Saturday, June 28, 2014

Weeks 25 & 26: Physically Tougher

The last two weeks have been relatively manageable on the busy front, at least with out-of-the-home commitments.  I've stayed busy around the house deep cleaning bedrooms and catching up on months worth of home projects.  I've been preparing for the new school year (we start mid-July) by purchasing my last few needs, coming up with a detailed schedule for each child and preparing myself mentally.  I've been enjoying a few good books lately on random topics including parenting, large family living, some particular psychiatric disorders, and silence and solitude.  As you can tell, I mostly enjoy non-fiction reads.

Pregnancy-wise, things have been interesting.  As much as I'm aware, Abigail is doing well.  She moves around all day and it's always fun to feel her so active.  I've been physically pretty exhausted though: not sleepy, just worn.  It's possible that my body is still getting used to my new way of eating (see last post).  Yet according to an OB friend, it's equally as possible that it's just the pregnancy.  It could also be a combination of both.  My low back/upper hips have started hurting more often (which is common in my pregnancies by this point).  My feet are hurting more.  So I'm definitely starting to feel more of those late pregnancies discomforts.  Overall, I'll try not to complain much though.  I've been truly blessed.

We're getting ready to leave for vacation and I'm so excited for a break!  We have a dog sitter and a house sitter lined up.  Time to relax!  Looking forward to the Florida sunshine and salty air.

Until next time...

Take care,
Terra

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weeks 23 & 24: Summer Time!

School's out!  Whew!  It was a great year but we're all ready for a little break.

At the beginning of week 23, I began a new eating plan, along with my husband and a few friends.  It's called the Whole 30 and is basically a strict paleo diet for 30 days while your body resets.  After that, you are allowed to add certain foods back in, one at a time, and see how they individually and personally affect your body.  As I write this, I've been on it for 15 days.  It's been SO hard to not have my sweets but otherwise, it's been bearable.  I'm missing simple things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well.  However, I feel it's the best way to feed my body and this baby right now and the meals have been mostly awesome.  I found a website that has weekly meal plans and shopping lists and the recipes are so very delicious.  It's been encouraging to be eating so well, even though it's not easy.

Now that school's out, I've been trying to get more done around the house.  Either that or my new diet has me pretty drained.  Apparently that's typical when you first make this diet switch so I'm unsure.  I don't really feel sleepy but just physically wiped out.  This weekend, I've tried to rest as much as I can to not tire myself out.

My midwife checkup was short and sweet but good.  I'm measuring right on target with the tape measure, gained just over 20lbs (typical for me), healthy heartbeat, and all vitals are good.  My next visit will include the dreaded glucose test.  I've passed two and failed two with my previous four babies.  With the two I failed (both my boys), I still passed the three hour.  I'm hoping my dietary changes will impact this testing.  We shall see!

Until next time...

Take care,
Terra

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Week 22: Very busy and very tiring

As my title clearly states, week 22 was exhausting (but praise God it's over)!  We celebrated Hannah's 7th birthday on Sunday.  Then through the week we had school and piano.  And Wednesday through Sunday, James and Filicia were both gone participating in a program with our church.  There was a lot of single parenting going on and it wore. me. out.  I don't know how single and military parents do it long term.  I seriously went to bed by 9p or earlier almost every one of those nights!

That said, it wasn't without a few good moments.  Some good friends kept us company, brought us dinner and helped me with some more home decor projects on Thursday night.  This particular project was seriously about a year in the making and it's FINALLY created!  Whew!  It's basically a random collage of mostly empty picture frames painted white, black or yellow to complement our gray walls.  It looks super cute!

On Saturday, a neighbor friend volunteered to keep the kids for me so I could have a little free time.  I spent about two hours of that at Starbucks with a few good books and catching up in my journal.  Afterwards, I went to a local kid's consignment sale and spent WAY too long waiting in line to check out (1hr 45min to be exact).  If I hadn't won a $20 gift card there, I would've just left.

Abigail has been a bouncing little bundle in there.  I always love it once I can start feeling the baby move.  Of course it's not so uncomfortable yet as she's still got plenty of room to move around.  Also, I forgot to note in my last post that my nausea finally dissipated around week 18 or so.  Praise the Lord!

Still playing catch up around the house.  When school ends in a week, I plan to start tackling some of these never-seem-to-end projects.

Until next time...

Take care,
Terra