Gender: Our ultrasound tech gave us a good guess at our last appointment, but we're waiting to make an official announcement until our anatomy scan. The baby was all balled up like a little pretzel, so hopefully we'll get a better "look" in a couple weeks.
Weight gain: I've gained .6 lbs.! Woo-hoo! Doc said I've got about 20 more to gain from now until the due date. Bring on the Blue Bell.
Maternity clothes: Still wearing my Old Navy maternity jeans, and regular pre-pregnancy tops. Although I have purchased a few super cute maternity tops in the past few weeks. And am tempted to wear them all the time because they're so soft!! Don't judge.
Stretch marks: None yet. Still slathering lotion all over! I use the Body Shop Moringa body butter, and found out last week that it's great for elasticity! And it smells HEAVENLY.
Belly button in or out: In.
Sleep: This week has been kinda weird, I have woken up pretty nauseous in the middle of the night. It helps when I eat a little, so I'm assuming I just need to eat earlier and more regularly. I've also decided to save a hundred bucks on the pregnancy pillow and just ask my husband to sleep right up along side of me all night, so I stay on my side :) I think he's a big fan....jk.
Best moment this week: I have two best moments for this week, the first is that someone anonymously purchased our stroller for us!! We set it up right away and absolutely LOVE it! Can't wait to find out who it was! My second favorite moment this week would be hanging out and eating tacos with my close friends, one of whom is probably going to have her baby in the next week or so! We took a picture of our baby bumps together before she left! (Keep in mind that we ate tacos, so my bump is probably more food than baby)
Worst moment this week: That would definitely be Sunday. I was sick allll day. Woke up nauseous and continued to feel awful through that night. So either baby didn't like something I ate on Saturday, or this is just pregnancy and I better get used to feeling awesome one second and like death the next. Bring it on. I'm having a baby.
Miss anything: MY MOM. But seriously. I wish she just lived with me and we could just gush about babies and life and ministry 24/7. She is hands-down my bestie and she will be the best Mom-mom in the world.
Movement: I hate to be one of those new Moms who thinks they feel movement as early as 16-17 weeks....but I think I have! I mean really faint flutters, but I'm almost positive that it was a little baby moving around and not my 3rd strawberry pop tart.
Symptoms: Mild cramping, nausea (boo!), dizziness, congestion and fatigue.
Cravings: I've been trying to eat more and also eat healthy, so I've strategically shopped for a bunch of fruit and veggies and healthy protein! Unfortunately the pop tarts are still in the house, so that's been my go-to.
Queasy or sick: A bit of both. Ugh. But I'm having a baby so wa-hoo!
Looking forward to: Finding out, for sure, what gender we're having! I'm so excited! I doubt we'll do any kind of gender reveal party, but we do plan on announcing once we find out!
I also wanted to share with you a book that my Mom sent me that has quickly become one of my favorite books for pregnancy! I was a bit overwhelmed with What to Expect, and this book offers a more light-hearted, sarcastic, yet godly overview of the whole pregnancy experience. It's SUCH an easy read and also super informative!
We wanted to wait a few weeks to go to the OBGYN after
finding out we were pregnant again. The visits to the doctor in early pregnancy
have always caused me such anxiety; the unknowns, the inconclusiveness. So I
waited. For about 4 weeks I was able to enjoy my pregnancy in ignorant - although nauseous - bliss.
I had some blood work done about a week before our first
sonogram, my HCG levels came back extremely high. Our first sonogram confirmed
what I already knew in my heart to be true.
Twins. Two babies. TWO. BABIES.
I knew it all along. I had a feeling early in my pregnancy
that there was more than one baby growing inside me.
But the sonogram was not all happy news.
We saw the first baby right away with a relatively slow
heart rate of 89 bpm, but it was strong, clearly seen and measured. The
technician asked about my ovulation dates and cautiously noticed that the baby
was measuring small and two weeks off. She was able to get a great picture of
the first baby for us.
"5 positive pregnancy tests. 2 healthy babies. 2
miscarriages. 1 complete unknown. There is this misconception in our faith that if
we learn the lessons the Lord would have us learn in our pain, that we can
cross that hardship off the list and never have to walk that road again. That
if we walk around loudly enough in the victory of healing and acceptance that
the Lord would not allow the same pain to repeat itself. After all, why would a
good God heal us only to rip open the wound and leave us hemorrhaging faith all
I wrote these words two weeks ago; a couple weeks after we found out we were unexpectedly pregnant, one day before finding out that we would most likely be losing another baby in early miscarriage. The night that I saw that second line on the pregnancy test, I was honestly upset. I had no intention of getting pregnant, in fact it was my plan to not get pregnant this year. With the knowledge of every previous pregnancy has been excitement, planning and…
I have been called an emotional person.
Ironically mostly by people who do not emote or are
uncomfortable with emotions, even their own. Being called "emotional"
does not typically induce a heartfelt "thank you".And yet, I am starting to learn that if I believe that God can redeem all things
for His glory - then even my emotions can be used for the glory of God. So
being emotional is actually one of my strengths!
One of the verses that I have seen people use to dismiss or
suppress their emotions is Jeremiah 17:9 "The
heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand
So if the heart is deceitful, does that mean that it is
ALWAYS deceitful? Does that mean that it is unredeemable?
Are all emotions produced from the heart?
Be careful. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water
I think one of the biggest mistakes that we can make here, is to
equate our emotions with our hearts. Yes, sometimes an emotion starts …