YES . . ..we're still here.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So at this point, babies won't be making an appearance this week . . .unless they decide to surprise us.
Posted by Amber at 10:48 AM
Monday, February 23, 2009
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Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Those of you who know me well, know there have been some big dreams on my part regarding ways to be involved in ministry and with my schooling. They are still there, yet modified, and without the overwhelming pressure that I am only serving God if I am working towards those specific goals or in those specific areas.
That was not always the case.
Mommyhood obviously has placed many of those desires on hold. There was a time in my life I wrestled with that . . .even while delighting in the gift that God had given me in our little girl. I felt like "my ministry" was being put indefinately on hold and I wrestled with when I would see the fruition of the desires I felt had been given to me by God.
Thankfully God has changed my heart to see the ministry of mommyhood: amidst the runny noses, sleepless nights and even the beloved tantrums. I've seen one ministry opportunity replace another, instead of hold off another. And it excites me to serve God in the opportunities that only being a mommy can bring.
And leave it to our awesome God who has placed opportunities in my path, now, that allow me to still serve in some of those earlier referenced areas!
I don't know about you - but I just read a post this morning that spoke straight to the heart of this issue and wanted to share it with you (ahh, the gift of a lazy daughter who randomly decided to sleep late today).
Maybe mommyhood is really hard for you today.
Maybe it feels far from a ministry or any type of service to our God.
Maybe today it just feels like work.
I've been there . . .but read Sandy's post and know you ARE doing great work.
and I think you mommies are amazing.
Posted by Amber at 7:32 AM
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Well, I don't have lots of news for you. Babies will be measured for size next week - or so the plan goes! They didn't measure me today either . . .possibly trying to avoid a traumatic experience? : )
Here is the latest.
Our little girls have been squirmy. So squirmy, in fact, that they have BOTH gone transverse on me. So that means, unless they continue their circling of my womb, we are a definite c-section.
I have mixed feelings about the news. It's not my ideal. It wouldn't have been my first choice at all. But I feel a level of surrender with it, that I didn't have even a month ago.
I told Ryan, even just a month ago, I think the news would have hit me a lot harder as I tried to manage more of how everything was going to turn out. But as the pregnancy has continued to progress, God has let me surrender a little more control with each week. It doesn't help me to fight something that is totally beyond my grasp. So at this point, I'm thankful to live in a time where I have so many options and such great medical care. Laboring two transverse babies 100 years ago does not sound fun!
There is a tiny measure of relief that I don't have to play the "what if" game and try and make the decision myself. With the babies' previous positions, we were in a "first baby is a go, second baby is a maybe" state for a vaginal delivery. So to have God just remove the decision process from me, I can see as a blessing. Although, I"m not completely unwilling to accept prayers that both babies could move into a position for a vaginal birth. : ) But we'll take what comes and know that God goes with us either way.
Babies have dropped . .. which has made life a little more interesting as sitting, bending and just moving in general has reached another degree of difficulty . . .or even humor I suppose! The other night I was taking my sweet time going up the stairs and Ryan looks at me, grins, and just goes up and down our second landing 3 times fast just to be obnoxious. I guess it pays to laugh - right?!
And as of today per Dr. Nord, babies will most definately be making their appearance no later than the first week of March. So anyone whose guess took me past 37 weeks, I think you're out of luck. : ) It seems unreal how close that is and makes the hard days easier to push through.
Thanks for all your prayers!
OH! - and thanks, too, for all of you that prayed we could make it past Ryan's crazy past month at work. I'm convinced that it was your prayers, some great sitters/family and a live-in maid/playmate last week (aka, grandma), that made it go as smoothly as it did.
It was such a huge answer of prayer, for me too, that Ryan didn't have the added stress of a wife on complete bedrest or new babies to juggle on top of it all. It'll still be a little busy the next month or so, but nothing like it was. So thanks for caring enough to pray, ask how it was going and checking in!
Posted by Amber at 10:50 AM
Monday, February 16, 2009
After a very busy past month of Ryan's work and other activities and an even crazier last week, we got to enjoy a fun night out as a family with NOTHING planned! :) So we headed out to spoil Ava a little and just relax.
YUMMY. This smoothie is really good mommy!
Ava's favorite ride by far was the ice cream truck. I think she would have ridden it all night!
And what would a fun family night out be without a trip to the gumball machine (Ava LOVES gum and shockingly does amazingly well chewing it - little pieces of course).
Posted by Amber at 8:09 AM
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Ava's hair has been growing into something that more and more resembled a mullet: messy bangs in the front with an unruly mane growing in the back. So while we were at Aunt Alisa's the other week, we decided to trim up her back a little, hoping that would help a little until her bangs grow out more. I was just silly and didn't take a before picture!
I wasn't sure how Ava would do - she hates having her hair brushed lately (we're just getting into the world of tangles). But between Brynne, the bathtub AND a popscicle . . .she hung in there all right.
Posted by Amber at 2:08 PM
Monday, February 9, 2009
Ava is 18 months old today . . .going on 5. Through the ups and downs that her increasing desire for independence brings, it has been so fun to watch her grow into more and more of a little girl and see her personality continue to shine. We're thankful for our busy, silly and ever snuggly monkey!
At her appt on friday Ava was:
Weight: 26 lb 14 oz (80%)
Height: 32 1/2" (70%)
Here's a couple snapshots from lately:
Ava LOVES the new rain boots and coat Aunt Amy bought her. We got to try them out lots this past week with the great weather we've had. It's been so fun! Maybe today, with the forecast for rain, we'll get to try out the umbrella too.
Last night, before getting ready for bed, Ava was playing around the house. All of a sudden she came around the corner quite pleased with herself. She had found a hidden paci (she only gets them going to bed now) AND got her boots on by herself. I thought it was pretty cute.
Posted by Amber at 7:15 AM
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
So today at my appt, I measured a full term 40 weeks. I suppose I should mention it was my 33 week appointment?!?! : ) At least I know why so few clothes fit! I had to kind of chuckle to myself and wonder, "If I make it to 37 weeks, I wonder what I'll be measuring then."
Posted by Amber at 8:37 PM
Monday, February 2, 2009
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