Go With Your Gut
This week took us by surprise. Our oldest, our daughter, has been through so much already in her little lifetime. To add to her list of hardships we found out her kidneys are under severe stress. And she has some major bacterial overload in her little belly.
There were no huge warning signs really. I noticed she was having a lot of skin issues. They were small, but just really out of the norm for a 6 year old, or really anyone. And I know from reading a lot of gut health books due to my own health issues that a lot of what happens with our skin is due to something internal and typically from the gut.
So on a whim of a gut feeling maybe I took her in to our naturopath. She is on a very limited diet now due to the things she's got going on. But I learned a lot about my girl in that visit. Some things I anticipated and some I didn't. Our doctor would ask my daughter the questions first before asking me, (which I appreciated) and come to find out, my daughter wasn't even having a bowel movement everyday. Her blood panel came back showing malnutrition as well. And if you know me and how I feed our kids, that's impossible. However if you have an overgrowth of bacteria or parasites in your gut, then it can keep you from absorbing the nutrients from what you are eating. Now we are on a path to healing and hopefully getting her back to optimal health.
I'm telling you this because we are given a special gift that only applies to our children. We know when something is not right. Whether it makes sense or not, we know our children better than anyone else. And I feel like today we are bombarded with opinions on how to raise our babies. And then if I am not being told what to do I am seeking opinions on what to do. Which is totally fine sometimes, but I think it's important we don't ignore our momma bear instincts. Even if we are wrong, like taking our kiddos to the care now only to be sent home with a good nights rest and lot's of fluids we now know how to recognize this situation if it happens again and if its urgent or if we can handle it at home.
But I want to encourage you to follow your gut in all areas. Sometimes it's super confusing. And sometimes it's half heart and half gut. And if your like me following my gut feels a little less concrete and therefore I start to doubt myself. But you got this!
I love the quote, "Never apologize for trusting your intuition - your brain can play tricks, your heart can blind, but your gut is always right."
The struggle is real for sure. There is no doubt. But the more you listen the louder your instincts become.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!! And maybe you can practice listening to your gut instincts when going into the business of the holiday season. Maybe it's too much for the kids and you need to cancel an appearance somewhere. Maybe there's a conversation that your gut is telling you needs to take place. Maybe in the middle of all the chaos your gut tells you to retreat to a quite place like your aunts closet during the festivities for 10 min.