On the road 

Morning smiles

This kid wakes up great. Assuming we let her sleep a lot. Lol

   

      

And after eating she fell asleep on me. It’s been a little while since we did thi. After I put her in the swing so I could clean and get the groceries that were delivered. 

  

Recovering from vaccines 

Play date

We don’t have friends here beyond a few coworkers and people I know from Access so finding kids for Melody to Interact with is tough. Yesterday we went to Katherine’s so her son Duke and Melody could interact. He’s about 2 1/2 but he’s also very special and aware so it was someone she could play with. Plus Katherine held her and played with her a lot. We really enjoyed it. 

Today we took her in for the last 3 vaccines for the 2 month appointmen. While in the waiting area we met a 10 month little girl. They both were sending energy back and forth to each other. Then a boy came in, maybe 8 years old who was also very special. Both girls kept staring at him which made him self conscious. It was cute. It’s also the first time we’ve come across so many special kids in a short period of time. After that appointment was my wife’s appointment and at the end a woman who works there came in with her 2 week old, also somewhat special. She was soooo tiny at around 5 pounds. She made Peanut look massive. Lol

We weighed her today and she’s an ounce shy of 11 pounds! She’s slowly moving up in percentiles which is good. I may be frustrated with my pumping but she’s clearly getting enough to eat. 

So far her vaccine reaction is milder than last time. No fever so no Tylenol. We did things differently this time. First we used melagel, which is a tea tree oil based ointment, on her injection site. Then a hot pack on her legs and lots of cuddles. The less physical was asking her body to take only what it needed from the vaccines. Then I ran a body process on her called DMMD, demolecular manifestation molecular demanifestation to help her build antibodies and get rid of the unneeded. We think this gave her one diarrhea diaper but overall made things easier. Feel free to do this with your own kids. Their bodies are aware and will respond. And to use the body process just say those words and that energy will run. 

Oh! Also on Thursday she found her feet! I tried to take a video but my phone didn’t save it. When she found them again later I took another one which is on facebook. It was so cool to see her trying so hard to reach them! Here’s a picture of it. 

  

Today we put shoes on for the first time. That seemed to confuse her but it was super cute because they’re Winnie the Pooh. I took a picture but she wasn’t in a good mood at the tim. 

  

I better get to sleep. Here’s our tired Peanut working hard building an immune system. 

  

10 weeks

And just like that we’re in double digits! I need time to slow down, not speed up! Seven weeks until returning to work. I’ve decided that I’ll start back most likely on Wednesday, or perhaps on Tuesday but take a half day off one of the days. Then while adjusting to full time I’ll take a half or full day off each week for the first few weeks to catch up on sleep. If I don’t need to I won’t, but it was a good suggestion from some website somewhere.

I’m just now starting to pump a little more, but haven’t done a good job of it. I need to be pumping after every feeding, but I’m not willing to get out of bed to do that. If I pump right after her first feeding that I get out of bed for I can get a decent amount, but today I had an early appointment at the VA so didn’t have time to pump until this evening and got less than an ounce total both times I tried pumping. I’m concerned, but I haven’t tried power pumping yet, so hopefully I can do better going forward. It doesn’t help that we’re going on a week and a half trip starting next week, so that throws everything off. If I have to, I’ll ask for donor milk but we’ll just see what happens.

Today was a simple yearly check-in with my VA physician. The nice part was going over the labs the OB ordered last month. It turns out I needed those labs because, for the first time I’m aware of, my thyroid was high! It wasn’t just a little high either. He’s reducing my synthroid dosage and we’ll retest in about 6 weeks. My liver function is just a bit elevated as well, which is a mystery, and my sugar was a bit high but I had been taking in a ton of sugar so it wasn’t a surprise. I hope the liver and thyroid are just my body trying to ramp up for breastfeeding.

Last week we went to Glenwood Springs. The night we arrived we met with Katherine, who we credit with getting us pregnant when we did. She got to spend time holding and communing with Peanut. She reminded me that I need to pull my energy back into my body and back and that will tell Melody that she can do so as well. That will make her more comfortable in this world. I had totally forgotten about that, so it was nice to be reminded. We’re going to aim for a play date with Melody and Katherine’s 2 year old Duke who is also very special. They’ll get to play energetically, which Melody loves to do. This week she’s gotten to play with a little boy at the pool and my mother-in-law’s friend who didn’t realize she was playing with her energetically.

We all enjoyed the hot springs. I was the only one to get in the pool. It was overwhelming for Melody to get in the water, so she stayed with her other momma and soaked in the steam. We all left all happy and glowing. The water really is quite healing and I highly recommend it to everyone.

The next day I wanted to visit the black canyon by Montrose, but it was too far to do while also needing to drive back to Denver so we visited Rifle Falls. They’re three waterfalls that are very accessible and pretty neat. There are also caves you can walk in but I couldn’t get there with the stroller so I’ll do that when Melody is a bit older.

For the first time the trip to Glenwood and the drive back wasn’t stressful with the knowledge of work pending. I like it! I really want to create a life without the 9-5, where we create with freedom and space. My wife has been writing these great little stories on the fly for Melody. We’re going to write them up and then get some illustrations before shopping them to publishers. She’s quite talented, my wife, yet she doesn’t recognize it. Part of that is because she was so beat down by people throughout her life, but the other part is we all tend to minimize what comes easily to us. Our gifts are rarely valued by us. Take a look at your own life. What comes easy to you? That’s your gift, and it’s given for you to use. We’re going to tap our god-daughter’s dad who is an artist, but if that doesn’t work out Katherine also knows someone who’s already an illustrator for children’s books. How does it get better than that? :-)

Melody is growing so fast. I’m so glad we’re taking videos. She’s starting to do little baby crunches.

She’s getting better with the reaching.

She seems to be favoring her left, but it’s hard to tell. We’ll certainly let her be a lefty if that’s the case. At the least being ambidextrous would be handy.

While in Glenwood we had our first truly horrific blowout. Of course it also happened when we left the diaper bag back in the hotel. I had a small blanket tied to her carseat so we used that to wrap her up to get her back to the hotel. I then washed the thing by hand which is gross. Thankfully it came out perfectly clean once home. Here’s the photographic evidence.

Also while we were in Glenwood she kept staring at the mountains outside our hotel. It was cute. She continues noticing more and more. We hoped she would sleep on the long drive but apparently she looked out the window a lot at the mountains. I don’t blame her though. ;-)
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Tonight she did something quite interesting. The AC was on and apparently it sounded a little like the water running, so she kept looking at the bathroom. She didn’t stop until we took her in there for her bath. The kid loves her baths, and she now knows where baths take place. I love it!

I’m trying to think of what else she’s doing. Oh, she’s starting to mimic, like when we stick out our tongue at her. It’s adorable. She likes when we make noises at her. She’s becoming more independent, playing with her floor toy without us encouraging her. We actually can be a distraction to her. She does eventually gets tired and then wants us, but otherwise we can get a little break from time to time.

Today I took her out all by myself. My wife needed to sleep so I took Melody to the chiropractor. She did great! I didn’t take her out of the car seat, she just smiled and played with her toys. It was pretty awesome and made me look like a good parent!

I better get to bed. I have to adjust my sleep schedule. Hopefully with my thyroid calming back down I will get to sleep more easily. Tomorrow the only thing on the schedule is my wife’s foot/ankle MRI at 4 so I can try catching up on sleep. Maybe I’ll get lucky and we’ll all sleep better tonight so the day goes well.

Momma kisses

Momma kisses

Easter basket laughs

Easter basket laughs

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Two Things to Change Your Life…Choice and Access Bars

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The access bars are amazing. To see such dramatic results on brain scans is pretty neat too!

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There are two things that will change anything in your life … the Access Bars and choice. Sound too good to be true? Trust me, I get it!

Before I discovered the Access Bars, I had tried everything. Literally. And, within weeks after making a deal with the universe, that either my life change dynamically, or I’m gone, the Bars came into my world.

Over the past 15 years I’ve heard a similar story from tens of thousands of people … that the Bars just seemed too good to be true. And, yet, if you give them (and you) a chance, everything can change.

At a recent conference called the Secret Knock, Gary Douglas and I had the honor of presenting about Access Consciousness. After our presentation, we met neuroscientist Dr.​Jeffrey L. ​Fannin who’s been analyzing brains & cognition for 15 ​years.

He decided to do an impromptu analysis of…

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2 months summary

I can’t believe maternity leave is half over. I’m sad thinking about returning to work and only having a few short hours a day with Melody. What would it take to win the lottery so I could take more time off?

Yesterday was officially the two month mark. I can’t believe how big she is already! As I mentioned the other day, when she nurses her butt lines up with my breast instead of her feet. It’s astounding. We’re dressing her in 3 month clothes much of the time now to have enough length. The clothes are always too wide on her, since she’s not growing out, just long. I hope that slows down at some point.

Her ability to be ahead of the curve continues to show in a few ways. She’s having mouth pain, which I didn’t think should happen until she cuts teeth. Our best guess is there are teeth moving but not ready to come through yet. This contributes somewhat to her fussiness, but she’s also fighting sleep. From what I’ve read that typically happens between 3 and 5 months, but she’s been doing it a few weeks now. She’s trying to take everything in every day. The only way we typically get her to sleep is to give her a bath in the evening, then rock her to sleep in a dark room. This still takes anywhere from 20-40 minutes. She’s so strong willed! Once out she tends to be down for a good 12 hours, with a few short times where she wakes up beyond the two or three times she’ll eat. We’re working on getting her up earlier, then have her take a nap a few hours after waking so she’ll be a happier baby. Today that resulted in a 2 hour nap. We’ll have to keep working on it though, for all of us. I’m useless before noon and that screws up the day.

One area she’s behind in is her motor skills. We hadn’t tried playing with toys because she didn’t seem that interested. But that means she doesn’t reach for things. It’s like the thought doesn’t occur to her. We have been putting her down on the floor to look at the toys above her, but the first one we tried was out of reach so she didn’t have any reason to reach. We have another toy where the mirror is visible to her and the toys are very low so she’s learning to try to hit them. We’re also putting toys in front of her to work on this skill. She’s starting to improve already, but it will take her some time I’m sure.

This child is clearly a mix of my wife and I. She has my stubbornness, where she does what she does which shows itself in the battle for good positioning and latch while nursing. But she also has my wife’s patience, thankfully. Her energetic color is closest to my wife’s grandmother Diane, a gifted prophet while she was alive, and a light/bright purple. We think she might have memories from that energetic line because she had a strong reaction to the song Danny Boy. My wife’s great grandma was always saddened by that song because she always denied being Irish. Melody also had a strong reaction to Sarah McLachlan’s Angel a few weeks back. I had my wife hold her implant band (an Access Bar point behind the ear) and she was able to release whatever was linked to that song. Now she smiles when it comes on.

We’re exposing her to more music now. In the past few days she’s loved Jennifer Nettles, Pink, and Garth Brooks. We’re showing her video, not just the audio. What this does is helps her see that she can see things but not touch them. She sees their color/energy, and wants to touch them, but can’t. Plus, all the energy they put out can be intense so it helps her cope with that type of energy in the comfort of her own home. It’s rather fun to watch her focus so hard on these videos.

Well I better get ready for bed. She’ll likely want food soon as well. Plus my wife needs a quick break before bed. Maybe I’ll remember the other things to talk about and blog more often going forward. :-)

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