Homeschool Postpartum Plans

Hi Guys!

Today i thought i would share what my plans are, concerning homeschool, after baby number 6 is born.

Baby number 6 is going to be the 3rd baby born since we have become a homeschooling family. Baby number 4 was born at the end of June and we didn’t start back to homeschooling until August, so i had a bit of a break there. Baby number 5 was born at the beginning of August and we started back to homeschooling at the end of August/beginning of September. So i have homeschooled with a newborn before.

With baby number 6 though, i want a bigger break than just 2 weeks. We have been a year-round homeschooling family for a few years now, however this year we haven’t been doing 6 weeks on 1 week off. The reason for that is, i wanted to get as much school done with before baby number 6 is born. That way once he is born, we can take 4 weeks off.

That’s my plan, once baby number 6 is born, we will take at least 4 weeks off. Then once we start back to homeschooling, we will enter into it lightly. We probably won’t go back to a full schedule for at least another 2 weeks after that.

I want to enjoy the time with my new baby, plus take the time to get adjusted to being a family of 8.

*Stock photo provided by Unsplash.*

Winter Themed Learning

A few years ago i shared some winter themed learning, when i looked back at that post recently, i was reminded of all the fun we had. That’s when i decided to do another fun filled week, in our homeschool, focusing on winter themed learning. Today i’m going to share everything we did for our winter themed learning week.

I’m going to break things up into 3 categories; activities, snacks, and books.

Activities:

  1. Build a snowflake (using mini marshmallows & toothpicks) – This was a fun & easy activity for all my children.

2. Winter Bingo – I used this printable from The Resourceful Mama and M&M’s.

3. Winter I Spy – I used this free printable from Paper Trail Design.

4. Sensory Bins – I created 3 different sensory bins. One with rice, one with water beads, and one with pom-poms & craft gems.

Snacks:

  1. Snowballs – Donut holes.

2. Snow Covered Pretzels – White chocolate covered pretzels.

3. Polar Bear Graham Crackers – I got the idea/recipe from The Simple Parent.

4. ‘Frozen’ Themed Hot Chocolate – You only need 4 ingredients to make this blue colored hot chocolate. Find the recipe HERE.

5. ‘Frozen’ Themed Muddy Buddies – This was one of the kids favorite snacks we had! Find the recipe HERE.

Books:

  1. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening – Robert Frost
  2. The Magic Of Friendship Snow – Andi Cann
  3. Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares For Winter – Eugenie Doyle
  4. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter – Kenard Pak
  5. The Biggest Snowman Ever – Steven Kroll
  6. Sneezy The Snowman – Maureen Wright
  7. There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow – Lucille Colandro
  8. Snowmen At Night – Caralyn Buehner

I hope you enjoyed our week of Winter Themed Learning.

*Stock photo provided by Unsplash. This post may contain affiliate links.*

Home Birth Plans

I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant with baby number 6. At 24 weeks pregnant (more than halfway through my pregnancy) i switched from an OB-GYN to a Midwife. Today i’m going to share why i made the switch, and what my birth plans look like.

Honestly from the very beginning i knew this pregnancy was different, or maybe it is me that is different. Either way, immediately i had thoughts of having a home birth. I shared with my husband that i was thinking i wanted a home birth and at first it was a flat out ‘No’ from him. *A little background information here, my husband has past trauma from home births, so my asking him and getting his approval is to be respectful of him and his trauma.*

So, i let the idea of a home birth go for a little while and just saw my regular OB-GYN that i’ve seen since my first pregnancy over 15 years ago. I hated every appointment though. I just had this strong feeling that a home birth is what i was needing. So again, i talked with my husband about having a home birth. He still wasn’t on board, but it wasn’t a hard no like the first time.

Finally, after my 24 week appointment with my OB-GYN, my husband agreed that we could meet with a midwife and get more information on having a home birth. At 27/28 weeks pregnant we met a midwife and after leaving her office, my husband and i both felt a sense of calm & peace surrounding having a home birth.

I can’t give you a solid reason as to why i want a home birth, other than i just feel it in my soul that it is the right thing to do this time around.

As far as switching from an OB-GYN to a midwife, i was tired of feeling like a number. I was tired of feeling like i had no say in anything. I also don’t like a lot of the hospital’s policies, where i was going to deliver at.

I knew i had made the right decision to switch when i received a phone call from my OB-GYN’s office. I had an appointment scheduled with them for my 27 week check-up, but i cancelled it. I never heard from them until 2 days before Christmas (32 weeks pregnant). So the last time they had seen me was at my 24 week appointment, it had been almost 10 weeks before they even cared to contact me.

Anyways, i now have a midwife and i plan to birth at home completely naturally. My midwife has a birth pool that she will be bringing, although i’m not sure if i will use it or not. But it will be nice to have the option.

All of this is completely new for me, as all 5 of my other children have been born in the same hospital. I was also induced with all 5 of my other children. I also had an epidural for all 5 of my other children. So i’ve never experienced natural childbirth. That should probably scare me, but like i said this pregnancy has been different or i’m different, but i’m not scared at all. I feel so much peace surrounding this decision.

Later on this week, i plan on sharing my homeschool plans during the postpartum period. I will also be sharing some birth affirmations, that i plan on using for myself. And maybe even a home birth supply haul? Would anyone be interested in that? Let me know.

That’s it, for my home birth plans. I hope you all are having an amazing new year, so far.

*Stock photo provided by Unsplash.*

Baby Must Haves

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing my baby must haves.

I’ve seen so many of these ‘Baby Must Haves’ lists online and i find myself disagreeing with every one of them. To be honest all you need for your baby is 3 things…. a way to feed them (formula/breast milk), a way to diaper them (cloth/disposable), and clothes. That’s it! Everything else after that isn’t a must have, but a luxury.

So if you are looking for one of those lists that will tell you to buy the fancy baby swing and all the toys, you will need to search elsewhere, because my list is very minimal.

Without further ado, let’s get on with my list of baby must haves…

Baby Must Haves:

  • Diapers – Pampers Swaddlers are my favorite diaper, I’ve used them exclusively since baby number 3. When getting ready for a new baby, i always buy 1 box of Newborn & 1 box of Size 1.
  • Clothes – I always make sure to buy Newborn and size 0-3 month clothing. Most of the newborn size clothes i buy are PJ’s with the mitten cuffs included on them. I try to buy a fair amount of clothing because babies spit up/pee/poop a lot.
  • Blankets – They work great for swaddling, for covering up while breastfeeding, etc. I’ve always found that i can’t have too many baby blankets.
  • Shampoo – I don’t use anything fancy here, just plain old Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. It’s worked great for all of my babies.
  • Car Seat – The most expensive item on my must have list, but where i live i have to drive everywhere, so it’s necessary.

That’s everything on my baby must have list. Are you a minimalist when it comes to baby gear as well, or do you buy everything?!

*Stock photo provided by Unsplash. This post may contain affiliate links.*

January Books

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing what we are reading in January!

Samuel (10th Grade)

The Fever Code (Maze Runner, Book 5) – He has really enjoyed this series, not sure what he is going to read next.

Dasean (7th Grade)

Case Closed #1: Mystery in the Mansion

Karina (4th Grade)

The Never Girls Collection #2 – She is still working her way through these books!

Cruz (1st Grade) & Lincoln (Preschool)

We are going to be reading some Winter themed books this month, which i will share in a separate blog post!

Veronica (Me)

Didn’t See That Coming

That’s all we are reading in January. What are you reading?

*This post may contain affiliate links.*