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Baby #5 Bump and Life Update – Week 25

I can’t believe we are already at 25 weeks! It’s blowing my mind.
The first months were so painfully slow and sick that now, in comparison, we are zooming!
Well, the pregnancy is zooming. I, am not. My sciatic nerve pain has been kicking my booty. Literally.
It hurts to sit, stand, walk. It even hurts to lay down until my body gets used to
that position but it’s hold your breath painful at points.
I KNOW. I need to go to a chiropractor or a physical therapist. I KNOW.
But life is so busy and I don’t have “a person” here in our new town
so it just keeps getting put on the back burner.
But the pain is constant now so it’s time to figure a plan out.
My poor kids can hear me coming because I’m going ow ow ow when I walk down the hall.
The days I don’t wear my BLANQI Maternity Leggings are by far more painful.
That’s why I’m living in them! (I’m in size medium right now.
Top is Maternity Old Navy and Shoes are Kohl’s.)
My amazing husband is currently building me a comfy desk chair
that I can work in without cringing in pain. He’s the best.
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BESIDES THE NERVE PAIN….
The pregnancy has been going really well lately!
I’m happy with my bump size (which is a strange thing to say out loud lol.)
But really, I enjoy pregnancy so much more when you LOOK pregnant and not just, bloated.
Baby boy has been kicking up a storm..wiggling all over.
Making mama pee all night. You know. all those typical pregnancy things.
It is pretty amazing though when other people are able to start feeling the kicks too.
It feels so real and it’s fun to share that amazing moment with them.
Today I had the girls do quiet time and the boys and I took naps.
Micah was in bed with me and had his head on my shoulder and his hand on my bump.
The baby gave a big kick and Micah looked up at me with his eyes wide and jaw dropped!
That was the first time he was still enough to actually feel the baby and it was so cool.
He then proceeded to act out what the baby was actually doing in my tummy.
Some swimming type karate moves happened before I calmed him back down to nap time.
Baby, you have a big brother who can’t wait to meet you!
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The kids love talking about the baby and what he will look like…
what we should name him…
where he should sleep… what cute baby things he will do…
ALL THE THINGS.
So far, no name yet. But I’m really feeling the pressure to figure that out!
I legit feel like I’m disappointing people when they ask me (daily) if we have a name!)
It’s tough coming up with a third boy name…but we’ll be sure to share the final picks when we get there.
We are officially waiting to name the baby till we put our eyes on him!
Our kids all look so different so sometimes they come out and just don’t match the first name we had in mind!
Like Asher was going to be James.. but he was not a James…he was an Asher.
Do you set on a baby name? or do you pick favorites and go in with options?
It’s fun how everyone does it differently.
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You guys…I can’t with these photos today. haha.
We took some bump shots in the park and the kids got in on it.
Their model poses have me rolling.
Asher tries to copy Micah’s hands and it just turns hilarious.
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Summer is finishing up this next week and we are rolling right into the new school year!
Mama is mentally ready… but other than that… not ready. lol.
We’ll get it together but honestly, I can’t believe it’s time for all this.
Because, in my mind, when school started back that meant…
1. birthday season starts for our crew
and 2. baby time is around the corner.
AH! Lucky for us, baby is arriving the same month as Micah and right after Asher’s month, so we
don’t really need anything baby related! I’m sure I’ll grab a few fresh things because, how can I NOT! :)
I was in a fox phase with baby Asher…and I’m still struggling to
not get anything fox themed I see. hehe.
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Sienna requested this photo.
Please note the ring on her finger. “fashion.”
Also, Asher is done.
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We are so excited and thankful that everything has gone smoothly so far.
Thank you for following a long on this journey with us and being a part of the excitement!
We are going to be adding more family life videos to our YouTube Channel this season…
I do a lot of clips on my InstaStories on Instagram and get so many messages from
mamas saying they can relate to our crazy life.. (my stories aren’t very quiet lol.)
But I love that we are in the same boat a lot of the days…and want to share more of real life.
So be sure to subscribe to our channel so you get sent any new videos!
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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.
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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˜‚
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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.
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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!
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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