Christmas Eve in the Berry household

Today has been a lovely day. Matt let me sleep in, and then take a real long, hot shower, where I had the luxury of being able to take my time and then afterwards actually blow dry my hair without Elenore staring at me and hanging on my legs. It was amazing.  Then we sat down watched an episode of The Walking Dead (while Elenore napped, I refuse to let her see it. Doesn’t matter to me that she is really little and doesn’t understand. I don’t want to bring “monsters” into her dreams), and finally we have finished the day by playing with Elenore, baking Pecan Pie, and brownies, and cleaning the house. I feel real good about the house. It looks beautiful and its all ready for Santa to come and my parents to arrive in the morning… EXCITEMENT! I can not wait to show off my house to my parents! For the first time in my life, this is MY house! The last one was my first house (And I LOVED that house) but it wasn’t truly mine, this one is. It feels amazing 🙂

Here are some photos from our day today:

The Christmas tree all full of presents.. .Other than the Kitchen from my parents

The Christmas tree all full of presents.. .Other than the Kitchen from my parents

Climbing mommy's legs!

Climbing mommy’s legs!

Giggles mommy!

Giggles mommy!

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CHEESE!

CHEESE!

My complete pecan pies

My complete pecan pies

My Christmas card wall

My Christmas card wall

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Its been a long few weeks….

Sorry about the absence of blog posts the last few weeks. Life got crazy over here! haha

Anyways, this week has been really interesting. Friday was Matt’s Christmas Party, Saturday was date night, Sunday we had a sick little baby! (First time she has ever puked, poor little girl) Monday we were laid around trying to recuperate over her being sick, Tuesday I was starting to feel ill and wasn’t all there, Wednesday I was puking all day long, and now its finally Thursday…. holy moly… what a week!

Hopefully we don’t have another week like this week for awhile. And to add to the stress, Elenore wouldn’t sleep last night, so I’m extra exhausted… Ugh…

All well, the life of a mom, huh? haha

Diving in

So transitioning to a Paleo lifestyle has actually been way easier than I anticipated. We are not fully Paleo yet, and I don’t think we will every be 100% Paleo (we love our dairy!), but everything in our house is now Paleo or Organic. I’m pretty proud of that.

Our grocery bill hasn’t gone up that much either, which is great since that was our #1 concern. We just couldn’t afford to go much  over $125-$130 a paycheck in groceries. So that in mind, I just kept to my 2 week meal plans and tried to find the deals. I was only $130 dollars this last paycheck, with a ton of snacks for Elenore, and snacks for Matt to take to work. So overall, I’m feeling pretty good! I think with the changes that I have implemented, like, I know make my own laundry detergent and we have decided that we will only each out once a month, we should be just fine. Thank GOD! LOL

If Paleo had killed the budget, it would have also been dropped. So thank goodness, it didn’t.

Something I’m also surprised with is that Matthew really hasn’t complained about the meals. He eats them, says how yummy the different meats are, and only scowls at the veggies (but he does eat them). I believe he will eventually get used to it. haha Its just such a change to how he was raised to eat, and how I have been cooking the last 4 years.
It isn’t much of a stretch for me. My mom cooked really close to Paleo, so I actually can feel myself starting to feel better, just from cooking healthy. I can’t to see if anything changes for us in the aspects of energy, health, etc.

We are definitely loving the journey!

The simple things in life

Playing in the water

Playing in the water

can I fit?

can I fit?

Warming up after fun in the sun

Warming up after fun in the sun

Thought I’d leave you people with some pics to make you smile. Nothing to talk about today, but thought I should stop by! 🙂

 

The Birth of Elenore Rose

Everyone around me has been posting their pregnancy and birth stories and it made me want to share mine. So here it goes….

I had a relatively easy pregnancy. I was up and about with William (the little guy I was a nanny for) all the way up till I was 8 months pregnant, and then took my maternity leave the last month of my pregnancy. I wanted to have as much time as I could get to prepare for Elenore and for Matt to get home from deployment. That last month is a blur of prepping Elenore’s room, going to a air show (Elle kicked happily each time a plane flew over, a true Air Force baby), and prepping for Matt’s return home. That last month I also found out I had Gestational diabetes, so I was forced to prick my finger everyday and watch what I was eating (not a very happy thing for any pregnant woman to hear).

8 months pregnant

8 months pregnant

The time really didn’t feel like it was going that slow for me. I think it was because Matthew was deployed so it helped me to focus on my pregnancy instead of how long it was since I last saw my husband. That last month I also had the excitement of prepping and getting ready for Matthew to get home. The day he got home was the happiest moment of my life (besides finding out I was pregnant and seeing Elenore on the ultrasound). He got home exactly 3 days before I had Elenore. I wouldn’t have traded those days for anything. We really needed us time before our bundle of joy over took our lives.

Talking to the local news crews

Talking to the local news crews

His plane!

His plane!

Most wonderful moment

Most wonderful moment

Finally!

Finally!

watching the guys get off the plane

watching the guys get off the plane

My heart is complete again

My heart is complete again

After he got home my doctor told me that she wanted to induce me so that she could regulate my blood sugar while I labored. I agreed. (To this day wish I hadn’t) So September 29th we got up around 5 in the morning and went over to the military hospital on base. I could barely contain my excitement! I was going to meet my daughter that day ! I still held out the hope that I would labor like my mother (she only labored for a few hours with both Wesley and I) and was convinced I would be having her around 2 at the latest.

The day didn’t exactly start out great. The first nurse couldn’t find my vein, and then when she finally did, she blew straight through it. That hurt like crazy! She finally admitted defeat and let another nurse try. She got it in in the first try, but couldn’t stop the bleeding for a good minute. (In which time Matt almost passed out) Once they finally got that done and the drugs flowing, I sat back and waited.  I didn’t feel anything for a really long time. Everyone kept telling me that I was having really big contractions, but I really didn’t feel anything other than a tightening of my skin on my stomach. I still remember my mother and mother in law standing watch anxiously watching the monitor every time I contracted and then looking at me for a reaction. It was quite humorous.

I can’t remember exactly, but at some point around 2 my doctor told me she wanted to break my water, I agreed. Holy crap, it was like a light was flipped on my pain receptors and suddenly I was in so much pain! She warned me that without my water the labor would be more intense, but it literally went from nothing to everything in a matter of minutes. All I remember is Matt trying to hold my hand, and I slapping at him telling him I didn’t want to be touched. The poor guy had no idea what he should be doing. At this point he started watching Burn Notice on Tv. LOL This is where the obsession came from.

After laboring hard for the next few hours and getting NO where, my nurse came in, checked where I was and asked me what I wanted to do. She was awesome, she knew I wanted to do this all naturally and didn’t pressure drugs on me at all. At this point I was still at a 5, only half way. It was late afternoon now, and I was exhausted. After sobbing and talking to Matthew, I finally asked for an epidural. The sweet bliss of having my pain go away was wondrous. I finally was able to close my eyes and catch a cat nap. I finally jumped to a 7 at this point, I was so relieved. My doctor believed it helped me to relax and finally get some progress.

I then sat at a 7 for hours, and hours, and hours. I wasn’t progressing and it was super frustrating. The doctors only came in every once in awhile to check on me, but pretty much left me alone. Finally around midnight-1ish, my mom noticed that I was feverish. The doctors checked me and discovered I had caught an infection from having my water broken so many hours before. At this point everything went really fast. My doctor came in, informed me that I had to have a c-section because I had a severe infection and because I was still at a 7. They didn’t want to risk me or the baby. I wanted to cry, but was so tired and delirious after the ordeal that I said fine.

They rushed me to the operating room and prepped me. The whole time they were prepping me I kept almost falling asleep, it was horrible. The only point where I wasn’t almost asleep was when I suddenly heard my daughter’s first breath and yell. Man she had some lunges on her! All the techs and the doctors were really impressed. It was the happiest moment and Matt and I’s life.

When they left with her and Matt went with her, I remember thinking that it was almost over. They just had to stitch me up.. I started to drift off to sleep. Suddenly I could feel EVERYTHING! I came too feeling every pull of the stitches on my uterus and surrounding tissues. I started to sob and remember very distinctly the tech grabbing my hand and asking the doctors what was happening. They said they just had to keep going and to make sure I kept breathing. So through every stitch and tug the tech held my hand and kept telling me to breathe through the pain. It was agonizing! I was told later that my body stopped excepting the drugs and it was so sore from the infection that my pain receptors were overly sensitive. All I know is that I wish they had listened to me when I told them that I had woken before in a surgery. Maybe now they will listen to me.

After what felt like forever, they wheeled me out of the OR and I passed out. I was so exhausted that I didn’t even get to breastfeed Elenore for a few hours. Her first feeding was with a bottle and formula. This is one of my greatest regrets. Next time, I will insist on not being induced and will insist on laboring MY way!

That whole weekend was a blur of exhaustion, but I wouldn’t change the time I had with my daughter for anything. I learned more about myself and my family that weekend then I did my whole life. The birth of child is a profound moment, it really is a gift from God.

Holding my beautiful daughter

Holding my beautiful daughter

One of the first times I held her

One of the first times I held her

Daddy daughter cuddles

Daddy daughter cuddles

Elenore Rose

Elenore Rose

Fun in the kitchen

Last night was a lot of fun. I started off the evening making homemade laundry soap… SO MUCH FUN! Plus, it cost me $10 and makes around 6+ gallons of laundry detergent! Whoo hoo!

And then I made Paleo Taco Pie… OMG…. It was to die for! Matt and I ate the whole pie by ourselves! haha It was slightly sweet, savory, and just oh so yummy… Mine kinda fell apart when taken out of the pie dish, but it tasted just fine! haha

Here is my Paleo Pie!

The Pie, all finished and ready to eat :)

The Pie, all finished and ready to eat 🙂

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Here is the recipe from: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/taco-pie/

Taco Pie Recipe

Serves 4

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour;
  • 1/4 cup butter, or clarified butter, melted;
  • 1 tsp salt;

Pie Filling Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef;
  • 1 tbsp Paleo cooking fat;
  • 1/2 onion, chopped;
  • 1/2 cup homemade barbecue sauce;
  • 1 cup lettuce, chopped;
  • 1 red belle pepper, sliced;
  • 1 avocado, chopped;
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste;

Taco Pie

Taco ingredients

Taco Pie Recipe

Serves 4

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour;
  • 1/4 cup butter, or clarified butter, melted;
  • 1 tsp salt;

Pie Filling Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef;
  • 1 tbsp Paleo cooking fat; (I used organic, grass fed butter)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped;
  • 1/2 cup homemade barbecue sauce; (didn’t have any, so just run of the mill BBQ)
  • 1 cup lettuce, chopped;
  • 1 red belle pepper, sliced;
  • 1 avocado, chopped;
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste;
Taco preparation

Pie Crust Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, butter and salt. Blend until a doughy texture takes shape.
  2. Transfer the dough into a 9 inch pie dish and press it out evenly into the dish so that the complete surface is covered.

Pie Filling Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large skillet over a medium-high heat, melt the cooking fat and sauté the onions in the cooking fat until they become slightly translucent.
  3. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until the beef has cooked through.
  4. Mix the barbecue sauce in with the beef and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 2 more minutes and then remove from the heat.
  5. Pour the beef into the pie crust and place in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  6. Prior to serving, cover the surface of the pie with chopped lettuce, red bell pepper and avocado.