Thursday, November 27, 2014

28 Week Update

We have been busy preparing for Thanksgiving. We had our annual treasure hunt and special rolls with thankful notes hidden inside. It was a really nice day. It made my heart happy. Everyone had a great time. The kids said their favorite part was the treasure hunt. Justin's favorite part was the nice long nap. My favorite part was when Justin and I were in the kitchen cooking, and the kids were at the table coloring.

I went back to the Dr. The other day. My cough started to worsen again. Not only do I have a cough but my ribs are in some serious pain. I'm only able to sleep in one position. The Dr. prescribed me some more medicine. I have never taken this much medicine in all my pregnancies combined. It really freaks me out. The cough is starting to subside a bit. My ribs are still hurting, but they are not quite as bad. On a good note my back is doing well right now! Jada has been waiting patiently to feel Jackson move. He is most active at night so she hasn't been able to feel him, until the other day. She was so happy to be able to feel him move. It was really sweet.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Snow Day

The kids woke up the other morning to our first snow of the season. They were uncontrollably excited. It took quite a while to finally get all the snow clothes out and separated. Of course some gloves had gone missing. Finally after what probably felt like an eternity to the kids they were all bundled up and ready to go outside. Jameson was not having it. At first he really tried to like it, but the cold was just too uncomfortable. Inside he came. The rest stayed outside building a snow fort and having snowball fights with Dad. They had such a great time. I wish I would have been able to join them, but my lungs still weren't feeling great. So, Jameson and I sat inside the warm house watching everyone.

When Things Don't Go As Planned

It has been a rough few weeks. Out of no where I developed a cough. It seemed innocent enough. Not bad. Then it got worse and worse. I went to the Dr shortly after the cough started, and he prescribed me a few things. However, the cough kept getting worse. Soon I wasn't even able to talk or walk with out having a coughing fit. One night was so bad all I could think was that if this gets any worse I am literally not going to be able to breath. Justin contacted the midwife and Dr. the next morning.  We were able to get a hold of the midwife first. She prescribed us some more things including antibiotics. The next morning was the first morning I actually felt a little better instead of worse. It's been over a week since I've taken the antibiotics and I still feel week and am still trying to shake the cough. That was hands down the sickest I have ever been, not including the times I had my gallbladder and appendix removed. I've had bronchitis before and this was much worse. Justin ended up taking three work days off work, not including weekends, to stay home to take care of the kids and me. When I was finally able to take care of myself, my mother in law took the kids during the day for us. After all this, I am so thankful for my health. I am also thankful no one else got sick.

Other than that, this pregnancy seems to be going well. The heart murmur has started back up, but I'm not having tons of palpitations. It is hard to catch my breath when I go to lay down, but I'm not sure if that's from the cough, the pregnancy or my heart. I'm am just over 27 weeks now. I should have about 11 more weeks left, if I deliver early like I have with all my other pregnancies. I am ready to be done. Although labor is one of my biggest fears.

The kids are doing great. Getting bigger and smarter every day. I just love them so much. I missed them terribly when I was sick. I am glad to be back to taking care of them. Josiah is doing great with school. I'm planning on finishing up first grade before the baby is born. His reading skills are improving more and more everyday. It's very exciting! After the baby arrives, and when I feel up to it, Josiah will start second grade. I will also start Jada on the Learning to Read program from CLE. 

Jada is eager for the baby to arrive. She keeps trying to feel the baby move, but hasn't felt anything yet. Soon though! She likes to talk to him and touch my belly. She loves taking care of Jameson. She thinks it's the greatest when I let her change his diaper and get him dressed. Jameson will often look for her in the mornings, because he know she will play with him. It's so sweet. She use to be really into cats, but now she wants a bird that can talk. I told her when she is twelve she can start saving up for one. 

Juliet is getting more and more excited about the baby. She talks about how she is going to hold him. She assures me she will not let Jameson hold the baby though. Every time I have a Dr. appointment, she asked if I am going to be bringing the baby back. She is our little smiley. She generally has a smile on. She is such a nut, she kills me.

Jameson is getting smarter and more active by the day. If I can't find something, I ask him if he knows where it is at. He can generally find it, only because he watched me or one of the other kids put the item there earlier and remembered. He is still not talking, but he is active and smart. He keeps me on my toes.

She is a nut!

I took my eye off him for one second.

She has a lizard by her neck. She just loves those creatures.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Little Get Away

A month or so ago we were able to go on a little get away with the kids for a few days. We just went to a city a few hours away. It was a much needed get away. I planned as many fun things as I could, and I think everybody had a lot of fun.

As soon as we got into the city, Justin and I had a few errands we needed to run. As soon as we were done, we headed to the hotel. The excitement was brutal. We managed to get checked in and our many pieces of luggage, and kids hauled up to the room. After we were settled, we headed to Chucky Cheese. This was the kids first time there! We were met by two of the cousins. That was very helpful! We ate the mediocre pizza and were off to play games. A nice gentleman and his son gave us all their tokens when they left. It was a huge amount of tokens, so we ended up not purchasing very many tokens. Between all the tickets the cousins and kids won, each little one was able to get a prize. The kids had a blast!

After a long night at the hotel, next up was the zoo and aquarium. We arrived at the zoo first but ended up taking the train over to the aquarium to view it first. The aquarium was nearly empty. It was so nice. The kids enjoyed looking at all the different exhibits. We went ahead and ate lunch there before heading back to the zoo on the train.

By the time we arrived back at the zoo, I was starting to loose steam. I know the kids were too.  We may have skipped a few exhibits. We made sure to view all the kids favorites though. After touring the zoo, we piled into the car and drove around a bit until dinner time. All the kids fell asleep right away. I may have too. We met up with Auntie and the cousins for dinner, then headed back to the hotel for another long night.

The next morning we headed to a fun place that had tons of harvest activities for the kids. We again met up with Auntie and the cousins. It always more fun when Auntie is there.  I will say the rest in pictures.
We had a really nice time!

I really thought I took more photos than I did, so these will just have to work.

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