Where I’ve Been This Past Week….

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This past week was so much fun! We went away for a family vacation, and it was nice to just be away from everything for a few days. My dad and step-mom invited us to stay at a lodge in Branson MO with them, and my sister and her family came as well.

Four Months Pregnant! I didn’t do a pregnancy update this week, but here is my week 17 picture! The mirror makes my hand look huge! See the jacuzzi behind me? Yes, I totally enjoyed using that almost every night we were there! One night I put Peace and Calming Essential Oil in it and loved how it smelled.

Silver_Dollar_CityWe went to Silver Dollar City one day and enjoyed it a lot! I had not been since I was a teenager, and it brought back so many memories of being there with my mom and family. I really appreciate the family environment that is found there, and was reminded again of how different life is from the pioneer days.

We celebrated our 12 year anniversary! We celebrated our 12 year wedding anniversary while we were gone!

We also went to the Titanic museum and the Laura Ingalls Wilder house. Sean has never read the books, and after seeing her house and learning more about her he is wanting to read the books out loud as a family. Yay! I love her books so much, and my boys read them over and over again, just like I did as a child.

The internet where we stayed was really bad. Actually everywhere we went we had really poor cell phone signal, so I was not able to do much work. I’m trying to get caught up on emails and work on new blog posts for this week!

Don’t forget that today is the very last day of the Lilla Rose 10%-15% off sale! It’s a great time to be thinking ahead to Christmas gifts!

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Pregnancy Update: Week 13

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I had an amazing start to week 13th! I had some energy come back and took advantage of it.

Friday I spent the afternoon in the basement and sorted through all the children’s fall and winter clothes. I’ve been ordering clothes on ThredUP for them, and I’m going to a children’s consignment sale in a few weeks to hopefully finish getting what I need for them.

After going through the clothes I made homemade chicken and noodles and mashed potatoes, with crescent rolls. It was the first time I made a big dinner since I’ve been pregnant. I went to bed really tired and haven’t recovered since then.

Week 13 Pregnancy Update! Sean said I frown all the time because I feel sick. This is my attempt at a smile. I was in bed most of the day and never put my contacts in.

I’m trying to be patient and wait for some more energy to come. I also thought I was through getting sick, but totally lost the hot chocolate I drank the other night. A few more weeks….I keep telling myself that. :) My family is being amazing and helping out a lot.

I’ve had a lot of headaches in my neck, and I’ve been trying different natural things to help. The best thing ever was putting peppermint essential oil on my neck. It was really amazing how well it helped. Peppermint is totally natural and is safe during pregnancy. I’ve learned it is best for me to wash my hands after putting it on, I made the mistake of rubbing my eye and it hurt really bad!

The baby is almost 3 inches long, is the size of a pea pod and weighs nearly an ounce! I can’t wait to start feeling a lot of movement, it is so special to feel baby kicks! Deborah talks all the time about the baby that is coming. It is really sweet to hear a 2 year old be so excited about a new baby!

 

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. :)