We’re Havin’ a BABY!

23 Weeks Today!
May 13, 2008, 2:32 pm
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Oh my. This pregnancy is going by faster than a… uh… I can’t think of a good analogy, so let’s just it’s going by super fast. I can’t believe there are only 17 weeks left!

Life has been good lately.  True to all the experts’ predictions, I have enjoyed my second trimester very much. I pretty much enjoyed the first one too, except for being falling-asleep-during-supper exhausted the whole time.  My latest “symptom” is swollen ankles. They are gigantic, and it’s kinda creepy the way I press on them and it leaves a big indent for like 10 minutes.  Apparently I’m retaining water. Which means eat less salt and elevate your feet, being sure to go for walks (which seems to make it worse). Easier said than done.

Last night I started my very first class of my graduate studies.  Haha! I say “graduate studies” like I have some grand plan or something. Really, I’m just taking it as an “occasional student” and am not registered in any program officially (yet).  I’d love to work towards a Masters some day, but who knows… no pressure. I’m basically just taking it because I happen to love the prof who’s teaching it, and I know it’s a required class for most of the M.Div’s at Tyndale.  Also, I love the topic! “Gospel, Church and Culture: Preparing Missional Leaders for the 21st Century”.  I think I should be able to make disciples in my own culture before I go to another one (Africa) to do the same. This class (I hope) will help equip me in that!

My mom thinks I’m a little nuts – taking this class while 6 months pregnant. It’s every single night, Monday – Friday, 6:30-9:30pm, for 2 weeks (with a week break in the middle). I also work full-time during the days. OK, so maybe I am a little crazy, but when did I ever claim not to be? ha!

In baby news (since that’s who this blog is supposed to be about, and here I am blabbering on about myself) – my beautiful baby is over the a foot long now, and weighs over a pound! Amazing! I’ve heard that 23 weeks is the earliest a baby born prematurely has ever survived. I definitely don’t want to give birth anytime soon, but it’s amazing to think that already this little baby is basically a fully formed person!

I’ve also been feeling the kicks and flutters for the last 3 weeks or so, and Chris has been feeling them for about a week now. It’s becoming sort of a nightly thing – just before we turn out the light, as we’re lying in bed, he puts his hand on my belly for a little Daddy-baby bonding time. We can also SEE the baby move, as my stomach jumps and pokes in strange and amazing ways! I laughed out loud the first time I saw it!

Still trusting in God…


It Happened…
March 12, 2008, 2:07 pm
Filed under: amazing firsts, farewell feet, good-bye waistline!, yikes!

I was at the hairdresser yesterday getting a trim.  I was sitting leaned back in those super-uncomfortable chairs that you sit in while they wash your hair…

“So how far along are you?” the hairdresser asks me.

*Oh my word, oh my word… I can’t believe it finally happened.  A total stranger that I’d never met before asked when I was due.  That means… I’m showing.  And not showing in the “slightly barely maybe showing sense”.  More in the “it’s obvious she’s pregnant, and I’m not risking embarassment asking when she’s due because it’s just so obvious” sense.  Yikes! I can’t believe this is actually happening!!!*

“I’m 3 and a half months now. Due in September”. 

First Pre-Natal Appointment – 10 weeks, 3 days
February 15, 2008, 11:39 pm
Filed under: amazing firsts, doctor stuff, YAY BABIES!

So there really is a baby in there! I think I had some doubts before today, but I heard a heartbeat, and Chris heard it too! It was amazing. I will never forget that sound! It made me feel all tingly all over!

The doctor said it was highly unlikely to hear the heartbeat this early, but we may as well try. 2 seconds later… “ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump”… realllly fast. He said “is there any chance you have your dates off a bit?” (I’m almost certain of the dates). He said “well maybe there’s more than one in there” (Triplets run in my family – cousins of my Nana).

Wouldn’t that be amazing?! Well all I’m asking for is one, but if there’s more than one, that’d be awesome too! (or “two”… haha.. ha.. ahem… does pregnancy make you tell lame jokes too, doc?)

I am going for an ultrasound and blood work next week. That’ll be exciting!!!

And the race is on! I’m more than a quarter of the way through my pregnancy now!