31 weeks and still going good

I am 31 weeks pregnant this week. So far this pregnancy I have had to deal with spotting until 16 weeks, moderate asthma, horrible nausea (until 16 ish weeks), horrible acid reflux starting from the first trimester and only getting worse, retaining water weight (swollen hands / feet) and…. other fun stuff like head aches and such. Thankfully my drs were able to advise me on which vitamins to take to avoid the headaches and their solution works! The reflux is still a pain… my asthma and allergies are still annoying but I was just approved to take my Singulair for my breathing issues along with my two inhalers. My OBGYN seemed hesitant but my perinatal physician approved it right away.

Today at my 31 week visit my OB measured my fundal height at 34cm. She didn’t seem concerned and at my 28 week ultrasound the baby was around 2 1/2 lbs. So I think she is growing well. I am not sure what kind of perinatal appointment I will have next week, I know I am getting to the part of my pregnancy where my dr will stop all of my ultrasounds and start doing those other things… (I can’t think of the name but they sit you in a chair with things to monitor the baby) and you stay there for like 20 – 30 min. I only made it to ONE of those appointments last pregnancy before I was induced for Preeclampsia. So fingers crossed I will make it to more of those.

I have been trying to be more active by going swimming with my daughter. My husband first tried to talk me out of buying a maternity bathing suit saying I would only wear it once or twice but I have been using it two weeks now, every day pretty much. I don’t regret my purchase. I bought it on SHEIN. I measured myself and got the right size. I am pretty sure before shipping costs it was only $17 for my swimsuit.

https://us.shein.com/Maternity-Ruffle-Hem-Criss-Cross-Bikini-Swimsuit-p-2385958-cat-2378.html?scici=SearchEditSearch1maternity_20swim~~0

Thats the link to the swimsuit I got – I did review it on their site so you can look for that there. I like it.

This is a screen shot of the one I got. (Obviously their model) she looks amazing. I do like how it fits me though, I bought a large since I am not as petite as their model.

This weekend is my baby shower – its online and offline. Mostly just a small group of local family will be by to celebrate and then all my friends online. I wanted to just do an online one but family talked me into doing an in person one , but I told them it had to be at the same time bc I was not throwing two entirely separate parties.

I am registered at Target and Amazon, for those of you who asked. Here are the links:

https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/donna-hamlet-benjamin-hamlet-august-2021-albuquerque/1RXBPX66C3VNY

https://tgt.gifts/hamlet

So far I have gotten two gifts in the mail/dropped off by friends, so I have them sitting in my office waiting to be opened. I got a text from a friend that she is going to drop off a gift, but god knows when that is LOL. I know everyone is very busy. I know I am too. I am just thankful for everything received because it helps us with the baby. My daughter is excited to be a big sister. My son is excited as well.

Oh the plants!

I forgot to update you all on our beautiful tomatoes and such! So far they are all growing very tall and one of our plants has little tomatoes on it already! I have about 12 plants so I have to water them daily. I told my son if he waters them while i am in the hospital giving birth he can earn $$,for keeping them alive! But we haven’t lost any plants yet, its been wonderful weather. I put some pumpkin seeds out and they have sprouted already as well. I will start to post more photos on twitter of all the plants soon.

*SIGH* okay i need to rest – before I go do housework. But I wanted to update you all on stuff. I will try to keep you all in the loop when anything new happens.

My son (12 years old) got his first COVID shot today!

Today at noon, my son had his first COVID shot from Pfizer. We were notified via text & email by the NM DOH that we could schedule my 12 year old for his shot and they got him in the next day. My husband & I both have our shots already but it is so great to have my son finally get some protection from COVID. His sister is too young to receive a shot and we have a newborn on the way this summer.

My son has pretty bad shot anxiety, he hyperventilates and will try to hide. When we got to the facility he was fine, but as we got closer in line… he started to hold his arms close to his body and I had to hold on to him to keep him with me. When we got up to the front of the line, the person directing us actually suggested we use the “private room” to receive his shot . My son nodded and agreed. So they took us to a nursing station and the nurse took us to a private room with a cot. She then gave my son the option to either lay down OR sit with her for his shot. She asked him what kind of music he likes and played his favorite song for him on her phone. She talked to him, let him breathe and had him relax some more, and then gave him his shot when HE was ready.

I have to say I am impressed because even at his doctor appointments for his yearly shots they don’t take this much time out to help him. But today was amazing. So thank you Kathleen S, RN at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, for making my son’s first shot experience better. It meant a lot to us. And you could tell he was scared. People in line could tell he was scared. He is like this with EVERY shot. It’s very hard and we even offer rewards but he has a real fear.

I do hope it gets better as he gets older but so far … no luck.

Its been 9 1/2 hours since his shot and he is feeling great. No issues. Fingers crossed he continues to feel fine.

Don’t let me forget to tell you about how our homeschool curriculum got delivered today! We chose to switch to Bookshark this year and wow that’s a lot of books! But they look interesting and I just need to set up the instructor manuals before next semester. I am excited about these books and my son was looking through them and looked interest in some as well. See my previous post about homeschool curriculums, where I explain more about bookshark.

This week has been eventful, we got to see our baby girl on ultrasound this week and so far they are saying shes about 2 1/2 lbs and in the 54%.

We got to see a 3d image of her face. She almost didn’t show her face to us, as you can see her umbilical cord is actually in front of her face and at one point she had her hand COVERING her entire face. Sneaky baby.

So far, pregnancy is decent. I am starting to swell more, I am 28 weeks this week. I am trying to not over do it because I get into a lot of pain and lose energy very quickly now a days. We are hoping to make it to 34 weeks at least. For those of you who aren’t aware, I have had two premature births. So, this one is being monitored. I usually get pre-eclampsia…. not fun.

Anyways in my free time I am also gardening… here is what it looks like right now. (The potted stuff at least).

We have tomatoes, basil, cilantro and oregano growing. We also have flowers (lilies and wild flowers) I am looking forward to everything blooming eventually.

Maybe my garden will look nice by the time I have my baby shower, I have a few family members who are vaccinated that will be coming to the backyard baby shower and a few friends online going. I am thankful for everyone who is welcoming my baby into this world with me.

Annnnd I think that is all that is new with us right now. Its been an eventful week! I am just so happy my son got his first shot though. It makes me feel better as a mother ❤

It’s not really a switch… sort of?

So my son and I are finishing up the 7th grade year, finally. Last year was our 2nd year homeschooling, after pulling my son out of public school at the end of 5th grade and de-schooling him over the summer. We finally found a type of curriculum that we enjoyed together, we tried a few the first year and it was HARD. I thought I was not cut out to homeschool and going back to public school was not an option with how horrible they were to him.

Just a small note- this is NOT sponsored. I am going to be telling you how I feel about the curriculum I BOUGHT with my own money, as we go through it…

So last year we used Sonlight, we enjoyed it for the most part but the science portion shocked me, (Note that I am not that religious) and I found I did not agree with WHAT they were using to teach what they considered “science” and even my friend who was on the phone with me as I read a passage from the book we were using was like “Oh no” .

For 7th grade we used, 2020’s All subject W package from Sonlight, below is what was included.

7ASPW

We loved the reading selection, we loved the poems, the language arts was comprehensive, the experiments were fun, and math was great but we saw areas of improvement. And that’s when I found out that sonlight also had a sister company, bookshark. And bookshark is a more secular version of sonlight, which is what I wanted. I looked through the next curriculum and decided that we did want to move over. So we get the same teaching style, with all the amazing books, but toned down a bit for our religious preferences.

So for 8th grade, bookshark the books for 2021 look like this (below)

If your child isn’t a reader, this probably wouldn’t be for you. My son LOVES to read. I showed him the book selection and he can’t wait to get them.

Now lets talk price… I know many people think a curriculum like this costs a lot, and decide to go with an online one because they THINK it will cost less… but in reality with many online ones (not all), you end up paying THE SAME COST just over the school year ….. I know I did when we did a digital / online curriculum, AND my son learned better with hands on materials.

I got a 20% discount (which seems to be the basic discount they give everyone, honestly I have not seen it change) WITH taxes AND with me adding on some extra spelling books (we need to focus on spelling and handwriting), it cost me $995 for the ENTIRE kit. Same with Sonlight, it was roughly 900$ last year as well. If you look up similar curriculums they are similar as well.

I plan to let you all know what I feel about this curriculum in the up coming months. My son will finish up his 7th grade sonlight program soon and we will take a break, I will have a baby and then we will start the school year back up again with bookshark.

If you are one of those people who wants to know the methodology of these programs here it is directly from their website: (Bookshark)

Sonlight has a similar type of statement but their website is a bit different from bookshark:

Now my son is turning 13 soon and the only issue I see us running into is … running out of curriculum with these companies… both only go up to certain levels and I am not informed if they are going to be making any more … for instance my son is on level I for book shark… BUT bookshark only has levels listed up to J…..so after this do I just find another curriculum or will they be expanding? I have been contimplating online high school for 9-12 grade for my son but if that doesn’t work out (if we don’t like it), then where do I go? That the issue I am seeing with these homeschool programs, many of them run out of materials… too soon for my liking.

The level J says its for ages 14-16… but I graduated at 18. And no I was not homeschooled but I feel like there should be more levels… anyways I am looking into that now so that it doesn’t come back to bite me in the butt in a year or 2.

I do know of other programs we could use, I just need to prepare myself. Sonlight and bookshark are not the only homeschool curriculums I have seen do this… I have noticed a lacking of actual high school materials. My son does better hands on with his materials so online school kind of bugs me. But we will see where things go in the future.

22 Week 6 day baby update

Greetings! If you follow me on Twitter this will be old, but lets blog about it! Today I went to the Perinatologist (maternal fetal medicine doctor). I went LAST week but they measured my cervix and it was measuring short, so they scheduled me for a check up this week. And the ultrasound tech said they would get some shots of the baby this week as well before I went home.

And I got to see baby girl’s face more clearly today than I have been able to so far! Exciting right? Yeah oh and my cervix measurements came back great! They said I don’t need to worry right now. A cervix measuring short could mean preterm labor, but thankfully mine second scan was better than the last.

I don’t really get nervous going to these appointments since being high risk is not new to me. These doctors are just here for more frequent check ups on the baby and me.

What do they do in these appointments? Well they weigh me, check my vitals, I do a spirometry test (this is new, and I think bc of COVID), I then get to do an internal ultrasound and external ultrasound. If the doctor wants more tests, blood, cardiac echo, they order those. For higher risk women you may get more scans than me, or more blood work. I just get an echo about once or twice a month currently. Why am I high risk? I have had preeclampsia TWICE… and have given birth early due to preeclampsia in both of my previous pregnancies. I also had preterm labor with my first baby and I am over the age of 35…so that also makes you high risk.

My doctors are amazing and explain everything to me. They got me on my inhaler and a new one last week and I have been doing better with my breathing. Apparently my pregnancy has made my asthma worse…so bad that I actually HAVE to take my inhaler… I was waking up out of breath and feeling very very sick before. But now that I have been on both of my inhalers for more than a week now, I feel so much better. Go figure.

me – double masking at the hospital

I have been feeling more out of breath and tired now that I am half way through this pregnancy. I want to start going for walks in the evening with my family, but I need to be careful since I am swelling in my hands and feet now. But I also need to watch what I am eating because now that I am not sick all the time with morning sickness I tend to eat all the fun things I like… and then I gain all the extra weight… yes yes I am pregnant but only a certain amount is healthy and I know my body and how much is too much 🙂 So I NEED to eat healthier.

Oh and Happy Late Easter! My family did celebrate….sort of. We aren’t really religious… or Christian.. so we do the Easter fun with the kids but and we did see my in laws in the front yard of my house. We opted to NOT go to a family get together since not everyone is vaccinated yet, and I am high risk. I am vaccinated but my husband isn’t. We wanted to play it safe for now. We can see family once more people are protected.

Other than this update, not much else is new. My husband is having tooth pain from a possible cracked tooth, which sucks so we are dealing with that at the dentist office. So glad we got a stimulus check to pay for all our dental work. I have been buying the baby stuff of my list on Amazon/Target because I wanted to make sure I got certain things I needed. I still haven’t planned a baby sprinkle or anything yet, no I will not be doing an in person one. It will be online only. We aren’t risking anything at this point.

I just need a few things anyways, we are pretty set on clothes for this baby since I saved all my daughter’s clothes 3 years ago. I am so lucky because it will save us so much money. We switched my daughter over to a big girl bed! So now the crib is freed up! We had ZERO issues moving Lily over to the new bed, she is in LOVE with it and is so excited to be a big sister soon.

Homeschooling is going well, we are almost done with the year. I am buying the new curriculum this coming week or so. Another thing our stimulus money can go towards.

I am so thankful for my friends on twitter / online. You all have been so amazing and supportive of me this last year. I feel you all are why I was able to function during the pandemic. ❤

It’s SPRING time!

Time to open some windows, plant some flowers and go outside! Yes you can still garden and have fun during a pandemic. I am teaching my toddler that she can grow her own little garden this year. She was really interested in watering plants last year but this year I thought it would be fun for her to grow her own tomatoes and herbs.

So far we got some cheap (recycled) containers from our food from Costco and we planted some seeds! Here is how they look after about3-4 weeks of growth.

Yeah I know it looks messy, because I let a toddler water them. Give me a break. BUT they are growing! (Note: If they do not grow to be big enough to transplant properly we will buy some pre-grown ones) I just wanted my daughter to see that she CAN grow food. I also think it’s important for her to know where her food comes from.

These two are keeping me busy lately. I am slowly introducing my daughter into school work. She is 3 and normally at this age I would have introduced her into daycare/pre-k but with COVID I am taking on the roll of teacher more. Most of Prek is play right now anyways but I am working on introducing more fine motor skills with things we have around the house. I am also looking at a preschool curriculum to follow. That way I know shes on track, because even though I homeschool my oldest (for non COVID reasons), my younger child seems more like she would be successful in public school, so we are thinking of giving it a try. We can always pull back and homeschool if needed. But I would like to give her a chance since she is very social.

I don’t have a pre-school curriculum picked out yet for my daughter, I am still looking at which one would fit my daughter best. There are so many, and I am looking for one based on play. I want one I can buy that is prepared for me so I don’t have to run around trying to get materials for stuff.

Don’t worry I still have a few months to prep. I just like to get this stuff bought though in advance so I am not rushing. My son’s curriculum is pretty much already picked out for next year and we set the money aside for it since it will cost us around $1,000 for the entire thing, books, science kit, etc. It comes with EVERYTHING. And later this year I will be selling his old curriculum once we are done with it.

I have already started to box up most of his books, we are officially done with science and reading. He is almost done with language arts, writing and math. We are working at his pace.

I am trying to find another Spanish learning program OR some other language. My son just isn’t picking it up. And Spanish may not be for everyone. I personally enjoyed learning German, but the spelling may really confuse him. Anyways I tried Rosetta stone and duo-lingo. I need more of a classroom setting type of learning, so I may have to pay for another program. Those other programs are great for adults and teens but my 12 year old just doesn’t retain the information.

Anyways, I have a few months to pick out a system, so we are good. It’s spring! I am going to not worry too much about it, since learning a second language isn’t too important, I just wanted to give him the chance to learn something different. Sadly he just isn’t picking it up. Maybe I should look into videos for my daughter while she is young…. hmmm. Things to think about….

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