Thursday, March 29, 2012

Roo Update: 40 wks 2 days

Go to James' blog to read his version of today.  :)

We had to deal with some disappointment this morning.  We've been praying for labor to start by today, because it was our 40 wk (+2 days) doctor's appointment.  I didn't realize how much I'd been hoping for it to happen by today, but then when I woke up with no contractions, I was pretty disappointed.  And may have cried a bit.

Thankfully, God is faithful.  These are the verses I'm hanging on to today:
"Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?" says the LORD. "Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?" says your God."  - Isaiah 66:9
"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will be faithful to complete it." -Phil 1:6

I was nervous about the doctor's appointment because I felt like we were running out of time to have this baby the way we are wanting to.  Thankfully, it went great and was very peaceful!  We got a nice long ultrasound to check Roo's position, and while we were looking, also got to see her sweet little face!  She has precious chubby cheeks and perfect eyelids and we just love her and can't wait to hold her!  She even was sucking on her fingers for a while!  So peaceful (come on, little girl, get out of there!!!)!

Our doctor checked me and is comfortable with letting us go at least to 41 weeks, possibly close to 42.  I do not want to be pregnant for that much longer but I feel like it takes the pressure off and lets us feel like it's okay for us to keep waiting for God's timing!  While the doctor checked me, she could feel me having a contraction that I actually wasn't even feeling!  That was super encouraging (I was secretly hoping for that to happen) because I feel like my body is working even while I'm not realizing it.  Thank you, Lord!  She also did a couple of procedures in the office and gave us a few things to do at home to help Roo engage more and to encourage stronger contractions.  The gory details for those who want to know: I'm just almost a 2, 50% effaced, very soft, baby's head is engaged on one side (so I'm sleeping on my right side tonight!), and she stripped my membranes, which is about as pleasant as it sounds.  :)  I'm feeling definitely more achy and sore since then.  I also have a UTI I didn't even know about, so started meds for that.

We are home and are still waiting for this perfect little one to make her grand appearance.  For every passing day we have arrived at the same two conclusions: God is good, and Roo is worth every minute of anticipation.

Please Pray:
- For spontaneous labor to begin in God's perfect timing (we'd like it to be before Tuesday, or just ASAP)
- For contractions to be strong enough to help Cat progress naturally
- For a healthy baby and a healthy mommy

- For our hearts to be governed by peace and not fear
- For good rest for us as we wait

James' twitter handle for updates when we go into labor: @JamesMWise

Monday, March 26, 2012

Yeehaw!

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Elijah's gotten a lot more athletic recently.  He's climbing onto a lot of things that he never attempted before (including the dining room table...).  He's mastered the rocking horse!  You can hear him in this video feeling torn between seeing himself on the camera and continuing to play.  We sure do love this kid!!!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

What's in a Name? (Pt 6)


Baby name hint #6:

Roo's MIDDLE name is revealed on the back of these blocks!

We are so excited for her to get here so we (and you!) can meet her and we can share her name with you!

On James' blog, on the recent hint posts, you can sign up for our awesome mailing list so you'll make sure to get the announcement and updates when our baby comes!  Don't miss out!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cheese!

This video is hilarious.  Maybe more so for me and James than for anyone else, but I just had to share it.  Elijah just out of nowhere started striking a hilarious pose along with saying cheese for pictures.  Here's a little demonstration.  Also, whenever he even sees a camera, he starts begging, "You!  You!  You!" because he wants to be shown pictures of himself.  We're certainly feeding that egocentrism for now...all our cameras ARE full of him.  We're trying to teach him to say "me" instead of "you" about himself...good luck with that one!  :)

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Preparations

 Here are more recent pictures of us getting ready for Roo!

I LOVE my new diaper bag!  (Thanks to the moms and grandmas that helped buy it for us!)

 My little model is enjoying carrying it around.  It's big enough to almost pull him over!
 James set up the bassinet in our room!  Now we're really ready for this baby to come along to sleep in i!!!  :)



 Elijah got excited when I was putting the cover on Roo's changing pad.  He wanted to test it out for us.




Silly!!!

We're ready and praying for her prompt arrival!  We know God's timing is perfect!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Recent Photos

 Just this week we've started trying to lose the tray part of Elijah's booster seat and let him eat at the table.  So far...it's messy.  But we're trying to emphasize his status as "big boy" and this is a not-too-complicated way to do it!
 I don't know why these pictures turned out green, but my men were making the goofiest faces!



 When Elijah does learn to use the real potty, I think we'll have Jewel to thank.  He has finally put it together about what she's doing outside and he thinks it's HILARIOUS to laugh and point (he is all boy!)!  This is him imitating Jewel going potty:
 We found this hat in the back of his dresser.  We bought it for his first birthday but then took his party a totally different direction.  He liked wearing the crown, though!  :)



 A current favorite thing: pointing out his (and anyone else's) tummy!
 Precious face!
 He can often be found hugging Jewel lately!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dumpster Dive Chairs


Last week on our way home from lifegroup, we found 4 upholstered chairs sitting on the curb ready for trash day.  We struggled to fit them into our car, but we did it!  We weren't sure about their future, and it turns out we're only keeping one, putting the other 3 back out on the curb, but here's the before and after story!
These are the chairs.  The picture doesn't do them justice-they are DIRTY and covered 100% in this fabric.

 We ripped the fabric off the legs and James sanded and painted them (did I mention he's incredible?).

 I sewed a cover for the back, basically like a big pillowcase.  This was way easier than I'd anticipated, because the fabric was striped-it was SO helpful for sewing it straight!  :)

 I used my staple gun (one of my favorite birthday presents EVER!) to cover the seat cushion.


 Here's the final product!

 This is going into Elijah's room when we pull the glider out for Roo.  I made a new cover for it to match her room, but we were thinking it would still be nice to have a chair in his room for reading books, our bedtime routine, etc.  So this was a perfect find!  It's nice and comfortable!!!




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bedtime


Here are some pictures we took the other night of us putting Elijah to bed.  He's a little ham when the camera comes out, so it sure doesn't look like he's getting sleepy, but before the camera came out, he was resting his head on my shoulder!  :)

EZ's bedtime is really sweet these days.  It's another thing James and I have been doing together, and I just love it.  I hold Elijah in the rocker, and James sits on the floor.  We pray for Elijah, and then we sing several songs, and then he hugs us (and Jewel!), and then he goes down.  It's cute to see his song vocabulary growing.  Recent or current favorite have included: The ABC's, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, My God is So Big, B-I-N-G-O changed to J-E-W-E-L, Old McDonald, and Jesus Loves Me.

Here he's saying "Cheese!"

 Goodnight kisses.
 Checking out Daddy's shirt.
 More kisses.

 My favorite snapshot of the day!  :)
 We're excited for our new baby girl to arrive, but I do treasure these moments as a family of three.  I'm trying to store these up since I know things are all changing!  :)  I wonder if sometime we'll do "bedtime" with all FOUR of us together!


Monday, March 19, 2012

The Most Wonderful Man Alive

James says I've done this already, but I just need to talk again about what a wonderful guy I married!  I am CONSTANTLY blown away by how kind and selfless he is!  He is such a servant, going so far beyond the norm.

I read a post by Brad on the awesome One Flesh Marriage blog this week that really summed up well the way I think James lives, following the admonition in Ephesians 5 for husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church: "You know what’s funny, when most people think of a submissive wife; they have a picture of a guy demanding his wife to get in the kitchen and make her man a sandwich. Yet, when God started moving in our marriage the exact opposite happened. All the sudden I began to see the ways that I needed to help out around home."

James is SO helpful to me.  He is so compassionate and loving, seeing when I'm tired or pushing myself too hard, and seeking out ways to make things easier on me.  I am blessed beyond women!  Some ways that has looked recently:  I told James a couple months ago that I thought my least favorite household/parenting chore was bathing Elijah (I know that's silly, but it just feels like such a big job...and so much leaning over onto my big belly...).  Since that day, James has practically taken over bathtime.  I often still come sit in there with them, but James does all the soaping and watering and toweling and carrying and dressing.  What a selfless man!  Also, back in December when we were faced with the gestational diabetes possibility, I was told I needed to walk for exercise 30-60 minutes a day.  I was already getting up in time to spend time with Jesus and shower before getting Elijah up at 7:30am, and I just didn't want to get up any earlier to fit in walking.  James ran to the rescue and has become the one to handle Elijah in the mornings, so that I do have time to add the exercise piece to my routine.  Seriously-I am healthier this pregnancy, and our baby is probably healthier, due to the sacrifice of time of my sweet husband!  Plus it's just precious because he and Elijah have this whole little routine now in the mornings about how James gets Elijah up and what they do when.  It is so good for my heart to see my precious son and his loving father love each other so well.

So those two things I just mentioned could take about 45 minutes of James' day on most days.  But that's not all.  He is just so willing to help me.  I am (still) learning better to ask for help, to invite James into the places that I feel overwhelmed or exhausted, and he so willingly and graciously does what I need!  Changing diapers, helping with dinner, playing with Elijah, vacuuming, SO MUCH MORE, he doesn't complain or roll his eyes at me, he happily helps me and then asks if there is anything else I need.  He rubs my back as it's sore (which is a lot these days...), he tolerates me and my huge pregnancy body pillow taking up way more then our fair share of the bed, he shivered through nights where it was cold outside and I wanted the window open (sadly it's not cold enough now...), he doesn't make me feel in the way when I interrupt him, etc.

I am SO thankful for James and just wanted you all to know how wonderful and kind and supportive he is!  :)

Although, just in case you think he's perfect, I will tell you that he laughed hysterically when Elijah pointed out my belly button the other day and I tried but failed to even be able to see it.  Humph.  :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

What's in a Name? (Pt 5)

 Roo's name hint #5:


This picture reveals the first name of the baby...but it is hidden on the backside of these blocks!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Maternity Photo Shoot, Pt 2

 Part 2 of our maternity photo shoot by the lovely Sarah Postma of Renewed Image Photography.  I cannot say enough about how much I LOVE these pictures!

 We just really had it in our heads that we wanted a railroad tracks picture.  I was nervous the whole time about the train coming, but it didn't come til we were about done, so it worked out perfectly!



 This is one of my FAVORITES!  I just think it shows so much of who we are!
 I just love my husband.  A lot.
 So sweet!

 Our family of four!!!
 I wasn't sure about the bare belly shots because in real life and up close there are a lot of stretch marks and it's just not very pretty, but Sarah assured me that that wasn't showing up on camera.  She was right!  :)  My skin looks so smooth...

 Precious!
 Adorable!  James' goatee is not as long as it appears in this photo, by the way!
 These are so cute!  James was "flying" Elijah into me.  Kinda like brother and sister playing together!  :)


 Precious!  Ever since this, Elijah has been doing a great "cheese" face!
Sarah did an amazing job and I am SO thrilled with her work and these photos!  If you're in town and need a photographer, look her up!  I can get you in touch with her but her company is Renewed Image Photography.