As Zane gets older, I have more time on my hands to make healthier decisions… Not! 😉 I just felt like writing that for kicks. Regardless of time, lately I’ve been exploring different ways to be healthier in our lives. Interestingly, my decision to make the following changes is not because I’m extreme with health or preserving the Earth, but rather, makes sense to me and the needs of our family. So what have I been up to these days in this realm of motherhood and family life??
A. Cloth diapering: Up until several months ago, I had bought two cloth diapers and used it here and there when I felt like it. To save on a disposable diaper made me feel good. I knew much about cloth diapers since I have friends who utilize them full-time but couldn’t be inconvenienced, nor committed to the additional washings. Well, one thing led to the next (with coming across some exceptional deals on cloth diapers), and now I am a cloth diaper user (except at night). Aside from the health benefits of going this route on Zane’s bum, the money we save and will recoup in the future if I sell them, far exceeds disposable diapers. For me, there’s something fulfilling about being kinder to the environment by reusing diapers and seeing his diapers hang dry. (I know, I’m weird ;)) I plan on using them on baby #2.
B. Cooking from scratch and limiting our consumption of processed foods: When I tried figuring out what irritated Zane’s tummy at night, thus causing wake ups, I’ve deduced that it has largely to do with dairy and processed foods intake. No, I haven’t had him tested, but I’ve co-slept with him and live and breathe him 24-7 to know what goes in and out, and his aches and pains. Since I’ve eliminated cow’s milk from his diet and only feed him foods that I either make from scratch or have tested out slowly, he sleeps through the night and is less sick. No more upset stomachs, chronic ear infections, and body rashes. I discovered one of the culprits was processed chicken nuggets from the supermarket, even the organic kind. So now I use my Philips air fryer and make my own free range chicken nuggets. Always a winner! In general, I do a lot more cooking and trying new recipes so that I can ensure we have yummy, healthy food. My boys are happy.
C. Essential oils: Up until Zane was close to two, he was sick at least twice a month. Often I’d take him to the doctors and feed him all the antibiotics they instructed me to give him. Looking back, I believe it wasn’t all necessary. Especially now that I’ve come across essential oils. Again, I have many friends who use this stuff and never was fully interested or committed. It seemed so fluffy to me. Well, one thing led to another (of course I came across an exceptional deal) and now I own eleven DoTerra oils. I started researching their uses and after each application when an ailment arose, the specific oil remedied it. It was quick and magical! Even Daniel agrees it’s effective! Since using these oils, our family is healthier in terms of less sicknesses (if at all) and we haven’t consumed pharmaceutical drugs for stomach aches, canker sores, colds, etc. I even use it in our laundry, cleaning supplies, and as a sleep aid. I highly recommend you check it out!
So there you have it, a little bit of what I’ve been up to. We are all doing well and it seems life just passes way too quickly. I’m 30 weeks pregnant!! I hope to blog more in the coming weeks. Write to you then. Xx