Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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This weekend was the start of our four Thanksgiving Dinners! We had a church dinner Saturday night, and a family lunch on Sunday. I wore this outfit to our church dinner. I was quite amused when I asked Sean what he thought about the outfit. It was the first time I had paired this all together. He hesitated for a minute, and told me for some reason he kept thinking of a turkey when he looked at me! Haha! I gave him a hard time about it, and told him turkey’s don’t wear pink! :) He told me later that he thinks it is because the pattern on my shirt reminded him of feathers. Hmm…. :)
Corduroy Fall Maternity Outfit for the Second Trimester! I love the geometric print on this top, and how the whole outfit went well with my brown boots. The skirt is a corduroy skirt that I made with my last pregnancy..or maybe the one before that? :)

Second Trimester Pregnancy Pictures! I’m trying to get creative on how to style my hair as my bangs grow out. Bobby pins are my friends right now. :)

There is a lot going on this week! Lots of Black Friday sales to announce…I can’t wait to dive in and start sharing with you all! :)

What I Wore

Skirt – Homemade Corduroy Maternity Skirt

Knit Top – Mimi Maternity (I used credit from ThredUP, a gently used clothing site)

Sleeveless Top – Gap Maternity – (Again it is from ThredUP, a gently used clothing site)

If you are a new customer to ThredUP, you can use this code: UCJQXM5D to save 30% off your whole order!

Boots – Lollipop Shoes brand from Zulily

(Zulily is a daily deals site, a great place to shop for Christmas gifts and clothing!)

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural

Link Up Time!

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Pregnancy Update: Week 22!

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22 weeks pregnant!

It was so cold outside so we just took a relaxed picture inside. The girls were eager to make cookies with me before dinner. Yesterday was a casual day at home, I didn’t bother to put my contacts in which always means we are staying home for the day. :)

I feel like I’m growing every day. Dinner is always an interesting time where I sit up straight and tall and try to feel comfortable enough to eat. :) I really need to go see my chiropractor, I think that would help me feel a little better.

Vascular Ease Lotion for Varicose Veins

 

I’ve been using this Vascular Ease Lotion from Mountain Meadow Herbs on my varicose veins. I think it is the best I’ve tried, I haven’t even tried lotions for the past few pregnancies because I didn’t feel they did anything. It is not a miracle cure, but it helps when my ankle is puffy, swollen and hurting.

For my itchy, growing tummy I’ve been using V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex (a blend of oils such as coconut oil, Sesame Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, etc. and Gentle Baby Essential oil. I just put it on at night before I go to bed. I’ve been meaning to make an actual tummy butter cream to use, I have a recipe in mind but I just need to get in the kitchen and do it!

It has been a busy week of doing school and trying to clean and purge the house. Now that it has turned cold the children bundle all up to go play outside, but come back in after 5 minutes saying it is so cold! I’m attempting to keep the house purged, clean, and trying to think of new winter activities to keep them busy. :)

At week 22 the baby is almost 1 pound, and according to the books they say it is the size of a spaghetti squash. :) As usual, when I’m trying to go to bed the baby is wide awake and active. It is so much fun to feel the baby kicking, it helps make all the uncomfortable things totally worth it when I feel my baby moving.

If you are a pregnant mama, how are you doing this week?

 

Pregnancy Update: Week 20

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I made it to the halfway point! It feels so good to be at 20 weeks!! There is a part of me that can’t believe I’m only halfway through, but I’m trying to look at my glass half full instead of half empty. :) I know the holidays will speed things along quickly.

The baby is super active, but so far Sean or the children have not been able to feel it. I enjoy all the kicks, and love this time of knowing the baby is growing and feeling lots of movements, yet not having my ribs kicked yet. :) The baby is the size of a banana now. The children were excited when I told them that!

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After going back on progesterone pills the results from my test were super good! I was so happy to hear that I won’t be doing shots again. I’m going to be on the progesterone pills until 38 weeks and then stop, but I’m totally ok with that. I just take them at night before bed, and I sleep good (a side effect of taking progesterone).

I have been trying to be more organized and prepared, which will help me not feel as stressed. I did a better job of lesson planning before our school week started, and I made a meal plan for the week. I use some recipes from the weekly meal plan I get through Grocery Shrink Plus. She uses whole food items, and even includes option for mamas on the Trim Healthy Mama meal plan or those with allergies. I think it is a great meal plan, I just don’t use any meal plan 100% as I throw in our basic, easy recipes also.

I’m doing lots of character studies with the children this month, and just overall trying to encourage them to exhibit good attitudes. We took the month of October off our Character Badges charts, but we are back at them this month and the children were happy to see them up again.  It really does seem to help the attitudes in our children, even in just basic things like them being more diligent to respond with “yes mama” and thanking me for dinner at night. They know those things might get them a positive check on their chart, which they really want!

I’m getting excited about Christmas. I’ll confess I already turned on Christmas music once this month! I’m trying not to rush it, but I do love this time of year. I saw that Dayspring is having a great sale today only, and they have some lovely Christmas items on clearance!

Christmas Candle Holders on Sale! Love, Hope, Cross Hurricane Candle Set on sale for just $5.00 at Dayspring!

Nativity Hurricane Candle Holder Trio

I think this Nativity hurricane candle holder set is so unique and pretty! It is $20.00 off today only.

I did pull out my pilgrim figures Sunday night. We definitely keep Thanksgiving stuff out until it is over and then pull out Christmas items. Every family does differently though and that’s ok! We don’t have a lot of room for decor where we live, but I always get out some things.

I think that is all my chatty news I have for now! I hope you are having a blessed week!

Pregnancy Update: Week 19

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It’s been an interesting week. Between the world series game that my husband and sons have been excited about and a birthday for our oldest son, it’s been a very busy week! We don’t have a tv reception (on purpose) where we live, so we have gone over to family or friends house to watch the games (we were cheering for the Royals all the way to the end!). This pregnant mama is tired after being gone and up so late!

I will add..I’m not a sports fan. I had to keep asking what was going on throughout the games. :) But I was excited because my husband and boys were excited, and our hometown was super excited to have the Royals finally in a world series! Don’t ask me baseball questions though. Thankfully my husband keeps his love of sports contained to big events, like a world series. ;)

19 Weeks pregnant and loving maxi dresses! I’ve felt the baby move a lot this week, and Sean is really close to being able to feel it. Of course every time I grab his hand to feel where the baby is kicking the little one stops moving. :) It honestly is just as exciting to feel the movements of the 6th baby as it was to feel our 1st baby moving. Pregnancy is such an awesome experience. It is so much work, but very worth it!

In not so good news, I had to get back on progesterone this week. My levels just were not up where the doctor wants them, and he wanted me back on the shots. I asked to take a week and try progesterone pills, plus the Young Living Progesterone Serum, and he agreed. I’m waiting on my blood work to come back from being on it for a week, and just trying to be hopeful that the pills will be enough. I’m guessing at this point I’ll stay on progesterone until the end of the pregnancy.

Pregnancy update on week 19! I’m wearing a Motherhood Maxi dress (found on ThredUP) and a jean jacket from the thrift store!

 The children are getting amazed over how big my tummy is growing. I told them they haven’t seen anything yet. ;) It is special to be pregnant and have older children who are more aware of what is going on. During lunch yesterday I had to stop talking because I sneezed wrong, and had some round ligament pain that was really hurting. I looked up and saw my oldest staring at me, and he was all concerned and wanted to make sure I was ok. It is sweet to watch the love and concern they have.

Last week I shared about some of the Thanksgiving resources we are going to use in our home this November. One of the resources I’m most excited about using is on sale for a few days! You can get ahead and purchase the Thanksgiving and Christmas Hymn Study in a Bundle and save over 50% off! It is only on sale like this for a few days, so don’t delay! The sale ends November 3rd. Normally priced at $14.98, you can get both ebooks for just $7.25. I’m really impressed with the quality of these ebooks. We love singing hymns in our family, so these are perfect for our family!

I hope everyone is having an awesome week! It’s amazing that November is almost here!