HAPPY 39 WEEKS BABY THATCHER CALEB!!!
Baby, today, you are 39 weeks and on this special day your daddy and I have SOO much to be thankful for!
I felt this prayer from "Expecting" a pregnancy devotional was perfect for us, so I thought it's only fitting that I share it with all of you.
We have so much to be thankful for!"Father, thank you that my baby's organs are now all completely developed and ready to function perfectly outside the comforts of his mama's body. I will never know how You did it - and on such a tight schedule! Ingenious! You crafted everything so beautifully, and Your timing is perfect. Thank you!I pray for the health of my baby. Will You bring him safely into this world? I pray that his heart is beating strongly, his lungs working correctly, his digestive system functioning smoothly.And God, will You continue to protect him as he grows? You fashioned him from the beginning, and You, our great Physician, can heal him from any sickness or disease. You created us and know exactly how to fix us. I praise You for that, Lord!I stand in awe of You, my Creator God.In Jesus' name, Amen."
- From the very beginning of all this craziness, every single doctor has said all the rest of Thatcher's organs look good! We are thankful they are developed and ready to work on their own.
- We have made it to 39 weeks!!! Thatcher is still moving and grooving, and he's still in my tummy (the doctors haven't felt there has been any signs of distress or any reason to get him out)!
- Every time this week when Eric and I have felt tired, or alone God has used encouraging words from friends, worship songs, and His word to continually fill us with His peace and to remind us He is walking alongside of us on this path He has set before us. He is so gracious to lift us up when we begin to grow weary!
- This amazing blessing of a child will be here any day! Ahh, I can't wait to kiss his little lips, and his precious fingers, and tiny toes!
Well, I spent the day in the kitchen making meals to freeze so we have things to eat after Thatcher comes home and I will have no interest in the kitchen. Thatcher spent the day dancing and stretching and had a couple of hiccups. I think he's gotten pretty bored in there and has now resorted to amusing himself with messing with me with contractions. Today, they ranged anywhere from 7 - 40 mins apart! I'll be interested at my appointment on Friday if I have progressed at all, or if my body is as confused as I am and has stopped progressing altogether.
On a side note, I wanted to share two songs that God used to minister to me today.
The first song, "Forever Reign", is like so many others I have listened to the past couple of weeks. Songs that have been around for a while, songs that I have gotten used to, or sadly to admit, bored of. But now when I hear them, there's this whole new conviction, I can hear God's Word pouring out through the music and lyrics!
The next song, "The Greatness of Our God", is a song I heard for the first time tonight, but the words, they are exactly what we have been praying for ourselves as we continue on this journey. Needless to say, it is my new anthem :)
That's about it for today. Like I said, no "update" just wanted to tell baby Thatcher, happy 39 weeks, we're almost there!
But on Friday, we will have a biophysical profile (fancy ultrasound where the dr. looks for specific things) and real measurements will be taken! (although I'm not expecting much a difference from our hypothetical measurements that may or may have been taken last week. Not because I believe Thatcher has stopped growing but because growth can't usually be detected on an ultrasound from one week to the next, that is why there is usually a 2-3 week window between measurements) After the ultrasound, we have a doctor's appointment. So Friday afternoon will be quite eventful after a pretty slow week!
Lord, we continue to humbly to come before you, our Heavenly Father and boldly ask for healing for sweet Thatcher's little brain. As we get closer to his due date, Lord, we pray for a safe delivery; that his little heart will beat with strength, and his little lungs will take in air with purpose. God, You have already used Thatcher in a way we could have never imagined. We thank you and ask that You continue to do so! It is so humbling to watch how others connect with Thatcher and his story and he's not even here yet. Lord, I can't wait til he gets here to see how you continue to use him!