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Week 27
~ Are We There Yet?

We got a lot done this past week on the yard. Remember we Adam took those two spruce trees down and severely limbed a third? There are only two more small-ish piles left of leaves/needles that need to be picked up. All of the branches are either gone or stacked next to the garage. Adam shaved off the small branches off of the decent sized limbs so that we can use that for the walls on the children's fort. It's going to be quite rustic looking! The large logs are still out front and we're not sure how will we move them to the back, but we'll figure it out. We might have to get his dad's tractor to chain up those logs and pull them back there. It feels so good to look out the window and see a nice, clean yard! It was just in time, too. We had some good rain over the weekend, with bits of sun, and my Irises, Hostas, and Peonies are coming up nicely! I planted them under one of the pine trees and I'm hoping that they get more sun now. We cut down a lot of brush bushes that were under the two other pine trees. I raked under them very well and they look so nice and tidy! We even have Lily of the Valleys coming up that I didn't even know where there! I have an old white Lilac tree in the front yard which always look sad and bare. But already there are more buds on it this year than every before, since it's getting more light. Yay!

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Our next project: getting the walk-in-freezer running! Once that is done, we can move our reach-in freezer out of the kitchen and that will free up a good amount of space. We are both looking forward to that!!

Yesterday was not a great day for me. I was quite dizzy and had a dull headache all day. I'm not sure where that came from, but it wasn't good. It was making my nauseous too. From all that bending over, pulling, and carrying that I did on Friday and Saturday, I sure am feeling it in my pelvic area! Oh my! There quite a bit of pressure whenever I'm vertical and it's uncomfortable to walk. I forget sometimes what my limitations are as I get closer and closer to the end of a pregnancy. You'd think I'd learn by now!

It seems awfully dangerous to me, but I'm getting to the point that I want to be done with this pregnancy! Don't get me wrong, I am not wishing for this little bundle to be born too early, but . . . certain pregnancy things are getting really annoying and old. For the better part of this pregnancy, I have had to get up at least once every night to go to the bathroom. There is pain in my bladder area if I "hold" it too long, which is a trouble in the day time, but it's the night time that gets me! I don't always wake up soon enough and often, the pain wakes me and makes it hard to get out of bed. Tums have become my night time companion. They help some, for when I don't eat them, I wake up at night with some heart burn pain. Some nights I still wake up with that pain even though I've eaten them, but the pain isn't as bad. Then there's that pelvic pressure that I mentioned above and I know that's not going away anytime soon. I have been going regularly to the chiropractor since I was about seven weeks and my back is in much better shape then it ever has been before. I usually have major back pain by this time and I'm happy to report that back pain is not on my complaining list!

I have always hesitated to complain while pregnant because of the negative emotions surrounding large families. Pregnancy isn't glamorous by any means (and I don't care what pictures or on magazines. Everyone has pregnancy issues that are not "lime light" attractive!). It is beautiful, yes, but not glamorous. And honestly, the more children you have the more acute those issues/pains/problems can be. And I have never wanted anyone to respond back with a "well I guess you should stop having children then". For me, the aches and pains of pregnancy are worth the precious life you get at the end and I'm willing to live through it. But I don't want it to seem like I'm immune to problems or that I gloss over them as if they are no big deal. I'm not a super woman and while I've never had hemorrhoids or swollen feet, I've had my issues with each and every pregnancy (this has been my toughest pregnancy yet and I don't think it's going to get any better!). So while I may not mention this again, for I'm not a complainer by nature, be rest assured that I suffer through the same problems and pains that you do.

Blessings this week!
Jennifer

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