Saturday, August 19, 2017

30 weeks: baby #4

I just visited the OB office a couple days ago and things are going good, besides the pain but baby seems to be healthy so far! I am sure that every mama out there would agree that the pain is ALWAYS worth it! You completely forget about all the discomfort, acid reflux, difficulty breathing, heartburn, and more as soon as you get to hold your precious babe! We did find out why I had been feeling so much movement so low in my abdomen the past couple days, this baby girl decided to do a somersault and is now breech. This isn't as big of a worry as it could be since we still have plenty of time to see if she turns AND because all three other babes were delivered by cesarean so this little girl will also be cesarean... BUT it would be great if she could just flip back down, the correct way :)
According to the pregnancy app on my phone, baby girl is about the size of a cantaloupe. She is supposed to be gaining approximately 1/2 lb. a week until delivery, so that means that I will actually start putting on some weight now too! UH OH! The end of pregnancy always gets me nervous about weight gain.

On my Nesting List for this next week:

  • Take the crib down and store it in the garage (I had planned on setting it up by our bed with one side rail off and the mattress level with our mattress, but I know that I won't be able to crawl in and out of bed with how long the crib is after having a cesarean) 
  • wash car-seat, bouncer, and rock & play covers
  • start a "nursing basket" of things I would like to keep close by while nursing
  • clean out the kitchen cupboards :)

Monday, August 14, 2017

simple: weekly clothing prep to keep our mornings running smooth

School starts tomorrow, WHAT?!?!?! Ready or not, here it comes :)

Parker will be going into first grade this year and we are so excited for him! While we have a public school in our little town that he could attend, we have chosen to send him to a private school that is about 15 miles away (more on that decision in another post). Now, 15 miles isn't too far, but that means we will have to leave a little earlier to get him there on time. This also means that to be on time we will have to keep a pretty tight ship in order for things to run smooth in the mornings. 

We all know that a little planning and prep can go a long ways in terms of sanity :) So really, this all boils down to the fact that I don't want to be yelling and rushing and forgetting things every morning. There, I said it. 

I will be so glad to get back to our Weekly Clothing Prep, as I have been slacking in the plan/prep department lately and I can really feel a difference. So... a little more routine is welcome around here, even if that means that summer is fading away. 

To begin, I like to look at the calendar and just check what all we have going on. This plays a pretty big part in my clothing prep. This week is pretty simple. Parker has school Tuesday - Friday. We have a birthday party on Tuesday, and anniversary party on Saturday. My clothing prep online includes Monday - Friday though so I will worry about the anniversary party outfit on Saturday :)

Since it is already Monday, I am skipping today.. only needing four outfits for the week. Parker has recess and PE everyday so will be wearing tennis shoes. This also means he will need a pair of socks for each day. I also will be including Noah (age 2) and Aspen (age 1) into the Weekly Clothing Prep as they will have to be up and ready each morning to go with me and take the oldest to school. 

Starting with the shirts laid flat, lay down their underwear, socks, and pants/shorts, then fold the shirt over and then in half. 

The outfits should stack very nicely in a basket/bin/closet organizer. This little box fits Noah's and Aspen's outfits pretty nicely. Parkers take up a little more space and so I put them in a basket of their own. 

I used to have one of these hanging closet organizers but needed the closet space so switched to the baskets/bins that I just set on top of their shared dresser. 
I let the kids pick their outfit each day. They just have to go to their bin, grab an outfit and put it on. If I do have an outfit for a specific day, I will put a little sticky note on it and they will know not to grab that outfit until the day that I tell them to. 

That's it. Super easy. Super quick. I only think about what they will wear for the week once (besides weekends) and they get a little choice in what to wear. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

29 weeks: baby #4

So close, yet so far away. That is what the third trimester always feels like for me. At 29 weeks, I am just at the beginning of the the home-stretch! At this point, the sleepless nights and drowsy days are kind of running the show. The Cowboy rolled over in bed the other morning and seen me reading articles on my phone so asked what time it was, "4:26" I told him. He rolled back over, his back facing me now and very loudly questioned, "What the heck are you doing up?". Well, since I had laid there awake since 3:20, I figured that I would at least read up on some things! The boys were sleeping in the living room, after falling asleep watching a movie so I knew that I didn't dare walk out and try to stir around in the house. Then of course I am tired all day long from tossing and turning all night to get comfortable and being up for over an hour in the wee morning hours. Vicious circle it is during third trimester.
                                       {dress: Liz Lange for Target, found on clearance for $7}
At 29 weeks, baby girl is supposedly the size of a pineapple. I don't doubt this as my belly is usually in the way or I feel a big strong kick in the ribs. She is also pressing down pretty low, causing me to feel like I was kicked in the pubic bone... or that she may just come out of my behind... kidding, kind of! HA!

I also have had so much discomfort in my upper abdomen due to my other organs getting pretty squished and the acid reflux plus heartburn is waking me up at night and just pure torture. I have had acid reflux with all my pregnancies but two kids were born with only a little hair, and one was born with a full head of hair... so we shall see what kind of hair-do this sweet baby comes out with.

On my Nesting List for this week is:

  • paint the front door 
  • sew a crib sheet... we actually wont be using the crib for awhile  but I bought the fabric so would like to just get it done and then I will have a back up for Aspen until this new babe needs it :)
  • make a couple tiny hair bow headbands... most of Aspens newborn ones I got rid of, so I would like to have a few on hand 
  • get the baby girl tote out of the garage and wash all NB-3 month size clothes to put away
  • Rearrange kids bedroom to fit Aspens toddler bed... We have to replace the floor in their room so this will be done AGAIN before the baby arrives but I would like to get Aspen sleeping in her own bed before we will have time to get the floor done. 
  • Hang curtains back up for The Cowboy and I's closet... they fell down about 8 months ago and I just rolled them into a ball and shoved them into a corner of the closet...oops!
Next appointment with my favorite OB: This coming Thursday. We are on a 2 week schedule now because this pregnancy has been quite miserable and uncomfortable and just need a little extra monitoring these days. 

My final thoughts this week: With school starting for our oldest in just a few days, and a fourth baby coming to our family in the next few months I just really want to cherish and enjoy the moments with the three blessings that we have in our home already. We used a couple free admission coupons a couple days ago to squeeze in an end of summer Children's Zoo trip and it was perfect. My plans for this last weekend before school starts include a little swimming, a picnic lunch and maybe a farmers market trip. Nothing expensive, nothing that requires a lot of planning or packing or rushing... just slow and intentional time with my loves.