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Week 31 Pregnancy Update

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We were too busy with traveling and company to snap any photos for this week’s update. Suffice it to say, I am huge and baby feels as if he/she weighs much more than the 4 pounds my ticker says.

I was asked multiple times this week if I was having twins.  Several people also commented on the fact that I am all belly.  This is due not only to the diastasis recti, but also to the fact that I am extremely short waisted.  There’s really no place for baby to go but out in front.  Hiding pregnancy is not really something I do well. ;)

My friend, Amy, who happens to be one who does not show early and never gets very big at all has given me some great perspective this pregnancy.  She revels in every second of her pregnancies (she’s due a week after me with their #8).  She loves looking pregnant, and I’d almost venture to guess she wouldn’t mind one little bit if she got as big as I do.

Getting this big used to bother me a lot.  In fact, I once rushed out of a store because of the comments I could hear being made behind my back, yet within my earshot.  While it does get extremely old defending that I know FOR SURE I’m not having twins, and that I also know FOR SURE that my due date is December 22, and that I am well aware of the fact that I shock people when I turn around because from the back I don’t look pregnant, I am still thankful to be growing the newest member of our family…and thankful for a friend like Amy, who keeps me from having too many pity parties.

I will say, with every passing day, I grow slower and slower.  It’s been a difficult adjustment going from 90 to nothing so quickly.  Thankfully, I have a lot of willing helpers who help ease my workload.  My 16 year old son even sat down the other night and gave me a foot massage because I looked tired and so did my feet.  What a guy!

Oh, and some not so great news…
The nurse told me I had passed my 3 hour glucose test, but a few days later, she called and started the conversation with, “You are going to hate me.”  I actually did NOT pass.  She had misread the numbers.  My beginning and ending numbers were in the 70s, but my middle numbers were above range.  For now, my OB is just having me watch my diet.  (yes, Trim Healthy Mama it is)  I will be 33 weeks when I go back for my next appointment, so we’ll see then what she is thinking.  She is super low key, so that could be the extent of “treatment” for me.  I definitely feel like this is doable.  I’m just disappointed that after losing weight and watching my sugar intake these past couple of years, I am gestational diabetic for the first time.  bah.

So, how are all my pregnant mama friends out there?  Would love to hear YOUR updates!

Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas – Week 3

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Find all the Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas posts HERE!

How did you do with the Week 2 To Do List? Hopefully all the items have been completed and you are now ready for Week 3!

Just a quick reminder before we get started: These Weekly To Do lists are directly from The 12-Week Holiday Planner. (affiliate link)  Those of you who have purchased The Holiday Planner will have all the forms that go along with the To Do Lists. If you have not purchased the planner, then you will need to make your own forms or buy your own copy!

This week we will be focusing on making your shopping lists and going shopping! I know this may seem like you are getting way ahead of the game, but believe me, you won’t be sorry! Getting this shopping down now will save you big time later on! Besides, next week is baking week, so you will want to make sure you have all the ingredients on hand to make baking week a success!

Note from Amy:  This week I focus on Thanksgiving and Decoration Day baking, as well as any Fall festivities we might be needing to bake for.  There are more Baking Weeks later on, so think about what you need for Fall baking.  What can you make ahead for Thanksgiving now?  Rolls?  Desserts?  Breakfast casseroles for overnight guests?  (For ideas & recipes, take a look at my Large Family Recipes section!)

Week 3: Supplies Week

[ ] Inventory the supplies you have on hand, then…

[ ] Shopping Lists for non-perishables! Turn to your Recipe Cards filed under the Holiday Menus and Holiday Baking sections and using the form provided make a list of non-perishables needed for holiday meals and baking. Make sure you have plenty of yeast and related items on hand.

[ ] Baking Shopping List! Next week will be a Baking Week, so if you plan on doing some holiday baking ahead of time that you can put in the freezer, include perishable items you will need for these recipes as well!

[ ] Gift making Shopping List! Turn to your Gift Making Checklist filed under the Christmas Gifts section and jot down the supplies needed for gift making.

[ ] Decorations Shopping List! Turn to your Decoration Ideas form filed under the Holiday Decorations section and jot down supplies you will need for decorating for the holidays.

[ ] Finalize Shopping List! Also jot down miscellaneous supplies such as film, batteries, gift wrapping, and Christmas cards as needed.

[ ] Shopping! Take your lists and GO SHOPPING!

Accountability:

Once you have completed this list, come back here and tell us about it! Let’s encourage each other to plug away at these “to do’s” now so that our holidays can be less stressful and more focused on Jesus!

Find all the Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas posts HERE!

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Congratulations to our winner – Rebecca!   (winner has been notified) Don’t forget you can still get a great deal on Simplified Dinners through Monday, October 20.  Use coupon code:
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Got Morning Sickness? Get Pink Stork!

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Amy Upchurch had Hyperemesis Gravidarum with all four of her pregnancies.  She was admitted to the hospital for a total of 47 days due to this condition.  She was skeptical that anything
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Week 30 Pregnancy Update

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Wow!  I went from superwoman speed to turtle speed in a matter of a couple of weeks.  Baby is head down, which has put a lot more weight on my
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How To Simplify Your Dinner Routine

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Meal planning is one of those things that seems like it should be a breeze, but in reality, can quickly become a nightmare.  Some weeks, I really enjoy meal planning,
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