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Week 16 – Baby #5 Bump Update

Yesterday we found out that baby #5 is a boy!
We are so excited to have a tribe of three boys so close in age!!
Last night we took some backyard photos. I ran over to party city and grabbed 5 balloons
while the kids watched Up with dad.
They all took naps (it was a family nap day!) so everyone wasn’t ready for bed anyways!
7:30 is the best lighting in our backyard… I grabbed some clothes that sort of matched
and the kids threw them on excited to get their balloons!
Of course within two photos… Asher escaped his balloon on his wrist.
We changed the photoshoot plan to one balloon for baby. haha. Classic life with a crew of kids. You roll with it!
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The ultrasound photos always make it feel even more real!
I was excited to hear that our new doctor’s office did gender scans earlier than I remember! (16 weeks!)
It was elective so $60 but so worth it! And they’ve never been wrong!
I went in worried that it would be too early… or that baby might not cooperate.
He wiggled around but they were able to get some great photos and confirmed baby boy!
In four weeks I’ll have the anatomy scan done where they check everything a little bit closer
since they are able to see so much during that window. Soon baby gets too big and it’s hard to see everything.
There was no denying baby boy in the ultrasound shots!
Ben guessed by and he’s never been wrong. He’s pretty proud of his baby whisperer self haha.
(sources: Bunny. Camera. Blanket.)
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Baby # 5 you are 16 weeks and the size of an avocado.
Seems fitting since I can eat guacamole again… πŸ˜‚ Thank you for that.
You’re starting to listen to my voice and the crazies that you soon will join.
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Sophia is holding out hope that baby boy will have curly blonde hair like her!
So far we have two boy recipes and I can’t wait to see who we end up with. A mini Asher or mini Micah!
The kids have been chatting names. Sophia wants Hunter and Micah wants Mike. “Micah and Mike!” πŸ˜‚
 Or “grow-dy” (He meant to say brody) πŸ˜‚

We are so excited to be adding another boy to our family! He is already so loved!
To celebrate, I’m bringing back my “Yes, they are all mine!” Tote bags!!
You can grab one this weekend if you want one this summer! (Doing one batch!)
I love seeing the shares of you and your crews with the bag out adventuring at Disney, the beach or road trips!
We are celebrating the joy that comes from all these sweet faces! And also celebrating bed time tonight.haha.
It’s a boy!!!! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™
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 Thank you for sharing in our joy! It’s so fun having you guys be a part of this adventure with us
as we blog our growing family. I’m pretty sure your name suggestions
via instagram are going to help me pick in the end.
Baby boy names are so tough! Especially third time around!
Yesterday I was trying to picture our family after baby arrives.
It’s crazy because I never pictured our family quite like this,
but looking at it I am just so thankful God had this in store for us.
That He had this master plan! Trust in Him because He wants joy for you He wants good for you.
And when you trust and live for Him in all the daily tasks, you are able to find so much joy.
even in the exhausting moments! I couldn’t picture this crew years ago,
but how happy I am that He blessed us with them!
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Week 14 – Baby #5 Bump Update

Almost through Week 14 with baby number 5!
My little peach fuzz.
I don’t know if it’s because of the huge contrast of how I felt HORRIBLE all the weeks before,
but now that I am not as sick, I feel really pretty! My skin looks good…
and I’m in a happy stage with my bump.
People can tell that it’s a baby and not just too many donuts.
I don’t remember feeling that way with the past pregnancies… I usually don’t feel like I get a glow at all!
But this time around I feel like when I have time to pull myself together, I am prettier than I have been in a while!
Is that strange?? haha. When I type it out it feels strange.
I’m so excited for this baby and to see my bump getting bigger.
Every day we are closer to meeting you little one and discovering who you are!
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I have had all the crazy dreams.
Lost my front tooth the other night in my dream, legit woke up panicked and checking my teeth.
I’ve had a girl and I’ve had boy in my dreams. Both adorable so really I’m up for either at this point.
But we find out next Friday what we are having.
Not that anyone is obsessively counting down the days over here…… haha.
Living in my BLANQI maternity leggings. (Size small) They make me able to function lol.
That and now being able to drink coffee again! (I’m a new person at week 14…)
The top is from Target last fall, not maternity. Sneakers are my faves that I got last year at Kohls.
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This morning, as I woke up to the sound of kids plotting to take over their mom and the world
(aka summer plans)
I thought about these two boys and how it’s been so fun seeing their relationship form.
Asher copies everything big brother Micah does.
It would be cute to add another boy to the crew. I was told this is the “cool pose.”
Asher looks a little like a genie but he’s almost got it.

Micah drew a pretty accurate drawing of me the other day. 
I can’t wait to put up the new batch of ultrasound photos that we will get next week!
It’s crazy how much the baby has grown over the past month.
I’m pretty sure I’ll start feeling flutters soon…I keep getting faked out.
I think it started for me before around week 15! It’s one of those magical moments!

Thanks for following a long on our adventure with baby #5 on the way!
It’s day two of summer over here and we are figuring out our new normal.
Going to do a bucket list and chore list.
The kids are excited about ONE of those lists. ;)
Hope you are having a wonderful day. xoxo Natalie

Baby #Five- Week 13

So long hard pants with buttons and zippers. Hello stretchy pants and macgyver hair tie pants.
You were good to me, but my hips don’t lie. Baby is taking over.
The all day morning sickness is starting to lessen and it gives me hope that around
the corner are the good days of nesting and waddling!
I’m still tired, but I’m pretty sure that’s a combo of baby and big kids.
They are so excited that summer is coming I think they might explode.
They have had months of mama trying to just make it through the day
and have been given more leeway than normal.
Time to crush their dreams of mom not caring if they eat all the snacks in the
house if it means they’ll play nice while I throw up in the toilet.
Ohhh it’s about to get real around here. Summer means every day family naps haha. It’s gonna be great. lol.
Overall the kids take turns being great….and helpful. Like they know at least one of them has to have
it together so mom doesn’t completely lose it. haha. 
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Micah was the sweetest today in the car.
He randomly said mom if that baby is a boy I’m gonna hug it right away.
haha. It’s little chats like this that make me see how big Micah is and how he gets it this time so much more.
He’s excited. although he think s my belly is “too much baby.” hahaha.
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Heading out of the first trimester and it feels so good to be able to say that!
There were certain things that helped me a lot with my throwing up.
I was on an antacid called omeprazole. I take it twice a day to help with
my acid baseline…just keep things level and low.
I feel like it reallyyyy made a difference for me and helped me keep food down.
Which in turn helped me not feel so dizzy and weak.
I took it with zofran but right now I’m just taking the antacid.
The last few weeks I was still feeling queazy with the zofran but it made me exhausted too.
Once I stopped taking that it helped a lot.
I was also taking hormone pills (Progesterone) for the first couple months.
Those also made me tired so it was just a big ol combo of I can’t function.
I’m glad I took it, there’s been so many people who suggested it to me.
My sister had taken both the pills and shots in her past pregnancy.
I’m not sure if it helped but it felt like I was DOING something to try
and keep baby growing and hormone levels high.
I would suggest it to people who have had miscarriages.
It doesn’t hurt and I’ve heard many good things from those who have taken it.
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I’m really wanting to document this baby like I did the others.
Even though it’s our fifth, seventh pregnancy, and I have my hand full with big kids…
this baby is so loved. I want to have these photos to show him or her one day!
We find it out in three weeks if it’s a boy or girl..and I can’t handle it.
We found out with both girls…and then were surprised with the boys…
and I can’t even imagine waiting again this time I just REALLY want to know!
We’ll be sure to video it and share with you the fun moment we tell the kids.
It’s split down the middle.. boys want boy (Micah told us what Asher wanted) and girls want girl.
They are still convinced there is a chance another baby is hiding in there too.
I can’t even begin to say how happy my heart is to be able to be
in this moment right now… doing a post on this baby.
I feel like with the last two miscarriages, I felt stuck that we would always have sad news and heart ache.
And I know that at any moment things could change, but my heart is happy
knowing we’ve had these moments so far with this one…
being excited for him or her and sharing this joy with you guys.
Today I wrote back two blog readers who both miscarried around the same time
we did and are both now expecting in November. So excited for them and
glad we have connected through this corner of the internet!
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I’m really wanting to do more daily routine vlogs and would love
to know if you are interested in that too! Thinking one a week.
Please comment and let me know. I always find it fun seeing
how others do life with a crew and pregnancy updates.
It just makes me feel not so alone in motherhood and how we are all alike in so many ways.
We all have messy houses and pantries that need to be cleaned out.
We all have piles of clean laundry that we will eventually fold.
We all love our kids and hate breaking up their battles…. but it’s our job.
So although I won’t share their fights..haha.. I do want to share more real life stuff because
I think that can be more encouraging in some moments that a pretty Instagram photo.
I enjoy sharing inspirational and special memories on my feed…
but I think I want to share on my blog/channel a little more real. What do you think?
I think we all feel legit crazy some days when we think other people have it all together and we don’t.
When in reality, everyone has their stuff. And If showing some
not so blog worthy/pinnable posts over here makes
other mamas feel not so crazy… I feel good about that!