Monday, August 18, 2014

Baby #4 - 18 Weeks

(I added a few other questions from some other weekly pregnancy posts I found on the Internet!)

How many weeks pregnant? 18 weeks, 2 days

Which trimester are you in? Second! I've just entered my fifth month.

Bump photo: No bump photo this week. I think my next sticker is...Week 20, maybe?

How big is baby? Baby is currently the size of a sweet potato.

 BabyFruit Ticker

Pregnancy symptoms: Baby's "house" seems to have grown overnight! My belly has gotten more poky all of a sudden. Some nausea/sickness the last few days but I don't think that's due to pregnancy, guessing something didn't agree with me or a bug of some kind.

Belly Button - In/Out: Still in. I've actually never had a belly button pop out during any of my pregnancies thus far.

Cravings/Aversions: I had a random craving for Rally's french fries the other night! I was happily able to satisfy it too. :) Otherwise, I've still just not really been feeling like eating much, especially the last few days. I've been feeling kind of run down and puky. :(

Sleep: Sleep has been a little broken recently but normally it's pretty good. I am very blessed to have children that like sleeping. (At this stage, anyway.) I'd love it if they all did a nap/rest time in the afternoon but it never seems to happen, and that's okay.

Nesting: None. More like forgetting to nest! I've apparently hit my clueless stage as I've been forgetting anything & everything left, right, and sideways.

Maternity Clothes: I got some more of my maternity clothes out a week or so ago. I think I'm going to have to break down and get some new pants. Or perhaps try this tutorial I found online to alter pants you already have with elastic...not sure if I'm that crafty though.

Weight Gain: Plus a pound/two, but then minus a pound or three after I got sick this weekend. :(

Movement: I felt little tiny baby movements right around 17 weeks and a day or two! Hubby thought he felt something while I was sleeping one night and we joked that it was probably gas...but then on a Sunday after lunch I felt those little fluttery "butterfly wing" type movements and KNEW that's what it was! So exciting. And I've been feeling them pretty consistently after eating.

Gender: Still a mystery. :) I have had TONS of people asking what we want or when we're going to find out what we're having, etc. It gets soooooo old explaining it over and over (that we're going to let it be a surprise) but I know it's not the norm, that I need to be patient, and that some people are just curious. Sometimes I just want to be a jerk though and tell them it's a goat.

Dad & Other Kiddos: Not much baby-related to report about them. They're doing good!

Best moment this week: Movement!

Looking forward to: My first chiropractor appointment today. Hoping it will help with baby positioning this time around. (Zac was posterior.)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Curriculum Choices: 2014 - 2015

School is upon us again! Although we're normally year-rounders, we took a good deal of time off this summer. Today was our first day back and the kids really enjoyed it. Here's to a good, productive, and fun year! And in case you're curious, here's what we're using for curriculum this year:

Zeke - Third Grade
Math - Khan Academy and other assorted second & third grade Math workbooks, flashcards
Science - The World of Animals from Answers in Genesis and The World of Animals from Master Books
Reading/Language Arts - We will be finishing up a Scott Foresman text we didn't quite finish last year and then moving on to Once Upon an Open Book (3A) and Not So Very Long Ago (3B) from BJU.
Writing - Printing Power and then Cursive Handwriting from Handwriting Without Tears.
History - Exploring American History from Christian Liberty Press, library books
Geography - We are using The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide along with our World Atlas, maps, and globe.

Confessions of a Homeschooler Ellie - Kindergarten  
Ellie is going to mainly be using Confessions of a Homeschooler's K4 Kindergarten curriculum and other resources from COAH. She also has additional Kindergarten workbooks from Scholastic, Carson-Dellosa, and School Zone.

Subjects Done Together & Everything Else
Both kids have Daily Notebooks with printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler and will be doing their Writing together. They are each using workbooks from Handwriting Without Tears - Zeke is starting on Printing Power and then will be moving into Cursive Handwriting while Ellie is using Letters and Numbers For Me. We are doing We Teach Virtue's cards & coloring pages and Bible study together. We'll also be utilizing our flashcard collection ( really is becoming quite a collection), the local library, our own bookshelves, and our educational games. Update: They've also been doing Science together. I didn't think it would hold Ellie's attention but she loves it!

As far as activities and field trips go, a lot is still up in the air. We have church of course on Sundays. Our local homeschool group is having a Shakespeare class (which mine are too young for) and a Classics/Book Club, but it's from a series we haven't read yet so I decided to go ahead and opt out. I am hoping to get a regular scheduled gym time nailed down this week which would be one day a week (or every two weeks) for several hours. Someone in our group is in talks with the local librarian about a book club or other type of library related group. I thought about starting up LEGO Club again but I'm going to hold off for a bit. I'm going to a planning meeting next week with another local group just a bit further away to see what all they've got in store for the year and will plan more activities according after that. I'm hesitant to commit to *too* much...I feel kind of burned out on activities after the whirlwind summer we had so I'm just going to take it easy.

If you're interested in purchasing any of the books I mentioned above or just seeing more about them, please click below to visit my Amazon Store! (They're all in the category labeled "2014 - 2015 Curriculum.") Any purchases you make through it are much appreciated and go to fund our homeschool. Thank you!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Baby #4: Week 16

Today's Date: August 2, 2014
How many weeks pregnant? 16 weeks today.

Which trimester are you in? Second! Woot! Second is usually my most productive trimester.
Bump photo: See above! My "bump stickers" started at Week 12 but I didn't really get a chance for a picture until almost Week 13. (Not that that made a huge difference.) Not a lot had changed though since my Week 10 update so I didn't blog. The next one was Week 16 and things have changed some since then so I figured it was worth an update. :) I also apparently like pink shirts - two different ones in my photos! Haha.
How big is baby? Baby is currently the size of an avocado!

 BabyFruit Ticker

Pregnancy symptoms: Nausea has been cut down quite a bit - I still am occasionally sick in the morning but it's slowing down. Hormonal - feeling kind of up and down, angry about dumb things, sad about dumb things. Tummy is growing! See more on that below.
Cravings/Aversions: I'm loving fruit. And desserts of many kinds. :)
Best moment this week: Midwife visit for sure. They're always a highlight but this week was especially nice because I got to hear the heartbeat again. It was in the upper 140's - lower 150's.

Are you wearing maternity clothes yet? They've kind of been in my rotation ever since I had Zac (because they're comfy) but mainly just shirts, because they were also easy for nursing. Hubby said just this week that he thought I was going to have to start wearing the maternity pants soon - and as I was struggling to put on a pair of shorts, no less. But I didn't kill him because I agree - it's probably going to be straight maternity pants from here on out.
Weight Gain: +1
Movement: None yet but I'm hoping soon. I felt my other kids between 16 - 18 weeks.
Know the gender yet? We discussed this at my midwife appointment this week. We decided we are going to let it be a surprise this time. Hubby will get to announce it when he/she is born! My midwife gave me a great explanation to give people who might wonder why we are doing it that way - "Do you open your Christmas presents on Christmas morning? Or a couple months before?" I love thinking about it that way.
How are your other children? They're pretty happy. I don't think Ellie has thought about it as much as Zeke yet. He told me he's happy with either a boy OR girl, but no twins. Ha! I'm just glad he's not dead set on a boy like he was last time. He also informed me tonight that we won't have to take a break during the school year when the baby is born because he can read on his own and he will help me teach Ellie. We'll see, I guess! ;)
Sleep: I can't get enough. I am sleeping at least 8 hours straight at night (most of the time) and still waking up yawning. I could probably take a nap during the day too if everyone would nap/rest at the same time.
Nesting: None yet! Although I have noticed a bit of an organizational "boost" but I attribute that to school starting Monday.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What We've Been Up To

Remember me complaining about being busy awhile back? Well, our busy stuff has come and gone...and I still haven't had time to write! However, we've been enjoying summer and getting ready to gear up for a new year of school. Here's what we've been up to recently:
  • I got a haircut! Now this isn't NEWS per say...but I got bangs and I haven't had them in a long time. So it was quite a change.
  • My husband had a week and a half or so of vacation. This was great because he works a LOT! And working nights, it sometimes feels like we're just passing each other by on our separate ways. 
  • We went to Nebraska for a long weekend/family reunion. While we were there the kids enjoyed swimming, watching gazillions of fireworks out our hotel window - seriously! you could see them going off for MILES! - and visiting the Strategic Air and Space Museum. The family reunion was fun (but hot!) and the car ride was actually not too bad until the way home when they baby had enough driving. And even then, he still didn't do too awfully bad.
  • We also took a trip to Holiday World in Southern Indiana. Definitely going to have to go back and see all the things we missed. The kids really loved it - especially Splashin' Safari. All three got in the wave pool - even Zac was trying to charge out into the water. Ellie actually ventured out more, which is an accomplishment since she's been kind of scared of pools this summer. And I can't believe how adventurous Zeke has gotten...he wants to go on pretty much every single ride.
  • We attended a Danville Dans game which Zeke loved. (He has said he'd like to be a baseball player when he grows up. Not sure that will happen but hey, the kid can dream!) 
  • My husband and Zeke went to the Lincoln Museum in Springfield while the younger kids and I went to Chick-fil-A's Cow Appreciation Day. Although some people I know thought it was so corny or cheesy, it was a lot of fun. The kids had a blast.
  • Zeke had his awards ceremony for baseball. He was also asked to play in another tournament (kind of an end of season thing) that is going to be happening next weekend.
  • I have started volunteering at our local pregnancy center one day a week. I'm in training to be a counselor and am really enjoying it so far.
  • We moved our computer/desk/office stuff out into our kitchen/entryway so we can actually use it more now! Huzzah!
  • I've got all the kids school stuff ready, the first month or so planned out, and we are hopefully going to be starting this coming Monday! I've moved their stuff to the dining room so we can make use of our dining room table. I'll have a post up next week (or possibly during the weekend) about what we are using this year.
  • Zeke and I had some dental work done last week. He did wonderful. I had a day or so of pain but am feeling much better now. Ellie also has her very first dentist appointment coming up on Monday and she's pretty darn excited. Hopefully it stays that way!
  • We had another midwife appointment this week and everything is going swimmingly. Got to hear the little babe's heartbeat again - in the lower 150's, upper 140's - which is always a blessing. Next week sometime I'll have my 16 week update up! Can you believe it?! Time flies.