April 26, 2017

Chiropractic Care For Infants

I had acid reflux my entire pregnancy. I took Tums until they quit working and then the OB had me taking Zantac. *Note* I hate taking medicine. The Tums and Zantac didn't stop the reflux they only made it so it didn't burn. At times the reflux was so bad it caused me to throw up, this happened about once a day for my entire pregnancy. I even had acid reflux while I was in labor, crazy right?!? They gave me something nasty to drink and it instantly went away. Where was this magic drink during the rest of my pregnancy?

I shouldn't have been surprised that Bubba developed acid reflux when he was about a month old. He would scream and wail while nursing. When he was done nursing and I went to burp him he would typically throw up nearly everything he had eaten. I felt so bad for him!

When Bubba had his seizure the doctor prescribed a form of Zantac for babies. The Zantac seemed to help with the pain but it didn't stop the reflux or the throw up. The prescription ran out and almost instantly the pain Bubba had previously experienced with the reflux returned.

I took him into the doctor and was issued another prescription for Zantac. I also noticed that Bubba's weight dropped for an eighty something percentile down to the teens because of the vomiting from the reflux and this concerned me.

I began researching online to see if there way anything more I could do (we kept him upright after nursing, his bed was on an incline, etc). A few people suggested ta,king reflux babies to see a chiropractor. Initially I thought to myself, "That is ridiculous! Why would you want someone cranking on your babies neck?"

A short while later a friend who is an RN suggested just that, that I take Bubba in to see a chiropractor who had specialized in babies. She said she had taken her kids to him and that he was really good.

Next thing I know I am calling up this chiropractor to see what he can do for my baby. I filled out some paperwork before taking Bubba to the chiropractor's office, the papers asked all kinds of questions about his delivery- I thought that was interesting.

The day of the appointment arrived and I didn't have any expectations. We met with the doctor and he seemed very friendly. He began asking questions about my pregnancy and about labor and delivery. He became more concerned the more I talked. I was especially concerned when he heard that they used the vacuum not only once but twice to get Bubba out.

He said that during labor and delivery the goal is to get the baby out alive and they will do just about anything to get a baby out, but often that can cause spinal misalignments that can affect people for the rest of their lives if left untreated.

He checked Bubba's spine and sure enough things were out of place. He was super gentle with him and used his "activator" tool to realign Bubba's spine. Bubba didn't even cry!

The doctor suggested taking him to see a massage therapist who specializes in craniosacral work just to see if anything was wrong there.

I took Bubba in to see the massage therapist. I know what your probably thinking, "You took your baby to a massage therapist?" I sure did.

It didn't seem like the massage therapist did anything but he assured me that Bubba would sleep better and that his wet diapers would no longer bother him. Sure enough Bubba began to sleep better at night and the wet diapers no longer bothered him. Previously he would scream every time he had a wet diaper- we went through a lot of diapers for awhile.

We returned to the chiropractor and he could tell that we had taken Bubba in to the massage therapist. He said a particular area of his head/neck region had moved about an inch and looked really good.

We have been going to the chiropractor once every two weeks since February and I have to say I am impressed with the results we have seen. Bubba is off of his Zantac, he has normal baby spit up instead of Niagra Falls, he sleeps better at night, he is taking naps during the day, he doesn't get mad every time he has a wet diaper. And he smiles every time he see the doctor. Occasionally he will cry when he hears the "activator tool" but overall it has been a wonderful experience.

At our last appointment the doctor said Bubba was looking so good that our visits will now be once a month. I feel like we have witnessed miracle after miracle with this chiropractor and I am so grateful for the care he has taken in treating our family. Yes, we are all seeing him now for various reasons. If your child is struggling with acid reflux I highly recommend taking them in. We will definitely take any future children we have in to be adjusted.

As I was sitting in the waiting room one day I noticed some patient stories on the wall and was really impressed with one in particular, I will summarize it briefly below.

There was a family who had a son around 8 or 9 years old. This little boy was really having a hard time. He was constantly sick and in and out of the hospital, he was struggling in school so much that the family had hired tutors for him and his vision was terrible. The family took him in to see the chiropractor we go to. It wasn't too long before the family began to notice changes. Their son didn't get sick anymore, his academic performance improved greatly and he no longer needed his tutor and when they took him into the eye doctor his vision was perfect- the eye doctor was floor.

Crazy story, right?

I am truly amazed by what chiropractic care can do. If your in the Eugene/Springfield area and looking for a chiropractor let me know and I will gladly give you our chiropractor's contact information.

April 25, 2017

The Suicidal Slug

I went on a four mile walk this morning with my good friend Kirsten. About halfway through our walk I began to notice slugs on the path. I made it a point, to point out the slugs so neither of us would accidentally step on one because that would be GROSS.

So we are walking along and I am pushing Bubba in his stroller and the next thing I know I am sliding and it feels as if I slipped on some non-existent ice. I was sure I stepped in a big pile of dog poop.  I turned around to see what I'd stepped in. To my surprise, I saw a mutilated slug. It was SUPER DISGUSTING!

Kirsten and I both started laughing. I laughed so hard I almost cried. I'm super grateful I was pushing the stroller. If it weren't for the stroller I would have not only landed on my butt, but landed on the slug as well. I'm it I didn't die because of a slug. So GROSS!

Counting my blessing!

April 9, 2017

An Act Of Faith

I have been thinking a lot this past week about the Prophet Joseph Smith. I am so incredibly grateful for the young boy Joseph who lived nearly 200 years ago. My life has been forever blessed because of the faith of this young man.

He was raised in a home where he learned to love the Lord. He had a question, he pondered on that question, he looked everywhere to find the answer to his question (the Bible, different religious congregations) and he just couldn't seem to find an answer. He decided to pray to God for an answer to his question as directed in the book of James and something miraculous occurred- He saw God the Father and his son Jesus Christ and he received and answer to the question that troubled his soul. Because of the faith of this young man the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth and that is nothing short of miraculous.

I cannot imagine what my life would be like without the knowledge of the Gospel. I know who I am, I know why I am here and I know where I want to go. I am a daughter of God. He loves me. I am created in His image. I am here to learn, to grow, to be tested and to try to become like Him. I hope in living a life patterned after his that I can return to live with him someday.

March 29, 2017

Nana's Green Chile Casserole

One of the things I craved while pregnant was Nana's Green Chile Casserole (it's my Dad's favorite meal). I called her to see if she could give me the recipe and she didn't know what dish I was talking about. She called me back later and asked if it could be her Green Chile Enchiladas- it was, I grew up calling it Green Chile Casserole.

Ingredients

Corn tortillas
1 can green chilies
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup cheddar cheese + additional for top of casserole
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch pan. Line the base of the greased by with corn tortillas torn into pieces.  Mix the remaining ingredients together and spread on top of corn tortilla pieces. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes.

Nana suggest serving this along side a taco salad consisting of 1pound of hamburger, lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, salsa and chips.

February 26, 2017

2017 Bucket List

I used to create a bucket list every season, we would typically get out and do something on said list each weekend and Andy and I both loved that. Having a baby in the winter has made getting out a little more difficult. Instead of making a bucket list for each season, I've opted to make a bucket list for the year.

1. Ride in a biplane
2. Go kayaking
3. Climb Mt. Adams
4. Run The Dirty Dash
5. Go parasailing
6. Ride my bike around Crater Lake
7. Visit all the lighthouses in Oregon
8. Go backpacking overnight
9. Climb one of the sisters
10. Run Color Me Rad
11. Run a half marathon
12. Go to the rock slides
13. Visit the High Desert Museum
14. Climb Mt. Jefferson
15. Climb Mary's Peak
16. Visit Seaside
17. Go crabbing
18. Go trapeezing
19. Go to a Mariner's game
20. Climb Mailbox Peak
21. Crawl through the lava cave
22. Go 4 wheeling at the dunes
23. Camp at the ocean
24. Swim at Belnap Hot Springs
25. Go on a vacation
26. Go snow shoeing
27. Go standup paddle boarding
28. Do a 50 mile bike ride
29. Hike Multnomah Falls
30. Hike Silver Falls
31. Visit national cave in Southern Oregon
32. Hike Blue Pool
33. Go whitewater rafting

February 23, 2017

Thursday Thought

It's been awhile since I have shared a Thursday Thought. Bubba is sleeping, Andy is working on the car and I have a few minutes to myself to just write.

One thing I love is a good quote. I can't recall when I came across this one, but I sure love it!

"You have the potential to become anything to which you set your mind. You have a mind and a body and a spirit. With these three working together, you can walk the high road that leads to achievement and happiness. But this will require great effort and sacrifice and faith."
                           
 - President Gordon B. Hinckley

Your mind is very a powerful tool, maybe it should be referred to as a weapon. Anyways, your mind is strong. It is powerful! It can help you to keep going during difficult times or it can cause you to give up. What's the difference between perseverance and giving up? You decide. It seems like a trick question but the real answer is that you decide. You can do anything you set your mind to, even the impossible. The impossible doesn't come without a price though, it requires work. Sometimes that mean doing something outside your comfort zone. 

Where do you want to be? Who do you want to become? What's holding you back? What are you going to do about it?

February 21, 2017

Bubba At 3 Months

You're three months old today Bubba! I can't believe how fast the time has passed. You've gotten so big. I recently boxed up your newborn clothes and started to cry, I can't believe how big your getting. You've grown nearly three inches and put on almost 5 pounds. You have figured out how to use your hands, you love to grab things (mommy's hair, other people's fingers, your elephant that we named Ellie, blankets, etc). You love to lay on the changing pad and look up at the ceiling fan while kicking your feet. When you're not puking, you love to smile and make baby noises. You have such a sweet disposition. You're such a cute little guy! We just love you!






Bubba & Andy