I had no idea the library had such great stuff. We have now been library card holders for 6 months and have visited every 2 weeks. Initially, it was extremely overwhelming - with pee accidents and such. We would walk in and they (the twins) would immediately start fighting over the handicap button to open the door. We have finally figure that out: one pushes it on the way in, and one pushes it on the way out.
Upon entering we would head over to the children's section and randomly pick out books. Usually, these books were a flop and would not be looked at for the next 2 weeks. Then I discovered the video section. Not huge, but large enough and with enough 'Bob the Builder' movies to satisfy my children.
However, the book picking was still a flop and I had yet to peruse any other part except the children's section and that was only as far as my arms would reach for fear of all three kids riping the entire library apart while they screamed and yelled. (Yes, I have decided that kids make noise and that the rest of the library should deal with it for the 5 minutes that we are there. HA.)
Finally, I got the bright idea to checkout the on-line catalogue. After trying various PIN numbers for several days, I finally stumbled on the right one. There in front of me was a whole new world. One with searches that honed in on my kids interests: dinosaurs, machines, trains... Oh, and I could finally look at books for my self. Ya.
Now, when we enter the library, we have organized chaos. Each twin gets a turn pushing the handicap door opening button, we return books, head over to the children's movies and pick one out, stop by to pick up the requested books, hand out library cards for each child to check out their movie/book, and head out the door. All with regular voice levels and completed in 5 minutes. Wahoo. Even I now get to enjoy the library. I have still not walked the entire place, but the on-line version suits me fine for now.
Nausea. Yup, some of that too. Usually only when I let the tummy get empty.
Weight. I am gaining way to fast. I find this extremly upseting since I so much time trying to lose all the previous baby weight. 4 lbs gained, 4 lbs to lose later. I have already grown out of some clothes, although I am no where near prego clothes yet. I hope to stay out of those as long as possible. However, I have already started to wear pyjamas later and later in the day!
Note to self: DO NOT TRUST MY DIRECTIONS!! Ha, ha. Everyone already know this. I am not sure why my husband doesn't stand up to it. Eek. He did - That is why we did not head down the rocks along side the waterfall today. He, he.
It even has ears.
We have been taking advantage of the gorgeous weather of late. Yesterday we headed off to the zoo. I can not explain what a great day we had. No fighting, yelling - just plain fun. Wonderful. We have also been riding the bikes a lot lately. The baby (who I guess I now have to refer to as the toddler) sits on the back of my bike. We all love it. The twins spend the entire time with huge grins on their faces. And I love because I no longer have to worry about them riding ahead. A blast. We went out this morning and they have already asked to go out again this afternoon. Fun, fun.
Oh and for those of you who thought we were having triplets - ARE YOU NUTS?
I mean... we won't find THAT out for another 10 -12 weeks!
The king and his loyal subjects! Well, sometimes.
My husband and I had a major cheat on the diet last night. Uncle R was visiting and my husband and I were having major cravings (I know it has only been a week), so we ducked out the door and off to McDonald's. Not 4 minutes after scarfing down my French Fries, my head got all stuffy and my ears started to ring. It was like I had a cloud in my head. So, we thought about it. I obviously have an intolerance, but to what: potato or MSG? Hmmmm.
The twins are starting to have cravings - for Fruit. Just another 2 days and we can reintroduce Fruit. Ya.
Oh, I have to give out a big cheer to my husband. He has finished the baby's room. Wahoo. Just a few days f airing it out and we can make the move.
Swimming today. Better get things going.
Well, as it turns out I have been punishing (yes, I know I said that above) and not disciplining. So, my new motto.
Have the child recognize the misbehaviour, decide together how to fix it, and fix it.
Oh, and I guess I have to stop with the bribes!!! Sometimes a little leverage is all I have got against the three hooligans, though.
What I did discover, however, is that I am doing a pretty good job. Just need to do some tweaking. Sometimes things get overwhelming and you need to take a step back and look from the outside.
Part of this, I think, has been the lack of 'me' time. December and January have been so crazy that it was hard to find the time. Now that we are back on track and in a routine, I will have to start the 'me' time again. Tonight was great, but not fully about me. So, I am back looking at cooking classes again. Who is in for some Indian in February? February 16 or 28? Let me know.
Grains: corn, oats, rye, spelt, wheat
Fruit: apricot, banana, cantaloupe, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, watermelon
Chemicals: Aspartame, MSG, Sodium Bensoate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Phosphate, Tartrazine
Veggies: Green Beans, Soy, Cabbage, Cucumber, Green Pea, Mushroom, Peppers, Regular Potato, Tomato
Nuts/Seeds: Cashew, Hazelnut, Peanut, Sunflower, Sesame
Dairy: All (Goat is only a mild sensitivity so we are still eating that)
Fish: Lobster, Shrimp, Tuna, Sole
Meat: Beef, Lamb, Pork
Other: Baker's/Brewer's yeast, Chocolate, Fructose, Honey, Sugar, vinegar
Misc: Dust, Mites, Feather
(Oh, I guess I better get rid of the feather pillows they are sleeping on. I was so focused on the food, I didn't notice.)
So, like I said. They have a sensitivity to everything!
Gluten Free Flour Mix (it is listed in parts so that you can make as much as you want)
3 parts Brown Rice Flour
3 parts Tapioca Starch
2 parts Chickpea Flour
1 part Almond Meal
Gluten Free / Yeast Free Flat Bread
*substitutions: Stevia for sugar, Flax Eggs for eggs
Gluten Free Pancakes
*substitutions: Stevia for sugar, Goat milk for milk, Flax Eggs for eggs
Gluten Free Tortilla's
The is going shockingly well. I have searched out some recipes for tortilla's / flat bread / pancakes. I am going to try some of those out today and see how they go. We are still consuming some sugar, though, in the form of their yogurt. So, I am hoping that the pancake recipe that I found will alleviate this. It took some time, but we have found some snacks, besides veggies, that the twins can have. (ie. rice crackers, rice chips) The hardest thing so far has been keeping ahead of their hunger. Oh, another thing that I am having trouble with is finding a yeast-free bread. The rice loaf that we thought was good has yeast in it. So, hopefully the flat bread recipe and tortilla's will be the answer. Other than that, the transition has been pretty easy. A few more tweaks and I think we will have it. YA.
The baby is now talking on the phone. When he is given the phone he puts it up to his head. Too cute. Also, yesterday, we caught him doing the actions to the movie the twins were watching. In 'Little Einsteins' kids are encouraged to pat their laps and throw their hands in the air yelling blast off. Well, the baby was kicking his legs for the patting and threw his hands in the air for blast off. Adorable. But, also made me realize it is definitely time to limit his TV watching when he is alone with mommy and daddy. No more late night action movies when he is up in the middle of the night.
The twins had swim lessons today. They both jumped of the diving board twice without life jackets! I stayed home while the baby slept, so I didn't get to see. I am guessing the instructor was in the water to catching them as they can not yet swim.
Ah. Baby is up from his nap. Gotta go.
The baby: raises his arms in the air when you yell 'score.' I had no idea that he was doing this. I was playing hockey with the twins and whenever they 'score' we all yell and raise our arms in the air. I guess we do this a lot because the baby has now picked it up. Another thing that he has learned is to kiss. When a person says kiss, he smacks his lips. This is very cute.
We have started our Candida Albicans/parasite ridding diet. Oddly enough, the thing that I thought would be the hardest - switching the twins to Goat's Milk - was very simple. Why? Because the containers look the same!! It took 5 days of mixing the milks, but now they are on straight Goat's Milk. They didn't even notice the switch to Goat Yogurt. Now, I think the hardest thing is going to be me and my husband. I have really restricted my diet already and really rely on a few certain foods - Greek Vanilla Yogurt. I love this. It is dessert to me. Also, popcorn. No more popcorn - or at least when the kids are awake!! It is only for about 6 weeks all together, though. I will persevere. I hope. My husband has already put up some red flags. He tried the Goat Mozza Cheese and said that he was not going to eat that. He. He. I put it in his Egg/Spinach Wrap this morning and he didn't even notice. Giggle.
When: January 17, 2:30pm
Where: 21366 Lakeview Cres. (Scotti's House)
Who: Anyone. Bring a friend.
See you all there.
The results: He is intolerant to everything. I mean everything. Ug. So, we are in the process of eating all the foods he shouldn't eat and replacing it with food that he can eat. Once that has happened, then we begin Phase 1 of riding his body of bad yeast. This entails a very strict diet for 14 days. We are all going to give it a try. After 14 days, we can introduce a fruit and yeast bread. This will be an adventure. However, if it works, I will be a proud and vocal supporter.
When we started seeing a naturopathic doctor, I said I was going to give this a try. I really want to get my kids off all the steroids and so on that they ingest everyday. I just cannot believe that it is healthy for them to take these things everyday for who knows how long. They now take their supplements without much protest. Twin1 still spits out his Omega supplement dribbling fish oil all over his clothes, which has gone through the wash and caused all our clothes to have a fishy scent. Despite that, I am pleased with things so far.
Oh. We are now the proud owners of 5 Danio fish. Fun, Fun. The twins quite like them. Fish, Fish, Fish. Soon all the neighborhood cats will be circling our house with the new pets and the fish oil scent.
At the moment, the twins are happily playing with a new Thomas train set. A friend of my husbands wanted to get rid of it and gave it to us. It even came with a storage table. It is very nice and the twins are playing wonderfully with it. The baby, on the other hand, would love to get right in the and rip everything apart.
I started a new quilt last week. This one is much harder than the others. I finished cutting it all out today and began sewing. I think it is going to take me several months to finish this one. I spent approx. 1 1/2 hours sewing today and only completed one row. Then, there is the back, ribbing, and quilting. Ug. What was I thinking? Oh, I know, it is going to be gorgeous. I can't wait to see it together. Perhaps it won't take me quite as long as I previously thought!! I am counting the minutes until the twins head to bed so that I can finish sewing together the top row. Fun, Fun. Who knew?
Stop the presses. The twins just called me over to show me that they put away the train set in the storage table. They even organized it with trains on one side and the tracks on the other. Perhaps their is some hope.
Our stay at the ski hill has been awesome. It was great to have all the family spend so much time with all the kids. My husband and I even skied together and got a dinner out together. I napped one afternoon, my husband slept in most mornings. Besides the PMS days where my cranky B**** side let loose, we had a fabulous time. However, I am most definitely ready to head home. I have now been socializing for 9 days straight. Yup, I am ready to be anti-social. Although, I am not sure that I am ready to start doing all the cooking myself again.
Well, on this New Years Day 2010. I am sure you are all wondering what my New Years Resolution is....... um, I don't have one. I didn't even manage to stay awake past 8:30pm last night. Aren't I sad. But, I wasn't about to miss out on sleep just so I could see 12am. In fact, if I had been wearing my watch, I probably was awake at 12:01am feeding the little man that never sleeps. As it turned out, it was a good thing that I didn't stay up since morning came very early today.
My poor husband, he only has one more question to finish for his Distance Economics course. I woke him up at 6:00am this morning so that he could finish it. He, he. I can be a little mean some times. He thought he was going to sleep in - Again!!
Well, it has been an all out eating, movie watching, game playing, visiting, playing frenzy. We have all had a blast, but home bound we will be. Thanks everyone. We had a great, GREAT time.
Oh, and your squash soup was delish, cuz. Thanks.