Monday, August 20, 2007

Holding Steady

Eileen's tummy measurement remains at a steady 38" despite indulging in Chinese food and Chick-fil-a and an occasional bag of taffy. Sitting here drinking prune juice (per the midwife's orders for her low iron), Eileen wants everyone to know that she really is working hard at eating balanced meals and snacks -- most of the time.

Contrary to Eileen's urging, we will not be having a weekly measurement of Micah's tummy circumference.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Baby Beats

Tuesday was our second prenatal appointment. The blood results from last month show that Eileen has low iron so she has been instructed to eat lots of iron-rich food. Micah is looking forward to more steak in his diet!

More exciting was hearing the heartbeat of our little child. The midwife warned us that it might take a little bit to locate it, but as soon as she placed the doppler on Eileen -- a quick, little, bunny-like heartbeat emerged, thumping away at a healthy 160 beats per minute.

It is amazing to realize that a little child is growing in there. We are reminded of Psalm 139:13-14, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” What a great gift God has given us.

Here is a little sample of what we heard:

A Vision of Things to Come

No, we haven't disappeared from the face of the earth -- we have just had one thing after another with no time left to blog.

A couple of weeks ago we spent a fantastic ten days vacationing in Maine at Micah's parents. The ocean air did us good. Eileen's usual afternoon slump vanished as we climbed on rocks and hiked the trails at Acadia National Park. Baby's "first" camping trip was a success.

For Eileen it was all the better because she and Micah's mom hit the thrift shop jackpot for maternity clothes. Pennsylvania has great thrift shops -- but the dregs for maternity clothes. She came away with 7 pants and 7 tops -- all like new. She is now set for when her belly "pops" (even now things are a little desperate, but nothing that safety pins and a long shirt won't solve).

Here is one preview of her new wardrobe.

Note: Eileen is NOT this big at 12 weeks -- that would be very disconcerting. Rather the hidden prop of a pillow creates the desired effect of things to come.