Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Thankful Heart.

I have much to be thankful for, my family, my salvation in Christ, my health, my pregnancy, my husband... 

The list is never ending, so instead of a list of people or things I'm thankful for I choose to celebrate the little things that are just a natural part of our routine. 

I will celebrate that I've thrown up  3 to 7 days a week for the last 18 weeks, because it means there is a new life growing inside of me, one who has a purpose and a future. One who God chose ME to be her mom and Chris to be her dad! 

I will celebrate the thoughtfulness of my husband who drives us to see my family every thanksgiving - even if an afternoon nap and football would be more exciting. 

I will celebrate the joy our little lady brings to our lives. She doesn't know it, but this morning when she reached out and held my hand I needed it more than she did. She gives me courage when I need it most. 

Happy Thanksgiving friends, let us find ways to celebrate the "small" things that just happen, the unscripted, the natural routine of our lives. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The first step.

She weighs in at about 18 pounds, stands around 28 inches and at around 6:30 pm on Sunday, November 16th she took her first steps. 

My heart melted as I saw the pride bubble from within, she walked right to my arms and then gave me a big slobbery kiss. 

Where have the last 10 months gone? 

In 10 months I've learned more about Christs love than in my (almost) 30 years of life. 

In 10 months I've experienced pure joy. 

She applauses after each hymn in church, she never misses an opportunity to smile. She loves to eat, explore, sing and dance. 

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so many things but mostly, I am thankful for the gift of Joy. 

Keep walking my darling, you'll do big things, you'll explore many places and you my darling can spread your joy and zest for life across the globe.  

I am so honored you took your first steps with both mommy and daddy as witnesses. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Diabetes Awareness & My Second Baby

I It's no secret that with my first pregnancy I was crushed when I developed Gestational Diabetes. 

How can a woman who eats chicken and veggies for lunch almost every day, who exercises, who only drinks water develop gestational diabetes? 

It hurt. 

Now that I'm expecting again my risk of GD is back and with this pregnancy all I want is donuts, and ice cream and sweets. 

It's kind of ridiculous. 

So, last Thursday I was super nervous for my Glucose Tolerance Test. 

I drank the glucola, held it together begging my body 1) to not send me straight to the bathroom to puke it all out and 2) process the sugar so I can say goodbye to GD for this pregnancy. 

I didn't have any confidence that I passed. I was miserable, I was nauseated, I was thirsty for water, I just didn't think I passed it.

My Doctor told me she also wasn't sure I'd passed because I spilled a lot of sugars in my urine sample, so I told her she could call me at any time with the results. 

I went to work and told my supervisor I didn't think I passed and would most likely need half a day next week for the 3 hour glocuse test. 

Friday afternoon came and (of course) right as I'm going through security at the airport my Doctor calls. 

When I'm finally able to listen to the voicemail I hear... 

"I have great news - you passed!!!" 

I was thrilled. 

Things are looking up for this pregnancy, if only I could stop with the morning sickness.

For real. 

Question: have you ever been screened for Diabetes? 

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