Saturday, October 12, 2019

Baby Butler #4 is 40 Weeks!!

Update: I had a checkup on Friday 10/4 when I was 39 weeks. My blood pressure was great, heart beat was strong, she was measuring right on & moving well. I was 2 cm, 60%, & a -3 station. She swept my membranes (which wasn't as painful as I was anticipating) to try to stir up some action. We went to a birthday party that afternoon & the boys had a blast. 
Spent the next week doing all the normal things with the boys (BSF, music, church), finalizing things around the house, & praying for contractions. I ran some stairs & took an afternoon nap most days. 

No action really though. We didn't schedule my 40 week, so I had to call to book that. I went on 10/11 for my 40 week. Everything still looked/sounded great. Measuring right on. This time I was 3 cm (I had a couple of contractions the night before but nothing too serious) & still 60%. She swept my membranes again and I did lots of walking. (Definitely the most action I feel, but my back gets tired and I really want to sit.) 
My parents took the boys to the movies yesterday and let them spend the night last night so I could get a good night's sleep. Jonathan and I enjoyed a fun date night at our favorite restaurant on the square, & I slept for a full 7 hours last night without getting up till 5.

They went ahead and set my next appointment for next Friday (when I'll be 41 weeks) and set an induction for the following Monday (10/21...holy moly, does that not seem like forever away?). They haven't done any ultrasounds or monitoring or anything this time- I feel like I had way more of that with Beau. I'm thankful though. I know they'll do all of that if I make it to the next appointment.

My mom's birthday is 10/15 and Jonathan's is 10/17. Everyone kept joking when we first found out I was pregnant I could have her on one of their birthdays and I was like "yea right, there's no way I'll go past my due date again." But here we are! Hahhaa! I seriously cannot believe it. (I say that every single time I'm pregnant. Jase was 40+1, Kade 40+2. Beau 41+3. Anyone noticing a trend here??)

I am not uncomfortable or anything, but I am really praying she comes on her own. I really, really do not want to be induced (ever) again. I don't plan to labor at home as long this time once active labor begins because I feel like it will go quickly. (Then again, my "gut feelings" haven't exactly been spot on so who even knows.) If I could pick an ideal time, it'd be during the day so I could get the boys somewhere without having to wake anyone up in the middle of the night to come stay with them. But at this point, I'm not picky.

We are all VERY ready to meet her! Jase is starting to ask lots of questions and is way more interested in her. He is also anxious for me to sign him up for some 5Ks and really wants me to be able to run with him again. Kade has been extra loving with me too. If anyone asks, they say they aren't excited about a girl, but I can't WAIT to see them with her. I love hearing them talk about her and try to help us name her sister. (Jon said a big fat NO. Me and the boys both want another baby though. Jase wants to name her Elizabeth.)
I reread my birth stories from the boys. God is so good! I've had 3 completely different labor/delivery experiences, so I sorta feel like that makes me the ideal patient, right? I mean, I know that every labor is different and am open for whatever it takes to get her here safely. Ideally I want another natural, vaginal birth. I definitely want to avoid anesthesia if I can until I can do more research (after learning anesthesia can affect you differently if you have the MTHFR gene mutation, which I do.) My easiest recovery was after Beau.

Here are my birth stories with the boys. I'm so grateful I typed them out because there are SO many details I definitely would have forgotten!
Meeting Jase
Meeting Kade
Meeting Beau

My Symptoms: I can't think of anything. I feel good. Very thankful for a healthy pregnancy. (After I typed that, I remembered...holy moody! I feel way more easily irritated than normal, so I'm just keeping my mouth shut & ask the Lord to fill me with JOY, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, & self-control.)

Maternity Clothes: Temps dropped this week and I wore some of my favorite maternity jeans. It's cool in the mornings and evenings but still hot during the day. Feels SO good outside! Mostly wearing leggings & t-shirts, & then dresses to church on Wed & Sunday.

Movement: Sometimes I forget & think "uh oh, have I felt her move?" But when I pay attention, she's moving plenty. She definitely moves the most at night time. I'm hoping that isn't an indication of how it'll be after she's born...

Sleep: I've been taking naps the last few days (when I can) because I wake up at 3:15 every morning to pee, and then wake up at 5ish for the day. I'm normally a 7:30ish (or later) kinda gal, & I personally think waking up that early is for the birds! Ha!! Sleeping okay.

Cravings: Popsicles. And anything sweet. Definitely been feeling more hungry lately.

Supplements: Still taking & LOVING IDLife.

Nutrition: I've slacked up a little these last couple weeks. Definitely need to tighten up. Eating more junk than I normally would (because when someone brings you donut minis or a Chik-Fil-A biscuit, you eat it, right?). 

Work Outs: Mostly walking. I did take a body pump class last week and did some body weight squats and upper body stuff yesterday, but mostly walking. That's when I feel the most "action."

Goals for next week: Have a baby!!! Been meaning to ask how long they'll let the cord pulse before cutting it but I keep forgetting. Hopefully I get to find out live and in person before I get a chance to ask at another appointment.

Sibling Comparisons:
40 Weeks with Jase
40 Weeks with Kade
40 Weeks with Beau

What I’m praying about: Still praying I go into labor on my own, make it to the hospital in plenty of time, and we have a God-ordained staff of medical professionals who have the wisdom and minds of Christ. Praying it's quick (but not too quick) and we have a perfectly healthy baby and mama. Praying for a natural birth free of any interventions, and that I will be Christlike to everyone I come into contact with.

Praise Report: A couple weeks ago Jonathan and I were driving after church to his uncle's funeral where he was going to be a pall bearer. We were in the left lane and came over the top of a hill where traffic was dead stopped. He locked it up (as did all the cars in front of him and behind him) and looked to see if he could get over to avoid rear ending the guy in front of him or getting rear ended by the guy behind us. Unfortunately there were cars coming in the right lane so we couldn't get over to the right, and to the left was a median and two lanes of traffic coming from the opposite direction. We just sat there like sitting ducks and I was praying the cars behind us weren't going to hit us. You could hear tires squealing all over the place. The three cars in front of us all hit one another. The four cars behind us all hit one another. We saw pieces of vehicles flying everywhere, and it was one of the times in my life I can remember almost VISIBLY see the hand of God putting a hedge of protection around us. No one was severely injured thankfully, & I know it stunk for everyone involved, but it would have been a way bigger deal for us. We would have had to replace 4 car seats, and I probably would have had to go by ambulance to the hospital immediately. Car wrecks are always scary, but at 39 weeks, you reallly do not want to be in a wreck. I am so incredibly thankful for the Lord's hand of protection on us that day and wanted to give him praise by sharing that testimony. He is faithful!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Baby Butler #4 is 38 Weeks!!

Update: I’ve been meaning to update the blog every week since week 27, but by the time I get everybody in bed, I am SO.UNBELIEVABLY.TIRED. Sometimes I still have things I have to do after I get them in bed so I don’t always get to go right to sleep, but unfortunately blogging has been the thing I put off. (I really want to start blogging more again.)
We had a major life change happen in May that resulted in Jonathan going back to work, & at night time after dinner he does stuff for his closet business. That means I handle the boys pretty much solo all day every day, including bedtime. I am choosing a perspective of gratitude though, and truly I am SO grateful for it…for all of it. For our 3 healthy boys, for this sweet baby I’m growing, & for a ridiculously hard working hubby.
And even for the big life change (with our business), because while it was unexpected, it was definitely an answered prayer in many capacities.

But whew! It is exhausting on a pregnant mama!!

I had a chemical pregnancy in November (can’t remember if I ever posted about that) & it always throws me when the nurse comes in and they say “so 5 pregnancies, right?” God just gave me such a peace about it that it didn’t even feel like I was ever really pregnant. I got a Rhogham shot when that happened since I’m RH-, so we tested antibodies again to see if I’d have to get another (I really didn’t want another). Unfortunately I didn’t still have any so I had to get another one at one of my checkups. I had all three of the boys with me, so they had to witness me getting a shot in the booty. They all thought it was funny, but MAN, that shot hurts & leaves a bruise for weeks.

I chose to skip out on the drink for gestational diabetes testing and opted for my own way of getting the 50 g of sugar. It was actually NOT easy. (I drank some organic juice & ate some non-GMO, no artificial colors candy.) Thankfully I passed with flying colors.

Week 36 I had GBS test (which was negative, praise the Lord) & again, had the boys with me at my appointment. I just had them all stand by my head while she did it & none of them thought anything of it. Everyone is always so sweet with the boys! Beau (who is not normally a clingy kid at all) wants to sit RIGHT with me on while I’m at the doctor, & they always let him.  I have started weekly check ups since week 36 & thankfully everything looks good. I’ve been trying to meet all of the practitioners so I’m seeing someone different almost every time. The appointments are always short & sweet. They check my blood pressure. It’s always good, usually a little low…last 2 appointments my systolic has been a little higher than normal for me but still below 120, but my diastolic is always in the 60s. They check her heart (always sounds good), & then measure my fundal height. Two of the weeks I was measuring a little behind, but every other time I’ve measured right on. I’ve opted not to be checked, but probably will at our next appointment because I’ll be 39 weeks.
I actually have 39 weeks in my head as when I’ll deliver. Not sure if there is anything to that, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough! I am praying I don't go over and have to be induced again, but I’d also really love for her to stay in long enough for Jonathan to get our kitchen reno finished so i don’t have to go up and down stairs after I have the baby. (I’ve read a lot more about 4th trimester & post-partum healing, and I want to avoid stairs as much as possible to give my body time to recover and protect my pelvic floor.) Thankfully Jonathan has been working pretty much day & night to get everything done. He has SO much on his plate right now & I know it feels like a lot of pressure & probably very overwhelming. Incredibly grateful for him!!
As I've been meeting new doctors/midwives, I've made sure to tell them that I’ve experienced a good bit of variety in birthing…from a c-section because of a swollen cervical lip, to a comletely natural VBAC where I mostly labored at home, & then induction with epidural for vaginal birth (11 days overdue). I realize that as much as I would like to “be in control,” they are all different and my ultimate goal is healthy baby & mama! I've gotta be a dream patient, right? Lol! Ideally, I prefer natural/vaginal. I am believing she is going to come quick (but not too fast) and have been praying for wisdom about when to get to the hospital. I definitely want to be there in plenty of time! I also am praying my water stays in tact until it’s time (contractions are way more manageable). I have really considered a doula this time. Jonathan said me having Beau was SO stressful for him (the cord around his neck, the decels, etc.). I did ask my mom if she wants to come in this time and if my friend Erin is around, I would love for her to come in too.

Our girl is in position! I’ve gone twice for an abdominal massage with a certified nurse midwife who is licensed in abdominal therapy. My friend Katie told me about it and I LOVE going!! I feel so much looser, like I can breathe better, etc. when I leave. It is very gentle and relaxing.

We had the sweetest shower. SO thankful for the best friends and family for loving on us & for Laura and my mom for hosting! (THANK you to everyone who came! Love you all so very much!!)
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FINALLY decided how to spell her name. I wanted to order thank you cards for our nurse/doctor gifts, so I just made an executive decision. Literally, the NEXT day Jonathan said “ya know, we should just spell it _______” (& it was the opposite of what I’d just ordered, of course!). Hahha! We decided to just stick with what I chose though. I still like it both ways & would have been happy either way.

We did go out of town on a couple times to travel for business and went on two little getaways- to Greenville, SC & then to Isle of Palms. Both were so fun & a much needed time to slow down and reconnect.
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My Symptoms: Well, I’ve had LOTS of different symptoms over the last few months! Ha! There have been a couple of times I would randomly get super nauseas and throw up. Completely out of the blue. Then feel fine and go about my day. I still have some serious business varicose veins but thankfully they aren’t too painful. The round ligament pain though? Woah! When that hits, it hits super sharp and takes forever to go away. I also still have some pain near my sacrum when I stand up after laying down or sitting too long, and I literally cannot move for about 30 seconds. I have been going regularly to our chiropractor (who is Webster certified) and that is the only thing that seems to help.

As far as weight gain, I feel like I gained really quickly during my second trimester, but haven’t really gained much during my last 6 weeks or so. I’ve gained around 26-27 lbs total I think. My belly has grown though and I am measuring right on! I am DEFINITELY carrying way different this time. No torpedo!! Sometimes I wonder if it’s because I’m wearing the belly band for support? It is SO helpful and a midwife friend I talked to said she highly recommends them. It is not restrictive in any way, but provides additional (much needed) support.
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Thankfully I haven’t had any swelling at all. There was one day when we were traveling and sat in meetings for several hours that I noticed some swelling in my feet & ankles, but it went down the next day & hasn’t happened again.
My nails feel a little more thin and brittle than normal, but my hair is still growing super fast.

Week 37 I REALLY started having some contractions at nighttime. So much so that we didn’t feel comfortable with Jonathan leaving to go out of town!! (Last Saturday night I thought “this is it! I better actually pack bags!”) Eventually they stopped. I have had a few random ones, and they are usually worse at night, but nothing consistent yet.

Was JUST about to post that this is the healthiest pregnancy I’ve ever had (I haven’t even had as much as a cold), and then of course a few days ago I got a little scratchy throat & some mucous. Thankfully it’s already gone though & I don’t even know if it was enough to consider a cold. Jase had a little flare up with a stuffy nose/cough that required a few treatments. Trying to help him get over that and be completely well before our girl gets here. I honestly think it’s just all the ragweed though. Have y’all ever read this about the third week in September being “peak week?” He had a flare up this exact time last year & the year before that too. Both of the other boys have been fine thankfully.

Maternity Clothes: Allllllll the dresses!!! They are so comfy, cute, non- restrictive, & help me stay cool. Jonathan LOVES them too.
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Movement: Sistah is definitely a mover! Love feeling her! We are to the point now that I can see her actual body parts.

Sleep: It’s hit or miss. I wake up a good bit to pee, and sometimes when i move weird while sleeping I get a leg cramp. If I wake up with a leg cramp, I can bet I’ll probably be up for a good 2.5-3 hours in the middle of the night. Thankfully it hasn’t been every night, but especially in the last few weeks I’ve felt the pregnancy insomnia kick in. I’ve been waking up most days around 5-5:30ish which is super early for me. I sleep on my left side & still love ALL the pillows. Most days I don’t get to nap, but I love when I do.

Cravings: No cravings really, but I have been REALLY enjoying any type of soup. (Even though it’s still 90+ outside!)

Supplements: Still taking & LOVING IDLife.
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Nutrition: I’m to the point where I get super full very quickly so I’m eating very small meals. I try to eat clean for the most part. Tons of fruit & lots of veggies. Not eating much meat but still try to do boiled eggs & shakes. I also have a treat almost daily. (Usually it’s a few pieces of dark chocolate, or sometimes I make cookies for the boys or we go occasionally for ice cream and out local creamery.)

Changed up my breakfast to this:
Chia Pudding

Also REALLY loving this tea:

Work Outs: Still working out. 3-4 days a week most weeks. Mostly lifting (light) weights & riding the bike for about 10-15 min. Taken a few body pump and yoga classes. Walking really seems to activate Braxton Hicks & sometimes some round ligament pain.
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Goals for next week: I really just need to pack a hospital bag.
Got an ab ball (thanks to my friend Brigette for letting me borrow hers!) & it’s SO much more comfortable to sit on. I also finally got around to making the the nurse/doctor gifts…

have all the boys “big bro” t-shirts,

have her coming home outfit & some other cute outfits ready,

busted out the car seat & pack n play, washed the car seat/Boppy cover, bought the boys some gifts from EK to open at the hospital (highly recommend this if you have other littles! something an older mom friend recommended to me that has been great. makes the others feel special and connected to new baby).

SO I’m pretty sure all that’s left to do now is pack my hospital bag! I have a list of everything I need typed out in my phone.

I am still not (nor have I ever been) miserable. Everyone made me think being very pregnant during a long, hot summer would be awful, but it hasn’t been at all. The midwife that I saw last week commented on how I haven’t swollen at all. I really do love & enjoy pregnancy. I know some of that is mindset too.
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I will say though, this is the most “ready” I have ever felt at this point. The last couple weeks I was pretty moody, easily irritated, and impatient. (The hormones in a girl pregnancy are very different.) Normally I’m very pleasant and patient during pregnancy, but I told Jon I think God is trying to teach me to be more compassionate & understanding. Because honestly, I always have and still do think it’s super annoying when pregnant women complain, are super miserable and “ready to get this baby out.” I haven’t had much tolerance when they are crazy emotional/hormonal and taking it out on others (because I’ve been on the receiving end of that & it’s not cool), but I will say I “get it” now more than I ever have. It’s still not an excuse and I’m working on self control. Jon jokes with me that I “go to church every day” but I’m like, well dude, I need it! I need Jesus!

I’m tired & moody, but I still want to be loving & kind to people around me, and I won’t use pregnancy as an “excuse” to act like a brat. So thank you to everyone who has been patient with me. (Mostly my family.)
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What I’m praying about: We are in such a great routine with homeschool right now & the boys are doing SO good! I’m praying we can find a “new normal” quickly. I’m praying everyone stays healthy through these crazy months. I’m praying for a natural, vaginal delivery (smooth & quick delivery, no complications) and quick/easy recovery for me. Praying she is perfectly healthy in every way and a good eater/sleeper with a calm and sweet demeanor. Praying all the boys adjust well to life with a little sister & all of our children have a strong bond and deep love for one another. Praying for the medical staff who will help us in welcoming her. Praying others will see the light of Jesus through me, even during labor & delivery, during our hospital stay, and the post-partum months. Praying For God’s PERFECT timing for her arrival and for me to make it to the hospital in plenty of time. Praying or nursing to go well. Praying for the Lord’s financial provision. Praying for parenting wisdom as we make all kinds of choices/decisions. And THANKING the Lord for a great pregnancy, for a blessed and abundant life, for the gift of children, for amazing friends and family who have loved and supported us so well, and for the incredible man that Jonathan is.
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More than Enough

Ever felt God speaking to you through something seemingly ordinary? The other day I was at the store & saw these oil lamps & and all the extra bottles of lamp oil lining the shelves. It reminded me of the parable of ten virgins in Matthew 25.

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The parable teaches us that none of us know the day or the hour when Christ will return, so we must all be ready & prepared. 5 of the virgins (false believers) were not prepared and missed out on the bridegroom & the celebration. The other 5 virgins (born again believers) were prepared with extra oil, like that picture on the left, but only had “just enough.” There wasn’t any “extra” to share with the others who were asking for some of what they had.

Walking down the aisle of the store, I saw that first picture & how there is “just enough” lamp oil. But if you look on those shelves though, you’ll see there is access to SO MUCH MORE. What true believers...we were so focused on seeking the Lord and asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit that we are not only prepared for ourselves, but have an ABUNDANCE and OVERFLOW to be able to share with others?? (Of course one person’s faith can never save another, but we can share the Gospel message and our own testimony of his saving power with them.)

That’s what I believe the oil in the parable is referring to...the Holy Spirit. The boys & I are studying Acts & Letters of the Apostles this year in BSF, & their first week’s lesson reminded us that when the Holy Spirit comes to live in a person, he lives there forever and he never goes away. But, when people who believe in Jesus choose to sin, they lose the power of the Holy Spirit. Thankfully, when we confess sin and ask for his help, the Holy Spirit fills us again with his power. The Holy Spirit can fill us up AGAIN and AGAIN, and it is Jesus that gives us power to live for him. Sometimes, we just need more “oil.” More of the Holy Spirit. A refilling. And it’s as simple as asking God for it.

There have been seasons in my life when I wasn’t prepared.

There have been seasons in my life when I have had “just enough” to get myself by.

But, if you’ve ever experienced a season of overflow, of abundance, and of MORE THAN ENOUGH to share, you know that it is by far the sweetest of all the seasons.

Tonight, I’m praying if you don’t know the Lord personally as your Savior, that you make the best decision of your life to surrender & begin pursuing him. He will meet you wherever you are & cleanse and restore you. No matter your past or current circumstances. You don’t have to “get right” or get cleaned up before coming to the Lord. He loves you and desires for you to come just as you are.

Tonight, I’m praying if you’re in a season of “just enough,” or if you’re in a place where sin has quenched the Holy Spirit’s power in your life, that you’re able to confess & turn from it. That you draw near to Him because thankfully he promises to draw near to you when you do. That you asked to be filled AGAIN.

And tonight, I’m praying if you’re in a season of overflow, that he gives you a supernatural boldness to share what this lost & dying world so desperately needs...& what we have the remedy for. The oil. A loving Savior.

Because no one knows the day or the hour...& there is nothing more important than being prepared for the bridegroom’s return.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"Raising Men Not Boys" Book Club

Hey moms of boys...
This is for YOU!
I read this book a while back and it's one of the BEST parenting books I've read when it comes to raising sons.
It's faith-based, it's practical, it's thought provoking, & it's relevant. 
I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I finally decided to do an on online "book club" where we will meet virtually on Sunday nights to discuss it. We'll read 2 chapters each week and we'll have a private FB group where I'll post a Zoom link for each week's gathering. (So it's FREE other than buying the book!) Each week we will share our thoughts/questions/challenges etc. & we'll be praying for each other and our sons. Our final week, I'll gather questions ahead of time and we'll have some of my fave boy moms (of grown sons) on to share some insight & wisdom with us.
By the way...Today is Amazon PRIME day! If you have Amazon Prime, I want to encourage you to go order this book ASAP (whether you can join the book club or not). **I think you can use the code PRIMEBOOK19 to save $5 off a purchase of $15 or more on books. Great time to stock up on some books!
We are starting THIS Sunday (7/21), so if you do plan to join us you'll want to go ahead and order ASAP to get it in and be able to read the first two chapters! Moms of boys ANY age are invited to join us (one of the chapters is all about raising teenage sons), so feel free to pass this along or invite a boy mama.
Here's the link to buy Raising Men Not Boys.

Here's the link to request to join the FB group.

 I'm so EXCITED to do this with all of you!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Baby Butler #4 is 26 Weeks

I can't believe I'm already 6.5 months! This is flying by and I know it'll be October before we know it. My official due date is October 11th, and we can't wait to welcome our sweet baby girl to the mix!

My Symptoms: I can feel that my SI joint is out of whack (probably because I always sit with my left foot under me), so I just bought a package to start seeing the chiropractor more regularly. They are certified in the Webster technique, which I recommend when seeing a chiro during pregnancy. (I personally go to help keep everything in line & totally trust our chiropractors.)

I randomly threw up this week for the first time this entire pregnancy. We met my mom for lunch, & I grabbed a garbage bag out of the back of the car on the way there because I just KNEW I was going to yack. (I was nauseous off and on until week 16ish but never threw up.) Sure enough while we were eating, I had to run to the bathroom and I puked my brains out. Once and done! Not sure what happened exactly? 

I get SUPER full to the point that it is very uncomfortable when I eat, so eating smaller meals more frequently and trying not to overdo it because I feel like my stomach with bust!

Still wearing a wrap (you can see it in some of my pics) to help support the umbolical hernia. Probably need to be wearing some compression stockings/socks to support these gorgeous varicose veins I'm rockin. 

Other than that, I really am feeling good and I'm very thankful! No swelling and I'm not miserable the way everyone acts like I should be during the summer. I am feeling more content with this being our last baby though. (Did you ever think you'd hear me say that?) I am just tired & Jonathan says it pretty much every day, so it'd have to be the Lord's plan and a heart change (especially for Jon) for us to have another.

Appointment: Everything looked great at my appointment. I met a new doctor and he was very nice and personable. EK had a strong heartbeat. I was only measuring 22 weeks when I laid back (even though I'm actually 24). Blood pressure was good. Next appointment is my glucose, so I'm looking into options for that besides the glucose drink. I try not to be "that girl" too often, but I'm just not comfortable with it after reading some of the ingredients. I'll prob do the jelly bean deal with some non-GMO jelly beans. 

Maternity Clothes: Yes! All the dresses. Wearing mostly workout clothes during the week. (I have maternity workout leggings from Target that are super comfy.)
Movement: Our girl is wild just like her brothers were! Sometimes it tickles or catches me off guard. Girlfriend is strong already! Love the sweet little reminders. (And trying to peel back on caffeine after learning from my DNA kit that I am a slow metabolizer of caffeine.)

Sleep: Meh. Sleeping okay. Toss and turn all the time. Older two boys wake me up sometimes. Get up to pee. 

Cravings: Watermelon & s'mores!
Supplements: Taking the BEST pre-natals I've found on the market, and they are custom made for me by IDLife. I'm taking a multi, probiotic, omega 3, D3, folate, iron, & magnesium. Still doing bone broth protein + an unflavored collagen in the mornings & taking a B complex since I found out I do in fact have the MTHFR gene mutation as well as FUT2.

Nutrition: Definitely need to step my veggie/smoothie/juicing game back up!
Work Outs: I have been feeling really strong during my workouts the past couple of weeks...once I get going that is (it takes me a minute), I took my first yoga class this pregnancy and LOVED it! I always forget how much I love yoga till I do it.

Best Pregnancy Moment This Week: Well it definitely WASN'T when the very overweight man at the gym asked me when my twins were due. Lol! Really, it's probably that I've reached the phase of pregnancy where I am CLEARLY very pregnant and everyone wants to talk to me about it. Most people say normal stuff, but sometimes I run into the people with limited communication skills who want to say something and just don't know WHAT to they say something borderline rude/inappropriate. I enjoy meeting new people and a sweet new blessing is always a great conversation starter. I love seeing people's face when they ask if it's my first. Ummmmm, not quite. ;)

Really though, some highlights have been seeing some friends whom I ADORE & haven't seen in forever!!

LOVED seeing this sweet BFF!!! P.S. She started a podcast! Go check out "You're Not Alone!"

Celebrated this beauty at her shower for sweet Vada Jae! Isn't that the cutest name?? 

Loved having these awesome house guests all the way from Michigan!

Special trip to Montgomery to speak at a nutrition seminar with these friends!

Fun making memories on the lake with alllllll our boys!

Celebrated this sweet lady's baptism! She and I got our specialist's degrees together. Such an honor to be part of this special day with her.

Goals for next week: Drink more water! Obviously there is a trend this pregnancy. Thankful for Hydrate! It's pretty much the only thing keeping me from being dehydrated since I can't seem to make myself drink water. (We made a shift in our house to some products that are GMO free, soy free, gluten free, and have no artificial colors/sweeteners etc.)

Siblings Pregnancy Comparisons:
26 Weeks with Jase

Week 24 with Kade
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Week 24-30 with Beau