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30 Mar 2020   ·   24

Life Update: Pregnancy (35 weeks) + baby boy got out of the NICU!

I’m 35 weeks pregnant this week — and we got to bring our precious baby boy that we’re fostering home from the NICU on Wednesday!!

All three kids have anxiously been waiting for two weeks to get to meet this very loved baby boy! They have willingly stayed home 24/7 to protect our home from germs, done the bulk of the laundry, cooking, and cleaning while I was taking care of this little guy at the NICU, and have talked incessantly about the day we would get to bring him to our house!

It brought tears to my eyes to see my husband and kids loving on this tiny boy whom I have fallen so in love with the past two and a half weeks. (See a video here.)

Welcome to our home, Champ. We already love you more than you can imagine. Our heart and hope is for you to have reunification with your mama, but we promise to love you, care for you, and advocate for you as long as we get to be your foster family.

(Note: We debated over what “internet name” to give this sweet guy and finally all decided on Champ. Because though he is little, he is so strong. And I kept finding myself reporting to people that he did this or that “like a champ”. I realized it was the perfect moniker for him online! Also, thank you for your understanding that there’s a lot we can’t share when it comes to photos and details. While everything in my mama heart wants to show the world how cute and amazing he is and how proud I am of how much progress he is making, protecting his privacy and story is much more important to us.)

Highlights:

It’s pretty surreal and special to get the opportunity to love on a tiny little newborn during the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Since I’m the only one who is trained to feed him right now (and he eats every 3 hours) and he’s still adjusting to being in a different bed/place after weeks in the NICU, my sleep has been a little on the short side this week.

However, God has been so faithful to carry me through — through the 24-hour stay with him at the hospital so the nurses could observe my care of him and make sure I was ready to bring him home, through a few relatively sleepless nights, and through so many meetings/appointments with various medical professionals about his long term medical needs.

I’m learning so much and feel like I add new words and terms to my vocabulary every day! Also, this whole having babies with older kids is just about the best.thing.ever!!! Jesse and the kids have done SO much this week and the transition has honestly felt so smooth and easy, thanks to them!

Notable:

I feel like my belly popped yet again this week and I outgrew more clothes! Baby has been SO active and seems very healthy.

I’m also having much more intense contractions — which is very common for me in the last month. I get to start weekly ultrasounds next week and I’m excited to get to see our little babe on the screen again! We’re also hoping maybe just maybe baby will cooperate and we’ll be able confirm the gender with the DNA test.

We have almost everything ready except we need to buy another car seat, finalize a few things for the birth, and pack the hospital bags. I also am hoping to get Champ all adjusted to sleeping in his bed in our room and need to get Jesse and Kathrynne trained on making bottles and feeding/caring for him. (We’re supposed to have a nurse come stay at our house to care for him during my birth, but I still want to have some backup!) I don’t expect to go early, so I should have time!

30 Mar 2020   ·   2

My 6 Goals for This Week

Welp, I don’t have much to report when it comes to progress on my goals from last week. But I did spend all day/night Tuesday and Wednesday at the hospital practicing caring for Champ (our little preemie baby boy whom we’re fostering) under the watchful eye of the nurses.

We were cleared for his release on Wednesday night and the rest of the week/weekend has been a whirlwind of adjusting to feeding him every 3 hours around the clock (and learning how to function on less sleep!), getting into the groove of having a newborn again, and figuring out our new normal.

Here’s my goals list from last week:

Last Week’s Goals — 2020 — Week 12

Personal Goals

1. Get in 54,000 steps total. (I use the FitBit Ulta HR to track my steps every day.) 

2. Finish reading Your New NameHome Court Advantage, and Zachariah’s Story. Plus, finish listening to The Body Keeps the Score

Home/Family Goals

3. Read 30 more pages of Carry a Big Stick aloud as a family. (Maybe we’ll finish it this week?!?)

4. Foster care stuff: Organize all of the preemie baby clothes/things. Set up the second baby bed. Get car seat installed.

Work/Blog Goals

5. Finish the rough draft of chapter 8 of my manuscript.

Word of the Year Goals

6. Pop popcorn and watch another classic movie as a family. 

I’m feeling like we’re starting to get back into a groove again, so I’m hopeful that I’ll have more progress to report on goals this coming week. We’ll see!

This Week’s Goals — 2020 — Week 13

Personal Goals

1. Get in 54,000 steps total. (I use the FitBit Ulta HR to track my steps every day.) 

2. Finish reading Your New NameHome Court Advantage, and Zachariah’s Story. Plus, finish listening to The Body Keeps the Score

Home/Family Goals

3. Read 30 more pages of Carry a Big Stick aloud as a family. (Maybe we’ll finish it this week?!?)

4. Baby prep stuff: Pack hospital bag for me/Jesse/baby. (I can’t believe it’s now time to do this!! Since I had a super fast labor last time around, I’m hoping to be as prepared as possible this time!)

Work/Blog Goals

5. Finish the rough draft of chapter 8 of my manuscript.

Word of the Year Goals

6. Pop popcorn and watch another classic movie as a family. 

What are YOUR goals for this week? How did you do on last week’s goals? Tell us in the comments!

30 Mar 2020   ·   0

Extra 50% off Dress Shoes and Sandals + Free Shipping = Shoes just $9.99 shipped!

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DSW Dress Shoes

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30 Mar 2020   ·   0
FREE $5 Amazon eBook Credit w/ $20 eBook Purchase

Free $5 Amazon eBook Credit with $20 eBook Purchase!

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Planning to purchase a few eBooks this week? You can get a free $5 Amazon eBook credit!

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30 Mar 2020   ·   0

Carter’s: 24-Hour Flash Sale = 70% off!!

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Wow! Check out this hot 24-hour flash sale that Carter’s is having today!

Carter's

Today only, Carter’s is having a 24-hour flash sale where you can score 70% off items!

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30 Mar 2020   ·   0

Keds Women’s Shoes only $24.95 shipped!

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30 Mar 2020   ·   0
Pure Fun 36-inch Kids Bungee Trampoline

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Pure Fun 36-inch Kids Bungee Trampoline

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30 Mar 2020   ·   0
Beeswax Food Wraps

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This popular deal on Beeswax Food Wraps is back!

Beeswax Food Wraps

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30 Mar 2020   ·   0
Barbie Dolls as Low as $12.75 on Target

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Check out these deals on Barbie Dolls at Target today!

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30 Mar 2020   ·   0

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30 Mar 2020   ·   0
LEGO BrickHeadz Easter Bunny 40271 Building Kit

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This LEGO BrickHeadz Easter Bunny Building Kit would be a fun gift idea!

LEGO BrickHeadz Easter Bunny 40271 Building Kit

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30 Mar 2020   ·   0
Elmer’s Glow in the Dark Glue Variety Pack

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Elmer’s Glow in the Dark Glue Variety Pack

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30 Mar 2020   ·   0
Larabar Gluten Free Bar

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Larabar Gluten Free Bar

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