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Sometimes when I’m sitting there quietly just feeling the baby kick and wiggle, I think how fast the time is going and how soon this pregnancy will be over. I get sentimental about the whole process and I forget how uncomfortable I am. I just want this to last forever. …. And then I have to get up … And I remember that my back aches, my pelvis aches (although not nearly as bad as previous pregnancies), I’m not sleeping well, the pelvic pressure has officially kicked in over the last couple weeks and I have major stomach cramps. Then I feel much more of the traditional third trimester ready-to-be-done sentiments. But hey, I’ve actually done quite well this pregnancy once the morning sickness faded. I truly can’t complain. I’m at my all-time heaviest weight and I’m older now but I still feel pretty decent over all. 

Speaking of weight, I’ve gained 29ish pounds. It may be more or less, depending on swelling. I wasn’t having too much swelling until this week. Despite the fact that everyone ever feels the need to ask if my due date is wrong and if I feel like I’m going to pop, because I’m SO BIG, and commenting that my baby will be 10lbs…. I personally still feel like my belly is pretty reasonable. It’s definitely getting heavier (baby should be close to 3lbs now and around 17″, according to google) but it’s rather compact. Like it sticks out front but not very wide. Of course, all that is bound to change rapidly now that we’ve entered the final trimester and baby’s goal in life currently is to gain as much weight as possible before birth. Hopefully everyone will be able to handle watching my belly get even bigger! πŸ˜‚ (Fwiw, thankfully I’m not the type to be put off much by these comments. I think people feel like they need to say something about the pregnancy and unfortunately they just don’t use much wisdom on what they say. Certainly none of it has been mean spirited and I think it’s just a matter of foot-in-mouth. πŸ˜‚)
Sleep isn’t great but sometimes I take a unisom and get a decent night. I tend to get up 3-6 times to pee. It’s so dissatisfying though because I feel like I have to go SO BAD, RIGHT NOW but then it’s not even very much at all. I switch back and forth between sleeping at the top and bottom of the bed to get comfortable. To be honest, DH is a massive bedhog and I’m no skinny mini, so sharing the space is a bit maddening. Oh to go back in time and buy the king size bed instead…. 

Anyway, I don’t have a ton of Braxton Hicks contractions so far but the ones I do have are very strong. Definitely reminding me of the way early labor feels. I’m interested to see if I have less contractions as I near my due date. That’s been the way my previous pregnancies have all gone, strangely enough. I’ve started drinking my raspberry leaf tea here and there. I really felt like it might have helped me have such productive contractions and a fast labor last time, but who knows. (it doesn’t cause contractions but it is said to help tone the uterus) Truly I just like the taste of it iced with splenda and it has lots of nutrients in it that are good for me and the baby. So whether it really does help or if it’s just an old wives tale, I will definitely use the excuse to drink it. πŸ˜‰ 

I’m able to feel baby’s individual body parts now when I push on my belly. I feel him push back in return and it’s so much fun to poke him and feel him poke back. He doesn’t like ANY pressure on my belly and sometimes it feels like he’s trying to roll me over when I lay on my side by pushing so hard against the bed-facing side of my belly. I’m 90% sure he’s head down now because I started feeling him hiccup every morning and most evenings around 26 weeks and the hiccups are in my low abdomen. I also feel what I think might be a knee around my belly button area. He definitely rolls around a lot as I feel kicks on my right upper belly some days but not others. I can also feel his back sometimes but not others. His kicks are very strong now. Occasionally I get those weird “cervix” jabs. I have no idea what hes doing but it feels like he’s trying to drill his way out. πŸ˜‚ Surprisingly, I’ve had very little round ligament pain at all this time round. I guess everything finally got stretched out permanently. 🀣  

The weather has been gorgeous the last week and we’ve spent a lot of time taking the boys fishing and for walks. I am in serious need of doing an update on Zane! Suffice it to say, finally we are having a language boom over here! I’m so glad! πŸ™‚ 

Dear God, thank You for another wonderful week and for blessing us with all this beautiful cool weather to enjoy. Please continue to keep us safe and healthy. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

I missed posting at 25 weeks because we were on vacation. πŸ™‚ We decided to do a little road trip, broken into lots of short 2-5 hour drives. In our weeklong loop we visited 5 states. It was quite refreshing although the kids (particularly Zane) did wear us out most days. 😌 We hiked somewhere every single day, anywhere from .5 to almost 5 miles. I’m completely shocked that I was able to do that because honestly I didn’t have much confidence that I’d be feeling up to really ANY walking, let alone hiking on somewhat rough trails. It was really fun though. I’m glad we went. πŸ™‚ It was fun also to swim at the hotel pools and just be weightless for awhile. 

Speaking of which, so far I’ve gained around 26 pounds (haven’t weighed myself in a few days, it could be more 😳) and my main complaints are shortness of breath – mostly in the morning, and pelvic pain which is worse at night and first thing in the morning. Restless legs are still a problem but they usually go away within 15 minutes of applying my magnesium spray. I was having really bad heart palpitations that were becoming downright scary at times, but I started taking a little extra calcium and they’ve calmed way down. I still have to take some sort of laxative most days *sigh*. I’m actually having less swelling now than I was but when I do it’s mostly my legs, hands and face. I had to retire my maternity jeans because after a full day of swelling, they cut into my poofy legs. I think that about covers everything. ….Oh, I forgot…. Constantly needing to pee but it’s only a very disappointing bit. πŸ˜‚

Baby had a crazy kicking spree this morning. He went on for well over an hour and I was able to get several video clips of my belly bouncing around. He has quiet days sometimes where it takes a little over an hour to get my 10 kicks. I think that may be partly because he’s still small and kick counts don’t officially start until 28 weeks. I usually just do one when I’m getting a little worried, just to prove to myself that he’s ok. I had a checkup this week and it was literally about 3 minutes long. I guess by my 4th pregnancy I just don’t have many questions left. πŸ˜‚ The dr said I can just come back in 4 weeks instead of 2 like they would usually do by this point. I have a long drive and she hates making me go that far just to pee in a cup and get my vitals. I have my first growth ultrasound scheduled for that appointment which should have been for 28 weeks but she said let’s just push it to 30. I was disappointed about that but as hard as it is to find someone to watch the boys and get to these visits, it’s probably better. Idk … I think I’ll probably end up stressing about it at some point. πŸ˜‘πŸ˜Œ BUT, the good news is my next checkup is with the dr who scheduled my induction with Zane, so I’m hoping she will give me a date this time as well and we can let our babysitter know so time off work can be scheduled etc. 

I am super excited that I scheduled a haircut and color appointment to get myself looking good for all those glamorous birth pics. πŸ˜‚ I’ve been putting it off as long as possible just so it would be fresh still in August. I think I’m going to go for a bit more light around my face since it’s summer. Typically I like my hair darker but DH is such a blonde lover. My stylist was able to make us both happy with the coloring job she’s done the last 2 times, so yay!! 

26 weeks 2 days

24 weeks 6 days – my face was really swollen that day.

Dear God, I’m so thankful for these beautiful kicks and wiggles I’m getting to experience. I’m thankful for the chance to add another precious little boy to our family. Please bless and protect him and keep him healthy and safe. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

I just realized that I haven’t taken a belly pic in a couple weeks now! I definitely need to soon because I can see a big difference the last few weeks. My digital scale isn’t working right and I actually just gave my sister my old dial scale recently, so I don’t have a weight update, which is actually kind of freeing. πŸ˜‰ 

I have been having so much upper back pain, SPD pain and shortness of breath whenever I’m standing or walking. Really what it boils down to is I’m feeling less of the second trimester bliss as I’m getting closer to the third trimester. I bought some kt tape yesterday (the name brand instead of the generic, since I was having skin irritation with the generic stuff) and applied it today. It feels amazing and all the pain has lessened significantly. I’ve been on my feet almost all day and have hardly been out of breath at all. πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed I don’t develop irritation because I never want to take this stuff off again! πŸ˜‚ 

I did my glucose test this week and I don’t have my results back yet but I feel pretty confident that I passed. I didn’t feel as bad as I usually do from the orange drink although it tasted worse than I remembered. Probably because it wasn’t fully chilled. I went ahead and did my other prenatal labs at the same time which ended up being 8 vials. I was so happy when DH picked me up and we could go get some actual food! While he was waiting with the boys, they went to the store and the boys talked him into buying  light up Spiderman shoes and ice cream. He’s such a pushover. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ I’m glad they had a better time than I did though. That evening, my brothers found morel mushrooms in the woods at my parent’s house and I tried my hand at frying them up. They weren’t as good as when DH’s family makes them, so I must have done something wrong. But for wild fungus, they were alright. 

I guess this week has been pretty low key, which is fine with me! It’s about time for things to settle down so I can get to my nesting. 😊 I’ve been getting lots of little projects done bit by bit but I find I just don’t have the energy most days. DH’s new shift is great for our family time but I’m getting less sleep and have to spend more of my evening taking care of the kids without help. I’m sure we will all adjust with a little time. I just feel like August is coming right up! 

Dear God, thank You for a good week and for helping up to get safely this far. Please bless the rest of this pregnancy and help us to all be healthy and safe. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

I’m totally gobsmacked. I get it that he’s growing up but like…. How??? How is he old enough to be losing teeth? 


We were sitting on the porch this morning and Tru was eating an apple when he said “Mommy, my bottom teeth hurts when I eat my apple.” I took a look to see what was going on, not expecting to see a bleeding and wiggly tooth! Tru was so excited- I was so sad – and Levi cried. “I’m not going to lose MY teeth. I’m going to do a good job brushing my teeth. …. Tru, this is because you don’t scrub your teeth enough!” No amount of talk would convince him that losing teeth is normal. 

After some heavy duty consoling, Levi finally calmed down and we played in the sand box while Tru sat on the picnic table singing “I’m gonna lost a tooth! I’m gonna lost a tooth!” for like… An hour. Oh my goodness. And he also made plans for the tooth fairy to bring him a stuffed animal guinea pig (she couldn’t find one but she found a cute mommy/baby panda bear set). I made lunch and he took a couple bites of his sandwich and declared it hurt too much to eat. A couple minutes later he said “Mommy?…. I lost my tooth.” and came up to me smiling with his tooth in hand. 

Levi cried. Like, sobbed big huge crocodile tears. “I don’t want to lost a tooth!!! It’ll hurt!!!!” Tru kept telling him that it didn’t hurt when it fell out but Levi was not convinced. 

So, yeah. My tiny little Tru-Tru has already graduated to the age of losing teeth. Next up he’ll probably be driving or starting college. 😲 

Ok, I’m really starting to feel the belly this week! I’m feeling out of breath a lot and feeling like my belly is putting so much pressure on my lungs and stomach. My boobs are also ridiculously heavy and my chest is still covered in acne. Hey though, at least it’s not on my face much. πŸ˜‰ The SPD pain is much more constant now and it’s harder to get comfortable at night and I still wake up on my back or find myself trying to roll onto my belly in the night. I don’t know what happened but I gained THREE pounds this week for a grand total of 19. Yikes! I did let myself go rather crazy with the treats on the day of my mil’s tea room grand opening but still, 3lbs???

I was also under a ton of stress this week as my grandpa was in the hospital and it sounded like the end might be near. He’s actually home now and doing somewhat better but it was a few very emotional days. Almost my entire family was traveling this week also which always is stressful knowing they’re on the road for extended periods of time. Most of them are home safely now, thank the Lord. Just my dad and sister are still traveling. 

Ok, this post definitely got off on a negative foot. This week hasn’t been all bad though! We worked on plans for the addition and we are hoping to get that underway in the next couple weeks. Getting quotes on the basement now… I’d like most of it done before August. And since we are not getting any younger and it looks like we will be here for the foreseeable future, I decided to finally buy and plant some flowering trees. I’ve literally said for the last decade that I’d like to have some flowering trees someday. The other day I was like, it’s now or never! So, the boys and I bought 2 varieties of apple trees and a profusion crabapple tree. The crabapple tree is quite large and I had a rather humorous experience getting it into the van. The boys thought it was hilarious that the tree was about as long as the van and the branches were just everywhere. πŸ˜‚ We also picked up sand for their sandbox. They talked me into the colored blue sand. It costs about triple what natural sand costs but hey, you’re only a kid once! 

Shye’s kicks are another level now. He’s got some strength in those leggies! I’ve even felt a few of those breath-catching cervix jabs. Always a weird feeling! I think I’ve felt hiccups a couple times. Mostly I feel him kick on the left side below my belly button but sometimes it feels like he’s everywhere all at once. I can sometimes feel his body shape when I put my hand on my belly. I feel some round shape at the upper right of my belly which I’m assuming it’s his head since the kicks are down low. Hopefully he gets into a head down position soon. I know he’s got plenty of time but after having one breech baby who never turned, I’m always a little nervous. 😬 

I don’t think I have any other important news to share right now. My sister who lives a couple states away is coming by to see us for a few hours. She had some stuff to take care of here but unfortunately she’s only on a quick visit. We will try to make the most of it! 

Dear God, thank You for a blessed week with lots of answered prayers. Please help us and guide our plans for the future and for building on or whatever is Your will for our family. Please watch over Shye and help him to be well and healthy. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

I don’t have any belly pics this week, so I’ll leave you with these baby bluebird growth pics I’ve been sending my bird loving sister every day or 2. Sorry they are in the reverse order. I’d change them around but I’d rather go get a shower. πŸ˜‚

Another week has gone by in the blink of an eye! It seems like the second trimester just flies every time. 

This week baby feels so much bigger in there. I can feel kicks above my belly button the last couple days. His kicks are oftentimes super strong now and definitely visible from the outside. I still haven’t gotten the boys to feel him yet. When I’m busy a lot all day I don’t feel much movement but usually when I sit down or lay down for bed he starts bouncing all over the place. I get the feeling he may be a tad hyper. πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚ Zane still hasn’t caught on to the change in my belly size. I keep pointing to my belly but he ignores me and just hugs me. I’m a big cushy pillow to him. πŸ˜‚

I’m definitely getting out of breath and lightheaded easier now and can’t really walk and talk at the same time without getting winded. The SPD pain is about the same or maybe a tad better actually. I think because he’s moving up in my belly a bit more now. Whenever I stand up from sitting or laying, I have a few wobbly steps before my pelvis starts to feel more stable. Especially in the middle of the night when I get up to pee, I have to really be careful walking to the bathroom because I feel like I’m about to fall. 

I’ve gained 16lbs now. I have days where I get a good bit of swelling in my feet, ankles and hands. I think the real trick is that I just need to drink more water! That and I also need to sit down and prop my feet up for a few minutes every couple hours. 

I haven’t been getting much exercise in at all lately but I have been working outside in the flower beds, so lots of squatting and walking around. I got my bushes pruned and most everything weeded. We bought a couple trees and my parents also gave me a Japanese red maple. πŸ™‚ We also planted the blueberry bush my sister S gave me last year. I’m really enjoying getting the yard looking nice before it gets overly hot out. DH and I both love doing landscaping and our yard was a completely blank canvas when we moved here 7 years ago. Not one single bush or flower bed anywhere! It’s been fun getting it exactly how we want it. And to that point, the more we think and pray about it, the more we are pretty sure we are going to just build on here instead of moving. Not only have multiple places we have looked at/put in offers on not ended up working out, but also we do like where we are quite a lot. So we are looking for land to use for recreational use and looking at building on a few bedrooms, office (DH is working from home a lot now) and a basement living room with play area. Lots of plans but no idea when we will actually make a start on anything. Apparently we are procrastinators. πŸ˜‚ The need for more space is getting pretty real now though and I definitely want the addition done by the time the baby is 6 months so that I have a bedroom for him that he doesn’t have to share with a noisy older brother. 

I don’t think I really have any other baby related news…. Oh… the boys are calling the baby by his name now – Shye. I wasn’t 100% that I was going with that name, but they loved it and switched from calling him “the baby” to calling him Shye before DH and I had fully decided. It feels right when they say it, so I think we will roll with it. πŸ˜‰ 

Dear God, thank You for a beautiful day and awesome weather to enjoy with my babies. Please watch over and protect each of them. Thank You for them. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

22 weeks 2 days

Trying to get a cute belly pic but getting photo bombed by the kids… πŸ˜‚

Full disclosure: I find these types of posts incredibly dull. Why should you care what I ate? Lol. But anyway, I thought I’d do one because I’ve been gaining weight so stinking fast lately and I think I just need to put it on paper what I’m eating and see if it’s me and if I need to make changes or if I’m really as powerless over my weight as I feel. So, here goes…

Breakfast: coffee with creamer, collagen powder and MTC oil

Late morning breakfast/lunch: spring mix salad with toppings (shredded chicken, avocado, carrots, peppers, feta, a little ranch dressing…)
Snack: 2/3 peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat (shared it with Zane, hence the “2/3” πŸ˜‚)
Snack: 1 slice of cheese pizza (Let’s be honest here, I didn’t need this snack. It just sounded really good.)
Supper: another salad just like earlier but also with some assorted crunchy toppings. Also, hummus. 
After supper treat: fruit juice popsicle
Snack: granola bar 
Snack: apple with peanut butter 

It’s almost bedtime and I’m so hungry again! πŸ˜– I think I’m going to have some carrots and hummus before bed because I know if I don’t have a bedtime snack I will wake up in the night nauseated. This is a pretty normal day for me lately except I would usually have something else for either lunch or supper. Chili or chili spaghetti, beans with cornbread and greens, chicken enchiladas, bean burritos, chicken fajitas…. Those are some things we’ve have recently. 

I’ve been trying to have a salad for at least 1 meal a day several days a week. I’ve cut a lot of unhealthy carbs lately. I really want to gain a healthy amount of weight! In all my pregnancies I gain the most weight in the 3rd trimester, so I know from experience that I need to pace my gain. It’s hard though cause I want to eat all the things!! πŸ˜‚ I need accountability! 

My sister got married on Sunday 4/7 and I couldn’t be happier. Both for her happiness in marrying the man of her dreams, and especially because the wedding stress is finally over. πŸ˜‚ Shew! That was a long day. Over 12 straight hours of going nonstop (I didn’t actually have any responsibilities outside of delivering 202 cupcakes safely to the venue, but the KIDS! 🀣) and then finally getting home to rest. I was having frequent Braxton Hicks contractions by then, so I sat down to rest with my poofy ankles propped up. My other sister M was over for a couple hours, so she brought me water and rubbed my feet for awhile and the contractions went away so I could go to bed. The boys were so incredibly cute in their matching suits but somehow I managed to forget my camera and I don’t have one single wedding picture of my own! Thankfully the photographer was in overdrive all day, so I know we will have lots of great pics to look back on in a few weeks. 

We had the joy of getting to visit with lots of out of state family members due to them coming in for the wedding. My cousin stayed with us a few days with his sweet dog. It was so nice to catch up with everyone. πŸ™‚ 
The SPD pain has flared up and down with some days being mild and others being much worse to the point that I can’t even sleep well some nights. Unfortunately I started having skin irritation from the kinsio tape I bought recently. The brand I was originally using was out of stock it I’m hoping I’ll find a brand with no irritation because that stuff is seriously the best! 

The boys and I have been getting outside almost every day this last week as the weather has been gorgeous! Tru has been looking for bees as he decided that he likes bees again. He had stepped on a bee last year and was scared for awhile but he’s been fascinated lately by the way they collect nectar and make honey. Actually, anything scientific or biological is enthralling to Tru lately. He has been getting us to read him a chapter a day of a Human Anatomy book. He asked me the other day “Mommy, how do people write books that are soooo istering?? (Interesting)” πŸ˜‚ He seriously needs to be a dr someday. Haha.

Anyway, the baby is getting increasingly stronger with his movements. A few days ago I saw my whole belly shake when he was bouncing around! I usually feel him having a dance party at night when I lay on my left side. I have also noticed that he doesn’t kick in the morning until after I get out of bed and move around. I think he’s still asleep and when I get up and walk around, it wakes him up. Which I mean, how freaking cute is that?!?!! 😍❀️ I love him so much! Also, DH finally got to feel him moving yesterday. πŸ™‚ 

I haven’t weighed myself in a few days but last time I checked I was up 13lbs. No cravings currently. Taco Bell sounds disgusting (usually I like it) but not really any strong aversions lately. Sometimes I have swelling in my calves and feet when I’m standing a lot. Nothing too serious. πŸ˜‰

Dear God, thank You for a great week of getting to visit with family and enjoy our time together. Thank You also for a great week of pregnancy. Please keep everything going smoothly and healthy. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Sorry for the awkward pic lol! Its terribly windy today (there was even a tornado a few towns away) and the wind had got my hair in a mess.

Oh my goodness, this week!!! Life has been entirely too busy this week. Last Friday (3/29) I took Zane for his well check up, except he wasn’t well. At 5am that morning he’d started a fever. The dr said we could test for influenza but it really wouldn’t make a difference in how we treated Zane’s sickness. Because of the likelihood of tamiflu causing gastro symptoms and not wanting to do the flu test, we just treated with Tylenol, Motrin and tons of snuggles all day. Levi was on the tail end of a mild cold, so I think that’s all Zane had since his only different symptom was a fever. Naturally I came down with a sore throat as well just to fit in. πŸ™„πŸ˜ 

Because of Zane being sick, it was hard to evaluate his general health but his 18 month checkup is in May anyway. We did go ahead and check his iron that day since it had been 9 a few months ago. It came back at 12 this time and the dr said he thought the 9 reading was a mistake. Zane is tentatively going to be getting a sleep study done to see if apnea might be the underlying cause for his extreme need to sleep. (I think I wrote about this in his last update.) I want to discuss it more with his dr next month. For now I’m waking him after 12 hours. 

Otherwise, he is still a little guy. Only 21.5lbs in the 20th percentile and his head is 46.5cm in 11th. He is tall though. I forget the inches but he’s 75th for height! He is 17 months on the 11th and still no words. 😦 He’s said a few and then stopped. The dr said we can reevaluate that next month and if he’s still not talking we can see about next steps. 

Ok…. So last weekend my brother and his wife of like, 5 minutes (actually, 4 weeks) announced that she is pregnant. We had our suspicions but she took a test last week and confirmed it. They’re super thrilled and I’m super… concerned… I’m just gonna leave it at that. πŸ˜‚

Then this weekend my sister S is getting married. I’ve spent the entire day – ENTIRE DAY – cleaning the house to get ready for the weekend and all the rush that takes place during these kinds of events. And let’s be honest here, it’s not even like it’s going to still be clean by tomorrow. Or even by bedtime tonight. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜’ In the midst of the cleaning I baked 208 cupcakes that I need to decorate tomorrow. That sounds like it would take all day to bake that many cupcakes but actually it took about 4 hours. While they were in the oven I made supper and cleaned the bathroom and did other things here and there, so it’s not like I was tied to the oven all that time. Hopefully they are beautiful in the end. πŸŽ‚

Even with all this going on, I noticed the baby is kicking much harder this week. Whenever I’m in the car I notice him kicking at stops. Either he hates the car or loves it. πŸ˜‚ He seems to have found my bladder and enjoys jumping on it like a trampoline. I love when I lay down at night and he starts jumping all around. I still haven’t gotten DH or the boys to hold still long enough to definitely feel him move but hopefully soon! (These men are all so impatient.) 🀣 

I booked a trip to Colorado next month and then asked my dr if that was ok. She had the nurse call back and say that I could go and everything should be ok BUT, it would take my body some time to adjust to the altitude and I’d have to rest and drink a lot of water, blah blah blah. That’s not my kind of trip though. If I wasn’t pregnant, sure. No big deal. But I don’t want to risk feeling sick on vacation while I’m 6 months pregnant, so I cancelled it and I’m looking at other options. 

In other news, I’m up 11-13lbs, depending on the day. Belly has definitely popped a lot more this week! Not craving anything too much right now and no strong aversions. Still feeling really good most of the time! πŸ™‚ 

This is actually from 19+3 but I wanted to share it. Levi jumped in the shot while DH was taking my belly pic and I thought it turned out cute. πŸ™‚

Dear God, thank You for another great week of pregnancy and for helping me get the stuff done that I need to do. Please keep all of my children safe and healthy and I pray that we will have a good spring. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Just a quick update. Today I’m 30. Wow. I’m kind of sad to be out of my 20s, honestly. But eh, time flies by, what can you do? As they say, getting older sure beats the alternative. πŸ˜‰

I have been eyeing the 10 day forecast just waiting for it to say rain. It almost always rains on my birthday (gotta love March, right?!) but it kept looking nice and warm!! It sprinkled for only a few minutes this morning. Otherwise it was a gorgeous sunny day. I took my babies for a walk at the track and to run a few errands, then we came home and my parents came by with my brother A for a bit. I made turtle brownies and a special chicken salad and a quick skillet dinner. πŸ™‚ DH surprised me with the 20 gallon fish tank that I’ve been eyeing for our huge goldfish. We still have to get more gravel and add more water but we did get him moved over from his 5 gallon tank. I’m so glad because he can finally swim more!! He’s really very large for a goldfish. So now I have a betta in my bedroom, a betta in my living room and a 20 gallon tank with the goldfish. It’s getting out of hand guys… And let’s not forget I now have a 5 gallon tank just begging for another fish … Trying to talk myself into giving that tank away. I don’t have anymore room! πŸ˜‚

Living the crowded life in his small tank

All the plants are real. I have air plants in the shell vases. There are also moss balls in the tank for better water quality.

I’m feeling baby less this week. I think he’s turned towards my back again. :/ I really love his little flips and flops and hope he gets where I can feel him more again.

I’ve gained 10lbs now and I’m craving frozen coffee, salad and sweets. I keep making these amazing salads and I’m just…. I could eat that every day for supper. Unfortunately, the rest of my family doesn’t agree. πŸ˜‚

But Zane seems to like it!

Zane’s version of salad currently.

A kid sized salad

Excuse the mess in the background but…. πŸ˜‹

Who says salad should be boring? I add avocado, green/red/yellow/orange peppers, carrots, beets, chicken, hard boiled egg, cheese… Whatever we have on hand! 
I got a new pack of kt tape in the mail and I tried a new way of taping my belly. This pattern is definitely the best support so far and I had very little SPD pain today!! I need to do a whole separate post on this once I get better at it. 

I think that’s it guys… Aside from being a little more tired and a little more breathless throughout the day, I’m feeling pretty much awesome. I’m so happy! This is definitely the best phase of pregnancy for me. 

Dear God, thank You for 30 years on this earth and for my beautiful family. Thank You for all the blessings You’ve given me over the years. Please watch over my loved ones and protect each one. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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