Monday, April 18, 2016

25 Weeks

We're halfway through the 20s, and I'm thrilled about it!
The 20s are always kind of a hard part of pregnancy for me...
it seems I've been pregnant for so long and yet there is still such a long time to wait to meet this new little piece of my heart.
I've been keeping busy with my long list of projects to do before this little guy arrives,
so pardon the sporadic posting!
Someday I may get back to daily posting,
but in the struggle to maintain correct priorities at times this blog goes on the back burner.

As far as the pregnancy goes, I'm feeling pretty well.
I have a fairly long abdomen and I find that rather than getting a cute little bump,
my whole torso just swells up at once.
As my sister-in-law said, "You have a column, not a bump!"
However, I've gained a surprising amount of weight and this little guy is measuring so big that they're about to send me in for another ultrasound to make sure everything is normal.
Each of our boys has been about a pound bigger than the last--
Talmage was 7 lbs, 7 oz, Wesley was 8 lbs, 9 oz, and Lincoln was 9 lbs, 3 oz--
so when Lincoln was born my doctor told me that if we had another it may be a 10 lb baby!
We'll see if his prediction proves to be true.

In any case, he is still a big time mover.
I wish I could see exactly what he is doing because his movements seem so bizarre and rapid at times that I can't fathom how a tiny baby could create such a sensation.
It will definitely be interesting to see what he's like as a newborn!

I had a teacher in high school who insisted that God gave mothers the gift of forgetfulness
so that they would continue to have babies because they couldn't remember how painful and difficult it was.
Maybe he was right, but I prefer to think of it not as forgetfulness but as the divine love Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke about last October. He quoted a mother who wrote to him,
"How is it that a human being can love a child so deeply that you willingly give up a major portion of your freedom for it? How can mortal love be so strong that you voluntarily subject yourself to responsibility, vulnerability, anxiety, and heartache and just keep coming back for more of the same?...Maternal love has to be divine. There is no other explanation for it. What mothers do is an essential element of Christ's work."
Read his full talk here.

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