Pregnancy Update: 40 Weeks


So we've made it! 
We're past the 40 week mark now. 

Looks like we'll be inducing labor soon, if baby doesn't come naturally beforehand. Why induce? Due to some risk factors that I have, my midwives don't want me to make it to 41 weeks. So, Baby Inkling, we'll be meeting you very soon. 

 It delights my heart to hear my older children squeal with delight as we pack overnight bags and get the last minutes details ironed out.  

Baby Inkling, we love you and are ready to welcome you with open arms and hearts.

I guess we need to get down to business and settle on some baby names now, ay? :-) 

My next blog post may be a few days in coming, but wait for our big announcement at that time!

Pregnancy Update: 39 Weeks


Pregnancy Update: 39 Weeks Along

Recently I was talking with my older kids about changes that take place during pregnancy. One symptom for me is a sensitive nose. Smells like dirty diapers or ripe fruit can quickly turn my stomach. 

This week I went shoe shopping for myself. I realized that 9-months pregnant is NOT the best time to buy shoes. My feet are swollen and at least half a size bigger than usual. 

I also had an eye exam this week. The eye doctor took a retinal scan of my eye and then showed me on the computer what he saw. He told me that he could tell I was pregnant from looking at my eyes! My blood vessels are dilated, so he knew that I was in the late stages of pregnancy from what he saw on that scan of my eye. 

Fascinating! So from head to toe, from my eyes to my swollen feet, I am one very pregnant woman! :-) 

I always say that God knew what He was doing when He made pregnancy to last 9 months for us ladies. 9 months is enough time to get everything ready, to feel prepared. And yet 9 months is long enough that every pregnant mama feels ready at the end to be done with being pregnant, ready for the next phase with baby on the outside. His timing is perfect and right. 

Baby Inkling, we're ready for you! 
We know you'll come in your own time. 
We love you! 

Toddler Girl at 20 Months


 My toddler girl has now passed the 20 month mark. She is such a smiley happy child. She has her moments of difficulty, but generally has a very cheerful disposition.

She loves books. She doesn't sit still for long without going to get a book to look at. Here she's about to give Dad a high-five. The two of them read a few books together each night before bed.

She is speaking so clearly now, parroting so much of what we say at home. She tries to sing the ABC song and gets about half of the sounds and the whole tune right. Her "yes" has turned into a quick "ya" now to answer most questions. She can count to 10, with a little help. It's truly incredible to watch how quickly a toddler picks things up!

This girl has always loved dogs. She often sees our neighbor's dog Lola. Now she counts Lola as one of our family when she names us all. 

She likes to brush her teeth regularly now, like the big people do. Her favorite things include playing with water, going on walks in the stroller or playing in the yard with big brother and sister. She likes to drink juice and chocolate milk, which is a rare treat. She likes to listen to music and will often start dancing around the living room when it plays. 

I'm sure she'll "grow up" a bit more in the next month or so when our new baby arrives. Her world is about to change, but she's ready for it! We love you, Little Lady!

Field Trip: Hesston Steam Festival


Over Labor Day, we took a family outing to Hesston, Indiana, to the Hesston Steam Festival

We had visited this festival about 6 years ago, so we were due to visit again. 

My son really enjoyed seeing the cranes and steam-powered tractors and trains. 

The festival is low-key and low cost. What's big about it is the noise - lots of steam engines blowing whistles - and the big machines themselves. They have 3 different sizes/gauges of trains to ride. They have a working steam-powered saw mill and plenty of local people with a passion for steam engines and a willingness to share their passion.

The family, minus this very pregnant mama, enjoyed a 30-minute train ride (after a nearly 1 hour wait).

Yeah for inexpensive, educational field trip opportunities that are also fairly close to home!

Grandpa Visits


My dad lives in Wisconsin so visits from him are rare, but he did pay us a visit a few weeks ago. My oldest daughter got him to do some silly faces with her. 

My son was hiding most of the time, so I didn't get him in any pictures. But my youngest enjoyed reading some books with Grandpa K.

My husband's parents live nearby, but visits from them aren't super common either. Here's a picture of Grandpa R with my two girls. 

Pregnancy Update: 38 Weeks


Pregnancy Update: 38 Weeks Along

Wow! 38 weeks done already. 
Truly, Baby Inkling could join us on this side of the womb any day now. 

I've had some funny conversations with toddler boys this week. One little boy was very serious when he asked me "What chu got in your shirt?" 
I told him there's a baby in there. 
"Show me!" he demands. 
"Hmmm... in a few weeks I will do that."

Another boy (who has a baby sister) told me that he knew there was a baby in there. He asked me how much longer until the baby came out. I told him it'll be soon. He shook his head, affirming "I knew it. I knew it would be soon by looking at your belly." 
He's a smart one! 

My own children are already making plans for another baby, AFTER this one! "It'll be like having triplets if you have another baby right away!" I love their hearts. 

I am still feeling good, though slightly more uncomfortable as the baby has shifted or dropped in the last few days. 

I have purchased the last few things we *needed* for baby. 

We are ready to welcome you with open arms, 
Baby Inkling! 

Pregnancy Update: 37 Weeks


Pregnancy Update: 37 Weeks Along

In this picture I'm wearing a "baby shirt" that my hubby made for me with our first baby. Fun memories and always gets my kids' attention when I wear it around the house!

This week's theme has been: heartburn and lots of it! Day and night, no matter what or when I eat or drink. I burp up spicy things and I burp up bland things, like water! 
I'm thankful for TUMS this week! 

There is very little left to do before Inkling arrives. I should put a few final items into my hospital bag. And this week I want to shop for a new diaper bag. I have some friends who are treating me to free babysitting so that I have a few free hours during the day, as well as an evening date set up with my hubby. Whoo hoo! What a blessing! 

So Inkling, we'll be ready whenever you are. 

I have been predicting, however, that I will make it to 41-42 weeks, as I've done with my other pregnancies. My full-term babies tend to not want to come out, until induced. So, I'm not holding my breath for a September baby and am mentally prepared if s/he waits until early October.