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2015-04-03  (24 weeks)
Prayers Going Up for You, My Sweet Child!

Hello, my little prince or princess!!

I'll admit, it's been entirely too long since I have last written you, but that's not because I'm not thinking of you every second of every day!! You see, we are STILL in the middle of moving into the 'big white farm house' as your cousin, Colin, calls it. Most of our possessions have been moved, but our computer is still at the precious home (first home with so many memories). Therefore, it is very hard for me to sit down and blog about all of the feelings both physically and emotionally I have been experiencing! You are a BLESSING, my precious child and, if I could, I would write to you every single day!

A lot has happened since my last journal entry! First of all, are you going to be a wild child because you are doing some crazy somersaults in the womb! I feel you constantly! I can even already SEE you moving around; your daddy says you look like a little alien inhabiting my body. I guess you sort of are (not an alien. of course), but you're definitely using Mommy's body as your temporary residence for now! You just reside away and make yourself comfortable for the next three months!

Another development, not quite as pleasant, is we found out at our last appointment that you have something called ureteropelvic junction. Basically there is a severe obstruction that could potentially cause your left kidney to fail. :( Mommy and Daddy both were both heartbroken to hear this news, but we know God is in control and, in the grand scheme of things, if you are going to have issues with a particular organ, we'll take the kidney. People can function perfectly fine with one kidney throughout their entire lives. Also, our bodies have amazing abilities to adapt or over-compensate for a loss. In other words, if your left kidney does go kapoot, your right kidney will become the king of all kidneys and take over the responsibilities of your left kidney! Now, this development may just mean Mommy might be a tad-bit of a "drive-you-crazy-helicopter mom" and will do my best to keep that right kidney safe from harm so that it is able to be the mac-daddy kidney that it will need to be! BUT...with all of this said, nothing is set in stone. We will be monitoring that left kidney very closely while you are growing in Mommy's belly and, if it is still functioning when you reach the 37 week mark, sweet Doctor Towers may decide to go ahead and deliver you into this world so that a wonderful surgeon can salvage that precious bean so that you can have BOTH kidneys! Obviously, that is what we are hoping and praying for!

Other than this news, everything is going fine! I feel you constantly and have been having Braxton Hicks off and on for a few weeks now. Settle down, in there, kiddo!  Mommy is feeling much better. I still get tired easily,but that's probably due to the woes of moving and having to chase around a certain energetic two-year-old all the time (I won't mention names). ;)

We love you so much, precious one! We can't wait to meet you, and we'll be going back to the doctor very soon to check on you and that little bean!

On another note, Madison is becoming very intrigued with this "baby growing in Momma's belly." My belly is getting pretty big! In fact, it's bigger now at 24 weeks than it was for Madison! Are you going to be a little chunk like your sister?!? :) More for me to squeeze and love on!! You take care, little munchkin, and we'll be holding you in our arms before you know it! LOVE YOU!!!!!

2015-02-10  (16 weeks)
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever you are!

Hey there, Pumpkin!!! Soooo, you gave me quite a little scare last week when I went in for my 16 week appointment. Daddy was home so he stayed with your sister so off I went to the doc alone. When your Aunt Stephanie called me back to do a Doppler scan, she just could not find your precious little heartbeat! She must have tried for an agonizing five minutes before we decided to give up on the Doppler and retreat to another room to use another piece of equipment where, alas, that magical, fast-paced sound of a drum was finally heard! I've said it before, and I'll say it again....BEST sound in the whole world!! Everything else about the appointment went smoothly. We got to see you finally move a little bit and kick a leg out. Also, at this point, I am almost confident that I have felt very subtle movements from you which is several weeks earlier than I did with your sis! You must have a strong, little leg!! The first night I thought I felt you was on Wednesday, Feb. 4th, 2015 (I would have been exactly 16 weeks), and I have felt little flutters in the same spot (lower right hand portion of my stomach) since then. Your daddy seems to think it's too early to feel you, but I disagree. It's a feeling like no other, and your big sis has trained me to know a flutter when I feel one!! This is the part of pregnancy that is so exciting!! The first, exhausting, feel-like-poop stage is over! I feel GREAT now! I have energy, I can stay awake past 8:00 at night, I'm not having to pee constantly, I'm only slightly showing so you're still Mommy's little secret, and I generally don't have any discomforts at all! This is my glory period!! This is also the time period where things become very REAL....not that they're not real before, but I'm almost at the half-way point, and time only goes by more quickly from here-on-out. You will be entering this world before we know it which is crazy because we have had sooooooo much going on with moving into your new home that it's been hard to focus on getting things ready specifically for you! I think I've talked your Daddy into waiting until the end to reveal a gender so we can't do gender-specific tasks such as painting a nursery. But don't worry, everything will eventually fall into place, and we'll have a little nest ready for you before you make your wonderful, big arrival! Also, the main thing I learned from having Madison is that babies need so very little. You will have a loving Mommy and Daddy. That's the most important aspect of your grand debut. The rest will come in stride! We love you so much, little Prince or Princess, and we CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOU. Keep thriving, growing, and being vibrant, and we'll be seeing you on the screen in just a few more weeks!!

Details from today's appointment:

Date: 2/5/15

Week: 16 and 1 day

Mommy's Weight-105.8

FHR: Not determined but was heard!

CRL: Not determined

Baby is the Size of: An Avocado (about 4.5 inches long and 3.5 ounces) It's crazy to think just how much you'll grow in the second half of this experience!)


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