Saturday, January 31, 2009

Week 26: Feeling Pregnant

Hello everyone! Hopefully you enjoyed the pics/videos from the snow storm! Today has been very sunny in Louisville and the ice is melting beautifully! There are still lots of people without power but we are among the blessed who have it. Praise the Lord! We had some friends (the Roberts' family) stay with us a couple of nights since they were powerless and that was a joy. Hannah Mai had playmates (Reese & Hannah Grace) and so I think she enjoyed it as well.

On the baby front, I'm really starting to feel pregnant. That may sound weird considering I'm almost 27 weeks now. It's like I woke up one day and had a belly! I know it's been growing for a while now but all of a sudden, everyone is noticing - even my hubby & myself! I feel a bit more sluggish and heavy now. I'm getting more easily winded going up stairs and carrying Hannah around. I've finally noticed some Braxton Hicks contractions here and there. I feel like they started a lot sooner with Hannah. Maybe my memory is just not right there. It is exciting that every week means we're closer to meeting this little guy. It also means that if he was born early for any reason, he has a better chance at surviving.

I have to say that I've thought a decent bit about labor and delivery again. As the day draws nearer, I wonder how similar or how different it will be from that of Hannah's. Will it be shorter? Longer? Harder? Epidural-free? Natural starting or induced again? Will he be jaundiced like Hannah? Have milk/soy allergies? Experience physical problems (like Hannah's torticollis)? Though this list seems long, don't worry, I'm not totally stressed out. I don't typically think about all these things at once. ;) Just some things that have been coming in and out of my head. Now you know how to pray for me!

By the way... I'm not complaining about the things mentioned above, just sharing! The pregnancy is really going quite well right now. This weekend we'll be going to spend some time with friends in Tennessee... that should be fun! James has a whopping 5 days off work and we're going to take it easy! Yay!

Well, I guess that's it for now!

Take care,
Terra

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More on the Snow Storm

So... I think the storm is over... At our house, we ended up with about 6 inches of snow and about 1 inch of ice in the middle. Fun stuff... Fortunately, we're not in the giant bunch that lost power. Well, actually we did but only for a few minutes....

Pictures from the snow storm:

http://flickr.com/photos/jamesandterra/sets/72157613049329645/

Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

January Snow Storm

Hannah enjoyed about 20 minutes in the snow... then Mama got cold. ;) Enjoy this short, goofy little video. This was taken mid-morning. We've gotten a great deal of sleet and ice on top of it now. And they are calling for 3-5 more inches of snow tonight with another 3/4-1 inch of ice. Lovely. Good thing I don't HAVE to go anywhere. We'll see if James is able to make it to work again tomorrow or not.

video

Take care,

Terra

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Weeks 24 & 25: Lots of firsts!

Though I'm technically just into my 25th week of pregnancy, I'm going ahead and writing about them both because the weekend could get busy. Thanks for understanding! :)

So this weekend was a blast! I went with about 10 other Premier Designs jewelry ladies to the Regional Rally / Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. James took care of Hannah for 2 1/2 days (by himself!) so I could enjoy and soak up the training. The new Spring line of jewelry was unveiled, which is GORGEOUS by the way! It was an awesome weekend of encouragement and blessing. I really and truly believe I work for one of the best companies in the USA! If you ever want to chat about more, I'd LOVE to! If you want to see pictures from the weekend, click here: http://flickr.com/photos/jamesandterra/sets/72157612751396858/ .

Speaking of Premier, thanks to the flexibility of my job and the fact that I get to be a stay-at-home mom, I got to witness Hannah use her potty for the FIRST time today! I won't go through the details but she accomplished #2 and was very proud of herself after the fact. Yet, I think I was even more proud than she was! ;)

Hannah and I got to pay another visit to the pediatrician this morning. At her last visit, her bloodwork came back anemic. So we changed her vitamin and planned to recheck today. By God's grace, her levels are now normal! While we were there, we did get to find out she's got yet another ear infection... blah... other ear this time. I was fairly sure she did because she's been incredibly difficult and sleepless these last two days. So..... yet another round of antibiotics!

On the baby scope, Benjamin is definitely getting bigger. His movements are not easily missed anymore and take on the "Alien" type feel. I'm also beginning to get just a little uncomfortable and having the low back pain thanks to the extra weight. He's busy but so far, I think Hannah was more active in the womb. My belly continues to grow as well and people are finally feeling comfortable asking if I'm expecting. ;) My next checkup is the 5th and I'll get to have the oh-so-fun glucose testing then.

Well, I guess that's it for now!
Take care,
Terra

Monday, January 12, 2009

Week 23 - Definitely a Boy

This past week was interesting. It started off on the calmer side with the continued productivity of my last post. By the weekend, with two jewelry shows and a Pampered Chef show, it was crazy busy!

Thursday, we had another ultrasound to check the baby's heart since they couldn't see it in the last one. By God's grace, everything looked and sounded great. At one point, the ultrasound tech said, "Yep. He's definitely a boy." I looked up to see a very clear little boy part on the screen. Yep. He's sure is. ;) I asked her about how big he was considering Hannah has always measured fairly small, even in the womb. After a few measurements, she told me that it appeared he would take after my family's genes with his size. He was just over 50% percentile (over all) and approximately 12 inches long. That seemed incredibly big to me but I guess it makes sense since he's all balled up and folded over like a little sandwich. ;) SO... we'll see! It does make me a little more nervous about the delivery part though. Hannah was only 5lbs, 9oz at 38 weeks gestation. I can't imagine a big baby after her! I'm praying for God's grace when the day arrives!

The last four or five days have left me a bit more tired than usual. All that energy I spoke about in my last pregnancy post has definitely waned. I don't feel like I'm getting sick again so I'm not sure what it could be. Maybe it's just the fact that I'm nearing my third trimester. Speaking of sickness, the Lord has been gracious is finally healing us all! As of this moment, no one in the house is on any medications (other than vitamins) or having any sick symptoms. Oh I pray that continues! I've actually been trying harder to increase our immune systems with the foods we're eating and such.

You all can pray for our family this weekend. I will be attending a conference for my jewelry business in Atlanta. I'll leave Thursday and be home late Saturday night. James will be with Hannah by himself those days! Pray the Lord leads us all!

Lastly, I want to point you to some AWESOME pictures my friend Jessie Minnery took of our family. She was doing this in the midst of 4 busy kids and a not very cooperative Hannah so I was pretty impressed. Also, the lighting in our house at this hour wasn't superb. Regardless, she's very talented. Click the link below to see the pics:

http://flickr.com/photos/jamesandterra/sets/72157612491983262/

Until next time,
Terra

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Week 22 - Productivity!

So after all the crazy holiday events and sicknesses, God has blessed me with an incredibly productive week! Seriously, by His grace, I've woken up at least an hour before Hannah every morning for over a week to have my time of Bible reading and prayer. After putting a pillow in her crib, she's suddenly sleeping in about an hour to two later than usual and taking naps about twice as long as well. It's been AMAZING! One of James and I's unwritten New Year's resolutions was to start applying the "2 minute rule." Anything that can be done in 2 minutes or less, we do it right then - no delays. It's astounding how much more we're getting done around here! In addition, I'm working on picking things up either immediately or shortly after using them. I have a bad habit of letting things sit out and planning to put it up 'later' until everything is a total disaster and it takes me WAY longer to clean than it would have. And you know what? Not only has our house been a gazillion times cleaner, I've even had time and energy to do things that have needed to be done for ages. For example, one morning I had an hour long quiet time, fixed breakfast for everyone, cleaned the entire fridge, unloaded the dishwasher, cleaned out the garbage pail and organized the pantry - ALL by 10am! Wow! I must say, I pray the Lord keeps me motivated as I have been this entire week.... it's been such a blessing!

Babywise, Benjamin continues to kick and move around a bit. We have another ultrasound Thursday to check his heart (they couldn't see it last time - no big deal). It'll be nice to see if he's still growing at a good rate of course. Otherwise, no real news on him... nothing's really changed other than my expanding waistline. :) I will say that I've noticed a few more differences with this pregnancy and Hannah's. I don't gag every time I try to brush my teeth and my face seems to finally be clearing up from all the nice hormonal zits. However, my face is covered with little red spots and splotches again - which happened with Hannah as well. Fun stuff. I'm actually enjoying my belly right now and the rest of the pregnancy for the most part also. My lower back is starting to hurt a bit from the extra weight (and probably my productivity efforts!) but by God's grace, the pinched nerve has not been hurting for about 2 weeks or so. Yay!

I still haven't posted any Christmas pictures, though I will do it eventually. It's been kind of nice to be more productive around the house and less drawn to my computer. :)

Hannah well finish her antibiotics for her ear infection tomorrow and I should finish mine within the week as well. Interesting that we both got ear infections at the same time, though they are not contagious! James never got sick - by God's grace and he continues to work hard at Meijer and his chaplaincy position. He's such an amazing husband in so many ways. He's been a great encourager and leader. He's been on fire for the Lord these last few weeks and THAT is contagious.

I guess that's it for now! Until next time... I pray the Lord leads you ever closer to Himself!

Take care,
Terra