30 Week Pregnancy Update

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It’s been a crazy week here in our house, but really, what else is new? We’re prepping for a new teaching year for me, trying to prep all of our kids ministry stuff for our church for the next few months to get through this new little one joining our family, and trying to finish off the last little bit of fun summer activities on top of my health issues and bad days, like the one I had yesterday.

And now we’re getting all the smoke from the fires all over the Northwest so the air quality today is considered unhealthy. You wanna know what a house with very active boys looks like when you have to stay in all day?

Bikes in the house

Oh yes, I’m THAT mom that allows bikes in the house when they can’t get outside to burn off the energy.

Anyways, on to my facts for this week!

Random Facts:

  • Total Weight Gain:  Haven’t been to a new appt since 28 weeks and we don’t own a scale so probably just a little over the 26 lbs that it was at my last midwife appointment.
  • Cravings/Aversions:  Well, I dreamed about chocolate ice cream last night so I’d say that one is still there. And still southwestern style food (fresh tacos, burritos, taco salads, etc.) and Japanese food. And fruit and fruit strips! And lemonade. Still not too keen on plain chicken or popcorn.
  • Sleep:  Been dealing with headaches from all this smoke so this has interrupted my sleep some, but other than that, much better than I was!
  • Best Part of Week 30: Taking it slower, but still checking off quite a few things before my work year starts back. And spending summer days with the boys!
  • What I’m Most Looking Forward To:  Spending time with friends for a cookout and we’re gearing up for our trip to a pastors conference without the kiddos thanks to some great friends who are watching them for us!
  • Baby Predictions: Same as I said last week: I’m predicting an October 27th birthday, but I’m really hoping for one a little earlier. I’ll finish the term for my teaching job when I hit 39 weeks so anytime after that would be perfect! I believe he’ll be weighing in at 8lbs 10ounces.  I think he will have dark hair and blue eyes. And my prayer is for a similar labor to Judah’s. My hope is 2-3 hours 🙂
  • Exercise: Well, like I said before, I’ve had to put my normal exercise plan on the back burner due to being on moderate bed rest. I’m borrowing free weights that I use some times and I just got an exercise ball off of Amazon that I’ve been sitting on to be more comfortable and then just what I do to take care of my 3 kiddos!
  • Nutrition: Same as last week: LOTS of protein! My midwife recommended 100+ grams a day so I’ve been doing pretty well with that. To do this, I eat eggs, plain Greek yogurt, protein bars, trail mix, string cheese, meats, beans, etc. and I incorporate my veggies and fruits as well. I eat every few hours or so to stay on top of it. And I drink my red raspberry leaf tea.
  • Signs of Stretch Marks:  Yep, definitely have some stretch marks on the front part of my belly now.
  • Maternity Clothes: Of course! I need to find some more leggings to take me into the fall though.
  • Baby Movement: I’m feeling a ton of movement now! And everywhere! My other 3 tended to lay one way so I’d always feel feet in the same place and a bottom and back in the same place, but while this baby is head down, I feel movement on all different sides.
  • Belly Button In or Out? Out
  • Wedding Rings On or Off? On, but for the first time since Cale, I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep it on the whole time due to the swelling I’m experiencing this time.

Less than 10 weeks till the due date! Please keep praying with me that we stay healthy until term!

~Mrs. Project Freedom

Heartbroken after the recent Josh Duggar news, but he is not alone

Today, the world heard from Josh Duggar as he admitted that it is true that he did use the cheating website as claimed, but my attitude is not one that includes pointing fingers, but rather one that is broken for his wife, his family and yes, even for him. It is sin and, because of who he is, it is a very public sin and the shame that comes along with it is something I can’t even imagine, but please remember he is not alone in this sin.josh-duggar-768

I read an article just a few minutes ago that best sums up how I feel about this tragedy. Be sure to check it out HERE. And be sure to pray!

~Mrs. Project Freedom

Schedule for the New School Year Part 2 and September GOALS!

Here is part 2 about my routines, schedule, and goals I hope to be able to meet this year. In the last post, I talked about my plan for my morning routine and the varying responsibilities that make up my day. In this post, I am going to share my plan for my evening routine as well as assign each responsibility to a specific time slot and plan out some goals for this year. I have to remind myself that, due to my health issues at this time, sleep and rest is more important than it would be at a different point in my life so my schedule has been adjusted accordingly.

First of all, I would like my evening routine to look something like this:

  • Dinner
  • Clean up the kitchen and do a quick clean up of the house
  • Lay out everyone’s clothes for the next day
  • Prepare lunches if we’re going to be out over lunch
  • Read together as a family
  • Put boys to bed
  • Read for 15 min.
  • Spend time with Michael (working together, watching a show or movie, etc.)
  • Wash face, take out contacts, and take vitamins

Now, here is what I hope my daily schedule will look like:

  • Wakeup at 6:30
  • 6:30-7 quiet time
  • 7-7:15 Get a few minor work things done (Emails sent for Kids Ministry, work, blogging, etc.)
  • 7:15-7:45 Get ready
  • 7:45-8:15 Breakfast and plan out dinner
  • 8:15-8:45 Get boys ready
  • 8:45 Leave to work
  • 9-12 Work while boys play in the gym childcare on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and work out 30 min. as able at this time. Other days, meet with women from church, play groups, etc. and homeschool 2 days a week.
  • 12-1 Lunch and clean up at home as needed
  • 1-4 Naps
    • 1-2 Finish up LU Online work, Kids Rock work, and blogging
    • 2-2:30 Nap if needed or tackle goal projects
    • 2:30-3 Fold laundry, clean bathrooms, etc.
    • 3-4 Prep dinner as needed and work on workbooks and flash cards with Cale
  • 4-5:30 Built in extra margin time (if ahead, play with kids and begin dinner early)
  • Evening routine (except on nights we’re out)
      • 5:30-6:15 Dinner
      • 6:15-7Clean up the kitchen and do a quick clean up of the house
      • 7-7:15 Lay out everyone’s clothes for the next day
      • 7:15-7:45 Prepare lunches if we’re going to be out over lunch
      • 7:45-8:15 Read together as a family
      • 8:15-8:30 Extra margin time as needed
      • 8:30 Put boys to bed
      • 8:30-9 Read
      • 9-10:45 Spend time with Michael (working together, watching a show or movie, etc.)
      • 10:45 Wash face, take out contacts, and take vitamins
      • 11:00 Bed

I also am excited to actually put into writing some goals that I have. I have to continue to remind myself that, due to my health issues, these are much smaller than my typical goals, but without further ado, here are my

GOALS for the Month of September:

  • Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

    1. Start this new fall schedule and work on pre-k with Cale.

    2. Read 1 book per day with the kids

    3. Go on California Pastor’s Conference trip/baby moon with Michael with no kids!

    4. Get our room organized before leaving for trip

    Personal Goals

    5. Rest more and eat enough protein every day for the baby

    6. Begin another book (probably “Through the Eyes of a Lion”)

    7. Take Make Over Your Mornings course

    Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

    8. Prep Kids Rock Material and Schedules through December

    9. Reach out to one new mom per week via text or a note

    Business Goals

    10. Write at least one blog post per week for this blog and prepare post for liftupyourday.com blog that I am now a contributor for!

    11. Begin reading and studying for Life Coaching training and certificate

    12. Stay ahead of all teaching tasks

Thank you all for reading and being a part of this journey to thriving in life! Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Project Freedom

Schedule for the New School Year Part 1

As I head back into the Fall term of teaching counseling for an online university for my 6th year and with Cale starting pre-k from home, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and planning to determine the best way to focus my time with my multiple responsibilities. As many of you know, but some may not, I teach from home, I am the children’s ministry director for our church plant, I am a homemaker like many moms, and I have 3, soon to be 4 boys four and under.

Because my brain feels like it’s going in 100 different directions, I really have to focus my time and energy and make the most of the seemingly few hours that are in a day, all while dealing with some recent health issues I’ve encountered.

Over the past few months, I’ve been reading though and working through some of the activities in the book “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” by Crystal Paine. You can purchase it Here. If you haven’t read it and are looking for something to help you thrive in life and not just survive, I highly suggest it! She’s one of only a few women that I know that I can relate to with the varying roles she has and the way she effectively handles them. The reason why I entitled this blog Mrs. Project Freedom is because of the very idea of saying goodbye to just surviving in everything: finances, our jobs, our home, life in general, and really focus on THRIVING with everything!

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The biggest thing I’ve been working on while reading this book is developing an effective schedule for me so I am going to share this here for some accountability. I may end up tweaking it as we get in to the new school year.

Crystal suggests you begin with your 24 hours that you have and break your responsibilities down in to segments from there. Here’s what I have determined:

24 hours 6 days a week:

  • 30 min. quiet time in the morning
  • 2 hours evening time with Michael (either working together, planning and prepping, or just relaxing)
  • 30 min. exercise
  • 45 min. shower and getting ready
  • 8 hours sleeping
  • 1 hour for working on Kids Rock material 3 days and blogging other 3 days
  • 2 hour 45 min. teaching counseling online
  • 1 hour cleaning/home management
  • 3 hours meals and meal prep
  • 2.5 hours homeschooling, playing, and reading with kids/getting together with other moms and kids/playgroups
  • 2 hours of extra/margin time
  • Sundays: ministry at church all morning, rest in the afternoon

She then suggests you break this down in to a morning and evening routine and schedule everything else in between.

My morning routine:

  • 30 min. Quiet time
  • 1 hour 15 min. Get Ready
  • 15 min. Check work emails
  • 30 min. Kids Rock work or Blogging
  • Make breakfast and plan dinner

I’ve been learning a great deal from her blog as well at: http://moneysavingmom.com

This was part 1, stay tuned for part 2 as I break down my schedule into time slots and then show you how I plan to focus on specific goals within this schedule!

29 Week Pregnancy Update

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I promise this blog will not be only about updates, but as I sat down to write another post, I realized I just hit 29 weeks so I should quickly update this as well. Found out some more information regarding my health this week. I was diagnosed with both hypothyroidism and SIBO disease in February, before I found out I was pregnant and went on a natural thyroid medication and special diet then. I found out last week that my levels were worse than they were before I went on medication so my dose has been doubled. Praying this helps with some of the pain and physical issues I’ve been dealing with. My midwife says she’s proud of me with all I’ve had to overcome. So here’s my facts for this week!

Random Facts:

  • Total Weight Gain:  26 lbs at last midwife appointment, but some of this is related to  my thyroid not being within the appropriate range.
  • Cravings/Aversions:  Still southwestern style food (fresh tacos, burritos, taco salads, etc.), chocolate ice cream, and Japanese food. And I’ve also been craving fruit even more this week! Certain types of plain chicken has not been appealing to me unless it’s mixed in a dish.
  • Sleep:  Been dealing with some cramping the past few days and still some crazy dreams, but pretty well all things considered!
  • Best Part of Week 29:  Finding out results of my thyroid tests so that I can hopefully start feeling a little better and getting a nutritional IV. This helped a ton with energy for a few days!
  • What I’m Most Looking Forward To:  Completing the nursery. Some great friends from church gifted us with a new crib and other friends have been blessing us with some new clothes and blankets and such!
  • Baby Predictions:  I’m predicting an October 27th birthday, but I’m really hoping for one a little earlier. I’ll finish the term for my teaching job when I hit 39 weeks so anytime after that would be perfect! I believe he’ll be weighing in at 8lbs 10ounces.  I think he will have dark hair and blue eyes. And my prayer is for a similar labor to Judah’s. My hope is 2-3 hours 🙂
  • Baby Registry: As I said last week, I debated on doing this for our fourth pregnancy, but I wanted to keep track of some of the things that I wanted for this little man since we’ve used the same things for 3 boys so far and they were mostly hand-me-downs to begin with.  I made one on Amazon and I’m thinking about making one on Target to save some with the registry discount. We’ve already been really blessed by people giving us wonderful gifts for this newest one!
  • Exercise: Well, like I said last week, I’ve had to put my normal exercise plan on the back burner due to being on moderate bed rest. I’m borrowing free weights that I use some times and I just got an exercise ball off of Amazon that I’ve been sitting on to be more comfortable and then just what I do to take care of my 3 kiddos!
  • Nutrition: Same as last week: LOTS of protein! My midwife recommended 100+ grams a day so I’ve been doing pretty well with that. To do this, I eat eggs, plain Greek yogurt, trail mix, string cheese, meats, beans, etc. and I incorporate my veggies and fruits as well. I eat every 2 hours or so to stay on top of it.
  • Signs of Stretch Marks: Just noticed new stretch marks on my belly this past week! I haven’t noticed them anywhere else yet, but I have 11 weeks till the due date!
  • Maternity Clothes: Definitely! However, I still like to wear long tank tops with kimonos or cardigans, etc. and some pants and leggings that aren’t maternity when possible. Maternity dresses are comfortable with the August heat, but I feel they make me look larger.
  • Baby Movement: I’m feeling a ton of movement now! And everywhere! My other 3 tended to lay one way so I’d always feel feet in the same place and a bottom and back in the same place, but while this baby is head down, I feel movement on all different sides.
  • Belly Button In or Out? Out
  • Wedding Rings On or Off? On

11 weeks till the due date! Would love your prayers that, with my health issues, baby stays inside until term, but doesn’t go too far past my due date as I’m in my sister’s wedding in Florida just a few weeks after. Thanks!

28 Week Pregnancy Update!

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I’m planning another home birth for this little one and, according to the ultrasound, he’s a boy! Yes, this means I will be living in a house with 6 boys, including our brand new puppy Roi! The biggest changes that have happened with this pregnancy have been related to my health. We’re not sure exactly what is going on, but I have been struggling to keep up and have suffered from many different physical issues that usually come with preeclampsia, but without the high blood pressure at this point. Due to all of this and some blood tests, my midwife has put me on moderate bed rest, which really just means to do less than I was doing and rest more, but this is a STRUGGLE for this active extrovert. I also have to eat 100+ grams of protein a day to help combat this. Anyways, on to the facts about this week of pregnancy! Let me know if you have any questions!

Random Facts:

  • Total Weight Gain:  21lbs at last midwife appointment
  • Cravings/Aversions:  Southwestern style food (fresh tacos, burritos, taco salads, etc.), chocolate ice cream, and Japanese food. I used to be a lover of homemade popcorn with the hubby at night, but can’t deal with it this pregnancy. I think it’s the salt and butter combined.
  • Sleep:  Decently. Struggling with lower back pain and strange dreams, but otherwise, good!
  • Best Part of Week 28:  Being taken care of by our church family. Due to being on moderate bed rest, I’ve had a harder time going and doing my normal responsibilities and so many people have stepped up to help!
  • What I’m Most Looking Forward To:  Getting through the next term of teaching with my job (8 weeks long) and having baby Levi here!
  • Baby Predictions:  My hopeful prediction is an October 26th or 27th birthday, weighing in at 8lbs 10ounces.  I think he will have dark hair and blue eyes.
  • Baby Registry:  I debated on doing this for our fourth pregnancy, but I wanted to keep track of some of the things that I wanted for this little man since we’ve used the same things for 3 boys so far and they were mostly hand-me-downs to begin with.  I made one on Amazon and I’m thinking about making one on Target to save some with the registry discount.
  • Exercise: As the woman who ran and did 100+ jumping jacks at 41 weeks with baby #3, it’s been a real struggle for me to have to limit this due to resting more per my midwife’s recommendations. Prior to my health going downhill a bit, I did Total Barre classes at our gym and lifted weights and used the bike. Now, I mostly just am as active as needed to take care of the kids and use free weights some when I feel ok.
  • Nutrition: LOTS of protein! My midwife recommended 100+ grams a day so I’ve been doing pretty well with that. To do this, I eat eggs, plain Greek yogurt, trail mix, string cheese, meats, beans, etc. and I incorporate my veggies and fruits as well. I eat every 2 hours or so to stay on top of it.
  • Signs of Stretch Marks: No new marks with this baby that I’ve noticed so far.
  • Maternity Clothes: Yes, I am definitely in maternity clothes, but try to only wear what I feel best in this time. I actually gave a good friend several of my maternity clothes because of the overabundance that I had for the summer season.
  • Baby Movement: He’s definitely picked up his movement this week and I am so grateful! He hasn’t been as active as my other 3 so far.
  • Belly Button In or Out? Out
  • Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Thank you for reading! I plan to try to update frequently in the last few months before the little one is here!