Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Week 15

Proverbs 8: 32-36
"So, my dear friends, listen carefully; those who embrace these my ways are most blessed. Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don't squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day's work. When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God's good pleasure. But if you wrong me, you damage your very soul; when you reject me, you're flirting with death."

This past week we got back into the post-holiday swing of things at work. Amazingly enough, the youth of Waco did NOT take a break from baby-making activities, therefore leaving our schedule books as full as ever!

Today I was thinking about how my role in the counseling room could change as my expectant belly continues to grow. How will I deal with an abortion-minded client while my own child is kicking, rolling, swimming about safe in my womb? Will the sweet young married clients who are hoping for a child (like my 2 clients today) look at my belly with sadness? Aside from that I'm already beginning to be a little sappy...take the show A Baby Story for example: I teared up 3 times at lunch today while watching an episode with Shiloh! What if I get weepy in the counseling room?

So far, the benefits are out-weighing the 'what ifs'. It was a joy to be able to help a client discover and be assured of her salvation today by confessing with her mouth and believing in her heart. "It's that simple?" she asked. "Sure is!", I said, reminding her that only the Lord can help her break her so called 'bad habits' and help her to be more like Him. She was precious and I hope to see her at her ultrasound next week.

On a lighter note, I was able to attend Nic's first baby shower---SO fun! We are throwing her a work/church shower at the end of the month which I'm totally excited about! It was neat to see many of her good friends gather around her to celebrate this special time in her life. This was our baby's first baby shower to attend, and I think the all the treats and sounds of ladies laughing and telling stories lulled our little one to sleep. We have a few more showers to go before we start that adventure of our own!!!

kelly, josh, & baby t

Our sweet baby's world:
At around 4 inches long, crown to rump, your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 ounces. He's busy inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, which will help develop the air sacs in his lungs. His legs are growing longer than his arms now, and he can move all his joints and limbs. That means his hands are more functional, too. Sweat glands are appearing, and although his eyelids are fused shut, he can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, he's likely to move away from the beam.
Your baby's taste buds are beginning to form now, too, and a study at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia suggests he may be able to taste what you've been eating. Researchers found that flavors from the food pregnant women ate ended up in their amniotic fluid. They also found that eating healthy foods during pregnancy may help your baby develop a preference for those foods that could last a lifetime.

Week 14--Happy New Year!

Matthew 2:1
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod's kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, "Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We're on pilgrimage to worship him."

Happy New Year!

Well, 2007 didn't start out with a bang--more like a gentle pop (sparkling cider as opposed to champagne!)! I'll take you back to Friday where we had an excellent visit with Dr. Micus. As soon as she placed the doppler on my belly we were able to hear the quick wooshing of the baby's heart beat. We heard a louder whoosh as the baby moved and then Doc quickly located the heart beat once again. She said everything looked and sounded normal and she would see us back again in 1 month.
I had a bit of a bug this weekend which delayed some plans with friends (and the continuous cleaning of our guest room!) but made for a fairly relaxing 3 day weekend. We had fun at New Year's Eve party last night and had dinner with our friends the Cochrans following a movie with a small group of friends. We made some progress on 'Cam's Room' as we prepare for our new roomie who will be moving in next week.
The verse above caught my eye because of the last sentence. I've read about the wise men each year, but I never thought about how much our pilgrimage mirrors theirs. We seek to worship him with our time and talents as well. This weekend I was reminded again through a sermon on TV that one form of worship is the giving of our tithe, so that God can bless us not only financially but give us wholeness in all aspects of life. This can be a little challenging on a limited buget, when preparing for the expense of a baby, but if I can't trust Him with something like our money, then how can I trust Him when it comes to our precious baby? I'm thankful to be learning these lessons (sometimes repeatedly!) as expectant parents.

kelly, josh, & baby t

Our sweet baby's world:
Welcome to your second trimester! This is a big milestone in your pregnancy because it marks the end of a critical development period for your baby. All the basic structures of your baby's body — internally and externally — are formed now. Of course, they're still very tiny. Head to bottom, your baby is just 3 1/2 inches long — about the length of a lemon — and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces.
Your baby's body is growing faster than her head, which now sits upon a more well-defined neck. By the end of this week, her arms will have lengthened and will be in proportion to the rest of her body. (Her legs still have some growing to do, though.) She's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair all over her body
called lanugo. Her liver starts secreting bile this week, a sign that it's already functioning properly, and her spleen starts contributing to the production of red blood cells.
Your baby's also producing and discharging urine into the amniotic fluid, a normal process that she'll keep up until birth. You still can't feel your baby's movements, but her hands and feet (now half an inch long) are more flexible and active. Thanks to brain impulses, her little facial muscles are getting a workout as she squints, frowns, and grimaces. She can grasp now, too, and she may be able to suck her thumb.

Week 13--Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:10-11The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.

Merry Christmas Y'all!

I hope that your hearts and tummys are full and the time you spent with family was precious. We always love a good excuse to open presents and take pix with the family!

There are definately some benefits to being pregnant at Christmas (however, for the record, it's cuter in pix to be super preggo or barely preggo---mental note for baby #2!). Here are a few I've discovered so far:
*the delish food
*the presents for you & the baby on the way (i heart my new preggo pillow!)
*sitting around and smiling is your form of 'helping out' with Christmas chores
*both of your moms hugging and kissing you ALL weekend=:)
*sleeping in!!!
*cute maternity clothes as gifts
*crying at everything (from sermons to songs and everything inbetween) and blaming hormones.
*showing off your ultrasound pix for the millionth time and loving it!

The second trimester started off with a bang and I'm beginning to officially show. Hmmm...a little worrysome with 6 months left to go! Our next doctor's appointment is this Friday and the doc has promised that we will get to hear the baby's heartbeat. I'm excited that it will be big enough to find with the doppler! We will let you know if anything else exciting happens at the visit. Time is flying by with already a 1/3 of the pregnancy behind us. Well, I'd better catch some sleep on my new preggo pillow before the morning!

kelly, josh, & baby t

Our sweet baby's world:
Your belly may soon be big enough to announce to the world that you're expecting, but your baby is still tiny. In fact, he's only about 3 inches long, crown to rump — roughly the size of a jumbo shrimp — and weighs just about an ounce. Despite being so small, there's a fully formed baby inside your womb now who's much more proportional than he was a few weeks ago. In previous weeks, your baby's head dwarfed the rest of him — but now his head is only about a third the size of his body. His tiny, unique fingerprints are already in place. His kidneys and urinary tract are functional, and he's starting to urinate out the amniotic fluid he's been swallowing. As you start your second trimester, most of your baby's critical development will be completed, and your odds of miscarriage drop considerably.