Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born, I set you apart.
I prayed for this child, and the Lord granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord.1 Samuel 1:27-28
How far along are you? 18 weeks today!
Baby's growth? Head to rump, baby is about 5.5 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and weighs almost 7 ounces! Baby is busy flexing his/her arms and legs - movements that I'm feeling every day now!
Medical Stuff? Hyperemesis Gravidarum has been gone totally since God healed me (Read about my true story of being healed by prayer here). Fatigue is few and far between currently, which I am extremely thankful for. The first trimester screening went great. So did my most recent check-up at 16 weeks. Baby is right on track with his/her growth and appears quite healthy. I have an ultrasound on Tuesday!!!
Best moment this week? My husband, Aaron, felt his baby move for the first time! He always reacts the same way: a surprised jump, the most satisfying smile, and a manly giggle (if giggles can be manly). ;)
Cravings? The never-ending craving so far in my second trimester: A grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, bacon, and Swiss cheese on a wheat bun/bread. Especially from my favorite local mountain-dwelling, family-owned and operated, grill nearby. Mmmmhhmmm... ;)
What made me cry this week? Monday I had an awesome day of Proverbs 31-ness. Let's see... Everyone was fed throughout the day appropriately, our homeschool day was completed, a masking tape hammer was constructed (see below for proof), floors were swept, toys put away, table & counters cleaned off, laundry done, *most* of the dishes got done, littlest ones napped while I got in a prenatal workout in. You only regret the workouts you don't do, right? Problem? I sat down to dinner with the fam, and just stared at my plate, realizing I could not hold back tears of exhaustion. I put my face in my hands and sobbed. Than I read this article on Wednesday that totally changed my outlook of the Proverbs 31 woman: Avoiding the Proverbs 31 Burnout. It's a quick read and I highly recommend it. :)
Sleep? Sleeping well currently, just not enough. I need to be more intentional about going to bed earlier than I do when I'm not with child.
Thoughts from the family? Everyone is super stoked to find out if I'm carrying another precious baby girl or a strongly desired baby brother/son. We explained to them that first we pray for a healthy baby, and then they are welcome to pray for a baby brother, but to remember that God knows exactly who is supposed to be apart of our family next and we can trust Him.
Discussion Question: What is the must-have item(s) that you pack in your hospital bag? I absolutely have to have chapstick!
Prayer requests? That everything looks good health wise with baby on Tuesday at the ultrasound, and that he/she makes it very evident who he/she is... :) On a different note: Our eldest, Abigail (7), took a big tumble at day camp this week and has a pretty bad concussion. We have been to the doctor, and physical and cognitive rest has been ordered. She hasn't been making much sense when she speaks and she's so active, it's difficult on her to just... rest. Please join with us in praying for her quick recovery, healing, total restoration physically, and comfort from the Lord for her heart and ours. (There was an incident where she blacked out at camp the day it occurred and unknowingly did something that greatly embarrassed her when she had regained her senses.) Thank you, friends.