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Baby #3 is here!

There is a topic that I wanted to talk about and that is vaccines. I’ve decided to talk about the ones that my baby would be getting at each age if we were following the recommended CDC schedule. Today I want to talk about the Hep B Vaccine which is normally recommended at birth.

Here’s what you need to know about Hepatitis B. I recommend that you pay attention to the part about how Hep B is transmitted and who is at risk.

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/liver-disease/viral-hepatitis/hepatitis-b

My biggest question with this vaccine is why do newborns need it? If the mother does not have Hep B then why vaccinate the baby? I don’t know about your baby but mine is not doing drugs or having sex. So I would think that this vaccine could wait until later.

Side effects: Soreness at injection site and fever of 99.9 F or higher that can last 1-2 days.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm#hepb

Personally, I don’t want my precious newborn to deal with fevers in her first few days. I don’t want to end up in the hospital with a feverish newborn. High fevers can cause dehydration for one thing which can be detrimental to a baby’s health.

Now let’s look at what is in the vaccine.

There are two Hep B vaccines for infants to adolescents.

Hep B (Engerix-B): aluminum hydroxide, yeast protein, sodium chloride, disodium phosphate dihydrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate

Hep B (Recombivax): soy peptone, dextrose, amino acids, mineral salts, phosphate buffer, formaldehyde, potassium aluminum sulfate, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, yeast protein

 

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf

I don’t want to inject aluminum or formaldehyde in my baby. I don’t even know what some of the other stuff is.

Bottom line: My baby doesn’t need this vaccine. When she is older she can research all the ingredients and decide whether the risks outweigh the benefits of this vaccine.

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I’m Coming Back

I’ve decided to come back to my blog after being gone for a year. A lot has changed. We’ve moved and we have added another baby to our family who will be born any day now. I have a subject to talk about that is controversial but I will also be making homeschooling updates as well.

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The Biggest Lie About Food

Cooking is so hard. It takes so much time and effort. It’s so expensive to cook from scratch.

These are all lies. Yes, cooking is work but it can be fun as well. Some things will surprise you at how easy they are. For example, I made pickles last week. First I cut up small cucumbers so they would fit in a couple old mason jars. Then I added dill and pickling spices. Next I dissolved a tablespoon of salt into water and poured it into the jars covering the cucumbers. I used cabbage leaves to hold the cucumbers under the brine. I put these jars into a cupboard and thought, “That was easy“. Three days later I had yummy pickles to eat. Why did I think fermenting was so hard? It was super easy.

I’ve been baking our own bread for over a month now. It is easy to take care of sourdough starter and use it to bake bread. Flour, salt, water. That is all it takes to bake bread. Again, way easier than I thought it would be.

There is so much satisfaction in making your own food. I am able to make things from scratch and feel proud of my culinary creations. Cooking is so worth it. I am learning that cooking is a joyful and rewarding process. I’m cooking foods that I love and sharing them with my family.

If you subscribe to Netflix then check out the documentary “Cooked.” It’s pretty awesome.

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ABCJLM: Year 4, Week 20 and Year 1, Week 6

Our Bible story for School Girl was Mary and Martha. School Girl got a coloring page to paint. Busy Girl’s Bible story was Creation. She got to paint the E-Earth worksheet green with a square sponge. That is how you work in the color and shape of the week. Our Bible verses were Proverbs 19:20 – “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.: and I Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV) – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”

We sang our songs for the week. If You’re Happy and You Know It, Do You Know Who Made the World, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and The Twelve Months of the Year.

Busy Girl used dot markers to decorate the bird (animal of the week) coloring page and we colored the green train car with a crayon.

School Girl did a complete the shapes worksheet and a tracking exercise.

Both girls played with play dough and we went to the park a few times too.

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ABCJLM: Year 4, Weeks 18 & 19 and Year 1, Week 5

First I’m going to say that we are skipping the review weeks in the 1 year curriculum. I’m hoping to move along a little faster so we can get on the same weeks eventually.

School Girl’s Bible story was Jesus’ Birth. Her verse was John 3:16a – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son. She colored Mary with Baby Jesus. Busy Girl’s Bible Story was David and Goliath. Her verse was Philippians 2:3 (NIV) – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

School Girl completed the 4 seasons trees. She really enjoyed gluing snowflakes, leaves, flowers and fruit on the different trees for each season. She also did a maze printable from the website.

For the review week we worked on Bible verses. I’ve been trying to motivate School Girl by giving her a prize for each verse that she says.

For Busy Girl we had red as the color of the week as well as a dog for the animal. We read Clifford The Big Red Dog. Busy Girl colored the dog printable red as well as the big down arrow for “Goliath fell down”. Together we colored the red train car. Both girls “painted” red triangles with water and played with bubbles.

I’ve been lazy with the books of the week. I’ve not gotten them from the library but I have been reading a lot to both girls.

I’m trying to plan out next year even though I know that we still have a ways to go. I’m thinking of continuing with the 2 year curriculum for Busy Girl. But for School Girl I’m thinking of only doing the Bible portion of the 5 year curriculum and putting the rest of her school work together on my own.

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ABCJLM: Year 4, Week 17 and Year 1, Week 3

I know that it has been a while since I posted about our homeschool. So now it’s time to catch up on the blog posts!

For week 17 School Girl was learning The Hole in the Roof. This story is about the men who brought their bedridden friend to Jesus. They had to make a hole in the roof and lower him down. Those men showed kindness to their friend and also a lot of determination! The Bible verse was Matthew 7:12 – Do to others what you would have them do to you. Busy Girl was learning about The Children and Jesus. Her verse just so happened to be the same as her sister’s. Busy Girl colored the child printable and we glued it to a yellow paper.

We sang Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

We read Little Bear’s Visit.

We read a book about elephants and Busy Girl colored the elephant printable yellow.

We colored the yellow train car and both girls enjoyed painting yellow diamonds with water.

Busy Girl must have read the gross motor activity because she automatically started pushing things around on her own. She likes to empty her toy basket and push it around.

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Good Friday

Here I am, sitting dressed in black, at my computer with a few moments of quietness. This week has been one that I have hoped for and dreamed about. A week that, last year, seemed a lifetime away. Holy Week. Easter. The week that we receive the Eucharist for the first time. Here it is.

I have grown so much in just the last couple of months. My understanding of what it is to be Christ’s Body, His Church has deepened. My desire to not just know God and to know about Him but to also BE His Body has been awakened. I feel as if I was sleeping for a long time. I forgot so many things in this slumber. But through my RCIA classes I have woken up and been reminded of who God is, who I am and what I am supposed to be doing.  I am so excited for this week as I feel my life begin anew. My past is forgiven and now I am able to remember what Christ did for me. Today I dressed in mostly black to remind myself that this is a somber day. I went to a nearby parish where the priest led us through the stations of the cross. Now I wait until the Good Friday service at our parish. I wait eagerly. Because I know that this is the dark before the morning. This time is somber and dreary. This is a time of waiting and waiting. Just like I have waited for so long to take the Eucharist. But I know the ending of the story! I know that Easter is coming. That is why I can wait eagerly with a joyful anticipation. I wait anxiously to fully partake of the Lord’s Table.

I know that partaking of the Eucharist is not just sharing in the joy but sharing in the pain. I know that it will mean bearing my cross. I am a little apprehensive about what others might think about me becoming Catholic. I know that some people don’t think Catholics are Christians. But I have to accept the persecution that comes along with the joys of following Jesus. May Christ’s Church help me to hold fast to my faith.