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!

 

 

How We Have Spent Our Summer Outside

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This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own.

Since I live in the midwest area we experience all four seasons. By the time winter is over, we are more then ready for warmer weather to come. Summertime brings so many fun opportunities, and I thought I would share with you how we have spent our summer outside.

We love to go to the park in the summertime! We love to go to the park in the summertime! We have a favorite park that is kept up really well, and even has a lake nearby at the local Bass Pro.

Fun on the jungle jim bars! Our older boys love to climb the monkey bars in a variety of ways. :)

Washing Clothes at a Historical eventWe went to a historical day at a Mill and old house, and the children loved getting to wash clothes by hand, make rag dolls and rope, watch the sheep being sheered, tour the house, and see all the historical costumes. It was a fun day outside as a family, yet we were learning about history while we were together!

horseback riding in the summer months! We have let the children go horseback riding at a children’s farm, and they all love it! The boys have gone with family on actual trail rides before and love doing that in the summertime as well.

Lazy Fun in the Sun Then there is the lazy summer days of eating snacks outside (popsicles are a must!), reading books on a blanket outside, jumping on the trampoline, exploring in the ditch, catching fireflies at night, and sidewalk chalk and bubbles.

Are you looking for ideas for the summer months?

How about…

Making a tepee outside with branches.

Fun with water guns.

Slip and Slide (add bubbles to make it even more slippery!)

Put a sprinkler under the trampoline and bounce away while you cool down.

Take a long bike ride as a family.

Cook an egg on the hot sidewalk.

Make homemade ice-cream.

Go swimming.

Go to a drive in outdoor movie theater (I did this once as a child and it was a totally new experience!).

Set up a tent in the backyard and sleep outside.

Invite friends over for a BBQ outside.

Fly a kite.

Make a treehouse.

Have a water balloon fight.

These are just some ideas of things we enjoy to do in the summer, or things we want to do!

If you are looking for a place to get some fun summer toys, Kmart has a great selection! Here is a list of their Hot Deals for Summer! #KmartSummerFun

I’d love to hear what you stay busy doing in the summer months! 

My Six Week Journey To Better Health {Week One!}

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I’ve started a new journey towards better health. I’m excited to see what will happen at the end of the six weeks, but I’m already thrilled at the end of day two!

Last Christmas I was getting discouraged because I knew I needed to exercise but just couldn’t make the time. I told myself to just let go of the guilt until after Sean finished college in May. Between homeschooling and keeping up with the online work I wasn’t able to add something else at that point.

I was slowly starting to get more serious about working on exercising, but when I saw a six week summer slim down challenge start with Fit Yummy Mummy I decided to jump in and join after we decided to enjoy a longer summer break from school. Monday was the first day of the challenge, and life has dramatically changed for me already!

I’ve struggled with my health since high school. Adrenal fatigue from stress outside of my control, thyroid problems and low blood sugar issues all cause fatigue, anxiety like symptoms (really it’s just adrenaline racing through my body, but the symptoms are like anxiety), my muscles can really burn, and did I mention fatigue? I get so tired of being tired! Good health comes and goes, but the last two years have not been easy on my health. It’s time to refocus and work harder on feeling better.

My goals are:

To tighten my mommy tummy and lose some inches.

To lose 10 pounds (but I’m happy with loss of inches over pounds).

Have more energy. For me this means giving myself the grace to take some afternoon naps, and work harder on resting my adrenal glands.

Be in bed by 10 PM every night (I’m an hour past this tonight, so I clearly have some work to do!).

Do the online videos from Fit Yummy Mummy 2-3 times a week,  do walk/run intervals at the track 1-2 times a week, and swim 1 time each week.

To drastically reduce the sugar intake. Plan my indulgences and stick with only a few things with sugar in it a week, and keep those healthy.

I want to be strong. I want to be full of energy. If the Lord blesses us with more children, I want to have healthy pregnancies.

Yes You can Exercise With Children! My Six Week Journey Towards Better Health | themodestmomblog.comYou can read my review of my modest exercise skirt here.

So I’m on a mission. This week I’ve been ditching the sugar and white carbs. I’m a huge chocolate girl. I’m guilty of walking by the freezer and grabbing a handful of chocolate chips. About every day. Maybe even more than once! I’m not committing to never having sugar again, but I need a season of majorly cutting back.

And (this is said ever so sweetly!), yes I know all about the natural sugar options such as stevia, truvia, erythritol, etc. I can’t use stevia, I tried and it gives me major headaches as I have a ragweed allergy. I’m still  not totally comfortable using the other options, I might try the erythritol, but I want to do more research. I know honey is mentioned in the Bible, and honestly seems the most natural to me. :)

My Favorite Supplements

I have finally found some supplements that seem to be working well. Finally! 

I take Armour Thyroid (prescription) twice a day.

Two capsules of Thyromin at night, and two in the morning. The two pills in the morning are to help boost my adrenals, and I’ve been feeling better once I started doing this. This is a supplement that Young Living sells and it is a special blend of bovine glandular extracts, herbs, amino acids, minerals, and therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Thyromin From Young Living has really been helping my adrenal and thyroid problems!

I take 1-2 Super B pills each day. It contains 8 different B vitamins. This is also from Young Living.

I’m also taking Alfalfa pills from T-Tapp, as she uses this with her skin tightening set.

Because I have a thing about swallowing a huge amount of pills, I decided to get the chewable Vitamin C pills from Young Living. :) Vitamin C is really good for adrenal health, so I just chew a few of these throughout the day.

Super C Chewable

I am still using the magnesium lotion I have previously shared about.

I’m also using my skin brush and my goal is to do that a few times a week to help tighten my mommy tummy.

I’m about ready to mix up this weight loss protocol using Young Living Essential Oils and take that daily. I’ve heard it is really helpful and I have all the oils! The good thing about this blend is that the fruit oils are normally on the less expensive side. I’ve been taking essential oils internally for awhile now, and really like the results I’ve seen.

Use this blend of Young Living Oils for a natural weight loss boost!

I purchase my oils at wholesale price, just by signing up as a wholesale member (like a Costco membership!). I get my oils 24% off in price because of this.

Please remember that I’m just a mom who tries to find things that works for my body. I’m not a Dr. and these are only my suggestions of what is currently working for me. :) I’ve tried so many different forms of adrenal and thyroid support, so I’m happy to be using something that works for me right now.

Reduce Work Related Stress

The last thing I’m working on is to try and reduce some work related stress! I knew once Sean graduated that I would get more help with the business. The first step towards new help is that I’ve hired a friend of mine to help out with the Deborah & Co. Facebook page. Jessica blogs at Candle in the Night blog, and she is a mom of three young children. We both attend church together, so she knows my heart behind my business and blog pretty well. I will still be on the page a lot, but when she is interacting with you all she will sign her name as Jessica, just so you know it’s her! I’m pretty excited to have help, as I know a lot of you mamas know it’s easy to be on the computer too much! When we start school I need to be serious about staying off during school hours. Knowing that Jessica will be around on Facebook is a huge help.

Jessica is a new helper for the Deborah and Co. Facebook page! (Jessica was a model for our Midnight Maternity Stretch Skirt!)

About The Workout Program

The Fit Yummy Mummy plan has always been what I’ve been drawn to the most. I like the concept of T-Tapp, and I understand the reasoning behind Fit 2 B. Everyone has a different personality though. I like sweating in a workout, and I don’t have time for long workouts. I want to know the workout is actually doing something in a short amount of time! Fit Yummy Mummy has 15 minute videos, and when you join the forum you get 2 new videos each month to follow along and do.

The best place to start is her ebook, which is included with her new member plan (you get the ebook for 50% off, plus one month of the forum and her workout videos for $19.99!).

Fit Yummy Mummy does not have modest advertising, you will see a lot of bikini’s on her page. I just do my workouts downstairs in the mornings while my children are doing their chores upstairs.

I have a friend who just had a baby in her 40′s. She went through the Fit Yummy Mummy program and was exercising and eating really healthy before she got pregnant again. She had a much better pregnancy and her birth sounded like it went really good! That inspired me even more to jump in and just start. You can’t hurt anything by starting, but sitting around and just researching everything for months on end can hurt you. No progress is being made as you take forever to decide what workout program you want to use!

I’m going to blog each week with how my progress is going, and what I’m finding works best for me. This will help keep me even more accountable!

I’d love to hear if you exercise, or do you consider chasing children your exercise?