Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Baby in My Womb Leaped for Joy

I receive emails from John Piper's website and really enjoyed reading the latest sermon titled, "The Baby in My Womb Leaped for Joy".

This sermon gives a biblical perspective on abortion and the privilege humans have to be made in the image of God. ("God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27) Piper gives a little advice to our president and shares how God values and has purpose for life from the day of conception.

Here is the link for you to check it out:
"The Baby in My Womb Leaped for Joy"

I am now in my 25th week of pregnancy. I can't believe how the time has flown by and it's crazy to think I am more than halfway there! She is kicking and moving all the time. I recently read a book called "Becoming Baby Wise" by Ezzo . This book was full of useful information regarding sleeping patterns, routines, feeding, and other information regarding what the first few weeks might look like.

I also receive weekly emails giving me an update on how the baby is developing and I thought it would be fun to share this week's update with all of you.

Pregnancy Week 25

How your baby's growing
Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

How your life's changing
Your baby's not the only one with more hair — your locks may look more full and lustrous than ever. It's not that you're growing more hair, but thanks to hormonal changes, the hair that you'd normally shed is sticking around longer than usual. Enjoy the fullness while you can — the extra hair will fall out after you give birth.

You may also notice that you can't move around as gracefully as before. Unless your caregiver has advised you otherwise, it's fine to continue to exercise, but follow a few safety rules: Don't work out when you're feeling overly tired and stop if you feel any pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath. Don't lie flat on your back and avoid contact sports as well as any exercise where you're apt to lose your balance. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and make time for both warm-up and cool-down periods.

When you have your glucose-screening test at 24 to 28 weeks, a second tube of blood may be taken at the same time to check for anemia. If blood tests show that you have iron-deficiency anemia (the most common type of anemia), your caregiver will probably recommend that you take an iron supplement.

It's crazy to think that there is actually a baby in my womb... a life created in God's image with feelings, emotions, and personality. As my due date gets closer, I can't help but stand in awe of the creativity and wonder of our great God!

Friday, January 9, 2009

2008 Disney World Christmas

Tim and I had the privilege to go to Disney World for Christmas 2008. (thanks Mom and Dad!!) I went when I was way younger, but Tim had never been. We had an experience of a lifetime and we will always remember this trip. Disney does a fabulous job of making everything feel "magical" because it's so perfect and big. Nothing is done halfway, they go the extra 5 miles to accomodate everything for you and make everything extravagant.
We talked about starting now to save money to take our child to Disney World, but then thought we should start with college first. :)

Here are a few pictures and memories we made and will remember.

Of course, you can't go to Disney World and not take a picture of the breath-taking castle you grew up getting excited about. This is where all the magic happens. :)

Here is the entire family together. We were in line for the ride "It's a small world." It was so cute! We were together everyday and did most rides together. (some I had to sit out for being prego)

Here is Tim and me with our goofy 3D glasses for A Bug's Life show. This show had cool effects!

We had dinner reservations at Cinderella's castle which is the big Disney castle. It was so fun to be able to be inside the famous castle. We even were able to get a picture with the princess.

Tim and Goofy became buddies. They even dance the same!

Tim's parents were so sweet to buy our baby gifts from Disney World. We know this baby will not be deprived of love.

Tim and I shared our last snack/dessert before we left our resort, a marshmellowy rice krispy treat! Our baby girl loved it inside my tummy. :)

The trip would not have been complete without a picture with our old buddy Mickey. What a guy!

Monday, January 5, 2009

We are going to have a GIRL!!

Our last Dr. appt on 12/29/08 has been the most exciting appt yet! We had our 2nd sonogram and it was truly breathtaking! The lady pointed out every body part including the gall bladder, stomach, fingers, toes, spine, face, and heart. As she showed all the body parts and measured the baby's weight and height she repeatedly said everything is "perfect", "beautiful", and "great". As a first time mother, this was music to my hears. My biggest prayer has been for the baby to be healthy and she is! Praise God! We heard the heart beat again and it is stronger than the time before.

The next bit of news is what we have been announcing to every person we come in contact with, IT'S A GIRL!! When these words were said by the ultra sound lady, Tim said our daughter's life flash before his eyes. He saw dresses, make-up, training bras, dating, prom, and even jumped to givng her away at her wedding. Crazy I know because she has not even been born yet, but I'm sure most father's can relate to this experience.

When our doctor came in he congratulated both of us and said, "Start saving now because girls are expensive! Accessories, getting their hair done for prom, prom dresses, paying for a wedding, and the list goes on..." It was really funny. :)

All this to say, we are really nervous and excited about our sweet baby girl to arrive!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!

It's crazy to think today is the first day of 2009. Man did 2008 go by quick! Just thinking back over this last year makes me so thankful for all that I have learned and experienced over this past year.
Looking back reminds me of God's faithfulness and how He is enough for all my needs. He is my Creator and Savior for all eternity and I have the joy of being a part of what He is doing in the lives of people around me. I am so undeserving, yet He loves me anyway. Yay!

I just finished reading John and was convicted and reminded of how Jesus loved people just as they were and he was always intentional about sharing the truth with boldness. Jesus always relied on the Father to guide Him and desired to do the Father's will.

This is my heart's desire for this coming year.
I am praying for:
-God's guidance and wisdom in parenting and caring for our little girl that is arriving in May.
-God to prepare our hearts for when we move to Austin to help start a church with Hill Country Bible Church.
-God to soften hearts and moving in the hearts of people in Austin. Preparing now and when we get there opportunities to be a part of what God is doing in Austin.
-God will provide finances for Tim to be able to work full-time at the church.
-Home groups at The Village (specifically the ones from our split) to be transformed by the gospel.

I know this is going to be a big year for our family and I want to trust the Lord to guide my every step.

Everyone, Happy New Year!!