egads, i missed you ladies!!!
saw the title to this thread and had to catch up.
What are you doing to boost your immunity?
daily- 5000iu vit D, 500 some measurement chelated magnesium, eating almost paleo (cheese joined the menu this week for the first time in 5 months), laying down by 9:30 almost every night and not getting up til baby does around 7:30, pilates, and laying down for an hour each day w/ a book or a dumb movie or just to close my eyes. (introvert here needs to tune out kids or else i start to feel CRAZY!)- when it's sunny we sit outside, and i take one walk a week w/ hubby during the day and do work- and i love my focused time when i don't have to be mama and do 1000 things at once!!!
once a week i try to take a mineral bath, get out to work, see clients 2x a week, and have friends over at least 1x a week. started a mom's group on thurs mornings to see other moms! i serve paleo scones and tea.
How much/often are you nursing now?
3-5x a day. none at night.
Any great nutrition discoveries you want to share or get help with?
ugh- i eat so well, and i'm steadily gaining, and every night i have horrendous gas! no matter what i eat! i wish i could eat well and not gain 50lbs each pregnancy. but i can't eat less, or cleaner, so that makes it hard! i have been taking some cod liver oil and Omega-3's w/ my kids in the evenings (they line up to take their cod liver oil. so mary poppins), and probiotics have been really helpful. but still get that gas!!!!
Are you getting breaks? How and when do you take them?
work is my break during different days, so tues am 11am-1pm, every other wed 10-11am, and every other friday 6pm-7pm. that's all my scheduled away from kids/not doing kids things time. and yes, i have a scheduled 'quiet time' in my house which is theoretically from 1-3, which means i usually get almost an hour to myself! i lay down. i shut down. my kids who do school need a break then, and my kids who don't do school need it even more. then 3-7:30 is clean-up, dinner, play, movies, bedtime and then i shut down after that. bedtime for me is 9:30 and my husband LOVES it b/c i just curl up w/ him.
Do you have a good support network right now?
my husband is wonderful. i have a babysitter on Tues from 10-1 so i can go out and do work and see my husband during the day before i morph into the 5pm exhaustabeast. THAT'S IT.
i started a moms group in our church b/c it's so lonely during the week. i'd like to pretend that doing kids day in and day out w/out anyone but us is romantic and perfect, but it makes me CRAZY. we're doing well in school, 2 older kids to piano lessons 1x a week, my eldest plays little league (which has been snowed and rained out a lot), but husband is gone 8-5:30 5 days a week. and this week is gone 2 nights as well. there was a month w/ lots of husband traveling and overnights and all that, and it was ROUGH. i may have tantrumed on the floor one night after the month was done b/c i was so tired and couldn't pretend to even want to help clean the kitchen. i might have just cried and yelled 'i'm tired!!! I'M TIRED! I'M SO F-ING TIRED!' but apparently hubby got the memo and has been way more supportive of letting me sleep and get to bed on time and not helping him clean the kitchen after i put the kids to bed. (sorry, mommy profanity is rare, but my dad was a marine and when i revert to my totally overwhelmed subconscious self i say things that aren't totally in character w/ my normal conscious mind! my husband has had to laugh and tell friends that my kids have heard it from me when i'm mad at him and it's always funny b/c it's a side only he sees!)
i wish we had family around. i wish the friends i spent a year working on relationship w/ hadn't flaked out the moment we had minor conflict (my husband and them, not me and kids, but they cut us all off completely). i hope some of the friends i'm building w/ now will stick.....