Friday, March 11, 2011

3.11.11 - Friday feelings

It's been a fairly uneventful week and I am very happy about that.   The biggest happening around here is I decided to give up caffeine for Lent this year.  So I guess you might say Liam and Dustin may have another word to say about the latter part of this week! Ha!

I weaned myself off caffeine about 8 years ago, and pretty much didn't have but maybe a few sodas here and there.  I actually had pretty intense heart palpitations that started happening, one time so bad it landed me in the ER.  After that, I went cold turkey because they told me too much caffeine was probably to blame.  But, after Liam was born, with all we were given along with that (aka hospital life!) it became my survival drink of choice.  Now that we are hopefully in a quiet place for now, I have decided once again to get back off.  Remembering the actual physical withdrawals I went through the first time, I planned on not doing much these past few days.  And I'm glad I planned it that way.  My immense headache has finally settled down a bit and I'm finally feeling like I don't want to nap every 5 minutes.  It's crazy how much it affects me. 

I read an interesting article today that It's My Heart posted on their Facebook page - It's about a study done that looks at a mother's use of multivitamins in relation to babies with certain heart defects.  I honestly haven't done a lot of research in the pre-natal causes of Liam's CHD, nor am I saying this is the cause.  But it did make me think.  Honestly, I have NEVER been a good vitamin taker, and to get those horse pill, pre-natals down (and KEEP them down!) was just a chore to me.  I did feel like they were overrated and yet another way for retailers to make a buck on different blends and brands, so I wasn't very vigilant in taking mine.  And since I wasn't exactly planning on getting pregnant so soon, I had not started taking any vitamins prior to conception.  I think this study was a good one for me to read.  I'm going to take it more seriously next time around.

Speaking of It's My Heart, they are teaming up with Lake Dallas High School and sponsoring the very first annual HEART WALK in Corinth, TX.  It's Saturday, April 2 and the walk begins at 10:00 am.   I'm sure the weather will be wonderful, so you can register here and come out to support us!  We set up a team for anyone who wants to walk with us, Team Liam.  I'll also bring Team Liam t-shirts for all of us to walk in.

I finally got a chance to catch up on reading my heart friends blogs today.  Two of the special heart warriors I follow, Andrew and Joshua, are recovering from their open heart surgeries.  It just breaks my heart to watch these precious children suffer through surgery and the aftermath.  Another heart friend, Aly, is having her surgery next week.  Please be in prayer over these families and drop over to their blogs to leave them a message of encouragement!  We have been in there shoes and know how much it means for people to be praying for us!

And last but not least, here are some pictures to brighten up the week!  Happy weekend yall!

We love the laundry game!

I think we have about 5 of these mugs...Medical City, our home hospital!

What a big boy he is turning into...Love you my Liam!!  (Oh and the stain on the front of this shirt is his yogurt juice!  He's been drinking it down really well, and getting it everywhere!)

1 comment :

  1. As usual, Liam is just precious!

    I saw that study about the prenatals today, too. I took mine religiously prior to conceiving as well as while I was pregnant. Not taking prenatals can cause all sorts of problems and I'm sure CHD's are one of them. Although I support ANY and ALL research into CHD's, I'm not sure prenatals are a huge source.

    I "blame" Mason's on either my Thyroid (there's a study out showing a link) or a Pesticide treatment in my office during my first week of pregnancy.

    Either way, I'm just glad research is being done!!!