MicroBlog Monday: Bounce Back

In April, Nina had a UTI and I took her to the vet. The infection was so bad that the machine that reads the samples kept giving them an error. We got her on an antibiotic and had blood tests sent for thyroid and kidney function. The results were abysmal and the vet wanted her on a medication for her thyroid. I was warned that it would make the kidney disease symptoms appear worse, but what it did was nearly kill her. I had to syringe feed her watered down canned food and give her subdermal fluid injections. I truly thought I was going to lose her. I got her off the medicine, researched my options, started making her a balanced raw food, and attempted the medication again. Within three days, I thought she was going to die.

Fast forward five months. Nina has gained weight, she rarely throws up, she is less obsessed with water, and she has even jumped up onto the couch and into the tub a few times (she has never liked jumping but these heights were manageable for her). She eats about 10oz of wet food a day and I refill her water probably three times. She is still less social than before and sleeps hidden out of the way more times than not, but she is happy and relatively healthy. I go to the discount pet store every other week and pull up a handy pdf of cat foods to search for the one with the lowest phosphorus available. Though the raw food was really great for her and not overly expensive to make, I used chicken thigh on my third batch and she kept throwing it up. She has had a few times where she wouldn’t eat the canned food I bought her, but I spend $3-7 on a case, so it doesn’t hurt too bad.

My little PSA: if your pet is sick, please research food options that could help dramatically. If you give your cat dry food, please research why they need wet or raw food so that you can prevent CKD. Check out Cat Info for a wealth of information and a great place to start learning. Just like doctors, vets are not given much nutrition education and what they do get is sponsored by food companies. I was given a sample kit of Hill’s prescription food for kidney disease. Though it is low in phosphorus, it’s also low in protein, which no science backs up for cats, and it full of processed low quality ingredients. Question everything, research on your own, and know that food can heal.

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New/s

I have a new job, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. I enjoy the work, though it feels like an uphill battle. I call clients, see them in office, and do a lot of charting. Our floors are filthy and my feet can’t touch when I’m sitting.

Wallace has a new school. Well, his first (and maybe last) school. It’s a play based Reggio Amelia program at a local college. There are male and female teachers and I so far like them all. I can spy on Wallace with classroom cameras, they go on lots of walking field trips, and I mostly can handle the food they provide (I can’t send his own).

I have a new diet. I transitioned from AIP to mostly grain-free vegan. I am juggling to make sure I get enough fat and protein, but I otherwise feel great. I make lots of roasted vegetables, lots of fruit and vegetable smoothies, and gave myself some pretty nice burns from frying tofu.

I have a new pursuit. The content of it isn’t new, though. I will be starting yoga teacher training* tomorrow! This is a bit of a jump feet first situation, as I’ve only been to this studio once, which was also my first yoga class since before I got pregnant, but I have definitely contemplated this many times.

When I went to the studio to discuss it with the owner, I met a new friend. The teacher had already paired us in her mind and I’m looking forward to getting to know a new mom friend who seems to be on the same wavelength as me (a big contrast to the people and environment in which I work). She is married, has a 6 month old son, has been vegan for 2 years, is all about the natural parenting, does yoga (her husband will be doing the training with me), and her leg hair rivals mine.

There is also a new baby in my life! One of my best local friends had a baby 24 hours ago. I am so damn proud of her and happy for her and her husband. I cannot wait to get some sweet baby snuggles. I was invited to go today but wanted to let her have enough rest in the hospital before heading home to her older two children, two dogs, and a flock of chickens.
*I realized that this will not only give me a money earning skill that I am passionate about, but also the self care and space to make it through another year living with my mom. I can’t afford rent on my own place plus the training.

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Choices

The situation: we’ve been living with my mom for over a year and I’ve been just barely getting by with my amazon sales and babysitting, along with the help of food stamps. I have managed to do most of the required college prerequisites in order to become an IBCLC, I have a motorhome that needs mechanical work, and a small amount of consumer and student debt. I just got a 28 hour a week job and put Wallace in a play based preschool.

The goal: to have enough mobile income we can move into the RV and travel/live. To get enough contact hours working at my current job in order to meet the 1,000 minimum to sit the IBLCE within 4 years. To have another baby.

Choice one: stay living with my mom, pay off at least my consumer debt, stay at my job for the next year, save at least $5,000 and make motorhome repairs, and get on the road before Wallace would need to be in public school.

Choice two: get a cheap one bedroom apartment in this area (there are no places that I know of around here that we could winter in the RV), possibly apply for rent assistance, save less money but more sanity, and somehow manage to get on the road before Wallace would need to be in kindergarten.

No idea where getting to have another baby would fit in my five year plan with either choice for the next year, but having 6 months of living expenses saved up beforehand will be a must. My current work load has not been allowing me to keep up with amazon, my biggest mobile income stream. Other ideas for mobile income include amazon merch, Poofy Organics (see my affiliate tab), some form of birth educator training, CLC training, etsy, and ebay sales.

I am open to ideas, logic, suggestions, and overall kind words. I’m exhausted, I miss my kid, I love helping mothers (my job), I want another baby, I want to be debt free, I want to be mobile, and I crave living in my own space again.

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MicroBlog Monday: 9 Things

1) Somedays, work is a rollercoaster of emotions. You win some, you lose some. All the adorable babies and the connections made with women.

2) I’ve been transitioning to grain-free vegan. Rule number one is eat a shit ton of vegetables. As long as I get some beans and some safe starches, I feel good.

3) Wallace is on his third week of preschool at a university’s Reggio Amelia based program. I may be That Mom, but I like the teachers and we are both adjusting.

4) Baby fever, like woah.

5) Do not drink 12oz of kombucha in a day. Especially at work where other people can smell your detox body odor. Learn from my mistake.

6) I like chocolate and pretty much still crave it all the time. I packed coconut chips and dark Enjoy Life chips for a snack tomorrow.

7) I have been talking to an old friend who came to mind. Communication always drops off so I’m trying to just appreciate each moment not knowing when I will stop hearing from him.

8) I have a friend who lives on St Thomas. It really freaked me out when the storm was headed that way. I have yet to hear from him.

9) CBD oil is still amazing. I love it and I am a functioning adult again, yipee!

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Poofy Organics Sale!

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Then check out Poofy Organics and consider buying an organic, hand crafted, USA made product that supports a small business and a single mom (me). Poofy has only three sales like this a year, so this is a great time to make a first purchase or stock up on favorites. I give a 10% rebate on your first order after Poofy’s 15% off (shipping not included).

The sale starts at 12am on September 2nd and goes to 11:59pm September 4th EST. The code must be entered at time of checkout. In order to get the rebate from me, I will need to confirm your total and have an email address/paypal.

There’s also a back to school Survival Kit with a $25 discount.

Make sure to follow my link and create an account to place an order.

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That Mom

Wallace is just three days into preschool and I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’m “that mom.” I’m also trying to be really nice to the teachers, not be a puddle of emotions, do my work well at a job I’m still new at, and keep on top of things like food, laundry, and basic hygiene.

Wallace is gluten (I have Celiac), dairy (he gets cradle cap from it), and egg free (he gets diarrhea from it). He eats minimal processed foods and grains at home. I’m really damn picky about what he (we) eat but not nearly as picky as I’d like to be. I was able to get the doctor’s note for the food accommodations but they require he has a milk substitute and he eats grains. He has never regularly had milk, or a substitute, that wasn’t from my breasts or that of another woman. I do not believe the dairy propaganda spewed by the FDA, USDA, and RDA on the dairy industry’s dime. He doesn’t need a dairy substitute and needs to eat more vegetables and drink water, but I’m burrying these things and teaching him to eat what he is served at preschool (as long as it is gluten, dairy, and egg free).

Preschool has nap time and I let them know he doesn’t nap and hasn’t napped regularly for over a year. Monday, he was on a cot with nothing to do for two hours while I watched him roll around bored out of his mind (yay, school cameras!). He doesn’t know how to make sure new people know his needs and his voice is heard. I had been told that he would have half an hour of trying to rest and sleep and then can have quiet toys to do or go in another room, so I was pretty mad. I vented to coworkers and my mom and calmly explained the next morning that he needs to be allowed something quiet to do. He wasn’t where I could see him on Tuesday at nap, but he did have something to play quietly with, and today they had movie and pajama day as it’s the last day of the summer session.

Which brings me to screen time… I’m not a fan, especially at school and this young. He occasionally watches Thomas, Mr Rogers, a kid’s movie, or Cosmic Kids at home, with an adult sitting with him. He gets scared easily and needs help processing what he sees. They were planning to watch Moana, which I have seen and knew would be too scary for him, but changed to Trolls AND two episodes of Magic School bus. That’s more TV than he has ever had at one time! I’m biting my tounge as this was supposed to be a once in a blue moon thing and he was sitting with a teacher the entire time. If movies/tv becomes a regular thing, then I will probably unclench my teeth and speak my mind as nicely as possible.

I learned yesterday that they do teeth brushing with them a couple times a day. This was news to me and I don’t know how many times. We brush twice at home already and I’m wondering if there can be too much brushing? Thankfully, Wallace refused the toothpaste. What a good kid! I told him we can bring in some of our homemade remineralizing tooth powder if they say it’s okay, which they did. I will include ingredients and instructions on a card so that whoever is doing it with them will know what it is and what to do.

Yep, I’m that mom…

Excited for his first day of preschool!

The bit of nap on the first day that he tried dutifully to rest.

Getting a treat and talking after the second day of school.

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Busy

I need to reclaim this space, so a recap is always good!

Wednesday: preschool visit and paperwork, drop direct deposit at Payroll, find out from HR that I’m supposed to work the next day at 8am, impromptu lunch at a health food store, kid falls asleep in the car, check of 2nd TB test (still asleep), get home and start prepping for work (still asleep), dinner, shower, and a late bedtime since that two hour nap happened.

Thursday: kid was awake when I left, Gramma mostly asleep on the couch, show up at new job saying I’m the new hire, hectic and overly personal introductions, some checklists of things to cover, too many hours staring at white writing on a blue screen for the Civil Rights training, inside all day and stayed longer than supposed to, stop at Dollar Tree and TJMaxx on my way home in search of work clothes since kid is with Gramma and isn’t back yet, get text he wants his Momma and rush home forgetting one of the bags of things, late dinner, walk to connect with kid, bedtime and prepping for the next day.

Friday: kid was asleep when I left ans I only sorta tried to wake him, Gramma never replied to my texts asking how the day was, more working through new hire checklists and getting to know each other, efficient at finding my way to and from bathroom alone, found out I’m not in payroll system and was supposed to have a badge, went for a walk for part of my lunch break because I can’t stand being stuck inside for 8 hours, learned way around the charting program and entered in a stack of pink cards for the last 4 hours of my day, called TJMaxx after work and stopped by to get bag, home to kid and I didn’t have to cook dinner.

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I started writing this almost two weeks ago and every day has been non stop. As it stands now, I have had ten days of work and Wallace starts preschool on Monday. I have all the paperwork in for DHS to help with three days this month and four day weeks through September, but no word if it will go through, no word on what the cost will be out of pocket if it doesn’t, and two weeks until my first full paycheck.

I am down to about a migraine a week but am out of the new brand of CBD oil that was helping a ton so I’m in pain and worn out. We have had two birthday parties, some babysitting, and a Day Out With Thomas.

Work needs it’s own post and so does Thomas, preschool, and CBD oil. I just don’t have the time or energy. I need to delete Instagram from my phone again, as I lose myself in it instead of being productive. I haven’t been able to read much lately and am learning to be hyper productive even if I’m hurting. Our road trip needs a post too, well, mostly me over analyzing it…

That’s all I got for now as Wallace has finally fallen asleep after a wild bedtime that included hitting me and then crying when I caught hold of his arm. Time to prep some cucmber salad and clothing labels.

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