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Okay, so let me tell you how last Friday was NOT–on the opposite fashion.

I did NOT set a full bucket of very warm mop water on the floor in the kitchen where the baby was playing. I’m way more responsible than that. And of course I did NOT leave it alone for a few moments. And when I was not looking, the baby did NOT grab the edge to try to stand up and dump the whole bucket-full of water on the floor. My baby would never do something like that! And I did NOT have to change him from the diaper out.

And then that spilled water did NOT manage to seep over to where the library books were sitting on the floor between the upright freezer and the school cabinet. All of the books did NOT get warped bottoms of pages, and were not subsequently stacked under a pile of big Bible story books in an attempt to straighten said pages. Nope. I would NEVER leave library books on the floor, however convenient a space might appear.

Later, as I was opening the bag of alfalfa seeds to add some to a jar, I did NOT spill about half of them in the open drawer. I had NO need to be grateful that the drawer was open and had a white bottom–unlike the brown floor–making the seeds easy to rescue. Nope, no need to be grateful, because it did NOT happen. 😛

Then later on I did NOT leave the baby on the porch for a few minutes next to a pot full of muddy water, and he did NOT turn over THAT container too. I did NOT have to put on the third outfit for the day (he usually wears only one all day). He was NOT filthy dirty and needed to be rinsed off in the shower–with the extendable shower head, of course. And I did NOT decide that said rinsing off qualified as his bath for the day. No, I wouldn’t think of saving lost time later in the day that way! Not me!

So what have you NOT been doing lately?

So it’s been over a week since I posted on this topic. No, I haven’t forgotten… just that blogging has gotten me into thinking of things to blog about, and some of them I didn’t want to wait to share. But now I have some time and I wanted to share about my Before Lunch Routine.

This one is fairly simple. The only thing is actually starting it on time. You see, I have struggled with schedules for a long time. I’ll make one up, but I can’t make it work. Too many details, or not enough of them, or I get tired of it. With a routine, I don’t actually schedule the times. For instance, I don’t have a time that I have to be finished with the breakfast dishes, but I try to do them quickly right after breakfast. However, I have found that my Before Lunch Routine works best if I start it around 11:30. The idea is to have lunch ready by 1:00 on an average day, and makes sure I have enough time to cook it–especially if it’s something like split pea soup that takes a lot of time to cook (an hour, not including the time it takes to come to a boil).

First, I check the laundry. Depending on when I started it in the morning, the first load may or may not be in the dryer. Either way, I do the next step in the laundry process, except folding (unless lunch is super easy, like sandwiches–then I might fold a load). With the laundry room out in the garage, it’s easy to forget, especially if I miss the timer or forget that I heard it while doing something changing a diaper–we moms can forget things so quickly when we have so many pressing, urgent must-do-nows!

After rebooting the laundry, I pause to consider what is for lunch. I have a menu, but this consideration is more to think about how long it will take to prepare. Half an hour? An hour and 15 minutes? When do I need to start to be sure it’s finished by 1:00? Or did we eat breakfast late and need to eat a bit later lunch as a result? This step takes all of about 15 seconds, and often I do it while rebooting the laundry.

Then I empty the dishwasher. If I do it now, I will be more motivated to wash up the dishes right after lunch. I also want to try to wash prep dishes as I go. It’s hard for me, because I’m working alone and I never learned to wash as I go. If I do that, I tend to get distracted and forget what’s cooking… but I want to try, anyhow. Or maybe sometimes I can use the time while the food is cooking to clean up, depending on what the meal is and how much I have to watch it. I mean, if I’m making a stir-fry, I can only leave it for 10-15 seconds at a time (since I stir fry hot like they do in restaurants); but if I’m making soup, once all the ingredients are in, I can clean up while it cooks.

Next step is to drink water. This might mean to finish the water I started earlier in the morning, or perhaps to drink a little bit while the food is cooking. Just a reminder to make sure I get enough.

The last one is to set the table. Since I already thought about what is for lunch, I know what plates or bowls or silverware are needed, what hot pads or whatever.

So that’s my Before Lunch Routine. Let’s recap:

  • Check laundry
  • What’s for lunch?
  • Empty Dishwasher
  • Drink water
  • Set Table

All together, that whole routine shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes (unless I have lots of time and decide to fold a basket of laundry).

Granted, I am still struggling to make this work. But 90% of my problem is delaying until I absolutely must start lunch instead of stopping whatever I was doing at 11:30 and starting the routine. But I’m working on it.

Do you have a before lunch routine? If so, I’d love to hear it!

So I am just ending the first trimester of pregnancy, and with it goes the misery of morning sickness. And this time around, I have found some unconventional things that helped it.

You’ve probably heard of the typical soda crackers and eating frequent, small meals, especially immediately upon rising or before even getting out of bed. Well, soda crackers never helped with my first two pregnancies, and since I’m allergic to wheat, I didn’t feel like getting any. I tried rye crackers, but found them too bland.

Then the secretary at the chiropractor’s office mentioned that she had a friend who found that protein helped her more than anything else. After some trial and error, I discovered that if I nibbled on almonds while I sipped my morning glass of water right after getting up, I’d be able to get breakfast and eat it without any problems–or at least, get away with keeping my breakfast in my stomach, even if I was plagued by a little nausea after eating. Sometimes a cheese sandwich would help, or a little tofu.

There were times when I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to eat, and lunch or supper was almost ready. Juice wouldn’t really help, but I discovered to my great surprise that Melaleuca’s Sustain Sport electrolyte drink would actually help calm my stomach for 15-30 minutes. One might expect this would be from the sugar, temporarily bringing the blood sugar up (because when blood sugar drops, then the nausea tends to get worse), but it is sweetened with sucralose, not sugar, so I think it really was the electrolytes. I am not sure how Gator-aid would compare, since Sustain Sport has twice the electrolytes and is naturally flavored. Not to mention, it tastes good–not salty.

Every pregnancy has been different so far. The first time, that first trimester is rather fuzzy–I don’t remember much of it. I do remember not knowing when or if I might lose a meal and have to eat again. I also remember that eating fruit would help–I’d eat a little container of applesauce or fruit–those individually wrapped ones–before getting out of bed. Second time, anything sweet nauseated me. Apples would make me throw up about an hour after eating them. Bananas were instantaneous–I didn’t even have to swallow them! Cake lost its appeal (and I have a huge sweet tooth). This time, the worst trigger has been water. If I drink more than 2 or 3 swallows at a time, I’d better be in the bathroom! So I’ve gotten rather dehydrated. Thankfully, that is going away with the disappearing morning sickness, so I plan on drinking as much as I can soon!

So I don’t have a ton of ideas, but add them to the ideas of others, and something is bound to help. And don’t be afraid to throw up–you’ll most likely feel better afterwards.

What have you found helps you during morning sickness? Please share!