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Week 26
~ Cleaning, Rearranging, Pie Baking, and Pickle Craving

Hello Everyone,

It doesn't seem possible that I am almost done with the second trimester, but it is just about over. I keep on thinking of everything that still needs to be accomplished before our little princess arrives. There is a ton to do. I am getting anxious to put the crib up and actually get the house ready for her upcoming arrival. I have a nice white crib that we got for Alainna that we will be using for our newest bundle of joy as well as a bassinet that we will be putting in our room. I want the crib in Alainna's room, which is on the main floor of the house. That will definitely make it easier when I am schooling the kids and she is sleeping. I can just put her in the crib and she will be close to us at the same time. At night, she will be in our room. I have always slept with our kids in our bed while they are small babies. I enjoy having the bassinet in my room as well though. However, since I breastfeed, having the baby sleep next to me makes it a lot easier for those nighttime feedings.

We are in the very beginning stages of rearranging the younger kids' bedrooms. I would really like to get everything cleaned, sanitized and scrubbed in there. We are even scrubbing walls, especially in the boys' room. They have managed to stick a few "not very decorative" items to the walls. There is nothing like scrubbing off dried on snot. GROSS! They are helping with this assignment. During the week, we really haven't been able to get too much done, so I am really hoping that our weekends are more productive, but we shall see.

My sweet friend Glory is throwing me a baby shower. She had mentioned that she wanted to throw a baby shower for me when I announced I was pregnant. She is a wonderful friend; I am really excited about the shower. She recently asked me about which dates would work for me and asked me for a guest list. I am still working on the guest list, but I did send her some dates. I can't believe that it is already time to start planning this stuff, but I am looking forward to it as well.

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Another thing on my "To Do List" is that wonderful glucose test that we get to do when we are pregnant. I need to get it done soon because I am supposed to have it done before I go back to the doctor for my next appointment. My next appointment is May 30. I know that I still have some time before I get there, but I also know that if I don't make it a priority, the time will just sneak by and I will end up getting a little busy and just forget to do it at all.

I have been craving quite a few pickles this pregnancy. I honestly think that I have craved more this time around than in any of my other pregnancies. I actually took a sandwich bag full of about five good size pickles with me to my daughter Katie's physical therapy appointment. I thought about taking the entire jar, but I was afraid I would end up making a mess and didn't really want to spill pickle juice on myself at an appointment. Katie HATES pickles and she was just slightly disgusted by the smell of them all the way to her appointment and during her appointment as well, but I think it is funny. And they are sooooo GOOD! They are just full of crunchy, zesty, perfect goodness in each and every bite. Yep, I do enjoy my pickles these days.

Of course, I have craved a few other foods as well. Alainna and I made a delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Pie I served it warm with some Frozen Vanilla Greek Yogurt. That was good! Alainna is such a good helper and she was so proud to be helping make the pie. She really enjoys participating with baking special treats. I let her pour the strawberries, rhubarb, sugar… in the bowl. I made a butter crust for the pie that turned out really well. Dominic and Quinton devoured it; I honestly thought that they weren't going to like it too much because of the rhubarb. Katie enjoyed it too. I wasn't sure she was going to like it either. I think it could have been a little sweeter, but overall I think it turned out well and it definitely satisfied a craving for me, so I was happy.

Besides cravings, I have had some serious nausea as well. Yuck! I don't really care for that feeling, you know the one where you feel as if you will throw up, but never actually do. I also get air trapped in my chest. That actually hurts a little. I am beginning to think that I might just have to deal with these pukey feelings the rest of my pregnancy. I will say though, that I know it could be worse. I am not sick every single day; I have just had to deal with it a little more than normal lately. I have never still been feeling sick by the time that I am this far along. It is amazing how each pregnancy can be so different.

Well, that is about it for this week. I hope you all have a fantastic day and you are enjoying the beauty of spring.

Until next time,
Barbara

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