March 31st is always a tough day for me. But this year, I had a plan: fill it with lots of friends, family, and keep busy from beginning to end. We started the day with hockey games, an afternoon ballet, and ended with Easter Vigil mass. At one point at church, my heart felt so full it could burst, which was a strange sensation on a day I usually feel so empty. The only thing missing was my dad. i carry your heart in your heart.
Josie decided to become a server at church! She’s rocking it. She only dropped the money basket once. 🙂
The best part, Grandshe is now a communion minister at our church. When Josie is a server, Grandshe is up there with her to lend moral support.
Josie also started helping me teach her brothers class. It’s really helpful as she remembers more than I do! The kids listen well to her and she loves sharing about church. She definitely has a spiritual side that I hope she never looses.
Ben tried out for the Cinderella ballet and got a part! He was the Prince’s Page…which means he carries the shoe on the pillow in about 6 scenes and dances in between running from here to there.
He had a blast! The bottom left picture is Ben watching rehearsal after his scene. The bottom right picture is Ben almost 5 years ago at his first ballet, Snow White.
We are so lucky to have so many friends and family attend his Civic Center Stage debut!
Over the past month, each kid has had a friend spend the night. I have to admit, Billy nudged me to make these sleepovers happen. I think he was big on making it happen because his 2017 New Year’s prediction was that we would have more sleepovers…and we didn’t. We had some, but mostly if parents were out of town and we were helping out. OR we all rent a house in MN for NYE. OR we stay at a friend’s cabin. BUT these three were firsts for all different reasons:
-Josie’s friend attended her hockey game first, then came over for the sleepover.
-Will’s friend was the first time we managed type one diabetes through the night (well sort of, thanks to technology his parents were really keeping track of everything)
-Ben’s friend was the first time he had a sleepover and the first time Ben had a sleepover!
Defying Genetics…it’s something my functional doctor said to me after reviewing my lab work. It made me feel empowered. My paternal grandmother had diabetes, my paternal uncle has diabetes, one brother was diagnosed with diabetes last fall, another brother was just diagnosed as pre-diabetic, my mom is pre-diabetic, I had gestational diabetes (which increases your chances of having diabetes), and if my dad was still alive I am almost certain he would be diabetic.
A year and a half ago, I went to my family doctor for my annual check up. I was told because I have a family history of heart disease and diabetes I can only do so much. My dad died at 67 from a heart attack. His dad died from a heart attack two days before his 51st birthday. My bad cholesterol was creeping upwards and the doctor told me that I will probably need to get on cholesterol medication soon. He said even the most fit people can’t out run family history, it’s not something I can control.
Needless to say, my functional doctor gives me hope. I’m determined to defy genetics.
- I’m following a gluten, dairy, soy free diet. Goodbye gooey yummy melty cheese, edamame (and almost all snacks, read the label…soy is in everything!), and my beloved bread. As much as I love these foods, it took about a month to stop craving them. I feel so much better without them, it’s worth it. My labs showed that I have a non-celiac gluten intolerance. Gluten effects my brain. Knowing the long term effect of gluten for me has been a good motivator to stick to this diet.
- Slowly but surely, we are eliminating plastics. All those scorched plastic containers, goodbye! Our kids are at the perfect age to use ceramic plates at dinner when the meals are pipping hot out of the oven.
- Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: I’ve started doing more yoga. I can feel it working it’s magic. It’s very detoxifying and stress is rolling off of me. My mom has said for years to my kids, “take three yoga breathes” when they would get worked up. I should have known…mama is always right.
- I’m working to make our house free of harsh chemicals. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s site to see what you use in your house matters.
- Lastly, and most importantly, I am following my functional doctor’s plan: Lots of vitamins and herbal supplements….I am taking about 20 pills a day for 8 weeks. I’ll go in once we think my gut is cleaned up and have my blood work checked again.
I started this journey for my Josie Girl. Her health struggles lead us to a functional doctor. After looking at my test results and Josie’s, it breaks my heart to see the road she was heading down.
Now we both are defying genetics.
One night after having a few friends over, Ben’s belly broke out in hives. The only time he’s done this before, is when he’s had peanuts accidentally. I wracked my brain to figure out what on earth he ate. Did someone eat something before coming over and touch him?
I gave him a dose of benedryl and a shower as I tried to determine next steps. I assumed we would be heading to the ER after a quick dose of Epi-Pen. Thankfully, the hives disappeared! I was still nervous, so he slept with me that night and I checked on him every few hours, praying nothing bad would happen.
Over the next few days, the hives would come back, mostly on his belly. We’d give benedryl and he would be fine. He’d get them at school too. I thought maybe it was the fabric softener a friend made for us, but it was all natural. After changing that, no help. I reviewed our food. I did a deep cleaning. AND then all of a sudden a friend said, did you wash the boys new weighted blankets? I had not washed them because they have these metal beads. While they can be washed, I figured I’d wait till they “needed” it. The person that made the weighted blankets has large dogs. Ben is allergic to dogs! The light bulb went off. I washed them immediately and guess what?! NO more hives since. Poor buddy was literally sleeping with the enemy (the pet dander on the blankets!)
Also… the weighted blankets have helped the boys. The last thunder storm, only Will came into our room. From October to January, we had one boy in our room a few times a week! It was so frustrating. Since getting the blankets, they’ve slept much better.