Baby #4 – 20 Weeks

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How far along? 20 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 2lbs total. Dang!


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

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

Sleep: I sleep like the dead, until a wee little Bird comes into our bed and starts kicking and tossing and turning…

Best moment this week: We found out that Baby Bear is a BOY!

Movement: A little! He was moving all over the place during our ultrasound and I only felt two kicks the entire time. It was crazy! I’m definitely feeling more now though!

Food cravings: Pineapple

Gender: Boy

Labor signs: None.

Belly button in or out? In

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

What I miss: Right now I’m missing my old midwife, I really like the midwives we are seeing and the facility where I will have Bear…. but it’s just not what I’m used too. They don’t me well, they haven’t been there during my other births, so it’s taking me some time to accept that.

What am I looking forward too: Holding this sweet baby!

Weekly Wisdom: You are not always right. HA! I just KNEW Bear was a girl, I was so wrong!

Milestones: Baby Bear weighs 10 ounces!

Baby #4 18 Weeks

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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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