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!

 

How I’m Saving $192, And So Can You!

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I’ll be the first to admit, I’m behind on all the inside scoop of this Healthy Living Bundle. I just realized last night that there are two e-courses in the bundle that I really want to learn from, and I gave a happy squeal when I discovered they are included at the one amazingly low price! So, I want to share how I’m going to save $192 (and really much more) through the two awesome e-courses included.

There are more e-courses included then just these two, but these are what stand out to me personally.

The first is Essential Oils and Natural Health by Jessie Hawkins (Vintage Remedies). I still can’t believe this is included, as it is a $95.00 course!

Essential Oil ecourse!

 

I’ll say upfront, I use Young Living oils. In fact, I have my own website because I signed up to receive the discounts. A lot of people don’t realize that I’m a consultant with Young Living, simply because I don’t push the products on my blog a lot. Do you want to know why?

I try to write about what I feel experienced and qualified with. I’m still a newbie with the oils. I’ve been using them for about a year now, but I haven’t taken the time to read books on end and study for hours on the safety of essential oils. I signed up with Young Living simply because I felt it was the highest quality oil that I was reading about, not because I’m a devout Young Living fan who worships everything about them. I didn’t want to stress about the quality of the oil I was using, and since Young Living grows their own products, and has their seed to seal promise, I felt safe in signing up with them.

Honestly though, it was the easiest way for me to get started. I didn’t have to research 10 different companies, I just picked the one I felt the most comfortable with. I’m sure there are other great oils out there.

With that being said, I’m really looking forward to going through this essential oil e-course. I am so excited to use essential oils throughout my pregnancy, and have already had some good experiences with some oils that helped me in my first trimester. I know I’m not alone in needing to learn more about essential oils, and this seems like the perfect way to learn! Course content is delivered in the interactive student portal through audio lectures, PDF downloads, video demonstrations, interactive quizzes, and a personal course instructor for feedback, guidance, and encouragement!

MamaBaby Birthing ecourse!

The other e-course I’m super excited about is the Mamababy Birthing e-course. Kristen Burgess put this together after having had six natural births. I haven’t been pouring over the pregnancy books this time around; I guess by the time baby #6 comes I don’t feel the need to read all the cautions and warnings. But I always love to learn new tips and techniques on having an even better birthing experience.

My births have all been awesome, natural home birth experiences. But I have a pattern of every other birth being slightly harder, with a few more challenges. If my pattern holds true, this will be the more challenging birth experience. My midwife says they aren’t super challenging at all, but because my other births have been so awesome, it’s hard when things don’t go just the way I hope. So I’m going to be super prepared this time around, and hope to learn a lot from this e-course! It is a $97 value, but included in the Healthy Living Bundle through Monday!

You get all this, plus more ($1030 value!) for only $29.97! It’s a once a year offer, and I’m happy to share it with you all!

 

Pregnancy Update: Week 12!

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I’m excited to have hit 12 weeks! I always breath a sigh of relief at 12 weeks and feel like I accomplished something really important. :)  I’m feeling a little bit better, every day is still different and I need a lot of rest, but I see progress!

I have been able to be more involved with homeschooling, and doing lots of one on one work with the children this week. That is enough to exhaust a mama that isn’t pregnant! :) Normally I crash in the afternoon, shut the books and go take a nice long nap while the boys finish up their school.

Yesterday some friends planned a trip to a new park that opened up near us. It was so much fun! I was able to sit and visit with a few friends while the children all played. There is a huge climbing area there, and while it isn’t the best place to bring a toddler, all my older children had a blast.

Fun at a new park near us! You can see some of the climbing areas behind Carrianna in this picture. There was even a zip line, and I was feeling adventurous enough to go on one mild zip line ride. Some of the children went crazy fast, but my pregnant tummy couldn’t handle that. My sister took a video of me riding the zip line. Yes, I wore jeans with a tunic shirt to the park in case I had to rescue a child from the climbing area. :)

I came home and took a long nap and crashed for the rest of the night, but it was worth it. :)

I’m in that awkward in-between stage of outgrowing my regular clothes, but not quite in maternity clothes. The jeans I had on were maternity jeans, and the full panel was so comfortable. I’m not liking elastic skirts right now, but they stretch for my tummy!  I’m reaching for my maxi skirts a lot more these days.

If you are expecting a baby, how you are doing? 

 

 

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!