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2007 January 12 » Philoxenos

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Does it hurt when I do this?

12th January 2007

Does it hurt when I do this?

This post is mostly for the benefit of my mom, whom I recently learned reads my blog. I had an appointment at the hospital with the physiotherapist who works in women’s health. As a result of having three pregnancies and also breastfeeding the first two for a length of time, my body is starting to wear out. That, and my youngest daughter didn’t start to walk until she was nearly 16 months and she weighs 25 lbs. I think it’s actually more the result of the latter. Anyway, I’ve got some thing going on in my pelvis where the bones are rubbing when they shouldn’t be, so my midwife referred me to the physiotherapist. This is how the socialised medicine system works - you have to have a referral or you pay for it. So, of course, I went for the referral :)

I met with a lovely woman named Lynley who asked me lots of questions and then had me lay on the bed and she moved my legs different ways and asked me “Does it hurt when I do this?” I’m sure the grimace on my face indicated the level of pain I was experiencing.

Before I left she gave me some exercises to do along with a very sexy belt to wear around my hips to keep everything together. She also assured me that the pain would go away after the birth of the baby. Here’s praying she’s right!

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12th January 2007

The perfect snack

I realise that a lot of my posts recently have been about food. I think it’s because I’m eating a lot more frequently because of my reduced stomach size. And my kids like to eat at very regular intervals, approximately every three hours from the minute they wake up. Because of their desire to eat so often I find myself struggling with what to feed them when morning and afternoon snack times come around. It’s currently the height of summer and things like peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots are in season and the cheapest fruit to buy. They LOVE stone fruit but I can’t feed them too many in one day or my youngest will use more nappies than is cost effective. Same with raisins; a huge favourite but not good in large quantities. And how many pretzels can one person eat? Of course, considering that my 3yo asks for a peanut butter and honey sandwich EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. she probably wouldn’t care if she had the same snack every day. But I get bored. So today I splashed out - apples and peanut butter which I believe, next to graham crackers and peanut butter, is the perfect snack. Just thought you’d like to know.

Edited to add: What is your favourite snack for the kids? I’m always looking for ideas!

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12th January 2007

Mothers-in-law

I thought I’d let you know how the mother-in-law cleaning went. First I have to let you know a little bit about her. She is a woman that is always on the move. I jokingly say that dust dare not linger in her presence. When I had my youngest child in 2005 she took a week off work (she’s a nurse) and helped me out at home. As I sat on the couch, which seemed like all the time, I watched her and she was always picking something up, cleaning something, putting something away. It made me tired just watching. I can’t say that I’ve gotten used to it because I am simply a very different person. But the result is that whenever she comes over to visit (she and my father-in-law only live 15 minutes away) by the time she leaves my dishes are done, all the laundry is folded and the toys are neatly tidied away. I love it. Most of the time.

That brings us to yesterday. She had the day off and wanted to come over and help me out, which I was very grateful for. I’m learning to accept her help whenever it’s offered because she does it out of love for us and a desire to serve. She’s a keen gardener and my garden was severely neglected. I wish I could show you before and after pictures! We worked together for the first hour after which I gave up because bending down made me want to puke. But she just kept pushing on and then she and my husband went to pick up some free mulch from a friend and she spread the mulch all around the newly weeded beds. As I admired the garden last night before bed (it’s still light at 9:30 since it’s summer) I was so grateful for my mother-in-law. You all probably know this already  but God doesn’t always give us what we want, but He does give us what we need. I’m glad he’s in charge and not me.

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