Archive for January, 2012

Baby5: Pregnancy Update

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Still pregnant here. I’m 38 weeks with Abegayle, and certainly feeling Any Day Now-ish. But haven’t I been saying that since 36 weeks? This waiting period isn’t any easier than ever it has been. I actually thought that being a Winter pregnancy the wondering and waiting wouldn’t be as big of a deal.

So. 38 Weeks.

Wednesday I had my OB/GYN appointment and was pleasantly surprised to be told that we were going to have an ultrasound. I’m not a fan of weekly ultrasounds as is common practice for some physicians, but after an unexpected face up presentation delivery for Koen I was keen to have a look at full term Abegayle.
She’s currently 19 inches long and weighing approx 6.5lbs, so just about the size of her 41wk gestation brother Diederick. Also, like Diederick, she has the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. Her position is a first for me–she is head down, which is a blessing, but her head is facing sideways towards my right inner thigh. The doctor said it wont be quite as easy as the traditional presentation, so I may want to plan on a little help with pain. Good to know, but I think I can make it pain meds free again thru the birth.

My favorite part of Wednesday’s ultrasound was seeing that perfect spine, beautiful heart and my second daughter’s sweet face. When Dr. Tan first started looking for a profile image, Abegayle had her hand over her face–a couple minutes later she moved it as if she’d been playing a little game of peek-a-boo and we were able to see her eyes, nose and mouth. Another unique thing about Abegayle is her legs: instead of being crossed and pressed tightly against my ribs, she has the left extended straight up and the right meets up up nearly even with an elbow. Anyone ever seen something similiar? A first for me.

I’m so excited to meet Abegayle and just really hope that my next post will be pictures of her.

That for which we wait

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

With my first delivery I likened the experience greatly to what I’d experienced only 10 months earlier, something I’d called the beginning of a new chapter in life–or even a new book. Marriage, leaving home for the first time and living with someone I really was just getting aquainted with. Anticipating and giving birth had, and still does for me have so many likenesses thru and thru as I imagine the process of drawing near to death will.

Before I write out that list for myself–has anyone else seen this parallel in their experience? Begin with feeling weak in the knees, obsessing over how you look and telling the story to whoever will hear it (and maybe those who would rather not!). A few ideas there just to jump start your memory in the instance that it may have been a while.

And for Dads, the “Just tell me when and where I should stand.”

Faith in Things Unseen

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Me: “When do you think Abegayle’s going to come, Car?”

Carly: “I don’t know, Mommy. But I’ll ask God.
God, when is my Baby Sister going to come to Mommy?”
C (in deeper voice): “In four weeks, Dear One.”

Then to me, Carly said, “Mommy, God says you have to wait for a while.”
I asked her if she talks to God a lot like that and she replied that, “Yes, because He fixed me.”

The faith that a 3-year-old can have in things unseen, while adults struggle to find that something deeper and bigger than themselves. Carly just accepts and believes in a way that fascinates me.

And when was it that I told her there were four weeks left on her sisters gestation? Anyway, she’s right. I do (Lord willing) have a while to wait yet for that second daughter.

But, in case Abe’s early–the bags are packed, and I’m a ready to go. Right now Darren and I are just asking for a healthy baby and a safe delivery like the others. Carly says she has faith in God because he’s taken care of her–I have faith too, he does care for his dear ones.


Monday, January 2nd, 2012

So who stayed up until midnight to ring in 2012?? The kids and I did. (: Until 1am actually. Thankful that Monday isn’t back to school for us yet, we needed the sleeping in until 10:30 that we got this Monday morning. Any new Year Resolutions? If so, please share. I’d love to hear your ambitions! :) I’m first of all thankful for 2011 and all the growing emotionally and spiritually that it held, I couldn’t even have imagined the changes that occured–mainly stories left to others to tell, things that indirectly effects my household which will hopefully bring my extended family closer and stronger in our spiritual journey. (I know I’ll rethink a million times how to say that)

I guess the even Darren and I along with our three kiddos are looking forward to at this point is the arrival of our little girl within the next few weeks. Her name is Abegayle Joy.

More later!