Dec 31, 2007
Baby: Your baby measures about 7.6 inches and weighs about 12.3 ounces. The muscles are getting stronger every week now, and the eyelids and eyebrows are developed. Your baby's acrobatics are pretty constant, and since she responds to sound, rhythm and melody, you can try singing and talking to her. After she's born, the same sounds will soothe her.
Mom-to-be: Your uterus is continuing to grow, but you're probably feeling pretty good -- no more morning sickness, and your abdomen isn't so large that it's getting in the way very much. You may still be getting leg and foot cramps, as well as mild swelling of ankles and feet.
Tip for the Week: To reduce cramping, increase your intake of calcium and potassium. Have a glass of milk before bedtime or snack on potassium-rich foods, such as grapefruits, oranges and bananas. If you do get a leg cramp, try forcing your toes back toward your face and pushing down on the knee to straighten your leg.
The other night, as Zoe was doing some sort of gymnastics in my belly, she gave Andy a 3 kick combination. He was patiently waiting to feel her move then decided to push on my belly a little. Well, that was all she needed to respond. It was funny. 3 quick kicks, and Dad to be was throwing his arms in the air, like he just scored the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. It was pretty funny. Last night, as I was trying to sleep (which is really fun with this cold), my sweet girl was moving around...A LOT! Goodness, not sure if it's the medication or what, but she was all over the place. My mind is still blown by it all.
"How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you." (Psalm 31:19)
Dec 29, 2007
My aunt, cousin, and my cousin's 3 kids came to visit for a few days. I have never met my cousin's youngest, so it was great fun. My cousin is supermom, really. She has one in kindergarten, her middle child is 2, and the youngest is 1. Watching her wrangle them all, feed them, hold them, and play with them is incredible! I do not know how she does it either, other than she must have superhuman powers. She probably makes other stay at home moms sick with how well she balances everything!
The past few days however, I have gotten some kind of a cold. Can you say, "Not fun?" I was feeling better, but for some reason feel worse today. Nice. Just how I wanted to spend our vacation time, feeling miserable, unable to breathe, and with a pounding headache. At least I have my mommy to attend to me! I'm currently taking Sudafed and Mucinex, which usually work great for me, but who knows how they will work since I am pregnant. And yea, just in case you were wondering, cold + pregnancy = not fun. It's true.
I am hoping and praying this cold finds its way out of my system very soon so I can enjoy the last few days here and fly home feeling well! Say a prayer for me.
Dec 26, 2007
This movie is inspired by a true story, and it in and of itself is inspiring. It takes place prior to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, prior to integration of people from various races. This movie made my white skin crawl during many scenes because I cannot understand that type of cruelty towards another human based solely on color. I wonder what my life would be like if Professor Melvin Tolson had not thought outside the box and had not dared to challenge his students and the society they lived in. What would have happened to Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and so many others? Would they have stepped up and spoken of a better place, a world that did not base value on skin color? Would the many friends whom I cherish so dearly be a part of my life, would the church we attend even exist? I believe these things have all been affected by a single debate team that dared to do what many thought impossible.
"The Great Debaters" is a movie that will challenge, inspire, and possibly, move people to action. Hopefully, it will also help some open their eyes a little bit wider and allow them to become more accepting of races unlike their own.
"The time for justice, the time for equality is always right now!" - Samantha Booke*
*may not be her exact quote, forgive me.
Dec 24, 2007
Each day I am more in love with my husband, and we now wait expectantly for the arrival of our daughter. I am in awe that God would find us worthy to be parents, that He would give us the awesome responsibility. And I think this Christmas, more than any other, I am thankful for the mother's heart that loves beyond condition and will endure whatever is needed for her family.
And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers." (Luke 1:46-55)
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7)
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." (Luke 2:13-14)
My prayer for each of you is that you are surrounded by a joy and peace that supasses all human understanding and comprehension. Regardless of your circumstances, I pray you are filled with love.
Dec 23, 2007
Baby: Your baby measures about 7.2 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 10.5 ounces. The fetus is steadily gaining fat to keep warm. Growth rate is slowing down but organ systems, like digestion, are continuing to mature. A waxy film, called the vernix caseosa, is being produced by your baby's oil glands and covers the skin to keep it supple in the amniotic fluid. Buds for permanent teeth are beginning to form.
Mom-to-be: Friends, relatives, even strangers can probably tell you're pregnant by now. Your uterus is starting to extend above your navel. You've probably gained between 10 and 14 pounds by now.
Cre's visit was great fun, though it was odd to say good-bye on a plane. Oh well. We laughed quite a bit, picked on each other as good friends should, and were able to just relax and spend time together. I'm glad she chose to spend her vacation time with us.
Now, it's on to the festivities of the holidays, playing with my crazy nieces, and just enjoying being together. Be blessed.
Dec 19, 2007
This morning, well, at 11am anyway, we were supposed to meet "my son" for breakfast/lunch (to eat regardless). However, the poor kid slept right through his alarm and when he woke up, at 1:30pm, it was still going off. He called to apologize and he felt horrible, so we decided we'll try again tomorrow. I just laughed, and told him not to worry because we had a wonderful meal and if he slept that long, he must have needed it. I did not know one person could apologize as many times as he did in the span of five minutes. Sweet boy. But, hopefully tomorrow he'll get to meet his Auntie Cre! HA!
Andy and I are still in a state of complete awe and shock over our little girl. He told me yesterday that it really hit him that there will be a little girl in the world calling him Daddy. He's such a precious, sweet man, and I am so excited to see him interacting with our child. I told him last night she'll probably be a Daddy's girl, and run right from me anytime he's around. That's ok though, I wouldn't mind. He's got a lot he can teach her, and if he's her role model for how a man should be, I am sure she'll pick an extraordinary mate one day (and yes, I'm already scoping out the prospects and discussing dowrys and such! HA!).
Christmas is always a sweet time for my family. This year? God has just given us one more reason to be thankful and to rejoice.
Dec 18, 2007
The ultrasound was quite an experience. To see our girl's profile and all her little parts working and functioning just as they should. Well, to say it was incredible is putting it mildly. And yes, we are 100% sure the baby is a girl. She listened to me when I asked her to "spread 'em!" She then crossed her legs at the ankles like a lady should. That's my girl! My mom said she must already know about my temper and impatience and decided to just cooperate. Whatever the case, I'm glad she did.
We then headed over to my doctor who told us there is a "teeny weeny concern". It seems the placenta is a bit closer to the cervix than they'd like (known as placenta previa), but for now it's nothing to worry about. He told me to keep on working out, keep doing what I have been, and we'll do another ultrasound in ten weeks. Fine by me. No worrying here because I refuse to allow the negativity have any control in this. I'm trusting God to work it all out and make things right. Besides, Doc said there's a 1% chance of something going wrong, and that's a percentage I don't mind at all. And again, we're praying the powerful, positive words of Christ through all of this so I'm not concerned.
Another reason I am not concerned? We are naming our baby girl Zoe Grace. After praying a while about what to name our kid, God led me to the name Zoe, which means "life." Already, I have found and peace in that. God is good I tell you, very good!! We are excited, and elated to be able to call our child by name.
Dec 17, 2007
Dec 16, 2007
Baby: The fetus measures about 5.6 to 6.4 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 9 ounces. Your baby can hear sounds by now -- your voice, heart and your stomach growling, as well as sounds outside your body. It will cover its ears with its hands if a loud sound is made near you, and it may even become startled and "jump." The baby is moving often, too -- twisting, turning, wiggling, punching and kicking.
Mom-to-be: Congratulations! You're at about the midpoint of your pregnancy. Your uterus is just about even with your navel. Your waistline has pretty much disappeared, but only temporarily! The risk of bladder infections increases because the smooth muscles in the urinary tract relax. Your breathing will become deeper and you may perspire more than usual from a more active thyroid gland.
Tip of the Week: To alleviate backaches, maintain good posture. Sit with a footstool or use an ergonomic chair at the office, avoid standing for too long, sleep with a small pillow under your side at the waist, and lift things with your legs instead of your back.
Dec 14, 2007
Plus, having her here will help time fly by. Before we know it, we'll be surrounded by family. WHOOPPEE! I would do cartwheels right now except I would probably lose my balance or something (trust me, I have become clumsy since getting pregnant).
Hope you all are having a fabulous afternoon and are ready for a nice, relaxing weekend! Be blessed!
Dec 13, 2007
As long as I can remember, we spent Christmas at Mamo's (Mom's mom) house. There is only one Christmas, in my memory (and granted there may have been more, my memory is not always wonderful) that we were not with my mom's family. My Christmas memories involve being with my cousins, our Mamo, and enjoying it. Sure, there were fights and such, but those just make for humorous stories now. We put on performances, there was a lot of laughter, and there was more love in that house that I believe most people receive in a lifetime.
As children, I am sure we did not understand why every year, despite the stress of packing, loading the car, and driving through ice and snow, it was determined we would be together. What I didn't know then is that my Mamo was passing on a strong legacy of family to us. In her own way, she was teaching us how important we each were, in the world and especially to one another. By expecting us to be together, she impressed upon each of us that there are no ties in this world that compare to that of family. Because, no matter what happened in life, we would have our family.
The first Christmas after Mamo died, we were together. It was different, we all missed her, but we were together. Since then, with marriages, births, and moves, we are not able to be together like we were then. Even when Andy and I are with my family, there is a part of my heart that feels an ache because the whole family is not there. I miss the moments when all of us grandkids were together, running through the house when we weren't supposed to, being told to get out of the kitchen while meals were prepared, and making memories that are so precious to me now. My cousin just needed a moment to vent to someone who "got it," who understood why the idea of not being with family on Christmas Day was not acceptable. And she's right, no matter what it took, we were at Mamo's, together.
I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays, let them overtake me unexpectedly, waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: 'Why this is Christmas Day! -- Ray Stannard Baker
This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols. But the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift -- the Christ. -- Frank McKibben
Christmas… that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance -- a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. -- Augusta E. Rundel
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Two of the septulets have some form of cerebral palsy. The boy is now walking without assistance, after a few surgeries, and is no longer behind in classes. The girl is still using a walker, going through physical therapy, and according to her mom, is about a year behind in school. However, this little girl is big on life. She was absolutely adorable, and it was obvious that nothing in this life was too small to smile over. During the interview with them, it was revealed that doctors told Mr. and Mrs. McCaughey they could opt for "selective reduction" during her pregnancy because there was a high risk in carrying so many babies. However, due to the couples faith, they would not go through with it. They were asked if they regretted that decision based on some of the difficulties two children have faced. As their eyes filled with tears, they stated, "No. How could we? There is no one who enjoys life more, or who is so happy to be alive. How could we regret having our children?"
It was an incredible, heart warming piece on people who learned to deal with what life handed them. And though not always easy, they do this thing called family well, very well.
Dec 12, 2007
* A family awoke to 3 gunmen staring right at them
* A woman seeks to find her footing after losing her own sense of self
* A man walks into a church and shoots innocent people as an act of revenge
* A woman's fears override her ability to feel joy
* A family tries to repair itself after serious trauma
* A man walks into a mall and shoots randomly
* A child thinks love means a slap in the face
These are all situations going on in the lives of people I know or were stories on the news this morning. My eyes filled with tears to simply think of the seeming unsurmountable mountains these people face. I cried because that is not how it is supposed to be, not how it was meant to be.
And then I thought about the fact that God has been asked to leave the government, the schools, and even some homes. Where does that leave us? In a world filled with hurting, broken people who have lost hope of anything ever being made right. It leaves us in a world of self-fulfillment and selfishness rather than a place that loves to sacrifice self for the sake of another. What remains is a dark and desolate place in need of a Savior.
"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness, "made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:6-9)
Dec 11, 2007
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Release Date: Oct 26, 2007
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Dec 10, 2007
As soon as she arrived, we went here for lunch. Why? Because it's a little taste of Heaven on Earth, that's why. That, and we love Jami enough to share it with her!
Sunday after church, we ventured to this cool place. They have the best pizza! It was delicious. Hmmm, so far it appears all we did was eat. But in between these two restaurants, we did some shopping and watched some movies. Who wants pictures of that?
The two of us in downtown. Jami put us to shame Sunday by strutting her stuff in a skirt and beautiful top. We looked like bums, she looked amazing. I wish the decorations on the light post were clearer, it really was pretty.
While watching football Sunday, we decided to make some queso. Jami was in charge of the cheese since I am not supposed to be near a running microwave. At one point, I told her she had to come see what Santa left in her stocking. Unfortunately, the cheese exploded at that point. Then, as I was pouring the salsa in, the whole jar pretty much went splashing into the cheese explosion. I was able to scoop most of the salsa out, and needless to say, I should not bring queso to any parties any time soon.
Jami's stocking...because Santa loves her enough to follow her here.
Baby: Your baby measures about 5.2 to 6 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 7 ounces. Skin is developing and transparent, appearing red because blood vessels are visible through it. Creamy white protective coating, called vernix, begins to develop.
Mom-to-be: As your baby continues to grow, you may be feeling some mid-pregnancy aches and pains by now -- lower abdominal achiness, dizziness, heartburn, constipation, leg cramps, mild swelling of ankles and feet, and a backache. Dilated blood vessels might cause tiny, temporary red marks (called spider nevi) on your face, shoulders and arms.
Tip of the Week: Take care not to get overtired since rapid growth of the baby can compound the burden on your heart, lungs and kidneys.
Dec 7, 2007
Because, you know, this has been a great week, and the fun continues! Plus, next week, we are getting another wonderful visitor! YIPPEE! And, did I mention we find out if we are having a boy or girl on the 17th?
This morning, as I was out running errands, I felt like a kid on Christmas day. My hyperness was at an all time high, and everyone I came into contact with seemed so full of joy. Even the few retail employees who seemed a bit worn out by the holiday hustle and bustle perked up after a little bit of conversation. It was a great way to spend the morning, and the few smiles that were spread? Well, that's just a bonus.
This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
*Please forgive me for the jumping animal, it's now making me dizzy. For any side effects this graphic causes, I am very sorry!
Dec 6, 2007
Last night, I called a great friend of mine who is two weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy. They found out that they are having a boy! Yippee! As she told me about having the ultrasound, and what it was like for them, I couldn't help but start tearing up. I am so happy for them, and so ready for us to find out if we are having a boy or girl! It is also such a treat to walk this journey with friends whom we love so much.
God is good, He really is. And even in the midst of extreme tragedy, I still see His goodness.
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:13-14)
I came across this quote the other day, and I had to stop and pause for a bit. What a profound statement, a beautiful one, and one I have seen to be true. I have seen it in my life, and I have seen it in the lives of others.
Dec 5, 2007
Tuesday, I met my beautiful friend Monica (2nd from the right in the picture) for lunch. Ironically, we went to Ruby Tuesday, on Tuesday. HAHA! I am not sure how long that made me laugh, but I am sure it was just a tad too long (which resulted in some sideways glances from my husband, and Monica when I told her). It was so nice to sit and chat with her. We laughed, discussed where life is taking each of us. We discussed her upcoming wedding, marriage and family, and all kinds of things. I loved hearing what God is teaching her, how she is growing, and to see her smile everytime she brought up her future groom. What a sweet time we had!
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After hours of trying to find some shoes Monday, that were comfortable and not repulsive, I finally found some today. I had ten minutes to spare before meeting a friend for lunch, and decided to pop into a little discount store. And man am I glad I did! It was worth it. These shoes are super comfy! Hooray!
Dec 4, 2007
But anyway....my favorite part? When Charlie Brown places an ornament on the little tree and it just topples over. So funny! In the end, all is well, and Linus sets them all straight on the meaning of Christmas. And what do you know? Once they are reminded of that, all of their attitudes change. Ahhh, I love Christmas.
I got the idea for the picture from my girl Tracye, thanks!
The fortune cookie with no fortune
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Sunday, we met a fabulous friend for lunch at a Chinese buffet. The food was wonderful, the conversation delightful, and of course, we ended the meal with fortune cookies. These always make me laugh because they are so utterly ridiculous. But Sunday? No fortune was found in my cookie when I cracked it open. Is that a bad sign or a good one I wonder?
My speed...for 10 minutes
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The other day, I mentioned that getting out to do my Christmas shopping was an adventure. I decided to head out around 9 am, when traffic has typicall calmed down and most people are safely nestled at work and are no longer on the highways. I had not been on the interstate long when my speed suddenly dropped to nothing. What.fun. And yes, I really needed to go to the bathroom.
As soon as I got to the next exit, I took it, and decided on the back way. Unfortunately, so did a lot of other folks. I felt like the kid on the "Family Circus" cartoon taking every route but the straight one.
After much deliberation, and going 5 mph, 50 mph, then back to 5, I scrapped my original plan (and I knew exactly where I had wanted to go and knew I would find everything there) and chose option B. Luckily, it all worked out because option B had everything I needed too.
Dec 3, 2007
*After four hours of shopping, I would have found at least one pair of casual, black shoes I liked (I didn't)
*It's stupid that people create their own parking places rather than parking in an actual space and walking a few extra steps (this also causes problems for everyone else)
*Guys who wear caps turned to the side look completely ridiculous
*The words "excuse me" and "I'm sorry" are beautiful
*People become the most obnoxious preparing for the holidays
*Drinking to the point of drunkenness is dumb
*It's easier to be nice than to be mean to people
*The sound of a child laughing is incredible
*Life is a miracle
*The human body is one amazing creation
*No medicine is as strong as a hug from a friend/loved one
*That God is good, in every moment, of every day, and in every circumstance
*Without grace, I am and have, nothing
*And yes, the fact that I do indeed think is probably a shocker to some people. HA!
Dec 2, 2007
Baby: Your baby measures 5 to 5.6 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 5.25 ounces. The rapid growth spurt is tapering off, but reflexes are kicking in. It can yawn, stretch and make facial expressions, even frown. Taste buds are beginning to develop and can distinguish sweet from bitter tastes. The baby will suck if its lips are stroked and it can swallow, and even get the hiccups. The retinas have become sensitive to light, so if a bright light is shined on your abdomen, baby will probably move to shield its eyes.
Mom-to-be: Your uterus, about the size of a cantaloupe, can probably be felt just below your navel. You're most likely feeling the baby move by now. A mid-pregnancy ultrasound may be performed between now and 22 weeks to assess fetal growth and development and to verify the due date. If the baby is in the right position, the ultrasound may even be able to determine whether it's a boy or a girl. Your heart has to work 40 percent to 50 percent harder now to support your pregnancy.
This morning, as I laid in the bed thinking, "Oh I don't want to get up, I'm actually kind of comfortable right now," I believe I felt the baby kick, or move, or something more than usual. On my left side, plain as day. I kept my hand there, hoping the feeling would come again, to show Andy, but no, stubborn kid (proof it's mine) wouldn't cooperate. Hopefully Andy will be able to feel little movements going on in my belly soon. We'll see.
In two weeks and one day we'll know if we're having a boy or girl!!! But yea, I'm not that excited or anything. Hee hee.