Sunday, March 13, 2016

Keep the Faith

What a crazy week it's been. I am thankful for this new day, and for a new start to a new week. Last week was very exciting, in both good ways and bad.

B with his Aunt Britt, goofing off in the car.

Friday- My sister flew in from Oklahoma to help my mom host a baby shower for me. I was so excited to see her, and spend time with her. I was also excited for her to spend time with B. He loves his Aunt Britt so much, and refers to her as his 'favorite girl.' They only get to see each other once or twice a year, but when they do- they are inseparable.

We spent much of Friday running errands and prepping for the baby shower. We picked up cupcakes, ran to the grocery store, put together decorations, made sandwiches, favor bags, etc. It was a nice way to relax and spend time together with our mom.

Baby shower sweetness

Saturday- Saturday was crazy! We ran all around, setting up for the baby shower, which was fabulous. We were able to enjoy the company of several wonderful ladies who came to celebrate with us, and I am so thankful for them, and my family for showering us with so much love! Sabine is a truly blessed little girl already.

While we were at the baby shower, my mom handed me her cell phone to show me a photo and text from my uncle in NJ. He was with my Gram, who had to be admitted to the hospital. She is currently battling both Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and Breast Cancer, and undergoing chemo treatments. She wound up with CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and possible pneumonia over the weekend. Her hospitalization was upsetting to our family, because we are so far away from her, and feel helpless when these types of things happen.

Sunday- Sunday was a busy day at church, and then visiting some more with my sis before she had to leave to go home on Monday. All the while, B was battling a cold all weekend, and I was still feeling exhausted and overwhelmed from the weekend's festivities. I still had a lot of work to do at home to get all of the baby shower gifts put away.

Monday- On Monday, we picked my sister up and drove her to the airport so she could fly home. On our way home from dropping her off, my dad texted us to let us know that he had been involved in a car accident on his way to work. Thankfully, we was okay, but his car had $3,500.00 in damage done to it by a young driver who wasn't paying attention, and pulled out in front of him.

We did a lot of running around on Monday. B had to stay home from school because of his cold, and we had to do grocery shopping, and then went home to try to put baby's new clothes and gifts away. The afternoon and evening was consumed by B's swimming lessons, my LifeGroup at church, and then worship team rehearsal at church. We also had our friends over for dinner that evening. Whew! Needless to say, I was totally worn out by 8:30 on Monday night.

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Tuesday- I expected Tuesday to be much more relaxed. I had a doctor's appt.- a routine checkup for me, and S. While at the appt., the Dr. was having a hard time finding her heartbeat. When he finally did find it, he said it sounded erratic, and wanted to get me in for an ultrasound right away. As he looked at S' heart, he noticed that she was experiencing arrhythmia- which I am familiar with, because both my dad and Gram live with arrhythmia. Her heart wasn't skipping beats, but it had several extra beats, which was cause for concern. My doctor told me that we might need to go ahead and have the baby that same day, and I began to panic. He called in my other doctor, and they conferred, finally determining that she needed to stay in the womb longer, if possible. We're 36 weeks, so we need another couple of weeks for her to grow before she makes her debut. The docs decided that she would need to have her heart monitored 2x a week from here on out, and that we'll probably push the c-section up a week earlier than the date originally planned.

We were very thankful that she didn't have to be born on Tuesday, almost one month early. We'll wait and see what happens with her, but we're definitely on edge, and we're making preparations to go to the hospital any day between now and three weeks from now. What makes this more stressful is that hubby is slated to be out of town over Easter weekend to play trombone for Easter Sunday services at the Ft. Myer Army Base. B and I will stay with my parents while he is gone, and I am praying that I don't go into labor or wind up having to have S while he is out of town.

Ready for Picture Day at Preschool!

Wednesday- Wednesdays are always busy. B had Picture Day at school, and then we had Weekday Church School in the afternoon. I teach music for the 3-4 year-olds, which is always a challenge. Feeling so tired this late in my pregnancy,  singing and dancing with them is definitely exhausting. We only have one more week of after school class, and I have to say, I will be so relieved when we are finished for the year!

The rest of the week has also been busy, and there are no signs of us slowing down between now and the time S is expected to arrive. We still have a ton of baby prep to do, I want to prep some freezer meals, and we have to get our yard spruced up, as well! So much to do, and we are running out of time! Plus- Easter is in 2 weeks, and someBUNNY has some Easter basket prep to do as well! Yikes!

Through it all, I am holding onto the fact that God is good. We're blessed with a crazy, busy life, but it's filled with so many wonderful people who love us. We're ever thankful for this and so much more! I am reminded to keep the faith when things seem tough- through illnesses, life's unexpected twists and turns, and the everyday norm. Nothing is impossible for God, and He's holding us in the palm of His hand.

Blessings on your week!

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