Saturday, November 21, 2009

Udderly Amazing?

It's lunch time here and I am in the living room by myself. Micah is sleeping in his crib, Jamie is in his high chair finishing his lunch, and Cody is in the basement with Mike. I'm not sure what they're doing down there, but it is relatively quiet in here and for that, I am grateful. It looks like I'm going to be alone with the boys all afternoon, so I thought I'd post in here now while I actually have the opportunity. I'd love to sneak in a nap, but I don't think that will be a possibility today. Micah has been getting up in the night. I think he has a little bit of a cold. Yesterday he ate every two hours for most of the day. I am not used to that. Usually I feed him about five times in a single 24 hour period. Yesterday I did nine. That's almost double what he normally does. I hope he won't be that extreme today. At least last night he was only up once, at 2:30 a.m. It was not fun, but it was better than the previous few nights.

So yesterday I got Mike to pick up a new product in town. The product is not new, but it is new in our household. It is called (are you ready for this?) Bag Balm. Sounds odd, don't you think? If any of you are farmers, you may know what I am talking about. Actually, it is a product used on cows' udders for relief when they are chapped or clogged. Now before you go jumping to any conclusions, I had something entirely different in mind for this product. A few months ago, I read on the internet that this stuff is good for eczema, and seeing I have been suffering with it ever since Cody was born I have been wanting to try it. An even bigger motivator was the fact that Jamie also has eczema, and far worse than I ever have. We are currently cutting all dairy products out of his diet to see whether that might help, but I figured if there was something that I could apply topically that would clear it up, maybe we wouldn't have to change his diet at all. I know what some of you are thinking. If we don't change his diet it will not clear up. That is probably correct, but not necessarily. That's what we are hoping to find out. Already it seems to have made a difference and we just applied it for the first time last night. I used it on my hands as well, and I think it will help me as well. Is it a miracle cure? Well, I doubt it. But even if it offers relief and some improvement it will be worth it. How ironic that Jamie's diet must avoid all things bovine and now he has to apply something to his skin that was made for cattle. I will use this product on myself and on Jamie for a couple of weeks and then I will do an update, or perhaps even a review of some kind. I hope I will have a positive report!

In other news, it looks like my horse got sold. I'm not entirely sure on that, but she disappeared from the classifieds overnight. Normally if something gets sold, it says SOLD on there and remains on the page for several days. That one thing gives me hope that maybe they just pulled the ad because they are considering waiting until the spring to sell her. If that is the case, maybe I still have a chance at buying her. In the mean time, there are two other horses on the site that I am interested in, but in reality I am crazy to even be looking. Right now we have plenty of land but no fence so we obviously are not in a position to keep a horse here. We may never have a horse, but recently it is all I can think about. I am not sure why. I just need something for myself. Not a possession, but something to do that I love that involves leaving the house. Sigh. I already had the bug and then I went and got on a horse this week and now it is much worse. Maybe it will calm down some over the winter. Probably. Maybe by spring I will have forgotten all about this desire. Time will tell I suppose.

Anyway, we're getting ready to put Jamie to bed and Cody outside. Micah is awake now. Juggling. See how that works? My policy is to avoid having all three boys at once whenever possible. Having only one at a time is even more ideal, but we'll see what happens. It is still pretty nice out so I am kicking Cody out for a while. I would like to go out too, but not sure whether that will happen right now or not. I'd also love to shower, or nap, or do some kind of a workout. The first two will probably be difficult to pull off with boys around, and the last one will be difficult to do without a speck of energy, which is my current status. However, difficult does not equal impossible, so we'll see what happens. For now, time to sign off.

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