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Baby #4 - 18 Weeks

(I added a few other questions from some other weekly pregnancy posts I found on the Internet!)

How many weeks pregnant? 18 weeks, 2 days

Which trimester are you in? Second! I've just entered my fifth month.

Bump photo: No bump photo this week. I think my next sticker is...Week 20, maybe?

How big is baby? Baby is currently the size of a sweet potato.

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Pregnancy symptoms: Baby's "house" seems to have grown overnight! My belly has gotten more poky all of a sudden. Some nausea/sickness the last few days but I don't think that's due to pregnancy, guessing something didn't agree with me or a bug of some kind.

Belly Button - In/Out: Still in. I've actually never had a belly button pop out during any of my pregnancies thus far.

Cravings/Aversions: I had a random craving for Rally's french fries the other night! I was happily able to satisfy it too. :) Otherwise, I've still just not really been feeling like eating much, especially the last few days. I've been feeling kind of run down and puky. :(

Sleep: Sleep has been a little broken recently but normally it's pretty good. I am very blessed to have children that like sleeping. (At this stage, anyway.) I'd love it if they all did a nap/rest time in the afternoon but it never seems to happen, and that's okay.

Nesting: None. More like forgetting to nest! I've apparently hit my clueless stage as I've been forgetting anything & everything left, right, and sideways.

Maternity Clothes: I got some more of my maternity clothes out a week or so ago. I think I'm going to have to break down and get some new pants. Or perhaps try this tutorial I found online to alter pants you already have with elastic...not sure if I'm that crafty though.

Weight Gain: Plus a pound/two, but then minus a pound or three after I got sick this weekend. :(

Movement: I felt little tiny baby movements right around 17 weeks and a day or two! Hubby thought he felt something while I was sleeping one night and we joked that it was probably gas...but then on a Sunday after lunch I felt those little fluttery "butterfly wing" type movements and KNEW that's what it was! So exciting. And I've been feeling them pretty consistently after eating.

Gender: Still a mystery. :) I have had TONS of people asking what we want or when we're going to find out what we're having, etc. It gets soooooo old explaining it over and over (that we're going to let it be a surprise) but I know it's not the norm, that I need to be patient, and that some people are just curious. Sometimes I just want to be a jerk though and tell them it's a goat.

Dad & Other Kiddos: Not much baby-related to report about them. They're doing good!

Best moment this week: Movement!

Looking forward to: My first chiropractor appointment today. Hoping it will help with baby positioning this time around. (Zac was posterior.)

Curriculum Choices: 2014 - 2015

School is upon us again! Although we're normally year-rounders, we took a good deal of time off this summer. Today was our first day back and the kids really enjoyed it. Here's to a good, productive, and fun year! And in case you're curious, here's what we're using for curriculum this year:

Zeke - Third Grade
Math - Khan Academy and other assorted second & third grade Math workbooks, flashcards
Science - The World of Animals from Answers in Genesis and The World of Animals from Master Books
Reading/Language Arts - We will be finishing up a Scott Foresman text we didn't quite finish last year and then moving on to Once Upon an Open Book (3A) and Not So Very Long Ago (3B) from BJU.
Writing - Printing Power and then Cursive Handwriting from Handwriting Without Tears.
History - Exploring American History from Christian Liberty Press, library books
Geography - We are using The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide along with our World Atlas, maps, and globe.

Confessions of a Homeschooler Ellie - Kindergarten  
Ellie is going to mainly be using Confessions of a Homeschooler's K4 Kindergarten curriculum and other resources from COAH. She also has additional Kindergarten workbooks from Scholastic, Carson-Dellosa, and School Zone.

Subjects Done Together & Everything Else
Both kids have Daily Notebooks with printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler and will be doing their Writing together. They are each using workbooks from Handwriting Without Tears - Zeke is starting on Printing Power and then will be moving into Cursive Handwriting while Ellie is using Letters and Numbers For Me. We are doing We Teach Virtue's cards & coloring pages and Bible study together. We'll also be utilizing our flashcard collection ( really is becoming quite a collection), the local library, our own bookshelves, and our educational games. Update: They've also been doing Science together. I didn't think it would hold Ellie's attention but she loves it!

As far as activities and field trips go, a lot is still up in the air. We have church of course on Sundays. Our local homeschool group is having a Shakespeare class (which mine are too young for) and a Classics/Book Club, but it's from a series we haven't read yet so I decided to go ahead and opt out. I am hoping to get a regular scheduled gym time nailed down this week which would be one day a week (or every two weeks) for several hours. Someone in our group is in talks with the local librarian about a book club or other type of library related group. I thought about starting up LEGO Club again but I'm going to hold off for a bit. I'm going to a planning meeting next week with another local group just a bit further away to see what all they've got in store for the year and will plan more activities according after that. I'm hesitant to commit to *too* much...I feel kind of burned out on activities after the whirlwind summer we had so I'm just going to take it easy.

If you're interested in purchasing any of the books I mentioned above or just seeing more about them, please click below to visit my Amazon Store! (They're all in the category labeled "2014 - 2015 Curriculum.") Any purchases you make through it are much appreciated and go to fund our homeschool. Thank you!

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I'm a stay at home mom to my preschool-aged boy and baby girl. I also have a elementary school aged step-daughter. I'm married to a wonderful man and we live in the cornfields of Indiana. When I'm not blogging or parenting, I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, graphic design, art, shopping and photography.
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2004 (on and off)

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(Auguries of Innocence was my old blog and all my old posts can still be seen there.)
My blog is called Wonderfully Chaotic and in it I write about parenting, childbirth, my kids & husband, our extended family, my new adventures in homeschooling and pretty much just life in general. :) I also post occasional reviews, giveaways & recipes.

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At 10:01am on July 12, 2013, Lea said…

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Thanks for the friendship... I just check out your blog & I love it. I'm a follower now, hope you'll check out mine as well. Have a fabulous day! :)
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I found this quote on an article from FAMEBaby (Baby Center's Celebrity blog) today:

“I will tell you what I can’t abide - and I think the Internet has really created a space for it - women criticizing other women and mothers criticizing other mothers. It just makes me crazy, whether it’s between staying at home, going to work, how long you breast-feed, if you use formula. I feel like we should just assume everyone is doing the best they can. Women should take care of each other,… Continue

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