Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Pregnancy: Week 11

11 Weeks old!

Your baby continues to grow and is now approximately the size of a large lime! The crown-to-rump length of your developing child is 1.75 to 2.4 inches. The weight of the fetus is approximately 8 grams at this point. The growth of your baby is phenomenal now and your baby's length will double in the next three weeks. The head is grossly out of proportion and is almost half of the baby's length. You are almost at the end of your first trimester and while changes continue to occur quickly in your baby, they are happening at a slower rate in you. Your uterus has been growing with the fetus inside of it and is now almost big enough to fill your pelvis. Your uterus may be able to be felt in your lower abdomen, above the middle of your pubic bone. You are not able to feel the baby moving inside of you at this time. Some women think that they have felt their baby moving now, but it is either gas or a wrongly dated pregnancy. You might also be noticing changes in your hair, fingernails, or skin around this time. Some women notice an increase in hair growth and nail growth during pregnancy and others lose small amounts of hair. You are burning up calories at a faster rate than you did before you became pregnant! The amount of blood being pumped around your body will increase and you might feel warmer than usual. This is the last week of the embryonic period. From now on, your baby will be called a fetus. Your baby's fingernails appear this week! External genitalia are beginning to show distinguishing features and the development of male or female will be complete in three weeks. The placenta's blood vessels increase to provide your baby with the nutrients and oxygen he needs for continued growth. Your baby's ears are gradually moving from the neck towards the sides of his head. Inside of your baby's abdomen, the intestines are developing. Because the intestines are so large, some of them project into the umbilical cord and they will return to the abdomen within the next week or two.

Monday, May 21, 2007

A Time For Every Season


I was listening to this song on the radio yesterday and realized that the words echo my 27 years of life . These words reflect the real life moments that come out of marriage and daily living- there are very hard time, times to speak ones mind, time to keep quiet, times to cry, times to laugh - there is a time for every season according to Ecclesiastes 3. How those words prepare me for the future; in this Christian life we weren't promised ease, we were promised trials. My life doesn't exist for self it exists to glorify my Father. How better prepared I am today for trials than I was 4-8 years ago - it was through the past refinement that I have grown. I love the passage in James 1 that speaks on trials and how they prepare us for future service and endurance to run this race called life. May I never forget that I am in the refining process and will be until death.

Most recently I have been hit with the reality of death. Our pastor spoke on it Sunday, Carrie McDonald spoke on it a few weeks back at a women's conference regarding the death of her husband and three other missionary's in Iraq in 2004. Then recently a fellow believer and blogger Heather was diagnosed with Brain cancer and was given 3-5 years left in this life- she is married and has three young children, please pray for her healing. The one thing all these people shared about was the fact that we all have "death" sentences - they just so happen to know theirs is closer. There is a 100% mortality rate and the way we live our lives today determine how we live our lives in the future. Am I living my life in such a way that I bring glory and honor to God? Do I waste away moments instead of investing them for eternity? If you don't know have a personal relationship with the Lord a very helpful website is www.needhim.org; maybe this season in your life is your time to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Also embedded in this song is the unchanging commitment of a husband to a wife, throughout all the trials, all the good and the bad, the one thing that never changes is commitment to the marriage. It is on this sole principal that the Lord founded marriage and our relationship with Him. How awesome that just as the Lord promises to never leave us or forsake us, so to should the union of marriage be kept sacred. What comfort there is in knowing that no matter what I do or how selfish I act sometimes - the Lord and my husband don't base my worth on actions, but divine grace.

How prophetic that the song " I Will Be Here" was sung at our wedding over 4 years ago, it encompasses our marriage commitment, our many struggles, our faith, and agape love for one another, that until the Lord takes one of us home we will not be separated.

Melissa


I Will Be Here(Steven Curtis Chapman)
Tomorrow morning if you wake up
and the sun does not appear
I will be here
If in the dark, we lose sight of love
Hold my hand, and have no fear
'Cause I will be here
I will be here
When you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind
I will listen
And I will be here
When the laughter turns to cryin'
Through the winning, losing and trying
We'll be together
I will be here
Tomorrow morning, if you wake up
And the future is unclear
I will be here
Just as sure as seasons were made for change
Our lifetimes were made for these years
So I will be here
I will be here
And you can cry on my shoulder
When the mirror tells us we're older
I will hold you
And I will be here
To watch you grow in beauty
And tell you all the things you are to me
I will be here
I will be true to the promise I have made
To you and to the One who gave you to me
Tomorrow morning, if you wake up
And the sun does not appear
I will be here
Oh, I will be here.
and the sun does not appear
I will be here
If in the dark, we lose sight of love
Hold my hand, and have no fear
'Cause I will be here
I will be here
When you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind
I will listen
And I will be here
When the laughter turns to cryin'
Through the winning, losing and trying
We'll be together
I will be here
Tomorrow morning, if you wake up
And the future is unclear
I will be here
Just as sure as seasons were made for change
Our lifetimes were made for these years
So I will be here
I will be here
And you can cry on my shoulder
When the mirror tells us we're older
I will hold you
And I will be here
To watch you grow in beauty
And tell you all the things you are to me
I will be here
I will be true to the promise I have made
To you and to the One who gave you to me
Tomorrow morning, if you wake up
And the sun does not appear
I will be here
Oh, I will be here.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Few Pictures from Today




I posted more pictures and some video's on the links to the right!

Singing Songs of Thanksgiving!


John found out today that he doesn't need surgery! The herniated disk looked a lot better according to the second MRI - God is good! The doctor is sending John into "traction" when he returns from Oregon and has a pain management doctor calling him to set up a drug program; hopefully one that will allow him to sleep. The drugs he is currently taking for his nerve problem keeps him awake all night. We are so happy he doesn't need surgery, the surgery the doctor spoke about was too invasive, it involved moving John's vocal cords and being in bed for at least a month. This plan is much better!


John and Drew leave Saturday for Oregon - they will enjoy 4 fun filled days of male bonding without mommy. I will get a wonderful vacation, I can actually clean the house and enjoy having it stay just the way I left it - no messy hands leaving stains and muddy feet to track in dirt! There are carpets to be shampooed and my office needs a thorough organizing!


Today was the first day I have felt normal since the pregnancy began! I actually mowed the lawn and didn't need any naps! That is huge. I also managed to clean the kitchen and wash two loads of laundry - all that after working in the morning. I haven't been sick all day and I was able to keep water down! Drew and I played outside all evening and John went to a friends to "play." It has been a blessed day! It is amazing how wonderful life is when you aren't sick and tired! I even had energy to take some pictures and video's of Drew.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

"Living...Laughing...Loving... Learning"








"Living...Laughing...Loving... Learning" is the William's Family Motto. Today we tried to laugh as Drew learned that taking a permanent marker to the seats in Daddy's car wasn't the best idea. Permanent, black ink on brown seats appears to be very noticeable. In taking an optimistic look, Daddy can see Drew's artistic flare each day as he gets into his car!

John went in yesterday for a series of MRI's and CAT Scans. The doctor injected John with radioactive die and took some pictures of John standing on his head.... literally! The good news - his CAT scan showed no head trauma or brain injuries! No, the accident hurt his neck but they took a CAT Scan of his neck and the brain just so happened to be included. The bad news was given to John last week, he was instructed by his doctor not to work at all - especially on concrete. God has been so good! Our fast last month increased our savings and John has scheduled some easy handy man work with one of his Southlake clients. This will allow him to bring in a little income until August when he hopefully will begin teaching. Please pray that surgery is not needed for John's neck! He goes in tomorrow and the doctor will share the results of the MRI.

Our little embryo is 10 weeks old today. I can hardly believe we are 1/4 the way. Children are such a blessing, Drew has radically changed our lives. Just yesterday John and I were watching Drew show off in the living room and we asked ourselves "what did we do for entertainment before he arrived?" Drew has been keeping both John and I on our toes lately. He has discovered tantrums - - in public. Last week I left the barber totally embarrassed because of Drew's horrible behavior - it consisted of throwing a train in anger, screaming and throwing himself on the floor in hopes of not getting a haircut, kicking, and being tied into a chair. I left quite red in the face and so did Drew because he received a nice spanking once we were safely in the car. He tried the same thing at school Monday and again in Target...ugh! The good news, I took him to Home Depot today as a test, I spelled out the expectations and the consequences, put him in the basket and after one reminder he was perfect! The joys of mothering! Drew keeps me on my toes, constantly thinking about how to mold him into a godly young man... what a privilege.

Lately Drew has been repeating his nightly prayers after John or I. It is adorable, I need to get it on tape. He repeats "Tha you Jesus por this food, tha you por my mommy and DADDY. Amen" He has started watching John and I pray and is enthralled with folding his hands just perfect.

Well, best get off to bed. John will be in soon from the garage. John is spending his free time building doors for the garage shelves! They look awesome! Oh, one more praise. Would you believe John's car passed the state inspection today. John prayed hard over the car before he took it in because he knew he wouldn't be able to fix the car if something was wrong -- doctor's orders, no climbing under cars! Thank you Lord for health, happiness, and a old 1995 car that doesn't need repairs!

Melissa




Monday, May 14, 2007

Goodbye School

Today was Drew's last day at school until the Fall. Mommy will miss being off duty on Monday's and Drew will miss playing with all his friends. The teachers put together a scrapbook of Drew's year at school, he was able to learn so many "life" lessons and grow with his speech and his sharing skills. He enjoyed playing with paint, going to music class, dancing, jumping, playing in the gym, and listening to lots of books. This past year Drew has become very social and longs for the next time he will play with his friends. This weekend Drew went to a neighbor's birthday at "The Little Gym" - he had a blast running, tumbling, jumping, throwing balls, and being your typical boy. He loved eating the cake - so much so that he grabbed two forks and ate with both hands!

The good news is Drew will be back to school in the Fall two days a week! Meanwhile we are working at home teaching Drew his colors, letters and numbers 1-10. We are also trying to get him to pronounce his letters correctly but aren't having much success. He still calls himself a grunt, he can't pronounce his "D's" or "W's" so saying Drew is very hard for him. We did discover that "kitty car" is actually referring to the "train tracks." Go figure on that one!

I will try and post pictures of Drew's scrapbook soon!

Melissa

Friday, May 11, 2007

A Mother's Heart

I had the liberty of dissecting a mother's heart. As I approached the heart, I was aware of a thick red substance oozing out of it. I studied this weird substance and found it to be love. The heart appeared to be so full of love that it couldn't hold it all in!
In examining the heart, I found nerves that were attached to every part of the body. At first I didn't see a nerve going from the heart to the hands. But in looking closer, I found that this nerve had been used so much, forgiving and helping, that it was worn and thin.
After cutting into the heart, I could see that there had been many times when the heart had been broken. But the red substance had filled the cracks and, in time, made them disappear.
There are many cavities in the heart. The first one I explored contained patience. On the walls of the cave, I observed markings (like high-water markings) that indicated the levels of patience she had during her life.
All through the heart, I noticed huge orange clumps. At first they didn't look like anything special; but in taking out my microscope and examining them further, I found them to be clumps of caring and understanding.
The next cavity I entered looked to me like a library. The shelves were full of books of wisdom. Most of the books are old and worn. From this cavity, there was a special cord to the mouth. It appeared that this had been used a lot for teaching others.
Everything in the heart seemed to be very warm and bright until I came upon one small area. It was dark and cold and hidden way back in the heart. There were protective vines growing through this little space; intertwined with these vines were little petals of worry.
I have seen these vines grow in other hearts and finally strangle and kill them.
Surprisingly enough though, through this whole heart, I could not find a trace of vanity or conceit. Everything that was seen exuded love and kindness.


Jennifer Jones

Monday, May 7, 2007

Celebrating!



Drew loves to wear our shoes around the house! He has BIG shoes to fill, especially after our news today. We are so proud of John, he found out that he passed his teaching exam on the first try! Wow! Now, John will begin 4 intense weeks of training July 7th which will prepare him for his first teaching position. We are fairly certain that he will begin teaching at the beginning of the school year = late August, but nothing is for sure so please pray that he is hired quickly.

I pray that Drew grows to be just like his Daddy, he will make some sweet girl very happy!

Drew had a little music recital at school today, we took a few pictures and enjoyed seeing what his Monday's look like. Drew loves school and will be very sad in one more week when it is all over for the summer.

I am feeling a little better! I started downing tons of juice and green tea, the plain water was making me very ill. The green tea isn't very tasteful but tolerable and I am very thankful to not feel so nauseous all the time. John and I went on a date yesterday night, we went to see Spiderman 3, it was very good. John was so sweet to think of the idea, I really had wanted away from my messy house!

I updated the pictures page, so click on the link to the right (William's Photo's) to see more.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Sick & Tired yet Thankful

The past few weeks I have been feeling the signs of Morning Sickness - I don't know why they call it that because I have it all day and night. I'm holding onto hope that it gets better after 12 weeks - only 3+ weeks left! I didn't have morning sickness with Drew, so this is a very new experience. Poor John has been working hard around the house and taking Drew a lot so I can nap and relax. I am trying hard to look at feeling lousy as a blessing because the end result is totally worth it! We are very thankful to add another arrow to our family!

Our fast is over! I had a Taco Bell burrito yesterday and man was it yummy! We were so excited to see that we saved almost enough money to pay for our upcoming trip to Oregon this May! That was exciting! John and I both learned a lot during the fast, especially the difference between "wants" and "needs." I was able to kick my addiction for coffee! It is already May 4th and I have yet to get that urge for a Cinnamon Dulce Latte - I even have a gift card with 50.00 waiting on it. We purchased our tickets and will be flying into Portland on 5/23 and leaving 6/3 - it should be a fun relaxing trip home!

Drew has been so rambunctious lately; his high energy level never stops. This week he painted a Caterpillar at school and his teacher said he wanted to cover every square inch of the cardboard before moving on. he is going to be detail oriented! Drew has turned into Mommy's little helper - throwing things aware, getting me things, helping with the dishes, feeding the dog, etc. He loves to say thank you (DAQUO) and Yes (Da). He jabbers non stop too! Today he picked up his room and put all his blankets in his crib. When he was done he found me and said "all done mommy." How sweet! Drew is suck a little blessing always willing to please you with a joyful spirit. His laugh lately has been very contagious! Drew loves to laugh and get tickled or chased by someone! Oh, Drew is also getting more into books! He actually will sit by himself and read. He has been asking me to read him different books too - I was really getting tired of Goodnight Moon, and Thomas books - my am I tired of Thomas books!

Sorry there aren't any new pictures or video's - I haven't had much extra energy lately. I will try and take some this weekend. We have a birthday party on Sunday afternoon and are having a garage sale on Saturday so there will be plenty of opportunities for pictures!

Melissa

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Our First Pictures


We went in for our first checkup yesterday. Drew was able to come along and see his new baby sister/brother on the screen - he was so excited! He kept saying "Mommy, baby sleeping...." then when they were checking me Drew came over and kept saying. "Mommy. you OK?" Drew is such a sensitive little man.
We heard the heartbeat and even saw the baby move. It looks nice and comfy! The pictures show the baby's head on the right hand side, and the hands and leg buds are towards the left. I couldn't believe that at only 8 weeks we could already make out a baby on the screen.
The doctor said everything looked perfect, Home Health will be stopping by my house weekly starting at 18 weeks to give me progesterone injections which should hopefully keep me out of the hospital, off bed rest, and the little one out of the NI CU.
So, I am thinking we are having a little girl and John is set that it's a boy. We will be finding out in 3 more months.
Love,
Melissa