Tuesday, November 30, 2010

32 Weeks

Less than 8 weeks to go! WOW time is flying by!

How your baby's growing:

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

A Woman After God's Own Heart

Meet Kacy I wouldn't be able to retell the stories that have changed her this year but I can share what I know of her. I graduated with Kacy in May 2006 with a BA in Communication Studies from Texas State University (Eat 'em Up Cats). We were acquaintances involved in different college ministries but I believe that if we would have ever spent more than a class together we would have been inseparable friends. Thanks to facebook we stayed connected over the last 4 years (almost 5 WOW) and I began following her journey to Africa last year via her blog. She is a breath of fresh air, the life of the party, and just a complete joy. I didn't know her very well in college but over the last year I have watched her allow the Lord to use her and she has inspired me daily. She didn't ask me to write this (and I don't know if she will ever know I did) but I am asking you to read through her blog and get a glimpse of what God is using her to do in Africa. Please pray for her as she is here in the states until February 7th and if you have a bit of money to give to support her in her ministry you can donate on her blog. I'm thankful for people like Kacy. I love God stories

Monday, November 22, 2010

31 Weeks

Kennedy's nursery is almost complete. We have all of the furniture set up and will just add a few decorations and things to the walls and a few other items.

Tomorrow is Tuesday which means I will be 31 Weeks pregnant. I will have less than 9 weeks to go. WOW.

How your baby's growing:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? We plan on spending time with our families who will be coming together from all over Texas.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


This is a really big weekend as far as FHTM is concerned. Since next week is Thanksgiving week we are having to push through this weekend with back to back meetings to help our teammates meet their goals prior to the holiday. Please keep us in your prayers as we work this weekend.

So what are you thankful for? I can't wait to hear about all of your blessings!

A small glimpse of what I am thankful for:
  • Kennedy and all her twists and turns in my belly
  • my wonderful husband
  • our wonderful and supportive family
  • our savior Jesus who gave us our ultimate freedom
  • our friends
  • our amazing team of people that we get to work with every day
  • the beautiful home we get to live in
  • time freedom
  • and many many more

Starry Night

Monday, November 15, 2010

30 Weeks

This is a picture from my 30th week of pregnancy! I'm getting bigger and can't believe that her birthday is less than 10 weeks away!!

We had our first baby shower for Kennedy Kate at my dad's house on Saturday. It was a couples shower so all of our friends and families were there. It was Kyle's first baby shower and he loved it. This is the beautiful cake we had.
Some gifts from my dad.
Food Table. We also had wonderful chicken soup and cornbread. YUM!
My step mom made this diaper cake. It was held together with car seat toys, baby lotions, baby wash, hair bows, and pacifiers.
The BEST gift of the whole day was having my nephew Landon at the baby shower. After the shower he asked me to come and watch Charlie Brown's Christmas (his favorite movie to watch ALL year). He kept leaning over and kissing my belly and saying, "awww baby is cute. baby is sleeping". He is excited about being a cousin soon.

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 30 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby K is the size of a head of squash
Total Weight Gain/Loss: my count is 33 pounds
Maternity Clothes: wearing my maternity jeans daily much more comfortable now that Kennedy is getting bigger
Gender: It's a girl!!! Kennedy Kate
Movement: Kicks and Rolls! Kyle is amazed to see my belly movement
Sleep: I've been sleeping great so far
What I miss: being able to get off the couch, out of the car, out of the bathtub, by myself
Cravings: Milk, Eggs, Carbs
Symptoms: bigger by the day, excitement :)

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Friday, November 12, 2010

To Know You

Tomorrow is our first baby shower! We are so very excited about celebrating with friends and family! This has been an interesting week full of baby stuff, meetings, and driving to San Antonion, Fredericksburg, and Kerrville to share our story.

On Monday I felt an overwhelming feeling of paranoia about whether or not I will be a good mom and if I will be able to provide Kennedy with all she needs. I got up early on Tuesday morning and sat quietly in her nursery with my Bible open and came across Psalm 139 once again. I have been praying for a passage of scripture to frame and hang in Kennedy's nursery and this is it. I love how The Message puts it:
God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.
I'm an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I'm never out of your sight.
You know everything I'm going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you're there,
then up ahead and you're there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can't take it all in!

7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you're there!
If I go underground, you're there!
If I flew on morning's wings
to the far western horizon,
You'd find me in a minute—
you're already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, "Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I'm immersed in the light!"
It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you.

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I'd even lived one day.

17-22 Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
God, I'll never comprehend them!
I couldn't even begin to count them—
any more than I could count the sand of the sea.
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!
And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!
And you murderers—out of here!—
all the men and women who belittle you, God,
infatuated with cheap god-imitations.
See how I hate those who hate you, God,
see how I loathe all this godless arrogance;
I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.
Your enemies are my enemies!

23-24 Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I'm about;
See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.

And since this is a long post I might as well leave you with a song that has touched my heart deeply in the last few weeks or so. It is my desire to KNOW the Lord in this way! Enjoy and happy weekend!
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dear Kennedy

Dear Kennedy,

It's 11 weeks until your due date and we can't wait to have you here with us!

We unpacked all the pieces to your crib and the cats were very curious

Daddy is almost finished. We love your crib and hope you do too!

Couch bed moved to guest room, floor vacuumed, and finished product. I know you will love it!

We can't wait for you to be here Kennedy!

29 Weeks 3D Pics

So, after seeing our little girl today I feel totally ridiculous about my freakout over the number I saw on the scale. Bring on the pounds!

Kyle gives me a hard time because when I am reading or concentrating on something I put my hand over my mouth just like this.

A little smile!

"Manicure Please"

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Day!

Happy MONDAY! I know this sounds crazy to most but I absolutely LOVE Mondays! It's the beginning of a fresh start and I find myself renewed and motivated on Mondays. I am going to go ahead and write the 29 weeks baby post because tomorrow I have a lot on my plate.

How your baby's growing:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. To meet her increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because her bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 29 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby K is the size of a butternut squash
Total Weight Gain/Loss: my count is 33 pounds
Maternity Clothes: wearing my maternity jeans daily much more comfortable now that Kennedy is getting bigger
Gender: It's a girl!!! Kennedy Kate
Movement: Kicks and Rolls! Kyle was amazed to see my belly movement last night
Sleep: I've been sleeping great so far
What I miss: It seems that I have become a neat freak and begin crying when things in my house look messy. I miss not caring about every detail :)
Cravings: Milk, Eggs, Carbs
Symptoms: Pretty sure I felt a contraction yesterday morning while making coffee in our kitchen. It caught me off guard but was a pretty neat experience
Best Moment this week: all those rolls in my belly. Its really exciting!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Funday?

Today was the worst pregnant day yet. I didn't have any physical pain but golly was I an emotional mess. I woke up feeling pretty good about today but my first mistake was stepping on the scale. WOW I never thought I'd see a number that big in my life time even if I am pregnant. It was all down hill from there. I had a crying fit about what to wear today, didn't speak 2 words to Kyle on our way to church, about hyperventilated from tears, and then BAM God seemed to do the trick.
We visited Bannockburn Baptist Church today with my inlaws (they joined therel) and the message was from Philippians 3 and the Title was Passion. "12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
I love the book of Philippians! As believers we are to live in Victory! The motivation that changed something for Paul came from pressing forward! Dwelling on the past is not how we were designed. In fact the pastor reminded us that the way our physical bodes, our eyes, nose, mouth, etc are designed is to go forward. When we live and walk with Jesus our needs are met and we can then live victorious. ALWAYS! Be passionate about the one who moves us forward and live VICTORIOUSLY.
Funny that not 2 hours before I was completely defeated in this fleshly body of mine. I allowed something like a number on the scale to defeat my joyful spirit and set the tone for my day. How easy it is to fall for such lies!

Jesus thank You for your truth, passion, and victory. Thank You that You reminded me not to look in the past or my old ways but to remain focused on You and the here and now. Thank You that I have NOW and I don't have to worry. Help me to rest in the NOW and move forward with all consuming passion for You and your people. Change me and make me a more like You. Help me to be a passionate lover of you, wife, friend AND mother :) I love you AMEN!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

28 & 2 and November

I'll start with how Kennedy is growing. I feel bigger by the day.

How your baby's growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Exciting huh?

Yesterday I purchased this dresser and mirror for Kennedy's room at The Shops Above Memory Lane. Andrea is one of the "crafters" at this shop and she refinishes and dresses up old furniture. She will be painting the mirror and dresser to go with the color scheme of KK's room and it should be ready by 20th or so. I can't wait!

Now for the rest of November. We have much to be thankful for!
7th- Crystal's baby shower. I can't wait!!
9th- 3D ultrasound
10th- last monthly baby check up/appointments will now be every 2 weeks
12th- My sister, Landon, and several other family members will be coming to town for...
13th- OUR FIRST BABY SHOWER!!! I am very thankful that my dad and stepmom are hosting this shower for my dad's side of the family and special friends. It's a couples shower and we can't wait!
14th- TEAMS
And lots of other really fun activities.

I will try to be better about posting but with nesting, working, and growing a baby I have been running out of energy very quickly.

What are you looking forward to this month?