{TS.A.H.M} Mild Cases and a Long Weekend

I've been doing well considering. So well, that I decided to tempt fate and dry and have a hot coffee at my MIL's on Saturday. I managed to finish the coffee but my stomach was far from impressed.

The girls spent the night on Saturday, which P and I enjoyed watching a movie and the quiet. P had the whole long weekend off but we decided not to do anything too crazy. Sunday I had coffee with a friend from work and spent about 4.5 hours talking and catching up. Then, Monday I went out with another friend from work and spent a couple hours catching up as well. Other than that, we didn't leave the house much between Sunday and Monday.

Tonight, P is staying the night in Clarenville and just texted me the room he's in. They gave him a room to himself! We were expecting at least two to a room, but they all have their own rooms. I also just found out they may be there for two nights now instead of one. He called to say goodnight and he's going to have some guy time for the rest of the evening to unwind.

Today I woke up feeling crappy again. I was pretty much lounging on the couch until E got home from school and then I got up and took both girls out for a nice walk. We went out for about 45- minutes and then we came in so I could make some supper. They're playing outside now while it's cooking.

I just need to take it easy these days. I pace myself and then I can get more done.


{TS.A.H.M} Snacking + Maternity Clothes

After Tuesday I've seemed to level out a bit. I mean, I'm not 100% but I have been able to get some light cleaning done, made homemade spaghetti and get some laundry washed (not folded). Our bed is a mountain this morning and I'm going to get caught in an avalanche of clothing at some point today.

I've been able to eat which has been great. Some (more than others) turn my stomach for a little bit so I have to lay down and take a breather but I'm up in no time doing something else. I get the death stare from my husband when I come up with a full basket of laundry from the basement. And if he's home and catches me doing too much, he's not too happy with me then, either.

I've been making sure to snack more often now that I'm feeling better and now I can stay on top of things if my stomach is starting to bubble. I still have a weird motion, lightheadedness that doesn't feel too great and it literally forces me to sit down throughout the day. Grapes, apples...whatever I can get in my stomach. I eat a very light breakfast right now because I can't stomach too much so early in the morning (even though I'm starving when I wake up). And now that I'm feeling sick when I wake up, I'm not able to take my prenatal vitamin until later in the day or even the evening. This time around, the vitamin isn't upsetting my stomach but it's very hard to stomach when I'm already feeling gross. 

I ended up shopping for a few maternity clothes from Thyme Maternity (online) mainly because I wanted some fresh clothes to start the nice weather but none of my pants feel comfortable on my stomach now seeing as all I really wear are jeans and leggings/yoga pants. Two weeks before I was done work, I noticed I couldn't do up my jeans, so I had to wear black pants the last two work weeks I had left. :/

I literally have three pairs that fit me comfortable at the moment, two of which are pajama pants and one is a pair I've had forever that I literally clean the house in that I took the string out of a long time ago.

I bought a pair of leggings, shorts, two shirts and two bras for now. Hopefully, this weekend, P and I can go to the mall and get a few more things in-store. Because pants are a must right now. The Walmart closest to us doesn't have a maternity section, so I have to go a little farther for some comfort.

Aside from that, I'm going day by day at this point. Thursday was really the best day I've had in awhile.

We're booked for the girls' announcement session! Their shirts came yesterday and I'm super excited to finally be able to announce it. We should be able to announce it by the second week of June latest! Eee.

On ANOTHER note, today is a PD day for E and they have their cousin over today. The girls are already driving me nuts and they've only been together for an hour! S is a Mexican jumping bean, banging against every wall she can and bouncing around the floors and E has done nothing but complain and whine about anything and everything. And the best part is, P is gone ALL day. He won't be home until the girls are just about in bed...YAY!

I was planning on having the girls go outside but so far it's a rainy morning. Every time I plan stuff, it rains. EVERY TIME. I'm really hoping it clears up and ends up being warm. I need them to go outside today or else I'm going to end up in MY room for a time out until they go to bed.

Plus, the neighbour (lovely lady) downstairs also has her kids living with her (I don't know how?!) but that's been a real enjoyment as well... -.-

One HELL of a day today it's going to be. I'm honestly going to lose my S***.


{TS.A.H.M} Another Bad Start to the Week


After having a great Mother's Day weekend, I welcomed Monday. Except that Monday morning came and I was sick as a dog almost all day with my head in a bucket. The last week was brutal and I've been having to be "that mom" who lets her 4-year-old watch movies all day because I can't get myself up off the couch long enough to even go to the washroom myself, let alone play or make the kids a snack, lunch, supper...etc. It's not so bad when E comes home because she can do some of the things I can't do. Plus, if she has to throw on some KD for supper, she can and I'm there on the couch able to watch her. 

Today, I'm actually sitting up at the computer so that says a lot more than yesterday. Before I got out of bed I was already ready for the day to end. Let's hope it stays like this. 

I missed a great spring day yesterday. Today is rainy, but it's supposed to be the same temps as yesterday, so I'm going to attempt to take S outside, even if we're just on our front lawn enjoying the fresh air. I don't want to say that too soon because yesterday I wanted to go outside and I was a mess!

WHAT'S ON THE GO?

Aside from being sick, I've been dealing with the leg cramps still. Definitely not as bad as last week because I've been stretching out, however, yesterday being on the couch all day didn't help them and feeling like crap-i-ola I wasn't able to stretch. So, that's something I'm going to do when I get off the computer.

Itchy skin hasn't been too much of an issue either, I've been applying unscented location after my showers literally DOUSING myself in it, so, it's been helping. I find after being sick all day, when I finally get food into my stomach to stay, I get really bad indigestion. I already have Acid Reflux from E, but adding indigestion from the pregnancy too is just awful!

Right now, most of my weekday mornings consist of praying that I can get E out the door for the bus and have S stay in bed until at LEAST 9 am. So, far, she's been sleeping in and it helps me able to sit and just let my stomach settle before I have anything major to do for the day.

At the moment, my Smart Food craving went out the window once nausea started to kick in. Other than being hungry while I'm not feeling well, I haven't wanted much of anything specifically. Bananas tend to help when I'm feeling okay enough to eat them, but sometimes they completely turn my stomach too. I try to have one for breakfast in the morning to 1. settle my stomach and 2. give me something healthy to start my day off with even if I end up not being able to have anything else after that.

P should be home earlier today, so when he gets home I think if I'm feeling okay we'll jump in the car and head to the grocery store so that I can get a few snacky foods to help with my stomach. Granola bars, veggies, fruit...everything we just ran out of plus maybe some groceries too...not that "I" will eat much, but I'm starting to hear E say "there's nothing to eat"...so that's a sure sign right now that there probably isn't.

On Mother's Day, we decided to announce to the family that we're having our third and final baby. We haven't announced it just yet to "the world", we're waiting for a photo shoot to get done to announce it at the end of May, beginning of June. Everyone seemed very excited for us but everyone also seemed to bring up TWINS like there's something we don't know about. I'm almost positive there is only ONE in there...but if there's two...I think we're going to both fall over AND if it's two girls, I think we'll just go and have a heart attack at the same time.

Even the girls are saying twins...uh...no. ONE is just fine.

I'm going to attempt to get this place cleaned somewhat today. The girls cleaned their playroom yesterday and they have their bedroom to clean today. They aren't as bad as my sister and I growing up but it still drives me up the wall to see it. Mainly stuff on their dresser instead of their floor (thank goodness).

P gets mad now when I try and clean the whole house in a day. He says the way I'm feeling, I should be vacuuming one day and doing something else the next. It's easier said than done when I'm O.C.D about getting things done all in the same day, plus, cleaning one thing doesn't help much at all with the rest of the clutter. I physically can't clean the house top to bottom right now. I know that. And I know my body by now to know that if I push myself, I'm going to end up in bed and if I'm doing alright I'd rather not ruin that.

Well, feel foggy now at the computer so that's my sign to get off and sit down on the couch. That's my news for the morning. S is still sleeping so I'm going to take advantage of the quiet right now.


{TS.A.H.M} Brutal Week

I know I haven't written in a long time but after Sunday I started my official "morning sickness" but I've been literally on the couch or bed ridden!

For the most part by 6 pm I'm usually starting to feel myself but not all the time. Thursday, all day I was down.

I've literally been going through sickness, lightheadedness, right legs cramps, heartburn, and backaches, itchy skin. Literally all in the same day. If I'm not feeling sick, I've got leg cramps, if I have the leg cramps subside I end up having heartburn, if I don't have heartburn, I'm back to the room spinning again which in turn makes me feel nauseous all over again.

Today, I decided to eat some baby cookies before I got out of bed and eat something very, very small for breakfast. I did some leg stretches and even though I feel a little gross, it's nothing compared to how I was the rest of the week. I'm going to watch a few movies with S and hopefully be able to keep up with the sickness and eat before it strikes and I'll have to keep stretching once in awhile too. I've been putting heat and ice on it and the ice has been bringing down the swelling to my leg and relieving the pain as well as Tylenol.

Well, that's it for now. I'm going to try and relax before the computer starts making me woozy again.



{TS.A.H.M} Garbage, Recycling + Rain

I'm not going to lie. I woke up a little foggy this morning. I was tossing and turning all night, pulling muscles left, right, and center. I woke up in so much pain in my shoulder. I even let E sleep in until 730 because I had to put the recycling out and I didn't want to get up right away.

I put the recycling out and chased it THREE times (6 bags) across the street! The wind is so heavy it won't even stay covered with the construction junk they left on our lawn a few months ago!

NOT something I wanted to be doing this morning. Today is one of those days I threw on a movie for S and I'm doing NOTHING today. Absolutely nothing. And to boot, I may not even make supper tonight. The kids can fend for themselves and eat chocolate if they want! Ugh!

The only thing that is going to get me through this day is the fact that tomorrow is my first ultrasound! I went to the doctor yesterday and got a call by the afternoon. I get to see our little pea on the screen tomorrow!

A new thing I've learned recently though is that no kids are allowed in the room? That is going to be a problem if P can't take off work and I have to bring S with me. Do they honestly expect me to leave my almost 5-year-old in the waiting room by herself? It's not like it's that easy to get people to watch your child when everyone is working during weekday mornings! Ugh, I'm just literally irritated all around today!

Anyway, those are my rants for today. Clearly, I'm not having a great day. I'm going to need a nap or something to get me through this brutal start to the morning!


{TS.A.H.M} Here We Go Again...

I barely woke up this morning and I already felt sick. I managed to get E out the door this morning and watched her get on the bus. S asked me to watch videos online and play on PBSkids and I was okay with that. 

It's now 12 and I'm finally feeling well enough to sit up and I got something in my stomach and some water down. 

I'm just overly cranky today and short-tempered, mainly because I don't feel the greatest. Hopefully I can just cuddle with my monkey now and I can now get in with my day feeling good.




{TS.A.H.M} Official Business

My last shift was last night. It wasn't the best way to go out and it kinda made me more excited that it was my last day.

Today, seems like just the perfect time to have no work because for the first time, my head is in a bucket. I've been nauseous for about 2 weeks or so but today was the first for me actually being sick. So, we're officially in business. :p

P went to hit some balls at the driving range and he's going to BBQ tonight and have our first fire in the backyard!

I don't care how much my head is in the bucket today, I'm going to enjoy them the best way I can today.




{TS.A.H.M} Ultrasound #1

Today was a complete waste of time. We got there and she was looking and said that based on my blood work, my levels are high which means I am pregnant (confirmed for the third time now) but that there was only a sac there at the moment because the baby isn't big enough to see yet. So, I'm supposed to go back to my doctor in a week to follow-up and reschedule another ultrasound in about 3 weeks.

I'm feeling more nauseous. I think this has been the first day that I've actually felt sick all day. Even after eating. I woke up feeling sick and could barely drink for my ultrasound...but I managed. I only have three days left of work but man is it going to be rough feeling like this. I'm going to do my best but if I'm sick at work, I'm going to need to go home. I feel like it's in my throat just ready to come out. (sorry TMI btw!)

I'm irritable and I can't wait until I can enjoy the whole day without knowing that I'll be working later that evening. Maybe it's just my nauseous, irritated-self talking today. It doesn't help that the guys are working on the house right beside ours (new construction) and all they're doing is BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG...pause...BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG...pause...etc. OVER and OVER again! I was trying to nap with S this afternoon and I got to closing my eyes for a couple hours but that banging stopped me from actually getting some rest.

My doctor gave me the okay to take Gravol so I took two of the girls not too long ago because that's all I have at the moment. I may buy some more tonight so I can make it through the next few shifts if I need it.

I'm going to relax for my last hour and a half before I have to leave for work. Blah!


{TS.A.H.M.} Daily Life + Monthly Doctor's Appointments


I went to the doctor's this morning (seeing as it's S' last daycare day) and I could get there and just sit on my own and talk to the doctor.

He confirmed a pregnancy test today (I wasn't really surprised) but he said when it shows up on his test I'm between 5-6 weeks (which I could've told you already too). So, it's begun! I should have an ultrasound done within the next two weeks and in about a month we should hear back officially about a due date! He was counting 9 months from today bringing it to January/February. But honestly, I think it's closer to the end of December from the time we started.

It's going to be monthly doctor's visits again and looking forward to those ultrasounds! OMG, I can't wait for S to experience all of these things that E did. And E is over the MOON! She's dying a little inside because we told her she absolutely can't tell ANYONE yet. We trust her and she's great at keeping secrets.

E is team BLUE and wants a brother this time along with us and S is team PINK and wants another sister! We will obviously love whoever comes into our lives but this is a fun game to play with the girls and get them included.

I just booked the photographer for our announcement/lifestyle newborn session! And I'm having shirts made by the middle of the month for the girls to wear for the announcement. Eeee I'm having fun with this because this is our last. I want the girls to enjoy this and especially S who hasn't done this before. I want it to be SO super special for her as well.

Life is pretty simple in our home. Other than fighting, whining and drama hourly we have it pretty simple. Even though we think another baby will change a lot all over again, we think our simplistic lifestyle won't be too different once we can all get into a routine. With the summer coming, I want to enjoy both the girls together before school starts in September. S starts kindergarten so she won't be home in the daytime anymore and of course, E will be going into grade 4! I can't even believe it right now. I mean, the timeline makes sense but (here we go with the cliche' comments) Where has the time gone??!" I'm so glad I got to enjoy it with both girls and I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it just as much with our new bundle as well. The more I think about it and now that it was officially confirmed by the doctor's test, it's real. I can breathe. I get we're not completely out of the clear with anything going wrong but I would like to think positive and get on with the enjoying!

P enjoys me being pregnant. He's always rubbing and kissing my tummy and always just being there. He puts up with all my mood swings and *cough* pregnancy moments that we will not speak about! So, I'm excited to experience that all over again. To be honest, I think that's the part I'm going to miss the most about this being our last. It's not so much the having another baby experience, it's the experiences with P that make it so perfect. E cuddled into my legs when I was pregnant with S and she would lay on my tummy. S did that the other day while we watched a movie together and had no idea that she's laying on her little brother/sister...but I did.

I can't say I'm worried about S being jealous completely because when I'm holding babies, she just wants to touch them and be around them too. She's never pushing them out of the way to be with me or fighting for my affection. I think there may be little moments like "Oh, the babies sitting there? I want to sit with you too" moments. But we won't know until that time comes. E is such a great big sister and always wanting to help and teach S stuff (whether she wants to learn or not! lol)



I'm just super excited for this new journey. I'm a little nervous about some things but I'd say I'm more excited than nervous at this point. Come 8 months, it may be a little different.

We have two gorgeous little girls and watching them grow has been such an honour. I can't believe we're being blessed with one more sweet little bundle! 

What's on the go?:

I'm still craving popcorn. I'm still light-headed and nauseous here and there and it's mainly in the evenings. I'm still a bit weirded out that I actually haven't been sick enough to vomit (knock on wood) but I'm kinda thankful at this point.

OH, my first mommy moment (besides missing the bus)...

I went to put on a sports bra when I got home from the doctor's office and I snapped it on my very sensitive nipple. MAN did I shout a few words that I'm not proud of! lol Now, it's 10x more tender than it has been the last few weeks! Ugh!

If I am 6 weeks our nugget is the size of a Lentil. And I have about 34 weeks to go. I'll be happy once they "confirm" a due date so I don't have to keep saying "about this", and "If that". Yes, I'm excited, yes you'd think I'd have a bunch of patience by now...NO, it's getting WORSE in my old age! ;)

I have been moody but off my meds, I'm moody anyway. It'll show all over my face if I am. I'm nervous to announce this to the world. There has always been at least one person to ruin every happy moment we've had. I just want this time to be perfect.

I know that we're happy with everything, we planned this. I just hope everyone else is just as happy.


{TS.A.H.M} Monday Morning + Missed Bus


I think "mommy brain" is kicking in earlier than expected. After having two already, you'd think I'd be able to overcome this crap, lol!

This morning, I tell E that she has 13-minutes before she has to leave and I completely blanked out and all I hear is the bus pulling away!! I'm like, "OMG, you just missed the bus!!" Of course, E doesn't care, she gets to play hooky from school today. Ugh! E has missed the bus ONCE before but luckily P was here to drive her.

Anyway, I'm going to the doctor's tomorrow (May 2) to get my bloodwork done and see how far along I am. Right now, according to what I estimated, I'm 5 wks, 6 days today. I could be more, I could be less but that's what I got at the moment. We'll see once the bloodwork comes back. I'm so anxious to find out right now. I took a second test to make sure the Wednesday after, plus I had the second one to use so why not use it?

Today for today, our little one is the size of a pea! I'm still eating Smart Food like it's going out of style and I try and limit myself to two coffee's a day (including Pepsi as well). I told P I can't stop drinking coffee altogether but I can limit what I drink caffeine wise.

I've been feeling more and more "motion sickness" and feeling lightheaded which in-turn makes me feel nauseous. It mainly around supper time or at night when the girls are sleeping at the moment (very similar to my pregnancy with S'). No vomiting yet, which is strange for me because usually by now I have done very little, but it's every day. My chest is so achy and I've been tired but not overly tired yet. With S I remember literally sleeping/napping 17 hours out of the day. I was so tired! Now, I'm tired but it's nothing really out of the ordinary yet. I may nap on the couch during the day. I'm trying to eat little bits here and there this time instead of 3-6 meals/ a day. With E I was always nauseous and I would have a moment of sickness and then it would be gone but it was early in the morning or in the early afternoon. S was in the evenings around midnight.

I'm not complaining because being sick is the LAST thing I like to be doing. Feeling nauseous in waves is bad enough!

This is officially my last week of work. I'm excited because of the changes happening, however, I've made friends and thoroughly enjoyed their company. We have a lot of laughs and almost every shift I leave laughing about something (except those dreaded "bad days").

Seeing as I've been off my meds, the doctor said that it's very important to find something to keep my mind busy. When I'm feeling more anxious than usual I have been pulling out my Lost Ocean colouring book and just sit there until I feel like I can't do anymore. It's nice because while S is playing in the playroom, I can pull it out and just colour whenever I want.

Seeing as E missed the bus this morning, the girls have been playing in the playroom and they went outside for about 15-20-minutes until they got cold and came in. Ugh, can't we just get a normal spring now? I think we all deserve it now.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow when they will both be out of the house for the day. S has her last daycare day (which I thought was Thursday) and E will be in school...provided she doesn't miss the bus again. :/


{TS.A.H.M} Meal Planning + Menus


I was never an organized meal planner. To be honest, I didn't care. I also thought that from what I knew, it was a LOT of work! When you're a S.A.H.M you are always looking for things to minimize your workload because you're always running around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to please your kids and make them happy. Most of the time you just can't, especially when it comes to supper time. My kids aren't on the higher end of the picker eater scale but I still have moments where I want to pull my hair out because they ask the usual question: "What's for dinner?" And I dread telling them roast!

Our oldest isn't so bad and from an early age, she hasn't really been picky about anything. Our youngest of the other hand, she's never liked Eggs, Carrots, Meat, Chicken, Salad...etc. I feel like the list gets bigger and bigger the older she gets!

I've always been the type to make whatever I wanted and if the kids didn't like it, starve. They know, they sometimes fight it but it's less of a fight than making 50 different meals for them only to still have it go to waste. Plus, it's exhausting! It's been exhausting!

I started reading into meal planning when our youngest was 2-years old. I found that it wasn't as hard as it seemed and we save money on groceries because we're not buying the extras ALL the time and if we do buy those extras, it's because we want too. We find that making a menu every week had cut down on vegetables going bad because we're actually eating them as opposed to leaving them in the fridge not knowing what to do with them! If it's on the menu, it's being made. Why buy carrots if none of the meals on the menu have carrots in them?

I find many people spend way too much on groceries they don't even need and half of the food goes bad. We were a little tired spending almost $300 on our groceries and have half of it go bad before we thought about what to make with it.

Now, we budget for between $100-$150/week on groceries and if we spend more, it's because we decided to get extra stuff because we're actually eating it. I don't buy any fridge stuff that will go bad within a week if it's not on the menu.

Suppers are usually the hardest to plan. Every meal-planning week ends on Wednesday's. I do a menu starting every Thursday because I know our new grocery flyer comes out that day.

Normally, I get the kids to help me make the menu because at least if they have their say, they like what's on the menu and I know they'll eat it. Every once-in-awhile I have to add a meal or sides of my choice because they aren't always the best at the "healthy" side of things. They would honestly eat Tacos and Pizza every night of the week if we let them.

That's another thing, I usually have one item that we do every week or every two weeks (i.e. Pizza night or Tacos). We either order it or make it handmade and we always try to change the ingredients so that we aren't having the same boring toppings every week.

I have found that we have less fighting about what is being made for the supper, the kids cheer more often when they ask: "What's for dinner?", and of course, supper is usually made every night without me having to slave over the stove not really knowing what I'm going to put together again.

If P decides he doesn't feel like having something that is on the menu for the night, we pick something else on the menu and change it around. Easy-peasy and we already have the ingredients for it because we shopped for the week!

We find it more convenient and it makes everyone a lot happier at supper time. Which makes for a happier mom too! ;)

{TS.A.H.M} Handclap Games + Sleepover Fun + Spring

E has been bugging me to have another friend over so we made it happen for this Saturday. The girls had a lot of fun and kept busy for the most part. Whenever they got bored, they went for a walk together.

We sent S to their nana + papa's for her own sleepover so the bigger girls could have their time.

The girls were playing handclap games, doing each other's makeup (looking like clowns), went for so many walks together, had pizza, watched a movie, watched 5-minute art videos on the iPad, and had giggles all around.





Our girls have been taking advantage of the nicer days that we have once in awhile too.









 

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