Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Happy NFP week!

Back in March I wrote a post about me, using NFP and it working for me. I know that with my new pregnancy some people may think that's not the case. But they are wrong, this baby that I am currently carrying is planned.
 Here is the link to the post:  http://shortsmallandinlove.blogspot.com/2015/03/i-use-nfp-and-it-works.html?spref=fb

 This week is national Natural Family Planning Week.  I know some people are against it, they think we will have 10+ children. That is not true. As I wrote in my post back in March, NFP is effective if done correctly.  I posted that I use NFP because of my faith. That is very true, but another reason I use NFP is it is free. Free from all hormones, free from additives, free from carcinogens, and free from putting a foreign item in my body. I really enjoy all of that. It is nice, to know I have control over that, when we don't have control over what goes in our food. No, I am not a hippie, I am someone who wants to make sure that I can keep my NF under control and if that means watching what I eat and what goes inside me, that I will do. Plus, it is really nice to what is going on with my body.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Hi all,

I  can't believe I went 2 months without writing.  A lot has happened  since then. To catch you all up we will start with the most exciting news of all.

Peanut is going to be a big brother.  We are having anotherbaby in November,  unless this one is like his or her brother.  Then, it will be October.  Either way  we are expanding our family.

Other exciting news is we got a house. A house and moving is souch work. Plus setting it up. Oh vey. Pictures will come soon, but for now I am just trying to make it through the day.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What's up Wednesday

Hello Blogging world.
It has been a long time since I joined a link-up. A very long time, but I have decided to do one today. So, with out further introduction...What's Up Wednesday by Mel, Sheaffer, and Shey.

What we are eating this week...
Honestly, a variety of things. We have been having a lot of chicken, spinach, and avocados this week. We have also been having a lot of fruit; clementines, apples, pineapples... all sorts of yummy things. 

What I'm reminiscing about...
 How this time last year I thought Peanut was so big. I was so tired, but so in love with his little personality that was starting to show through. Also, about what I was going to do this summer. 

What I am loving...
This warm weather. It has been so cold lately, I am so thankful for a warm up and to see grass starting to grow. 

What we've been up to...
House hunting. It's a headache. That's all. 

What I'm dreading...
The end of the school year. It is so busy, I'm afraid I won't get everything done that needs to be completed. 

What I'm working on...
Some winter hats for next year. I'll post pictures when they are done. 

What I'm watching...
Right now Law and Order SVU. 

What I'm wearing...

What I'm doing this weekend...
It's my birthday. I have nothing planned, but I'm sure my husband has something up his sleeve. 

What I'm looking forward too next month...
I have a lot to look forward too. I am doing a walk for NF. I will be posting  about that in the next few days. I'm very excited for it. Besides that, my little sister is graduating college and just playing outside. 

That's all for now. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Stormy Weather

"Don't know why...there's no sun up in the sky. Stormy Weather,"

I am very lucky that we don't have any stormy weather here. It is beautiful and sunny. But yet, there is stormy weather in sense that things have been less than perfect. I know that it is only a phase and it will pass, but sometimes, I feel that I fall into that depression of "stormy weather."
So, what do you do when that happens to you?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's not easy

There is a Facebook Group out right now going around spreading vicious lies. They claim to be Christian and started these lies on Palm Sunday. These lies affect me deeply, and even though they are not true, I have faced criticism because of it. You may be asking yourself, what am I talking about, and how can something not true cause you pain. I am talking about something that causes a mommy war. Something, that some people judge your womanhood on. How you give birth.

This group is saying that C-section moms took the easy way out. They don't care about their babies and CPS should take their babies away. They are saying that if you had an emergency C-section, then you went against God's plan to call you home and when you do die will be tossed into the burning fires of hell.

While they are radical with their views and extremely hateful (I didn't share and will not share their hate talk) there are those who think that a C-section means that you did not give birth. They say your baby was extracted from your body. You never went through labor and or what it is like to push a baby out of your body. Your baby had drugs in it's system since before it was a born, what kind of mother are you?

Yes, I have come across all of that and more. Each time, I  pray that God gives me strength to turn the other cheek and be charitable in my response. To help that person understand that we shouldn't judge or condemn others.

It is not easy, but I do it. Just like my labor was not easy. My water broke too early. I tried my best to labor naturally. I went 56+ hours before I had a placental abruption. My son's heart rate was dropping and I was losing blood was too fast.  Had my doctors waited even an hour longer to "extract" my son, both of us would not be here today. And well, maybe one can say God was calling us home, but I believe that when God calls you home, there is nothing that can be done. No amount of medical intervention will work, because God is all powerful. I believe that God gave us the knowledge and science of doctors to help us. To help find cures for things that are horrible, to make sure that more babies get a chance to live. God gave us free choice. Jesus died for us so that we can live, not only on earth but when we die as well. I believe God gives us things to challenge us, test us and all around give us the strength for something more difficult to come along.

I know that God was watching me and my son that day, and I know that it was not an easy day. It was not an easy day for my peanut, and it was not an easy day for my husband. I am not going to lie, I did have problems overcoming the fact that I had a c-section. I was upset that my body failed me. But, I wear my scar with pride, knowing that I have a battle wound from having to fight for my son.  That being said, I am still a mom, I am still a woman, I just gave birth a different way.


Monday, March 23, 2015

That dada?

My peanut is walking and talking and being a toddler. My baby is growing up. But he will still be my baby.  Right now, though, he is adorable. He loves my husband. Absolutely loves him. When I say that, I mean he always asked for Dada.

Not only does he ask for Dada, but he asks for Wissen. (Winston) He loves Winston. Always wants to play with him and feed him.

But, I know he loves his Mama. He cuddles and snuggles and sighs in my arms. And because he is my baby, yes we do co-sleep.  He falls asleep holding on to one of us and seems so happy.



Sunday, March 15, 2015

The sun is shinning

The birds are singing...
I want to start deep cleaning...
that can only mean one thing!

Spring has Sprung!

Okay, I  know, I know, I have a few more days until it is officially spring, but, I can't wait. I can't wait to garden, I can't wait to wear sun dresses, and I can't wait for long walks with the stroller and Winston. Peanut loves to look over his stroller at Winston (or Wa-ta as he calls him).  In fact, Peanut loves to do anything outside. Today, he was at the window and pointed outside and said "outside?"

So therefore, with the sun shinning (or not) look for me outside this year. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

I use NFP and it works

This post may be a bit TMI for some, but I felt it was needed.

Those of you who follow the news, know that the Pope has been under fire for some things he has said about Catholics and reproduction. I feel that he will always be under fire because he is the Pope and the media is not a fan of Catholics. But that is another post, for another time. This post is about NFP( Natural Family Planning)

I am going to start off with why I am writing this, often after you have a baby, people ask when you will have the next one or what you will do for birth control. Both of those questions are very invasive. Furthermore, the reactions to the answers to those questions can be hurtful. My husband and I use Natural Family Planning, in accordance to the church's (Catholic) teaching.  That means no artificial hormones, no barriers, and nothing to get in the way of conceiving a child. In fact, the only way to not have a baby is absence.  Yet, when we inform some medical personal about our reproductive choices, we are often told that it will not work and we will be seeing them within the next six months. My son is now 14 months old. Therefore, I say "Ha" to those doctors who don't believe it works.

There are many different methods of NFP. I am not going to share the type my husband and I use, but I will list the methods. When done correctly, if you are planning to avoid a pregnancy, each of them have been proven to be 99% effective. I am not going to get into a lot of details about the methods, if you want more information please check out the links I list at the end. There are your mucus only methods; Billings and Creighton are the most common. There is your cross-categorical method; Couples to couples league Sympto-Thermal, this one check mucus, basal body temp and cervical position. There are other sympto-thermal methods, but the one I listed is the most common. Then there is the Marquette method which uses a fertility monitor and checks hormone levels. Each method has it's own rules which need to be followed for both avoiding and for conceiving.

Now, I know that many of my readers (or those who happen to find this post) will say that NFP does not work. It will be mistakenly called the Rhythm method. That is false. The rhythm method is based on the perfect 28 day cycle and that she ovulates on day 14. We all know how false this is and each NFP method is able to work with all types of women, those who have short cycles and those who have irregular cycles.

I think I will end this post here by saying that NFP works for me and my husband. It helps bring us closer to God. It also help me know my body. For more information on NFP  and to find where I got my information please check out these websites.



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