July 5, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal ::Week #20::

 
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart.   {Jeremiah 1:5}


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}





“Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse into the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it’s soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny, –she would see that in all God’s world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.” {JR Miller}

 
How far along are you?  20 weeks today!  We're half way there!!  :)


Baby's growth?  Naomi weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to rump and about 10 inches from head to heel — about the length of a banana. :)

Medical Stuff?  Had a check up today.  Baby's heart sounded great.  My heart rate was too high, at 138, because I was rushing to get there on time due to some unexpected traffic delays.  But was able to get it down to 109 in just a couple of minutes with some slow, controlled breathing.

Best moment this week? The steal of a purchase I made!  We have re-used crib bedding with our eldest three girls every time, but it has sadly seen its day and we were in need of new.  I scored $293.88 worth of luxury designer bedding and accessories today for $146.33!  It was on clearance 40% off past the already reduced price because it had been discontinued.  I am thrilled with it.  We've never had anything this nice for a baby.  I cried.  Hahaha  And because of its neutral color scheme it will work for a girl or any future boys!  Here's a stock photo (I will post pictures of our bedroom's finished product in a couple of months) --


Cravings?  Well, I was able to indulge my severe Asian craving twice last week, which is WAY more than I usually splurge on cravings.  So, no going out for even a nibble this week (and maybe next).  I have craved a lot of healthy, pregnancy power foods this go around.  Every morning for the last three and a half weeks I have craved an egg and spinach on real whole wheat toast, with a Greek yogurt & coffee. :) Proof:

 
What made me cry this week? I didn't get enough sleep two nights in a row.  Husband said something early in the morning (around 5:30) before he left for work that wouldn't ordinarily bother me, but did.  A lot.  And I balled my eyes out.  Sobbed really.  It was sad.  He didn't know what to do, poor thing.  I felt better soon after.  He's so good to me.  :)

Sleep?  I MUST be more intentional about going to bed earlier. (As I write this post at 11pm...)

Thoughts from the family?  Everyone's excited.  Selah Grace, who is 4, kisses and talks to my belly at least three times a day in a very high pitched singing kind of voice.  One could possibly be sent into a coma from the preciousness.  ;)

Prayer requests?  Abigail's condition is much improved!!!  :)  On a new note, I am *considering* epidural alternatives during child birth this go around.  Possibly even pain medicine free entirely.  It didn't work at all last time, and they estimated that I experienced at least 98% (so...pretty much all of it), and I DID IT.  But was sorely unprepared because I wasn't expecting it.  I plan to blog about my considerations more in depth very soon.  I would honestly appreciate your prayers concerning God's peace in my husband and I concerning decisions such as this. Thank you, friends.

8 comments:

  1. congrats!!! will keep you in my prayers :)

    they gave me some sort of narcotic in my IV instead of the epidural. I thought that was a happy medium between all natural and epidural. I had planned to go all natural but ended up being induced and was having ridiculously hard contractions (went from 4cm to baby being out of me in 45 mins) so I needed something!

    Might be an option to look into for you. I'm 37 weeks with baby #2 currently. I'm going to attempt to do it naturally again, but will ask for the drugs in my IV again if I need it. :)

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    1. Hey Paula!! :) Thanks so much for lifting me up!

      Yes, I definitely have experienced how being induced intensifies your contractions!! haha With our last one I was induced and opted in for an epidural again, but this time it "couldn't keep up with my body" because, like you, I went from 4cm to 10cm VERY quickly (15 minutes!).

      I'll look into IV meds during my search, thanks! It would be nice to have something as an OPTION if it intensifies past where I believe I can handle it with nothing.

      I look forward to reading your upcoming posts (with photos!) after the arrival of yall's newest little one! :)

      With love,
      Rebecca

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  2. I found you from the Heart4Home linkup. I can relate to a lot of your post as I am 22 weeks with #3. Especially on the crying part. I can usually do pretty good, but somedays, I cry and cry and cry.....usually over nothing or something silly!

    During my first labor, if an epidural had been offered to me I would have taken it! But, my midwife is Amish and it was a birth in her birth center that she built on to her home, so she didn't offer any type of pain relief except for the tub. I did a LOT of praying and quoting Scripture! My 2nd labor was still very painful but I knew better what to expect and that my body was just doing it's job.

    As far as helping pain during labor, I have read from midwives that taking calcium pills every so often during labor helps a lot in reducing pain. Just a thought if you haven't already researched that :)

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    1. Hey Naomi! Thanks for stopping by! :)

      Yeah, we are right there neck and neck aren't we? We can encourage each other! :)

      I will definitely look into taking calcium during labor, thanks! :)

      With love,
      Rebecca

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  3. Did you have the epidural with your other labors? I have, but I never even thought about it any other way....probably because my first two pregnancies happened when I was not saved :( my third pregnancy I was extremely excited because of the fact that I was saved so I had a whole new look on life, pregnancy, etc......but unfortunately she passed away during birth (her story can be read on my blog) and I did not receive an epidural with her!!!!!!

    So here I am again, pregnant, and for the first time I'm actually thinking of my other options for pain. I know that it will hurt compared to my first two and pain free deliveries, but since I have a new outlook on life, I want to experience birth..does that make sense???

    Jaclyn
    www.munahscupcake.com

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    1. Hey Jaclyn! :) Yes, I did. With the first I had pre eclampsia, and was told my choice was epidural or c-section because I was so ill they couldn't risk my blood pressure raising the roof. So I without hesitation or question, opted in for the epidural for our second and third. But it was with the third that it stopped working when my body dilated from 4cm to 10 in only 15 minutes. Because I had also been induced, the contractions were SO hard and I was COMPLETELY unprepared for actually feeling them. But now that I've walked through it, and I can "prepare" this time around, plus after reading a great deal about the benefits to you and the baby, I figure it's worth a legitimate try! :)

      Congratulations on your new life!! :D You are exactly right, life with Christ changes the perspective on everything and our response to it.

      I am terribly sorry to hear about your daughter. We lost our second child during pregnancy. I read your husband's account of the loss on your blog. It is SUCH a blessing for other moms who have gone through similar to read the hope and faith you both walked with (along with the same old helplessness that everyone feels). I wept as I read of God's goodness at giving her a name before you even knew what it was, and to speak it through a little child for months...SPEAKING HIS PERFECT FAITH OVER YOU ALL. Perfect.

      I am beyond tickled for you expecting another child! Congratulations, dear friend!! :) And it totally makes sense... I have been a Christian through all of my pregnancies, but have changed so much in the last two years concerning my intimacy with Him and faith, that for the first time I truly feel "equipped" to FULLY experience this beautiful treasure of giving birth. (I was equipped in Him every time, but I was not walking in it) ;)

      With much love,
      Rebecca

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  4. Halway! Yippee!! That's always a great milestone to get to!

    And your baby bump is just the cutest thing! You look great!

    I'm excited for you about the bedding you scored! I always love a good deal!

    Glad to hear Abigail is doing much better. Praise God!

    I look forward to hearing more in depth about your birthing plans. Maybe your experience last time will help you be more prepared this time since you will know what to expect a little more. Did you have an epidural with your first two? What was your experience with those births. Praying for you!

    Blessings,
    Sarah

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    1. Haha, Sarah, thank you!! :) I still haven't set the crib up with the new bedding, but will definitely post pictures when I do! *so excited*

      Thank you so much for lifting up our Abigail! You are so dear. Her doctor approved half-days of homeschool last week and she began attending half-days of day camp again today! She's doing wonderfully and looking forward to full days of both in coming weeks. :)

      As far as birthing plans, I've been thinking exactly what you said about feeling more prepared. Yes, I did have an epidural with all three. (I shared the following in a comment above, so FYI: I copied and pasted) ;)

      With the first I had pre eclampsia, and was told my choice was epidural or c-section because I was so ill they couldn't risk my blood pressure raising the roof. So I, without hesitation or question, opted in for the epidural for our second and third. But it was with the third that it stopped working when my body dilated from 4cm to 10 in only 15 minutes. Because I had also been induced, the contractions were SO hard and I was COMPLETELY unprepared for actually feeling them. But now that I've walked through it, and I can "prepare" this time around, plus after reading a great deal about the benefits to you and the baby, I figure it's worth a legitimate try! :)

      Thank you SO much for lifting me up, sweet Sarah! :)

      With love,
      Rebecca

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