Saturday, April 16, 2011


So here I sit, 39 weeks and 2 days pregnant, with my elephant-like feet, ankles and legs ( She better come soon cause if this swelling keeps moving upward we could be in serious trouble!! :)  I had all these grand plans of self induction starting once I hit 37 weeks.  Yeah, that lasted till my first appointment with Kim, when I had ZERO progress and probably less symptoms than the week before.  I read blogs and message boards about other girls who are trying desperately to start labor, using all their energy to walk 50 miles and day, eat 2 whole pineapples, choke down cod liver's exhausting just thinking about all that!  Though I may feel differently when I'm still here staring down at 42 weeks and induction, for now I am trying to relax, rest and trust God that He has a plan for me and for Lola. 

It's hard to imagine how drastically life is about to change.  Although I thought the same thing before I was married and moved half way across the country and now I really can't fathom anything else. It's crazy to watch her move around in there and to wonder what she looks like and what she is doing exactly.  At the most, only 2 weeks and 5 days till I find out the answers to all the questions I've been wondering since August.

I had a lot of braxton hicks contractions yesterday night.  I have been getting a few here and there, but last night I could actually feel them and they were pretty frequent.  But after resting for the night, I haven't had any, so it's a crazy process!

I see Kim on Monday again, hopefully to here some good news on my progress, although anything except "Push now!"  doesn't really mean a whole lot :)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The road less traveled...

So I've pretty much fallen off of the edge of the blog world.  I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since my last post.  The exhaustion of being at this point has truly taken over my life.  I feel so much like a zombie sometimes, it's scary.  I have to say this, though, with a side note that I am and have been so blessed up to this point.  People can go through horrific pregnancies or never be able to have children or suffer loss.  All that to admit that I am really learning what true physical dependence on God looks like. 

Emotional dependence was something that I came face to face with March 23, 2004, when my mom went to heaven.  Losing a part of my heart was a life changing experience, as you would expect when part of who you are dies.  That was a life lesson not to be lost. 

This time in my  life I am faced with the realization that this body is not mine, not only is it Lola's home right now, helping her to grow and develop, but it is God's.  It is His to use, to mold and shape me.  Although small as this may seem in comparison to lessons learned through death and grief, this has definitely been another defining time in my life.  I had become so used to doing what I want when I want and not really having to navigate through pain, being too tired or just not feeling well.  When you can no longer come and go as you please, sleep when you want, get up when you plan to, it's a humbling experience to say the least.  I am sure all of this is preparing me for being a mother and being able to set my self aside and do what is best for my children. Being faced with something challenging forces you to choose your mindset, faith or doubt.

Each day we are at a crossroads.  Our choices will either make us more like Christ, or less like Him.  It's hard to choose the road less traveled, but it is a choice that is never regretted.