Finally, I'm In My 30's!!!




Nope, not talking my age here. . . I've been in my 30's for a few years now!

But, I am finally in my 30th week of pregnancy! They end is nearing. . . . :o)

Me at 30 weeks pregnant
 I am doing well, praise God. So far, so good. There was some concern about the position of my placenta, whether or not it was too low, or covering the cervix. The last ultrasound exam showed that it has moved up as my uterus grows--God is good! I'll have another ultrasound in 2 weeks to see how it's coming along. The doctors will also examine the baby again, via ultrasound for his size. According to my OB, she thinks I'm on track to have another 8 pounder (JD--last baby born--was 8lbs. 8oz.), which is fine with me.

{I do realize that this size baby may not really seem large to some, but because I'm barely over 5 feet in height--5'2" thank you very much!--it always gets the docs extra excited!}

We've just been taking this pregnancy day by day and enjoying the journey and thanking God along the way. But all of a sudden it seems like excitement is kicking it. My husband and I are like, "It's getting close!! We've got to start thinking about this or that!" LOL It's starting to hit us that I'm just weeks away from delivery, if God says the same. I've only carried one child to the full 40 weeks of pregnancy, my first born. She came just 2 days after her due date. The rest of my children have all been born between weeks 37 and 38. So, we're starting to get a bit excited!

But, I still have lots of planning to do by way of rearranging closet space and gathering little newborn clothes that the current baby of the family can no longer wear. I also am beginning to feel the need to clean EVERYTHING! And, I'm sure you can imaging that my "baby belly" can hinder cleaning in a number of ways. . .so I'm trying to pace myself.

Baby belly from the side
I also am tyring to think through how we will adjust our schooling routine during this time. God willing, when the baby comes, we will officially go on Easter/Spring Break. But, I don't want to break from school too long, so I'm trying to think of some creative ways we can continue school without too much strain.


Last year, when my son was born, we took a whole month off--more like 5 weeks. He was born just before Christmas and it our first year of homeschooling. Coupling a newborn with the holidays was a lot on a new homeschooling mama, so when I say we took a break, I mean we took a break--no school work at all!

But, what a difference a year can make!

My school-aged children are, of course, a year older and are accustomed to mama as the teacher and what my expectations are. They are also working more independently than last year. And the biggest plus is that I am more comfortable with homeschooling being a "normal" part of our lives. (One of my readers recalled that I seemed a bit more nervous about homeschooling last year than I do this year! LOL I think she's right.)

Anyway, that gives me confidence that there will be some things we should be able to continuing working through while I recover and the family adjusts. I'm thinking we can continue by doing lots of read-alouds, videos, and "learning" games; even more projects/subjects completed together rather than divided by age. What do you ladies think? Any suggestions????

Well, that's it by way of my little update. If you feel so inclined, please pray for my family, as life is not without its challenges, even during such a precious time as this.


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10 comments:

  1. Your second photo made me smile. I pray to the Lord that you'll have a safe delivery with this baby. You sound very excited, indeed! :)

    Blessings.

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  2. Hey Mara,

    Yes, I am excited. :)
    Thank you so much for your prayers--it means a lot.

    -Stacie

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  3. Congratulations on baby #5! We are a homeschooling family of four who started last year too. The second year is a whole different ballgame, praise the Lord for that! Blessings as you continue preparations for you newest gift of God!

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  4. Hi Heather,

    Thanks for the congrats! Sounds like we have a lot in common. Isn't the second year sweet?! Praise God. Thank you for your warm wishes.

    God bless you.

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  5. I found you through the Teach Me Tuesdays link up!

    Congrats on your pregnancy! You look fabulous!

    I host a pregnancy link up on my blog and I'd love for you to join us!

    http://myjoy-filledlife.blogspot.com/search/label/My%20Pregnancy%20Journal%20Link-Up

    And I recently wrote a post about homeschooling during the post partum period (I just had our 7th) that might help you out.

    http://myjoy-filledlife.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-homeschool-during-post-partum.html

    Blessings!

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  6. Hi Sara!
    Thanks so much for your sweet words!! :)

    I'm going to head over to your blog and check out the link-up and definitely your advice on homeschooling post partum. Congratulations on baby #7!!!!

    God bless!

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  7. Congrats on the new little one! The best advise I could give you is relax and enjoy the little ones. It's great that they are more independent in learning now.

    Best wishes. We will be adding to our family soon via foster care/adoption.

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  8. Hi, Jen! Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog.

    You have given great advice, and of course, isn't "relaxing" the hardest thing to do as a mom? I will try to take it in stride, though.

    Congrats on adding to your family; adoption is something close to my heart.

    Take care!

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  9. Stacie, How wonderful that you are so close to your delivery date! I'll be keeping you in prayer. Yes, relax on the schooling. ;) No doubt you're kids will get so much out of daily life that you won't miss a beat. Besides your really so close to the end of the school year at that point that you'll probably be finished with the major things by then. God bless!
    Jen

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  10. Jennifer!!

    Thanks so much, my friend, for your prayers. It's greatly appreciated.

    Okay, you're the 2nd person to say "relax." Hopefully that will sink in before March! LOL

    Thank you!!!
    God bless.

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