How far along? 29 weeks, 5 days. (sorry, I forgot my sign!)
Total weight gain/loss: + 27 lbs. (yep, you read that right…big jump this week – swelling issues, some higher than good amniotic fluid levels are to blame.)
Maternity clothes? My sweet husband snuck a few gifts under the tree this week – I got a new dress. 🙂 I love love love it.
Sleep: Pretty good still.
Best moment this week: Seeing Kyle’s new little hairs on his head.
Movement: Yeah – all over the place – couldn’t even get a heartrate reading this week…he was a somersaulting guru.
Food cravings: Not really. But those peppermint milkshakes at Chik fil a? Dangerous. Oh and these looked really good to me. Not sure why.
Predictions: He’s definitely still a he.
Labor Signs: Not really – the contractions calmed down a bit, which was nice.
Belly Button in or out? IN
Wedding rings on or off? Still on…but getting tight (swelling, thus the weight gain…)
Happy or Moody most of the time: Rough week – roughest emotionally yet.
Weekly Wisdom: When you’re too scared to look at what you know lies ahead, you have to look above. You just have to. And keep trusting God to not let you trip and fall. Then, you can still find peace.
Milestones: Kyle is 1 pound, 5 ounces.
Exercise: Nope. In fact, I’m on a semi modified bed rest now.
Weekly Prayer Request: We have quite a few more meetings this week with more doctors and nursing staffs and pastors – and I’m exhausted. And I still have pumpkins on my piano. I should get those off.
Hey there, Kyle man!
It was so wonderful to see you this week. You are getting hair – tiny little spots on the ultrasound around the base of your neck and the front of your forehead….it’ll be black for sure like your sisters. And you smiled at us. I’ve watched you smiling at me so many times this week. And your eyes – they’re going to open any day now – I can’t wait to see those little eyeballs! Today you were just kinda all over the place again. Like, it was circus time or something. You opened your right hand all the way today. And another 2 ounces? That’s awesome!
It’s Christmas time around here – your first one. The tree is gorgeous – your sisters did a fantastic job decorating it. From their eye level down. Your dad and I spread things out a bit once they went to bed every night. We want to give you a Christmas gift. It will be really special – but of course, you’ll have to wait til Christmas to get it.
We started advent this week – the girls love it. They love their ornaments to hang on our Jesse tree. And they love the candle we light every night. We might even find the time to make an advent spiral this week! And they love the stories of why we needed Christ to come in the first place. But they really love the M&M’s tucked into each box.
The girls and I visited a site for your grave this week. That was strangely peaceful. A dear mom, who lost her sweet baby boy several long months ago wants you to be placed beside him. She said, “I just want him to have a friend.” I guess I do too. His brothers and sisters visit him often. And bring him gifts. He has a Pluto, and a Hot wheels car, and soon even, a little Christmas tree. I can only imagine your sisters will bring you similar gifts. Although most of them will probably be pink. And covered in lace. Sorry ’bout that.
You’d probably laugh at all the planning and preparation that’s being made for your little life. (And, praise God, it’s still a little life.) It is exhausting and overwhelming at times – like I’m planning for a massive wedding or something. But, that’s what you get when you got me as your mom. Your sisters get crazy planned birthday parties every year. And I’ve already had Kami’s planned since last June. (It’s still 4 1/2 months away.) I think it’s how I’m coping though. When you potentially could only have a few moments or a few hours with you, or even a few days – I want them to be the best they could be. We have an entire lifetime of memories to make with you in such a tiny fraction of a life time.
For now though, enjoy the few Christmas cookies you get now and then. (Maybe that’s why you’re doing backflips every 30 seconds these days.)
And thanks for letting me sleep. You’re just so much nicer than your sisters were. 🙂
And I’ll see you soon – for now, though, I’m going to sleep. You should too. But know that I love you, so much more than I thought I would at this point. And I always will.