I want to get these pics out there, but if I sit around waiting for a blog idea to pop into my head, it’ll never happen. So: here’s your pic for week 38 (March 22nd – 28th). I also posted a similar entry for Week 37 (March 15th – 21st).
Ok. So, here’s the deal. This is week 37 with the CSA, which means it’s week 37 of my pregnancy. And – frankly – I’ve had more important things on my mind than the meaning of my food.
Everyone needs a sanctuary within their own home. I think the week that we finally felt at home in our new house was the week we finished the painting and cleaning, moved our mattress off the floor and onto a bedframe, and started sleeping in our master bedroom.
The first trimester, I gained no weight. I had little appetite. When I was hungry, I ate mostly fresh fruits and other raw foods, and I was grateful for the ridiculously fresh produce we received weekly from our CSA farm share. I started reading Nina’s Plank’s book Real Food For Mother and Baby and took her advice to heart, adding whole-fat foods (especially dairy), continuing to drink raw milk and eat raw milk cheese, and adding as much fish to my diet as I could stand.
The same week we got the news that the sale would close on our house purchase and the same week we found out we were pregnant with our first baby. So, by the time we moved into our first house in August 2010, I was in the middle of first trimester exhaustion. That made the move a huge challenge. You see: we knew we would only be able to afford to buy a house if we found a fixer, and our house was a definitely cosmetic fixer (i.e. it was a safe, healthy house, but it was outdated, dirty and ugly). We had 1 week off work in which to fix ‘er up before we were out of our old apartment for good.
The days are getting longer. The food is getting greener. And my belly is getting bigger. All these things excite me to no end. They are promises of a full summer. They are promises of birth and renewal. They are foreshadowing of light and warmth.
Mr. Wetzel and I bought our house in August 2010, and we’ve been slowly fixing ‘er up ever since. When we moved in, our living room needed a lot of work. Man-work. Grunting and such.
I’ve wanted to write some blog posts about the house Mr. Wetzel and I bought in August 2010, and I’m finally ready to show off the hard work we put into this place. First, I wanted to give you a little tour of what the house looked like before we moved in. Here are the photos that were posted to the online listing.
One of the first decisions Mr. Wetzel and I made about our pregnancy, even before we got pregnant, was that we wanted to use a midwife instead of an OBGYN. The biggest factors that influenced us were: talking with friends that had experienced both births (midwife birth and stereotypical hospital birth); sharing feelings with each other about how we were unhappy with the over-medicalization of birth; and learning more about the work and stories of Ina Mae Gaskin, a key figure in the field of midwifery.
This week I’d like to take you on a picture tour of the Terry’s Berries CSA and farm store. Enjoy!
Hi, there! I’m Erin. I’m a crunchy Christian mom and artist. I love to eat local farm food and shop at thrift stores. I blog about our crazy life and baby girl (born April 2011). I love rainbows. My hair is messy. ^_^ I hope you enjoy my blog! (Read More about me here...)