First Baby Purchase - 12 Weeks (Baby #5)



It's Week 12, which means we are almost out of the first trimester!  This is particularly exciting for me this time around, since pregnancy fatigue has really knocked me out the last couple of months.  I'm really looking forward to (hopefully) feeling more energetic.  Please pray with me that my energy really does come back.  Some people have freaked me out by suggesting I'll be this tired all the way through this time, which I refuse to believe - think positive!





I've been feeling more productive over the last week, which has been refreshing.  I've realized that I really can't stay up past 9:00 PM with this baby if I want to be functional and in a reasonably good mood the next day.  It's almost impossible to get to bed by 9 every night, especially in the coming week because I have so many mom's nights out, and an end-of-year party for my church's mom's group.  My plan is to implement the same strategy I mentioned a couple weeks ago, which is to stumble out of bed the next morning when the kids arise  (i.e. at sunrise), stick in a movie, and stumble back to bed for another hour of sleep.  Perhaps I should feel bad about this, but I don't.  Not even a little bit.

This week I've been finding myself particularly excited about this baby.  I've been having days where I feel normal, and I almost forget I'm pregnant...and then when I remember, I grin at the thought of snuggling a sweet newborn all my own in a few short months!  It just strikes me every now and then how blessed I am to get to do this again, to greet a new little life, and feel a baby stirring in my stomach again, and hold a squishy newborn with a sweet head tucked under my chin again.  I'm excited!


Shirt: Target
Shoes: Rack Room Shoes
Pants: Forever21
Sweater with snap buttons:  (affiliate link) Jane.com 
(I just love Jane! They have so many cute things at a discount.)
Gold "chainmail" headband: Charming Charlie (referral link for $10 off $40!)


I'm particularly anxious to feel some tiny baby kicks, and I've been paying especially close attention to my lower abdomen lately.  The earliest I've felt baby movement is 14 weeks and some days, but I have acquaintances who claim to have felt their baby as early as 12 weeks.  It can't hurt to be extra attentive, right?

I made the first purchase for this baby recently, a sheet for the crib.  I'm afraid that sounds terribly boring, but it's a plush minky sheet.  A cozy white cloud of a sheet.  It will be lovely.



I'll add a stuffed animal or some other sweet toy that is appropriate for the baby box when I get some time to shop alone.  If I try to buy a toy for the baby with my munchkins in tow, I'll probably be talked into buying them each something, or letting them each pick out something for the baby, and that could get pricey!

And just for fun, here is all five babies at 12 weeks, in order (I believe you can click on the picture for a larger view):



I used to get excited around 12 weeks because I thought I was "showing".  Haha!  It's safe to say Baby #5's bump is beating them all!

My next appointment is at 15 weeks, and I'm so excited to hear baby's sweet heartbeat again!  
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  1. I do pray you feel more energetic soon! Maybe it's not typical for you, but you may just need a few more weeks. I don't usually feel better until week 20 or so. I forget which vitamins/minerals they check for, and I wonder if you could try some supplements since your doctor doesn't seem to be very proactive about it. Maybe it is normal for some women to feel tired throughout pregnancy, but I would think there is something you can do about it. Maybe a light workout routine while the kids are occupied? It sounds like you have some pretty good routines in place.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth, I so appreciate the prayers! I have been trying to workout a bit lately, now that I've been feeling a bit better, and it does help I think!

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  2. How are you already 12 weeks? Where has the time gone? You look amazing and never feel bad for needing a few extra hours of sleep, moms need all the energy they can get to take care of our little ones all day. Ps I love the side by side pictures of all your pregnancies.

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    1. I know! Part of me feels like the first trimester has gone by in a blink, and part of me feels like it's about time the second trimester was here, haha!

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  3. You look fantastic! I think your plan to stick a movie in and get more sleep is brilliant. Whatever it takes!

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    1. Yes, whatever it takes is right! Thankfully starting to feel a little better this last week. I still have to get to bed by 9 to function though, ha!

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  4. I love that you have documented each of your pregnancies so well! You look beautiful in each picture. Curious - do you turn the pictures into pregnancy / baby books?

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    1. Thank you Maggie! I haven't turned them into baby book yet, but I want to! One of these days hopefully I'll get around to it!

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  5. 12 weeks already!! Congrats and you look fantastic! I don't have nearly as much experience as others with multiple kids, but I know I expected to suddenly have a crazy burst of energy as soon as I hit the 2nd trimester, and for me it took another week or two before I started feeling normal again. And I still feel pretty good! So don't be discouraged - I imagine with four kids on top of being pregnant you're bound to feel a little more tired than normal.

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    1. Thanks Angi! I hope you're right and my energy comes back a little in the next couple weeks!

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  6. You look so beautiful! Hope you start getting some of your energy back soon! For me, hitting week 14 made a HUGE difference!

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    1. That's what I need to hear! :-D Thanks for the encouragement, Aliesha!

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  7. You definitely shouldn't feel bad about putting a movie in and getting more sleep!! I do that occasionally with the girls and don't have the pregnancy excuse ;)
    I felt Colbie move at 12 weeks! And my husband could even feel it from the outside if you can believe that! Then I didn't feel it again for weeks after that but it was so exciting to feel her so early!

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    1. That is so cool! I thought I *might* have felt baby the other day - it was like a tiny little nudge in my stomach, and I wasn't having any indigestion or anything so I think it might have been baby! Nothing since though.

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