Modest Monday + 34 Week Pregnancy Update with Baby #8

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While my circle of friends is small, I have been blessed with a few great ones.  One of my old cheer friends from high school was so kind to send me this maternity dress during my last pregnancy, and I was excited to wear it again while pregnant with Miss Mabrey.

I enjoy wearing dresses while I’m pregnant, since usually they are out of the question when I transition to nursing once the baby is born.  This one was so comfortable, and I wore it to church last Sunday.

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What I Wore:

Dress: Gifted

Cardigan and Undershirt: Cato

Headwrap: Walmart

I’m starting to feel really huge, but Mabrey is so incredibly worth it.  We are so excited to be expecting another little girl, and it blows my mind when I hear of boys being more favored in some cultural and even Christian circles.  At my 34 week check up this week I was measuring at 36-37 weeks, so who knows, maybe she will come early.  If I’m still measuring big next week, I’ll be scheduled for another ultrasound.  I would love to see a glimpse of her on the screen once again!  She is also head down, and I didn’t gain any weight during the past two weeks.  I usually gain a ton of weight during the first and early second trimester because I feel so sick unless I’m eating, and then I level out towards the end of my pregnancies.

I also sent in my OB Hospital Pre-Admission form this week, and packed Mabrey’s hospital bag.  I made a super simple nursing shawl out of jersey fabric as well, and I might try to type out a tutorial if I find the time.  I’ve started to experience crazy burning pain in my outer right thigh, and I believe it is due to a constricted nerve, or a condition called Meralgia Paresthetica.  It first occurred when I was on my feet for several hours straight, and it’s now bothersome off and on instead of constantly.  So I’m trying to deal with it.   My feet/legs are also swelling, which became normal for me once I hit about thirty years old.  Again, I’m trying to look at it as just a small hindrance.  In the grand scheme of things, my aches and pains are nothing!

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While trusting God with our family size may seem crazy to some, to us, we know that God will not give us more than we can handle, and each of our children have been such a blessing.  We couldn’t imagine life without any of them!  The Bible is so very clear that God is present during conception, and He is the one who ordains life.  Sometimes I believe we can become so focused on the here and now, instead of having a more “visionary” perspective when it comes to motherhood.  Trust in God includes knowing that He alone holds the future, and He alone knows what’s best for each family.  Leaning on our own understanding will get us nowhere!

Written by Nicole

NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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About Nicole

NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2 Thoughts on “Modest Monday + 34 Week Pregnancy Update with Baby #8

  1. You look great! I love the color of the dress. Love getting “hand-me-downs”! Some of my favorite clothes were someone else’s first. 🙂

    Thank you for the encouragement at the end of the post. We have 5 and some days you have to remind yourself that “children are a blessing”. 😉 Our youngest (second little girl!) is 2 months old and adorable. 🙂 All the aches, pains and swelling from pregnancy are still fresh in my mind. It does seem like it’s been worse since hitting my 30s (been pregnant twice, now, in my 30s).

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