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Sherry’s Ramblings

WHAT IS IN MY EMERGENCY POUCH

I carry this Squeak pouch by Etsy seller SqueakDesigns from Australia (love their work), and this is what is inside.

Top Left to Top Right

Going Down (On the right)

  • Clean and Clear Oil Blotting Sheets
  • Band-Aids
  • Moleskin Plus band-aids for the feet
  • Post-It pad of paper & Pen
  • Spare tampons (I actually use a Diva Cup with my review here but you never know when someone might need these)
  • A spare plastic bag — this is for whatever including Baby Bun incidents
  • Headphones + Cord Taco cordsavers
  • Charger

What’s in yours?

VEGETABLE-INDUCED MIGRAINES & SLEEP DEPRIVATION

From my toddler…

I have had a splitting headache for 2 weeks now. It finally went away yesterday when I convinced Baby Bun through screaming at night that he needs to sleep and stop waking Mommy up.

He slept (sort of) from 8 p.m.-ish to 6:30 a.m. which means I slept about 9 hours (I lose an hour or two here and there from him kicking me, etc). I needed more after he woke up at 6:30 a.m. … WAY MORE. At least 3 more hours to catch up. My body was just craving it.

I normally need a solid 9-10 hours alone, and in the past weeks I have been getting less than 8. I have felt it strongly in my headaches, I have had massive migraines, I can’t think straight, I’m irritable…

Finally. Solid sleep.

And from vegetables…

I will also mention that I have also in the same 2 weeks started going way more vegetarian / vegan for my lunches and that also partly triggered my headaches.

Baby Bun’s lack of sleep has only been the past 6 days, so it doesn’t explain away the rest of the time…


I can’t find any solid evidence online that going more vegetarian / vegan it is connected to my headaches, but it cannot be a coincidence because I have had sleep deprivation before with Baby Bun (obviously) but it hasn’t lasted this long or have been this bad.

So far, I have read the following possibilities online:

  • Your body is “detoxing” all the sugar, fat, meat, caffeine etc… which maybe could be part of the case, but I don’t eat THAT much sugar, I have no processed foods in my stomach and I wasn’t eating much meat to begin with, I have just cut out the little that I do eat to half (now we’re talking only 3 meals MAX a week, have meat in them, out of 21 possible meals). I feel like maybe the substitute of fruit sugars in fruit (my green smoothies) for white sugar may have something to do with my body’s withdrawal… I get this way when I drink too much caffeine or cut back from 2 cups of tea as well (I drink 1 cup of matcha green tea & 1 cup of black tea in the morning)
  • You aren’t getting enough iron or B12 – Nope. I definitely get enough iron, I have been making green smoothies up the wazoo and spinach is great for iron, plus I have been eating beans (chickpeas, yellow peas) as well. I also haven’t cut out meat completely. I still had one meal of chicken, and 3 meals of seafood (smoked salmon) in the past 2 weeks. I haven’t cut out the dairy either, I still have milk in the mornings and cheese very often. This is not it.

But there is a slight correlation for me, between going vegan/vegetarian and getting splitting headaches, I know my body well and I am certain the change in diet triggered these migraines, which was not helped by my lack of sleep because of Baby Bun.

Just WHAT in the change of diet, could be a variety of things. Either more vegetables in place of what I normally ate (eggs, occasional pieces of meat), or the withdrawal from white sugar (replacement: fruit), or …?? No idea.

That’s not to deter anyone from eating more vegetables, but be forewarned it could happen and stock up on aspirin/Advil and be prepared for it by eating a balanced diet and maybe easing into it gradually over a few months by cutting out the meat gradually rather than going full force cold turkey.

ISN’T THIS ADORABLE?

I want to re-create this. The only thing is that it would be too young for Baby Bun already, he’s past this stage… but still, what a great idea for a kid’s room. All the letters are far more interesting than what I came up with (Q for Quill!?)

HOW TO SPOT QUALITY

I had been meaning to post this for a while, but remember that peplum dress I scored for $80 that originally cost around $1300?

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLs8vMAh0iZ/

Well, the quality is phenomenal. I didn’t even know the label SportMax (I do now), but even without looking at the tag, you can see just how well made it is.

The peplum at the back pops open like this with two snaps:

When i’s closed, due to the design of the peplum and just the actual print of it itself, it looks near seamless at the back, unlike cheaply made dresses.

This is why I can’t get on board with exposed zipper skirts, dresses or pants. They just look so cheap to me if I see the hardware and underpinnings of the garments.

I know it’s in style now, but .. it just looks wrong to me. It should look hidden and seamless.

SOME PARENTS & “EXPERTS” FOR POTTY TRAINING ARE LIARS

Online, you can apparently train your child in 24 – 72 hours to go on the potty.

YEAH. RIGHT.

LIES.

It has been almost 4 months that Baby Bun has been “trained”, and he still has mini accidents where he wets his underwear a little tiny bit and then realizes he has to go.

He still hasn’t learned that he needs to go when he feels the urge, not when it is urgent!


There are only 5 things to remember about potty training:

  1. Skip the baby potty on the ground, use a potty seat or else you’ll have to train twice
  2. They must wear underwear & feel themselves getting wet; no “pull-ups” unless you’re going out or they’re sleeping
  3. Incentives matter — some use candy, I opted to use stickers
  4. It will take at least a week if not longer of full-time, constant, hawk-watching the potty signs & underwear for them to get the concept
  5. You have to start when they’re ready, but before the age of 3 or else it complicates things apparently

You can read all about my REALISTIC Potty Training Experience.

I will let you know once Baby Bun is fully “trained” and doesn’t have mini accidents.


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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K (savings rate = 85%). I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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7 Comments

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    Sarah

    Do you have migraines or tension headaches? (Aspirin or Advil will not alleviate a migraine). Certain foods do tend to trigger tension headaches, you could maybe try an elimination diet (eliminate a single vegetable/fruit to figure out what triggers them). Good luck! Hope you figure out what is causing the problem and feel better. Unrelated to your experience – I’ve been vegetarian for 3 years, but when I initially started I did not get enough protein and iron and I felt sleepy all the time (I have unusual training/lifting goals and need more protein than most people). I also developed tinnitus because of insufficient B12 levels. It went away with supplements and eating more protein.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Thanks for the tip about the protein and iron. I think I am good on that front, as I won’t be going 100% vegetarian, but definitely eating much less meat than before.

      I figured out what it was. I am coming down with a cold. I got a bit of a sore throat later on this morning and then it all hit me: THAT is why I have been fatigued, dizzy and not feeling well at all. I was in the midst of a cold but couldn’t diagnose it because I had no runny nose, and no other symptoms but a headache.

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    anon

    I don’t make smoothies, but do you put in raw spinach? You might not be getting as much iron as you think: http://www.healthcastle.com/iron-spinach.shtml

    Also, some vitamins and minerals don’t get absorbed by your body if you’re missing another vitamin. I’m not sure about iron, but for example you need to take calcium supplements with vitamin c so they get absorbed.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Ooo thanks for the tip.

      Yes I do put in raw spinach. I also made vegetarian / vegan burgers with beans.. we also eat nuts every other night as well.

      I won’t need the calcium supplements I think, as I already still drink milk, but I will look into Vitamin C.. maybe some oranges here and there to snack on.

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    2. Cassie

      I was going to make a similar suggestion on the vitamin C. I’m sure you have some in there already, but have you tried increasing the fruit and vegetables with high vitamin C content in your smoothie?

      Another thought is water. I’m prone to dehydration headaches personally. I know you drink water, but have you tried increasing the volume?

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      1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

        I am going to add more vitamin C, regardless.

        I figured out what it was. I am coming down with a cold. I got a bit of a sore throat later on this morning and then it all hit me: THAT is why I have been fatigued, dizzy and not feeling well at all. I was in the midst of a cold but couldn’t diagnose it because I had no runny nose, and no other symptoms but a headache.

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    3. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Thanks again!

      I figured out what it was. I am coming down with a cold. I got a bit of a sore throat later on this morning and then it all hit me: THAT is why I have been fatigued, dizzy and not feeling well at all. I was in the midst of a cold but couldn’t diagnose it because I had no runny nose, and no other symptoms but a headache.

      Reply

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