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Life in Evansville Archives · Page 2 of 7 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Life in Evansville Archives · Page 2 of 7 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land… Can we help you feed your family?
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Life in Evansville

Small victories and insurance battles…

I have a few moments before we have to head out and just wanted to share a few things. First, Everly TOOK A BOTTLE from N this morning, we are super pleased! She ended up taking the Adiri BPA Free Natural Nurser Bottles I won via a blog/ twitter contest back in May. Unfortunately I hadn't pumped that much milk the night before so the bottle didn't fill her up, she did drink all the milk that was in it though and I breastfed her afterward to be sure her tummy was full. It took N about an hour of her fussing and refusing before she was tired enough to doze off in his arms. Once she was dozing he could get her to drink the bottle. It's a good thing she's getting the...

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Everly's first visit with a doctor, an integrated medicine physician.

Everly had her first doctors appointment this week, her 2 month checkup. We saw an integrated medicine physician who seems to be right up our alley in her care philosophy. She's not pushy about vaccinations and didn't freak out when we mentioned E was a homebirth baby. Integrated medicine is a mix between alternative medicine and traditional medicine. When there is a health issue things like nutrition, life style and various alternative therapies are often explored first before prescription medications or other more dramatic solutions are used. We prefer to take the natural route with our health care when possible, I am sure this is no surprise to you considering how Everly was born. Anyway, back to the updates. Everly weighed in at a whopping 11.8 lbs and had a great checkup with...

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Happy 2 month birthday Everly!

Our darling Everly was born 8 weeks ago and is now a two month old. Can you believe it? I know I sure can't! She came in to the world totally new to everything and has come so far in these past 8 weeks. When she was born all she was doing was sleeping and looking around. At 2 weeks old she had her first bath when her umbilical stump fell off. She's been to the State Fair and even back to her birth place for a followup appointment with the midwife who delivered her. She's learned our scents and has really bonded with us and adjusted to our home (pets and all). She learned breastfeeding and has grown so darn much. She now smiles and imitates some of the faces we make a...

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Been new parents for 7 weeks now…

... and nobody ever told us that we would be doing chores during nap time, as N pointed out this morning. We did dishes, fed and watered the animals, hung the laundry to dry, stuffed cloth diapers and ironed a few of N's dress shirts while Everly slept for an hour. Nobody can ever really make you understand just how much your life changes once you have a baby! I am not gonna lie, we are so looking forward to when our free time increases a bit once she's older. Right now the constant need to be held is rough on us. Finding the time to feed and care for ourselves is verging on impossible with little 7 week old Everly. That comes with the territory though, that's what we've been told...

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Random tidbits and musings: "Why not…"

First off, can someone tell me why nobody has invented mascara that can withstand humidity? When I curl my lashes and apply the stuff I want it to keep my lashes curled, even when I go out in 90% humidity! I don't want them to straighten as soon as I step out the door. Is that too much to ask? ---- abrupt change of subject ---- So while I was driving back home from teaching today I passed this boat on wheels, kind of strange so I snapped a cellphone photo. Yeah I linked to the photo so go ahead and click over to view it, I'll wait...

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Officially, sort of back to work? Perhaps.

I am not dead, just blog slacking. Big surprise huh? Yesterday was the start of my back to work adventure: teaching colorguard with a local marching band. It's my super part time work that I am way passionate about. I've always been able to handle the rehearsal schedules and the long hours outdoors but combining that with being a mom is way different! Yesterday Everly and I went for a 6-9pm outdoor rehearsal. I had the stroller, baby seat and ring sling. She wouldn't tolerate being in any of those for very long. I held her against on my left shoulder for almost the whole 3 hour rehearsal. Things went well, she napped for a few min here and there on my shoulder but was awake for most of the time. She fussed and...

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3 weeks postpartum: Still in a daze trying to grasp it all.

Today Everly is 3 weeks old, we've been parents to our beautiful daughter for 21 days. 21 days seems like way more than it currently feels like. Shoot, I am still in a daze and haven't quite grasped that she came from me and how truly amazing that is. We've started printing out some of the photos from the birth and the first few days of her life. They help to make the birth seem that much more real in my mind but I know I still haven't totally grasped the entirety of it all. Eventually when I am feeling less depressed and emotional I'll watch the birth video and take stock. It's crazy how I was there birthing her totally unmedicated and I still don't have a complete grasp of how...

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Our breastfeeding journey so far… A first time mom learns the ropes.

Immediately following birth Everly and I laid skin to skin for about 20 min. The skin to skin contact is said to improve breastfeeding outcome and facilitate bonding between mother and child. While we waited for the umbilical cord to stop pulsating and the placenta to deliver Everly and I just laid there in all our messy glory enjoying each other's company. Once the umbilical cord stopped pulsating N cut it and she began to nurse right away. Nursing within the first 30 min or so following birth is highly recommended by lactation consultants when it is possible so we held off on taking her weight and length measurements so I could nurse awhile. When the time came to inspect the damages Everly and I went our separate ways, she got her...

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Less-words Wednesday: Pregnancy Home Stretch Edition

There are only two more days until I leave you all and head off to wait on my little girls arrival. I am totally feeling ready for this and am very anxious for labor to begin. Saw the chiropractor yesterday and was all out of whack again. Even more so now that Tater's bones are grinding against mine in just about every position I am in. Felt good to be adjusted and all put back in place. Here's hoping all stays that way for the delivery. With chiropractic care labor and delivery are supposed to be quicker and easier. Yesterdays adjustment was my last before heading off to The Farm. Before I head off I've been sure to write many advance posts and get them all scheduled here to tide you over...

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Really, 5 min cake in a mug? You becha!

Yeah, so thanks to Witchypoo's talks of birthday cake and wine I was having my own cake craving yesterday. She recommended I search for the 5 min cake in a mug recipe for some instant chocolate goodness and I found it here. Calls for tablespoons of sugar, flour (specifically cake flour), cocoa powder, milk, oil and an egg. Seems simple enough but then you microwave it. Sort of strange if you ask me but what the heck? So I combine my all purpose flour (didn't have cake flour, is there a difference?) , sugar, cocoa and the egg. Then I added the milk and oil and mixed the heck out of it as directed. Popped the mug in to the microwave and stood back. Our microwave makes this strange sound when you nuke stuff,...

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Getting back to teaching, once Tater is born.

Life never ceases to amaze me! I am marveling at how easily some things just fall in to place in life and I am super excited that another door has opened for me. Remember how I was working with a few different colorguard/ winterguard units back in Flagstaff, AZ that we had to leave behind when we moved all the way to Indiana? Well I always knew something else would come along for me at the right time. We just weren't really sure when that right time would be. I had a few local contacts in Indiana and some possibilities to consider before making the big move but ultimately decided to wait on making any commitments until we were in our new city and settled. Offers came and went, possibilities were still...

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Free baby clothes explosion and some TMI pregnancy talk.

On Sunday we met a lady to pick up some free infant girl clothes that were offered up on freecycle. We have a love/ hate relationship with freecycle. Mostly because so many people are flakes about coming and picking up the stuff they claim they want. Anyway, since the budget has been so tight we have not been reluctant to ask for things we need when someone posts an offer on freecycle. We've managed to get some pretty helpful things like pet food and baby stuff which has helped us big time. This last freecycler takes the cake though! We expected a box or a sack of clothing items when we came to claim the baby girl stuff. She said she had a range of sizes and some various other odds and...

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Trust & Intuition Vs. Uncertainty & Lack of Experience: Childbirth and Labor

Today I am 36 weeks pregnant and things are still going great but things are also changing and happening with my body that I am noticing and (according to N) I am spending too much time worrying about. LOL. I am all about following intuition and listening to my body's signals which is why I am going the direction I am with labor and delivery. This means accepting and not fearing the unknown right? Part of me is there. On the other hand, for a first time mom there is lots of stuff you haven't experienced yet so you wonder about how it will be for you. Will I know labor has begun, what will contractions be like, how will I handle it all etc...

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Today I am 35 weeks pregnant, another belly shot shared.

I am eating some nut & chocolate trail mix. Just slathered more goop on the belly and was thinking I should write a 35 week pregnancy post. Still pregnant as ever, feeling more and more uncomfortable as the days pass. Am still gaining weight despite all the talk in books about how weight gain slows or stops towards the end of the pregnancy. Captured this belly shot yesterday after getting off the phone with Krystal. She said "you must be getting so huge", I sure feel freaking huge but you can be the judge of that based upon the photo. My hormones are sure in full swing these days. Yesterday I had a blow up at the post office thanks to a rude postal worker. Super annoying situation, very irritating employee and I...

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Critters in my back yard: Rabbits, snakes, spiders, frogs and more.

There are only about 3 weeks left until I'll be at The Farm. I am doing great and Tater seems to be planning to stay inside for a bit longer (thank goodness). I've told her she has to stay put until June 4th at least, that way she'll be full term! In the meantime we have been trying to do things to have fun and to keep busy while we are waiting for Tater to do her last bits of growth and development. Things like putting the house together the way we'll need it when Tater comes home, unpacking, organizing and even vegetable gardening have been a few of our pastimes these days (other than my excessive napping). It has sure been quite a critter filled weekend for us though! Late last...

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What a night! No sleep, hazardous weather and baby fun…

Last night we were jostled from sleep by the weather radio. *For all my west coast readers who don't already know* It is designed to go off whenever a watch or warning is in effect for our area, you know to make sure you are aware of the possible danger even when you aren't able to hear area sirens or whatever. I guess it is possible to sleep through the sirens, how I am not sure...

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How does the garden grow: a photo essay of my backyard May 7th 2009

I was out feeding the critters and the sight of my blooming rose bush caught my attention. I wanted to take some time to photograph the yard of our new place and to explain each photo a bit for those of you who were interested in seeing how it is all looking. Here is the view to the left just as you enter our gated yard. There is a perennial bed filled with mums, hydrangea, creeping virginia, day lilies, peonies, oriental lilies and a few other unknown bushes. Dixie (the dog) likes to lay and dig in the bed so we have placed pots over all the empty spaces in the bed, it discourages her from getting in there. Sure it looks odd but it will be fine until we are able...

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