Friday, June 29, 2012

Pregnancy Highlights: 31 weeks



Pregnancy Highlights  

How Far Along:  31 weeks 3 days 

Size of Baby Newsham: Our baby is as big as a head of lettuce or 19 in, 3.9 lbs.



Maternity Clothes: Yes! 

Gender: Girl 

Name: Olivia Jane 

Getting Ready: My first baby shower is TOMORROW!! I am so excited and cannot wait to get together with my Weight Watchers coworkers to celebrate Olivia!! I am so blessed to be able to work with the most amazing women at Weight Watchers. I am so thankful for their willingness to bless Jon, Olivia, and me during this time! Don't worry I will take lots of pictures and put them up next week. 

Movement: I'm beginning to think that Olivia is A LOT like her Daddy, because she moves around all the time. I know I've been saying this for weeks, but I am so thankful to be able to feel her move. My goal is to capture her movement on video before she is born. If I have time it correctly, I will post it for all of you to see and enjoy. 

Sleep: It's been in the high 90's - low 100's all week long, which has made it harder for me to sleep, because it is so warm in our apartment. The heat does not bother me any other time of day except for when I'm trying to sleep. 

What I Miss: I only have 9 weeks left until my due date and so far I have not missed too much! I really enjoy being pregnant and am enjoying this time of my life! I have friends and acquaintances who would love to be pregnant. For whatever reason these couples cannot get pregnant. The last thing I want to do is complain about my pregnancy when I know that there are so many who would kill to be in my position. Please keep these people in your prayers and that God would work in their lives to give them children of their own. 

Best Moment of the Week: The best moment this past week came on Tuesday evening. It had been a long day and I was not in a very good mood. However, I arrived at Weight Watchers praying that God would change my attitude. To my surprise, one of our Tuesday night members, Alba brought me a baby gift for Olivia!! I was overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness as she handed me the gift. I told Alba how thankful I was for the present and just hugged her tight.

When I opened the present I found small hangers and the most beautiful pink blanket with an elephant on it!! God used this gift to remind me once again that He is taking care of us and I have nothing to worry about! I can't wait to wrap Olivia up in this blanket and tell her this story about how much she was loved even before she was born!!   



Food Cravings: I said earlier that it is starting to get very hot in Texas. As a result, I have not been craving anything very heavy. I want fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, cereal and milk, ice cream, and summer salads. I have not wanted to eat anything that requires that I turn on my oven. 

Symptoms: I've still got all my normal pregnancy symptoms. I thought that with my 3rd trimester I would be hit with extreme fatigue, but so far that has not come yet. I know that it will, but for now I am enjoying begin able to stay up past 8:00pm! 

Due Date: August 28, 2012

Next Dr. Appointment: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 2:45pm 

Daddy: This past week Jon was gone serving at our church's annual Children's Camp. Jon went as a leader and ended up being placed the 1st grade boys! Jon sent me text messages throughout the week about how camp was going and how I could pray for him and the kids. He also had the honor of being on the worship team. I am so thankful that Jon was able to take time to serve the children of our church in this way!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nehemiah Session 1 Reflections

Last week I told you that I started a new Bible study called, "Nehamiah: A Heart That Can Break". I have only worked through the first week of this study and I am already overwhelmed with how blessed I have been!! I am processing so much right now that I could not wait to sit down and write this blog post!

One way that helps me to process what God is teaching me is to write blog posts just like this one. I have a feeling that I might be writing blog posts, like this over the next several weeks as I am working through this Bible study material. I borrowed this idea from my dear friend, Michelle, who is blogging as she reads through the entire Bible over the next 90 days. I enjoy her posts so much that I have decided to mirror her formatting.



Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break: Session 1 - What Makes You Weep?

Key words for me: "a heart that can break" Traditionally, Nehemiah is used as an example to show others how to be a good leader. It's not wrong that Nehemiah is portrayed this way. However, Kelly Minter offers a unique alternative to the traditional view. Kelly points out Nehemiah's response to the news about Jerusalem in Nehemiah 1:3-4 stating that he wept, mourned, prayed, and fasted. I wish my heart was tender enough to break like that for the people around me.

Insight: Kelly is challenging her readers to go before God and ask Him what type of outreach ministry He has put on our hearts. Over this last week, this is all I've been thinking about and praying that God would show me what He has put on my heart. Sure I have a lot of good ideas about what type of ministry I could be involved in, but for the first time I am trying to go before the Lord and ask Him who I should be reaching out to. I know that God alone will be able to break me out of my comfortable American bubble! 

Personal reflection: I'm so thankful that God has always put it on my heart for me to pray for brokenness. However, this week I have realized that I also need to be praying that God would show me my sin for what it truly is. I will never be able to experience God's love and grace to the fullest unless I first understand my own sinfulness. Throughout the reminder of this Bible study I will be praying for this for myself. I'm excited to see how God answers this prayer! I am also excited to see how God changes my heart to help me notice and have compassion for others around me.


One more thing!! I just found out that this summer for Beth Moore's Siesta Summer Bible Study 2012, she is going through this same Bible study that I am going through! To check more out about that, click here.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pregnancy Highlights: 30 weeks



Pregnancy Highlights  

How Far Along: 30 weeks 3 days 

Size of Baby Newsham: Our baby is as big as a head of lettuce or 18 in, 3.2 lbs.

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Maternity Clothes: Yes. Although my belly is starting to get so big that my maternity clothes are getting tighter and tighter!

Gender: Girl 

Name: Olivia Jane 

Getting Ready:  The date for all three of my Baby Showers are set! I feel so blessed to have so many people who want to shower us with gifts before Olivia's arrival. I cannot wait to spend time with friends and coworkers and celebrate Olivia!! 

Movement:  Olivia moves all the time. Olivia will move a lot when she hears Jon's voice. She also moves when I listen to music, sing in the church choir, or talk with friends and coworkers throughout the day. 

Sleep:  I have not slept very well the last few days, because of the vivid dreams I've been experiencing. I think that part of my problem is that I am trying to finish reading, "Catching Fire" before I go to bed. This has not made my sleep very restful, so I think I need to find a new book.




What I Miss:  This week there wasn't anything I could think of to write down for this. 

Best Moment of the Week:  The best moment of the week was last night at our Ladies Night Out. Each month we try to set aside time for the women in our Sunday school class to share a meal, conversation, God's word, and prayer. Last night, was an extremely refreshing time as I got to be just one of the girls and enjoy a night out with friends. I am so thankful for the women that God has put in my Sunday school class and how He has used them to minister to me!


Sunday school Ladies Night Out


Food Cravings: I have not had any weird food cravings this week. I have noticed that I am starting to get more hungry, more often. I only have ten more weeks to go and Olivia has a lot of growing to do! 

Symptoms:  My symptoms are the same as always. However, I have noticed that my legs have not cramped as much this week as they have in the past! 

Due Date: August 28, 2012 

Next Dr. Appointment: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 2:45pm

Daddy: This past week Jon celebrated his first Father's Day!! Jon might only be a father-to-be right now, however I think that totally qualifies him to celebrate Father's Day!

On Father's Day, we enjoyed orange cinnamon rolls for breakfast. After church we had lunch at McAlister's Deli. We came home and relaxed watching movies and basketball throughout the day. For dinner I made a Stouffer's lasagna, which that was delicious!!

Jon with his Father's Day breakfast!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

To Babymoon Or Not To Babymoon

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God's been teaching me a lot about being more open about my needs and asking people to pray for me. It's not easy for me, but I am working on it. Today, God's put it on my heart to share with you about our Babymoon.

Up until last week, Jon and I were not planning to go on any kind of Babymoon. One of the biggest reasons for this is a lack of finances. There are a lot of things that we need to pay for and money is very tight right now. We did not want to dip into our savings to pay for a trip like this, because that money is set aside for other things. However, God has reminded me that it is important to take time away from my busy life and invest some much needed time into my marriage.

In the next few weeks a lot of different changes are taking place. First, Jon's brother Josh is coming to live with us starting the first week or two in July. Josh moving back to the States to begin college and is going to live with us, work, and start taking classes at a local community college. And of course, the biggest change of all will be the birth of our daughter Olivia. Her due date is set for August 28th and she will be here before we know it!

All of that being said, I feel very strongly that Jon and I need a time of rest and retreat to reconnect before all of these changes take place. So, that's why I've been trying to plan a babymoon for us. Right now, it looks like taking a few days before and after the 4th of July is our best bet! I've been able to find some good deals online for our hotel too!

Please keep us in your prayers! Pray that God would continue to provide everything we need as we prepare for Josh's arrival and Olivia's birth. Pray that we would honor the Lord in everything we do and that this trip would be a blessing to both Jon and me. Pray that Satan would be far from us and not cause any kind of division in our home.

Thank you so much for your prayers! I will be blogging about our babymoon soon!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break

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On a regular basis I pray and ask God to break my heart and keep it from growing cold. For years, I have put up walls to protect myself, which causes me to be cold and distant with those around me. However, these walls have done nothing, but lock me inside. God is breaking down my walls little by little, but I believe that part of this process also has to do with God breaking my heart as well.

There is a Bible study at church that is being offered on Wednesday nights throughout the summer. It's called, "Nehemiah" by, Kelly Minter. I would like to share part of the description I read about this Bible study that is very powerful and as soon as I read it there was a burning in my heart to participate in this Bible study!! 

"Discover what God has put in your heart to do through the study of His Word, and let God break your heart for the lost and hurting, because a breaking heart is often what God uses to restore the broken."

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For almost a year, I've been singing in our church's choir. It is such a joy to be apart of the church choir! I do not have the best voice, but I enjoying singing praises to the Lord! God uses the songs we sing to minister to my heart and encourage me throughout the week. I've decided to take a break from choir for the next seven weeks, so that I can attend this woman's Bible study. I am going to miss choir so much!

I believe that God wants me to be in fellowship with other Christian women over these next few weeks before Olivia is born. I also believe that God wants to teach me an important lesson over these next 7 weeks.

I am so excited to see how God is going to use this Bible study in my life to bring me into a closer relationship with Him!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy (late) Father’s Day

I try not to use the same blog post for both of my blogs. However, this morning, I could not help it! Today I want to honor the fathers in my life, in a way that I did not get to do yesterday on Father’s Day.

{My Father-In-Law}
Jon and his Dad
I am so thankful to be blessed with an incredible father-in-law. When Jon and I were first married, Jon's Dad made it a point to tell me that he had been praying for me my entire life. He had always prayed for Jon's future spouse and it turns out that the woman he was praying for all these years was me! I know that God heard His prayers throughout the years, even before I knew Jesus as my Savior!! I love you Dave!! 


{My Daddy}
Me and my Daddy
I am so thankful for the Daddy that God gave me. He has always worked as hard as he could to provide for our family. It meant long hours on the road, but he was willing to do it for his family. Dad was a great example to me of what it means to be a hard worker. Dad also wanted life to be fun and enjoyable. He would try to make me laugh whenever he thought I was getting too serious. As a teenager, I hated it, but looking back I am thankful that he tried to lighten the mood and get me back to reality. I love you Daddy!!


{My Husband}
Jon and I with our first picture of Olivia Jane
This year, Jon is a Father-to-be!! In just about 10 weeks, Olivia will arrive and give him the official title of Daddy!! I am so thankful that Jon is going to be Olivia's Daddy. Jon is such a Godly man that loves the Lord and honestly, I would not want anyone else to be the father of my children. Jon's involved and interested in what happens with Olivia and I each day. I'm so glad that he wants to know how we are doing and is willing to jump in and help whenever he can. Olivia and I are so blessed to have Jon in our lives. I love you honey!!


Have you taken time to tell the Fathers in your life how much they mean to you? If not, make sure you do that today!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pregnancy Highlights: 29 weeks


Pregnancy Highlights 

How Far Along: 28 weeks 3 days 

Size of Baby Newsham: Our baby is as big as a butternut squash or 17 in, 3.1 lbs. 

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Maternity Clothes: Yes. 

Gender: Girl 

Name: Olivia Jane 

Getting Ready: God provided even more clothes for Olivia is past week!! Two friends from church brought me clothes to go through for Olivia!! This is such a blessing. I've been trying to go through the bags of clothes to see what we are going to need for Olivia. We also received a bouncing chair, diapers, and more!

Please continue to pray that God would provide the big things we need for Olivia, like a stroller, car seat, and high chair. 

Movement: Olivia is a very active little girl. She does not kick me a whole lot, but she is always on the move. I just love to feel her move! 

Sleep: I have been sleeping well, as long as I have some extra pillows to cuddle with. Some days I am more tired then others, but the extreme third trimester fatigue has not hit me yet. 

What I Miss: There is not anything I miss this week. I'm so excited about all we have to look forward to over the next 11 weeks, other than Olivia's birth. I cannot wait for our baby showers. I am also excited for Jon's family to arrive in Texas, some time in August to be with us for Olivia's birth!! 

Best Moment of the Week: I'm not going to lie. Emotionally, this has been one of the hardest weeks of my pregnancy. It had nothing to do with my pregnancy, but other circumstances in our family. It's hard to look at the "best" moment when hard circumstances cloud my vision. However, the best moment came when God reminded me that He is the ultimate healer. He shared a verse with me that I have been clinging to all week long.

"But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord" - Jeremiah 30:17a 

Food Cravings: I am still craving watermelon like crazy. Last night, Jon even stopped what he was doing to cut up the watermelon for me!! I am so thankful that Jon is there to take such good care of Olivia and me!!

  
Symptoms: I have still been having leg cramps, especially on the days I go walking. I finally remembered to tell the doctor this on Wednesday and he recommended that I take a magnesium supplement. He say that I was getting enough potassium and calcium, but I was probably lacking in magnesium which would explain my leg cramps. I really hope that this helps my cramps! 

Due Date: August 28, 2012

Next Dr. Appointment: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 2:45pm 

Daddy: Jon continues to amaze me with his willingness to help me around the house. This week he has made dinner, done laundry, mopped, and cut up my watermelon. I am so thankful to have his love and support during this time!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Honest Prayer Requests


This past Sunday was the second week that our interim pastor, Vic Taylor, shared about “Finding Your Story”. Vic has been talking about how important it is for us to share our testimonies with others both inside and outside of the church. So far, I have loved this sermon series and I am so excited to see what else God teaches me in the coming weeks!!

"Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison." - Acts 12:17a

I want to be ready to share my story with Olivia after she arrives in just about 12 weeks. I want her to know how God has worked in my life and in Jon’s life! I want her to know what God has done in our lives! I want her to know how God has provided for her even before she was born! My prayer is that I will have this same passion toward others as I have toward my daughter. There are so many lost people who need to hear the good news.

Sharing our stories is important…there is no doubt about it. However, I believe that sharing our needs/prayer requests is just as important.

Many people that I know do not want to share prayer requests at church or in Sunday school. They feel that others will judge them for the requests that they share or begin to gossip about them. Satan has used this to cause division in the church, because we keep our brothers and sister in Christ at arm’s length.

I hate to say it, but if I was completely honest with you, I would have to confess that I’ve bought into Satan’s lie. Since April, Jon and I have been in a place of trial and tribulation. The details are complicated which is why we haven’t talked about it very much. I believe that Satan has used our silence against us. It’s caused me to stop sharing prayer requests with those around us.

It’s not just one trial we are facing either! The biggest blow may have come in April, but since then we have had many other trials to work through as well. For weeks, I’ve felt like I could not share these things with others, because I have been working so hard to put on my happy church face.

No one wants to see messy, struggling people at church.

Yesterday, it all became too much when additional trial was added to our plate. I could not take it anymore. As a result, this morning when I sent out our weekly Sunday school prayer request email, I finally opened up and got honest with the people in our Sunday school class.

One of the requests that I put in the email was that Jon and I have been having car problems. Just about one hour after I sent out that email, I received a text from my friend Julie. She wanted to let me know that her Dad could take care of us and help with our car. I passed Julie’s text onto Jon to see whether or not her Dad could really help.

Thankfully, Julie’s Dad was able to help us! He helped us fix the car and told Jon to let him know if anything else comes up!

What an answer to prayer!!

I sent Julie a text to thank her for helping us. I explained that this was such an answer to prayer. Julie’s response was simply this, “God does answer prayers sometimes it’s just a matter of sharing your problems.”

Wow! Today, that’s what I needed to hear! I am so thankful that God used my friend to remind me of this important truth.

It’s not easy to share your problems. However, there are people out there who are waiting to minister to me that may never get the chance if I don’t open my mouth and share what’s wrong!

I hope and pray that God will help me to continue to be honest with those around me.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Pregnancy Highlights: 28 weeks


Pregnancy Highlights  
How Far Along: 28 weeks 3 days 

Size of Baby Newsham: Our baby is as big as a small cabbage or 17 in, 2.9 lbs. 

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Maternity Clothes: Yes! 

Gender: Girl 

Name: Olivia Jane 

Getting Ready: Jon and I have been very busy getting ready for Olivia this week.

My new desk!!

Last Sunday, after church, the first thing that we did to get ready for Olivia was to rearrange our apartment. Jon's brother Josh will be coming to live with us soon, so we needed to get his room (our second bedroom) set up. We moved my old desk and a bookshelf into our second bedroom for Josh. Jon and I organized our books and more. I will write a separate blog post to show you that transformation. Jon and I also took time to build the desk we bought from Walmart. It is going to be a great space for me!

The next thing I did this week to get ready for Olivia was to ask around for recommendations of good pediatricians in the area. I set up a parent meeting with one possible pediatrician that will take place at the end of this month. Please pray for us to have wisdom as we continue to make decisions like this over the next 12 weeks. 

Movement: Olivia is still a very active baby! I do not know if she will be able to remain this active as she gets bigger. However, for right now she is having fun being able to move around. 

Sleep: My sleep is good. Some nights I am more tired than others and on average I am in bed by 9:00 or 9:30pm. I am trying to listen to my body as much as I can and sleep when I need too. 

What I Miss: Alright, this week there is something I miss! I miss being able to run. I have been walking throughout my entire pregnancy, but it's not the same. I cannot wait until Olivia is born and I am cleared to begin running again! 

Best Moment of the Week: The best moment this week was yesterday when I received my first baby shower invitation!! The ladies I work with at Weight Watchers are having a small baby shower for Jon and me on June 30th. The invitation that my friend Amanda found for the shower is just perfect!! I really love it!!

Our first baby shower invitation!!
 

Food Cravings: This week I have been craving watermelon!! We bought our first watermelon of the year and it has been so good!! I take some to work with me and eat it when I get home too. I really enjoy the refreshing taste of watermelon. This might have been my first watermelon of the year, but it will not be my last. 


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Symptoms: Just the same old, same old. 

Due Date: August 28, 2012

Next Dr. Appointment: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 4:00pm 

Daddy: Jon has been amazing this last week! He was willing to help me rearrange the apartment even though we did not feel like it! I could not have done any of that without him. I am so thankful for him!!

Prayer Requests: Please pray that God will provide the money we need to fix our cars. Pray that they will hold together as long as possible. It's hard when both of your cars decide to break at the same time. Pray that we will not worry about this, but trust the Lord to provide for us!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Catching the Little Foxes

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This morning, this devotional from Proverbs 31 ministries really spoke to my heart and I wanted to share it with you.

No matter who you are marriage is hard.

It's especially hard for me, because my husband is a pilot. Jon does not have a regular 8-5 job where he is home every night. Often Jon's job forces him to be gone early in the morning and home late at night. Sometimes Jon has overnight trips too that take him away from home. There are some weeks were I hardly see Jon at all. I'm not complaining these are just the facts.

When Jon travels I get used to living by myself. I have a place for everything and that's how I like it. However, when Jon comes home his things are all over my house. It can be very difficult to adjust to Jon being home again, after I haven't seen him for several days. I often get frustrated and let the little things become big issues, which end up causing division between the two of us.

What I need to do instead is learn to catch the little foxes.

I am always excited when Jon's home. However, do I really communicate that to him as I walk around frustrated because his clothes are all over our home? The truth is that I should be thankful that Jon has come home to me. I should be thankful, because God answered my prayers and kept Jon safe while he was out flying.

I am not perfect. I do not know how good I will be at catching foxes, but I want to try. I tired of giving Satan ground in my marriage that causes division.

Instead, I want to choose to honor the Lord with my attitude and actions. I want to choose thankfulness. And, I want to be able to encourage my husband in his job.

Is this going to be easy? No.

Thankfully, I don't have to rely on my own strength and can call on the Holy Spirit to help me!!

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Catching the Little Foxes
June 4, 2012
By Melanie Chitwood

"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32 (NAS) 

My friend Holly has a hard time parking in the garage. It sits at a tricky angle and she has run into the garage wall quite a few times. In fact, her van has plenty of scrapes and dents to prove it.

Her husband Dan could choose many ways to respond—he could be angry every time or he could berate her, but that's not his reaction. He has repeatedly chosen to forgive Holly. Their situation is a great example of one of the "little foxes" mentioned in Song of Solomon 2:15: "Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!" (NLT).

Theirs is a situation that could have become divisive but because of Dan's gracious response this "little fox" did not ruin their "vineyard of love."

Do any "little foxes" come to mind when you think about your own marriage?

Maybe your spouse was abrupt when speaking to you, didn't give you the attention you wanted, wasn't responsive to intimacy, forgot your anniversary, or got home late without calling recently. Everyday married life presents countless occasions to choose to be offended or to choose to forgive as today's key verses instructs us.

Without forgiveness we'll find ourselves becoming irritated, hard-hearted, bitter, and disconnected from our spouse. A friend taught me one way to make sure this doesn't happen: The moment I feel offended I can choose to forgive. If my spouse says something that makes me mad or hurt, I need to begin praying at that very moment to forgive. Doing this allows God to begin softening our hearts immediately.

In addition to dealing with the little foxes of small offenses, we will sometimes need to forgive our spouses for big offenses. We might be betrayed by unfaithfulness, our trust might be rattled by secrets our spouses keep, or our feelings might be stomped on by spouses who do the same hurtful things over and over again.

If one quality makes a Christian marriage stand out from the rest, it's our choice to forgive our spouse. We might feel as if we're ignoring the offense or giving our stamp of approval by choosing to forgive. Our pride and fear might rise up: What if the offense happens again and again? Will I be taken for a fool? What will others think?

Choosing to forgive is an act of obedience to God's commands. Forgiveness entails choosing, often over and over again, not to dwell on the offense because that would allow a root of bitterness to grow in our hearts. But let's be clear: If you're dealing with a sin issue in marriage, choose to forgive but still spend the needed time talking about the situation, praying separately and together, and seeking godly counsel.

Forgiveness is one of the most essential attitudes for bringing unity and oneness to marriage, and it flows from our relationship with Christ.

Dear Lord, Cover our marriage with a spirit of forgiveness. I confess that sometimes I want to hold a grudge, to retaliate, or to be right, rather than forgive. Lord, I don't want the enemy to get a foothold in our marriage, so through the power of the Holy Spirit, I slam the door on Satan by choosing to forgive my spouse. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pregnancy Highlights: 27 weeks


Pregnancy Highlights  

How Far Along: 27 weeks 3 days 

Size of Baby Newsham: Our baby is as big as a head of cauliflower or 16 in, 2.5 lbs.

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Maternity Clothes: Yes, I am in maternity clothes. Currently, my favorite and most comfortable outfit is a t-shirt with my yoga capri pants. 

Gender: Girl 

Name: Olivia Jane 

Getting Ready: I've been praying about my delivery a lot and that Olivia would move into just the right position. I've also felt some anxiety about all the changes that are going to take place in the next few months. Again, I've been praying about these things and asking God to give me His peace instead. Please keep us in your prayers.

Movement: Olivia moves all the time! She knows Jon's voice. As soon as Jon get home from work and we start talking, Olivia starts moving. Olivia also moves a lot when she can hear me talking with other people. She loves to be a part of the conversation. 

Sleep: Other than frequent trips to the bathroom, I've been sleep really well! I've added an extra pillow to my bed for me to snuggle with, which has helped me be more comfortable at night time. 

What I Miss: Nothing. 

Best Moment of the Week: The best moment this week was last Saturday, when we celebrated Jon's birthday! We had friends over to our house for Chinese food. There were adults and kids running all over the house, but it was such a blessing! I am so glad that God has placed people in our lives that are like family to us. It's always a joy to be with them! 

Food Cravings: This past week I've been craving food that reminds me of my friends and family in the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, I was craving Tillamook Ice Cream from Fred Meyer or Winco Foods. If we got this kind of ice cream, I would have to get one for myself and another for Jon. Maybe it's a good thing that I CANNOT get this ice cream! 


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Symptoms: All of my symptoms have stayed the same since last week. My leg cramps have subsided for the time being. I've been stretching my legs before and after I go walking, which has helped!

Due Date: August 28, 2012

Next Dr. Appointment: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 4:00pm 

Daddy: Jon is doing good! We bought the book, "The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth" and Jon beginning to read through it. This will help him to know how to support me during labor and delivery. I am so thankful to him that he is willing to be there for me in this way. I know that I will not be able to do this without him!!

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