Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Funny Fear

So, obviously my tummy is expanding and there is no mistaking I am pregnant. Everywhere I go, it’s no longer “Are you pregnant?” Instead, people now ask me, “When are you due?” So, again, I’m just loving every aspect of this blessing; however, I wouldn’t be completely honest if I were to say I hadn’t had a concern or two. What’s funny is that the type of concerns I have had are not the traditional ones. I haven’t been worried about parenting. I haven’t been anxious about finances. I haven’t even been concerned about labor.

Okay, so what am I afraid of? Don’t laugh…my fear is that my belly button is going to pop out! My whole life I’ve had an inny. I’ve never really known of any close friends who have an outy. Josh jokes with me that like a well-done turkey, my belly button is going to just pop out. Yes, I know how ridiculous this sounds; however, I did have a friend who actually watched her belly button go from an inny to an outy in a day. This freaked me out a little. Josh thinks this is hilarious and never misses and opportunity to make fun of me. In fact, lately he’ll randomly make a popping sound (similar to the one they use on the Pringles commercials) and then grin at me in a really mischievous way.

I know there is no way to predict whether or not my belly button will pop out. I’ve heard some say it depends on the position of the baby. I also know there are many ways to conceal an outy (like simply placing a band-aid over it). And I also know that if it does pop out, it will most likely go back in after the delivery. Needless to say, this is truly not a reason to be concerned but I thought you would all get a good laugh out of my ridiculous fear.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Another Reminder That God Is In Control

On our way home from church one Wednesday night towards the end of January I began having some pains on the left side of my stomach. They were not very strong and I just assumed Addilyn had shifted and was pressing on something. However, when we got home, I went to the restroom and I was bleeding pretty heavily. We spoke with my doctor and he suggested I rest with my feet up for awhile and then check to see if the bleeding had slowed down. I was to go immediately to the hospital if the bleeding was still heavy but if it had slowed I was encouraged to rest until the morning and then go into the office as soon as they opened the next day. As I was laying on the couch, my lower left side of my back started to have a piercing pain; however, after checking again it was obvious that the bleeding had slowed down. Praise the Lord! I cautiously took a shower and got ready for bed. As soon as I laid down in bed Addilyn started shifting around. She was kicking harder than she ever had before and I was SO thankful. I have never felt relief sweep over me like it did in that instant.

First thing the next morning we went to the doctor. They did several different ultrasounds, a stress test, heart rate checks, tests to check for contractions and preterm labor, and a few other things. Everything looked good! They were unable to determine what had caused the bleeding and it did not seem that I was having any preterm contractions; however, they want me to continue monitoring everything. They gave me another Rhogam shot and told me to rest for the next few days.

Once again, I was reminded that I’m not in control. Only God is, and he works all things together for the good of those who love him. So, praise the Lord for His sovereignty and for yet again pouring out tons of grace and mercy on our family. Praise Him for allowing my body to heal and for allowing Addilyn to continue to grow and stay healthy.