Feb 1, 2017

It's Baby Month! 38 Week Bumpdate!

Ah, February is finally here!!

I had an appointment last week and ended up getting sent down for an ultrasound to make sure he was still head down, because she wasn't completely sure. A tad nervous for a second, but he is! I've never had an ultrasound so late in pregnancy so I enjoyed it! I had her double check he was really a boy ;) and got to watch him practice breathing with his lungs! I'm pretty sure he's going to have a bit of hair too!



Weight Gain: 24ish lbs.

Cravings: still fruit! Lots of fresh fruit and/or smoothies!

Watching: Last week I watch "The Business of Being Born" on Netflix. And when hubby isn't home I've been watching an episode or two at night of "Call the Midwife" on Netflix!

Problems/Issues: sleeping is just horrible now. He is very active at night so it is hard for me to fall asleep until he does... then there is the constant tossing and turning, waking up to pee... etc etc! I'm starting to wonder if I will get more sleep when he gets here! ;)

That and the fact most of clothes are starting to not fit.. hubby's sweats to the rescue! ;)

I have been practicing hypnobirthing this pregnancy and it really has been helpful to relax throughout the day and to fall asleep faster at night. I am hoping I can keep focused during labor. You can read a bit about hypnobirthing HERE if you haven't heard of it. In other countries it is a common  practice for pregnant mothers (along with having homebirths), although uncommon here in the USA.

Last minute check list DONE!
  • purchased his infant carseat last week so now he can officially come when he is ready! We do baby-wearing so I also purchased myself a Moby Wrap which will come in hand while he is small and something I can wear him around the house in.
  • hospital bag is packed!
  • birth plan written up and went over with hubby to refresh his memory !
  • pre-registered at hospital

a gift from our friends! .. I think I'm going to hang that card up in the boys' room!


We are pretty much ready for him! Although I am getting a bit nervous along with the excitement. Thankfully hubby is a great helper, but I know there will be a shift/adjustment in our family.


Jan 18, 2017

5 Ways That Have Helped Me Become a More Productive SAHM

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Between having a husband that travels for work, homeschooling, housework, meals, and being pregnant (baby #4), I've been trying to find ways to help me keep on top of daily life and get more stuff done.



Here are 5 ways I've Become a More Productive Stay at Home Mom:

1. Start the night before!


  • A clean kitchen-- for me, it's a mental thing. I cannot go to bed with dishes on the counter (clean or dirty). When I walk into the kitchen in the morning I can go straight into making breakfast.
  • Decide breakfast the night before. Just deciding has been a help! It may seem a little too simple I know, but try it! And at least once a week I make baked oatmeal in the evening and pop it in the fridge for a bake and serve breakfast.
  • Lay out {my} clothes. Since we homeschool, I don't have the kids lay out their clothes on a daily basis unless we need to be somewhere early in the morning. The big kids (6,5) can reach all of their clothes and they get dressed by themselves after breakfast.

2. I get dressed shortly after waking up.
  • I have been getting dressed before breakfast. I find that I don't "lounge" around as much and can jump right into making breakfast and start my day.
  • After breakfast and getting things cleaned up and toddler dressed is when I finishing getting ready- contacts, make up, hair, etc. The kids are usually content and start playing without much bother to me. Melanie (2) usually ends up in the bathroom with me and she will brush her teeth and then play in the sink while I get finish getting ready. Now, somedays I do just throw my hair in a bun and put my contacts in, but I find if I get ready I can rush out the door on last minute errands without worrying about not being ready.
** I know a lot of people talk highly and suggest getting up before the kids, but my kids are naturally early risers (up by 6:30) and with a baby coming in less than a month it just isn't going to happen for my season of life.



3. Make a daily task list.



I'm a list maker, ask my husband! He kindly reminds me to add things to my grocery list and will make sure I write myself a note if there is something he needs me to remember. No shame here!  With that said, I usually have a list of stuff I want to get done/errands to run/menu plans etc. for the week ahead. When looking at the list(s) as a whole, it can get overwhelming, so everyday I choose 3-5 tasks to get done for the day.
Examples:
  • vacuum out the van
  • paint nails with the girls
  • sweep and mop hardwood floors
  • bake bread
  • go to library
  • wash kitchen towels
  • pack hospital bag

4. Meal prep mid afternoon.



Orange Cranberry Muffins

I aim to get homeschool done in the morning so afternoons are free for the kids to play. Except for the occasional (ahem) sibling fight I can get a good start in the kitchen.  I have been spending more time in the kitchen either making an extra batch of dinner or making something else to pop in the freezer (post coming!) to bless my future self when baby boy comes ;)  I really like doing this and I may keep it up 1-2x a week after we get settled in with baby.

nacho/taco salad night -- my kids love this AND it's easy!! #momwin

I know in my house it feel like chaos starts as soon as I need to start dinner, but since doing this afternoon prep I haven't been stressed or upset with the interruption due to not being on a dinner 'time crunch.' Dinner has been served on time (or early) and less after-dinner rush to get baths, books, and bedtime.
  • make energy balls or as my kids call them, chocolate balls for dessert or tomorrow's snack
  • chop veggies for dinner (taco night: wash produce/chop tomatoes/shred cheese)
  • double check that nothing needs unthawed
  • prep & stick in fridge until you need to put it in the oven (casseroles or lasagna) -- make a double batch, label, and put it in the freezer
  • even if it's an easy meal putting the pans on the stove and dry ingredients out on the counter helps!

5. Stop being a slave to your phone.

It's amazing how much "more time" I seem to have these days. Not only that, but I found that I was getting irritated with my kids interrupting me because I was more interested in my Facebook feed than their needs.

notebooks from Target dollar spot and phone case from Etsy

  • turn off the push notifications, especially with sound. I wasn't even realizing the constant noise all day long until hubby made comments about how my phone was ALWAYS making noise. My kids are more important than FB feed and an email telling me about a sale and Instagram thread.
  • If I happen to come across an article I want to read I will open it in a new tab, if I don't have interrupted time to read it right then I can come back to it later in the day.
  • I enjoy YouTube, but I stopped sitting on couch with my phone in my hand. I now watch it while I'm cooking, or folding laundry, getting ready for the day, or after the kids go to bed.
  • stop taking my phone with me to the toilet. I knew this was a problem when Melanie was starting to potty train and insisted on grabbing her toy phone in order to sit on the potty. yeah, I know you don't have to tell me.
  • My phone is kept in the kitchen during homeschool now. I will go get it to look something up (homeschool related) or to take a picture and send to hubby but that's it. Besides the kids, my morning coffee is the only other thing that has my attention ;)
  • If I watch a movie or tv show before bed, wifi gets turned off for the night and my phone gets put up.
  • I now have pockets of time during the day to do other fun things like: drink a hot cup of tea, read a chapter or two, snuggle on the couch and read an extra book to the kids, make a phone call without multi tasking, or an extra minute to clean the ever-dirty toilet.... totally your choice :)
  • If I'm out with the kids, like Library Storytime for example, I'm in the moment. I don't sit there scrolling through my phone. If I expect them to pay attention, I need to lead by example.

I've been implementing these for the last few weeks and it's really been helpful. If I can get more done at 36 weeks pregnant, so can you!! 

Come back and leave me a comment, email me (findingfaithsfuture@gmail.com) or message me on Instagram on your progress! And feel free to leave a comment here with your productive tips!!


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Jan 9, 2017

34 weeks pregnant: baby #4

Ah, less than 6 weeks left. I almost can't believe it, but then again I sure am feeling it these days!



Weight gain: 20lbs  I'm on target weight-wise but I do feel like I'm carrying the weight pretty much in my belly. This may perhaps be the healthiest/fittest pregnancy and I think that is because  our eating habits have gotten better in the last few years. The only cravings I continue to have really is fresh fruit and/or smoothies.

Baby is the size of muskmelon  (our babies have all weighed 7 lbs)

Name: Yes, he has a name. His name was already in my heart before we found out we were pregnant with him and knew he was a boy.

We went through our hospital walkthrough last week. Although I have delivered there before it makes me more comfortable having a refresher tour. I also pre-registered online following the tour which I highly recommend! No woman wants to come into the hospital and have to sit and be asked a bunch of questions about insurance and if you have the same address in between contractions...

Fail : bought a going home outfit... only to realize AFTER washing that I bought preemie size instead of newborn.

The farther along I get, the less space this girl gives me!


We have pretty much all we need except to buy a new infant carseat. Hubby has been doing research on a bassinet and I would like to purchase a Moby Wrap or other woven baby wrap.

TO DOs  this week: write out birth plan ( the hospital doesn't supply that paperwork anymore so I will make my own via research and our wishes)  and write out a list and start packing our hospitals bags.

Worries: My only worry is that hubby is suppose to start working in a new location.... 5+ hours away. Although I worry, none of my other 3 labors have been less than 8 hours so...I'll just keep praying he comes when daddy is home! Hubby made a passing comment he will come early, so we shall see!

 


Jan 5, 2017

My 2017 Word


Well hello there!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas break and a good start to 2017!

Hubby is back to work after a week+ break and the kids think it's funny to test mommy on what they can get away with, so I'm having fun times over here. * eye roll*

I love Christmas break not only because of Christmas per se, but we get quality family time, projects done, enjoy 24/7 hubby/daddy time, and we always have good conversations about the year coming up and goals and dreams and plans.

It's definitely refreshing. And fun things like this happen ;)

I haven't really ever done New Years resolutions but last year I chose the word: Enjoy.  I can't say I stuck with it all year but I did try to remember to stop and enjoy the little moments with the kids, 'enjoy' the stresses of a stay at home mom with a hubby that travels vs the alternative. I thought about and decided that I did want to have another word to focus on but to make it a purposeful one that I contemplate on a regular basis, not just one I forget about in February.

My word this year is Grow.. and truly in every area of my life. I want to grow my relationship with each child (including baby boy in Feb), my Spiritual walk, the foundation of my marriage and as a wife, I want to grow certain talents without giving up when things get hard, and grow our knowledge of healthy living.

Just to name a few things ;)



I'm kicking off the year with a few books, book recommendations welcome! I have a few 'fun' reads on my library wish list too.


Dec 6, 2016

My husband is a great gift giver but...



My husband is probably the best gift giver I have ever known ( I AM lucky!) but he is the WORST at waiting or keeping the surprise a secret!!!

So.... I know all of my Christmas presents already. Some actually showed up on Friday, so I have already started to enjoy them! .. This year I actually came up with a Christmas list, which did make his job a little easier. I like practical every-day items.  And the fact he saved us some money but making the purchases over the Thanksgiving holiday. extra win!



I got to say, he did goooood this year, as always! He got it good this year too, as we picked up his present on Friday ... a new TV for the living room. Which took us a hot minute to get it set up and mounted on the wall. The kids played well, while  we were trying to get it figured out and ended up eating cereal for dinner... but no one complained ;)

And then Saturday I made up for it by breaking my Dutch Oven with my first pot roast! Both were a success. I used a mixture of this recipe and this one, if you are interested!



I think all of the presents have been ordered..   Now to focus on our Christmas bucket list. Our two big things are gingerbread houses and going to see Christmas lights.

Is your hubby a good gift giver? Do you know what you are getting? Holiday shopping done yet?

Nov 28, 2016

Thanksgiving weekend recap

Thanksgiving turned out wonderful. We traveled to PA and I didn't have to cook a thing!

My grandma and aunt made all the traditional Thanksgiving foods with a few extras and it was a hit. I think all the kids had seconds or thirds!

We got to visit with my grandma, dad and step mom, all my sisters, aunt and uncle... lots of laughs and stories!

The kids did really good traveling but were quite tired, as was I, throughout the trip and since we've been home!

It was a quick 2 day trip but much needed. We snuck in some pictures since we were all together and I still need to get them emailed to everyone .

When we got home Calvin and I snuck off to do some Christmas browsing and a had a little date while discussing Christmas gifts and purchased our Christmas tree .. I'm usually ahead of the game, but not this year! I have only purchased two presents so far!



Christmas decorating in progress!!


Nov 15, 2016

Monday was good to me


The time change was suppose to give us an hour, right? Well something happened and my kids LOST 2 hours!?!?!!. Which means I have been getting a 5:30 am wake up call.  Ah, well. The kids are currently drawing at the big table and I have water heating on the stove for my coffee.

My husband is the early bird, he always has been. I do have to agree when I get up early I get more things accomplished. Yesterday I had everything done before lunch (except one load of laundry I chose not to fold that is currently in the dryer). And Mel took a morning nap instead of her afternoon nap which was a big help also. And I got to have a little midmorning rest:

new slipper socks from Muk-Luks - so soft and warm, perfect gift for Christmas!


It really is good for me though. I got to play a game with the kids, we watched one episode of Chopped on Netflix, and I read them a book. Dare I say I'm starting to like these early mornings? Haha. 3pm rolled around and I felt like it should have been 5 or 6 o'clock!

I am also realizing I'm on my phone a whole lot less these days which means I'm "finding" pockets of time to read a book myself, play with the kids, or just sit down and enjoy watching the kids play.. or them play with baby brother. I have seen the awe in the 'big' kids' eyes on seeing a new baby(mel) but I cannot wait to see Melanie. She loves to shake my belly and tell him to 'wake up - breakfast" as she says. I want savor these moments forever!  I'm sure she'll be excited to 'play' with him!


Oh, and early bedtimes are my jam! ... I have read before that the more hours you get to bed before midnight the better you sleep?! I don't know if that's true, but when 9 p.m. hits, my body makes me feel like it's midnight! But I really am sleeping better, even with my pregnancy aches and baby boy's nighttime party kicks.

I think I may keep this routine :)