Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Something happens to a mother-to-be between 38 & 39 weeks. At least it happened to this momma-to-be! Patience. Or lack there of. I was perfectly content with Axel coming when the time was right. And then 39 weeks crept up. And each day, I keep thinking, "Today is THE day." And each night as another day has past, I'm a little disappointed. His arrival consumes almost every thought. I keep waiting for the contractions to start. Or my water to break. I don't care which one, I just want something to happen! To top it all off, my doctor is at a medical conference next week AND we have a family member that has to go on a business trip next Tuesday-Thursday. So I feel like I'm a ticking time bomb waiting to go off. I feel like we're playing beat the clock. I'm trying EVERY old wives tale to induce labor. Walked more this week then I think in my WHOLE life combined. I just want this precious life to grace us with his presence before Monday. However, this thought process does not make for a happy/joyous/content momma to be. I woke up this morning and decided I could NOT keep living like this. I was driving myself, and I'm sure the mister, INSANE. So again, I'm taking my thoughts captive. I feel like this is my mantra for this mom thing. And I"m surrendering. The Lord knows. He knows the PERFECT time that our sweet Axel needs to come into this world. And he also knows all of our circumstances. All the time crunches. And He sees it all. And that gives me such peace. Now if I can just choose those thoughts daily instead of making myself, and those around me, an anxious mess. So I'm here, in front of all blog world, declaring that I chose JOY. I chose PEACE. And I'm replacing my anxious/impatient thoughts with peace, joy, and patience. How do I do this? I'm memorizing scripture on all those virtues. And each time an anxious/time crunch thought comes into my head, I'm replacing it with TRUTH. Okay, time to get off my rant. I promise the rest of the post will be fun snipits of the end of my pregnancy...
1. We had ANOTHER ultra sound on Wednesday to monitor Axel's growth. And according to their calculations, Axel is about 8lbs...healthy boy. Not gonna lie, it makes momma a bit nervous...
2. We got to see our little man's personality on the ultrasound. He was making fish lips at us and sticking his tongue out. Goofball. Wonder where he gets that?!
3. Gentlemen, you may not want to read this one. I'm dilated to 3 cm, as of last Tuesday, so we ARE progressing well. Despite my impatience.
4. I have a fear of my water breaking in inconvient places/times...in the middle of the night when I don't have my make up on or my hair did. Oh, I will be that girl who gets ready before we go;)...and I'm terrified of it breaking in the shower and with all the water, I'm clueless. I'm a dork, I know.
So many of you have sent us encouraging emails/texts/etc. We cannot express how much it means to us. Knowing we have so many people praying for a safe delivery at the PERFECT time, gives us so much peace. Maybe the next time I blog, will be sweet Axel's arrival...
Thursday, February 9, 2012
2. We finished Axel's Nursery! We couldn't be more pleased. This was a labor of love. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this by so many family and friends. We are truly speechless of the love that surrounds us.
3. Momma at 38 weeks...
more of 38 weeks...
4. Since, I have missed some postings, I'll play catch up//37 weeks.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Can you see why we feel so blessed?! Axel is so loved by so many family and friends.
Completely unrelated, I have a prayer request. I went to the dr. today and found out there is a GREAT possiblity Axel is breach. If so, he has 2 weeks to turn, before other arrangements must be made. On January 31st at 8:45am we have an ultrasound scheduled to verify his position and further arrangements will be made based on what they see. We would so welcome your prayers, that if our precious little man is breach, that he would turn. I'm not gonna lie, I burst into tears as soon as we left the doctor. I realize this isn't life and death, however, in my type A little mind, this WAS NOT the plan. However, God is bigger. He sees the bigger picture. And I'm CHOOSING to place my trust in that very fact. These are just the beginnings of my mommy worries!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I'm taking a break from the preggers posts/updates to share something on my heart this Christmas season. I'm sure many of you, if "many" even read this, are doing a victory dance due to growing weary of my growing belly pics and updates-ha!
This Christmas season has been especially meaningful to me. I don't know if its because we've been knee deep in ministry preparing for services for our 1st Christmas as B being on staff, or because I'm pregnant with our first born son, or maybe its the hormone rollercoaster-ha. But my Spirit has been more sensitive than ever before. As I've been digging in and studying the Christmas story, Luke 2:19-20 challenged me for this season and to carry on into this new season of our life.
Luke 2:19-20 "Mary kept ALL these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and LET LOOSE, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It truned out EXACTLY how they had been told." MSG
The words "let loose" stuck out to me, as it was written in this translation. What do you think of when you think of "let loose?" I think of jumping up and down, screeching/laughing in celebration, and of course DANCING. Whatever picture you get, its letting go of all inhabitions. You can't be inhibited and "let loose." Why did they do this? It was all an expression of praise to God for ALL they'd heard and seen regarding the birth of Christ. They'd found the birth EXACTLY how the heavenly host proclaimed. God's plan was coming to pass, just as the prophets foretold, and the angels proclaimed to them. They were praising because he had finally sent Jesus; the Saviour, Lord, and Christ. And their response was just as ours should be today; they LET LOOSE. How many Christmases do we let go by and simply awknowledge (if that) our Saviour's birth? When was the last time you (or me) truely LET LOOSE in our response to the birth of our Saviour and the saving grace through Him? When was the last time we couldn't contain our joy of the coming of our Christ, but had to SHOUT it from the rooftops or we'd explode? The shepherds provide such a clear picture of what our response should look like this season: LET LOOSE: let go of all your inhabitions, dance in joy, screech/laugh in delight, and then SHARE it. Let the JOY of your Saviour and salvation LET LOOSE this Christmas season.
Merry Christmas from the Opperman's!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
We are at 30 weeks, folks, not long! We are getting more and more elated for Axel's arrival each day.