12 days

I have 12 days left until my due date and I am SO ready to meet this little guy. I will not start a whine fest about pregnancy right now, but suffice it to say I am over being pregnant and just want to be done. But that is why they call it delivery. Overall, I am doing well and Luke is doing well and that is all that matters. Unlike our first three bio kids, we will be delivering at a birth center this time around. When I tell people that, they are a little shocked by it. I know it might sound a little out there but there is no reason to be worried about us. It’s a very safe environment and close to a hospital should we need something like that. The birth center is actually closer to our house than the nearest hospital is, although technically in a neighboring state. Our son will have a birth certificate from that state instead of from ours, but that really doesn’t matter at all. As long as the birth certificate is from the USA, that is all that matters, trust me I know. After dealing with overseas adoption and all that paperwork, that is all that matters. We will come home the same day we deliver. I know that seems quick to most people, but it’s perfectly safe so no need to worry. We go back the next day for a check up to make sure all is well. That being said just because we are at home does not mean we would like visitors, so please call first if you would like to visit and we will let you know if we are up to that or not. This is a new thing for our family but we are very excited about it and hope those around us can be excited too, knowing that we did not make this decision lightly and we are certain about the safety.

Kaki has been on her new medication for two weeks now and we are seeing a lot of improvement in eating. She is eating consistently at school and most of the time at home too, which is a real blessing. We haven’t noticed a lot of behavioral changes yet, but it will take another four weeks to get her up to the whole dosage on the medication, so we are hopeful that we will see some improvement in that time. We are just glad she is eating again. We were very worried we might end up in the hospital with her or something.

Homeschooling has hit a wall for me. I am at the stage of pregnancy where I don’t want to do anything really, other than have this baby, and that includes forcing kids to do school work that they are unmotivated to do. The newness has worn off and they are really struggling to stay on task everyday and I am struggling to not want to lose my patience with them everyday. Still, I am sure that homeschooling is the right path for us right now and I can see so many ways that God has led us to do this for so many reasons. The first year of homeschooling is always the hardest, I’ve been told. It’s hard for the kids to go from traditional school to homeschooling and all the changes that means. We have been struggling with some curriculum and will make a few changes next year. There are so many choices with curriculum, you never can make the right choices the first time. But I am figuring out what works for the kids and what works for me and we will make some positive changes next year. I really do like the freedom homeschooling affords you and I can’t imagine having to deal with homework for 4 kids everyday. Homeschooling is way easier than dealing with homework. And to be able to take some time off when this baby comes is going to be great.

That’s all that’s going on with the Byrum’s right now, just waiting on our sweet Luke’s arrival. Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later. 🙂

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