23 Weeks Down, 17 weeks to go!

A little update on Baby Bindscheattel!

Highlights and Lowlights of my Pregnancy Week 23:

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Highlights: 
  • He’s has been active mostly right before bed.
  • Back pain has gone away
  • Specialist says he is growing perfectly
 
Lowlights:
  • Still feeling tired most of the day.
  • Still look more fat then pregnant
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Weight Gain/Loss:  Week20-158  Week23-160 
Sleep: Starting to not be able to sleep on my stomach
Best Moment This Week: 
James Felt baby kicking for the first time this week!
Movement: Becoming more and more active, and has the hiccups a lot.
Food Cravings: Still want Olive Garden bread sticks.
What I Miss: Having energy to do more around the house.
Mood: Happy and getting excited!
Upcoming Appointments/Events:  Went to the specialist this week and the Doctor says He is growing perfectly and My placenta is in the correct spot and not moving into my muscle. Next regular Doctors appointment on the 7th

What I look forward to: Bentley’s birthday party coming up in November, little man is turning 4!

 

I hope you enjoy following my journey with baby Bindscheattel! I will be posting updates every few  weeks! What are some of the changes you started feeling at 23 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise

20 weeks down, 20 to go!

We’re half way there with baby Bindscheattel!

Highlights and Lowlights of my Pregnancy Week 20:

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Highlights: 
  • Starting to feel baby move more
  • Baby boy had a strong heartbeat at my appointment.
  • Being blessed with a healthy baby and pregnancy so far!
 
Lowlights:
  • Having major Mid/ Upper back pain at times.
  • Still feeling tired most of the day.
  • Had to go to the hospital food possible food poisoning.
 
Weight Gain/Loss:  lost 4lbs 
Sleep: Sleep has been okay, Still can lay on my stomach at times.
Best Moment This Week: Starting to really feeling baby move around in lower belly. He really likes to be awake and moving in around 2am!
Movement: Becoming more and more active everyday!
Food Cravings: Really have been wanting Olive Garden bread sticks.
What I Miss: I miss being able to fit in my regular clothes.
Mood: Emotional and really tired!
Upcoming Appointments/Events:  Had a doctors appointment today, went great Doctor says he is very active and heartbeat is great! I do have to go to a specialist for another ultrasound just to check out my placenta. Next appointment in 4weeks.

What I look forward to: Start looking pregnant instead of looking fat..

I hope you enjoy following my journey with baby Bindscheattel! I will be posting updates every other week! What are some of the changes you started feeling at 20 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise

Planing for a Baby Financially

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Being on a tight budget and being a stay at home mom and pregnant with Baby #2, I needed to find ways to save some money before baby arrives. So far I’ve saved up to $50 in gift cards, and already bought Remy over 100 pieces of clothing ranging from newborn to 12 months, and some baby gear.  Here’s how I saved hundreds for my soon to be family of four at 20 weeks pregnant.

5. Shopkick App

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Shopkick is this amazing Phone app where once you enter certain stores, scan the Items on the list, purchase certain items, and scan receipts you earn kicks, and when you have enough kicks you can trade them in for gift cards Ranging from Walmart, Starbucks, Target, even save money on gas! I have gotten up to $50 in gift cards using this App. It does take time, but over the course of 9 months you can rack up some kicks!

4. Stock up 

You probably see “Stock Up” on every blog talking about planning for a baby financially, But by buying diapers and wipes, even toilet paper now and when you see them on sale you will save for the future.

3. Coupon’s  

Coupon’s are such a money saver!  Now you don’t have to become an extreme coupon-er to save money, even just saving a few dollars here and there is still saving! When I started with coupons I was so confused , so many different kinds of coupons, and rules. To get started I went to YouTube and watched different videos but mostly got all my information from this amazing blog. She explains everything so well, and makes it easy to follow.

2. Sell what you don’t need or Trade for what you do need.

If you have some clothes you don’t wear or some house items that just don’t go along with your house anymore sell it. Chances are there are Facebook pages for your county where you can sell your items.  You can also trade with other moms. Say you have some clothes that don’t fit your prego belly  and another mom has some clothes that her baby out grew, you can trade for them.

1. Garage Sales

My biggest saver! I was blessed enough to drive up on a garage sale, where a mother was selling her son’s clothes he didn’t fit in anymore. When i had picked out about $5.00 worth of clothes she told me shes gonna pack up and donate the rest of what i didn’t take. I ended up basically getting everything for $45. From baby clothes, maternity clothes, bottles and even a Boppy Pillow! Now not every garage sale you pull up to will do this, but you can find a lot of stuff cheaper which is always great and saves a bunch of money.

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Some other ideas could be

  • Start a little Home daycare
  • Find a craft you’re good at and sell the item.
  • Become a consultant for a company ( Such as It works, Scentsy, or Usborne Books)

Saving money can be challenging, but if you follow some of those ideas, it should start becoming a litttle easier, and once you start saving you’ll find more and more ways to save! What do you do to save before a baby is due to arrive? Share some of your ideas below in the comment box!

Thanks for Reading!

Jessica