Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Size: Lindley Belle is about 7 lbs. (according to an ultra sound)
Movement: She is running out of room so I don't feel as
many "kicks" but a lot of "stretching".
Weight Gain: 24 lbs.
Symptoms: Thankfully my itching is gone - gotta love
modern medicine! These days I'm just really
uncomfortable and having irregular contractions.
Sleep: What is that? The Lord is preparing me :)
Best Moment of the Week: My sweet friends in Oxford hosted a
precious baby shower for me. It was a wonderful time and I was so
happy to see so many Oxford faces. I miss that sweet little town!
Lindley Belle will be making her arrival in 5 days!!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Due to all the craziness of the move and the high risk pregnancy stuff, my "belly pic updates" have gotten lost in the mix. Here are a couple shots to catch up a little.
July 4, 2011
August 1, 2011
This week I will actually do a full 36 week post - I promise! :)
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Around mid-July I started suffering with this horrible itching that took over my whole body (head to toe!). At first I was sure it was just some weird pregnancy thing that I would just have to deal with. At the doctor that week I was told to try a bunch of different over the counter meds and home remedies. So another week went by, this time it was full of cold showers, oatmeal baths, lotions, creams, benadryl & claritin - nothing was working and I was feeling miserable. I was hardly sleeping, taking 2-4 oatmeal baths throughout the night, could barley leave the house because the heat would just increase the itching. I was back at the doctor on the 25th and this time they did a bunch of blood work, I wasn't sure what they were looking for but at this point I was willing to try anything. Two days later they called saying that my results were abnormal and that I needed to go straight their high risk pregnancy specialist. Thankfully Craig had the afternoon off so he was home when they called and was able to go with me.
After about 2 hours at this specialist's office filling out paper work, having more blood drawn & ultra sounds we finally met the doctor and got some answers. We learned that I had developed something called 'cholestasis' which is a liver disease that releases bile acids into the blood stream. The main symptom is itchy skin because the acids get absorbed in the skin. We then learned that it becomes dangerous for the baby after 38 weeks of pregnancy; increasing the rick of fetal distress, preterm birth and in some cases, stillbirth. Hearing that was not easy but the doctor was very calm and explained what our "plan of action" would be. The lungs are the last thing to develop around week 37, so the doctor said we should induce labor sometime between week 37 - 38. Along with inducing early, he said that I would need to be monitored twice a week till delivery to ensure that Lindley was not at risk.
I have had 4 ultra sounds since then and so far everything is looking good. As long as things continue to be stable, we will be inducing on Monday, August 29th. That's in 20 days!! As any first time mom does, I've gone into major nesting mode to get our apartment ready...especially her nursery. We had our last birthing class last night so I feel very prepared in the labor & delivery area...just not prepared at home yet :)
We are so incredibly grateful for our wonderful doctors who have taken such great care of me. We see the Lord's mercies thru all of this and find our security in knowing that this was God's plan all along. We might have been shocked and upset by this news, but how beautiful to know that he ordained this path for our little girl before we even knew about her. What a mighty God we serve! We are so excited to meet our little gift from Him in just a few short weeks!
Monday, August 1, 2011
Hello blog friends - wow, I have not posted in almost 8 weeks. It's been a crazy couple of months for sure. Over the next few days I'll try to catch up on several belated posts but first thing first....
In May Craig interviewed with SBEC in Southaven, MS to be one of their assistant varsity football coaches and one of their Bible teachers. Craig graduated from SBEC in 2004 and played football there so of course the opportunity to return as a coach was exciting! Well, after several weeks of waiting on the Lord to show us our next step, Craig was officially offered the job! Looking back on it, 3-4 weeks was not a long period of time to wait but it seemed so difficult at the time. Maybe because we knew that if he got the job, that meant we were moving within the month. Or maybe it was because our lease at our home was up at the end of May and we didn't know what to do. Or maybe it was because I'm pregnant and my hormones were raging :) Whatever it was, in a very short amount of time we were learning more and more about how imperfect our timing was and how perfect God's timing is - even when you have NO clue what His plan is. I wrote down Matthew 6:34 on a piece of paper that I carried around with me for weeks in my purse.
It's always funny to me how we have to remind ourselves to not worry about stuff. It would be so much easier if we would just be calm and rest in the Lord during those times, but we always seem to choose the more stressful & difficult don't we? Making the decision to move was really hard on us. We knew it would be hard leave our life in Oxford - our sweet church that we had just joined back in January, our great friends and the Regents family. The opportunity for Craig to serve at SBEC and the chance to be back close to family with the baby coming was such a wonderful door the Lord had opened for us. We felt very blessed that He had granted us this opportunity. So on June 27th (our 2nd anniversary!) Craig and I moved back to Memphis! Well, technically we moved to Olive Branch, MS but we live on Stateline Rd so Memphis is right across the street :) We moved into a cute little apartment that we are growing to love. It sits on this little lake with ducks everywhere so Jake is in dog heaven! We have been here for about a month now and just last night Craig and I were talking about how blessed we are. He is really enjoying his new job, I am full of joy to be near my mom again, we are enjoying closeness with family and it's wonderful to be "living life" again with my sweet friends here. This move was so far from our radar just a few months ago but now that we are here, settling in and experiencing God's blessing - we are resting peacefully in knowing that God's way are always better. God's plan will always surpass your plan. God is always good.