It seems we have two teething kids on our hands! Little Miss Mira is working on her first two bottom teeth and Ezra is dealing with those pesky 3-year molars. A thing I ran into when my oldest was a baby (eek… 14 years ago) was an amber teething necklace. They have definitely gained popularity over the years and are easily accessible on Amazon. Back then, I swore I noticed a difference in Keenan and am still finding relief for the other two kiddos.
Many moms swear by them, but why?
There is said to be an oil secreted from baltic amber called succinic acid. Raw, non-autoclaved amber releases this oil, around 8% when the amber is heated by the baby’s skin. Succinic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, it is immune-supporting, it is an antioxidant and it can be calming.
Succinic acid is found in many nutritional supplements and in medicines. It is commonly prescribed in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Baltic amber is a fossilized resin from conifer trees. It also has a huge history, and it has been found as far back as the paleolithic period.
There have been concerns and issues about safety and choking. I haven’t had a problem and am not fearful– however, I generally use precautions when my babies wear them. I make sure the necklace has a pop clasp that will safely disengage if the necklace would get caught on something, I buy about a 12.6-inch length so it isn’t very long, and I put it on the baby and keep her distracted for a few moments so she forgets about it even being on.
We take it off before sleeping, and she’s supervised during the day when wearing it. A few things to look for when purchasing an amber necklace is that it is 100% raw amber, it hasn’t been treated with an autoclave, and it is double-knotted between beads. The color of amber ranges from brown to orange, and it is generally a milky hue when the beads are untreated. The lighter color beads tend to be higher in succinic acid.
Amber necklaces are one tool I advocate for, and I think they are super cute! I even have one in an adult length and have noticed that I feel calmer and headaches are less when I wear it. They run about $20 so, it may be worth a shot when dealing with the dreaded teething process.
October was a month for the books! My husband and I found out that we are expecting our second child together. It has been a bit of shock and awe, I have had emotional days of “what the hell are we thinking”, and of course bliss and being ecstatically happy. Mentally I was not prepared for the 2 lines on the test. My mind was wrapped around chasing our very active toddler, helping my teenager through his first year of teenagerhood, and really pushing for business growth.
The past 3 years have been full of major life changes! Moving, natural disasters, divorce, death, marriage, babies– I think we have covered all of the major categories– sometimes more than once. Why not add one more!?! Gus and I are a good team and always up for an adventure, so cheers to the newest piece of our puzzle. And at least I am still (barely) in my 30’s!
The thought that has eased my mind and worries is that I have given myself a major health revamping this year. After having Ezra and dealing with a difficult pregnancy, birth, and recovery I knew I needed to look deeper into healing. I have tried many things over the years to heal my hormonal & autoimmune issues and 2018 was the year to find the missing link. Ezra and I both responded very well to the lectin-free diet, his issues resolved rather quickly after we acclimatized to the changes and I had a lot of healthy “side-effects” from the change as well.
I believe I have the tools to really give this pregnancy a good head start for a different type of delivery and health outcome than my previous experiences. I am, of course, doing things by the book medically and will be watched like a hawk– I am completely fine with giving extra blood and urine to the lab! Life is full of adjusting and adapting to whatever surprise is around the corner. Our newest surprise is due in May– so mommy, daddy, and big brothers still have plenty of time to adjust and find our routines along the way.
The voice behind my blog has switched gears a bit, I’ve been spending more writing time following some of my other passions. I started out sharing our diet changes, which are now second nature and not something I put a lot of time and energy into. Our pantry is stocked, I have enough meals to keep our family eating a variety of foods each week. We feel good, and have our grocery purchasing routine down pat. I still occasionally try out a new recipe or find a new product that I love, however generally this piece of life is simple and moving along.
That being said, the benefits have been that Ezra’s health issues have been resolved– at least on paper. We believe it takes a much longer time to truly heal the gut (and keep it healthy), so we have made this a lifestyle not just a plan to fix a problem. My husband and I have lost over 20 lbs each, without fluctuation. So, not a “weight-loss” plan, a side effect from a life change. Today I decided to use this blog space to write a small update of sorts and share the recipe to one of our new favorite treats. A treat I am making since this is our last day of “summer break” (the teen returns from his vacation tomorrow!) and I am sure a homemade treat will be a nice welcome for his tummy!
Chocolate Chip Cookies — Refined Sugar & Grain Free
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 c hazelnut flour
- 1 cup chopped dark chocolate make your own chocolate to keep 100% Paleo or Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Chocolate chips
Beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add the almond flour, hazelnut flour, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
To bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Use a cookie scoop to form cookies and place on a parchment lined baking sheet; press down slightly. Bake for 12 minutes or just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.