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Week 16
~ Changes and Challenges

This week was a bit draining on the physical side - part pregnancy related, part not. The heartburn has certainly increased. I really have to watch how much dinner I eat or I'm miserable for quite a while afterwards. One night, even with medication, I was in great pain for about two hours after dinner. Whew... no fun! Then I've been having some chest pains and breathing issues that I'm not sure are pregnancy related. I'm actually going to the doctor about that this afternoon so I'll update more on that later. Every other month or so, I wake up every morning with a tense neck and have headaches pretty much every day for a week or two. That's been ongoing for about 4-5 days now. Hopefully that's almost over. And I'm waking up constantly overnight for no apparent reason and not able to fall asleep for a nap most days. Needless to say, it's been a bit challenging - and yet God has been good to sustain me.

I did get my ultrasound rescheduled and it's only a day later. So September 22nd is the planned day. James and I were talking about it again the other day. Though we both kind of want another girl, we're both pretty convinced it's a boy. The pregnancy has been most similar to that with Benjamin, for whatever that's worth. Then again, I've thought all of my pregnancies were boys... hehe We'll just have to wait and see. I'm really excited to see the ultrasound too just because I don't feel the baby all that much. I remember feeling Benjamin much more by this point in the pregnancy. It'll just be nice peace of mind.

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One of my closest college friends came and visited during week 16. That was nice. The last time I saw her was under sad circumstances as she lost her second child to SIDS. It was nice to chat, get to know each other better as mamas and have our husbands involved as well. Before then, she didn't really know my husband well because they haven't lived here since I got married.

In the next week or two, I plan to begin preschool homeschooling our daughter Hannah. We're using Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum and I'm pretty excited about it. I've been prepping myself and arranging our schedule to fit it in to our day to day routines. We're also starting a homeschool co-op on September 13th so I'm really looking forward to that.

Benjamin has been pretty miserable this week trying to cut a tooth. I've been able to see the tooth right under his gum line for about a week now. He started drooling again, had a low fever for a few days, constantly has something shoved in his mouth and has been crying like it's the end of the world. We took him to the doc just to rule out anything else (which she did), so we're just waiting. I feel bad for the little guy but it's been very draining on Mommy as well.

I think that's enough for now! Until next time...

Take care,
Terra

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