Things are going very well! I am growing, gaining weight, and actually LIKING food again. That is a HUGE deal. Bryan and Gracey are taking very good care of me and making sure I eat, sleep, and take walks. I still have some problems with nausea, but it is not anything like it was there for that 1st trimester! My doctors are keeping a close watch on me, which means I get a lot of blood work and plenty of relaxation time in waiting rooms, but I know that I am more than halfway there and I can see this beautiful child in my arms and not much can bother me. We are actually starting to go over delivery plans. In my case there are so may aspects to consider, but all 5 of my doctors are coming together to make sure everything goes as well. I start to worry about this sometimes, but I am fighting with God's Power and Promise and I kick those stupid thoughts out of my mind immediately. This whole thing has been in God's Hands and I cannot start to worry about it now.
Our son is growing very well!!! There have been no problems as far as his development goes. PRAISE JESUS!!!! He is growing stronger everyday. His kicks surprise me a lot. I nearly jumped a couple of times when he wanted to make sure I knew he was there. It is SO precious. I talk to him a lot. Bryan reads scripture over him and prays. We tell him who he will be in the Lord and ask that he will be a mighty warrior for Jesus. He is most active at church, at dinner time and then at 4 AM. Don't ask me about that one. But yesterday at 4 am I am convinced he was doing jumping jacks. I wanted to go back to sleep, but I also loved feeling him and the desire to enjoy his presence officially won over the needed sleep. I think God is preparing me for a feeding schedule!
Bryan has been SO wonderful. My eyes tear up as I am typing. He has cooked, cleaned, shopped, taken care of me, of Gracey, painted, prayed, taken emergency cravings with the utmost seriousness, and hasn't crumbled yet. And pregnancy is a difficult time for any couple, but we do have some more intense caution and situations that we deal with. There has been plenty of unsuspecting visits to doctors, ER's, and I even had to stay a night in the hospital last week. He sat on the chair all night, never complained and even smiled and laughed with me. (Everything is OK by the way.)
He is in the process of painting the nursery and it looks SO good. We also have our son's baby book and I am getting things ready to put in it. One of the questions it asks is the baby's name, other names considered, and then other names suggested. We have his name picked out (it will be revealed later!), but it really was a battle because our 4 year old niece came up with a brilliant name for him...she said his name should be "Learn-walker Heart-Love." So in that space that will be the only name someone else has suggested! I think it is so funny. Perhaps if we were Indian that would definitely be suitable! Ilona was a little crushed when we told her the real name though. But something tells me we are not done with hearing her name for him just yet!
Gracey is loving every bit of this! She gets to snuggle, sleep, go for several walks a day, and watch me eat every 2 hours if not more and pray there will be a crumb. She really has been very sensitive. I love her so much. The photo below she has her paw on my belly. It is one of my favorite photos.