Think out Loud Thursday {Christmas 2013}

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Amanda is definitely one of those girls whom I want to support in everything they do, and I’ve been thinking of joining her Thinking out Loud link-up for quite some time now!  Excuse me if mine is kind of lackluster compared to her awesome post today, but this is my first one after all, right? Open-mouthed smile

1.  Well my friends, I truly hope that at least you had a great Christmas…because this girl probably had one of the worst in her life yet.  I mean, of course I know the true significance of it is what matters ultimately, but it would be a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to be bedridden all day long.  I will forewarn you that this story will be a bit on the TMI side, but when you become a mom hardly anything fazes you, haha!  So here we go.  On Christmas Eve morning I woke up with an extreme headache followed by weakened muscles, and to top it off, with the most excruciating pain in my right breast.  Ohhhh boy.  By the time I got out of bed I knew immediately what it was--Mastitis.  I read up on the symptoms and sure enough as the day progressed, it was confirmed that I caught the infection and needed to see the doc.  Yesterday I felt even worse so I slept all day long with only cold oats for breakfast and a green smoothie mid-day.  Thankfully I didn’t have an appetite so I wasn’t craving anything all day.

2.  The upside of this sickness was that I felt so loved by my parents. After work (yep, they have to work on Christmas)  they decided to bring over some burgers for me and Greg.  It’s little actions of love that warm my heart!  Also, Greg watched Selah all day and I give him an award for being the best daddy ever.  They both did so well and even got a nice little walk at the park!

3.  Greg and I were planning on opening all of our gifts under when his parents get here, but since we wanted to join in the Christmas spirit we decided to open the gifts we got for each other.  And I’m so glad we did!  Oh my goodness you guys, I am beyond excited to use this cast-iron tea pot from Teavana!  I was shocked when I opened the pretty bag (even their bag is pretty and expensive looking, oyyy) because as amazing as Teavana’s products are, they’re not something I splurge on very often.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?!  Haha, I’m sorry for my irritating level of glee.  I’m just excited to drink out of this thing for days on end…and surprisingly Greg got their Monkey Picked Oolong tea (cute name!) without even knowing that Oolong is my favorite tea next to Yerba Mate and green tea.  Back in the day I used to drink at least 4 cups a day, which I’m not sure if it’s a wise thing to do.  And speaking of wise and healthy—I’ve heard and read that cast iron is extremely good for cooking because of the minerals it collects.  I have a feeling that brewing the Oolong in it will help my troublesome tummy whenever it throws a fit.

4.  You know that you’re in a hurry when your pancakes turn out lopsided due to lack of measuring your ingredients.

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This morning I was feeling more like myself so I made protein pancakes with Designer Whey protein powder, which by the way, is surprisingly really good.  As soon as I started mixing up the batter I heard Selah “quacking” from her bedroom, so I threw in all the ingredients and voila!  This beautiful scary looking batch came out.  But hey, at least it tasted good and filled me up, haha.

5.  Whenever Selah wakes up she makes these noises that sound like quacks, and Greg and I crack up every time we hear them.  Then she coos and says sweet little somethings as she eats her feet and slides around her crib.  I tell ya, it is a super adorable sight!

6.  I made an appointment for the doctor today and I’m praying that everything turns out okay!  I’m hoping that the mastitis hasn’t progressed too much because I do feel a lot better, and I also hope I can still breastfeed without any complications.

Have a beautiful day and take care of your bodies during this busy season!

What are some positives in your life lately? 

Is Christmas usually a great time for you and your family?

-I used to not care for it aside from its meaning because we didn’t celebrate it together, but now I look forward to it and don’t feel indifferent.

Have you tried cooking with cast iron?  What’s your experience with it?

-I know that you’re supposed to wash it a lot….it’s still a mystery to me.


Ellie <33