Thursday, August 11, 2011
WOW!! I can't believe that I am already 27 weeks! That means we only have 13 more weeks until we get to meet you---OK, give or take a little. We have been pretty busy the last few months traveling, but you should be happy to know that we are all done until after you are born. Let's see all the places you have been while in my belly---March-TN, April-Orlando, May-NC, June-GA, July-Daytona Beach and VT!! That is A LOT of places, but you have been a wonderful traveler. We go a week from Monday to have another ultrasound--we are hoping that you will cooperate so when we have your Reveal Party on the 27th, we can find out if you are a boy or girl. If you don't reveal what you are, we are still going to have the party and reveal the boy name and girl name--your Mimi has been trying so hard to get me to spill the beans, but my lips have been sealed. Well, little one...it is getting late and this mommy is pretty tired, so I'm going to say good night, sweet dreams and I love you!
It seems more and more lately that my titles for the journal entries are entitled "Long Over Due." At least it is not talking about me being past my due date! It seems that as I get further and further along in this pregnancy, I have a harder time keeping up with regular things. I am still puzzled that with Josiah I was responsible for 20 kids every day, and I don't remember being as tired as I am with keeping up with Josiah and Sophie!
So much has gone on in the last few weeks. Chris' mom came to stay for a week, so Chris and I could go to Daytona Beach with the youth group. This was the first time that I have left the kids this long, so it was a big deal for me, but God was good in helping me not be too distracted by missing them. We left on a Saturday and headed to Goldsboro, NC for a two days. It was nice to be able to visit with family and friends and worship at our old church. We got up Monday morning and drove the rest of the way to FL. While in FL, we got to worship with Chris Tomlin and hear some wonderful messages from Louie Giglio. It was so AWESOME to see God working in the lives of the youth and be a part of that. Sure, I know who all the youth are and know some things about them, but this was my first time to really have some undistracted time with them and really get to know them. Most Sundays, I have to head out to bring the kids home for their nap, so I don't get to stay for youth group. This was definitely a special treat to spend this much time with them. While we were there, we had a bit of a scare. I started bleeding one afternoon. I have spotted with the other two, but this completely different. Chris and I decided it was best for me to go to the ER to be checked out. You better believe that I was fervently praying that everything would be alright--we've had quite a few friends recently have some complications with pregnancy, so I was pretty worried. While driving to the ER, I just got this overwhelming peace that no matter what everything was going to be OK. I've never trusted God like this before--for those that know me, I am a planner and worrier. Chris said a prayer for me and the baby and into the ER we went. While there, they ran a few tests and then wanted to do a pelvic exam. While doing the pelvic exam, the doctor said she couldn't find ANYTHING wrong...that there was NOT even a single trace of me bleeding...no dried up blood or anything. We had to wait a little bit for the other test results and to be discharged. The doctor told me to go home and stay off my feet for 24 to 48 hours. On the way back to the hotel, I asked Chris if this was the healing that he had mentioned earlier in the week. (He made the comment that the only thing that would make this week over the top was to have a healing happen). All we can do is praise God for healing me and keeping our little one safe.
We got back from our trip the next Saturday and had a week to get our clothes cleaned and packed for our trip to VT--did I mention that our dryer died while we were gone to FL, so we had to air dry everything?
We left for VT Sunday night around the kids' bed time. We were thinking that they would fall asleep shortly after we got in the car, but let's just say it took them 3 hours to FINALLY fall asleep. Josiah did sleep from 10pm to 5am. Sophie slept from 10pm to 1am. She got up and chatted with Chris for about an hour and then went back to sleep until 530am when we arrived in VT. Chris was a super driver--he drove the WHOLE way. I kept getting up to check on him, but not once did he ask me to drive. He got about 24 hours of books on tape--he said that would keep him up and sure enough it did. We spent the first couple of days with just the four of us. It was so relaxing to be surrounded by the mountains, grass and lake. The kids had so much fun running around and just being outside. They had no problems sleeping at nap and bed time each day. Josiah was able to go fishing with Chris, had his first motor boat ride, went tubing and had a ride in the kayak. Sophie went for a ride in the motor boat--she LOVED it and went kayaking. We really enjoyed our time away from the big city and really enjoyed the quietness around us. On Wednesday, my mom and niece arrived along with some of my cousins and one of my aunts. Life got a little chaotic trying to keep up with everyone, but it reminded me of when I was little, and we would go to my grandparents' camp.
While we were there, we got to go see my gram. Sophie LOVED Little Grammy. She wanted to sit with Little Grammy on her bed or get a ride from her in the wheel chair. Josiah liked all the attention he got from the other patients along with Little Grammy. I'm so thankful that we were able to visit with her as much as we did because we don't know how much longer she will be around. I know the kids won't remember the visit, but at least they will be able to see pictures and read about their visit with her.
We left to head back home on Saturday, but only drove part way. We stopped in PA to see the Crayola Factory. The kids had a WONDERFUL time there. It was a great way to finish up our family trip. We decided this will be our last trip until after baby is born.
So the next few months will go by pretty quickly as we prepare for our Reveal Party, get ready to start back with school, celebrate my birthday, kick off the fall at church, attend youth group activities, start back to MOPS, continue with swim lessons, and we can't leave out a visit to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. So as you can see, the next 13 weeks should go by pretty fast! I will try not to let too much time pass between updates between now and when baby arrives, but there are no guarentees!