Friday, October 19, 2012

4 Months Along

Only 4 months along and this baby is already doing impressive gymnastics.  I first felt the baby at 9 weeks!  Then it was already quickening by 15 weeks.  Now we are 16 weeks and I can lay and watch my belly jump up and down (ALL DAY).  It's unreal! 

This thing is moving like I can't believe.  I didn't feel Naomi until she was 22 weeks along.  She didn't quicken until 24 weeks.  We didn't see her tumbling in the womb (from the outside) until after 7 months.  Even then she only had a few active times a day.  This one is going on and on.  I love it! 

They say that if you are thin then you will feel the movements a little earlier.  I was the same size as when I got pregnant with Naomi, but I haven't gained as much weight (about 10+ pounds less with this one) in the first trimester so maybe that's why I can feel it earlier.  Plus I'm experienced now and know what to look for.  However, that doesn't account for the belly jumping an inch every second.

Your Blood Type and Your Lifestyle

On a chilly (relatively) winter night in the heart of Texas, we stopped at a McDonalds, surely not to eat, but to meet up with a new friend.  He gave us some music and told us about the Blood Type Diet.  I was really intrigued since I love nutrition and lifestyle information.  He said he hadn't been sick in quite a bit more than a handful of years.  Not even a sniffle.  He followed the blood type diet.  I stored the information in my brain and decided it was on my 'must research' list.

Fast forward to now, the next Fall.  I finally got around to doing some research and am amazed.  I will start with my own findings about myself. 

Diet:  Since I was very little, I felt sure that I knew what foods did well in my body and what foods were a drag on my energy and bodily systems.  I used to describe one of the reactions as "starchy".  If you went to high school with me, you may remember me complaining of this after lunch or before Rifle practice.  My absolute no-no list since I can remember making decisions about eating (about 5 or 6 years old) were peanut butter, corn, tomatoes, red onions, bananas, chicken, wheat and sugar.  I have stayed really true to this banned list though I will eat the foods occasionally, I don't like how they make me feel, so I don't eat them of my own will. 

Exercise:  My favorite exercises are hiking and bicycling.  These make me feel very fulfilled, challenge me mentally and physically (I'm a goal person).  And when I do these with others (almost always the case) I push myself harder and do a lot better. 

Lifestyle:  We love going to sleep at a good time every night and waking up around sunrise (though lately it's been a little later than that lately because of being tired with sickness and pregnancy.).  You may not have guessed it, but our family loves structure and having goals and expectations planned and written down ahead of time.  I love checklists and having things organized and clutter-free.  Not a week goes by that I don't find some slew of items in our possession that go to the thrift store.  We are quite nomadic, but that doesn't mean we aren't regimented in our life choices.  What we eat, drink, what we wear (fabric compositions of clothing and modesty) and each decision we make is very important to us.  I also believe in meditation.  I have overcome a lot of stresses, baggage and learned so much about myself through meditation.

We like living in community.  The biggest reason for me, is because the older someone gets, there may come a time they need to be physically cared for.  I don't believe this should be outsourced to strangers, rather handled within the community of the individual.  A reward for being a contributing member of a community.  Another member needing extra care in a community would be the mentally ill or mentally disabled.  Most neighborhoods have no structure for caring for the elderly.  Also, when we fill our lives with jobs and activities that take us away from that community of our neighborhood, we lose touch and are torn away and can not provide the care and attention that the more needy members of the community deserve.  This is really sad and heartbreaking.

So back to the blood type thing.  Here is the link.  Look up your blood type.

 Blood Type Diet Homepage

What do you think?  Can your blood type tell you about how you should eat, how you should exercise, how you should act?

Mine is B+.  Michael's is also B+.  We should not eat Peanuts, Corn, Wheat, Buckwheat, Lentils, Tomatoes or Chicken.  We should eat leafy greens, veggies, fruits, limited dairy, venison, goat, lamb...  Hiking and bicycling are among the top four exercises for our blood type.  They like community.  They are nomadic peoples from the highlands of the Himalayas.  They should go to sleep before 11 pm and sleep 8 hours or more.  It was VERY true for us. 

Tell me what you find out about yourself...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bike Ride and Harvest

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Making Musical Memories in Michigan Part 4

Phil Wintermute

Though he is no longer with us, Phil had an effect on people that is hard to explain.  He was loved by so many and held dear.  He always encouraged other musicians just to play, "And when you have 8 or 9 songs, record a cd."  It was so basic with him.  There was no magic formula, just embracing the spirit of playing heartfelt music AND sharing it.  We'd go to Dagwoods and Altus while Phil played and just soak it up.