Friday, July 27, 2012

Pregnancy update

I thought it about time to do an update on how this pregnancy is going. I am 33 weeks pregnant. And feeling bigger than ever! The past week has been pretty difficult, I have not been sleeping well at all! I have not been feeling well either. I started feeling a bit better yesterday. I think that it has much to do with stress and hormonal changes as my body and mind are getting ready for birth.  I have so much to get done before baby arrives. I have now started on my lists. Before any big event I make huge lists. Lists upon lists. This keeps my brain organized. And due to pregnancy memory loss I welcome pen and paper all the more. I have started gathering all of my home birth supplies and plan on ordering my birth kit this week. My husband  hasn't been to any of my prenatal visits so I think he is a little in the dark as to what to expect. Here in a couple of weeks my midwives will be doing a home visit and I asked my hubby to make plans to be there. I also suggested that he might want to make up a list of questions. That way there are no surprises for him during the labor and delivery. I am also experiencing a little anxiety. Not so much about delivering the baby but all of the PAIN! Oh, yes how I remember the pain. Around this time in pregnancy I usually watch some videos on natural child birth. I do this to get in the mindset of pain and labor. I have also been trying to find some videos that are appropriate for my kids to watch on home birth. I want them to be prepared for what is to come. And I want them to be able to ask me questions so they aren't afraid or stressed about what is going on when the time comes. Other than what I mentioned there is not a lot going on with this pregnancy. Which is a good thing! I can't wait to meet our little bundle....we are still trying to think of a name for her. It seems more difficult every child we have.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thrifty shopping

I have always loved a good deal. When I first moved to Phoenix I was introduced to sale Saturday's at the Goodwill. Everything in the store is 1/2 priced every other week. This is tremendous savings!! You can get everything, even furniture. I utilize thrift stores to pick up clothes for my growing kiddos. You can always find good quality for low prices if you are searching. About a month ago I stumbled upon $1 colored tag sales at Goodwill. I couldn't believe it! Every thing marked with a certain colored tag, is just $1. This will be my 3rd Thursday shopping the dollar days there and I have found some great buys for so little. Last week I saved over 75% on my purchase. And I bought 2 skirts, 1 shirt, and a dress for Guinevere. This week I saved over 80% and bought a dress shirt for Silas, 2 Maternity shirts, and 2 skirts for the girls. At just one dollar each! As an experienced thrift store shopper I have never seen deals like this one (at least not at a thrift store). Back in Grand Junction there are NEVER sales like this! Needless to say I have found some good ways to save my family money by utilizing these sales. And the best part is, a Goodwill is right down the street from my house. Easy enough to go there every Thursday when it opens at 9 am and search through the racks to find just what I am looking for. Strangely enough a lot of people don't know about the sale and there isn't a massive amount of people there. I have seen a lot of the same people there just searching for their next deal! It was also sale Saturday last weekend so I went by there and picked up about 10 quality books for under $4. Hey, did I mention I LOVE a good sale?

Friday, July 13, 2012

As I begin to loose my mind...

Since the weather has been so hot and I am almost 8 months pregnant, I have not enjoyed much of the summer. And of course that is to be expected. The kids also miss playing outside everyday and are limited to early morning playing outside until about 9am and evenings playing in the itty bitty swimming pool that we bought for them last week. The kids are getting cabin fever and admittedly so am I. I am so tired of hearing mom I'm bored, mom can you find me something to do. Mom he took my book, she took my toys, and wild acoustic screaming in my living room 5 days or more out of the week. So today when I woke up in the morning I checked the forecast for the day. And it said there would be rain in the morning, cloud cover during the day and more showers this afternoon. So I made a risky decision to scoot on down to the zoo. We haven't been there in quite a while due to the heat and other factors i.e. pregnancy. But we do have a zoo pass and I would hate for us to miss out on visiting the zoo at least a few more times before the baby arrives. As I left the house I could see rainclouds over Tempe where I was headed. Then my husband called me to tell me it was raining there and cautioned me to return home. Out of desperation I refused to turn back home. I was sick of staying home all day and just needed a little change. So we pressed on headed toward the rain and right around Sky Harbor airport we hit pouring rain which continued for quite some time. I debated what I should do but stubbornly chose to head on over to the zoo anyway. I picked up a couple of umbrellas at Walgreen's. When we arrived it was still raining but not too bad so I unloaded the troops and started into the zoo. About 10 minutes after we got there the rain had completely stopped. I was so glad! The kids and I lazily strolled a quarter of the zoo from around 10 am until about 1pm. Stopping whenever the kids wanted, I welcomed all of the play areas along our journey. It was a pretty sweaty day, but we had a lot of fun. When I decided it was time to leave we had just ran out of water. The kids were drinking water like crazy! And I felt that I could barely push on as we approached the car. I am sure that I will be feeling that in the morning. Right now I am enjoying some downtime as I watch my littles play in there little pool and have a great! time! They are content with the little things in life. We could definitely learn by example from these little ones. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Glory making "eggs"

Hosanna loved the little people, they are just her size!



Happy as clams!

Silas the tortise

Glory is saying Cheeeese!

Those are creepy nails...