Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Then Monday night we wanted to get out of the house, so we headed over to watch the guys in our small group play softball in the local league. We were too late for the game. Turns out the Kneppers were too. So we decided Erma's custard would be the perfect solution. The Abbots joined us, but before we left a skeptical Rocky wanted to know if it could possibly be better than Maggie Moo's...puh-lease!
Even the kids know Erma's is the best frozen treat one could imagine.
Even with 3 nights of frozen custard I was disappointed to discover I'd lost about a pound this week. I was really shook up and worried after getting off the scale at my appointment today. When the midwife came in and asked how I was doing, I could feel myself start to choke up. Rather than risk awkwardness, I just warned her, "Well I'm feeling like I might cry because I lost weight this week and I'm afraid the baby isn't growing."
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
There's a portion in a book we've talked about before..."I became a Christian and All I got was this Lousy T-Shirt"...and it echo's in my spirit as I consider this child within me.Vince draws the conclusion that we were never really meant to be in relationship with Jesus - though a relationship is certainly better than religion. But I'm in a relationship with a ton of people...and I can go days or even months without connecting with them, and I'm fine. Is it the same with God? Can I go days or weeks without really connecting with him?
Check out what he has to say: (pg 33-34)
A relationship with Jesus is better than a religion with Jesus, but still, I don't think Jesus was talking about us just having a relationship with him.
For instance, one time Jesus said, "Abide in Me , and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it a abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing." To abide means to live within. Jesus says he wants me to live inside of him, and he live inside of me. That doesn't sound like a relationship to me.
What if you could somehow interview a baby inside his mother's womb? And let's say you asked the baby, "Do you have a relationship with your mother?"
I think the baby would give you a really weird look. Now from the pictures I've seen, babies in their mothers' wombs look very alienlike, so you may not realize the baby was giving you a weird look. But trust me; this questions would get you a weird look.
The baby would say, "Could you repeat that?" (I'm assuming the baby can speak.)
So you ask again, "I said, do you have a relationship with your mother?"
The baby would give you another weird look and and answer, "That's what I thought you said, but I can't believe you would ask that. How do I answer? I mean yes, we do have a relationship, but c'mon it's way beyond that. I mean, I live inside of her. I can't live without her. I am totally dependent on her for everything that keeps me alive. I can't do anything without her. So yes, I guess we have a relationship, but that's a colossal understatement." (I'm assuming this baby uses cool words like colossal.)
He later goes on to say:
So when we pray to God about our relationship with him, I imagine God saying, "Did you really just say that? I mean, yes, I guess it is a relationship, but you did catch the part where I said I want us to live inside each other, right? You want to call that a relationship? You can call it what you want, but I'm inviting you into much more than a relationship. I'm offering to be the womb you exist within, and the blood that flows through your veins. I want to be the umbilical cord that brings you the fluids that sustain you, and I want to be the breath that enters your lungs when you're born, and I want to be your lungs. What I want is for you to get lost inside of me, and I want to be lost inside of you. My desire is for us to be one..."
To abide. Wow, what a concept, what a life. His strength, his life, his love, his joy, his identity flowing through my existence, giving me everything I need to not only survive, but to grow and thrive into the girl he created me to be. This is my heart's desire, Jesus.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Baby Boy (yes, its still a boy; I asked her to check again with the many stories of big toes and umbilical cords...) is measuring 32 1/2 weeks or so weighing approx 4 lbs 5 oz. This puts me in the 20th percentile (so I'm safe for now!). I did gain a pound this week (thank you pizza hut and coaching from Aron).
So they want to start monitoring me weekly, and they'll do another ultrasound again in 2 weeks to make sure he's continuing to grow. At that time, depending on his size, they'll decide whether to let me go naturally or induce the next week. I am praying for naturally. Half our family will be vacationing south spread out between South Carolina and Florida the first half of August, so I'm getting much encouragement to eat and cross my legs until later in the month!
Baby is head down, in position. Now we must position ourselves...
we'll be hard at work on projects again tonight.
much love and thank you for your prayers...keep them coming!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
At my OB appointment this past Tuesday, the doctor was concerned that I was measuring a few weeks small and my weight gain is low. Basically, because Belle was so little at full term, they're watching this one extra closely for an IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction). I've measured perfect up until this point...
I'm to get another ultrasound this Tuesday and see the doctor again to further evaluate. If I remain below the 5th percentile, they'd like to 'take the baby' at 37 weeks. I am 34 weeks on Tuesday...
So it just hit us this week how incredibly close to D-day we are, and the huge amount of things we need to accomplish before the sleepless nights and every 2 hours nursing begins.
I've been trying to eat more and increase my calorie intake. We'll see if it helps. Pray with us that this little baby will grow strong and be able to get all the nourishment he needs while he continues to develop in the safety of the womb.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The 4th was a washout this year, but thankfully the festivities were rescheduled for the 5th...and what a gorgeous evening God gave us.Here are a few moments from the night:
eli quinton, our nephew. we've forbidden him from getting any older while we're away.
aron's daddy & uncle raybrotherly love..."true love", if you will.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The talented Josh Young & lovely wife, Marie, also joined us for a night of stadium fun.Silly Josh! Don't make fun of your wife when there's a camera present.
Belle: "What's you doing mom?"
Me: "Putting cream on belly. Is mommy's belly getting big?"
Belle: "Yes, it is!"
Me: "What's in my tummy making it so big?"
Belle: "A baby sister!"
Me: "No...its a baby brother."
Belle: "I have a baby brother too like you."
Me: "You are going to have a baby brother, but he will be mommy's son."
Belle: "And he will be my moon."
So the vacation posts will have to wait.
Until then, I'll leave you with this picture...
Only in Brown County, baby. Aron and I pulled into the pharmacy parking lot to pick up some Airborne (I felt like I might be coming down with something mid-week) and caught a priceless shot. Yes, this is a lawnmower, parked, taking up an entire spot. Giggle if you must (we did!!), but in a strange way, this warms my heart.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009