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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Noah News- 34 Weeks

34 Weeks
He didn't want to turn his head for us!
Our first glimpse of some hair growing on his little head! 
Cannot wait to see if he has dark hair like his big sister!

     Hello Everyone!
      I apologize for taking such a long time to post an update. Our life has been so busy the last few months. We moved into a new place after selling our house back in June, so we have been busy with moving and settling into a new house. We have also been busy with preparing ourselves for the coming arrival of our sweet little Noah! On top of that, we have been trying to enjoy the beautiful summer that God has given to us! It is amazing at how quickly the time just flies by. I cannot believe that it is almost time to flip the calendar to September already. Where did the summer go? I hope that each and every one of you had a blessed summer! We still have a few more weeks left to enjoy, and hopefully a nice warm and sunny fall!
     I thought that it would be a great time to update everyone on how everything is going with my pregnancy. We are so excited to announce that Noah is still growing healthy and strong with each passing day! It brings such joy to my heart to be able to share that news with everyone. I am so incredibly thankful! Noah is going to be 35 weeks old this coming Wednesday, which also happens to be my birthday! I cannot believe that our little boy is already going to be 35 weeks old, he is going to be here before we know it.
     We had an ultrasound to check on how Noah is growing last Monday, and everything is still looking great. Noah measured about 4 lbs 4 oz. at the ultrasound, and had a very strong heartbeat! I just love hearing that sound! We did notice that he is in the breech position right now, which may pose complications to the possibility of having a VBAC. So we are going to be watching his position closely in the next weeks to see if he has moved at all. My hope is that he will turn so we can still attempt a VBAC, but our ultimate goal is to have Noah born safe and healthy into our arms. So we will choose whatever is best for him. But I am praying that his little body decides to turn in the next couple of weeks, so that we can attempt to birth him naturally. 
     One of the most amazing parts of the ultrasound was when the tech showed us the hair growing on his little head. It is so incredible that an ultrasound can pick that up. But we could clearly see the hair, and now it makes me so excited to find out what he looks like! I cannot wait to see if he has a head full of dark hair just like his big sister Caroline.
     In the past few weeks I have been so blessed with baby showers, to celebrate little Noah! My heart is so full when I think about all of the love and support that is shown to us by so many wonderful people. When I first thought about having a baby shower, it truly scared me. It scared me to prepare and get excited for the arrival of a baby, when there are no guarantees. I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to come home to a fully prepared nursery, without a baby in my arms. Yet when I think of this active growing boy inside of me, I realize that he deserves this. I know that as his mom, I want to give him the very best of myself always, and he deserves to have everyone celebrate his precious life! So although it has taken time, and an adjustment in thinking for me, I have felt my heart fill with so much hope as we plan and prepare our house for his arrival! Being able to have a baby shower is such a gift. One that I would have taken for granted before. But now I realize, fully and completely, just how special and wonderful it is to be able to celebrate new life! Here are some pictures of our fun celebrations!

     As we quickly approach the date of Noah's birth, I realize just how much I need to continue to embrace this pregnancy. It is really easy to get caught up in all the preparations for his birth. But I love being pregnant! I love feeling my active little boy moving around all the time! It is the greatest feeling ever! I absolutely love the thought that Noah comes everywhere with me. He is always so close, safe and warm, to my heart. Each time I feel his precious body move, I thank God for the gift of his life. I love spending time each day reading to him, singing to him, and telling him all about the activities of my day. I am trying my best to cherish each and every moment that I have with him so close. One of my favorite things to do each evening, as it starts getting dark outside, is to sit in the glider in Noah's nursery, and read children's books. I imagine my sweet little Caroline looking down from heaven, and my active little Noah listening attentively as I read them stories. It just feels right, and my heart feel full. Both of my babies enjoying quiet time with me at night, moments I will forever cherish. 
     I am also so incredibly excited about meeting this little guy. I am anxiously awaiting the moment when he decides that it is time to make his big entrance into the world! I cannot wait to hold him in my arms, kiss his precious face, and touch every part of his perfect little body. That day is coming so quickly. It truly could come at any moment. Although we are hoping that little Noah decides to continue growing for at least a few more weeks though.
     A huge thank you to everyone who continues to show us such love and support. This road has been far from easy, and filled with so many ups and downs. But we are so thankful for our faithful God, and the wonderful people who continue to surround us in so many prayers. We can truly feel the love and prayers each and every day. Thank you for your thoughts, well wishes, and questions of concern. It all means so much to us! We are so grateful. 
I look forward to sharing more news of our growing little rainbow baby soon!
     Here are a few pictures of my growing belly from the past few weeks! 

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