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Week 23
~ Observations

TitusI am sure you have all heard that lying on your left side during pregnancy, while sleeping, is what is recommended. I just have a few questions and concerns about this. First of all, when I had mentioned this in front of my mom and mother-in-law and others from their generation, they had never heard of this before. So I'm thinking, how in the world did any children ever survive years ago without this information. It's probably a miracle that I'm even alive. When you hear about it, people always make it sound like you are keeping very precious nutrition from ever reaching your baby. Well I don't know about all of you, but I can't sleep on one side all night long. I try to spend the most time on my left side, but usually just until my hips hurt too bad and then I rotate to the other side. And frequently I will wake up on my back, without ever knowing I rolled over. Well, I'm sure I'll find out down the road that I have ruined my children's lives; I guess I'm just not superwoman.

Isabelle and MichaelI have more recently been putting olive oil on the ever growing belly. I used to just put whatever lotion I had, especially during the winter months, to help with the itching and stretching. I did not realize just how well the olive oil would work. I just thought I would try it one time to see how it was, since I had always assumed that it would be way too oily by itself and not do well with clothing. And since I didn't want a bunch of ruined clothing, I had never tried it. Well, as seems to be the case lately, this is something I should have done long ago. I only put a few drops on to not overdo, but it's amazing how soft it leaves my skin and it really has helped with not feeling like the skin is stretching so much.

BalloonsWe took the kids to see the balloons this past weekend. It was lots of fun as always. Well, except for getting up in the wee hours of the morning so we could make it on time. Other than that though, it was very enjoyable. Watching Titus' expressions as he watched the balloons fill up and also take off was pretty funny. He was very fascinated by them. There were lots of neat balloons to see this year too.

I have decided to take another go at potty training with Michael. I am SO ready for him to be done with this, and hopefully he is more ready too. I have decided to commit myself to one month of being VERY consistent with taking him and also to really up the bribery side of things to see if there is any way we can get this boy trained before December. I have no desire to have three in diapers. If however, he does not show enough signs of progress by the end of four weeks, it's going to have to wait until after baby time. I know this will eventually happen, I am just hoping sooner than later.

Our little one is doing fantastic and I am enjoying feeling all of the movements. Next week we will get to hear this little one's heartbeat again at our next doctor's visit. We are looking forward to that!

Here are a few pictures from the Balloon Rally.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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