Hello all, it's been quite a while since I blogged last and, needless to say, I'm ashamed. I know that I don't blog as often as I used to, but that's simply because of forgetfulness on my part.
Anyway, life these days for Geoff and I has been wonderful. Baby girl (yes I said girl) is growing quite nicely and has become very VERY active. Norah (that is her name) has already created somewhat of a schedule of activities in her world. I usually feel her around 6 - 7am, then around 10am - 12pm and then again in the evening. I don't plan on starting kick counts until 28 weeks because that is what most doctors suggest. But she's active, oh boy is she active and her kicks are strong which is wonderful. I have found that she likes the lower part of the uterus to hang out in, which is a new and odd feeling. Parker stayed up high mostly, but Norah, evidently prefers to stay down low.
We have completed the painting of the nursery, with the help of my parents who came into town just last weekend. Dad, Geoff and mom painted over the blue stripes with a nice neutral off-white. Then after that, Dad painted a nice thick chocolaty brown stripe in the center of the wall running horizontal. Finally, mom and I finished off the wall with cute brown, green and pink flowers (the name of the pink paint was fitting, it's called "invitation to a princess"). So the painting is complete.
Before mom and dad got in to help with the painting, Geoff and I went through all of Parker's clothes and took out the ones that Norah can wear and packed away the ones that are too boyish. That went pretty well, until we came across the clothes that would have totally made Parker a "mini-Geoff". When I saw those I just lost it. But we know that we still hold a hope that someday we may have another boy, until then, it's just a bittersweet to see those going away in a box stored in the garage.
Life is good. After making it through "the big ultrasound" it seems the only other major hurtles we have to jump are Parker's first birthday (September 15th) and the 35th week (the week he died). I have to tell you, we aren't dreading the first birthday or the 35th week, so I guess I shouldn't call them hurtles, but rather milestones.
God has truly helped us to move our hearts towards realizing that the 35th week is just another week in this pregnancy. That helps me to realize that we can easily make it through that week. Now don't get me wrong, I still ask for your prayers during that time because I cannot fully anticipate what that day may bring, but I feel pretty certain that God is going to help Geoff and I remain strong and focused.
In terms of Parker's first birthday being a little over a month away, God has helped me to see it as a time to remember the blessing that he was and still is to Geoff and I. Geoff also reminded me that we made his funeral a time of rejoicing in God's goodness and steadfast power and that we want that to continue on into his first birthday. I have no idea what we plan on doing that day, but what I do know is that we will rejoice in the life that he had with us for 35 weeks, and in the way he has so greatly impacted our lives and the lives of those around us. Also we will rejoice in the blessing that he has been and continues to be to us.
So we are doing really good these days. Life is good, Norah is healthy and growing and God is faithful, that is all that matters.
Thanks for sticking with me, and continuing to check in on me. Have a GREAT week!!
- Kirkland, Washington, United States
- I am a child of God. I am a follower of Jesus. I am a wife, momma, daughter, sister and friend. I love good conversation and hearty laughter. A good cup of coffee is always appreciated. Most of all, I desire to bring others into an experience with Jesus. One that will shape their lives and rock their souls for Him. Geoff is my best friend and amazing husband. Parker is my handsome boy who lives in Heaven. Norah is my bright star and bringer of joy. Tori is my overcomer and peaceful warrior. I live to show Jesus' love to each person He places in my path. I pray this blog strengthens you, comforts you and encourages you and that it MOST OF ALL causes you to want to get to know Jesus in a deeper level.