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How far along? 18 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Weighed at last appointment and I haven’t gained a thing… big surprise there considering I can’t really eat much!


Maternity clothes? Yep. With some LLR thrown in as well.

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: I sleep okay, nights when Bird climbs into bed with us are rough because she tosses and turns, but when she sleeps in her own bed all night I sleep great!

Best moment this week: We took a trip to Ohio to see my mom’s side of the family, it’s been 2 years since we’d seen most of them and 9 years for a few others!

Movement: Very few, this dang anterior placenta gives me anxiety. The placement must be all up front because I only feel him/her randomly. Of course, I’m so distracted taking care of the other three minions that I’m sure I miss movements as well!

Food cravings: Hard candy, beef jerky, pineapple and ice water with crushed ice.

Gender: We will find out on the 26th of September!

Labor signs: None.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On and super loose! Yikes!

What I miss: Routine… with the move, and constant trips and outings, and not feeling well, we just can’t seem to get into a good strong routine.

What am I looking forward too: Getting the kids and our home ready for baby, it won’t happen probably until after Christmas, but I’m excited to have things out and ready for him/her.

Weekly Wisdom: Let your tear falls. It doesn’t show weakness, it shows you are strong.

Milestones: Baby Bug is the size of a bell pepper.

In the Eye of the Storm

Music has always been my way of dealing with stress, anxiety and heartache. Whether it be me playing, or just listening. I can always count on a song to ease my burdens, God really speaks to me through music. This song in particular has been one I can turn to these past few weeks, because I know that no matter what we are going through, no matter how bad the storm is… God is there and He will bring me through. My only hope is trust in HIM.

Be blessed, I hope this song brings you as much peace as it does me.

Baby #4 – 16 Weeks

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How far along? 16 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Haven’t weighed myself, though my appetite is starting to come back, so I imagine if I haven’t already that I’ll start gaining some.


Maternity clothes? Yep. All the time, plus some LuLaRoe thrown in as well. I cannot wear regular jeans anymore, they hurt my stomach. And while I can wear regular tees, they look kind of weird when they’re not contoured to shape over a bump now. 

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: I’ve actually been sleeping pretty well. Exhaustion is definitely starting to hit me, I definitely don’t follow the tell-tale signs of a typical pregnancy. Second trimester does NOT bring on a bolt of energy for this mommy!

Best moment this week: This photo…. haha! I always have J or one of the kids pose with my sign so I can get the settings on my camera right before he takes my photo. This time he REALLY posed for me!

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Movement: Nope… I have an anterior placenta, AGAIN. For the FOURTH time. So it’ll probably be a week or two before I feel anything unfortunately.

Food cravings: Greasy junk food. Like wings, nachos, cheese fries. I know, right? Super healthy! I’ve also found a love for the Ice Praline Pecan Coffee drinks when Sonic can get the ratios right! 

Gender: We will find out on the 26th of September!

Labor signs: None.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On and super loose! Yikes!

What I miss: Energy

What am I looking forward too: Finding out the gender. I’m going to say girl, I’ve been right the other three times, so we’ll see if I can continue my streak!

Weekly Wisdom: Love your babies more, hold them tighter, kiss them daily… time goes by way too fast.

Milestones: Baby Bug is the size of an avocado! Holy guacemole!

How to Survive the Start of the New School Year – Home School Edition

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5 Tips for Mom for the New School Year

It’s no secret that we are homeschooling our children, it’s also no secret that we just found out that I’m expecting our fourth child! Needless to say, both of these are exhausting on top of the every day “mom tasks”. We just started our school year, Boogie is starting Kindergarten and Bubby is starting Pre-Kindergarten.

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Starting a new school year is intimidating and exciting all at the same time. You have a huge weight on your shoulders to offer an education to your children and the sense of excitement from you and your children about the upcoming school year brings so much joy! So here are 5 tips on how I survive the beginning of the new school year!

  1. Prepare ahead of time. I like to put together about 2-3 weeks of lessons to get us started, then I can see what works for us and what doesn’t. It also allows us time to be flexible and I can move things around until we find the right fit.
  2. Don’t rush into it, you may not like the curriculum or topics you originally chose. So take your time going over the materials with your children and have fun with it!
  3. Don’t limit yourself to schooling inside! Go to the library, the park, the zoo, the museum, or even your own backyard! One of the best things about homeschooling is the immense flexibility you have to school wherever you wish!
  4. Find a support system. Whether this be your family, friends, or even a home school group. While we haven’t joined a local co-op in our new city yet, I have connected with a group of local home school families on Facebook. Having that place to vent, swap ideas, and plan meet ups is so very helpful.
  5. Start every day with a good protein filled breakfast. I discovered Special K protein shakes and bars, pair these with a good fruit and you are set to start your day. Special K helps fortify you for what’s ahead!

 

I knew I needed to find something to fill my queasy tummy in the mornings and that would also sustain me through our morning chores and then our 2 hour school day. (This is a huge plus in my book for homeschooling!) Even though I’m 16 weeks pregnant, I am still suffering through “morning” sickness, it’s a plague that will not relinquish it’s hold! If I can get a good protein into my system I’m usually good to go, but most end up making me feel more sick.

I was excited for the opportunity to try some of the protein bars and shakes that Kellogg’s® Special K® offer, so I headed over to our local Kroger grocery store to hunt some down. You can find Special K products all over the store, if you head to the breakfast cereal aisle you can find granola bars, brownies and cereals. You can head to the breakfast freezer section to find crustless quiche and healthy breakfast sandwiches. However, I headed to the pharmacy department, you can find the protein shakes and protein bars in the aisle with protein powders, shakes and other miscellaneous items meant for enhancing your health. Special K products were easy to spot with their bright colors and brand labels.

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There are many flavors to choose from, I’m a chocolate girl so I chose a box of Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Meal Bars and a case of Rich Chocolate Protein Shakes. I would have loved to try the Chocolate Mocha flavor (because what’s better than chocolate AND coffee flavors?) but they were out of that particular flavor.

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The protein bars are delicious, it’s really like a candy bar! The inside is a crispy rice bar with peanut butter and then it’s coated in a smooth chocolate. I was so worried about feeling sick after eating one, because normally sweets are not good for my tummy in the mornings. However, after eating this I felt satisfied and ready to start the day. I still felt slightly queasy (but let’s get real, it never really goes away!) but I was able to function. I cleaned my entire kitchen this morning without getting sick!

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The shake was good as well, I like to mix mine with ice to make a more smoothie consistency. The shake is a little thick straight out of the bottle for me, but the taste is really good.

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Good, Good Father

I’ve really been struggling these past few weeks, feelings of discontent, guilt, anxiety and weariness. I’m not even sure if that covers my emotions lately. Obviously being pregnant can cause a woman’s emotions to be all over the place, but I think all of the changes our family is going through have just overwhelmed me and taken a toll. I’m incredibly happy to be in Tennessee now, I think in the long room it was the best decision for our family.

However I can already tell you that we won’t be staying in our new home for an extended period of time. We know we will outgrow it before long, it’s inevitable. And despite our long conversations on the matter, both J and I know that we can’t continue forever with his long commutes. It’s just not for us. By the time he leaves and returns from work, he’s gone for almost 9, sometimes 10 hours a day. That doesn’t leave much time for us as a family.

I can also tell you that I am really struggling with the fact that we can’t seem to find a church that fits our family’s needs. I know we are being picky, our home church is amazing, I hate that we can’t be there and live in our new home at the same time. We have a great church family back in NC and considering J and I are both kind of anti-social these days, it’s really hard finding a church that feels like home here. We have at least found a church that offers ballet classes for Boogie and a church that offers Awana for her and Asher as well. But we haven’t been able to visit the church with ballet for worship services yet, and the other wasn’t a good fit. Between illnesses and traveling we just haven’t had the opportunity to visit many more.

We are starting our first official year of homeschooling, Boogie is a kindergartener this year and I’m trying to get into a good routine so that we can stay on top of things. It’s much harder than I anticipated, I didn’t think I would still be suffering from this awful “morning” sickness and I wasn’t expecting to have to be running around town so much while my brother was staying with us. So we are yet to be on any kind of schedule and it’s been hard on the kids and myself. I’m also worried that I won’t be able to keep up or provide the best education for my kids, I know this isn’t true, but it’s hard to not think this when there’s so many other things piling up on your shoulders.

Blogging isn’t as fun as it used to be either. I’m not enjoying it like I used too, now it feels more like a job instead of a hobby. Which I guess, technically it is now. I can’t decide how to continue on as Mustard Seed Mommy, but it just doesn’t give me the joy that it once did. Lately I can’t find anything to fill my personal time with, when I have personal time, that is something just for me to do. My life revolves around housekeeping, laundry, parenting, cooking, errand running and trying to be the best wife that I can be. I just can’t figure out where Sarah fits into that.

Are you still with me? The one thing that keeps me going, that keeps me from collapsing into a heap on the floor is knowing that my Father is here. He’s holding me up and keeping me going, His love will never waver, He will never doubt or forsake me. He is a constant in my life that I can completely and totally rely on. I am so very thankful for that. So, now that you’ve made it through my super depressing post, could you be praying for me? Pray that things will turn around a bit and that I can find some contentment in where we are right now in our lives? Pray that I can find confidence in my role as a mother and teacher to my children?

Until next time, here’s my song, the song that brings me to tears every time I hear it. This song is my heart’s cry.