ASPCA kids: Rescue Readers #momsmeet #studiofun

I don’t know about you guys but my kiddos just absolutely love to read or be read to, so when I was contacted by Moms Meet to review the children’s book series, ASPCA kids: Rescue Readers by Studio Fun, a Readers Digest company, I was all for it. When our package arrived, the kids were so excited!! Kirra especially, she is all about reading books right now about animals and their adventures, and these aren’t just any animals, each of these stories are inspired by  real-life animals who were rescued fostered to new loving families. I just knew these books would be a great addition to Kirra’s collection and they definitely didn’t disappoint. Now obviously Kaiden isn’t reading at a level 2 reading level yet but there was still plenty of photographs of the actual pet that inspired the story that he was able to still follow along as well.

How cute are these illustrations?
I have grown up with dogs and cats all my life and so I definitely want to pass down to them the importance of caring, protecting, and always loving our animals. We currently have a little teacup Yorkie and our kids always take turns feeding and walking her. It’s really important to teach our children that animals need love and a good family too, their not creatures that can just be thrown out on the streets as soon as you decide you no longer want to care for them.

Not only are these books super fun for the kiddos to read but when you purchase these books they also help support ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), this is the first animal welfare organization in the US and the nations leading voice for animals. ASPCA’s mission is to help prevent the cruelty of animals in the US. Who doesn’t love helping a good charity? Especially with Christmas coming up, these would make a great gift, plus give back to all the sweet animals in need. All 4 of these books can be bought anywhere books are sold, there available in paperback, hardcover, and even e-books or you can buy them straight from the website StudioFun. They retail for $3.99 each or you can buy all 4 for $15.96 and then 4-5% of the purchase price will go directly to ASPCA. If you have any little ones aged 3-7 on your Christmas list this year, then I would definitely recommend these books.

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36 week update and a Happy Thanksgiving!

I remember from the moment I found out I was pregnant wondering if I would have a new baby for Thanksgiving 2015, well Thanksgiving has come and gone, and still no baby! I’m seriously through the moon ecstatic that I have made it to 36 weeks (36+2) to be exact and my baby girl is still happily growing away in my belly. Kirra was born at exactly 36 weeks so I was so curious to see if we would have our little girl by now or not. I saw my Doctor the day before Thanksgiving, everything still looked great, and he still had no desire at all to take my cerclage out ( a part of me is so ready to get this show on the road but I know I need to wait at least another week). But I just can’t help it, now that I know physically everything is going to be fine with her, I’m so ready and anxious to meet her. I just can’t wait to see what she looks like!! The good thing about being 9 months pregnant though during the Holidays, is you get an excuse to not cook, and boy was that amazing!!! The Holidays are so much less stressful when your not baking and cooking all morning, plus rushing around trying to get yourself and your kids ready so you can be somewhere at a specific time. I was designated to bring the apple cider and pies this year, so a quick trip to Costco was all I needed to get the show on the road (piece of cake or pie in this matter)! Thanksgiving came and went, we are all so grateful for this little girl and how far she has come along, I pigged out a ton, and didn’t have to worry at all about the yearly Thanksgiving muffin top from stuffing myself to the max. All is well!! It was so weird to think though that this would be our last Holiday as a family of 4 though, baby girl will be here for Christmas for sure!

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Luv this little baby bump!
My wonderful sister n laws
Don’t let this smile fool you, he was throwing a fit, and the only reason he’s so happy now is because my mother in law is standing there bribing him with a sucker! Lol!
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My love and I!
This was about 1 hr before we had to leave, he had to get a bath for sure before we left! He’s such a boy, this is all he wants to do all day every day!
What baby girl looks like this week:
According to Babycenter
Baby girl is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. (This makes me so nervous!! I’m scared since she will be my biggest baby yet, that I won’t be able to deliver her vaginally and/or she’s going to get stuck in the birth canal) She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long (about the size of a head of romaine lettuce). She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered “early term.” (Full-term is 39 to 40 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term, 41 weeks is late term, and those born after 42 are post-term.)
Maternity clothes? I never thought I would be that girl that wears her husbands clothes but OMG there so comfortable and I don’t even care about being fashionable at this point!! I wear his sweats to bed every night and now that it’s so chilly at night, his sweatshirts have become my favorite as well. I’m not going to waste money on buying new maternity clothes when who knows how much longer I even have. So for now, I squeeze into my last pair of maternity jeans that barely fit or my 2 pairs of black leggings and then I probably have a handful of t-shirts that I put into rotation.
Stretch Marks? Unfortunately I did get some on both sides of my abdomen, even with putting my belly butter on daily and sometimes at night as well, I think it was inevitable with how big my stomach has gotten. With practically a 50lb weight gain I don’t think my skin could have held up much longer. So for now I have 4 reddish/purple lines on my left side and then 2 smaller ones on my right hip. I’m just really hoping I don’t get any on the front of my stomach by my belly button, my sides I can live with, it’s just the front that matters most to me. And then hopefully after baby is born with weight loss and lots of scar cream and oils the stretch marks will lighten over time.
Best Moment this week? Making it to 36 weeks!! Honestly I don’t think there are words to describe the relief I feel. I wish I would have known at 22 weeks when I was in Triage contracting all night long that everything was going to be ok. I remember crying that night begging GOD not to take my baby from me. I feel like there was so much stress from 20-30 weeks that could have been greatly reduced had I known things were going to work out. I know everything happens for a reason though and this pregnancy has made me take nothing for granted, pregnancy truly is a miracle!! I appreciate this baby girl and all my kiddos for that matter so much more now!
Movement? Her movement has definitely started to slow down, she’s usually more active in the morning when I first wake up and then at night when I lay down to go to bed.  It’s not so much kicking like she used to do it’s more of a little roll her and there. It really freaks me out though, I’m so glad I have my doctors appointment tomorrow because even though I do feel her move here and there I just want to make sure her heart rate is still nice and strong. It’s just another part of being a mother, you worry about everything, and fear the worst at times. Now is when I need to have one of those hand held portable dopplers, I told my husband I should get one, and he said, “No, you’re just going to obsess over her heart rate then”! Maybe he’s right!
Food Cravings? Nothing specific anymore but I feel like I can literally eat a whole house, I’m so hungry all the time, it’s ridiculous! I definitely out eat my husband all the time now!
Labor signs? I’m definitely going to be mentioning this to my doctor tomorrow but this is the 2nd night now where I have woken up to light contractions, it feels as if I’m starting my period, which I know is a symptom of labor, but after about 3-4 hours they slowly start to die down. Either way though, they have happened both times around 1am and then I’m laying there all night trying to fall back asleep yet in pain and my mind is racing wondering if this is going to be it or not. It’s funny because when I feel fine, I’m just like Ok lets get this show on the road, but then as soon as I start to have any cramping I get scared and I’m like never mind, I’m not ready to have this baby yet! Haha! I’m going to talk to my doctor though because I’m still supposed to have my cerclage in for another week, and with me contracting already 2 nights now, is it a good idea to still keep it in? I know most women get their cerclages taken out at 37 weeks so maybe instead of waiting until 38 weeks like originally planned we should take it out tomorrow before I start tearing my cervix. Getting my cerclage taken out though is a whole nother topic of conversation though, all I can imagine is him taking out my cerclage and me dilating from a 1-10 in like 15 minutes. I’m so curious if her weight is just going to send me into labor right away!
Belly button in or out? My belly button has basically gone flat now but it still hasn’t poked out yet, and it’s been this way for about 3 weeks now. I don’t know if it’s going to though, or if it will just stay like that!
Looking forward to? My 37 week checkup. Finding out what were going to do with the cerclage situation. Meeting baby girl here soon. And then this weekend we are taking the kiddos on a polar express train ride, I hope I don’t have this baby right before though because I really want to take the kids and see their faces when we ride to “Santa’s workshop”.