Christopher is definitely growing, and has been making me very hungry in the last few weeks. With Noah, I felt hungry through out the entire pregnancy. With Christopher, I have only noticed feeling famished in the last few weeks. I am praying that this little dude will be a little but smaller than his brother, since Noah was 9 lbs. 6 oz. at birth and 22 & 1/8 inches long. I know that most people have their smallest baby the first time around, but I don't know how we get bigger from here. I know people who have had ten pound babies, I just don't want to be one of those people.
I have been relatively consistent with exercising. I have been doing prenatal yoga about twice a week, and using a recumbent bike 2 times a week plus doing light arm strengthening exercises after I ride my bike. I would like to do more on the bike, but for about the past 6 weeks, when I ride my bike I get Braxton Hicks contractions, which makes it very difficult to continue. They stop as soon as I stop riding the bike, which is a bit annoying, but I take it as a good sign for this pregnancy because I literally did not have a single false contraction with Noah. I went from feeling absolutely nothing to having contractions 1 minute a part when he was 9 days late. You can imagine the shock this sent both my body and Noah's body into. With Noah, I had intentions of not having an epidural. Once I got the hospital, however, the doctor asked (before everything went crazy with Noah), "Epidural?" I looked at Brandon, whispered, "sorry," and then responded to the merciful doctor, "Yes, please."
|Noah eating the horse's plastic carrot|
As many of you know, I have discontinued my calorie counting once I knew I was pregnant because it is not advisable to feel famished during pregnancy. However, I have been attempting (minus the holidays, and my walking trips to the mall with my friend Jenny) to make sure that everything I put in my mouth is of a nutritious nature. I have been consuming a lot of unsalted nuts, eggs, fruits, veggies, and lean meats, and drinking lots and lots of filtered water. Noah and I like to eat an apple a day (Noah eats it with the skin on, can you believe it?) together. Thank goodness for Aldi or else I would be spending $20 a week on apples.
As I come closer and closer to the end of this pregnancy, I ask that you would keep Christopher and I in your prayers. I am attempting to have a VBAC this pregnancy, so like with all pregnancies there is some risk to this choice. We desire to have a VBAC as opposed to another c-section for two main reasons: We would like to have a large family and for my health.
So, please pray that the Lord would keep the baby and I safe through out the rest of this pregnancy and especially during delivery. Please pray that I would not have gestational diabetes (will find out in about a week- I didn't with Noah), please pray that Christopher would be a child of God and would always know Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and please pray that Brandon and I would raise both Christopher and Noah in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Oh, and here are some pics of Noah for your viewing pleasure:
|Noah loves peanut butter!|
|Oops! I ate it all.|