Friday, February 25, 2011

25 weeks pregnant!!

This week has been tough on me.. I have been in a lot of pain. It is hard for people to understand why I am always in such pain, but I'm dealing with a bladder disease ( ICC ), Endometriosis, & Hyper-stimulation. So the past week or so I have been dealing with bladder and lower back pain all on the left side. So bad that, I can't stand up, walk, or sleep. It's been killing me today. It is such a chore for me to get up and go potty. I get up and my body goes into horrible pain and I have to lean on the counter and try to breath through the pain... Let's just say it is taking me a while to walk back to bed. I did my glucose test on Monday. It was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I did the orange drink and it tastes like sweet, sweet tang. then a hour later they drew my blood. I should hear back from the Dr's soon on the out come. My hands and feet are swelling quite a bit and not going down. I drink tons of water to keep the swelling down, but it does not seem to help too much.
My appetite has gotten bigger in the past day or so. I think it is because he is packing fat on. I eat my fruit (Apple, Mango and strawberries) and love celery and peanut butter. He is loving it too!!

He is doing great. He is kicking up a storm and is growing so long. He stretches from my pubic bone all the way up to about 4 inches above my belly button. He makes my whole tummy jump and I love sitting in bed feeling him squirm and move under my finger tips. He is a very active little guy :) I think we will have our hands full once he is born, LOL! But we are SUPER excited to meet him!! Thank you for all your prayers. They are greatly appreciated!!

“Because I asked the LORD for him.”

1 Samuel 1

The Birth of Samuel
1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the LORD. 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb. 6 Because the LORD had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”

9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the LORD’s house. 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

12 As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”

15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samue saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.”

Monday, February 14, 2011

Baby at 23 weeks.

This little one survived after being born at 23 weeks. Life is amazing and this little ones will to live is just amazing! I can't believe our little one is this big :) I love how she is holding her moms finger. So sweet...

23 Weeks Pregnant.

This week your baby's length, from crown-to-rump, is approximately 8 inches! Your growing baby has finally reached one pound. Your baby is about the size of a small baby doll and looks very human. The baby's face and body look similar to that of a newborn at this time. Your uterus can be found about 1.5 inches above your navel. Your total weight gain should be approximately 15 pounds at this time.

You might notice some Braxton-Hicks contractions around this time. These contractions are not regular and they should not be painful. Braxton-Hicks contractions prepare your body for the upcoming labor and they will get stronger as your pregnancy progresses. You might be able to feel the contractions if you put your hand on your abdomen and your baby can probably feel the uterus gripping and massaging her. It will not harm your baby, so there is no need for concern.

Fat is still being deposited at a rapid rate, but your baby still looks red and wrinkled. Skin is being produced at a higher rate than the fat is, so the skin hangs loosely. Your baby looks red because the skin is losing its transparency and pigment is beginning to form. You should be feeling your baby moving quite a bit throughout the day as she will kick and punch the uterus walls. Babies also run their hands along the umbilical cord and touch their body parts while they are in the womb.
Your baby now can suck her thumb for real, where she was just sticking it in her mouth. Your baby will continue to swallow amniotic fluid and recycle it as urine. The liquids and sugars that the baby retracts from the fluid is a supplement to the nutrients that the placenta delivers. You might be able to feel small `jumps` inside of you when your baby gets the hiccups from swallowing fluid. The pancreas is developing and it will responsible for insulin production, to help break down sugars.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

22 Weeks Pregnant!!

So I have been craving sweets!! Lots of sweets!! I am trying to watch what I eat and not give into my cravings. Last thing I want is to feed the baby bad things and get gestational diabetes.
My cravings have been cupcakes, guava turnovers, doughnuts, fruit, ice cream and so on.
He is kicking tons and my belly is growing as always. I have seen woman give birth at my size. It is kind of freaking me out how big I am going to be when I give birth, LOL! Oh well every pregnacy is different and as long as he is healthy I am happy!!
I love talking to him all day and rubbing my belly where I can feel his back jump up or his little round head poke me. His feet love being in the lowest point of my uterus. So he kicks down there all the time and it is half tickling and half hurting. It's really cute when he wakes up in the morning and he rolls softly inside of me. I say good morning sweetheart!! And once he hears my voice he starts kicking and bouncing around in there :) I love it and it is my husbands highlight of the day to come home and sit on the couch with us and feel his son move in my tummy.
I really love those moments. They are so sweet... the Lord had blessed me with two of the worlds sweetest men. They have me wrapped around their fingers :)

Feeling a bit low today...

A lot of people think that once your pregnant with your little one there are no more tears. But just because you get pregnant does not mean your not still morning the loss of the life that did not take. I do morn them and pray for there little souls... I think of how I will never get to hold them, feel them kick inside of me, talk to them, kiss there little faces... I am still having problems with forgiving people who make rash and insensitive remarks. Like your lucky only one took... really people? You really think I'm happy that our other baby was miscarried?
I remember the nurse called and told us that three of our babies have died and the three left look bad and thinking the only hope of children are the two inside of me and so sad that there little cell mass was not strong enough to survive... It was the day my heart broke into a million pieces... I cried and weeped so hard. I thought the world could hear my heart breaking for them and that the skies would burst open and cry with us...
Or hearing why don't you just adopt? Like adoption is an option for everyone. It's not, and is not. The Lord never gave us a peace over it, nor the money to go through with it.
We got IVF for free in the UK and that was a true gift from God. We never expected it...
I wonder, really wonder what people think when they speak so harshly, and insensitive to someone who has been on there knees weeping for life that was lost or life that never took place and the burden of infertility. There are a lot of cruel people in this world, some that don't know that they are being cruel and some that do... It always amazes me that people act that way. But I really shouldn't be, because we are all sinners and the majority of the world don't put much stock into the life of an unborn child. We pray for them, and for the Lord to open there eyes, humble there hearts to those hurting all around them. Weep with those who are weeping people... You might say, I don't know what to say to people like you, all you need to do is give someone like me a hug and pray with me and say "I'm so sorry your going through this" or "Is there anything I can do for you"?

I cry with a thankful and grateful heart each and everyday that the Lord gave us the life growing inside of me... It is such a blessing to love your child SO MUCH even before he is born. I pray for him to know the Lord and that the Lord is preparing for him a godly wife and would prepare him for his wife to be... I pray he love the Lord with all his heart and loves and respects us as his parents.
He is my sweet little man and we are over the moon excited to meet him.

Thank you Lord for this amazing grace you have given us. Life is such a blessing and a gift from God...
Thank you sweet readers with your kind and encouraging words to us.
We really do appreciate it...
God Bless, Laura