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GinghamGirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Joyce
PE
Canada
1317 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  1:23:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shannon - I'm so sorry about your health issues :( I'm praying for you...

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notathreatinsight
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Erin
Monroeville IN
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  1:52:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shannon, thanks for the advice. I was just thinking yesterday that I really need to get some freezer meals together soon! I'm slightly anemic with this pregnancy and my midwife has me taking hemaplex. It's a whole food iron supplement that works really well. I'll try not to get too personal here, but I was concerned because I had to take iron with my first pregnancy and I remember how it went, that I would be constipated. My midwife told me this wouldn't do that, and she was right. In fact I think it helped with the issues I was already having. As far as the diastasis goes, I'm definitely going to get a bengkung wrap after I give birth. Right now, with the giant belly, I'm using a 6 yard piece of jersey knit fabric that goes around my belly, up over my shoulders, around my back again, both sides over the belly again, and tie in the back. It's quite a process that YouTube videos make look really easy lol... But I'm out of breath by the end of it! Shannon if you look up bengkung wrap on YouTube, you can see how it's done for diastasis. I'm pretty sure that's what it's called and I think it's Indonesian. If I would've known about it sooner I would've done it after all of my births. I also talked to my aunt who's a personal trainer, and asked her what could be done to strengthen those muscles, and she said to just plank every day for longer each time. I would probably use the wrap while planking because it holds everything in place.

Erin
Farmgirl #3762

"It is... through the world of the imagination which takes us beyond the restrictions of provable fact, that we touch the hem of truth." - Madeleine L'Engle
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1492 Posts

Alicia
Charlestown, IN
1492 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  4:49:29 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
https://derbauernhofsite.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/spring-has-arrived-at-der-bauernhof/

We just got home from the farm. Hello all!!!! I would love more actual followers on my blog as well! I get visitors, but only a few subscribers.

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232
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https://www.etsy.com/shop/DandeeRose Farmgirl Accessories and more!
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1492 Posts

Alicia
Charlestown, IN
1492 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  4:52:33 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Prayers for Erin and Jennie...and as always, Shannon!

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232
https://derbauernhofsite.wordpress.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DandeeRose Farmgirl Accessories and more!
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BellaSticks
True Blue Farmgirl

82 Posts

Nicole
Central Illinois
USA
82 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  5:21:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Erin: Everything with this pregnancy sounds so overwhelming, I'm glad you can vent here. I know how hard it can be to keep things like depression to yourself, though I've never been pregnant or experienced postpartum depression, I know a lot of women who have. I hope you're able to find some peace. I'm living alone right now and with chronic pain it's not always easy for me to cook. I like to put together freezer meals for the crockpot that I can just dump the bag in and forget about it. Or I'll make up a big batch of soup or chili and freeze it in little mason jars for quick, individual size soups. I feel like I'm learning so much about pregnancy and little ones by hearing from all of you on here.

Shannon: Chronic pain and stomach issues can be miserable and I know how trying the pain can be on your mental health. What is the THM diet? I'm following a very strict diet to manage my fibromyalgia and endometriosis, so if you need support, recipe ideas, or someone to vent to, I'm here for you. I find having supportive people to talk to gets me through the cravings and helps me avoid the foods that make me sick.

Alicia: It looks like you all had a wonderful time at the farm! And it looks so much like where I grew up I got homesick looking at your photos. I also started following your blog :) I can't wait to see what you're able to do with the space.


We got some great news today. My dad had a check up with his doctor and he's still cancer free! I think my SIL wants to plan a vow renewal, their 10 year wedding anniversary is in April. I told my brother it might be a really good distraction for her and give her something to look forward to. I also worked up the courage to start the conversation with my job about me moving to working from home full time. Living in this city alone is hard. Being away from my spouse everyday is hard. I know they want me to be happy and they don't want to lose me, so I'll be bringing in my laptop tomorrow to start the process to work from home. I hope to move permanently in June or July so I'll still have some of the growing season left! I feel like I'm just starting to get to know you ladies here and it's been really nice to be able to look forward to coming to this space and hearing a bit from your lives while sharing some of mine. I didn't even realize how isolated I had become until I started coming on here!


Nicole
Farmgirl #6762
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1492 Posts

Alicia
Charlestown, IN
1492 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  5:39:26 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Nicole that is AWESOME!!!!!!

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232
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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

3133 Posts

Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
3133 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  6:15:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicole - what awesome awesome news!!!! So glad your dad is cancer free still, and work is working with you!!! THM is Trim Healthy Momma. We are already gluten free due to sensitivities and it also helps with my fibromyalgia. Basically the diet revolves around your protein, with your fuel source being either fats or carbs, but not at the same meal. The hardest part s no white potatoes, lol. We moved into this rental a couple months before I had my last child, and I think the lack of steps (our house was a two-story), some depression (we moved due to a bad situation with our old neighbor), not being able to really have a garden, and a very needy baby is not helping my waist-line... Thank you for your willingness to chat! My hubby is actually in the process of getting his degree in family and marriage therapy, but the poor man gets told "you are not my therapist" whenever he tries to help! I need to go easier on him!!!! He is such a blessing and I am extremely lucky to have him in my life! I couldn't ask for a better spouse, but boy do I give him a hard time sometimes :( I need to work on that!

Erin - I agree with Nicole about the slow cooker meals! I love doing that! Before having Emi, I planned meals that I could double and put one in the freezer... that way I was only doing a little bit of extra work each night! It worked great for us!!! Do you nurse your babies? Just wondering how in the world you are suppose to do that when you are all wrapped up.... I checked out a video and I can see where it would help, I'm just trying to figure out how to get around not having to undo it all... or do you do it on your skin opposed to over a shirt? I'm guessing I am too far postpartum for it to do me much good to wrap... but I think I will try to do some planks and see if that helps. I also came across a couple other videos that may help with the diastasis.

Alicia - looks like you guys had a great vacation at the Farm!!!! It is so pretty there! Looking forward to seeing it in the Fall!

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
Farmgirl of the Month - January 2016
http://hudson-everydayblessings.blogspot.com/
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GinghamGirl
True Blue Farmgirl

1317 Posts

Joyce
PE
Canada
1317 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  7:17:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alicia - I subscribed :) Is that you with the gorgeous red (or should I say Auburn?) hair!?!? Goodness...it is so incredibly beautiful!! I sure love that picture. I feel like I want to get to know you so much better now after reading your blog!

Nicole - I'm so happy about your dad! And...how exciting about your job!! I also have fibro. and I would love any recipes or advice you would like to pass along to me.




Joyce Hein
Farmgirl Sister #6071
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1492 Posts

Alicia
Charlestown, IN
1492 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  7:54:47 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Oh my.... Ummm... Not sure which picture. Was it from today's post? I haven't colored my hair in a few years, but I used to be Auburn in the fall, Brunette in Winter, and blonde the rest. Naturally I am a darker blond with coppery highlights. lol!!!

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232
https://derbauernhofsite.wordpress.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DandeeRose Farmgirl Accessories and more!
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Edited by - DandeeRose on Mar 31 2016 7:55:41 PM
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BellaSticks
True Blue Farmgirl

82 Posts

Nicole
Central Illinois
USA
82 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  8:04:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shannon - I'm an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) in Illinois. Tell your husband to let me know if he has questions. Now that I'm out of school I sometimes wish I had done the Marriage and Family specialty. I've done therapy with a few couples at my job, but I really specialize in grief and chronic pain/chronic illness issues. It's funny, no matter how hard we try and how good our intentions are our family members are always resistant to our help. I can even give my wife advice and she'll tell me not to treat her like a client and then someone else will say verbatim what I said and she things it's the best advice ever! I've learned to not take it personally, I'm sure he's the same way :) Our diets sound similar, but I eliminate more things - no gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods. I always have to plan ahead, but it seems to be helping. I suspect you could eat any of the things I eat! Lately my office has been having a lot of parties (ever since December, really) and there's food I can't eat in the office all the time, plus they buy us pizza every Friday. I do feel like the more I'm exposed to the things I can't eat and walk away from them, the easier it gets. I can still eat a little dark chocolate, so I'm surviving!

Nicole
Farmgirl #6762
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

4012 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
4012 Posts

Posted - Apr 01 2016 :  6:10:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicole, I am so glad you are enjoying it here! Itís been really nice getting to know you as well. I didnít know there was such thing as a diet to help with endometriosis. My mom has fibro and could use some recipes that could help her.
Awesome news about your dad!

Krista
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GinghamGirl
True Blue Farmgirl

1317 Posts

Joyce
PE
Canada
1317 Posts

Posted - Apr 01 2016 :  6:12:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alicia...that's funny!!!!

Joyce Hein
Farmgirl Sister #6071
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BellaSticks
True Blue Farmgirl

82 Posts

Nicole
Central Illinois
USA
82 Posts

Posted - Apr 01 2016 :  8:02:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joyce - I am so sorry, I somehow missed your post yesterday. I find I feel better when I eat more veggies and fruit every day. I try to buy organic as much as possible, which is a huge motivating factor for getting out of the city and back to where I can grow my own food. Moving more is key too. Those were the very first steps I took. I do feel better when I eat more natural foods and cook everything so I know exactly what's in it. This was so hard in the beginning because my pain makes it hard to cook. I ate a lot of raw veggies as snacks at first and slowly kept adding activity until I was able to cook for myself. At first all I could do was sit at the dining room table to chop veggies.

Krista - there are a few different diets that can help with endometriosis symptoms, anything that's recommended for autoimmune diseases will help to reduce inflammation which will lower pain levels. It's amazing how much food can heal our bodies :)

Nicole
Farmgirl #6762
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notathreatinsight
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Erin
Monroeville IN
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Apr 02 2016 :  05:38:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shannon, I breastfed each of my babies for a year. I'm sure I'll do the same with this one, so I would definitely wrap right on my skin. I don't think it will be the most comfortable thing ever, especially with weather getting warmer. I'm sure I won't be able to do it all day. I can't keep my belly wrapped now all day because it hurts around my arms too much. I just make sure I wrap it when I'm up a lot, teaching or in the kitchen, standing folding laundry, things like that. I think the bengkung will be the same.

Nicole I'm so happy to hear about your dad. That's such great news. My husband works in mental health too. He's a case manager. He works mostly with adults now, bi polars and schizophrenics. Before that he worked with children and adolescents with behavioral problems. I could never have the patience for any of that. I have a lot of respect for people who can do that job.

Today I'm going to tackle the craft room. It's insanely out of control. I mentioned that a couple weeks ago I think. Obviously there have been no improvements, lol! I have a big box in there that I'm throwing things in for our church rummage sale. That's not helping. Maybe I'll just fill the box and bring it to church tomorrow. My birthday is next weekend, and my mom talked about coming out here. I pretty much told everyone I don't want to do anything for my birthday because, you know, I'm huge and pregnant and don't want to go anywhere, lol! But now I think maybe I should tell her to come out and help me go through the kids toys for the rummage sale and put meals together. I know this is a good idea, I'm just hesitant to ask because I'm afraid I'll just be really disappointed and we won't get much done. I guess I should just ask her anyway.

So I literally don't follow any blogs... Officially. There are some I check in with occasionally. I have checked in with Shannon's, and Alicia's on occasion. I'm going to go attempt to follow them now, and I'm hoping its self explanatory. :)

Erin
Farmgirl #3762

"It is... through the world of the imagination which takes us beyond the restrictions of provable fact, that we touch the hem of truth." - Madeleine L'Engle
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1492 Posts

Alicia
Charlestown, IN
1492 Posts

Posted - Apr 02 2016 :  7:44:38 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
lol!! Thanks Erin! :)


Many Blessings- Alicia #5232
https://derbauernhofsite.wordpress.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DandeeRose Farmgirl Accessories and more!
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1492 Posts

Alicia
Charlestown, IN
1492 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2016 :  12:50:29 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
If you are on FB I have a couple of pages!!
https://www.facebook.com/WinklerDerBauernhof/
https://www.facebook.com/DandeeRose-Designs-136409143100458/

And my Pinterest page! https://www.pinterest.com/dandeerose/

Do you have a pages to share???



Many Blessings- Alicia #5232
https://derbauernhofsite.wordpress.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DandeeRose Farmgirl Accessories and more!
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Edited by - DandeeRose on Apr 03 2016 12:52:13 PM
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1492 Posts

Alicia
Charlestown, IN
1492 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2016 :  12:16:09 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
New Blog post!! :) https://derbauernhofsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/dandelions-and-violets-foraging-series-1/

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232
https://derbauernhofsite.wordpress.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DandeeRose Farmgirl Accessories and more!
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."
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notathreatinsight
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Erin
Monroeville IN
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2016 :  2:24:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great post Alicia! We don't have any dandelions yet, but I'm sure by the end of the month I'll be surrounded!

Erin
Farmgirl #3762

"It is... through the world of the imagination which takes us beyond the restrictions of provable fact, that we touch the hem of truth." - Madeleine L'Engle
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BellaSticks
True Blue Farmgirl

82 Posts

Nicole
Central Illinois
USA
82 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2016 :  4:04:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alicia - It's so cold here and we've had snow flurries all day. Your pictures really cheered me up this afternoon :)

Nicole
Farmgirl #6762
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1492 Posts

Alicia
Charlestown, IN
1492 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2016 :  4:50:57 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Aww! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232
https://derbauernhofsite.wordpress.com

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

4012 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
4012 Posts

Posted - Apr 05 2016 :  12:10:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great blog post, Alicia.

Krista
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BellaSticks
True Blue Farmgirl

82 Posts

Nicole
Central Illinois
USA
82 Posts

Posted - Apr 05 2016 :  3:34:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I started knitting those socks for my SIL a little over a week ago and have not wanted to work on them since I started. Jennie had her surgery yesterday and they say it went well. She has to stay in the hospital for a few days and we're waiting on the lab results to find out if the cancer has spread to the nearby lymph nodes. We're hopeful that it hasn't and she won't have to start chemo. I've been in a funk the past couple of days that I just can't shake off. I'm really discontent with work and living all alone. Now that I'm getting close to moving out I'm getting anxious and I want to do it NOW! hahaha. I can be incredibly patient until the end date nears and then I worry and stress and get grumpy. I'm still at work for a few hours tonight, but I'll try to post my progress on my SIL's socks. Maybe that will get me back to work on them. I hope you're all having a good week.

Nicole
Farmgirl #6762
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notathreatinsight
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Erin
Monroeville IN
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Apr 07 2016 :  03:53:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicole I know what you mean. It's hard waiting for something that you just want to happen now. I've always had a hard time going back to knitting projects. Crochet is just so much faster for me. I have a pair of socks I started knitting five years ago and never picked back up, lol! I'll continue to pray for your sister in law. Waiting on that news is so hard.

I had an ultrasound yesterday to find out where the baby is. He's sideways. Little stinker. Also he's 8.5 lbs, give or take a pound, and I have 3-4 weeks to go. I had to go to my OB/GYN for the ultrasound for insurance reasons instead of going to the OB my midwife works with, which is such a bummer because of course they think I'm crazy for wanting to give birth at home. She immediately started talking to me about when I can do a c section. It was a very annoying appt. I just had to smile and nod through it.

Anyone have any good freezer meal recipes they want to share? I'm putting together my grocery list for that today.

Erin
Farmgirl #3762

"It is... through the world of the imagination which takes us beyond the restrictions of provable fact, that we touch the hem of truth." - Madeleine L'Engle
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BellaSticks
True Blue Farmgirl

82 Posts

Nicole
Central Illinois
USA
82 Posts

Posted - Apr 07 2016 :  06:20:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Here's the first sock so far. I just finished the heel flap! Yesterday we found out that they found cancer in her lymph nodes so after she heals from surgery she will begin 6 months of chemotherapy. She's trying to stay positive. My dad's recent cancer free news is giving her hope. I really think I can finish these this weekend and hope they brighten her day.

Nicole
Farmgirl #6762
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notathreatinsight
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Erin
Monroeville IN
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Apr 07 2016 :  09:54:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those look beautiful! I'm so sorry to hear they found it in her lymph nodes. I'll keep praying for her. My aunt had cancer in her lymph nodes and fought it back with radiation.

Erin
Farmgirl #3762

"It is... through the world of the imagination which takes us beyond the restrictions of provable fact, that we touch the hem of truth." - Madeleine L'Engle
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