It has taken all day long to upload these pictures without it going out on me. I think it’s our cheaper internet but we are saving $50 a month on it so I can’t complain too much. Since there are many pictures and I don’t want to lose this again, I’ll just share here that this was from a walk we took one morning about 2 weeks ago. Enjoy!
Here they are at my silverware drawer with the fan blasting on them. This is Tabitha again. I think you look like daddy here.
Silly faces. Anna is to the left.
I don’t have a camera available right now as my charger isn’t working or I’d share a new picture of Benjamin in my first 4D ultrasound. Hopefully the charger that I ordered will work as I already tried replacing the battery.
The ultrasound tech shared that my placenta looks fine. She doesn’t see any signs of aging… so who knows? I trust her expertise and experience with ultrasounds so I feel good about the news. Also, Benjamin is 4 lbs 12 ounces already. He’s the same size Anna (one of the twins) was when born at 33 1/2 weeks. I am measuring ahead by 2 weeks too. I don’t know if that’s from measuring the baby or what. I’ll ask at the next appointment.
All is looking well. I will now have appointments twice a week. My time to finish some things is starting to feel cramped. This is becoming more real to me and I am getting nervous as I always do. I’ll share more pictures when I get my camera figured out. Obviously I do not want to be without a camera when he is born. Have a good weekend everyone.
This picture was taken around 30 weeks. We’re coming up on 31 already. Benjamin seems to grow everyday… our neighbor about a month ago thought I was having twins. So, I don’t think he’s having too many issues with his growth at this point. : )
I am “feeling” 45 though. My body feels like I’m closer to 36+ weeks along rather than 30. Everything hurts. To get up from the chair feels like when you get out of the pool after a few hours… so heavy, but stiff and painful. My bones hurt way more, especially my lower back as the sacroiliac joint pain has flared up again and seems quite exasperated this time! If my weight isn’t distributed on both feet perfectly, I have pain back there. I’ve been quite breathless for some time already. The first time I started feeling it, I worried about my heart. Now I know why the Lord cuts off child bearing age around now… I shouldn’t be wondering if I’m having a heart problem when it’s a pregnancy symptom. : )
But, I am blessed that we have another son on the way. I have one full month left (June), to prepare for him. I’ve picked up my knitting again to finish his blanket. I have less than a skein left. I pulled out Matthew’s little baby clothes and washed them all. We’ve set up the bassinet, have a pack of diapers on the way from Amazon and now I’m trying to figure out how to have my husband at the hospital with me or how they will even visit. We still aren’t connected to people out here so it’s a very hard dilemma as I like to have everything prepared.
My first c-section the spinal didn’t take so I felt everything. It was horrible. Since then with the other c-sections, I’ve had to fight a room full of people that I need a general (being put out) as I just cannot take the thought of chancing going through such a thing again. It’s a very hard thing to do when I feel so vulnerable at the time with strangers all around me. So, I’m hoping somehow Matthew can be there to “fight” for me. He was witness to what happened in 2006 so it would be so nice to have him there for me! : )
I have my second non-stress test on Thursday and at 32 weeks on it will be twice a week. It’s a one hour drive one way to the hospital for the appointment. The hospital is very small, the smallest hospital I’ve ever been in. Anyways, they will do weekly ultrasounds then too. So, I do believe they are trying to keep tabs on everything. I’m curious as to how my placenta looks as I don’t think it’s been looked at since the discovery of the calcium on it. I’ll update as we go along. We’re just praying for a healthy baby. I know in one way or another all will work out as it always does and hopefully Benjamin will be home with us in 6 or 7 weeks or so. : ) He has the hiccups right now. Silly boy!
Just a few pictures to share… Just a sweet picture of you two again! Our new kitty! Our last kitty we lost a couple of month ago because a stray dog came around. Instead of shoeing him off right away as we should have, we were nice to him but at the expense of the cat we so loved. Though the dog is gone, we’ve never seen our cats since. We got this one local. He’s a big lover who wants his tummy rubbed all the day long. Something special. Grandma Pam sent the kids some stickers and their own candy bar. They have never had their own candy bar before… we usually buy donuts or something cheap and easy to share so this was a real treat. More special I think was them just receiving something in the mail. I think they’ll really be “spoiled” when grandma comes to visit after baby Benjamin is born. : ) Just a little excited from the gifts from grandma. Off to play with their new stickers. Leah actually picked the boy stickers – the cars. : ) She’s making roads to put them on.
I read a book recently that shared not to buy them toys so much but real things to play and learn from (tools, microscopes, musical instruments, etc…). I liked the idea and bought Matthew a tool kit from Walmart. He loves it and uses it all the time now. He puts boards and sticks together in the yard. He makes crosses from branches and brings them in to us. He helped daddy make something for his bees the other day the required a frame. Busy bees…. : )
Last Friday was a beautiful day. It seemed like it was really the first good day of spring or early summer. I couldn’t see us home schooling that day. First we went for a walk then daddy wanted to go back out and take pictures while I was home resting. The girls wanted to go with dad of course. Been picking flowers again… : ) Our other view up by the barn. By far my favorite view. I love the country. Yes, that’s our garbage can in the background. It works best for a big family. They pick up every other week and it’s always full. But, we’ll try to focus on Elisabeth’s pretty flowers. : ) Sweet Hannah Little darling…One of our tropical looking flowers on our property. Yes, we are in Washington and yet we have cactus and snakes and flowers that look like they are from the tropics. Daddy forgot to use the close up feature of the camera. He’s going to try to get this again sometime.
Our friends Bob and Brenda whom we haven’t seen in over 2 years contacted us about a year ago about this family that they are friends with… Dan and Rebecca Small. He had a condition in that he had 3 months to live. I felt led to call Rebecca last year and was so glad that I did as she was so receiving of a stranger calling her who cared. She warmed up to me quickly and we talked for a long time. We spoke a few other times and disclosed other trials and such and found that we both had a lot in common Matthew contacted Dan as well and they spoke on the phone and e-mailed on occasion. Dan had a website also for some Bible stories for kids that he had made so our kids read them with dad at night for a time. Last they spoke, Matthew and Dan were going to critique each other’s websites.
Six months ago or so Dan e-mailed everyone to let them know that he felt the Lord had healed him. He was a little hesitant to but was so filled with joy that he couldn’t hold back. He was feeling much better. We didn’t hear much about his condition as he was feeling better. He and his wife went down South somewhere to where their daughter was in a National Scripture memorizing type contest. They also drove a day’s drive to Yakima, WA from Brinnon, WA as he was to preach on Easter Sunday at a church there.
We just received news this morning from our friend that he passed. The above picture was taken a couple years ago just before his illness. Please pray for his dear wife and children as I know they are all hurting and missing him so much. She wrote to share that he had a peaceful day but suffered through the night with breathing. His last words to her was, “Peace. Peace I leave with you.” What beautiful words to leave with her. He wants her to be in peace about his death. He loved the Lord and was more than happy to go though he wanted to be here for his family.