Monday, December 29, 2008

Baby Jesus

From Focus on the Family:

Perhaps Jesus could have arrived on the scene as
a 30-year-old man, just in time for his ministry. But instead, He arrived as a baby, affirming the immeasurable value of every human life from the earliest stages.

Christmas also boldly proclaims that life begins at conception. While Jesus was still in the womb, less than three months in utero, the Bible records that Elizabeth’s baby “leaped in her womb.” Think of the profound pro-life statement that was made at that moment -- one preborn baby (John) recognized the personhood of another preborn baby (Jesus)!

Jesus came to a family of no wealth or influence and in a situation that had great potential for the perception of scandal. Yet God gave Joseph and Mary the courage to face truly unprecedented obstacles in order to ensure that Jesus would be raised by a mother and a father.

The Savior of the world was placed in a family that did what it had to do to provide Jesus with the care and protection He needed from infancy to adulthood. God placed incredible trust in the family then, as He does now.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Aunt Nancy's Analogy

So, Aunt Nancy sent me a little email including this good analogy I thought I would share:

"The love you're feeling for your little one is so profound, isn't it. You haven't really met in person, but your beloved grows within and so does your love. It's God's blessing and a reminder of the way it is with God. We haven't met him face to face yet, but he is within and grows in our very being. We will one day meet face to fact for eternity as well."

How wonderful! Thanks Aunt Nancy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

12 Weeks Old

How your baby's growing:

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.


So, we had our second appointment today. We were able to hear the heartbeat! 160 bpm. Chris got a little teary-eyed while we were listening. I just couldn't stop smiling and giggling. The doctor came in later and said that "They say that the faster ones are girls." :)

A friend sent me this link: which predicts the gender. For me, it predicted 81% chance of being a boy. :) I'm really good with either one. So is Chris.

It's a little more real now. Now I can think back and hear the heartbeat, so I know there's an actual baby in there. :)

I lost two pounds since my first visit three weeks ago. My weight tends to fluctuate every couple of weeks from 2-3 pounds anyways, so it's definitely not bad news. And they say you only gain 1-5 pounds in your first trimester anyways. I will start second trimester Sunday. They say you gain like 15 pounds in this one. It's the only time you can look forward to having a growing tummy, so that'll be fun. I hope I'm able to fully enjoy it and not freak out at my changing body. :)

We're doing the whole side-view picture thing, so I'll eventually post some of those when there's enough difference to notice.

Monday, December 8, 2008


"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13

11th week now. Feeling great. Not feeling quite as tired all the time either. Next week the doctor will check for a heart beat with a good ole stethoscope (we skipped the internal one). We went to Applebee's last night and I got a strawberry lemonade. I think I drank too much (sugar)... my tummy was slightly uneasy at bedtime. :/

My mom sent me my first baby's outfit. :) It is so cute. It's a little boyish, so I asked if she was anticipating a boy. She said she really didn't know...she just thought it would work for a boy or girl. My sister thinks it's a girl. Chris and I would be quite delighted either way. We do plan on finding out the sex, just so we can get the nursery ready (we like the blue and pink as opposed to the yellow). :) Major purchases will be unisex of course though so we can reuse them for future babies hopefully. :)

Something cool:
The way they calculate the weeks of pregnancy, put my first week as the week I was in Rwanda! It's just cool to think that God gave me that special blessing while I was being completely obedient to Him. :) What a great story that will be to share with my child one day. And what a great reminder for me of how God blesses your commitment and obedience to Him (not that blessings always come in such a visible form...but they certainly can and do).