Friday, January 26, 2007

"Baby will come, Kristi... Baby will most definitely come."

This is the mantra that I make Andrew repeat to me several times a day. It is a bit of a rip off of Field of Dreams... but that's okay.

So today is the day that our baby is due to appear. I must inform many of you who made guesses a few posts ago about the due date that most of you were WRONG as those dates have passed. But it's okay. We will meet this little one soon and it shall be great and delightful!

All I ask now is that you all pray for a complication-free delivery and a healthy baby U. Hopefully the next time I post, I can post about how beautiful our little newborn actually is! Yipeee!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A lesson in patience

Well... at least I'm forwarding the cause for making my husband a saint.

These last 2 weeks of pregnancy are DEFINITELY a lesson in patience. Not only patience for me, as I wait to give birth to this chunky monkey in my tummy... But also a great lesson in patience for my most wonderful husband who is somehow managing to put up with my inexplicable and hardly stoppable crying fits. (Not to mention how annoyed I am at everything he does lately... and then I get annoyed at how annoyed I am... and well.. it's basically a downhill spiral from there.) Andrew for Sainthood!

Went to the doctor for my regular checkup today. I found out I'd only progressed half a centimeter from last week. Hey.. that's something, right? Um... no... it's barely ANYTHING. But it's okay. When the doctor offered to speed up the process with a little manipulation of my cervical area... she said "If we do this, you'll have a 75% chance of going into labor within the next 3 days."... I looked at Andrew... Andrew looked at me... and we both realized that would mean we'd have an out-of-utero child VERY soon. Thus we freaked out and said "no... we'll go ahead and wait a few more days." (eye rolling... i'm such a chicken!)

Anyhoo... as long as baby is doing okay after Friday (my due date), the doctor won't wait any longer past a week from this coming Monday to induce. So there will be a child in our apartment within the next 13 days or so.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Jan. 22nd, 2007

It is time once again on my annual post on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Today, I shall provide you with great reasons to be Pro-Life:
1) Everything that tells us how much of a real and true person each tiny baby is-
The Milestones of Early Life** (**copyright 2006 Heritage House brochure)
*On day 1 all of the child's inherited features are set - eye color, hair color, and gender. He or she is smaller than a grain of sand, but the instructions are present for all that this person will become.
*At 18-20 days the foundations of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system are laid.
*At 21 days, the baby's heart begins to beat.
*At 52 days, spontaneous movement begins. In the 4 weeks following, baby hiccups, frowns, squints, moves arms and legs, stretches and yawns.
*At 8 weeks the baby is now well-proportioned, and about the size of a thumb. Every organ is present and the hear beats steadily.

2) It feels great to give a voice to those who do not have one.

3) You never have to justify a reason to protect innocent life... however you nearly always have to justify a reason to kill and end an innocent life.

4) You can love babies AND mommas and you don't have to pick from one or the other.

5) Because the ability to create life inside one's own womb is one of the greatest gifts God ever gave us, and it's so sad that we've come so far that we even don't consider life-giving a gift any more.

On this day, the anniversary of a decision that has destined so many itty bitty innocent lives for death before they had a chance to live, let us all pray and work and love to our greatest extent so that we can help all women who struggle with unplanned pregnancies... so that we can build up a society that believes ALL life is precious... so that we can put a stop to a practice that destines the smallest among us to a death before they've even been given a chance to see God's beautiful world.

"A person is a person no matter how small." - Dr. Seuss

Friday, January 19, 2007

Wit's End

Okay... so it's about time to disregard that post I put up a week or so ago about not being quite ready to not be pregnant anymore. Something has shifted in the last week in my head that has made me a crazy, freaking out, crying, "this baby will never come out," mess!

It's true that my official due date isn't for one more week, but I'm going absolutely nuts. Everyone has told me that pregnancy gets super old by the time you hit your 9th month. I didn't really believe them... well... not until about 5 days ago. Now I'm freaking ready to have this kid.

But that's enough whining. Now onto more delightful things. Like... delivery date guessing!

1) My bosses are still insisting it shall be next Saturday - Jan. 27th - because it's both of their birthdays.

2) Someone at my mom's work has predicted this Sunday - Jan. 21st. I'm not sure of her reasoning, but I DO enjoy it.

3) My former roommates (one of which is Baby U's godmother) are insistent upon the date of Jan. 23rd because they'll be on their way back from the March for Life in DC, and they wont' have to miss out on too much of Baby U's life.

4) Fr. Kline (our marriage prep priest) has decided that Andrew and I should have Baby U on Jan 22nd - the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. I also think this would be EXTREMELY cool considering how much the Pro-Life pilgrimages have shaped me as a person and how passionate I am about protecting Life. I even was hoping for Jan. 22 way back when I found out we were pregnant but I figured that was too early. Now... it's actually possible.

5) Tomorrow. This is my guess. It is only my guess because each day I say that "tomorrow I'm having a baby." Unfortunately, this has not yet been a true statement. But maybe today it will be.

So do you have a guess on Baby U's arrival??? I'd love to hear it... well... that is unless you tell me it's going to be February something in which case I shall despise you for a few hours. :)

Love and hugs!
Keeks and Baby U

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Spirituality and Pregnancy

So I had this amazing realization in Mass this past weekend. We sang the song called "Sanctuary" which is probably one of my favoritest songs of all time when it comes to Praise and Worship and Church songs. It always makes me think of our Sojourn Retreats and March for Life and my Daisy pals and my awesome roommates and the wedding weekend. Anyways... it goes like this:

"Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,
Pure and Holy, Tried and True.
With thanksgiving I'll be a living
sanctuary for you."

And it's just this fabulous reflection to sing during or just before Holy Communion.

So... the point of this post. We sang it at Mass last weekend and it brought tears to my eyes. Because I started reflecting on actually BEING a Sanctuary. A Sanctuary for God... a Sanctuary for Baby U. It all seemed so amazing that just as I have this little life growing within me, each time I go to Mass so too do I have Christ dwelling within me... just as alive and real as this little baby.

It blew me away. God is so good. Yeay for being Sanctuaries!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Mother Goose

Okay... so the people at my job like to be super silly a lot of the time. We have this goose that generally sits in front of my bosses office because there are like a ton of Canadian Geese that we can't seem to get rid of from our lake, and someone gave him this goose a couple years ago as a joke. Anyhoo... the goose has 4 or 5 outfits that he gets dressed in throughout the year. Sometimes he's dressed as a priest or bishop, sometimes as a Chiefs fan, sometimes as a tourist, and every now and then as Santa Clause.

But I came into work last Friday to find the goose in front of my office in a maternity dress!!! My boss made me take a picture with it and then he posted us on the bulletin board. I thought I should share:

Any Day Now

Baby U is due in 11 days. I went in for my weekly check up yesterday and found out I'm 70% effaced and dilated to 1cm. This doesn't mean anything except that we're pretty on track and things are progressing. So Baby could come today, tomorrow, or 3 weeks from now. (I'm hoping for sooner rather than later cuz I'm getting super excited to meet this little tyke.)

Just thought I'd keep you in the loop! No Baby Yet.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Just to put a smile on everyone's face:

Isn't she just the cutest?

Friday, January 05, 2007

Well that's interesting...

So I realized something the other night that kind of baffled me. And I pretty much promise you won't understand this if you're a guy.

Anyhoo... though I am nearly 30 pounds heavier and have this strange bump on my stomach, I think I have never felt thinner in my life.

Baffling? ... yes. But here is the reason: When a baby fills in your tummy, there's no more room for blubber rolls or love handles or any other such unsightly things. And also... you actually have an excuse for being something besides the size 6 that society sort of expects of you. It's quite lovely.

To sum up: I feel pretty, oh so pretty... I feel pretty and witty and with child!!!

And for that reason, I'm not quite ready to go back to my pre-preggo body... although I will enjoy the sensations of being able to roll over in bed without help and also get out of the squishy couch without help and also climb stairs without nearly as much effort and also put on my own socks again.

tee hee.

just thought i'd share.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

This Winter's Theme

Hello Ladies & Gents!

Long time, no post as Val pointed out in the last comment section. No I have not given birth to Baby U yet... though it's getting closer every day. Everytime I feel a funky pain in my stomach, I'm just sure it's labor coming on, but, alas, no baby yet.

I decided that since we are now a good 15 days or so into Winter that I should maybe let you know the theme. By the grace of God, I've actually been able to spend a lot more time with friends lately, so this theme was much easier to figure out than the last one.

I get this vibe that this season will be one of two things: either really fascinating or slightly confusing. Perhaps it will be both for most people. So I've decided to dub the season:

The Winter of Wonder for some of you, it may be "The Winter of Wander"... but either way, it promises to be a neat season filled with lots of those "wow" or "hmm" moments.

That's all I've got for today. I hope you're all doing well!

Love & Hugs!
Me and the Kiddo