Water, Water Everywhere: Here’s how I Have a Drink

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There are a distressing amount of nasties in tap water. Chlorine, pesticide and herbicide residues, traces of antibiotics and other prescription medications, fluoride – is it any wonder the stuff tastes so terrible?

Growing up on tank water, I never understood why so many of my town friends didn’t like drinking water. It’s still my beverage of choice, a fact that puzzles many. (“Are you SURE you don’t want some juice? We have soft drink or coffee if you’d prefer…”) Then I went to high school in town and discovered the reason for myself – town water tastes terrible!

I also discovered, much to my chagrin, that it messes with me in a serious way. Continue reading “Water, Water Everywhere: Here’s how I Have a Drink”

And Then My Milk Came in: my First Weeks Nursing

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Chipmunk having a feed. She’s ten days old in this pic.

“Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt.” You hear this little gem quite a lot from the experts. And it’s true – to a point. That point is usually about day seven or eight when your nipples have finally started to adjust to having a baby attached to them eight to twelve times a day. Before then, it can hurt. A LOT. Both you and your baby are learning a skill that’s completely new, after all. Continue reading “And Then My Milk Came in: my First Weeks Nursing”

My battle with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (or, Getting Glutened Sucks)

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My extremities looked much like this for several hellish, painful days.

We’ve just gotten back from a three-week vacation in Queensland, visiting my family. We had a great time catching up and letting Chipmunk meet this batch of relatives for the first time. Well, it was MOSTLY a great time. I managed to get rather thoroughly glutened three days into our trip, which gave me my usual foggy brain and urgly blurghy stomach for the next 24 hours or so. Then things took a rather nasty turn for the worse. Continue reading “My battle with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (or, Getting Glutened Sucks)”