"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Monday, February 23, 2009

Cute, cute, cute

Ok, so I know I blog mainly about how perfect and beautiful my children are, and I'm totally aware that if I wrote deep philosophical posts I might get more traffic on my blog, but I just couldn't pass this opportunity. If I don't post it now, I'll forget; so here it goes:
El Cangri: "I'm so, so happy! Pinkie square mami! I'm so happy!" *
Chubbers: Silence... I was fuming because 1 second before leaving for church I smelled nail polish, and I found her in Swan's closet, polishing her nails, and forehead and hair with dark brown nail polish. All this while wearing a brand new dress, that was splattered with nail polish too.
Swan: "If I were president, I'd make money grow on trees, and make mommies not to have to work. Also, every girl will have a dog, and every boy a rat (Gorgeous almost cried when he heard this). Also, I'll make school days very short." Obviously, she thinks the US president is all powerful like a cross between a super hero and a dictator. Wait... he's not?
Gorgeous: "Thanks for being a wonderful teacher and mama, mami..." Late night confessions and gratitude make my kids, and myself emotional. Pinkie square*.

* He wants to say "pinkie swear," but he says "pinkie square."  

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Coolest Tag Ever (from Crystal's blog)

OK, Crystal posted this in her blog, and I thought it would be fun to play along.

Coolest Tag Ever!!!
Freebie Tag!

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!

2- What I create will be just for you.

3- It will be done this year.

4- You have no clue what it's going to be.

5- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on their blog. The first 5 people to do so, and leave a comment telling me they did, win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!

No guarantees, no returns! Let the games begin!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

From Super Heroes to Super Bugs

It's all about super heroes in our house these days; Batman runs by the kitchen, followed by Super Coco the Dog, chasing Super Baby, making mama super crazy! No, it's been fun to prepare El Cangri's party. El Cangri had a really fun birthday party attended by his siblings, cousins, and preschool friends. He was ecstatic his preschool teacher made it to the celebration too. Gorgeous Boy walked El Cangri to the door to greet his wonderful teacher, Mrs. K, and when birthday boy saw her, he ran to her arms and introduced her to the whole family. 
Right after the party, Jeff drove home, and I drove to the hospital with a very sick Chubbers. She's been having a cough on and off for more than a month, and last week I finally took her to the doctor because the cough sounded worse, and she had a fever. Well, it turned out she had both ears infected. Our doctor is very "natural" and doesn't prescribe antibiotics lightly, but since Chubbers was taking cod liver oil, colostrum, elderberry syrup, and homeopathics and she still was sick, we gave the antibios a try, after all, what harm could it do?
The medicine didn't cause any stomach upset, but she was feeling worse and worse each day, so yesterday, eight days after our visit to the doctor, I decided to have her checked again; she had been wheezing at the party and looked TERRIBLE! I was very afraid she had RSV so I took her to the ER.
The hospital staff was very nice and helpful. Chubbers was checked for RSV and it was negative, thank goodness. Her lungs were clear, but her ears were very infected. So what did the doctor diagnose? That she was resistant to the Amoxicillin she had been taking, so he prescribed a new, stronger antibiotic. By then I was thinking that I was actually more worried about the cough than about the ears because I've treated the kids with essential oils and homeopathics in the past, and they had all recover without a problem. Plus, it was the first time she had taken antibiotics; how could she be resistant to them? What about children who had recurrent ear infections and took back to back antibiotics treatments? But... I thought, "he must know what he's doing; he'll give me something for that cough." Last night was the 6th consecutive sleepless night for my Chubbers, who will soon need a name change because she's looking skinny like her sister. 
Well, the doctor left, and the nurse came in to give me the release instructions, and since she was letting me go without saying anything about the cough I asked her if there was anything Chubbers could take that would help her sleep. I told her I don't usually ask for meds for my kids, but that my baby needed to sleep. Well, the lady looked at me as if I was a druggie asking for Oxycontin. She said, "No one will give you anything to make this baby sleep. It's only viral. You can try Benadhryl, though," and she left the room without a glance at me, probably thinking "Oh this poor baby! Her mother wants to drug her up!" The irony of it all is that I NEVER give my kids anything to make them sleepy, except Rescue Remedy (which is flower essences!) and I cringe when people talk about Motrin with Codeine as a gift from the gods. 
When Gorgeous Boy had his first ear infection, at 18 months, the doctor gave me a prescription for the Motrin with Codeine, which I only gave to my son once, and then I threw it away. The rest of the time the doctors have prescribed any narcotics for my babies, I've just grab the prescription and put it in the trash. 
So, we left the hospital and we had another awful night. This morning we were both exhausted and frustrated and desperate for sleep. And my baby kept coughing. So I called her doctor (yesterday I hadn't called because the office is close on Wednesdays), and by the time Chubbers was seen she had broken up in a rash all over her body, including her hands and face. "Wonderful!" I though. "Now she has rubella, or measles, or..." the list went on and on in my terrified mind. 
As soon as he saw my baby, the doctor said she had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics ("It's perfectly safe and well tolerated," I heard the ER doctor say in my mind) and he took her off all antibiotics, and only prescribed a homeopathic (pulsatilla), humidifier, and the rest of the things I had already been doing (colloidal silver, colostrum, cod liver oil).
The moral of the story? If it's not a major trauma (car accident, broken bone, etc) I'm never taking my baby, or my other kids, Jeff or myself, to the ER again. What a waste of $100.00! 
I KNOW the ER is super important for emergencies (!) as its name indicates, but I could never be at peace with an ER diagnosis or treatment ever again.
I feel blessed we have found a family doctor who knows our family, who educates her/his (they're a husband/wife team) patients, doesn't prescribe things just for the sake of it, and believes the human body is a master piece, a miracle, with a God given capacity to heal itself. 
My babies are all sleeping peacefully now. Something I gave Chubbers must have worked because she was laughing again tonight, tormenting the dogs and stealing candy from the pantry.
After this week, and reading some natural healing books and some posts on mothering.com, I have a stronger determination to take care of my own body and my kids' (and Jeff too, if he lets me) more naturally, feeding them food as close to its natural state as possible, in order to make our bodies stronger and better able to heal themselves and fight off any bug and super bug out there. 
Ah! I almost forgot! When I asked the doctor how I should dispose of the antibiotics he said not to dump them in the drain because those antibiotics seriously pollute the waterways, but to put them in the garbage, or better yet, keep them in case there is an emergency. That's food for thought. In the even of a major emergency, there won't be any pharmacies to get our medicine from, so we should be prepared and keep some, just in case. He said the liquids should keep for up to 8 months, and after then, just put them in the trash can. 
It's amazing how much I still need to learn; even though my Chubbers is my fourth child, there's so much I don't know yet! I just hope our family will make it through this winter with strong immune systems and better understanding of how to be good stewards of the bodies we were given. 

Friday, February 06, 2009

My Super Powers Son

El Cangri loves to dress up and it's super fun to have him be a different character each day. His favorite dress ups are a reversible cape with Superman on one side, and Batman on the other. He also loves a Batman hood we once found on the Costco parking lot. He also plays a lot with a "luchador" mask Jeff bought him in Mexico a while ago. We have a small collection of costumes from past Halloweens, and he uses them all, except the princess dresses, of course. 
I love his happy, free, creative spirit because when he's playing, I'm amazed at the capacity children have making up situations and solving their own problems. When he's playing, he's happy and we are all happy. 
 These spirits that Heavenly Father has sent to us are each so special and precious in his/her own way, and I try to do the best I can for them. Some days are better than others, but I enjoy the experiences I have with my children, even the non-stop crying. I'm not a masochist, but even in those moments when I feel I reach the end of the rope, I feel a calmness and peace enveloping me. On days when I have a hard time, I feel the angels give me extra love, compassion, patience and faith to deal with whatever issues I have to resolve. 
 It was before his birth that Jeff and I strayed away from the things society tells us we should do, and we searched for our own path. Our first baby born at home, non-vaccinated, cloth diapered, and also the one who has had the greatest issues with foods, allergies, etc. I know Heavenly Father was preparing us for this child when we started learning of a different way to do things. I needed those tools to receive this precious kid who is so bright and tender and loving. 
He does have Super Powers. He can love unconditionally and make friends everywhere. He trusts Jeff and I so much that it humbles me to have this trust placed in me. I can't believe he will be four years old next week; I feel he was just a baby a few days ago. I love this child so much, I'm so happy he chose me to be his mother, his guide on this journey we call life. I'm happy he's my guide too, my teacher, my own super hero.