Saturday, August 25, 2012

So Tiny~17.5 Weeks Ultrasound Pics

We had our ultrasound yesterday and I am constantly amazed at the technology.  How can they get pictures of so many different things when Baby is so little?  He/She weighed in at a whopping 7 ounces and it's femur measured only 2.5 cm long and yet it is perfectly formed!  In case you are wondering, we do know what we are having...we just aren't ready to share that information.



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Today's Goal: Kids Clothing Overhaul

While I have been thankful for our over-abundance of clothing while I have been sick and not doing laundry, now that I have it all washed and put away I am realizing just how much overkill it is.  We have far too many clothes to even really "fit" into the space God has provided for them.  I;m going to venture to say that the issue is not the storage space that has been provided for our family, but the fact that we have too much.  I am not going to mess with my clothes or Dan's today because mine right now includes several sizes and several seasons of maternity clothing which will naturally diminish over the next few months as this pregnancy progresses.  And my husband is not thrilled with the idea of me going through his clothes and I can respect that. I am going to tackle the kids' clothes.  I am going to keep out their summer wardrobes for a little longer.  But I am hoping to get that all sorted through and maybe make it to the garage and get their fall/ winter wardrobes ready to bring in in a month or so.  Below, you will find a list of what I am going to keep.

Boys (After Potty Training)

1 pr work/ play jeans
5 prs jeans/ cargo/ camo pants in decent condition
1 pr sweat pants
2-3 pr dress pants (black, tan, and maybe blue)
3 pr seasonally appropriate pajamas
2-3 pr shorts (summer)
5-7 dress shirts (button-up/ polo...seasonally appropriate)
7-10 shirts (tees or long sleeve tees)
1-2 dress sweaters
2 sweatshirts
a reasonable number of socks, underwear, and under shirts)

Before Potty Training: Same as above but with 2-3 more pants amd maybe a pair or two more pajamas

Girls (After Potty Training)

5 skirts for daily use
1 pr sweat pants
3 pr seasonally appropriate pajamas/ night gowns
3 "dressy" dresses
5-7 dresses
7-10 tops (seasonally appropriate)
2 sweatshirts
2-3 each pull over sweaters/ button up sweaters
5 pr neutral leggings for under dresses/ skirts
1 slip
a reasonable number of socks, underwear, under shirts, and tights)

Before Potty Training: Same as above but with 2-3 more skirts or dresses and maybe a pair or two more pajamas

How do you decide how many clothing items your family needs?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Menu Plan August 15-31

When I do my meal planning, I only plan dinners.  Usually breakfast is just cereal or bagels, waffles or fruit, etc.  I add those things along with lunch staples (or we have leftovers for lunch) to my shopping list, but I don't technically plan for them.

8/15-Chicken Scampi
8/16-Beef and Noodles in Gravy over Mashed Potatoes with a veggie
8/17-Hobo Casserole in Crock Pot
8/19-Leftovers (lunch with grandparents)
8/20-Tater Tot Casserole in Crock Pot
8/21-Ham, potatoes, veggie
8/22-Grilled Ham-n-cheese with Tomato Soup
8/23-Fast Casserole
8/24-Out to Eat
8/26-Picnic Lunch-Leftovers for Dinner
8/28-Roast Chicken
8/29-Chicken with white sauce and broccoli over pasta
8/30-Meatloaf in crock pot, potatoes, veggie

The days that are left blank are the days that we will be in PA.  For now, we are travelling to go to church and if there is something else going on in our extended family (like our nephew's first birthday party this weekend) we stay with Dan's mom for the weekend.  It really isn't ideal but it is the only choice we have until we can afford to move closer to family and church family.  Also, we are planning on going out to eat on the 24th because we have our ultrasound that day and it's a tradition to go out to eat to celebrate.  Hopefully in the next couple of days I will be able to get out and get my shopping done!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The First Day of School and Why a Schedule Should be on My Refrigerator and Not Just in My Head!

We started school officially yesterday!  Yay!  The plan ordinarily would be to wait until closer to the beginning of september, but with a baby due in the middle of the school year, we knew we would have to make up some time somewhere. 

This year, Alex is in second grade and Elizabeth, though only 4, is starting "kindergarten."  It didn't seem to make sense to do a preschool curriculum with her since so much of what is in a preschool curriculum is included in kindergarten as well.  We may take this slowly and make it last 2 years or we may just go at her pace and sort of forget grade levels.  We'll see!

The first day of school was NOT ideal.  We were all up and actually got school done for the day by 10 AM..then rushed out the door to head to my doctor's appointment.  There were good things to it, though.  I set the kiddos' new school supplies out by their seats at breakfast which inspired them to get to work quickly.  Once we were in town, they were able to spend an hour and a half at the park with my mom and then we had lunch at Chick-Fil-A.  So, it was made special even if chaotic.

Before I discovered that were going to be adding a baby to our family, we had gotten into a really good schedule.  Unfortunately, morning sickness has a way of allowing things to "just happen" and we are really suffering from the chaos recently.  I have been thinking a lot of how I want our schedule to work, but I haven't taken the time to actually put any of it on paper.  Needless to say, "mind schedules" don't work too well.  For one thing, I have enough on my mind that a lot of the time our schedule ends up pushed to the back amidst forgotten things like algebraic equations and the periodic table.  Also, even if I have an idea of how I want the day to go, no one else in the house does.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately sometimes?), none of them can read my mind.  So, in the next few days, I am hoping to set aside some time...maybe while my little ones get a firm schedule in place.  Wish me luck!

Where I have Been

Those of you who know me in the "real world" already know where I've been and what has been occupying my time.  But, this post is for those of you who don't know me apart from cyber-space and think I dropped off the face of the earth!

We were so thankful in early June to discover that we are expecting Baby #5!!!  We feel so amazed that God has chosen to bless us again, even while feeling overwhelmed.  The first couple of weeks after we found out that this baby is on his/ her way were wonderful, but soon the "morning sickness" hit...hard!  I'm not exactly sure who decided it should be called morning sickness, but I would like to meet them at about 4 in the afternoon during my first trimester!  For me, nothing helps to alleviate the nausea, although I.V. fluids do help the massive migrains I get from dehydration.  At 7 weeks, a perigestation hemorrhage was discovered and one doctor actually told me I had virtually no chance of keeping this baby.  We have had 3 ultrasounds now and are keeping a close eye on the bleed, but it seems to be shrinking and I am praying that it won't be visible during the next ultrasound at the end of the month.

So, here I am at almost 16 weeks, still nauseous, but able to eat willingly.  I lost about 30 pounds during the last two months, but my appointment with my OB/GYN yesterday showed that I weigh exactly the same as I did 3 weeks ago, so I am thinking that the worst is definitely behind me. 

My goals now include reclaiming my house (2 months worth of cleaning and organizing takes a while to catch up on!) and settling into our homeschooling routine!

What have you been up to for the last couple of months?