“The soul is healed by being with children.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky
Baby Notes: I was one of those freaks that actually really enjoyed being pregnant. Even though my pregnancy was considered high risk for the majority of it, I had to be on bed rest for nearly five months, and I was constantly in pain; I truly loved so many aspects of the process. I will forever cherish having Genesis tucked safe and sound in my belly and feeling her roll around; I feel like those moments I didn’t have to share with anyone but the with the two of us and it started our bond that I hope to have forever. I also can’t complain about how quickly my hair grew and being waited on hand and foot at times. However, these past few weeks have been rough! I sleep about 45 minutes at a time because of the pure pain of sleeping on my hips and constantly getting up to pee. My stretch marks have taken over my stomach and literally look like ivy growing up to my boobs. But, I have to say the best part is gaining 37 pounds (to date). MAKE IT STOP! I have somewhat become a crabby patty when I sit and think about all the negatives of being pregnant and then I received one of the most thoughtful gifts from a friend. She sent me three children’s books all about women who had either been scarred or deemed unacceptable by society in some way. In her note she wrote promise to remind Genesis of Proverbs 31:30. So I grabbed my Bible looked up the verse and was brought to tears.
Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vein but a woman who fears The Lord is to be praised.
It was so powerful to me. I thought about all the complaining I had done, but then this made me realize the true gift behind the scars and I got so emotional. In no way am I saying I love my stretch marks or that I still won’t wish they weren’t there when I put on a bathing suit from time to time, but I pray I instill strength in Genesis beyond her appearance and remind her what true beauty is. Beauty is in the process not the product.
This month in pictures:
Nursery: We have officially finished the nursery…well at least for the time being. We have all the furniture we could fit in her room with the guest bed. We haven’t started to decorate just yet and will probably hold off on it until we set up her crib.
Appointments: During our last doctor’s appointment we saw that my fluid looks pretty low. Fluid should range between 8-20 and mine was at an 8.5 so that doctor reminded me of my strict bed rest and has me drinking a lot of fluids to try and get it up again. We also did a stress test as Genesis movements have been slowing. It took her a while but she finally hit all the marks she needed too. The appointment had Byron and I really nervous and we still are a tad nervous about the fluid, but staying positive until our next appointment.
Maternity Pictures: Our pictures are back!!!! Feel free to look at the entire collection on my Facebook page.
Parenting Classes: We are officially done with all our parenting classes. However I would like to still sign up for a baby CPR class. I am certified but really want to take the class with Byron so we are both on the same page.
Ultrasounds: We got to see Genesis a few times in the past month and she is officially a thumb sucker! I was a thumb sucker as a kid, but my mom broke me so I started sucking my tongue in secret LOL! It really was a bad habit until I was about 8 years old, so it looks like I will have to come up with some creative ways to soothe her without letting her create a bad habit.
Today the baby is the size of: watermelon
Cravings: anything cold and liquid (its so hot). Plus I have been having some problems with my jaw and chewing causes a lot of pain so liquids it is.
Next Appointment: Sept 5th
Mochi Update: Mochi went into heat for the first time! Her new parents said she got a little crabby during that time so they are moving forward with getting her spade. We got some pictures but I had a problem uploading them (will try and load them on my next post). She still seems really happy with her new family, but we miss her tons.
Mommy feels: GREAT in the morning for about three hours and then crashes for the rest of the day.
Coming next week: 39 week post…or a Welcome New Baby Post (crossing our fingers).
Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey!
Always with love,