Life Update: Pregnancy (week 10), Downton Abbey, Science Fair, and Armadillos

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Life Update: Pregnancy (week 10), Downton Abbey, Science Fair, and Armadillos
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to follow my stories and posts on Instagram. In case you missed last week’s update, check it out here. 10 WEEKS! Double digits and 25% of the way done, people! I was too sick last night to get a picture like I usually do, so here’s one sporting my outfit of the day today. 😉 I decided it was actually perfect to represent my week. Because it was a rough one, nausea-wise and exhaustion-wise. HIGHLIGHTS: Getting to see another ultrasound of our baby on my birthday. (My doctor had me come in for some testing to make sure all was well since I had been feeling so poorly. Our baby has grown so much and is looking so healthy! I still can’t believe that I’m actually pregnant. It’s just surreal!) Also, my second round of labs came back and my hemoglobin hadn’t gone down anymore but had actually gone up a tiny bit — which we were so excited about! It seems that using the cast iron pan and taking a double dose of Slow-Fe with orange juice daily is actually working! NOTABLE THIS WEEK: I have moved multiple clothes from my closet into the storage section because they either don’t fit anymore or are super uncomfortable. I also think I’m mostly going to be living in leggings and workout shorts for the next month or two until I can switch to maternity jeans/pants. CRAVINGS: Cottage cheese and Chick-fil-A honey barbecue sauce (not together!). I also am still usually able to eat Cracker Barrel pancakes (my brother and sister-in-law sent me a box of the mix and it legitimately tastes just like their pancakes!), macaroni & cheese + this week I added in Cream of Wheat and dry cereal. Apparently, this baby likes super bland food that is all the same color! 🤣 I’m still struggling to get enough liquids in (because most of them taste disgusting to me!), but this week I have found that drinking watered down juice or lemonade with ice works some of the time and I’ve also been able to eat/drink chicken broth or popsicles some of the time, too. WEIGHT GAIN: Even though I feel bigger this week and my clothes are fitting differently, I’m still holding steady at 3 pounds gained. How are the rest of you pregnant mamas doing? If you’re expecting, I’d love to hear when you’re due and how you’re doing! In other news, Jesse and I went to see the Downton Abbey movie for my birthday. We were both such big fans of the show so it was fun to see the actors/actresses altogether on screen again. The theater was packed out for a 1 p.m. on Tuesday showing… and Jesse was one of the only guys there. But we didn’t care! We discovered we have at least one armadillo that has been roaming around our house! We have seen him two nights so far this week. I’ve never seen one anywhere near our house so we thought it was cool at first… only to find out they are very destructive and not the kind of rodent you want living near your house! Silas had his last flag football game of the regular season this week. He’s been doing both baseball and football this Fall, so that has kept him quite busy. He also had his Science Fair on Friday. This year, their school made a change that parents weren’t allowed to help and all of the Science Fair work had to be done at school. So I hadn’t even seen any of his project before Friday! I was very proud of how it turned out and what he learned through it. And he did a great job on his presentation. What I’m… Reading right now: Try Softer (Also, my other reading this week was going through ALL 94 resources in the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit. I posted my top picks here and here. This Toolkit is only available until Monday.) Watching right now: World’s Gymnastics Competition Listening to right now: The quiet evening breeze coming from the open window. (It finally cooled down here enough in TN that we can have our windows open at night. It’s amazing!!) Loving right now: Hearing my husband playing and laughing and joking with the kids upstairs. In Case You Missed It: 10 Things I Learned When I Was 37 — In honor of my birthday this week. And wow! It’s been a big year! 8 Ways to Get Books for Free (or Almost-Free!) — Do you love reading but also want to make sure you don’t break your budget with book purchases? New from SmileDirectClub: Straighten Your Teeth While You Sleep — I wish this program had been available when I signed up! How I Got Over My Fear of Public Speaking — Some real honesty in this post here. Maybe you needed it today? 4 Strategies to Survive Stretching Seasons — Sometimes, you just do the best you can do. And that’s enough. We Stopped Buying Paper Towels — Why we stopped buying paper towels and how we live without them. [...]
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Gold Delta SkyMiles AmEx Elevates Welcome Offer to 60K Miles

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Gold Delta SkyMiles AmEx Elevates Welcome Offer to 60K Miles
The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express can now take your air travel further. Learn More As of May 30, the card has a more generous introductory offer for new cardholders: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a... Melissa Lambarena is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: mlambarena@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @LissaLambarena. The article Gold Delta SkyMiles AmEx Elevates Welcome Offer to 60K Miles originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Allowance Not Going Well? 3 Ways to Turn Your Kid Allowance System Around

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Allowance Not Going Well? 3 Ways to Turn Your Kid Allowance System Around
Are you one of the thousands of households that started an allowance at some point in the last few years and it just kind of…fizzled out?   You’re not alone. Many parents have told me that they started an allowance that, just like Downton Abbey, ended for one reason or another. Sometimes they don’t even ... Read More about Allowance Not Going Well? 3 Ways to Turn Your Kid Allowance System Around The post Allowance Not Going Well? 3 Ways to Turn Your Kid Allowance System Around appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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