Saturday, January 14, 2012

Falling asleep after eating.

Another afternoon wasted.  I had planned (well hoped) to finish putting up the trim in the schoolroom today.  I am really close to being done - hooray. 

But I was sort of slow getting started this morning and then thought I would have lunch first and then start.  What a mistake!  I have been having a harder time with my blood sugar lately, so I thought I would skip all carbs (should have just skipped the lunch!).  Went with a bowl full of (left-over) scrambled eggs topped with some salsa.  It was very tasty and I thought hmmm... I could have this for breakfast and should be good.  Most every day I skip breakfast to avoid problems.  So much for that thought. 

Next thing I knew my head was on the table.  I can't hardly remember how I made it to the couch and that was all she wrote.  I was slightly aware of what was going on in the house.  I had told Cowgirl that she could make cookie dough up with Squirt and they were busy doing that.  The other two boys were gone horseback with Dad.  I remember being very cold as I typically feel and I know I have a very difficult time speaking along with the common brain fog.  It feels like low blood sugar.  After a while I typically begin waking up and warming up and eventually can speak easily and without slurring my words.  It leaves me feeling wiped out.  It is miserable.  It has happened on and off for years. 

Over the years it seems like I go through phases of having a lot of blood sugar trouble and then not so badly.  Regardless, I eat the same all the time.  I try to never have plain carbs unless I chase it with some protein quickly after.  I try to stick with equal carbs to protein and on up to just plain protein for meals and snacks.  I avoid fruit and pasta and rice fully as they always "knock me out".  I kissed cereal goodbye some time ago.  I encourage the Crew to eat the same way.  An apple with almond butter or a banana and some nuts or almond butter toast for snacks for example.  I never eat large meals and never go long without eating also. 
However, sometimes it doesn't seem to matter what I eat... as in lunch today and that is why it is so much easier to just not eat sometimes.  It isn't like I am chowing down on candy, soda, cookies, chips... etc...  these are healthy meals and snacks that are doing me in.

A lot of people get sleepy after they eat... but it isn't just that.  It is an absolutely uncontrollable urge to sleep.  And for those that deal with it, they know that it cannot be stopped, no matter where you are or what you are doing at the time.  I actually have an urge to lie down vs. sit also for some reason.  And it doesn't matter where I am.  I have had to stay in town an extra hour or two before, sitting in the vehicle being too tired to drive home.  I have also pulled over and slept.

The only times I haven't had to deal with this in the past several years were the times that I was on fast acting insulin.  (taking insulin with my meals and dosing based on carb counting).  I felt great when on insulin.  It kept my sugar so steady and I avoided any highs or lows.   I guess the insulin prevented the surge of insulin in my body that always seems to overshoot my actual needs, which the drs. told me is what usually happens in early diabetes.  But I go through phases where it doesn't happen every day also.  But I am in the midst of the other scenario right now and thinking of insulin again.

It is very frustrating... but now that I have ranted about it... I feel a bit better.  So... off to make dinner for the Crew!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A birthday post

I had to get a couple of pictures up of the birthday gal.  So... here is Cowgirl on her 12th birthday!!

I gave her a much needed haircut on Christmas.  I think it had been over a year since the last one.  oops.

Cake:  We made up a gluten, soy, dairy free Pamela's white cake mix using the pound cake recipe in a round cake pan and sliced it into halves and used a rasberry filling in the middle with plenty of frosting on the outside.  She is not a girly girl that likes pink frosting, but I added some rasberry to the frosting and of course that turned it pink.  Oh well... looks like a pink blob, but it tasted good.  Definitely one of our favorites.  When I make treats we all it them together.  I do not make 'regular' recipes anymore.  We all think they taste just as good and I don't like to make the Crew feel left out or that their food is inferior. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More Updates...

Wow... I blog about as well as I used to journal!  I thought I would be better at it.  It is easy and doesn't take much time, but I just don't seem to get it done very regularly.  Apparently it doesn't top my priority list.  Too bad... I thought it would be so neat to be able to print these off for the Crew one day.

November and December came and went all too quickly.  We are now working through January so I guess it's about time for my quarterly post.  Ha.ha.

I can't remember much about November to tell you the truth.
December found us mostly at home and buried in one snow storm after another.  A good amount of snow also.  Just as we would start to see bare ground again we would get hit by another one.  Add in a few cold spells which resulted in very slow melting off, lots of ice breaking for the cows and feeding hay and some more hay.
We started the month off with some sort of flu bug which brought on some respiratory distress and landed Squirt in the ER one night for some steroids.  That bug made it's rounds to the whole family and that combined with all the feeding and such pretty much grounded us to home for the whole month.
Sadly we missed church Christmas day as we were feeding all that day also... but at least we were together!
The Crew have been a huge help feeding!  With all the guys split up and feeding on seperate parts of the ranch, the Crew really made a big difference.  It is just amazing how much they are growing up and all that they can do!  They wish they could do it full time, and through part of December they did, but now we are back to focussing on schoolwork.

January came and so did a birthday to a now 12 year old girl!  I can't believe I have a 12 year old daughter now!  Wow is all I can say.  Time passes so quickly.  Cowgirl is such a lovely young lady.  She has such a love for animals.  She is very responsible and sometimes a bit bossy.  Very protective of her animals!  She loves to ride, likes to do her chores and enjoys fussing over her animals.  She will definitely give you trouble if you even dare look wrong at her animals, let along mention them in any sort of negative sentence.  Even if you don't think the sentence is negative... she will and she will let you know about it too!

Squirt is growing and changing.  Can't believe my little guy is 2 1/2 now.  He is doing very well.  Haven't had any more allergic reactions and he is sleeping through the night!  Wouldn't you figure that I am the one not sleeping through the night now?!  We have dropped the coconut milk for now and just have him on almond milk.  We were suspecting it was giving him trouble a couple months back and dropped it.  Now that he is doing so well I need to add it back in and see how it goes.  But personally I am enjoying this time.  I hadn't really been pushing the potty thing with him at all, as I really think it is so much easier to encourage them but let them set the pace.  But during November and December he really picked up interest and is pretty well potty trained now and wears his little undies during the daytime.  So that went extremely well!

I want to write down a few of his favorite words before he figures out how to say them correctly.  I don't ever remember the other kids having their own jargon at this age.  We continue to urge him to use the proper words, but he still insists on his version.  Here are a few I can think of right now:

"Moiset" (sounds like "joy -set" except with a M.  Been saying it since before he was 1.  Says "No moiset" all the time.  We figure it means "more that".  When he says this, he puts his hands in the air and shrugs his shoulders too! 

"Tsssss"  This means thank you.  He says it all the time and won't be satisfied until you look him in the eye and say "you're welcome".  Then he nods his head and is satisfied.  ha.ha.

"Wanna" This is what he uses for both water and soda.  Simple as that.

"Nanna"  This is what he calls candy.  We have used skittles as an incentive during potty training. 

"Mimi"  This is what he calls his sister.  He came up with it all on his own and we think it is so cute.

"T"  This is what we came up with for Pistol's nickname.  Pistol and Cowboy were a bit jealous that Mimi had a name that Squirt could say, so we came up with these.

"We" This is the name that we came up with for Cowboy's nickname.  He is constantly saying things like, "Mimi, We, T... EAT"!!  He likes to call them for mealtime.

"Pa-Pa"  (rhymes with Da-Da not Papa). What he calls his pacifier.  He has never been much into pacifiers, but he likes to hold them... yes 4 of them at night and will sometimes put one in his mouth for a little while. 

"Ba-Ba" what he calls his sippy cup of milk.

"Mice"  This is what he calls himself.. Ha.ha!  My other kids always used their names and then later would use My or I when talking, but he has always called himself Mice.  Mice Ba-ba, Mice Nana.

When I tell him I love him, he gives me this sweet smile and nods his head a few times... like... ya Momma... I know you do!

When he says, "Sorry" he thinks the other person has to say sorry also and will continue repeating it until you say it back.

"Die"  for Bye.  When you tell him ,"Bye", he will say "Die... See Ya!"  And will repeat it until you tell him the same.

"Dona" with a long O.  This is what he named the Father Murphy series that we were watching on Netflix.  He really liked it and still asks about Dona!

"Mo-da" this means clean-up.  No idea where he got it from, but he uses it very regularly.

I will add more as I think of them!!  He cracks us up with his special jargon.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another missing item...

Oh look... it's another post in October.... that makes TWO... wow I am on a roll!

Anyhow.....back to subject...

Missing items drive me C R A Z Y !!  And ... well, when you have children in the house things seem to go missing frequently. Some people don't get too worked up about a little insignificant item that isn't in it's place (my husband is one of those people) and others... well... others just can't seem to sleep at night with the thought of something missing clogging up their thoughts.  Ok I used to be that way, but trust me not much keeps me from sleeping at night these days... well except for the toddler that stays up til midnight more nights than not.  But I do waste too many of my brain cells thinking about things like this and I just don't like that either!  So anyhow, back on subject again (my husband reminds me that I get off topic too easily... I tell him I just like to multi task =) )

I found my missing bananas last night.  They have been missing for exactly one week!  I was getting very nervous.  The thought of rotten, sludgy, stinky bananas lurking somewhere around the house was really getting to me.  It was a FULL bag also, not just a few.  We bought them last Friday during our grocery trip.  I didn't even miss them until mid week when Squirt requested a banana and then I remembered that yes, we had bananas... somewhere...but where were they?

Maybe still at the store?  No, I hadn't left them at the store, as I clearly remember that all the kids enjoyed a banana on the ride home that afternoon as they often do.

Maybe left in the vehicle?  No, I searched the vehicle and cleaned it out well... no bananas.

Several full living room / kitchen / pantry searches came up empty-handed.

A few more days went by with still no idea where the now possibly spoiling bananas were hiding.

Until last night.  I was becoming desperate.  I backtracked to last Friday and went over the scenario again.  Got home... big boys unloaded groceries into house.....  Squirt transported the sacks into the kitchen and pantry with his Tonka truck.... I unloaded said groceries.  

But wait!  There was a cooler involved.  I always take a cooler to town to bring back Squirt's almond milk and anything cold/frozen as we live a half hour from town.  Ok... getting warmer... and when I don't have very much cold stuff, then I tend to put veggies and fruits in there also === like bananas === BINGO!

Checked the cooler and sure enough there was my full and now quite ripe bag full of bananas.  Banana bread is on the menu for today I guess. 

Of course that doesn't end the list of missing items at our house.  But at least most of the things that go missing so often or stay missing forever don't have the potential of being such a disaster! 

I can't tell you how many hours we have logged searching under couches and beds looking for missing pacifiers.  I have kept all of Squirts pacis on paci holders which does make them much easier to find.  I have bought multiples of the same color and attatched them to the same holder.  But Squirt has inherited some of my OCD ways and he has to have the Same exact paci every night.

I spent a half hour looking for one of our netlix movies last night for my late night movie with Squirt.  Came up empty handed!

A few months back Ty bought two printer cartridges for our printer that takes 5 individual tanks.  Well they were the wrong kind, and I didn't even open them so that we could take them back to the store.  I figured Squirt would open them if he saw them, so I put them in a special place.  I remember thinking ... oh, I hope I don't forget where I put them, but I thought no way could I forget this it is very obvious!  Ya... I still haven't found them.  $20 something worth of printer ink somewhere in the house.  I have looked Many times.

I have gotten better over the years with just letting it go sometimes.  But it still drives me nuts when I can't find something and I suppose it always will.
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