It's always fun to blog right before and right after a big change. I like comparing my thoughts and feelings before and after and knowing that God already knew the exact outcome from the beginning. We've had a lot of change in the last year with a quick, unexpected move to a new town and meeting new people, finding a new church and co-op, learning new things about God's Word and following him to new and unexpected places and... expecting a new baby. With this pregnancy there was so much else going on I sort of put it on the back burner. It takes a while to grow a human being so I knew I had time and we'd cross each bridge as we got to it. Praises all the way along as we found out he is a healthy baby boy and the pregnancy has gone quite smoothly. The kids are again thrilled to be adding another sibling. Sierra is additionally excited that she will officially have a buddy to watch out for now. I am so blessed to be able to have the same midwife that I had with Jack and we hope to be birthing at home any day now. The EDD (estimated due date, which puts you in the middle of 38-42 weeks which is a normal gestation period) has come and gone but I can feel that we're close. At my appointment yesterday we put together our "go" plan which does serve it's purpose practically but also just keeps me sane so I have something to do besides just wait for our boy's arrival. My plan includes drinking a parsley "tea" to raise my iron levels, taking extra vitamin C and chlorophyll to help combat any possible group beta strep, taking evening primrose oil orally and internally to soften the cervix, cleaning the house Friday and scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees, I added scrubbing carpet stains just for good measure, an epsom salt soak for the magnesium to help with swelling which has been bad this year while we enjoy spectacularly warm weather, drinking red raspberry leaf tea to support my uterus in all the work it'll be doing and to follow all this with a rest on Saturday. The "plan" is to go into labor Saturday night and have the baby on Mother's Day. So, doesn't that sound great. I'll post his birth story after he's come and hopefully I'll remember to actually click 'post' so it doesn't sit for two years! (Poor Jack.)
A Letter of Welcome to our #7...
God is so good to bless us with you. You are the first baby where I was pretty confident that you would be a boy and I was right... unless there is a surprise in store!! Your name means abundance or overflowing and it fits so well. I am not worthy to receive this overflowing blessing of another child but I am so very grateful for it. I can't wait to see your sweet face and cuddle your tiny body, to watch you grow and change so quickly. My biggest fear is the number of people in the family that want to hold you... will I get enough time? This will be our first time with brothers so close in age, just less than two years, and I expect that will add some new dynamics to the family. Our life is full of farm adventures, hard work and rich blessings. We spend lots of time together and I can't wait to add you to all this. Our new church family has literally flooded you and me with gifts of welcome. You will definitely be fashionable and your feet won't get cold either! This year many little fruit trees were planted and when I think of them growing right along side you it thrills me. You will be our sixth child at home, Lord willing, and I think that is wonderful. We are ready for you sweet boy. You can come at any time.
Love you already,