Weekend Recap: Top 6





Hi everyone! Here’s hoping you had a wonderful weekend. It was certainly a mixed bag for us. We went from having fun while Christmas shopping to having one very uncomfortable four-month-old who couldn’t sleep. I’m sharing those and a few other things in this Weekend’s Recap.

Weekend Recap: Memories Top 5

Hello! What a fun and awesome weekend spent with people whom I absolutely love. It’s funny how unexpected changes can still be great opportunities for fun. Bug, J., and I were supposed to visit my alma mater to attend the #AggieEagle classic in Greensboro, NC. The rivalry between North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is legendary. I was looking forward to taking Bug and having a Mommy-Son weekend with him. Unfortunately a few days before the game, the weather was forecast to be all day rain. This would not be a good thing with a 3 month old baby in tow. So, I made the decision to cancel our plans for the game. It worked out though! We were still able to have an awesome time with family.

We Honor You



So absolutely pleased to honor those who put on the uniforms that allowed my family and friends to enjoy the freedoms we do today.  Thank you for your service to all Veterans, especially those in our circle.  We appreciate you and honor you.  You deserve it.

-K

Friday Favorites: Fall Faves

Yay!  We made it to another Friday!  Thank goodness!!  After last week's high temperatures (like 80 and 90 degrees high), we finally had a week where the temps and weather was consistently Fall...even the rain. With that in mind, I FINALLY felt the motivation to share my Friday Fall favorites.  I'm linking up with A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals to share what I'm digging this week.  Here's hoping you love it.



Happy birthday, Mommy!

It's my Mommy's birthday.  No shade, but I honestly think my mom has all the other moms beat when it comes to whose the best (lol).  I hope you will help me celebrate her special day!  Happy birthday, Mommy!!!


Gratitude

Hello!  November has finally arrived.  We are finally in a month of pure gratitude.  I'm so thankful for this month and all that we get to experience in it.  The kids are completing their soccer season, which means we will have family time without having to run around to multiple locations.  I'm planning a huge Mommy/Son weekend with Bug.  It's also time to prep for new adventures.  I can't wait to share.


Games and Thrones: Weekend Recap

This weekend was such an enjoyable time.  I was able to attend both soccer games for the kids because they were both on the same side of the county!  Yay!  The kids got to see a great show. My mother came down for a brief visit and S. and I were able to attend a costume party.  Let's get you to the update.


A Weekend to 'Remember': Top 5



Hi everyone! I hope you had an amazing weekend! We certainly enjoyed ourselves. The family participated in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s ™ and S. and I got to enjoy our first date night since baby J. was born. We also had a great service at church on Sunday.

The End of Maternity Leave

Well, it's arrived.  After eight beautiful weeks with my son, it's time to return to the office.  I wish I could say that I was excited to return.  Truth be told, I'm going to miss sitting in the family room with him in my arms while I stare at his little chest rising.  I'm going to miss the time spent at home with just he and I..our time...our bonding.  Unfortunately, bills still need to be paid, so back to the office I go.


Friday Favorites: My Favorite Back-to-school Busy Night Meals

Hello everyone!

This week I got to see the familiar postings of little people returning to and starting their first day of school.  It is always such a joy to see parents posting and to see how proud they are of the same.  We've been in school two weeks now and are getting used to the school pace of classes, homework, practices, and rehearsals.  It was easy to forget just how busy our week can be as a family.  That's why I am sharing some of my favorite meals for busy nights.  I've collected these from various bloggers, pinners, and experiments across the board.  The ones listed are my go-to meals when we're running low on time, but need something filling for fuel.

I'm linking with Momfessionals for Friday Favorites to share the love!  Hope you like enjoy!



Oh my goodness!! I have a TEENAGER!!

It's official.  At 11:55 AM, I became the mother of a teenager.  Oh. my. goodness!  Has it really been 13 years?!  The time has flown and I am so thankful.  I have this amazingly kind and loving son who is so great.  He's respectful.  He's sweet.  He's considerate.  He's my son.  What a blessing he is.


Weekend Recap: Let the Season Begin!

What a fun and busy weekend.  This weekend was the start of soccer season and the first weekend of football.  The weather was beautiful and the family enjoyed spending time together--even though we had to separate for a bit.  Here's this weekend's recap!

Weekend Recap: Fantasy Football Potluck

This weekend was our annual Fantasy Football Draft and Potluck.  It was such a great time!


Baby A. turns 2!!!

What a beautiful day yesterday was!  Our sweet baby A. turned two years old!  How in the world did that happen?!  I remember her entrance into the world like yesterday.  She was such a blessing upon her arrival and she is such a blessing now.




Home with Baby J

Hello everyone!  It's been a little over two weeks and things are progressing pretty well.  Baby J. has had his two week appointment and is now 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long.  He's growing well and is a calm and chill baby, which is appreciated after his fast entry into the world.  He is a breast fed and formula fed baby as it became apparent early that I was not producing enough.  (I don't want to hear the "you are enough" comments.  I know what my son needs and when he stopped screaming after receiving formula (after being on my breast for thirty minutes), I knew he needed additional.


Unintentionally Natural: Our Crazy Fast, Super Intense Birth Story...

So, in hindsight, I probably could have left for the hospital earlier or maybe could have paid attention to the irregularly paced Braxton Hicks, but all of my other kids were born between 11-12 hours.  Surely this one would be the same.

Maternity Leave Begins...

Last Friday evening, I bid adieu to my colleagues, packed my trunk with a few gifts that my kind and awesome co-workers surprised me with, and drove away with the knowledge that it would be 1 October before I came again.  Maternity leave had begun...sort of.

Because the network credentials hadn't yet been established for my temp, I agreed to be available as needed for the next week to help meetings go smoothly and do some backup to the temp fill.  I like my temp by the way, a really great person whom I hope can be made permanent upon my return.

Anyway, after checking in yesterday and managing a few minor things, I closed the rest of the day and went to my doctor for my weekly doctor appointment.  I am currently 50% effaced and 1.5 cm dilated.  For those of you who aren't familiar with cervical effacement and dilation, visit this link and view the graphic.  It's pretty helpful.  The cervix must be 100% effaced and 10 cm dilated before the baby can make it into the world.

Yesterday, I went in for my weekly sonogram.  Little one is squished against my uterus and the pictures are adorable because there is limited room.  I have a 4D picture that shows that baby has my nose.  The first of all of my kids to have a nose like mine.  Bug still hopes it is a boy.

I am terribly behind on getting stuffed prepped.  I haven't finished packing my labor bag.  I haven't finished freezer meals.  I have errands to do that I don't feel like doing. I hurt.  I'm cranky.  I'm grumpy.  I'm tired.

I purposely took a week before my due date this time because I didn't feel like I didn't have time to rest prior.  Nope.  With ALL of the kids here during maternity leave, I haven't been able to rest at all.  I am cooking, cleaning, running kids to practice and lessons.  The baby has dropped and I feel like I'm walking with a bowling ball.  AND  Baby A. has a cold...which she has shared with me.

Sigh.  I won't do this again.

Pray for me guys.


Bump Update: 37 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

Baby is the size of romaine lettuce

Birthday Recap: Life is Fine at 39

Hi Guys!  I recently celebrated my 39th birthday and I enjoyed myself so much.  I know that ideally I'm supposed to post tons of photos, but I didn't take a single one really.  I just wanted a day to be in the moment and that's exactly what I received.  I told my husband and the children that since the heat index was to be 115 degrees that day (OH MY GOSH!), I was perfectly happy with someone picking up Bonefish Grill after church and bringing it to me to eat home.  Of course, the kids and S. wouldn't let that fly.

The heartbreak of the Manukyans and the questions raised by their IVF journey

I've been following the story of Anni and Ashot Manukyan since it hit the major news media circuits a few days ago.  Anni and her husband struggle(d) with secondary infertility and decided to use CHS Fertility to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF).


Weekend Recap: Top 5

Hi everyone!  I hope your weekend was filled with lots of joy and family time. We had an enjoyable weekend filled with faith and family fun. It was nice to be able to spend some time together.  I picked out a few of my favorites to share with you on our Weekend Recap:  Top 5.

Happy 4th of July



I sincerely hope your day is blessed with friends, family, and love.  I also hope it contains prayers for those who do not know freedom and are waiting with great expectation of God to deliver just that to them.

We're shutting down for the day to spend time as a family. We will see you all again soon, God's will.

Have an amazing day!

-K

An unexpected L&D visit

Hi everyone.  Today I visited my obstetrician's office for my 35 week (technically 34 + 6) appointment.  Everything was going fine, but I mentioned the back pain that had steadily been increasing this week.  The physician's assistant decided she wanted to go ahead and swab me for Group B strep and also run a cervical check just in case.  The cervical check was painful, even more so because my back protested me lying on it.  The cervix was still high and closed, but she was concerned about my discomfort, even though I tried to down play it.  She looked at me at the conclusion of the exam and told me she was sending me to Labor and Delivery immediately and that the hospital would be awaiting my arrival.  Ummm, okay.


Hello July!

Hi everyone!  Wow, it's July!  I honestly was thinking I had a couple of more days left before the change, but I'm not complaining.  I love July.  It's my second favorite month--filled with birthdays, holidays, celebrations, and opportunities for fun.  I am certainly here for all that this month may bring!


A noticeable difference...


Hello everyone! Today, I entered into my eight month of pregnancy according to Babycenter.com. I am now 34 weeks pregnant. I have 6 more weeks of carrying this little one and things are definitely happening in there.

                          

Bump Update: 33 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.
Baby is the size of a head of celery

I've Been Swimming!!!

I've been swimming.  I've been swimming (in my Beyonce' Drunk in Love voice).  Hi guys!  I hope all is well with and for you!  I've been having an enjoyable time learning how to swim!  S. and I have been taking lessons for about a month now and I am enjoying them.  Yesterday, we met a new instructor.  GUYS!!!! She is PHENOMENAL.  So, let me not take anything away from the other instructor.  She was great as well, but this woman has me back kicking and swimming.  I went 25 yards!  I was super excited about that!

I'm also excited about the strides I've been making in the class.  God is so good.  My back was kicking my butt yesterday.  The water in the pool made it wonderful. I was able to relax, swim, and float for about 45 minutes.  When it was time to get out of the water, gravity immediately returned and my back once again reminded me that we were in this together.  Wow!  I promise I won't be able to deal with back labor at all.  Please no, Lord!

I got home and was able to feed everyone an actual home cooked meal.  Oven Baked BBQ Chicken, Sweet Peas, and Corn on the Cob.  I am assuming everything was good because the kids went through that meal like they were famished!

Nothing fancy but it worked for us...
After dinner was done and bedtime routines established, the kids were put down and I sat downstairs reading on my phone for a while.  Pretty soon, it was time to go up myself and my back twinge reminded me that I am so looking forward to getting back into the water!

Talk to you all soon.

-K


Bump update: 32 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

Baby is the size of a coconut

Vent: It's NOT Laziness, It's Anemia!!!

This weekend I had the unfortunate experience of being called lazy.  It may have been because Saturday I couldn't wake up.  I felt nauseous and weak and jittery.  I slept all day.  No exaggeration.  I slept from 2AM to 5PM.  I got up twice to use the bathroom and went right back to sleep.  My energy levels were nonexistent.  When I finally woke up, you would think I was refreshed.  No.  I was still drained.  I know I'm anemic.  I have been taking supplements, but I don't think they are helping.

Last Day of School!

It's finally here.  The last day of school for Honeybee and Bug.  Today, my Honeybee completed her last year of preschool.  She is officially a kindergartner and ready to take on the world.  Bug is an eighth grader.  Last year of middle school coming up!  Wow.  That was quick!


Prayers for the Couple...

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy and loss. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.


Bump Update: 31 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

Baby is the size of a coconut

CIBH: I do aspire to be a Proverbs 31 woman. It's just easier said than done...

A Praying Wife...

Friday Favorites: My Week's Top 5


Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!!! It's the first Friday in June and a host of stuff is going on.  We're rapidly counting down to my due date, which is currently 62 days away and I am READY.  Seriously, I don't think I've ever been more ready for a pregnancy to end lol.  Still, it's been a pretty good week and I'm looking forward to sharing some of that with you.  This week I decided to link up with the beautiful ladies from A Little Bit of EverythingGrace and Love, and Momfessionals for Friday Favorites. Here's my 'Top 5 for the Week'.


Bump Update: 30 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

Cucumber

I took swim lessons today!!

I have always wanted to learn how to swim.  Swimming is one of my favorite Olympic sports.  I love the motion of it, the beauty in it.  I have always admired people who know how to swim.  I've always wanted to learn.  When I was younger, I was raised in a household with no car in a county that was so deeply segregated that swim lessons would have been laughable to even suggest.

As I got older, I still wanted to learn, but had developed a fear of the water and wasn't comfortable in it as an adult.  I made small strides when we were in the Caymans, but nothing substantial.  Still, I always wanted to learn.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago.  My husband announced that he had locked on swim lessons for our children (minus baby A) and for us.  He and Bug are pretty good swimmers, but need help on their form.  Honeybee and I were complete novices.  I heard the announcement, but was nervous.  

Saturday, the kids had their first lessons.  Bug did so well that he was immediately advanced to two additional levels and will be moved to the deep pool next Saturday.  Honeybee was very reluctant at first, but quickly overcame the fear to get comfortable and was floating by lesson's end.  Today, S. and I had our lessons.

I was able to put my head underwater, learn to float on belly and back, swim to teacher, and a couple of other things.  I was very proud of myself and I look forward to our next lesson.  It's amazing how many years I've wanted to do this and only recently did anything about it seriously.

What an awesome experience!

-K


Bump Update: 29 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

29 weeks pregnant

Bump Update: 28 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

28 weeks and the size of an eggplant

Bump Update: 27 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.


Photo credit:  Babycenter.com

Friday Favorites: It's been a pretty cool week.

Hello everyone!  What an awesome week!  The weather hasn't been too hot and I've been pretty comfortable with windows down..minus the sleeping and peeing thing.  Today, I'm linking with Momfessionals, Grace and Love Blog, and A Little Bit of Everything to share my Friday Favorites with you.  Hope you enjoy!




Bump Update: 26 weeks (Contractions!!) Long One

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.





Weekend Recap: Photo Bombing




Bump Update: 25 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.


Week 25: 24-30 April 2019


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100 days to go!

Hello everyone.  Wow,that seems a lot faster than I realized it was going to be.  Today I am 100 days away from my due date.  What a beautiful thing. YAY!!!!!


This pregnancy has been pretty good, but definitely different from when I was expecting baby A.  Baby A. seemed to give me a respite from morning sickness about week 12 or 13 if I remember correctly.  This baby didn't let me feel relief until 16 weeks.  It was horrid.  Now I only seem to get sick if I don't eat as much as I should.

I've been getting Braxton Hicks contractions since right about 20 weeks and those jokers can be uncomfortable.  I have also been dealing with back pain, but I am still looking forward to being a mommy again.

Let's hear it for 100 days.  Who else is about to hit double digits soon?

Bump Update: 24 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.


Week 23: 17-24 April 2019


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On our 7th Anniversary...

It's hard to believe that we have been married for 7 years.  I thank God for you as my husband.  I thank Him for every mountain we've climbed, for every valley we've walked, for every prayer we have prayed, and for every new joy we have experienced.  I thank you for being my husband and for every step we have taken together.


Happy Resurrection Sunday!


Friday Favorites: Our Week At A Glance


Hi everyone!  It's Friday.  More important than that, it's Good Friday.  There is so much importance and power in this day, such remembrance, such humility--knowing that we weren't and aren't worthy at all.  This week I decided to link up with the beautiful ladies from A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals for Friday Favorites. Here's my Week At A Glance.


Bump Update: 23 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.


Week 23: 10-17 April 2019


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Adoption on my mind

Yesterday was Honeybee's 5 year old checkup.  It was also her kindergarten registration checkup.  That checkup would solidify her final piece of medical paperwork before I can sign her up for her first day of kindergarten.  All was going well.  She's gained 4 pounds since last year, which is huge for her.  She is about 4 inches taller as well.  Everything looks healthy and, minus her eczema (which we now have a dermatological referral for), she is the picture of health.  That's why the next course of conversation kind of threw me for a bit of a loop.

Checkup time!

Bump Update: 22 weeks


DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.


Week 22:  3-10 April 2019

 

Friday Frazzle: Friday Favorites

Hi everyone!  This week has been something!  Baby A. caught remnants of her father's illness.  That meant soaring fevers, visits to the doctor, multiple visits to the pharmacy after she knocked over the entire bottle of amoxicillin 😭, and finally the joy of seeing her come back to the bouncing and happy baby girl I know she is!  This week also lent itself to some pretty cool favorites.  Since it's been a while since I've done a link up, I thought it would be fun to Link up with Narci from Grace and Love , Ericka from A Little Bit of Everything, and Andrea from Momfessionals.  I hope you enjoy these items as much as I do.


Bump Update: Weeks 20 and 21

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

WEEK 20:  20-27 March 2019/ Week 21:  27 March-3 April 2019
Hi everyone!  Apologies for missing last week.  With so many of the family sick and so much running around to be done, it was kind of crazy.  Last week, I reached the half way point in this pregnancy!  Yay!  I took advantage of it by walking with the family at the zoo and then nursing family back to health.  This week, I'm still working on getting baby A. back to 100%, but everything is pretty good to go.

Happy April!




Weekend Recap: Beautiful Weather, Family Time, and the Sickness Persists


Hello everyone!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend.  The weather was just amazing for us this past weekend and after the cold temps that picked at us while visiting the zoo, I was here for it!  Unfortunately, while the weather was beautiful, we were still plagued by persistent sickness. Baby A. has had a fever that keeps returning.  We know from her appointment that it is a virus that must run its course, but...ugh.  Still, there were plenty of highlights and we were able to have some cool family memories together.

Parenting Hacks for Surviving a Trip to the Zoo



Kids never forget anything!  A few weeks ago, I mentioned to the older littles that I would be willing to take them to the zoo on the first full weekend of Spring.  I hadn't taken the kids for a number of years and knew this would be the year that I wanted to do so.  Sure enough, the kids were super excited the Friday before.  They were more than excited and more than ready to go.