Monday, April 22, 2013

28 Weeks - Hello Third Trimester! :)

Yesterday marked my 28th week as Lucy Paige's mom - that's so strange to me! I'm a Mom, a Mother and TJ is a Daddy. We are parents! I know she's still technically not "here" yet but she is to me. I am constantly with her, night and day, praying for her sweet little self (and her Mommy and Daddy!) and thinking about what is best for her and all sorts of other things. I already love her so much and haven't even met her. I already know she is beautiful. I already know Jesus has good, good plans for her. I pray that she will know Jesus and grow to have a relationship with Him as her Savior. I've been so afraid that I'd fail her in that way... But I keep falling back on the promise that if you "train up in child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it" Proverbs 22:6. So it is our duty as parent's to instruct, to disciple Lucy Paige and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. It is also our duty to be godly parents and model Christ's love for Lucy Paige through our marriage and our personal relationship that we each have with Christ. We also have this responsibility for our goddaughter, Parker. We went to her baptism yesterday and it was honestly the sweetest infant baptism/dedication I've ever been to. (Side note - TJ and I do not technically believe that infant baptism or sprinkling is the baptism that marks us as followers of Christ - we believe that when people make the decision to believe that Jesus is their Lord and Savior then they need to publicly profess that by way of baptism. We do not in any way think if you were baptized or choose to baptize your infant that you are wrong - its' just a personal belief that we have. And just so you know we plan to baptize Lucy Paige at FUMCH but will consider it a dedication and when she is older and believes Jesus is her Lord and Savior we will encourage Believer's Baptism by submersion.) We were charged to ensure that Parker will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. We, as godparents, are to make sure that Parker has every opportunity to have a relationship with Christ; something that we will not take lightly. We will pray for Parker and her parents daily. We will do our best to be that guide for her in her journey of faith. And like we will for Lucy Paige, we will strive to model Christ's love for her. This is something that we as followers of Christ should be doing for all people anyway. It is our duty as mature Christians to help disciple other followers of Christ and show Christ's love to non-believers. 

                                                        Now on to the updates! :) 

How Far Along: 28 Weeks - THIRD TRIMESTER!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Still not 100% sure on this one and I always forget to ask.

Maternity Clothes: Oh yes! Dresses and skirts all the time! I hate pants!

Best Moment This Week: Spending time away from "life" with my sweet Smee-J at the beach. It was incredibly nice to have that time with TJ. I ate crab claws to my heart's content and TJ got his fill of shrimp. We also got to spend time with Boy Ryan - that was fun!

Gender: GIRL!!! Lucy Paige Phelps - yay!

Movement: Yes - she is still loving the whole "bounce on Mom's bladder" thing!
Food Cravings: Nope - love the shaved ice places though!
Aversions: Chinese Food - too much MSG. And still brushing my teeth... 
What I Miss: For this past week - laying out on the beach. When you're 6 months pregnant - laying on anything besides a bed or couch is uncomfortable! I asked TJ if he could go get all my pillows so I could prop up better and he just looked at me like I had lost my mind. I thought it was a great idea! :)

Sleep: Not too bad - I have to go to the bathroom a lot but its good for the most part.

What I'm Looking Forward To: May 2 - my next dr. appt. I'll get to have another ultrasound to make sure fluid levels are good to go and get a glimpse of how much Lucy Paige has grown!  

Baby's Lucy Paige's Size:  She weighs as much as a Chinese cabbage (around 2.25 lbs) and is around 15 inches long! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

God Made a Farmer - My Granddaddy

 My Granddaddy was one of the strongest men I ever knew. He loved deeply, worked hard, didn't sellout and was the most un-selfish and humble person I have ever met. He loved Jesus in a quiet way - not a boastful, loud type of love but a gentle "Andrew the disciple" way. He had a book on his nightstand titled, "Jesus in Blue Jeans - A Practical Guide to Everyday Spirituality". He was a simple man in the best sense of the word simple. Simple in that he didn't have all the junk we think we need today (cell phones, computers, internet, and fancy car or house etc.). He had the basics with a few luxuries, such as satellite tv so he could watch Alabama Football in the Fall. :)

It was easier to write about my Granny when she passed away - she had lived a long and good life and was in a lot of discomfort and pain when she passed away. My Granddaddy, however was in the best health to be 72 years old. He kept up cows, gardens, hay fields, heavy tractor equipment and managed to find time to hand craft wooden furniture for his family. I have a porch swing on the front porch in Lawley that he made out of old barn wood for TJ and me. He was always doing something and it was always a worth-while something. He bought a bicycle a few years ago to ride down to the mailbox to get his mail - it has a little wire basket on the front. I thought it seemed out of character for him to be riding a bike but it fit him so well and makes me smile when I see the older looking bikes. I remember him taking my older sister and I to what I think was the first Alabama football game I'd ever been to. It was Homecoming and Alabama was playing Ole Miss - when Eli Manning was the quarterback. I remember because Granddaddy had binoculars and let me use them to watch Eli during his breaks pedal on the stationary bike. :) Something that I had forgotten about until looking through his old albums was that he had a camera that he brought to mine and TJ's wedding to take pictures. While the professional photographer was taking pictures he had been busy snapping away too. The photographer had the umbrella lights set up and for some reason when Granddaddy would snap pictures with his camera the lights would go off. She kind of got aggravated but Granddaddy still took pictures any way. He was so proud of me. He was so proud of all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even Lucy Paige. He was about to start building Lucy Paige a picnic table set. He was excited for her and I am so sad that she won't get to know him. I'll be able to tell her about him and so will my Momma, but it won't be the same.

He passed away Monday, April 1. I had the opportunity to see him Sunday but didn't take the chance to go see him... I thought I'd have time to see him later - I regret so much not going to see him. And I know people say you can't change the past and what's done is done, but I had an opportunity and didn't take it. Don't let any petty grievances or silly things or you thinking that you'll have time later get in the way. Slow down, take time for people you care about. Life will wait, things will wait.

I know Granddaddy loved Jesus and I have a hope for him. He's in Heaven and I know this because of 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.

Paul Harvey's "God Made a Farmer" Speech

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.

"I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife's done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon -- and mean it." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, 'Maybe next year.' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain'n from 'tractor back,' put in another seventy-two hours." So God made a farmer.

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place. So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark. It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week's work with a five-mile drive to church.

"Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'" So God made a farmer.

25 Weeks Down - 15 to Go!

How Far Along: 25 Weeks with Picture and 26 Weeks, 2 Days at press release :)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Still not 100% sure on this one and I always forget to ask.
Maternity Clothes: Oh yes! I went shopping to get a couple of long dresses and skirts so I don't have to wear jeans unless I just want to. That's been nice - I love dresses and skirts anyway and they are super comfy and breezy! :)
Best Moment This Week: Feeling and seeing Lucy Paige move on the outside! Wednesday afternoon (April 3) I laid down on the bed and felt her kicking/moving really hard so I put my hand on my stomach and felt some really strong movements. It was so weird but at the same time the best thing I've ever felt. I used my phone to get a video of it because TJ was at work. He got to feel her moving around the next night.
Gender: GIRL!!! Lucy Paige Phelps - yay!
Movement: YES!!! She likes to bounce on my bladder - TJ said she'll need a trampoline when she's older.
Food Cravings: Nope - love the shaved ice places though!
Aversions: Still brushing my teeth - I have to sing songs in my head to distract myself. Such a weirdo... Minutemaid Orange Drink - LP didn't like that drink one bit. And she definitely let me know she didn't like it.
What I Miss: Not being poked and pricked when I go to the dr. I had the sugar test today and they had to draw blood. I hate, very strongly hate , needles in my arm. The drink they gave me wasn't bad at all - it was kind of like a flat Sprite that burned a little going down. I had heard horror stories about how nasty the drink is and what not - don't listen to everybody else's advice; I've found them to be wrong for the most part.
Sleep: It's been pretty good - it could be worse so I'm thankful for good rest.
What I'm Looking Forward To: May 2 - my next dr. appt. I'll get to have another ultrasound to make sure fluid levels are good to go and get a glimpse of how much Lucy Paige has grown!  

Baby's Lucy Paige's Size: At 25 weeks she weighs about the same as an average rutabaga and is 13.5 inches long. At 26 weeks, she is about the length of an English hothouse cucumber and weighs around 1 and 2/3 lbs.