Saturday, January 31, 2009
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!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Pictures from the snow storm:
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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!
Monday, January 12, 2009
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:
Until next time,
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
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!