Thursday, May 27, 2010

25 Weeks!

Baby cupcake is 25 weeks old now! It's almost been four weeks since surgery. So many things to still be thankful for!

We had another appointment on Tuesday, and we got a great report-NO CHANGE!!! Baby is still fine and cervix is still long and closed. AND...I'm still on bed rest! OK, not sure if that last part is GREAT, but if it is necessary, then I will continue to do it! He doesn't really want me to be doing much more than I am now-which is one to two hours twice a day. I'm thinking about taking up knitting-any tips anyone?

Late mornings are good for me, so I am able to get up for awhile then. It's amazing how much satisfaction I can get from doing a load of laundry or unloading the dishwasher! Those tasks used to be some of my least favorite-and now it's something I have to look forward to. Perspective is everything! Evenings tend to be bad for contractions, so I just have to pay attention to what is going on with my body.

It is very interesting the correlation between drinking water and contractions. I am drinking AT LEAST 3 quarts of water a day (that is a lot of water!!), and he says I need to keep drinking more! Especially when I am having contractions. It is interesting. The power of water!

We just love our doctor and the staff at Northwest OBGYN. Dr. Fern is one of the best, and we feel so blessed to be under his care.

A funny story from our appointment on Tuesday. The nurse came in after we were taken to our room, and she walked in looking through my chart. She said "I was wondering why your name was sounding so had a pretty big ordeal that you went through a few weeks ago! You are famous around here! We really should put your picture on the wall next to all the doctors." We got a good laugh from that. I hadn't even met this nurse yet and she knew me, so I guess I must have been a topic of conversation around the office. I told her, "Well, I'm not famous by choice!"

We continue to trust and put this baby in the Lord's hands. And for now-I continue to read, watch movies, and enjoy time in my new leather lazy boy chair!!! It is sometimes hard to keep my spirits up, but I am so thankful for all the visits, phone calls, cards and emails that help pass the time and keep me encouraged.

As I was reminded by a dear friend last evening (who has had her fair share of bed rest!), it is only a season, and you will be able to look back on it and say you would do it all over again becauase it is so worth it! I am so thankful I have been given the gift of carrying this child, that I will do all it takes to make sure she is healthy!

I will leave with this thought I'm borrowing from Taryn (thanks Taryn!): "We may not be able to see the light through our struggles, but we can believe that those days, as in the life of Job, will be the most significant we are called upon to live." Robert Collyer

May I be able to see the light--and trust that these days are significant!


  1. Good work, Rachel & Ben. Thanks for sharing your lives with us!

  2. It was pointed out to us in the sermon at church yesterday how we must put everything after Jesus. And that you are doing with this baby. It’s all about Jesus. God will honor that.

    Alex, our pastor, also told us how everyone ooohs and aaaahs about the upcoming baby events, the excitement, the cuteness of baby shower gifts and all the expectation but…….(everyone who already was a parent knew where he was going) at that time in life, we have not idea the sacrifice that was in store for us. He related it back to making Jesus first in our life. I couldn’t help but think of you the entire time and how you are making a huge sacrifice for our little girl. We are forever grateful. Thank you, Sweet Rachel for your sacrifice to bring this sweet little girl into our lives.

    Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way!