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Dr. Appointment

Yesterday I had my 28 week check up even though I am 29 weeks plus…it was the lovely appointment where you get to drink a cup full of stale 7-up to check if you have gestational diabetes.  My test, as always came back low…72…Normal range is 70-140.  I don’t need to worry about that.

I am a tad low on iron so that means steak for me!  I am looking forward to Carl grilling and I will be able to eat all leftovers while children eat P & J.

I am measuring a little big.  Surprise, surprise…everywhere I go people ask when I am due and I tell them Sept. 10 and almost always their eyebrows go up and then they look down.  Yes, the 5th pregnancy will do that.  My abs are shot and I am more than likely growing a 10 lb baby because he is already much bigger than Jack was at this stage.  Remember I flew to Ethiopia 32 weeks pregnant and I really didn’t look that big.  I could never pull it off this time around.

The biggest shocker for me was that I gained 10 lbs.  I was really okay with it most of the day because my weight gain for almost every pregnancy is around 35-40 lbs. I have gained 31 thus far so pretty much right on track.  But then when I was going to bed, I thought about how many extra calories I must have eaten to gain that much weight….35,000.  Umm…did I really eat that much extra? Oh my goodness!  And the really scary part was that I didn’t think I over ate by that many calories.  Hopefully next month I will only gain a pound a week like normal. Wowzers!

Book Review

I just finished “Loving the little years: Motherhood in the Trenches” by Rachel Jankovic.

It was a great quick read for me (which of course is a bonus these days).  Even though she never specifically talked about word pictures – she uses them all the time with her children and I was reminded how much more I could do with my kids.  Instead of saying, “Stop that” five hundred thousand times, I could artfully come up with a word picture to explain what they are doing and how it could be better.

She has 5 children ages 5 and under so I could actually relate to her on a personal level.  She isn’t writing about a bygone era with rosy glasses – and I love that.  She is real and honest but doesn’t let you sit and have a pity party about yourself or where God has placed you in this season of life.

So, if you are feeling a little burned out or just need a refreshing dose of reality go and pick up this book.  I promise you will take a away a few nuggets of gold from it.  It would be the perfect gift for a mother who just had her 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or even *gasp* 7th child.

Family Photo

This is our “crazy”, and we love it.


Lydia lost another tooth

She looks just a little like her mommy when she was a girl. Couldn’t be any prouder of her!