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Showing posts with label Babies. Show all posts

Tickling Baby Feet - 26 Weeks (Baby #5)





This is the last pregnancy update in the second trimester!

Baby Girl is nearing 2 lbs. in weight, is starting to hear other people's voices from inside the womb (aside from mine), and should be practicing breathing!  

I am feeling pretty good still!  That burst of nesting energy that I had a couple weeks ago has slowed down...at least until after our trip to New Orleans, because then I'll probably get back into full-blown closet-cleaning mode.  But I am happy to report that our school cabinet and Gwen's closet are looking much cleaner and more organized after all my efforts.



I've mentioned several times that my belly has been consistently bigger this pregnancy, but looking at these pictures, I would say this is about what I looked like at 28 weeks pregnant with the other kiddos.  Which means we are only looking about 2 weeks ahead now, instead of a full 4-5 weeks!  I think the rapid belly-growth is starting to even out.  I am enjoying the size of my belly right now - right around 28 weeks has always been the sweet-spot in pregnancy for me, and with my belly a little bigger this time I think we're just hitting the sweet spot a little early.

These last couple weeks mark the first bit of sciatic nerve pain (which I've had with all my pregnancies), and the first rib pain from my belly growing into my ribs.  The sciatic nerve pain held off for a really long time, so I'm pretty happy about that!  The rib pain seems earlier than my other pregnancies.  I am not complaining, however, because this pregnancy has been one of the easiest on my body overall!



My favorite development is that we have finally reached the phase where this little girl's limbs are strong enough to jut a foot or hand out the side of my belly - and I love it!  I love running my fingers over my belly when she does that and feeling the little foot-lump under my skin.  It makes me feel more bonded to my baby when this happens, like she knows I'll tickle her little foot and that's why she kicked so hard in the first place.  



She seems to be a pretty active baby during the day, but not as much at night.  This may change as she gets bigger and her movements are strong enough to wake me up, but for now let's just hope this sleeping-at-night pattern holds!

Since Baby's hearing is developing more now, I think the goal for the next couple weeks will be to sing her some lullabies.  I always think that surely babies can form an attachment to certain songs if they've been hearing them from the womb.  There will be some favorite hymns in the rotation.



I'm also planning on printing out some social security top 1000 name lists so I can start sorting through them on the plane to New Orleans - it will be a good, long stretch of alone time, so I can really think it through and see which names jump out.  Wish me luck, because we still don't really have any front-runners in the name department!


I thought I'd throw in a picture of the newest big sister too.  I think she's starting to really understand that there is a baby in there!

Third trimester, here we come!





Nesting Early? 24 Weeks (Baby #5)




I don't know why, but with every baby I feel the need to change up the nursery.  Up to this point it's been necessary since we've been alternating boys and girls, but this time I just wanted to make sure this baby still had a unique look to her room.  I put together Clarice's nursery specifically for her, and I want to put something together specifically for this baby too.  This week I picked up the last thing I was wanting for the Baby's nursery, and it's making me just that much more excited to meet this little girl!  Baby prep is in full swing, even though we've still got 3+ months to go.



This is still technically "viability week" I guess, even though babies have survived when born as early as 22 weeks!  It's always a little comforting to get past that point where you know all hospitals would try to do something if Baby was born early though.  I feel like she is getting stronger too - up to this point her little kicks have been so delicate, but this week she got in some pretty good jabs!  I am excited about it because I love the big kicks later in pregnancy, and I kind of forgot when in pregnancy they start to feel stronger.  With the other kids it got to the point where I could feel a little arm or foot under my hand, and I can't wait for that again.  It's the coolest feeling, and in my mind it makes for good bonding with Baby, because surely she can feel my hand too.



I'm feeling great overall - Baby Girl has been so easy on me this pregnancy.  I haven't really had any back pain, the round ligament pain has calmed down, I am tired but not excessively so.  I do have heartburn some days, but other than that I feel pretty comfortable!  It's probably good that I'm nesting early because who knows how long this will last, but I am just thankful that this pregnancy has been one of my easier ones so far.



The kids are still excited, but I think they've accepted that it's going to be a while before the baby arrives.  Wyatt keeps talking about wanting it to be fall, and I think the motivation is half because he's excited about the baby, and half because fall means it's closer to Christmas!  Gwen tells anyone who will listen that we are going to have "three little princesses" in our house.  Clyde asks to see the baby's pictures every time he spots an ultrasound.  And Clarice seems to be understanding more too - she pointed to my belly the other day and said "bebe tum-mee", which was adorable!



Back to the baby prep - I do think the nesting is kicking in early this time.  Or maybe it's partially pre-school-year cleaning too, but I feel like I need to organize every area of this house before this little one arrives.  Every time some difficulty comes up in keeping the house in order, I get the idea that this could be solved with better organization.  And maybe it can, but I hope I can keep things in perspective and not drive myself and everyone around me nuts with the to-do's!   


I'm going to try to get back to my old-fashioned blogging routine this week (it's just kind of falling by the wayside with summer!), so I'll save all the nesting details for then.  Stay tuned!

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Dress: PinkBlush Maternity
Bag: JustFab
Sandals: JustFab

Guilt-Free Breastfeeding: Advice From A Mom Of Five



I partnered with/received compensation from Babywise.Life to write this post.  Even though this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

First I should probably clarify for new readers that I'm a mom of four on the outside and one in the oven, who I plan on nursing despite my difficult beginnings with breastfeeding!

I was never an obsessive breastfeeding advocate before I had a baby, but before Wyatt was born I knew I wanted to try to breastfeed him for a year.  I was pregnant with him seven years ago, and maybe this is the case with new mothers now as well, but I felt like the pressure to breastfeed was at the highest it had ever been.  There were plenty of studies about the benefits of breastfeeding, and I heard them all.  I felt that if I was really going to do the best for my baby, I had to try to make it to a year.  That’s what good new mothers did.

Wyatt was born at 37 weeks after an induction from pre-eclampsia, and all the nurses were surprised about how quickly he caught on to nursing.  They expected small babies to have a tougher time, but we didn’t seem to have any problems.  I left the hospital proud of my baby, and proud of myself that everything had gone so smoothly.

That didn’t last long.  

About a week after I brought him home from the hospital, we started having problems.  And by problems, I mean that I would cry out in pain every time he latched.  I couldn’t figure out what went wrong!  I talked to my doctor and lactation consultants, I read online great articles about breastfeeding trouble-shooting and about what a proper latch looks like.  But every time he went to eat, I ended up with tears streaming down my cheeks.

On top of that, I developed mastitis, which took a little time to be properly diagnosed.  I remember a few days being laid out on the couch with a fever and a hard knot in my chest, knowing I needed to nurse more often to try to get it out, but crying when I thought about it because I knew it was going to hurt so badly.

All this lasted about a month, and I started to almost resent when Wyatt would get hungry and want to eat.  Even though it wasn’t great for our relationship, I’d suck it up anyway, and scream in pain, and cry a little.  Finally someone told me something that I will never forget (even though I forget who exactly told me this amidst this painful newborn phase).  

Someone told me that your bond with your baby is more important than whether you breastfeed or not.

That little bit of advice meant so much to me - because someone had finally given me permission to let breastfeeding go if I needed to.   Someone had finally acknowledged that there are more important things in motherhood than whether I breastfed or not.

That advice helped me to take my doctor’s advice when she suggested I stop nursing on the affected side and just pump until there was some improvement.  That advice gave me permission to not breastfeed because I felt I had to, but only if I wanted to.

It was the most freeing thing I could have heard at that time in my motherhood journey, because it made me realize that breastfeeding is not what makes a person a good mother.  The love and care you have for your baby, and the bond that forms with or without breastfeeding, is what makes you a good mother.

I did end up finally healing and I nursed Wyatt until six months old.  Even with future troubles with my supply and nursing a baby with a food sensitivity (Gwen), nursing has been a such a sweet time with all my babies.  But it’s been sweeter yet knowing I breastfed my babies because I wanted to, and not because I was obligated to.  I am most proud today not of how long (or not long) I breastfed, but that it was a guilt-free journey.

So if I were to give advice to a brand-new mom today about breastfeeding, it would be that: Breastfeed because you want to, not because you have to.  Know that if everything doesn’t go as planned, you can fight through it and still have a successful breastfeeding story - or you can decide to let it go for the sake of reducing the stress on your bond, and that is a good choice too.  Your bond with your baby is not dependent on how successful you are at breastfeeding.  Loving your baby, and caring for their needs as best you can, until someday they don’t need you anymore - that’s what makes you a good mother.  Regardless of how this part of your motherhood story goes, it’s only one brief part, and not anywhere close to the most important.




Growth Spurt! 18 Weeks (Baby #5)




I read somewhere that babies start to go through a growth spurt around 18 weeks, and I believe it - I've been feeling it this last week!  I don't think you can tell from the outside yet, but some of my symptoms make me think there is definitely some growing happening.



I'm suddenly tired again (but thankfully not nearly as tired as in the first trimester), and I have had a couple days last week when I felt nauseous.  I have never felt nauseous in the second trimester before, so I wondered at first if it was a stomach bug, but I dismissed that idea when it happened twice on separate days in one week.  Weirdly, I think I might have figured out that I feel worse when I drink milk - do people develop food sensitivities while pregnant?  This has never happened to me before!  I am crossing my fingers that it's not the milk because I love my dairy, but I have cut it out for a few days and will have a bowl of cereal tomorrow to test it out.  Whatever is going on with that, Baby is making his/her presence known!



Baby is still moving daily now, but the movements are pretty soft and down low.  Movements down low in my belly make me worry that baby is breech (Clarice was and I always felt her kicks lower), but if this baby is breech, he/she is comfortably breech.  I haven't had any backaches at all this pregnancy, which is unusual for me and so nice! Overall, this Baby has been very gentle with the pregnancy aches/pains/symptoms, and that has been a blessing.  I thought it might be harder being pregnant this time since I'm getting ever older, but this pregnancy has been easier than some of my others!  Now I'm just hoping for some stronger kicks from Baby in the next few weeks, because it's so fun to feel them from the outside.



Sitting here typing this post, I feel like I've almost felt a couple Braxton Hicks! They started around the middle of my pregnancy with Clarice as well, but I was kind of surprised to feel them anyway.  It's a good thing because my uterus is toning up for labor, but that still seems so far off (even though it's not that far off, actually - five months will fly by)!

Gender reveal party plans are in full swing now (we find out on July 3rd!), and we're going to have the party the weekend after the 4th of July.  So obviously we'll go with a 4th of July/Americana theme!  The 4th is in the middle of the week this year, so I think it'll work out just fine.  I'm going to be on the hunt for sparklers, because where we are they always sell out way before the 4th - and when I say we sell out, I mean every place I check in my state is out of sparklers and fireworks after a certain date.  If I can't find any, Baby and I will be taking a little trip across the state line!  



This week is also my birthday week, so we celebrated last weekend.  I always like being pregnant on my birthday!  It's just fun to celebrate with another little one along for the ride, and I feel blessed.

I know I promised a belly comparison picture this week, but I changed my mind and I'm going to save it for next week - along with all my symptoms, etc, and maybe even a little gift card for someone who guesses the gender right!  Stay tuned!

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Swing dress: Jane.com
Kimono: Forever21
Sunglasses: Jane.com
Pineapple Necklace: Christopher & Banks

5 Gifts A New Mom Will Thank You For Later

  (First note: This is my belly at 34 weeks with Clyde.  I'm bigger this time, but not that big yet, haha!)

(Also: I partnered with/received compensation from Babywise.Life to write this post.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links, which means I will make a percentage of any products purchased after clicking on the links.)


Even though I am expecting a baby myself, I have to say, I am pretty excited about a few baby showers in my future - for my friends!  I know a few girls who are having babies this summer and fall, and all the imminent baby shower excitement got me thinking about my first baby shower.  When I was expecting Wyatt I spent a ton of time searching and making lists of things I needed, and I had a strategy of only registering for my must-have items.  Overall that strategy served me well because after my shower there was very little left for me to buy!  But I also have to admit that some of my most useful gifts were things that were not on my must-have list - in fact, some of them I didn’t even think I needed at all.  Sometimes other people really do know what you need better than you do.  I’m not sure I ever specifically thanked my family and friends who deviated from the list for giving me something I never knew I needed, but trust me, there was a lot of gratitude in my heart towards those who gave me the items below!  

I’m focusing on gifts for brand-new, first time moms in this post, because I have a completely different list for second (or third or fourth) time moms.  Maybe that will be another post soon!



Poncho-Style Nursing Cover 

As an expecting mom I knew I needed a nursing cover, but I honestly didn’t give much thought to the style of it.  Thankfully my aunt thought outside the box and made me a poncho-style nursing cover (similar to this one).  This was so creative of her, because this was way back when (ahem, 7 years ago), before the poncho-style ones were popular - and it was a lifesaver.  It was so freeing to have something that covered my front and my back, and it made every shirt I had “nursing friendly”. 


I didn’t even think about a nursing pillow until my sister-in-law brought me one in the hospital right after I had my baby.  If I’m completely honest, I thought they were a little silly before I actually used one - but as soon as I got that pillow, I was a convert. I quickly realized how much easier it was to use a nursing pillow than to prop up several different pillows to support my arms while nursing - and bonus, they are also great for propping baby up during tummy time exercise too!  I like the donut-shaped pillows like this one.

Baby Bathtub 

Weirdly, I never thought about this item either until my mom gave me one.  I think in the back of my mind I just thought I could wash my baby in the kitchen sink.  Maybe that seems really naive, but maybe one of you budget-conscious expecting mamas has considered the sink option too - just trust me, ask for the baby bathtub.  Baths are stressful enough with newborns without trying to figure out how to prop them up while you wash their wispy hair!

Car Mirror 

This one is technically cheating, because I didn’t receive a car mirror as a gift - not the way home from the hospital we stopped to buy one.  I realized on that first car ride that when I was sitting in the front, with the rear-facing car seat in the back, I couldn’t see my tiny baby at all!  We found a mirror attach to the backseat, so I could peek back there and see the reflection of my little bundle.  This brought immense comfort to my paranoid new-mom self.  I got one like this car mirror because it was so big!

Books 

It never even occurred to me to ask for books, for myself or the baby, but a couple friends were thinking ahead for me.  One friend gave me an adorable and thoughtful children’s book that I treasure to this day, and one friend gave me the Babywise book, which you already know I found so helpful.  Now, when I attend a first-time baby shower, I try to stick a couple encouraging, informative, or cute books in the bag with the rest of my gift, because I know how much the books I received meant to me.



Mamas - what gifts did you get that you used or appreciated more than you thought you would?

(Also check out this post on Babywise.life for more ideas for new baby items you may not have thought of!)




Little Kicks - 16 Weeks (Baby #5)



I'm 16 weeks pregnant!  I remember feeling 16 weeks was a big deal in past pregnancies, and it feels that way this time too.  We are well into the second trimester, baby is growing big enough to start to feel movement, and we could technically find out the gender now!  We won't until the 20 week scan, but it's still exciting that we could.

I think my energy is mostly back - yay! - and I really have no pregnancy symptoms right now except some round ligament pain (it starts earlier and earlier).  I'm starting to think ahead to sewing this baby's quilt.  I sew a quilt for each of my babies before they are born, and I need to start the search for a pattern and color scheme.

I have been feeling baby kicks almost every day since the start of our vacation. It's the best part of pregnancy!  In my memory I almost forgot about these delicate little movements at the beginning - I remember the big kicks at the end, but these little nudge-movements are so precious.  Every time I feel a kick I think about how it's a little hand or foot probably kicking as hard as Baby can, and yet it feels like a light flick to me.  It's just cute and sweet to think about my little baby making those kicks!



Of course, Baby is not that little anymore.  Baby is about the size of a large avocado now, plus legs, and apparently (according to my baby websites), a growth spurt is coming this month!  

Also, some website needs to create baby/mom weekly updates that are NOT geared toward the first baby.  One of the sites suggested a babymoon to get away with "just the two of you" one more time, and it hasn't been just the two of us in a long time!  In fact, I was just thinking about how this time around I've had less time to contemplate being pregnant - now that Wyatt is getting ready for first grade, and we're homeschooling, I've been in planning mode for the school year.  I kind of miss having more time to focus and plan for Baby.  That's why I'm especially appreciating the baby movements this time, because it's a nice little reminder of my fifth little one throughout the day!  I never am all alone right now with this baby in my belly, and I love it.


(One without my kimono so you can see my belly in all it's glory.  I still feel like the bump is larger than the others at 16 weeks, but I'll do another comparison soon!)

I'll talk more about our gender reveal plans in my next update, so stay tuned!

Hooray For The Second Trimester! - 14 Weeks (Baby #5)


 

We have officially reached the second trimester by all measures!  This is my fifth baby, and I'm still confused about when the second trimester officially starts, but I know that 14 weeks is the latest.

So far, the second trimester is looking good!  I have been feeling so much better this last week.  I still fall into bed at night, but I'm not exhausted all through the day like I have been up to this point.  I'm very happy to be feeling better before we leave on vacation, because I so wanted to be able to enjoy everything without being overly tired.  I've had no real cravings or aversions lately (aside from stomach aches if I eat too much spicy food), no aches and pains, less exhaustion.  I'm feeling good!




Baby is the size of a large lemon this week, plus legs!  That's huge! It's amazing how fast babies grow in utero.  According to my internet sources, baby is also starting to grow hair, and practicing lots of different facial expressions (and the thought of that is almost too cute for words).

I am almost certain that I've felt the baby.  At 12.5 weeks, I felt a tiny little nudge in my stomach, similar to how it would feel if I slowly and lightly pressed my finger for a second on my skin (only from the inside).  I wasn't having any other sort of digestive discomfort, and it was in approximately the right spot, so I suspected it might have been baby!  Then I proceeded to get worried when I didn't feel it again, but at the 14 weeks mark I felt the same sort of nudge in the same spot.  I'm pretty sure it's baby, and by the next update I'll probably be able to report with more certainty!  I can't wait to start feeling more tiny kicks.  It's my absolute favorite part of being pregnant.




And one more blessing...I mentioned a couple posts ago that I gave away my Belly Band before I found out I was pregnant, and have been missing it.  I normally use it all through pregnancy to utilize my regular pants as long as possible.  Well, my sweet blog friend Angi (who is having her baby in the next couple months) offered to send me hers!  It didn't work for her, and she wanted to bless me with it.  Thank you Angi, you were so kind to think of me, and I really am so happy to have a Belly Band again!



That's all there is to report at the moment.  I have another checkup next week, so I'll let you know heart rate again at that point...and then the appointment after that is when I hope to find out this tie breaker's gender!  And since I've been asked several times already, yes, I plan on doing another gender reveal party.  I have intentions of keeping this one low-key, but, well...we'll just see how it turns out!  I tend to go a little overboard with party planning.  If you want to catch up on all our previous gender reveal parties, check them out below.

First Gender Reveal Party (Classic) - Get ready to travel back in time, because this one is vintage from 2010 when I was pregnant with Wyatt.

BBQ Gender Reveal Party - Also pretty classic, and lots of fun finding out we were having our first girl!

Ugly Sweater/Christmas Gender Reveal Party - We took full advantage of the season for Clyde's gender reveal!

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party - Clarice's party didn't quite go according to plan, but it turned out alright!


Outfit Details:

Shirt: Forever21
Skirt: Maurices
Earrings: Walmart
Necklace: (#affliatelink) Jane.com
Shoes: (#referral) JustFab

How I (Gently) Helped My Babies Sleep Through The Night


Note: I partnered with/received compensation from Babywise.Life to write this post.  Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

When you have a baby, there will always be a period of time when the baby won’t sleep.  Looking ahead to when this baby is born, I am expecting the typical new-parent sleep deprivation. But I’m also strategizing on what we can do to help this baby learn to sleep through the night, because I know with five kids I’m going to need as much sleep as I can get! 

Now, I think some kids naturally fall into better sleep patterns than others, and I’ve definitely noticed that with my four kids so far. But I do think that there are certain ways that parents can gently encourage their kids to develop good sleeping habits. With some guidelines to help, Derek and I must have hit on the right combination for our kids because all four started sleeping through the night consistently (I define that as sleeping for at least an 8-hour stretch at night) by around two months old.  I'm tentatively confident that this baby will do the same!

So for the sake of review for myself, and maybe some extra strategies for those of you in a current sleep-deprived baby stage, I wanted to share a few things that worked for us.

I make sure baby is getting a full feeding every time.  

What I mean by a “full feeding” is making sure your baby eats until they don’t want to eat anymore.  Newborns love to fall asleep while nursing, but I did everything I could to make sure my babies stayed awake until they were done eating.  If you let them, babies may fall asleep before getting their stomach full, or before getting the more satisfying hindmilk.  If they don’t get a full feeding, they are going to want to eat again sooner.  That’s not helpful for a good night's sleep!  Especially for the last feeding before bed, I make sure they stay awake and get as much milk as possible.

I try to avoid bad falling-asleep habits.  

I try to make sure my baby doesn’t fall into a habit where they need something to fall asleep. To be clear, there have been many times when I nursed my baby to sleep, or let them fall asleep in a swing, etc, but I just try to avoid letting these things become a habit.  It’s better for nighttime sleep if babies also learn to go to sleep on their own from an awake state, so I try to give my babies a chance to practice that.

I don’t let them nap (at all) in the last stretch before bed.  

During the day we loosely follow an eat-awake-sleep pattern for baby, but between the second-to-last and the last feeding of the day, I do everything I can to keep my baby awake the whole time.  This is pretty much common sense.  Can you fall asleep easily if you take a nap an hour before bedtime?  I want my baby to feel good and tired by the time bedtime rolls around.  After the last feeding, they go straight to bed.

I recognize that I might have to be creative in figuring out my individual, unique baby.  

One of our kiddos would not fall asleep by himself for weeks, until we figured out that a night light and a white noise machine were what helped him feel comfortable.  With two older siblings constantly around during the day, he just didn’t like to feel like he was all alone at night!  Another kiddo needed the thermostat at exactly 72 degrees for him to get good sleep at night. With all my babies I did the things listed above and also had to figure out what would help them individually to sleep better, and every kid was a little different.


If some of you have read Babywise, you may recognize a couple of the ideas above from that book!  My mom gave me the book that came before Babywise when I was pregnant with Wyatt - and I’m so thankful she did, because as a new mom I had no idea what a day with a baby would look like, and that book gave me a good idea of what to expect.  Some of the overall principles from Babywise for helping develop good sleep habits obviously stuck, and they have worked really well for our family!  

What Do you Mean By "Gently"?

The reason I say that these are ways I gently helped my babies sleep through the night is because as a mom you need to work around your babies' needs.  After all these years of practice I’ve had with my babies, I’ve learned it’s up to me as their mom to do what I can to help my baby learn how to sleep, while also being flexible when unique situations arise.  There are going to be days where you break all the "rules", and that's okay!  To me, the ideas I got from Babywise and other sources, including some of the ideas I listed here, were a great jumping-off point as guidelines for me to encourage my babies to sleep.  But part of finding confidence as a mom is learning when you need to do something a little differently, and feeling good about following your instincts.  That's the spirit in which I share these tips, as things to keep in mind as you help your baby figure out how to sleep well!


Did you try anything specific to help you baby sleep through the night?  When did your kiddo start sleeping through the night?

For more ideas, I really loved this article on encouraging newborns to sleep at night - it included some things I’ve done with my babies, and some things I didn’t think of (like using a different nighttime swaddle)!




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!  

How I'll (Hopefully) Help My Toddler Adjust To The New Baby



I think it's natural to moms of more than one child to worry about how their older child will handle the new addition.  I am really blessed in the so far, my kids have ha a fairly easy transition!

However, I wouldn't be honest if I didn't admit that I'm still worried about how Clarice will handle this new baby.  I've been worried each time, so this is nothing unusual, but I'm particularly concerned for my youngest darling this time because she seems to be currently thriving in her role as the youngest.  She thinks my lap is her spot, and gets upset if even one of the older kids sits in my lap.  She likes to be carried as often as she can get away with it.  She is a ham and loves being the center of attention.

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These are my strategies for making the transition on Clarice as easy as it can be, but I'd love to hear more ideas if anyone has some!


1.  Talk to her about the baby as much as possible.
This is always easier when my belly gets bigger, but I will point to my stomach and say "Baby in there!"  It was surprising with my other kids how much this helped it sink in.

2. Read books about new babies.
Tommy Nelson just came out with a book called God Bless Our Baby and as soon as I saw it, I snagged it!  It's super-cute, and details all the fun and sweet things that come with a having a new baby - like making them laugh, helping with bathtime, and having a new friend.  It also has pages that talk about things like mama's growing belly, feeling kicks, and staying quiet while baby sleeps to help little kids know what to expect. I also LOVE that they have one page that includes adopted families.  I think this will be a fun book to get my younger kids excited about having a new baby around!



3. Work on being "gentle".
Lots of practice with baby dolls, stuffed animals, and people, and excessive praise when she succeeds.

4. Put the baby down sometimes for lots of snuggles after baby arrives.
I always try to be aware that  all my older kiddos need some extra attention and love after the new baby comes home, especially the child that was just ousted from the youngest position.  I will get as much snuggles in with my new munchkin as I can, but I also want to make sure to intentionally put the baby down so I can hold or play with my other kids.  They need to know they are still just as important to me, even though babies take more time in the beginning.



5. Ask the big kids for help.
My kids feel so useful and proud of themselves when they are able to help me - and a little praise goes a long way in making them feel loved and needed!  For Clarice, I'll ask her to bring me a diaper or wipes so that she can feel a part of taking care of the new baby.


What am I missing?  Were any of you worried about one of your kiddos with a new baby on the way?  How did it play out?


Note: I received a copy of "God Bless Our Baby" from the Tommy Mommy program in exchange for the review in this post.  This is my honest opinion!  Also don't miss my giveaway of this book on Instagram!  Double entries if you enter on both my accounts! @CallieNicole7 and @ThroughCloudedGlass



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