(Choosing) Celebrating Week 19!

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Your Great Nanny – she came all the way from Florida for her 75th birthday – and she gets to meet you today! Smile pretty.

Hey there, Little One,

Tough Week. Really tough week. But we have to keep celebrating. You are still one week growing and a week’s worth of love has come your way from some very special people. You have no reason but to be happy right now.

I’m loving every one of these special weekly visits with you. This week I learned that while you can’t move most of your fingers – which we were expecting – your second finger on your left hand does move very well. And you love playing with it. This makes me feel better. I was honestly concerned that you wouldn’t have a finger to suck on – and your sisters got so much comfort from theirs. I’m so glad you’re able to pull that one tiny one out to play around with. And your left leg! My goodness – you like stretching that one out. The other one seems pretty set on where it likes to stay – but that left one.

And I think you look like my brother.

Hmmm…. not sure what I think about that. :)

Modesty. You have something your sisters did not. So, we don’t know if we’re looking at a boy or a girl yet. But that’s ok. When I get to see you every 6 days or so, I don’t mind waiting til next time to find out.

We have so many decisions to make in the upcoming months – it’s completely overwhelming. And they’re all about you. The one thing I have to say here, though, is just a repeat of the song I’ve been singing to you for several days now – I hope – so badly – that one day I’ll have just the 3 minutes or so I’ll need to sing this to you while I can look at your pretty eyeballs…

Until next time, I love you and I always will.

XOXO (from all your Casey/Rackley family this week!),
Mom

How far along? 19 weeks, 4 days.
Total weight gain/loss: + 9 lbs
Maternity clothes? Still lovin’ those jeans (prob’ly should wash ‘em….good thing my mom is here.)
Sleep: Still good, except for the night after my last dr.’s visit. It was pretty rough. It was just a rough week all around.
Best moment this week: Introducing baby to my mom. She was in love rather instantly. :) And celebrating life and family with your grandparents, your great grandmother, your uncle and aunt and, of course, your biggest little fans, Chloe and Kami.

Nana was SO happy to meet you this week!

Movement: Yes! Especially during sermons.
Food cravings: cold watermelon and donuts. I chose not to go for those free Krispy Kremes last week. Good thing too. My weight was doing just fine without it. :)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Uhhh…some chicken I cooked in the crock pot. Those smells still don’t sit well with me.
Have you started to show yet: Yep.

Gender Predictions: still guessing a boy…maybe we’ll know this week?

Your sister and I had a fun little date watching Peter and the Wolf – puppet style!

Labor Signs: No.
Belly Button in or out? IN
Wedding rings on or off? On – all about the cooler weather. They’re still on my “big” hand too.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Rough week. Lots of tears. But a few good moments to hold on to, too.

Sometimes a day in the mountains (and cold, cold, cold water!) can lift a mama’s sad spirits. Or maybe it was the splashing from your sisters….
Either way, it was just what we needed.

Weekly Wisdom: Moms are awesome. For all sorts of things. But especially for helping you stay calm in stressful situations – like when you can’t find matching socks anywhere for your kids – because they haven’t worn ANY in the last 5 months. (“Let’s just throw them all away and start over fresh tomorrow, ok?”) and when you just need someone to do your laundry (“It’s all done now – how about I help you organize some of these closets.”).

Milestones: Baby is around as big as an avocado. And you’re supposed to double in size in the next couple of weeks. Here comes the belly.

Exercise: I did the first part of a 1 mile hike with my girls on Saturday….until we had to turn back for a bathroom break. :)

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About Kimberly Rackley

I am a sinner, miraculously saved by grace, living by faith, and pressing toward the mark of being more like Christ. I absolutely love being a stay-at-home mom! I'm also a caterer for a few weddings throughout the year, a baker, and a party planner. And I love to play in other people's kitchens as well as my own! My husband, Chris, just finished his studies for his MA degree in Pastoral Studies. He's a wonderful (and super smart!) daddy - and the most loving and supportive husband. My two beautiful daughters, Chloe and Kami, are the joys of our lives! We pray that they both would be greatly used of the Lord. Throughout their short time here on earth, we have learned so much about ourselves, our God, and the gratefulness we have towards our own parents, who raised us in the ways of God's Word. Our third unborn child is a blessing as well - even after its recent pre-diagnosis of Trisomy 18, or Edwards Syndrome. This blog has kinda turned into a little journal of sorts of our dark journey down this rather uncommon road. I stay busy cooking, cleaning, gardening, and raising the plants I killed back to life, and homeschooling. I blog when get the chance. :) We are always happy to have visitors, so please stop by anytime! Although, if you do give us a call first, we'll make sure to have some fresh cookies and sweet tea available when you arrive!

2 responses »

    • True love does hurt at times like this. Oh for the perfectness we’ll have on earth one day!!

      Thanks for your prayers and phone calls and texts, my friend. ;)

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