Beyond Deweyville

Breeding, feeding, writing, reading, crafting, and photographing in Orange County, CA Where it has become a novelty to raise your own kids and mow your own grass (if you can afford some).

You spin me right round baby, right round like a record baby… March 26, 2009

Filed under: Pregnancy — mothersandothers @ 6:41 pm

Week 2 Vertigo Update. I’m doing a hell of a lot better. Every few days it seems like there’s less drag when my head turns. My orientation to the planet is returning to normal. While Dr. Jen was on vacation, her dad, Dr. Tom, gave me the craziest neck adjustment ever and put me on some awesome immune support supplements just in case it was an inner ear infection. This pregnancy has led me down some wild paths and this is one I am surely glad to say good-bye to. Once again, we are grateful for the meals and help. I’m especially grateful to the Sunflower class for making me such a beautiful card filled with all your lovely art. It feels wonderful to be back out and about and seeing your amazing faces every morning.


Birth, a new idea

Filed under: General,Pregnancy — mothersandothers @ 6:30 pm

So there we were, camped out on the floor of the shower, again. It’s getting a little cramped in there these days. We all have our respective spots. And lucky for me, Amaiah has taken to mothering me which includes washing my hair anywhere from six to eight times and my armpits (hmm?) about the same. She also does not get cold, leaving my selfish hogging of the hot water unnoticed. Wyatt sits next to me and chats, and makes me laugh, and makes me think.

Wyatt: You know, it’s sort of silly to say “private parts”. I mean you’re going to have a whole other person down there. That’s doesn’t seem very private to me.

Me (laughing): You’re right buddy, that’s not exactly private is it?

Wyatt: God should have made it so the baby comes out your mouth maybe.

And this was the image that was stuck in my head the rest of the day….me with a mouth looking something like this…



Happy Birthday Little One March 19, 2009

Filed under: General,Kids — mothersandothers @ 7:36 pm

I love you more than all the princesses in the whole universe!



Week 30: Follow me to Wackyville March 17, 2009

Filed under: General — mothersandothers @ 8:40 am

Hey everyone, I’ve made it to week 30 of this pregnancy and was feeling so great with the hyperemesis behind me! Thank goodness Noelle even took some really beautiful shots so we have proof. LOL. Unfortunately I was hit with some freaky health issues last week that will probably take me away from this and e-mailing for a while. Last Tuesday I woke up to a spinning world that kept spinning with every head turn. After visiting my doctor and midwife, Brian hauled me to the hospital where I’ve been for the last few days getting tests done and talking to fancy-sounding specialists. The good news is all major causes were pretty well ruled out: stroke, brain tumor, spinal fluid leak, MS, etc. This leaves a diagnosis of Benign Positional Vertigo. Yuck! Like the hyperemesis, it has turned us on our heads around here as we scramble to make up for the loss of mom once again (aah, here comes the swearing and the f%$#&ing tears). It usually lasts 6 weeks or so. Perhaps Brian can give updates here from time to time. Until then, here are some specific prayer requests:

Praise God for the last few weeks of feeling great

Help the kids not to be scared by mommy who moves slow and funny and with a cane sometimes

Help Brian to maintain energy required to take over everything

Humility required to ask for help

Continued protection for developing daughter

Mental peace

Practitioners who can preform maneuvers that provide possible cure

Thanks everyone and we can always be reached by phone!


Kick-Butt Bubbles March 10, 2009

Filed under: Crafts, you can do it!,Kids — mothersandothers @ 6:18 am


This goes along with last week’s baking soda and vinegar crafts: old school.

1/2 gallon of water

1 C. or so of Joy dishwashing soap

4ish T. glycerin (ask your Target pharmacist, $3)

Mix these bad boys up a day ahead and go nuts



Oh shoot, it’s March already! March 8, 2009

Filed under: Food,Shal's Monthly Menus — mothersandothers @ 6:53 pm

I guess I should post my March menu. It seems like there’s so many food topics floating around my space here. Firstly, some heartbreaking news. For the last couple of years we have been transforming our yard from gross to chemical-free. We were days away from ordering our seeds for our garden (see below) when our plans were brought to a screeching halt.


A certain pesticide control company employee, Joe Bad-Eyes, misread the address on his order and sprayed our entire property with cancer-causing neurotoxic crap. Waaaahhh! I’ve cried my eyes out, bought us all protective suits, and fired the pitbull in charge of keeping unwanted guests out of the backyard. So now it sits, not growing our rest-of-the-year bounty. Bummer. I guess we’ll be growing in containers until the issue gets resolved.

Happy Note: Sarah made me the best dang loaf of bread and then came to my house and baked some biscuits.

I’ve fallen in love with this site: What The Hell Does A Vegan Eat?

I’m saving the shopping lists from these menus from here on out so now I can include a copy if you want with the menu. It is divided into two trips, one on Wednesday and one on Saturday.

One perk that has come of this project is people seeing what I like to cook and sending me recipes they think we’ll like. So thoughtful you are!march-2009-menu-jpg


The pregnant lady needs a giggle

Filed under: General — mothersandothers @ 4:24 pm

Since I have a muy long week ahead of me, and probably so do you, let’s begin it with a laugh shall we?

And I thought Drake’s sleepbarking was hilarious