Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Happy Viability Day Baby!!!

Believe it or not, my little Baby Girl is now viable outside the womb!!! I have waited sooo long to get to this point. I am speachless and sooooooo grateful! God has kept her growing strong and steady every day, as we faithfully have prayed for every stage in her development. He has been so kind to give us her each day. We are amazed and so happy to be parents to this little one, I can't imagine how much better it will be when we can actually hold her and see her, rather than just feel her and talk to her now.

She moves around all the time now. Pretty much every hour I feel movement, and she loves being very active midday and late at night! My brothers saw her moving the other night, all Ihad to do was hold my shirt close and it would jump out all over the place. It was really cute.

I also went from those in-the-know asking "You're really pregnant?" to complete strangers asking when I was due and if this was my first. Baby Girl is undeniably obvious now. It's everything I though it would be in the fun aspect of it. It's a ton more pain than I expected, but it's getting better. I had real sharp right-rib pains that I eventually resorted to ace bandage a few hours a day to fix, and it's been so much better. The round ligament pain that's been there since week 13 got very intense, but leveled off. So all in all, nothing big. And Baby Girl is safe and well, so that's all I care for. I will go through any pain to keep her safe and healthy.

Jonathan is still deployed, but we are now a little over halfway through with this deployment! It's been rough, I have to say, being separated. But God is carrying us through. Having vibrant relationships, renewed in committment in our hearts, has done amazing things to strengthen us and help us grasp purpose in what would be an easy situation to flounder in. But we will be sooo glad when it's the end of October, we have a coming-home date, and we're almost there.

I'm actually in Chicago on a business trip this week, but am then in NC with my family until October 12th at least. Then I hope to pass through Charlotte - anyone free that week??? :)

Here's my week 23 belly shot. I have my camera but no way to get the pictures off of today's shot. But I look just like that.

10 comments:

Further Up & Further In said...

YAY!!!!!! Praise the LORD!!! Look at cute little you, too, Denise! You look so beautiful and healthy and happy....even though I know the deployment is hard on you. I can't wait to see how the wee girlie's room is coming along. *hint*hint*

Herb of Grace said...

Man, I am a wreck. Tearing up here over the sight of that precious wee one (what we can see of her, that it :) )

Are you guys going to let out any hints about names being condsidered??? Some of us need to know for monogramming purposes...

Lauren said...

Oh My, you are soooo cute:))
Praise the Lord for the viability date! I always waited for that day eagerly too:)

Claudia said...

Yeah!! You look amazing (as usual) and I'm so happy to hear how everything is progressing.

I'm going to second the pics of the baby's room. Would love to see them!

Blessings to you, Jonathan, and the babe :-)

Karen said...

You look just beautiful!

So sad I'll miss you here in Chicago (and Georgia!), but we will definitely take a rain check in December when you come with Jonathan. We'd love that!

Congratulations on the Viability Day for Baby Girl! God is so Good!!

Carolyn said...

I also breathed a sigh of relief, too, when I got to the "age of viability" part. You look amazing pregnant - as I knew you would! :) If you have time, I'd love to see you that week you are in Charlotte! You are welcome to stay with us, or just drop by, or we can meet up somewhere...

Darla said...

Denise, I wish I could see you since you are in the area here in Chicago, but I know you're probably busy and it would be hard!!
But on a side note, congratulations, I am happy for you! :)

Lorie C. said...

Oh happy day! What exciting news. You and baby girl are growing nicely and look so cute. Praying for all three of you during this hard time of separation. Maybe we'll bump into each other while you are in town. Love and hugs! :-)

JJandFive said...

Hooray for pictures! You are so cute, Denise : )

Ellen said...

I haven't checked in on you in ages. I was thrilled to see what's going on with you! You might want to head over to my blog. We did fertility treatments again...