoiding the non-Paleo (sugars, grains, legumes and dairy).  I’ve mentioned my consumption of bone broths, fermented cod liver oil/high vitamin butter oil and bone marrow in my posts.  These foods are also considered traditional fertility foods – and fertile they are, my friends!  Building healthy gut flora via probiotics and fermented foods was a simultaneous priority, as was eliminating environmental toxins as much as possible.

My fear has now given way to excitement and anticipation.  Baby is due to arrive around October 19th.  My husband is convinced it is a girl, but only time will tell.  For now, Mommy, Daddy and Big Brother-to-Be are all happy and well.  Follow along on our journey.

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