Its time for an update and even more exciting than that its time for the chance to win a fabulous prize –
Keep reading to the end of this post for your chance to win a Starbucks gift card…
A prize perfect for the pumpkin spice latte lovers!!!!!!! Has anyone had one yet this fall? I was there yesterday and almost ordered one, but its in the 90’s and my full term pregnancy body produces enough heat to bake a pizza so I just couldn’t do it. But I can’t wait until some cooler temps…you know…like the 80’s… so I can enjoy some hot beverages….I also can’t wait until sweet baby boy gets here!!!!!
I am 38 weeks and 6 days! Wow! The past few weeks have held some sweet end of pregnancy moments:
Maternity Pictures by the talented Sarah Best Photography…..Wow…I don’t know how she did it but she actually captured that “pregnancy glow” which I had previously thought was a phrase invented to help overheated preggie ladies not feel so bad about their overactive sweat glands. It also helped that my sweet friend Anna from Anna Decker Artistry did my hair and make up. If anyone needs a photographer or professional make – up and hair artist in the Austin, Houston, or Dallas area, these are your ladies! Not only are they crazy talented, but they are peaceful and joyful, mighty women of God. A few of my faves:
It was so fun to have memories of this pregnancy where I didn’t look sweaty, awkward, tierd or puffy…. speaking of preggie pics that remind you there just isn’t anything glamorous about being almost 39 weeks pregnant…my most recent belly shot from yesterday…
But regardless of how glamorous the end of pregnancy
is isn’t, nothing can shake my thankfulness for our precious baby boy and for these awesome women who were at my baby shower. And also for friends and family who sent greetings and gifts from far away.
One of the best parts of the shower was that every guest brought a kids book as a gift for baby boy (I absolutely LOVE kids books) and I had to guess who brought which book. I was kind of horrible at guessing correctly but am so excited about all the fun books he has!
My other favorite part of the shower was the prayer time over me and baby boy at the end. This picture is funny to me because I am such a huggy person that usually I would want everyone close and laying their hands on me…but I had to specifically ask that people keep their distance because of my internal furnace!
And now for your chance to win a Starbucks gift card!!!!!!!
All you need to do is leave a comment below on what date and time you think Baby Boy will arrive! And because I am really nice I am going to give you a few hints:
– His due date is September 20th
– I am not in active labor, having only sporadic contractions.
– At my last appointment on Monday, I was between 4 – 5 cm dilated! What whoa, I know…that was probably one of the most shocking moments of my life.
Apparently I have been in in-active labor and only felt a few contractions. I can’t even tell you how elated I was and then how
productive crazy I got. The next day, I must have done 20 loads of laundry…which means anything washable in my home has now been washed, I scotch guarded all the rugs, mopped, cleaned the shower and dusted…all before lunch. If only I could bottle that nesting adrenaline to use later.
Of course he didn’t come that day.
But the whole process of laboring, without even knowing I am laboring reminds me of many moments in my journey with Jesus.
This morning I woke up, a little annoyed I still wasn’t in active labor and started thinking of all the various “methods” that can send you into labor: walking, cartwheels, eating pineapple (no really this sent one of my friends into labor)…and wondered if I should try to do them all at one time and get this party started. I felt the Lord reminding me of so many times in my life, when I was praying and believing for something huge to happen and it appeared on the surface that nothing was happening when all along He was doing something great behind the scenes.
This was definitely true for me in the years, and I mean years, like 7 – where I didn’t go on a single date, yet the Lord kept promising me that He had an amazing spouse and that I didn’t need to try to control the situation or make something happen from my own strength. Fortunately, I don’t have to wait 7 years to have this baby boy =) But finding out that I am almost half way through labor and I haven’t felt much pain or discomfort reminds me that God is big and I am not. He is Holy, Sovereign and sees everything that is happening, even when I have no clue what is going on. What I need to do, is ask Him faithfully “Lord what are you saying?” and then OBEY. When I seek Him and then obey, I can trust He is doing things much greater than I could imagine.
So bring on this baby boy…but only in your perfect time and ways, Lord….like it says in Isaiah 55:9
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Leave your guess in the comment section below. To be eligible to win you must leave a guess for Date and Time baby boy will get here!