This time around

20150218_072117For me, this pregnancy has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. With having gone through miscarriages I have had that lurking in the back of my mind. You never forget what happened. When I saw the word pregnant show up on my at home test I was over come with so much joy, and thankfulness, but I was also swallowed up by fear.

I didn’t tell Jason right away. I found out in the morning and headed off to work. When I got home, Jason said he needed the car to run out and get some groceries. Perfect! When Evie woke from her nap, I put her into her “Big Sister” tshirt. We waited for him to get home. As soon as he opened the door Evie went running to him and Jason’s eyes popped out of his head and filled with elation as he read her shirt. His first question was “Really?”. We celebrated together as a little family that day.

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We did decided to share the news with some immediate family members, and a few friends. These people made up our prayer and support team as we counted down the weeks. Waiting to get to that supposed magic number. My doctor had me do a stretch of blood work for several days, she wanted to make sure that everything was looking as it should and that my hormone levels were increasing. Lucky me, I ended up with a massive bruise and some leaked blood into the layers of skin. The blood work has continued, I went last week for another round of blood work for other things. I seriously think this is the most blood I have ever had taken from me in my life so far.

Going for the dating ultrasound had us filled with nerves. We feared an experience like our last trip for an ultrasound. We were praying the whole time that it would be filled with good news, not bad. We all went in wearing Strength on our shirts. The ultrasound tech was great, and as soon as she found the baby and the heartbeat she let me see. After a few minutes of getting all the details needed, Jason and Evie got to join me. I will always remember Evie proudly proclaiming “baby, it’s a baby” when she saw the little baby on the screen.

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With my first pregnancy, and with Evie I had a physical done with the prenatal doctor very early. Both times it caused problems. This time I waited. I was still worried, doubtful, and I didn’t want to call and book and appointment with the prenatal doctor and have it be a waste of her time. The thought of a miscarriage still was hitting me hard. I finally booked my appointment around 13 weeks along. I booked with the doctor who delivered Evie, she even remembered me and Evie’s birth story. This set me at ease right away… it’s been 2 years since I’ve been in there! The doctor found a strong heart beat right away on the doppler, and did again at my visit the following week for my physical check up. This time there were no problems after it. I was so thankful. God was answering prayers left, right, and centre.

The first trimester it was so difficult, it still is a bit, to not worry. We are doing our best to not let our fears consume us. We are trying to hand it all over to God, and trust Him. Doing that has helped put us at ease. I still don’t think I will ever actually, fully enjoy being pregnant. Certain thoughts will always cross my mind. I will always worry more than others. I may even have a few more visits to the doctors than most… and that is okay.

For now we continue to pray for this baby, and look forward to October. We are hoping, and praying that he or she comes early in October, and we are even already praying about the delivery that all goes well. We are even praying that this little one will be a great sleeper like Evie. We are also praying that I won’t suffer through joint/pelvic pain again, that my headaches/migraines will stop, and that the dental-whoas that have come this time round will stop promptly. We’d really appreciate, and are so thankful for your continued support. Next up-date will either be in a couple weeks, or we may wait til week 20 when we have our detailed ultrasound, and hopefully find out if baby is a boy or a girl.

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Honibe: Something sweet and complete

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Many of us take a multivitamin daily. It becomes part of the routine. Wake up, get ready for the day, have breakfast, and take your vitamin. I was really excited to hear about honibe. I was even more thrilled when I read the label for the ingredients and saw that the first thing listed was not sugar, it was honey. That's a nice little change to some of the multivitamin gummies that are available out there. These tiny, honeycomb shaped gummy vitamins have 50% less refined sugar than other gummies. Who else remembers those sugar filled cartoon shaped chewable vitamins from their childhood? Honibe does not contain gluten, dairy, artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. Which for … Keep Reading!

DisneyNature Monkey Kingdom

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We got to take Evie to her second movie ever, we headed to the theatre for the screening of DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom. I am so happy that we got to see this because we have enjoyed a few of the other movies from DisneyNature. We knew that this was going to be good, and it did not disappoint. A quick little recap of what the movie is about... Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share … Keep Reading!

Kids and the world around them.

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Recently we took Evie to see her second movie ever, and a conversation that started with a friend of mine left me seriously thinking and considering some things more so than I have before. While waiting to go in there were screens showing different movie previews, all of which were very graphic and violent for such little eyes. Even my eyes didn't like what I was seeing. It was pretty early in the day too for this type of stuff to be showing, especially when you think the theatre would know that families would be coming to bring their kids to the early show times. It left me wondering about several things. How can I help protect my child from becoming desensitized by graphic images like … Keep Reading!

One Word Wednesday on Thursday

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A little look into what our Easter weekend was like. It was fun, busy, filled with time spent with family and friends. We also started Good Friday off by going to an early morning service at a local church that had me in tears it was so moving and such a good reminder of what Easter is truly about. We then headed to lunch where Evie got to colour eggs for the first time. Sunday morning we went to our church, and then off to my family's tradition of having an Easter picnic. It seemed like many others had the same idea too. It was a bit cold, but the sun made it nice out. Poor Evie developed a bad diaper rash over the weekend and by Sunday evening we decided to take her to paediatric … Keep Reading!

12 weeks

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shirt/jeans similar here How far along? 12 Weeks, 4 Days Maternity clothes? With this being my 4th pregnancy, I found that my regular jeans just were not as comfy as maternity pants. I still fit my jeans but the stretchy band on my maternity jeans is just SO much better! Stretch marks? No new ones. Belly Button in or out? In, it never popped when prego with Evie, so I have no idea what will happen this time round. Sleep: I am super tired come noon/1 pm and all I want is a nap. I find myself waking up several times in the night needing a drink of water, or to use the washroom. So my sleep has not been consistent. I have also been waking around 4am and cannot get back to sleep. Best … Keep Reading!

A Rainbow is a Promise…

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A rainbow is a promise. God's promise. A rainbow often appears after a storm. It is full of colour, and brings so much joy. We are expecting again! This little one, and Evie, are called rainbow babies. A "rainbow baby" is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, still birth, or loss of a child. We are so excited to finally be sharing this news with everyone. We prayed for this child and the Lord granted us what we asked of Him. - 1 Samuel 1:27 We let a few of our family and friends know as soon as we found out that we were pregnant again and asked them to keep us and this little one in their prayers, they have been our prayer team. We ask that you also join us in … Keep Reading!

Monkey Kingdom {Giveaway Family 4 Pass}

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One of the first animal noises my daughter started imitating was that of a monkey, it was also the first animal she said by name. She loves these little creatures. When we have visit the zoo she will happily watch them go about for moments on end. This is why I am incredibly excited that Disneynature's newest film is focused on monkeys. Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of … Keep Reading!

Science and Netflix #streamteam

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I am learning that I can find all sorts of hidden gems on Netflix. My most recent discovery... The Magic School Bus! I had major flashbacks to elementary school and getting to watch this show in class whenever the show covered a topic that we were learning about in school. I also remember enjoying watching the show at home with my sisters. Who didn't want to have an awesome teacher like Ms. Frizzle, and a duck phone? Netflix has all 4 seasons of The Magic School Bus. You and your kids can learn about everything from how animals stay warm in the cold arctic ocean waters to outer space. It is definitely worth checking out if your kiddo is suddenly asking about different topics, you just … Keep Reading!

FlyOver Canada {giveaway}

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Some families will be wrapping up Spring Break with their kids this weekend, others are looking for something to do. What about going and flying over Canada? Now, now, I'm not actually talking about really booking and paying for a flight across Canada and back all in one weekend. If you are in the Vancouver area, you can check out FlyOver Canada. They actually have a spring break special that has been extended to April 3rd. You can save 25% off children and youth tickets! I have never experienced anything like this, not even when we went to Disneyland and could have gone on Soarin' Over California. I have a bit of a fear of heights, but they just may have to be faced. I really like the … Keep Reading!