Celebrating Week 18! (I went to the mountains!!!)

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Hey there, Little One,

Yay for a special trip to a special place in the mountains near Brevard, NC – The Wilds. I wasn’t sure a few weeks ago if I would have been able to make it up there, but I’m so glad I didn’t let fear of the unknown get in my way. It was so much fun and so encouraging – in fact, except for a few lovely conversations here and there about you, I was able to really let loose for a little while and just enjoy the peace I’d been given. What a gorgeous weekend it was too!

I love that I don’t have to go too far to find peaceful places to dwell on God’s gentleness.

Your sisters “met” you for the first time this week – that was so special for all of us! We can’t wait to go hang out with you again tomorrow! This time, we’re taking Nana with us. She’s going to love it!

It’s nice feeling your little punches here and there now. It just makes me smile every single time. And makes me super excited about the next ultrasound. Because I know you’re still here with us, still happy and pain free and still blessing many of those around you.

Take care, Little One. We love you so much more now than we did 7 short days ago! And we always will.

XOXOX,

Mom

So….yeah, this is my doctor. Voted “The Best in America” for the last 6 years. I didn’t look for him; I didn’t try to find him; I didn’t even remember his name until our 3rd visit (<—- NOT his fault!). He was chosen for me. By a special Someone who has been watching out for us from the beginning.

How far along? 18 weeks, 4 days. (although baby is measuring now at only 15 weeks – it grew a little “extra” this week. 🙂
Total weight gain/loss: + 6 lbs, -1 from last week. Probably not really a loss – just finally burning off the calories from those extra doughnuts I wanted so badly last week. hahaha! 🙂
Maternity clothes? I bought some maternity jeans! I’ve worn them 3 days in a row. I like. Lots. 🙂 Regular shirts are still good, though.
Sleep: Still good, except for the nights before the last ultrasound. I spent that night in a pendulum swing between fear and anxiety and quoting Scripture in my dark mind.
Best moment this week: The girls seeing the baby for the first time during a live ultrasound. They were completely hooked! (More on that tomorrow!) AND I felt the baby kickin’ around a bit. This just adds a measure of peace to my already overflowing (most of the time) cup of it.
Movement: YES YES YES! It’s just definitely way different than the girls before  – no somersaults or anything – just a few small punches here and there.
Food cravings: cold watermelon and donuts. Yay for free Krispy Kremes this week. (And for my mom coming up to help me eat them!)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Only if I stay up late at night. Even my sweet Margaret Mountain Driver couldn’t make me sick this weekend! (Thanks again, Margaret for that!)
Have you started to show yet: Yep.

Gender Predictions: still guessing a boy…

Labor Signs: No.
Belly Button in or out? IN
Wedding rings on or off? ON – Switching hands constantly, though.
Happy or Moody most of the time: A good week. A really good week. 🙂
Weekly Wisdom: Even in the midst of something so dark, it’s ok to have a little fun. And not feel guilty about it. Because our God is good.
Milestones: Baby is around as big as an apple. Good. I’m about to make a ton of applesauce to celebrate.

Exercise: I didn’t really do it this week either. But I need to. Big time. I’m hoping to find a great deal on a treadmill on craigslist – then I don’t have to be limited by weather and when my hard working husband is home with the girls.

These college kiddos of ours really make us smile. All the time. (And yeah, these two girls really took the entire bacon pizza – since there was only one – all for themselves.) 🙂

A few of the kids from our group of 30 or so that came out for dinner.

I even felt up for creating something special for our college kids this week. (Recipe coming later this week!) Caramel Apple Cupcakes.

And my food lover – and worst critic ever (because she eats anything and calls it good) – enjoys the cupcakes. 🙂

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About Kim

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!

7 responses »

  1. Love the times to catch up with your family through Facebook. Happy to hear how your girls got to meet your little one.

    Can’t wait for the cupcake recipe!

  2. Thanks for another update–I’ve been enjoying every one=)

    I had a brother with trisomy 18 when I was eight. We got to spend a week with him before God took him home. As a kid, it was just a fun week with a new baby around. Now, as a parent with my own daughter, and looking back on that time thinking what my parents must have been going through, I have been praying for you in a very different way. It’s an encouragement to me to see how God has been encouraging you=)

  3. Thank you so much for the update. I am so happy you were able to make it up to the Wilds this weekend. It was so good to see you and your little miracle. Keep hanging in there “Big guy” prayers and love coming your way. It truly makes my heart sing when I read your blogs. What an encouragment you are in your time of need, and what a great and awesome God we have. May He richly bless you, your family and the little Rackley you hold so close to your heart.

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