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Friday, January 10, 2014

39 Weeks and Waiting...

I guess my babies just really like the whole "Wait exactly 40 weeks before coming out" process.  I thought Karis would be here - in our arms, not my belly - by now.  I'm not sure why I kind of thought she'd come early, but I did.   I was mostly wrong, apparently.

A random woman in Walmart who acted like she was the ultimate baby predictor around Christmas time guessed she'd be early too.
The conversation went like this -
Lady: "It's a girl!"
John: "Yes ma'am, the 3 packs of bows and pink clothes in our basket didn't help you at all."
Lady ignores him and turns to me: "I can tell you're getting close!"
Me, patting enormous belly, "Yep."
Lady: "What's your due date?"
Me: "January 15th."
Lady, intensely stares at my stomach, turns her head sideways, and pronounces, "You'll get close.  I think she'll come on the 9th or 10th, and I'm always right."
Not this time, sweetheart!

The due date is 5 days away now.  She could still come before then!  Jonah was born on his due date, which is rare enough, but having 2 kids born on due dates?! What!?  That would be super weird.   I like the idea of her birthday being 1-14-14 though, which would make her one day early, and have an easy to recall birthday.  At the doctor today she said I was 2 cm dilated and almost fully effaced, and she predicts the baby will come any day now.

For now we are in "nesting" mode while we wait.  I am trying to clear our bedroom and bathroom to make it a little labor sanctuary and also make it clean and welcoming for when we come home.  I've mostly given up on the rest of the house being cute and perfect, because it's just not all ours, and we don't know how long we'll stay.  You can only disrupt someone else's space so much before they may begin to hate you, although you cook meals for them and keep it relatively clean.  I am at peace with that now because I don't want my father-in-law to start to wish we weren't here, especially as we're about to add a crying baby to the mix.  He super loves hanging out and playing with Jonah though, so that is in our favor.  They bond over farming equipment and making stink-eye faces at each other.  Jonah knows more about tractors and combines than I do.  He can point to the auger and say "Auger." Don't feel bad if you don't know what that is, I only found out the other day.

Below is another super cute picture of him from our maternity photo shoot.  Please ignore the fact that what I like to refer to as "Salon Mommy" (me) evidently jacked up his hairline because he would Not be still even though I was letting him watch a Thomas video.  Part of me wants to fix this before we do the family newborn pictures, and part of me is worried I'll make it worse.  About 1% of me is interested in paying $15 for a haircut again and being worried they'll chop it too short and make him look goofy.

Waiting on this second baby is kind of like the way we are waiting on a ministry position.  Some days it gets frustrating, but we know that God's timing is better than our own.  Karis and a job will both come when they are ready for our family.   Honestly, it would have sucked to have had to move and change doctors and hospitals in the last 2 months, and especially this month.  We just got new insurance and I can now deliver at Crestwood!  I am so excited and thankful for that! I know we don't have a job right now, and it's probably better that way because we don't have to worry about taking days off, or preparing for subs, or filing paperwork.  Adding a new baby will be a huge change in Jonah's life, and having John be able to help right now is going to be wonderful!  So, while we wait for baby girl and we wait for a job, we are praying for faith and trust in God's plan.  My growing belly and our shrinking bank account are continuing to slowly refine us, humble us, and make us rely on God more than ever before.  The job waiting is harder than the baby waiting though.  What were times in your life when you had to really wait on God?  I could use some encouragement in this.   :)

I am attempting to read the "One Year Bible" this year as my daily devotion time because it's been several years since I read the entire Bible.  I really like the way this is laid out into 4 sections daily: Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs, and it puts them all in order for you so you don't have to flip a lot.  Two days ago, the New Testament reading was from Matthew 6:25-7:14.  I felt like God was again saying, "Don't worry.  I'm taking care of you.  Trust Me."  Maybe someone else needs to hear this too:

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.


  1. Be patient azizam. It always gets really bad before it gets great and awesome :) I think about you all the time and can't wait for baby karis :)

    1. You are right. Thank you. It's easier today. I am getting a lot of things done, and that helps to take my mind off of everything!

  2. I think Jonah's picture is so cute and wouldn't have noticed the hair! :) As for the waiting, oh yes, we have had so many things (many very difficult) that we have waited on in the past six years! At this point, we are also waiting for our baby and Kyle to find a job. We have waited on so much that I wouldn't know where to start telling you, but they have all been quite difficult. If you ever want to skype/facetime to chat, let me know! I'm praying that the Lord would strengthen you in your inner being and continue to reassure you of His love and provision. (Eph. 3:16, Eph 3:20-21)

    1. Thanks Katie! I really appreciate the encouragement and prayers. It's also nice to know someone else is in a very similar situation! I'll be praying for you guys too!