Turns out, it was a little show. My contractions slowed down and eventually stopped in the middle of the night. Ryan woke me up around 4:30 a.m. to let me know he was getting ready to go on his 18 mile run, and I realized I had slept all night without waking up to contractions. I have to admit, I was disappointed. Mentally I felt really strong before going to bed as I prepared for what we hope would be an intervention-free birth. I was praying to God that I have the strength that Jesus had on Good Friday over 2,000 years ago - the strength to endure the most physically painful/intense day of his life in order to benefit all of those who place faith in him. When I was in labor with Noah, I remember the experience being very spiritual. God had designed my body perfectly to bring this baby into the world. He provided breaks between contractions so that I could recover and prepare for the next one. Pregnancy itself is a sacrifice - you sacrifice your health (e.g., 17 weeks of nausea and 3 sinus infections later) and your physical appearance (hello extra 30 pounds strapped to the front of my body!). Then, when it comes time to go through labor and delivery, you again are making emotional, mental, and physical sacrifices all because you love this little person who is about to be born. I loved the idea of having an Easter weekend baby, but I do trust that God knows the best time for this little one to be born. So now we patiently wait.
|Noah snuggling with Ryan last week|
Last night, my mom and Kent stopped by after their visit with my brother, my sister-in-law, and their new baby, Natalie Alaine. Isn't she gorgeous! I'm so sad that we haven't been able to visit them yet, but I can't wait to see them in their new roles as parents. More than that, though - I can't wait to kiss her little cheeks!! Oh yeah, where was I? Mom and Kent came over and spent a couple hours with us. Noah was playing baseball outside with Kent and Ryan while my mom and I talked and talked and talked. We had such a great visit, and I felt spoiled to see all my parents in one day! We almost got together with Ryan's mom, sister, and her kids, but it just was going to work out well timing-wise.
This morning for Easter, Ryan got up bright and early to go practice the songs before church began. He played at the 8:00 a.m. service (we never have a service at that time but did for Easter) and then came home for a bit and had breakfast with us. Soon after he left to go back for the 9:30 a.m. service, Noah and I also left for church. It was bittersweet because Noah has stayed with me during the music portion since he was born, partially so he can see Ryan play, partially because he enjoys the music so much, and partially because I have selfishly loved snuggling with him while we sing our hearts out! With having another baby, I know it will be too hard to juggle both of them by myself while Ryan is playing. Since today was Ryan's last time playing for several weeks (because of the baby), it will be nice to have his help transitioning Noah into his classroom right when church begins rather than after the music. I'm excited to have the extra time with him now that he'll have a nice break! We don't get to go to church very often together, so I plan to just soak it up!
After church, we came home, had lunch, and played with Noah. I sterilized the tubing, shields, nipples, and bottles for my breast pump (check that off the list!), and then when Noah went down for a nap, so did we. A couple hours later, Noah woke up, and he found Easter eggs hidden around our house, as well as his Easter basket filled with more eggs, the Over the Hedge DVD, and The Hungry Caterpiller book. We watched his new movie and had dinner this even. Now, Noah is playing on the porch with Ryan while I finish this blog. We had a wonderful weekend together! Today marked the 4 year anniversary we have been at Emmanuel, and we are so grateful for the personal growth and new friendships that have resulted from our time there.
I would love your prayers for the continued health of this baby boy! Please pray that we can be patient for God's timing and enjoy these last days/weeks we have as a family of three (plus Kya!). I think I'm going to take Noah to the Children's Museum tomorrow. It will probably be our last time for awhile, and Noah loves it - not to mention it will keep me walking for several hours chasing an almost 3 year old busy boy! Again, I hope you all had a happy Easter! Hopefully I will be blogging soon about the big adventure that lies ahead.
|Riding the carousel last time we went to the museum|