Pregnancy Update: Week 11

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Week 11 of my pregnancy!

 

It’s official, I look pregnant! I’m getting the twins comment, but I really think it’s just because this is my 6th baby and I just show quickly now. I’m still in regular clothes, the Rainbow Skirt fits me ok still, I just wear it a little higher on my tummy. :)

The children are always asking how big the baby is, so I looked it up tonight and told them all the latest info. The baby is the size of a fig, and is perfectly formed. It’s so sweet to think about it!

This past week was a critical point in starting to feel a little better. We had a Labor Day church retreat, and I decided to go ahead and go. The cabins are air conditioned, and the food is always really yummy. The downside is the walk to the bathrooms, but I survived. Actually I did better then survive, I actually ate a meal there! It was the first time I felt full in weeks, and it was a wonderful feeling. I was surrounded by loving friends, and if the meal wasn’t something I could eat, the cooks warmed something else up for me. I was still really exhausted at the retreat, but everyone helped and I rode the golf cart to get around.

It was wonderful to not only be fed physically, but spiritually. The sermons were really good, and I came away very encouraged to keep striving towards higher ground.

I received really good news this week…my progesterone levels are not only up where they need to be, but super high! And I was able to be on progesterone pills this week instead of shots, which was a huge answer to prayer! I think the pills actually make me more tired then the shots do, but emotionally the shots were very difficult for me to handle, so I’m sticking with the pills. I don’t know what my doctor has planned at this point, if he wants me to just get through the first trimester or if I have to stay on the progesterone longer.

I’m starting to get excited about having a baby. That might sound bad that I’m just getting excited, but those of you who go through really bad morning sickness or fatigue probably understand that statement. It’s been all I can do to just survive, but now that I’ve been able to eat a little more, the joy and excitement is starting to come.

OIOI diaper bag that I got for the new baby!

I ordered a new diaper bag for this baby from Zulily. It was discounted a lot on there and I wanted a messenger style diaper bag. I really like it, and can’t wait to use it! It’s not available on Zulily now, but it is on sale at Amazon!

Today we are getting a new mattress set delivered! We bought a cheap set 9 years ago, and it has definitely seen better days. We are both looking forward to getting better sleep on a comfortable bed! It was a big purchase for us – we are Craigslist shoppers normally, but decided we wanted to spend the money on some mattresses that should last for quite awhile.

My goal for this week is to be able to eat more food, and be out of bed more. Since the medicine makes me groggy I only have so much control over that, but I’m really needing to be out of bed and doing a little more housework!

Weekly Pregnancy update

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This is the first of my weekly pregnancy updates. I hope you know that I care for all of you blog readers, because I have never given week by week updates to friends or family before. :) I’m pretty private about my actual due date, so I won’t be budging on that one. I’ve given birth 3 times on my actual due dates, and I like to be a hermit the last few weeks and just be alone and get ready for baby. So I’ll let you this close to my due date – around the end of March. :) I’m in my second month of pregnancy, and counting down the weeks until the first trimester ends!

I have felt pretty horrible until about 3 days ago. I have no clue what changed, but I woke up and suddenly had some energy and didn’t throw up that day. Evenings are my worst time – it’s so hard to eat and I really want to throw up, but so far so good. I have finally been able to get out of bed, where I’ve pretty much been for several weeks, and do some homeschooling with the children. It is the best feeling ever! I still have to take a nap right after lunch, and truthfully I’m in bed more than out of it, but it’s ok.

We are still having ups and downs trying to keep my progesterone levels where they should be. I have been taking 4 progesterone shots each week, but my doctor is pretty awesome and is letting me try pills this week. It is very hard on me (emotionally and physically) to take the shots; I just really needed a little break if possible. I’m hoping that the pills work as well, but I’m prepared for the fact that I might have to go back on the shots.

The super exciting news this week is that we heard the baby’s heartbeat!!! My midwife let us stop by just to see if we could hear it, and as soon as she put the doppler on my tummy we heard it nice and strong! After we heard it, my midwife told me she wasn’t sure we would ever hear a heartbeat with this baby. :/ My HCG levels have been very low, but have risen just enough each week to give all of us some hope.

I have no clue why this pregnancy has been so different and difficult. I do know that it has given me a lot more sympathy to those who have chronic illnesses, or those going through cancer and weekly treatments. Getting your blood drawn each week, and getting shots that make you super tired is difficult, but I have hope of it ending, and I know I’m doing this to grow a baby. That’s a happy thought! I’m not going to lie though, I’ve had some super dark days, full of tears and dreary moments. The Lord has carried me through, and I’m always thankful when another day has ended and I get to go to sleep. :)

I’m not going to share any pictures this week. I just took my progesterone pill and I’m already drifting away into slumber land…but I wanted to at least get this quick update up for you all. :)

How a Pregnancy Test Changed Everything

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How a Pregnancy Test Changed Everything - Overnight.

My pregnancy with Deborah was traumatic for me. Oh not the delivery – it was so amazing that we don’t even have pictures of me holding Deborah right after she was born. My sister and husband were so stunned that I had quietly delivered a baby so quickly that nobody grabbed the camera!

But the first trimester was hard. Very hard. As in I finally texted my midwife that I needed help after I had lost 10 pounds from throwing up several times a day and had been in bed for a month. Did I mention I also had strep throat on top of all the morning sickness? My blood sugar was a mess, and I mentally felt like I was losing it a little.

It was not pretty. She gave me zofran to help with the nausea and that seemed to pull me out of it.

Having Deborah in our life is totally worth everything I went through. She makes me laugh and smile every day, and is a true blessing from God. But between the difficult first trimester, Sean being in college, and me trying to keep up with Deborah & Co. and homeschooling while he was in college, I wanted a small break from the normal “have a baby every two years” that is our pattern. Two different children have been born exactly 2 years apart, and 1 child was born 21 months after the older one. I wanted some time for me to regain some energy.

So in between questions and teasing about “when is the next baby coming?” we naturally took a break, and for the most part kept pretty quiet about it. After all, fertility and having babies is a private thing.

But then the baby bug set in with me. I thought we had arrived a point with Sean’s college that we could handle it. (Actually I don’t think we could have, because neither of us realized how extremely difficult the last semester of college was going to be on both of us).

Month after month passed, and before long I realized quite a few months had passed and I had still wasn’t pregnant. By now all the hints and questions about “when are you going to have another baby” were not funny. They made me wince because nobody realized I just wasn’t able to yet.  Finally I went and saw my naturally minded MD that treats me for my thyroid. He tested my progesterone and said I was on the low end, and told me to try some natural progesterone cream.

Three months passed.

Guess what? I finally got a positive test!!! Yes, we are expecting baby number 6 in March!!! I’m in my first trimester, but like last time, I have another traumatic first trimester experience that I won’t soon forget.

My doctor had told me to get my progesterone tested as soon as I saw a positive pregnancy test. He needed to know if I needed to be supported with progesterone during the first trimester. I quickly went and did that, and as soon as I saw the results I figured I would need some progesterone.

What I wasn’t expecting was for the office to email me immediately, and tell me I needed to come in the very next day for progesterone shots. I was a little worried, but made the appointment and tried to stay off of Google. That is a very scary place to research progesterone shots. :(

Sean took me to the appointment, and while I figured I would have some sort of reaction to getting a bunch of progesterone at once, I wasn’t prepared for how bad the shots hurt to get (the needles are big!), and that I would hysterically be laughing and crying on the way home. I could barely walk in the house. Sean had to almost carry me in.

I started out getting 2 shots once a week, but my progesterone just wouldn’t go up. One week it went up a little, and then dropped down again 3 days later. They couldn’t make me any promises that I wouldn’t have a miscarriage still, and I was told that if I wasn’t taking these shots I would have miscarriaged already.

After trying once a week, the doctor had me start getting 2 shots twice a week. So for the past month we have been driving 45 minutes to my doctor’s office twice a week to spend 5 minutes there getting the shots. I then spend several days in bed recovering (the fatigue has been the worst I’ve ever experienced in my life), and then we go do it all over again.

I’ve been so thankful that my husband has been working from home right now, or else I don’t know what we would have done! He has been a huge help, and I feel so blessed to have him here! My sister has started having us come over to her house for dinner this week. Between fatigue and morning sickness I just don’t feel like cooking dinner.

We tried backing down to one shot twice a week, and the hope was to transition to pills at the end of this week. I got a call from the nurse that my progesterone levels have gone way down though, so I have to go back up to 2 shots twice a week and possibly keep this up the whole pregnancy.

We would appreciate prayers. I’m just going to put this out there-I’m not asking for advice. We have found asking for prayers over this situation has brought a lot of unasked for advice that has only been stressful, not helpful. I feel incredibly blessed to be seeing the doctor that I have. He used to be an OBGYN, but now has a family practice and uses herbs, supplements and medicine. I love the balance he has, and the knowledge he has of fertility and pregnancy. So I trust what he tells me, and we just keep praying that the baby will be strong and healthy!

I look forward to doing weekly pregnancy updates on the blog, and have had a blast getting some maternity clothes from ThredUP ordered! A girl has to do something fun while she is laying in bed all the time. :)

 

New Flexi Clip, L’BRI Amazing Special and New Homeschool Ebook!

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There are several amazing new resources I want to tell you about, so make sure you read to the end of this post! I almost titled this post “A little of this, and a little of that!”

First of all, I am really excited to announce that an ebook I contributed to has just been released today!

Big Book of Homeschool Ideas ~ A new Ebook Resource!

 

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is written by 55 different moms, and it is over 500 pages long! We tackle 103 different topics in this ebook, anything from toddler to high school, even tackling some topics of college. I contributed a chapter on working from home while homeschooling, and shared ideas and tips to help women that are trying to do the juggling act like I am.

You can see the table of contents hereThe Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is a digital product in pdf, mobi and epub formats. You get all three formats with one purchase. You can read it on your computer, iPad, tablet, laptop, smart phone, or any device that can read those formats (pdf, mobi and epub).

Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas is available

It’s that time again! The first of the month brings the release of the special flexi clip from Lilla Rose. This month the clip called Anchor’s Away, and it is a nautical themed clip! Seven different sizes and a pair of bobby pins to match!

The New Flexi of the Month for August!

 These monthly clips normally sell out very fast, so don’t put off your order if you want one, or several!

The lovely Flexi Clip goes with everything nautical!

For brand new customers only, if you have never ordered from Lilla Rose here is your chance! Order 3 items and email me what you would like your 4th free item to be! The item must be $16 or under, and you must never have redeem a coupon from Lilla Rose before. Offer only available in the USA. This offer is good through August 2nd, 2014.

Buy 3 Items from Lilla Rose and get the 4th item Free!

Finally, do you want to earn $90 or even $180 in FREE L’BRI products?!! They are offering an amazing special for customers, and I’ve been so excited to share it with you all!

L’BRI Pure N Natural believes that you will see a dramatic difference by using their NEW Neck Firming Cream and Clarifying Clay Masque. They believe you will see such a difference that they are running a very special promotion for the month of August.

Simply purchase one or two of the NEW products – then take a before & after “selfie” and send them in! Automatically earn the following FREE products:

Hand and Body Lotion, Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner, Hand soap & Aloe Jelly. Over $90 value!! (details below) If you do both products, you get $180 in free products!

You will also be automatically entered in a contest to earn a $500 Visa gift card!

Receive $90 in free products when you submit a picture of yourself!

 How to qualify for this special:

1. You must purchase the Clay Masque and/or Firming Neck Cream by August 31st to qualify.

2. You must take a before picture and submit it by September 15th.

3.You must use the product for at least 4 weeks before submitting your after picture.

4. After Selfie Picture must be submitted by October 31st, 2014.

5. Email both photos to contest@lbri.com.

The Clay Masque and the Neck Firming Cream are 20% off this month, so it’s a great time to order them! You will have some free items sent to you when you submit the before photo, and other items sent to you when you submit the after photo.

So you might be wondering what the difference is between the facial masque L’BRI already offers, and the clay masque?

The facial masque is perfect for toning and tightening the facial muscles (facelift in a bottle!) and is also great for healing blemishes. The facial masque is for all skin types.

The clarifying clay masque is even better for oily and acne prone skin because it is specifically targeted at healing blemishes, balancing skin tone, and helping troubled skin.  It is not for those with very dry skin. You can even use it to spot treat blemishes. While this is a clay masque, it does not get hard on your face.

You can order from L’BRI here.

If you are interested in becoming a consultant with L’BRI, let me know! I have 4 $100 coupons to giveaway this month! You can redeem them for any product you like when you join as a consultant.

Finally, did you notice the new look on the blog? My husband hand drew me the new header and changed the colors around. I love the flexi clip he drew into the header. :) So blessed to be married to a graphic designer!