Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Week 21

Your beautiful little miracle-gro baby will be putting on a full ounce and a half this week (and weighing up to 16.5 ounces), but that’s just the beginning! Within the next five weeks, they’ll really be packin’ it on! For now, we’re pleased to report the addition of rapid eye movement (REM) a key component to any healthy baby’s sleep schedule. While in the dermatology department: their thin soft skin is very red, rather translucent, and a bit wrinkled. Not to worry, it’s not a premature aging disease. It's just their clever little body setting them up with extra space that will smooth out once your little one starts packing on the baby-fat. That won’t be for a few more weeks, though. So for the time being, your munchkin is still a little lean mean growing machine! The beginnings of what is commonly called “brown fat” is just starting to fill in to help your baby retain some body heat, which is crucial as they’re not yet capable of regulating their own body temperature.
And how's mom doing? We’ve hit trimester two and you're in full-swing pregnancy mode. Most moms are feeling pretty good right about now. Funnily enough, you may already be noticing some mild uterine contractions—don’t panic, this is completely normal. Actually, your uterus contracts throughout your whole life—only now determining the sex early on makes it easier to plan ahead, prepare the nursery, inform the family and purchase the right colored cigars. Of course to some parents, that’s not the point. You're going to love your little one whether they've got a cheeseburger or hot dog that there’s enough pressure on the uterine muscles you can feel them more distinctly when they contract.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Weekly Family Update

We had a quiet and relaxing week. John was home for part of the week finishing up the dining room and bathroom floors. They look awesome! Drew was glad to help his Daddy by handing out kisses, dropping the drill on his bare feet, loosing wrench sockets, and running around the house yelling "Daddy's Home." John found an Armatron at a garage sale this weekend for 1.00 - you should have seen how excited John was. Now John and Drew fight over who will be playing with it. John has even taken to hiding it around the house in hopes that Drew will forget it exists... so far all attempts have failed!

We visited our good friends the Tyson's on Friday - they finally, after three attempted inductions, delivered a healthy baby boy named Ethan. Ethan is adorable and Drew loved to give him kisses. We did have to explain to Drew that Ethan was not our baby, our baby is still safely cooking in mommy's tummy. Drew really wanted to take Ethan home with him!

On Sunday Drew, Nana, Shannon, Jonathan, and I headed to the Chisholm water park for a fun two hours of play. Both boys were exhausted when we were done. Drew loved playing with his buddy Jonathan! I sat and chatted with Shannon and my mom while the boys played on the water structure.

The pregnancy is going well, only three more days until we find out what we are having - boy or girl? My money is on a girl, so we will see if that female intuition is working properly. The baby is very active and loves kicking my while I am trying to fall asleep. My injections are going very well! So well that I am hoping to have them every 6 days instead of 7. I've noticed a pattern that on the 6 and 7th day the heaviness in my abdomen gets worse and I am having more frequent contractions. We shall see what the Dr. says on Wednesday. I now officially look pregnant, no hiding it!

John just finished a workbench for someone and has been spending ample hours in the garage making various projects for people. I am so glad he is able to bring in some extra income since he can't go back to work yet. Our family has been reading a lot more after our enlightening read of "The Read Aloud Handbook." This book is awesome! Drew can now sit for 30+ minutes and listen to books. He loves for John and I to read to him aloud and will even find a quiet corner for his own reading time. John and I have also been reading together at night. John is busy finishing the book about fun boy things to teach sons and I just finished the Amethyst Heart. I also have three additional books that I am 1/3-1/2 of the way through. John is also reading his Carpentry magazines and coming up with lots of ideas for projects around the house.

Our Sermon on Sunday, so simplistic, yet convicting, has John and I both thinking a lot about our attitudes on contentment or really discontentment. The passage was from 1 Timothy chapter 6, in summary we learned that as Christians we love to complicate life with rules, controversial doctrine and tons of activities which clutter our lives and limit God's ability to us. To be effective and used by God all we must have is a: submissive spirit that respects authority, contentment in everything (situations, money, etc) , and a heart that seeks after holiness and righteousness (becoming more like Jesus by serving others). I will post a link to the broadcast once it is available because it was wonderful.

I have some video's and pictures to post a little later!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Northwood in the News Again

Click this link to hear Sunday's sermon where our pastor Bob Robers interview's the PACC delegates from Vietnam. It was even more powerful sitting in the audience. How awesome that these men were able to hear the gospel presented 4 times during the 4 services they attended. They even were singing our worship songs and we learned one in Vietnamese! It was an amazing experience to see communists visiting us, thanking us, and asking for our continued support. This delegates were so humble and kind, not exactly what I as an American would think of as communist. Listen to the sermon above to hear more about what Pastor Roberts said to the PACC delegates and his congregation.

Church evangelizing with service, not sermons

Keller congregation working to do its part in Vietnam
12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, July 26, 2007
By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News samhodges@dallasnews.com
An evangelical church in North Texas would seem an odd destination for a government delegation visiting the United States from communist Vietnam, where evangelism by outsiders is forbidden.

JIM MAHONEY/DMNNguyen Van Kien, with the People's Aid Coordinating Committee of Vietnam (left) and Bob Roberts, pastor of NorthWood Church, are trying to strengthen ties between the two groups.
But Nguyen Van Kien, director-general of the People's Aid Coordinating Committee of Vietnam, and others in his party spent Saturday night through Wednesday morning with members of NorthWood Church in Keller.
They went to a Texas Rangers game and the Fort Worth Stockyards, and they attended meetings. But these weren't the real reasons they came.
"The main purpose is to convey the gratitude of our people," Mr. Kien said.
Under pastor Bob Roberts Jr., members of NorthWood have been going to Hanoi and rural northern Vietnam for more than a decade to install water filtration systems and to work in schools, orphanages and medical clinics.
They play by government rules. That means no preaching and no handing out religious literature. They can, when asked, answer questions about their faith. But that's about it.
Though Vietnamese Americans and some in Congress complain loudly about restraints on religious freedom in Vietnam, Mr. Roberts is adamant that Christians should be at work there.
"If Jesus were walking on this world today, he would be serving the Vietnamese," Mr. Roberts said. "He wouldn't say, 'Change your government and I'll serve you.' "
Such pragmatism by an evangelical pastor has attracted attention.
Christianity Today and Church Executive magazine have lately done stories on Mr. Roberts and Glocal Ventures, the nonprofit he started and through which his church and others work in Vietnam.
Mr. Roberts' efforts helped draw Phil Smith, co-author of the book A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and the Business Solution for Ending Poverty, to NorthWood on Monday to brief the Vietnamese delegation, business people and representatives of private groups on how loans of $25 can make a huge difference to farmers and others in the world's poorest places.
"They have proved," Mr. Smith said of Mr. Roberts and NorthWood, "that by helping people in a Christian manner, and in the name of Christ, they do get the Kingdom [of God] spread."
The ruddy-faced, hard-charging Mr. Roberts founded NorthWood, a Southern Baptist church, in 1985. The church has grown to weekend attendance of about 2,000 and been recognized for starting many other churches.
In the mid-1990s, Mr. Roberts was eager for NorthWood to send members to other countries for service and evangelism. But the push for Vietnam came from church member Bob Prough, an oral surgeon who had been a U.S. Army helicopter pilot there.
"I was very nervous about Vietnam," Mr. Roberts said, adding that his father, a pastor, had conducted funerals for American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War.
But with Dr. Prough's encouragement, a church team made a fact-finding trip not just to Vietnam, but to the communist stronghold in the north.
Dr. Prough, now living in Stephenville, said by phone that few American churches had tried to work there, and needs were great, particularly among ethnic minorities in the mountains.
From contacts made in that trip, church members found entrée to hospitals, clinics and orphanages, mainly in Hanoi and Lao Cai province. Some 300 NorthWood members have been to those areas in the intervening years, doing health- and education-related work.
Mr. Roberts has been to Vietnam dozens of times. His wife, Niki, is in Hanoi now with a NorthWood-based group helping to write special education curriculum. NorthWood has hosted about 40 students from Hanoi, and the church walls are a gallery of paintings by Vietnamese artists.
Mr. Roberts refers to Vietnam as one of the "hard places" that U.S. churches are less likely to work in than, say, Mexico. (NorthWood is active there, too.) He's also quick to note that Vietnam has gone through major changes, becoming a top U.S. trading partner and getting into the World Trade Organization.
Author of such books as Glocalization: How Followers of Jesus Engage a Flat World, Mr. Roberts passionately argues that local churches must think globally in the Internet age.
But the Vietnamese government, while eager for economic development, remains under one party, communist control, and still restricts religious freedom, said James Reckner, director of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University.
A large Catholic population, and a much smaller Protestant one, are able to worship – but on government terms.
"If you went to Vietnam and tried to set up a church, you'd end up in jail, unless you got permission from the government," he said.
But Dr. Reckner agrees that Vietnam is changing fast, and notes that its overwhelmingly young population is fascinated by the West. He supports Mr. Roberts and NorthWood, and thinks they could be the catalyst for more change.
"You can become militant and be banned, or you can take a more pragmatic approach, which is what NorthWood has done, and try to establish some sort of positive promise," he said. "You never know what might develop."
Karl Ninh, president of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Vietnamese American Public Affairs Committee, also favors service trips by U.S. churches.
"The Vietnamese people need all the help they can get, but we're praying and hoping that one of these days we'll see true religious freedom," he said.
Mr. Kien, of the Vietnamese delegation, said churches in his country are not only open but often packed. He said other countries, in trying to influence the Vietnamese government, should understand that Vietnam has been subject to "foreign aggression" for centuries.
While not defending the Vietnamese government, Mr. Roberts said its leaders mainly worry that outside religious influences could destabilize the country.
The Vietnamese delegation attended worship at NorthWood Sunday, and Mr. Roberts led the congregation in applauding them. But he also preached the gospel.
"Your pictures will be on my refrigerator," he told the Vietnamese as he ended the sermon. "And every time I go get ice cream, I'll be praying for you. I'm serious. I will."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

As I post this our little one is thump, thump, thumping on my bladder!

You're half way there!
The rapid growth stage is about over. While things have slowed down, this next stage is vital to survival.
The baby's heart grows stronger. Find a quiet place, lay flat on your back. Locate your own heartbeat by finding your pulse. Next lay your hand on your belly. You may be able to distinguish the two heartbeats!
His legs are reaching their relative size. With the increase muscle develop occurring as well, you will start feeling much more than tiny flutter kicks soon!
Immunities are being transferred from you to your baby now. These immune cells will protect her from viruses you've already had for up to six months after birth!
The nerve cells for taste, smell, hearing, seeing, and touch are now developing in specialized areas of the brain. Production slows down as existing nerve cells grow larger and make more complex connections.
Your baby may startle in reaction to loud sounds. Amazingly, she can actually hear noises outside of the womb. Familiar voices, music, and sounds that baby becomes accustomed to during her development stages often are calming after birth.
If your baby is a girl, her uterus is starting to develop. She has approximately six million eggs in her ovaries. About one million will remain at birth.
Baby is about 6.46 inches (16.4cm) and weighs around 10.58 ounces (300g).

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Our Week

Our family had a great week, Mommy closed the books and managed to find some time to bake Daddy a pie .... with Drew's help! As you can see Drew is turning into a little baker, he loves to measure, roll out pie crust and spill sugar and flour all over the floor.

John spent the week going to Dr. appointments, working his handyman business, and laying our new floors. He is also adding wainscoting and trim work in the bathrooms! It looks beautiful. I will take some pictures and post them soon.

Drew spent his week playing at Nana's in the mornings, playing with friends, visiting the pool and jumping around the house with his trains. Every morning Drew spends time playing trains and setting up new tracks. We have also been intentionally reading to Drew more so his attention span has expanded! We actually read a lengthy book last night by Max Lucado and he lasted through the whole thing. Currently his favorite books are: Peter Ra bit, Green Eggs and Ham and Chuga Chuga Choo Choo. Drew's vocabulary is growing leaps and bounds, I can't believe all that has changed over the summer. He is also growing taller and his feet are outgrowing his shoes... its about time! Drew loves for things to be broken so he can fix them and his new phrase when one of his trains doesn't work is "its broken, batteries died." Drew is anxious for a new sister or brother to play with. He loves to kiss mommy's tummy and hear the heartbeat.

The baby is growing and moving. This week I think my hips widened because my pelvic bone has started throbbing when I walk. A very familiar feeling that I conveniently forgot about with Drew's pregnancy. I think someone said I officially was "waddling" at church today but my tummy isn't poked out enough yet to be classified as "big and pregnant." We are anxiously awaiting August 1st and another Dr. Appointment to make sure all is well. I have been relaxing a little more just to insure contractions don't start, last time they started around 20 weeks, I just didn't know what they were at the time. He/She is moving a lot and kicking vigorously! John still can't feel the kicking, but should be able too soon. He can hear her move with the Doppler, it it quite funny.

Oh, Drew watched his first movie last night. We had a movie night, I cooked popcorn and added sugar and cinnamon ... yummy! We camped out on the floor and watched Charlotte's Web. Drew loved the story, especially Wilbur, but hated the spider. He hid his head every time she was building a new web. He also didn't understand where they all went once the movie ended. He kept asking, "Mommy, where's Wilbur go?" We also went and got Drew a hair cut yesterday. He was much better and even played with the trains ... after the haircut was over.

I posted a new video of Drew baking Daddy his pie!

North Texas church welcomes communist officials

North Texas church welcomes communist officials

Below is an article just posted in the Fort Worth Telegram about our church!

NorthWood Church in Keller has been at work in Vietnam for more than a decade, and officials from that nation's communist government will be visiting the church this weekend.
Here's a press release from the church:
Communist Government Officials to Visit North Texas Church
Representatives from the Vietnam Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs (COMINGO) and the People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM) will be attending the weekend services and hosting meetings with American business leaders and international NGO leaders, July 21-24, at NorthWood Church in Keller, TX.
The delegation’s trip is designed to strengthen the government of Vietnam’s relationship with the 2,000 member NorthWood Church and Glocal Ventures, Inc., the NGO founded by NorthWood and to develop relationships with American business leaders and investors interested in participating in Vietnam’s socio-economic development.
Since 1996, members of NorthWood Church have been working to improve Vietnam’s quality of life by installing water filtration systems and providing health/hygiene education in Vietnam’s northern villages. Through Glocal Ventures, the last three summers a team of educators from NorthWood has trained 150 Vietnamese teachers of children with special needs. Glocal Ventures supports The Hope Center in Hanoi which provides special needs education for 75 children, ranging in age from 2 to 7. Since 1991, NorthWood families have hosted 40 exchange students from Hanoi while they have attended Tarrant County area high schools.
NorthWood Church is lead by Senior Pastor Bob Roberts, Jr., author of Transformation: How Glocal Churches Transform Lives World and Glocalization: How Followers of Jesus Engage a Flat World. Learn more about NorthWood and Glocal Venture’s global projects by visiting www.northwoodchurch.org and www.glocalventures.org.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Week Nineteen

Your baby has the same awake and sleep patterns of a newborn. He has a favorite position for sleep and recognizable active and rest periods.
Throughout baby's body, nerves are being coated with a fatty substance called myelin, which insulates the nerves so that impulses can flow smoothly.
Scalp hair becomes apparent this week. It has sprouted and continues to grow.
The milk teeth buds have already developed and over the next few days the buds for the permanent teeth will begin to form behind the milk teeth.
If baby is female the uterus starts to develop. If you're having a girl, the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes are in place.
If it's a boy, the genitals are distinct and recognizable.
Your baby is swallowing amniotic fluid and his or her kidneys are making urine.
Your little one's size is around 6.02 inches (15.3cm) and 8.47 ounces (240gm).

Sunday, July 15, 2007

This Week In Pictures

Here are a few pictures from this week. Click on the link to the right "Williams Photo Album" to see more! New video's have been posted too!
This weekend was all play! On Saturday John was busy helping some friends so Drew and I had a fun morning out. First we went to the park and played for hours. Drew loved the swings and the slides. He immediately attached himself to this Dad who had brought his daughter to the park. No matter how much I tried to distract him and play with him, he always ended up over with that daddy. Drew is like that, if his daddy isn't with him he will find another man and "hang out" with him. We also played in the sand box and learned how to climb up a rock wall. Then, Mommy had to use the restroom so we ended up at McDonald's for a lunch time treat. Drew enjoyed his fries and hamburger. Then he played in the play area. He actually got lost in the maze and started crying out for me. There was no way my pregnant self would have made it so I asked some nice little boys to help me out. They were quite pleased to play the hero and go in and get Drew down. Drew was cautious after that to venture too far up the play structure.
On Sunday we all went to church and then home for a trip to the pool. We tried to get Drew acclimated to the water. He isn't very good at challenging himself in area's where he is fearful. The pool being one of them! So, John and I tried to get him to use his water wings and kick by himself. He tried it for a while and then wanted back in the ring. He now likes floating around in the swim ring!
Drew's adventurous spirit has blossomed the last three weeks. He now actually plays with things - mainly his trains, dinosaurs, and cars. He also loves to watch this cute show called "The Little Einsteins" that a friend let us borrow. The show is so cute, it immerses the kids into classical music, musical terms, and famous artwork. It all centers around these little kids and their rocket that do on adventures around the world. Drew now loves to sing phrases from classical pieces and even knows some musical terms. We can only let him watch the 30 minute show once or twice a week though, otherwise he is constantly asking to watch "Einsteins" and driving us crazy. His TV watching is saved for special occasions, like when mommy is a desperate need of a nap!
Kitty is happy the weather is getting hot, crazy dog. She goes outside and sits directly in the suns path. She loves it! Her and Drew are playing constantly and Kitty may move in with Drew once a big boy bed is introduced. Kitty loves to go to the park and loose her toys. We have spent so much money on Kong balls for her and all of them get lost. Her water toys also seems to disappear and the bones we buy her are gone within the hour. She loves to chew, but we are lucky she only chews the things we give her. She is excellent at cleaning up Drew's plate and underneath the table too.
Well, best get back to laundry!

More Gifts from Heaven

101. Knowing there will be many accomplishments next to John’s name when he gets to heaven, but the most influential will be the way he loved me.
102. A Strawberry Rhubarb pie that looks beautiful – not like the few I’ve made in the past that tasted great but the pie looked a little deformed.
103. Visiting family members that take time for a visit
104. Grilled Salmon
105. A son with graceful speech
106. Continued low blood pressure
107. a surprise latte from my sweet husband
108. Fresh, ripening cherries at a great price
109. my little boys face smothered in chocolate cake
110.0 great friends who talk to me into the wee hours
111. God’s protection over our children, especially when we are not there to protect them
112. 2 dozen roses presented to me “just because”
113. new flooring
114. stains on the carpet soon to be replaced
115. sweet July rain that cools the heat by 20 degrees
116. the “woosh, wooshing” heartbeat of this new life inside
117. Drew’s intoxicating smile as he proclaims “I did it mommy!”
118. new little friends who guide my lost son out of the McDonald's’s play maze
119. Drew’s face of gladness and screams of “Mommy, Mommy” when he finally sees me
120. the inner workings of a man, so different than myself, yet necessary
121. Books – they take us on a journey deep into the imagination, teach and instruct us on hard life lessons we hopefully won’t have to experience
122. Modern medication to keep me from going on to premature labor
123. Oh… and medicine at a great price
124. a nap after a long morning
125. The smell of baking Angle Food Cake
126. Pool times and lots of giggles!
127. Quiet intimate talks while laying in bed with my love

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Honoring John

Well, my goal to think less of myself and more about honoring my sweet husband didn't go so well last week, I admit I was pretty selfish and it showed. I was so tired and had very little energy for feet rubs and encouraging words. No excuses, I was just plain lazy. My sweetheart spent a lot of time encouraging me and giving me neck rubs last week. The first 7 days of each month really are hard, long nights closing the books and long days too! John is always especially sweet during these times, I am sure he has it as a reminder written in his calendar! John is always careful to keep his schedule clear those days so I can work and not stress about life. He consistently covers the housework and dinners for that week too and puts Drew to bed. The first week of the month is Drew and Daddy time, they go to the park and work in the garage a lot! I am very blessed. Did I mention that he brought me home 2 dozen roses too?

I am encouraged to say this past week has gone much better than the last! Now that the month is almost closed I have had more brain energy to think of ways to serve John. Today Drew and I washed Daddy's car. John also loves it when I read out loud to him, so I've been reading to him each night. John loves encouraging words and foot rubs so those have been dispersed too. It is amazing how small 2 degree changes change the atmosphere in the home so quickly. I've noticed that we are both sweeter to one another, we are communication more and haven't had little tiffs for quite a while. It is really nice to think about the needs of my family over my own, I tend to worry less and am more disciplined at getting things done each day.

Drew loves the changes too, he tends to get more book time and fun, stimulating activities. Drew is at a fun age where every morning is like Christmas, a new day with fun toys and adventures to be explored. Drew's always jumping in his crib when I go to get him up and his eyes glisten just thinking about trains and drills and dinosaurs that are waiting to be played with.

"...but those who are according to the spirit, set their mind on the things of the spirit... for the mind set on the spirit is life and peace."
Romans 8:5b & 6b
Lord, may I continue to have endurance to set my mind and heart on those things that really matter each day:
Self Control

Injections Have Begun

I just finished up my first Hydroxyprogesterone injection of an 18 week series. It went very well! It only took about 5 hours to find a pharmacy that would specially mix it for me. After battling with the insurance company all day Monday, we just decided to pay for it out of pocket. This small private pharmacy was much cheaper than the online quotes we were receiving so that was a huge blessing! God was so good to turn a hopeless situation into a joyful one. We are anxiously awaiting August 1st - it is both Grandma Patti's birthday and the day we get to see out little girl/boy on the screen! Hopefully it will reveal the gender too! Drew is anxiously awaiting his new friend, just yesterday he wanted to know when the baby could come play with him. He also loves to give mommy's tummy kisses and hear the baby's heartbeat on the fetal monitor. Drew likes hearing his own heart on the monitor too.

John is busy working his handyman business, he just finished up remodeling someones bathroom. It turned out really nice! Now he is working for an interior decorator making custom boxes to be placed above the windows for window treatments. He is also laying our new flooring in the dining room since the flooding required us to rip out the carpet a few weeks ago. I will post pictures when we are all done. Oh John also bought me 2 dozen roses yesterday just because! He also bought himself and Drew a book called The Dangerous Books For Boys watch the video attached to the link below the book description, it is so cute. Drew and Daddy will have lots of fun with this book!



Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Week 18

Ears move to their final position and they stand out from the head. And start brushing up on your lullabies — in the coming weeks, your baby will probably be able to hear! The bones of the middle ear and the nerve endings from the brain are developing so that your baby will hear sounds such as your heartbeat and blood moving through the umbilical cord. He or she may even be startled by loud noises! Your baby's eyes are also developing — they're now facing forward rather than to the sides, and the retinas may be able to detect the beam of a flashlight if you hold it to your abdomen.
Until now, your baby's
bones had been developing but were still soft. This week, they begin to harden, or ossify. Some of the first bones to ossify are those in the clavicles and the legs.
This week the baby has been much less active - not sure why. He/She may have moved which is making it harder to feel the kicks and squirms. I have had more energy and since the Texas rain stopped and have resumed my walking routine. Drew and Kitty are very happy to be outside again, yesterday Drew enjoyed drenching himself with the hose and washing his "jeep."
My injections are starting this Thursday, our prayers were answered, we found a Pharmacy that will mix the drug I need and it won't cost an insane amount of money. The in home health care was denied by my insurance company, so I will be driving to the doctors office each week. Not a huge deal, at least I will be able to get the medication which was questionable yesterday.

Monday, July 9, 2007

A Cute Story

Saturday morning I awoke and brought Drew into bed for books. A little while passed and Drew got down from the bed and went downstairs to get some milk.... so I thought. I reluctantly got out of bed and started to get ready for the day. Five or so minutes passed and I realized that I didn't hear Drew making noises downstairs - silence is always a bad sign! I quietly walked down the stairs to peek on him but he was no where to be found. Finally I heard him talking to Kitty in the pantry. I slowly flicked on the lights and to my horror, Drew was sitting on the floor, an open donut hole box laid beneath his feet. Drew looked up like a deer in headlights, smiled a chocolate smile stuffed with donuts, and waved his right donut clasping hand at me and said "hi mommy!" Then he looked up to see if he was going to get into trouble, only to find that I had vacated the pantry in hysterics! I couldn't get mad and something so cute and jovial!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Week 17

"Your baby weighs about 5 ounces now, and he's around 5 inches long — about the size of a large onion. He can move his joints, and his skeleton — until now rubbery cartilage — is starting to harden to bone. His sense of hearing is also developing. The umbilical cord, his lifeline to the placenta, is growing stronger and thicker."
Our Dr. Appointment went well yesterday. Our next appointment is August 1st, then we will have an ultra sound and hopefully be able to find out the gender. My shots will begin in two weeks, right about the time I started having issues last time. The baby looked great with a strong heartbeat. My doctor wasn't concerned with the uterus dropping, she said in second children it is common. So there it is. So far all is going as planned! So far I've gained 7 pounds and my Blood Pressure is still normal 113/70! I really am watching what I eat, last pregnancy I gained 70 pounds because of the toxemia and it took 6 months for the water to drain out of my system!
This baby is more active than Drew ever was. For being so small, he/she has been moving a lot when I sleep or am sitting! I was napping yesterday and quickly awoke to the baby doing flips. I was convinced the baby was dieing or something, but calmed and realized all was well - it was just very active!
Tomorrow is July 4th! We are looking forward to a fun celebration and a day off!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Baby is Kicking

Today the baby has been very active - already kicking away at me. I have another Dr. Appointment tomorrow to go over the process for the progesterone injections and check the baby's growth. I think my uterus already dropped (not good) about 2 weeks ago. I wasn't feeling much pressure on the bladder and all of a sudden there has been pressure. I am going to see if the Dr can check that tomorrow.

Drew had a fun week, he played with Riley across the street the first part of the week, then his friend Jonathan the last two days. Drew love to follow Jonathan around imitating him . They both played trains and bikes in the front yard. They are so cute together - when they are both behaving and sharing toys! We also went to Oklahoma for the weekend to visit my sister and her husband. We had a lot of fun visiting and seeing their new house. My aunt from Grants Pass has been visiting so it has been fun showing her around and catching up! Drew was just weighed last week and came in at 25.5 pounds - he is getting up there! His 18 month clothes are getting a little small... finally! Drew has been playing a lot with his Daddy's drill, fixing everything in sight! He even took the spoiler off the electric Jeep he rides because he said it was broken (the battery needed to be charged!). Drew and I baked two Strawberry Rhubarb pies for Daddy this week. Drew loved mixing, pouring, measuring, and playing in all the flour! We learned about measurements and how to roll out pie crust. Drew loves to cook with Mommy! He stands on his little step stool and imitates mommy with rolling pins, measuring cups, and baking ingredients!

One cute story to leave with: on Tuesday I was outside watering my plants and a giant spider jumped out from one of the plants. I normally don't get too excited about spiders, but this one was a huge Wolf Spider -they are big and ugly! I called John from the garage, who immediately thought I was overreacting until he saw the size of it! John quickly looked around for something to kill it with and found my gardening glove. He squished it and carried it to the garbage. Drew watched this whole ordeal in complete silence! A few moments later Drew toddles up the front walk with my green glove covering his right hand. "Mommy" Drew says, "where are the spiders! I want to get the spiders too!" Drew loves to emulate his Daddy!