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Friday, September 30th, 2011


Katelyn. Madelyn. Jocelyn. My joys and blessings. My girls.

The children I waited for and cried for and thought God wasn’t going to allow me to have. 22 months of TTC. 12 months. And 2 years of TTC. I count myself immensly blessed that God gave each one of them to me. I want 4 kids. I figure, hey, I won’t “prevent” after I have Jocelyn, because, after all it took me a year to conceive Madelyn after I had Katelyn. Ho Hum.

But wait! God has a sense of humor! He sees a bigger picture. And there IS a bigger picture….

Katelyn.Madelyn.Jocelyn.

And baby #4.

Yup! I’m pregnant. AGAIN. So soon!…..

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We did not expect this! I’m kinda freaking out really. I’m excited, apprehensive and nervous! And, YES, I do know “how this happens”.. he he.

But mostly thrilled.

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I was going to wait to announce it. Really, I was. I waited 2 whole days! But it’s been weighing on my mind since I’m still in shock. Mike keeps telling me if I don’t announce soon he’s going to!

I’m due June 3rd, 2011. I’m about 5 weeks. Very early still.

Jocelyn and #4 will be 14 months apart. That’s really close. That hasn’t quite sunk in yet, I don’t think. I’m kind of in la la land right now. I keep thinking it’s a dream or I might miscarry again. But I know it’s in the LORD’s hands!!! His will be done.

Right now we’re too busy being shocked-thrilled-shocked-thrilled.

Then I really need to get my act together. There’s a baby comin’!!

EEEEKKKK!!!

Twas The Night Before My C-Section

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

When all through the house, we were all stirring with excitement, even the mouse!

…..Ok… that’s the end of my rhyming ability.

Are we excited around here??

We sure are!! And a little nervous. A smidge freaked. A whole lot happy!

This is the last night of my pregnancy with Jocelyn. It feels surreal to me. I have to be at the hospital for 6:30 am and my c-section is scheduled for 8:30 am.
We are so ready to meet this little girl who’s been having a party in my belly all day.

We got her nursery all set up and ready this afternoon. It’s very simply decorated and I re used the same nursery bedding theme as I did with my other two girls. Jocelyn will be using the smallest bedroom in the house so there wasn’t a whole lot of room to play with. The only thing we’re missing in there is my rocking chair.

I’ll also share some other pictures I’ve taken over the past couple of days.

Voila!

My bags are packed! (Well, mostly…) The black bag in the left, top corner is my Kate Spade diaper bag. I got it at a consignment shop for $20! It’s in perfect condition.

The big sisters in Jocelyn’s room.

Me and the girls right before bed tonight. Pardon the water stains on my shirt!

Yesterday we went to Uno’s and I took some pictures. I have to get as many memories jammed into pictures as I can!

I’ll be posting pictures and updates tomorrow on Facebook, Twitter and my blog as much as possible.

Oh, I forgot to mention that my husband got me ( and by “me” I mean “us”) a new iPad 2 for Jocelyn’s birth. I’ll be putting my new toy to work while in the hospital too.

See you on the other side of the surgery table!

My Very First Vlog Update: 38 Weeks

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

I’m 38 weeks today! One week from today I will be holding Jocelyn in my arms. So, in honor of this special day I decided to host my very first vlog and give you a little 38 week update.

I felt like such a dork so try to ignore my awkwardness. *insert smiley face here*

I met the doctor who is delivering Jocelyn for the first time today and I like her! She told me that I would, indeed, be DONE testing my blood sugar by next Wednesday. No more need to worry about that. Mike had mentioned that they may have me testing my blood sugar for a few more days after the delivery but, thank the Lord, that is not the case.

The downside to all of that is that she said that 50% of gestational diabetics go on to have diabetes in the future. So I need to tell my Primary Care doctor so they can be monitoring me.

Bummer.

For those of you who were curious about how my leg and foot look this late in the game here are the latest pictures. For those of you who don’t want to see a leg  and foot practically deformed by pregnancy induced varicose veins just move along….

Not pretty, huh?  These will go away almost completely once Jocelyn is out. As, I’ve mentioned before the compression socks I have to wear have actually kept the veins from getting worse!

Here’s a sneak peek at Jocelyn’s room. The whole thing will be revealed as soon as it’s completely ready!

I couldn’t find for Jocelyn the same ultrasound frame I have for my other two. Theirs has a spot for their name and due date on it. This one was a lot more plain. So I embellished it a bit with stick on letters and a star. I also wrote on the back how many weeks along I was when this ultrasound was taken.

Oh, and one more thing. We have decided on a “nickname” for her. It just kinda came about because Mike just started calling her this and it stuck.

It won’t be Josie ( Jo-zee) as I had originally planned.

It will be Jocy ( Jaw-see). Mike has been calling her that and now that’s stuck in my mind too! The spelling has been a little tricky for this name but I wanted to keep it as close to her original name as possible. I keep going back and forth between “Jocy” and “Jocey”. Why do I drive myself crazy over something that’s supposed to be simple?

There you have it! I hope to write a couple of posts before next Wednesday so I can show you what Jocelyn’s finished room looks like.

I’ll be posting updates on Twitter and on my Simply Mel Facebook Page while I’m in the hospital. And of course, lots on my personal Facebook page!

Ta ta!

10 Thoughts Running Through My Head Right Now

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

With 8 days left until my C-Section on the 23rd these are some of the thoughts that are running through my head:

1. EIGHT DAYS until we become a family of 5!!

2. I can’t wait to see what Jocelyn looks like and to cuddle and kiss on her.

3. Really? I have to go to the bathroom AGAIN??

4. 8 Days until my feet will be free from wearing these compression socks all day every day! Sandal weather is coming up! I think I’ll burn these socks in celebration…

5. I think I’ll miss my baby belly a little bit….

6. 8 Days until I don’t have to prick my finger four times a day to take my blood sugar level!

7. I’d better really enjoy sleeping through the next these next few days.

8. I still have a lot to do!!

9. Yay, my parents are flying in on Sunday.

10. Great…I dropped something else onto the floor. I’m SO not bending over to pick it up….

For more Top Ten Tuesday fun head over to Oh Amanda!

36 Weeks Update

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

We’ve had some internet issues this week so this is the first chance I’ve had to write a post.

We’re finally at the last stretch. I’m officially 36 weeks/ 9 months pregnant!

My dear oldest daughter took this picture since I was having a half way decent clothing and hair moment.

Here’s a closer shot (in which I wasn’t too prepared…)

I honestly feel I’m not as big as I was with Madelyn but Mike says  my belly is going to need a bed of it’s own soon. So….selective memory??

I went for my weekly appointment yesterday and I had gained a pound from last week. Last week they told me I had lost a bit of weight. I had gone from an 8 pound gain to a 6 pound gain. Add the pound from this past week and that makes a 7 pound gain.

Not bad!

Everything looks good. I’m not measuring bigger than what I should be right now. So, I’m wondering…is Jocelyn really going to be a 9 pounder like they predicted from my ultrasound a few weeks ago?

Thoughts going through my head right now:

~We’ll be meeting this little girl in 3 weeks!! THREE WEEKS!!

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve had a newborn in the house. I can’t wait to hold her, squeeze her, kiss her and just stare at her.

~Three more weeks until I can eat whatever I want.

My first request in the hospital is going to be an Everything Bagle with chive cream cheese from Dunkin Donuts. And a chocolate milk. Oh, how I’ve missed chocolate milk! I haven’t wanted to waste a perfectly good carb choice on chocolate powder. So, I’ve gone without.

~ These compression socks have worked wonders for my varicose veins but I CANNOT WAIT to not have to wear them anymore. And to have my legs back. They look terrible but I don’t feel pain thanks to the socks.  I can’t wait to wear flip flops!

~ 3 more weeks of sleeping through the night.

This one scares me a bit. I’ve been sleeping through the night for three years. Since I’m “older” will I handle it as well as I did in the past?

~What in the world will this kid look like? I have a blue eyed brunette, and a blue eyed blond who don’t resemble each other all that much. One looks like their dad and the other looks like my sister! They have a little of me in them. Will this  child finally have brown eyes like me? Will she be blond or brunette? Will she look like me? Will she look like either of my girls??

~I’m actually a little sad that my pregnant belly will be gone in  a few weeks. I remember that with both of my girls I’d touch my belly after being back in my room and thinking that there was no longer a baby inside it.

What makes me even sadder is not knowing if this is my last pregnancy or not! It could be and that makes me very sad!

To Do List:

~We’ve finally gotten the baby’s room cleared out. Now we need to move the changing table and rocker into it and arrange the furniture to our liking.

~I’ve gotten all of Jocelyn’s clothes sorted and put away.

~We have a new stroller with a headrest thanks to a friend and co worker of Mike’s.

~We are going to go a bunch of boxes in the garage so I can find some baby items I’m missing. We’re also going to look in the loft for my larger baby items like the Pack N Play and infant seat.

It’s all starting to come together! At the very last minute but….anyhoo.

The girls get more excited by the day. We made a paper chain to help us count down the days until Jocy is born.

Each day we tear off the link as the days get closer to Jocelyn’s arrival!

Can you see their excitement?

We are ready for Jocelyn, yes we are!!!

Pregnancy Update: 31 Weeks!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Time for another update on this pregnant lady.

Basic Stats and Health:

I was 31 weeks on Wednesday.  It seems as if time has flow the past few weeks  My C-Section is scheduled for March 23rd at 8:30 am. I can’t wait to meet this little lady! Or should I say BIG lady? My ultrasound on Tuesday revealed that she already weights 4 pounds 7 oz. The doctor said she will most likely weigh 9 pounds or more at birth. I’m not surprised! Madelyn was big and my girls come by their “tallness” and “bigness” honestly.

I was recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. Boo. Not happy about that. But I’m on a good diet plan that’s keeping my glucose levels at a good range. I have to test my blood four times a day.

I haven’t gained much weight at all. I’m having to go by the amount my doctors are telling me because I haven’t kept very good track of it at all this time around. All they told me yesterday was that I had actually lost a little weight. I looked at the number on the scales myself and tried to remember what I weighed last time. As far as I could tell I had lost 2 pounds as of Tuesday! I was also stick with the stomach flu over the weekend so that could have contributed to my weight loss.

My varicose veins have definitely gotten worse, but thankfully I don’t feel any pain due to my wonderful compression socks. I wear them every day, all day.

I’m thankful to be feeling energetic and normal over the past few days. Over the past few weeks I’ve been totally unmotivated and fatigued. Which was annoying me because my “to-do” list before Jocelyn arrives was growing. I was actually starting to feel like I didn’t have enough time left to get everything done!

Emotions:

My emotions have been all over the place. I’ve suddenly become this unstable maniac! Again, this week has been better. Not sure why the previous two weeks or so were so bad. I’ve been grumpy and in bad moods. Easily annoyed.  I’ve started crying for no reason at all.

I’m already so in love with this baby. And sometimes I just can’t believe I’m having another one in 8 weeks. I sit and try to imagine what the birth will be like and what having this new little one will be like. It blows my mind. Having Katelyn and Madelyn has felt so normal. Now we’re adding another little person into the mix.

Then there’s the BIG question for us: IS this is” it” for us? I truly would like four children but wonder if after we have Jocy if I’ll feel we’re done. Right now I don’t feel peace about being done having children.  My husband feels three is enough. I keep thinking: Is this my last pregnancy? It makes me really sad to think that.

*Enter weepy moment.*

I was told with each pregnancy the varicose veins will get worse and I’ll most likely have Gestational Diabetes for the next one as well. I’ve been a little more “beat up” during this pregnancy. Do I want to get even more beat up the next time around? ( if there’s a next time). I’ll be even older than I am now (32 isn’t old by any means) but I know as each year passes pregnancy will get harder.

I’m just praying that God will give us both peace if the time comes for us to decide for sure if we’ll have more. I will say I’m not going on any kind of birth control yet! That may seem a little crazy since my husband is pretty sure he’s happy with three.

I’m just not ready. Can anyone relate?

To- Do Before Baby Arrives:

The nursery is about half way there right now. I still have out of season/out grown clothes waiting to go up to the attic. ( We have a walk up attic in which the door is located in the nursery). There’s also Christmas decorations hanging out in there waiting to be put in the attic as well.

We still need to:

~Bring in changing table and rocking chair from garage

~Bring baby swing down from attic. Wash and clean it.

~Find infant car seat. Wash and clean as needed. I believe it’s in the loft in the attic.

~ Find and clean travel Pack N Play, as this is what we use as a bassinet in our room for the first few weeks of the baby’s life.

~Find Boppy pillow and wash as needed.

(Are you sensing a trend here? Of finding baby items that have mysteriously disappeared)

~Bring down bouncy seat from attic and clean as needed.

~Purchase nursing bras.

~ Purchase or rent breast pump.

~Purchase bottles since I got rid of my old bottles. I would like to go with glass bottles this time around but I may go with the Avent BPA free bottles instead. I think the pink ones are so cute!

*On a side note, if I had known I was going to have all girls up to this point I may have just gone and registered/bought pink stuff all around instead of the neutral stuff I went with.  (I love pink stuff!!) But, I didn’t know this so it’s wise that I have gender neutral baby gear.

~Finish decorating the nursery. (Hanging things on the wall and putting the letters to her name up). Incidentally, I need to FIND the valances that go on her windows. We’re reusing the same theme we used for Katelyn and Madelyn nursery as well. I figured buying a whole theme was going to be a waste of money. So…where did I put those dang valances..???

~Pack diaper bag.

~Decide on whether we’re going to cloth diaper and purchase infant sized cloth diapers.

~ And, of course, pack hospital bag for Mike and myself.

When I look at this list it seems like I still have so much to do! But, I know if I pace myself I can get it done in 7.5 weeks.

Can’t wait to meet my new baby girl!

I’ll leave you with some pictures of me at 31 weeks. (Pardon the extremely dirty bathroom mirror. I’m embarrassed!)

10 Memorable Moments Of 2010

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

As I was trying to think of a Top Ten Tuesday post for this week I thought what better way to “close out” 2010 than to write a post of  top ten memorable moments for me this past year. When I say “memorable moments”, it doesn’t mean that they’re all happy moments. Many of them are. But not all of them. These happy and sad moments touched my life and emotions this past year and I will never forget them.

1. Not selling our house— Last January  were spent looking at houses and getting ready to sell ours. It seemed liked everything was in place and we had found several bigger houses in better locations for us. When it came time to put the house on the market our Realtor told us that after doing a market analysis for our area we’d have to sell our house for waaay less than what we planned because of how the houses in our area were selling. So, super disappointed, we made the decision to wait. And now it’s a year later and we’re still in the same house. I learned a lot about contentment last year.

2. Financial Peace University/ Becoming Debt Free— In March we took a Financial Peace University class at our church and by the end of June were DEBT FREE. It was a HUGE achievement in our marriage. We learned so much about how to manage our finances and to really control our spending. We spent 9 years struggling with debt and having no control over our finances, despite the good salary my husband receives. We learned better communication over our finances and actually work together now. This is the first time we’ve come into the new year with NO DEBT and it is an awesome feeling. We paid cash for Christmas and have no more credit cards. Did I mention how HUGE this is for us?

HUGE.

3. Pregnancy/Miscarriage- In April of last year we found out that at after almost 2 years of trying to conceive we were finally pregnant! We were elated. I even posted this picture of the girls on Facebook and on my blog to help announce the glorious news. (I’m not one to wait….)

Six days later I miscarried. Although I hadn’t been pregnant for that long I was devastated and angry. The night I started spotting I went to one of our Financial Peace classes. I was developing a migraine and worried but didn’t want to miss a class. One of the couples in our class had  had their fourth baby a few days before I miscarried and they brought him to class that night to show everyone. I thought ” How ironic! They’re bringing in a new life and I’m losing one.”

4. Pregnancy Round Two- After much struggling and anger at God for not letting us sell our house, allowing me to get pregnant in the first place and then allowing me to lose it, I started calming down as Spring wore on. Summer came and we were all in a good place. I was settling in emotionally and in a happy place. Then, in July, to our great joy, I found out I was pregnant AGAIN!!  We had been hoping and praying it would happen again but weren’t sure how long it would take to happen this time. It could have taken another two years! But, praise the LORD, it didn’t!

We were so thrilled and thankful. And I’ll be 28 weeks this week with baby girl number 3! She’s due in March!

Oh, and a month later my sister found out she was pregnant with her second. A girl, due in April! We’re a month apart!

5. Going On Nana and Papa’s boat for the first time: We took the girls on my inlaws’ little boat for the first time this past Summer. It was so fun! I had been on it before, but they never had. It was quite the memorable and fun day. Granted, it was an overcast, cold, rainy day when we went. We didn’t let that stop us from having fun!

6. Anniversary trip to Salem,MA- I’ve always had a huge fascination with learning more about the Salem Witch Trials. So off we went this past August to spend the day in Salem, MA to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the Salem Witch trials that day and had a great, romantic little getaway with my husband. Unfortunately, my camera battery died at the very beginning so I have no pictures from that day!

7. Homeschooling- Last year was the year we decided to try our hand at homeschooling! We purchased the Kindergarten curriculum from Christian Liberty Academy and started homeschooling our daughter the second week in September. I have absolutely loved homeschooling thus far.It has been a challenging, frustrating at times and rewarding experience so far.

These were taken the very first day we started homeschooling….

I also do preschool work with my 3 year old daughter every day. She partakes in the art, Bible, science and field trip activities we do.

My husband finished our homeschool room in the basement not long after these pictures were taken. Now we do school every day in our little school room. We  love it!

8. Singing In Our Church Choir- This past September I started singing in our church choir. I hadn’t sung in a choir in ages and I had scheduling conflicts the previous year so I was unable to join. I have so enjoyed it! We’ve caroled, done  a Dessert Theater and sung almost every Sunday. I’ve had many opportunities to sing solos, duets and trios and it’s been so fun! We have a very talented bunch of people in our choir.

9. My Family’s Visit For Thanksgiving— I was so blessed to have my whole family visit for Thanksgiving week! My sister, husband, niece, brother and parents all flew up from Texas and stayed in my house for the whole week. It was a tight fit but an awesome time together! My brother in law had never been to New England so this was a new experience for him. My sister and I got to “be pregnant together” while she was here. We spent a day at  Boston Museum Of Science and had a blast. That is a memory that will live in my mind forever.

The girls are with their Geempaw in this space shuttle replica.

My parents with their three current granddaughters. Two more coming in the Spring!

10. The Passing Of My Uncle Mike— On Christmas day we received the sad news that my uncle Mike had died after a long battle with Lymphoma. He was a great, godly, man and will be greatly missed. We were all blessed by who he was. His family has also been a great testimony in  their peace and attitudes. They are sad but also filled with hope since they know where Mike is and that they will all see him again some day.  He’s in Heaven, cancer-free with Jesus!  I will certainly never forget getting the phone call about his passing.

There are so many other moments I’d love to mention but since I’m pressed to keep the list at ten these are the ones I chose.

Do you have moments that defined 2010 for you?

This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Oh Amanda.

Post Thanksgiving Funk

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Although I had loads of fun while my family was here for Thanksgiving week, I think it really messed  me  up! I was in a completely foul mood last week! I was tired, grumpy and short tempered with my family. I didn’t even like myself. I was full of energy while my family was here and I think I used up two weeks worth of energy!

To be honest, I’ve kind of been in an energy low for the past three weeks or so.  Yes, I know I’m pregnant. It comes with the territory. However, this low energy, non-motivation seemed bad even for almost 6 months of pregnancy. I’ve just been a bum! Last week I was lucky if I brushed my hair most days. I think I skipped a couple of showers too.  I went over to my neighbors house in clothes I would never have been caught dead in!

Picture this: Me in some random, unflattering t-shirt, capri yoga pants ( because they were stretchy and I can still wear them) long, white compression socks and bright pink crocs! That’s pretty much how I look all the time at home now. I’d be so embarrassed if someone stopped by. I think it’s because I really have no good, casual maternity clothes. I don’t have many maternity clothes period!  It feels like a such a chore to find ones that actually fit my short frame. I usually have to order them online.

Boo.

And sleeping! Boy…did I sleep a lot. It was like I was in my first trimester again. I’ve  actually been sleeping in a lot here lately. Not just last week!  Way later than I usually do. Some mornings I don’t get out of bed until 8 am. And even then I feel like I have to drag myself out.

Did I mention I’ve been eating like a pig? My appetite has grown! But only for stuff I probably shouldn’t been eating as much. This week I’m focusing on eating healthier foods that will give me more energy.

I haven’t had my morning devotional time in about three weeks either. And I think my mood is missing that. I haven’t spent nearly enough time in prayer and I think it’s affecting me. For some reason I can’t get into the habit of reading my Bible at a different time of day. I have it set in my mind that it has to be in the morning before everyone gets up and if I miss that time frame…..my opportunity has passed. And since I’m not having my devotional time it also means I’m not having my blogging time either. I’ve been doing a lot of my blogging while Katelyn is doing worksheets during school time.

Since Jocelyn’s arrival is really going to  drastically change my schedule I guess I need to learn some flexibility!

Aside from my foul mood and funk the Christmas spirit has been alive in our house.

We saw  a great Live Nativity this past Friday night. Here the girls are warmly dressed and ready to go.

They have their coats on backwards, in case you didn’t notice.

On Saturday we went caroling at the Senior Center and in the town center where our church is. We sang for the Tree Lighting ceremony. It was so fun to be able to do that as a family and with our church family. We got to sing carol about the true meaning of Christmas to hundreds of people.

After all the trees were lit, Santa came around on a fire truck with a bunch of other fun characters.

Here’s our Christmas Tree. I call it the “ghetto tree” because half of the lights on our pre lit tree burned out this year so we had to string lights with a green cord on our white tree. The girls also had a huge hand in decorating it. And let’s just say *cough* that it’s definitely not how I would have decorated it. But they love it and had fun. And that’s what matters most.

How is your Christmas season going? Have you had any “funk” moments yet?

{Wordful Wednesday} Me at 20 Weeks

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

As promised from last week, here are some belly pictures of me at 20 weeks. You will also see pictures of my deformed leg from varicose veins. You don’t have to look at these if you find them gross!!

I took these of myself last night before I went to bed. They aren’t super flattering but I decided that if I waited for someone to get a flattering picture of me it would hardly ever happen!

Here are some shots of my leg. Any purple or blue you see is NOT bruising. Those are the actual veins sticking out.

And one more of my foot and ankle. Because I’m sadistic.

I hope you enjoyed this recap of me at 20 weeks!

This post is linked to Wordful Wednesday host by Parenting By Dummies.

Pregnancy Update {19 Weeks}

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I figured it was time for a pregnancy update. I realized I hadn’t really written any.

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures! I had planned on having them ready for this post but, alas, I don’t. Next week I’m going to post a Wordful Wednesday post which will have pictures of my pregnant self.

I’m 19 weeks. Almost half way there. Can you believe it? I mean….really? It’s starting to go by faster. The first trimester really felt like it dragged.

How I’m feeling:

I can’t really complain too much about how I’ve felt along the way. I’ve had a little nausea every now and then. Usually, it’s caused by something. (Usually a smell. My sense of smell is super sensitive!!) Mike had to clean out my freezer a few weeks ago because there was a horrid smell that was making me GAG every time I opened it. He threw out all the ice and anything questionable looking in there. What a difference!! I was very thankful he did that.

I napped or rested on the couch for the first three and a half months or so. I got a lot of the “Anne Of Green Gables” series read this way. I’m on the fifth book now!

I’ll have to admit, I did go through several bouts of fear that something was wrong with the baby. Lots of prayer and just “trying not to think about it” got me through that.

After seeing a wonderful ultrasound of our baby GIRL (Jocelyn Abigail) and seeing that she was right on track with her growth I’ve felt a lot better. Plus, I’m consistently feeling little nudges and flutters so that’s reassuring.

My left leg looks deformed. It started turning purple from varicose veins almost from the moment I found out I was pregnant. Mike even pointed out that if there was any doubt that I was really pregnant all I had to do was look at my leg!! This has been typical for me with my other two girls too. It’s pretty painful this time around and the pressure when I first stand up is pretty bad. I’ve been wearing diabetic/compression socks and those DO help. My the veins feel hot and itchy a lot. Some days my left feels like it’s going to explode!

But…enough about that.

**TMI alert!! If you’re  man you may not want to read this part.**

Unfortunately, the varicose veins are getting higher up my thighs this time so you pretty much know where they’re headed. It’s making things pretty uncomfortable  “down” there. I feel lots of pressure already “down there” and I’m wondering how much worse it’s going to get as time goes on.

**TMI done!!**
Weight Gain:

I’ve only gained 4 pounds so far. ( I think) My scales say I haven’t gained anything when I first weigh in the morning. I always do well in the weight gain department.

Have I exercised AT ALL yet??

Nope!

I was so planning on that too!! I really wanted to make that a regular part of this pregnancy.

Maybe after the holidays…..?

What’ we’ve been up to (You know…while pregnant…)

I have been working hard at getting this house ready for another baby. It’s really gotten pretty cluttered and messy all the time. I hate it, but that’s how it is.

I’ve been getting the third bedroom cleaned out for my family’s visit for Thanksgiving. At least that’s motivating me to get it cleared out a lot quicker.

Here’s an embarrassing picture of what it’s looked like:

Ew.

This is where my sister, her husband and daughter will be staying in about three weeks.

Uh…yeah.

Thankfully it only looks half this bad right now.

The room is very small so I’ll be doing some simple decorating and really pairing down what’s going in Jocy’s room. ( Yeah…about the nickname…the spelling may change frequently. I’m trying out different spellings of the name “Josie” for Jocelyn’s nickname. Long story…)

There will be “after” pictures when it’s ready for Jocelyn!

Homeschooling is going great! We’re keeping up a steady pace. We start our day anywhere between 8:30 and 9:3o and end anywhere from 10:30 and 11:00. I haven’t been on the ball as much with starting at 8:30. But, that’s the joy of flexible homeschooling!

Soccer will be done this coming Sunday for Katelyn. Thankfully. It’s getting really cold! And we would like our Sunday afternoons back.

Dance is going wonderfully! That will be a continuous Saturday morning event until May. Both girls love it.

My Wednesday night Mission Friends class will be done in a couple of weeks for a long break. It will start back up for about eight to ten weeks in January or February.

I’m loving being in choir again. I’m helping direct the skits for our Christmas Dessert Theater in December. Our church does lots of fun Christmas activities which really helps drive home the true meaning of Christmas.

Did I just talk about Christmas? It’s next month already!!!

So….there you have it. In case you were really wondering about all the details of my pregnancy you can now be in the know.

You’re welcome!

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