Here are some belly pics to look at first!
They, again, don't look much different to me, but hey, who knows. The cropping is off, so one of the pics is closer than the other... but the shape of the belly is what matters, right? ;)
I went for my 34 week check up today. It went really well! Measuring right on target. Miss Molly's heartbeat was 147 which is exactly where it needs to be still. Surprisingly enough, I had only gained 2lbs since the last visit. What the? How in the world? I have consumed enough steak, ice cream, milk, cheese, and donuts to feed 30 people, at least, in the last 2 weeks. Where did all those calories go?! I'm happy about it, but wonder where the pounds I should have gained went!
I also gave in and got a flu shot, my first ever. Ouch. I debated on it for the last two weeks as I saw the flu hit almost everyone we know. I haven't gotten the flu in years, so I really questioned the doctor on risks and benefits before deciding to do it. In the end, the benefits outweighed the risk of getting the flu... plus it will help protect Molly for a few months, too.
Our next appointment is January 30. During that appointment I'll get to see (and record) Miss Molly on the ultrasound again during a growth scan. I'm so excited to see how different she looks now as compared to her 20 week ultrasound! I also have an internal exam that day to see if Molly decides to start descending and getting ready or if we need to help her along with evening primrose oil or anything. I bought an exercise ball to sit on, too, hopefully that will help her decide to get into position on her own as well.
Now onto the mushy stuff... Divine Timing.
It's interesting how God works things out for the big picture, while we're so busy working on our small piece of it. In November 2009, I began researching and praying about finally doing what I had thought about doing way back when I was pregnant with my oldest, Micah. I knew way back then I could do this for someone else, at the time thinking it would possibly be my best friend who I did it for. Shane and I talked about it way back then kind of as a "maybe we could do that" kind of thing. In 2009 When I came to him and said it was something I was ready to do and asked for his support, he was admittedly kind of taken aback by the topic being brought up again, I think he thought it was something you say you could do someday and then never do. I told him I was serious and that it was something I was ready for since we were done having our own children. He said he'd support me if that was what I wanted. We talked a lot about what it would mean for him, for the boys, for me, etc. As time went on and we researched and I prayed and prayed, he took hold of my dream, and he invested in it as if it were his own, its now OUR dream. I love him! But back to November 2009. I felt called to do it, and started down the long road of pursuing it.
While I was learning about the calling God placed on me, and I really do feel that I was called to do it, in 2009, He was readying a family just for me to help. Jack, Katie and Kevin's son, was born in November 2009 via c-section. After which, they learned that it wasn't in the cards for Katie to carry another child. I wasn't there, so I cant imagine what they went through, but I'm fairly certain it was a very hard and scary time for them as they processed and worked through all the medical and emotional aspects of it all. Then, they also started down the road to pursue surrogacy.
A year ago next week, Katie and I were introduced via three different arenas all at the same time. That's one of those things I just look back and realize how perfect God's picture is. Even if we had just been introduced through only ONE of those arenas, the fact is that our paths would have crossed eventually. But all three arenas at once. "Here you go, just for you!" is how I feel maybe God wanted me to see it.
Last November, around Jack's birthday is when I realized just how big of a picture God had painted. Way back in 2009, he was preparing me to help this family and preparing them for finding me. Think about it. He loves us THAT much, that even while we're going through horrible storms, He thinks of us and plans ways to redeem that situation... even if that redeeming comes years down the line. I can't express it enough how much He loves His children and wants only great things for us.
Anyway, that's my mush for today. I just think it's really awesome how everything works together. If ever there were any doubts about this being something God called me to do or if this was at all HIS purpose, knowing the above would show any doubt the door.
Again, that's it for today. I hope you have an awesome weekend! I'll post again after the next appointment!