Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Week 31

Week 31 2Week 26 vs Week 31

This week has been really good. On the ministry side of life, I have met with several girls and women about life in general and done Bible studies. David and I are handing out the story of Jonah and having great spiritual conversations through that. I am at a high point spiritually and emotionally.

Physically, however, I want to sleep all the time! Saturday, I took two naps and cleaned like crazy in between those. Smile Thankfully, my hubby is aware of my need for sleep most days and does not mind taking care of the little man. I try not to take advantage of him, though, and usually sleep when Gid sleeps, still. Smile

How far along? 31 Weeks
Name: Ruth Judsyn Barker – We’re having a girl!
Best moment this week: Building a fort in the living room with Gid-man on a rainy day. Also, some amazing things have been happening in our ministry lately, doors opening up and starting Bible studies.
Miss Anything? A big cheeseburger from 5 Guys or TLC. Or sleeping through the night. But I have only done that a few times in the past two years. Smile
Movement: Still tons. But not like Gid, who wanted to break out. Hers are more “I’m here…trying to get comfy…and randomly moving.”
Food cravings: Watermelon (out of season, so I’ll have to wait a little longer to eat it!) and a big burger. Other than that, food aversions is more my style…
Belly Button in or out? OUT! Pretty much. It never really went back in after Gid, so it was inevitable that it would be out eventually.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy. Sometimes moody, though.
Weight Gain So far: We’ll find out officially next week at my next dr’s appointment.
Looking forward to: Bows. Frills. Ruffles. Oh my!

Prayer Needs:
- Not losing focus on why we’re in Portugal.
- Getting around by bus and metro and walking. Getting around is getting a little rough and tough, I get so tired so easily,  and I don’t want to over-do it.
- Going to football games with a toddler who wants to play with the “BALL!” and the big boys. It’s getting a little tough to chase him around all the time.
- Getting prepared mentally for the actual labor part of having a baby. Smile

Just as you don’t know the path of the wind, or how bones develop in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you don’t know the work of God who makes everything.
                                                                                                       Ecclesiastes 11:5

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hello Third Trimester…Did you have to be so, well, predictable?

Week 26

Week 28Hello Ruthie! My how you’ve popped out!

It seemed like as soon as I hit 28 weeks, my body went into stereotypical third trimester mode. Obviously, my stomach expanded. My heartburn is back with a vengeance bringing with it nausea.. My sciatica returned. I have insomnia on days that I am not wanting to be in bed by 9. I have felt the braxton hicks beginning, which I never did with Gid. And I feel the urge to clean every inch of my house. HOWEVER, I am very thankful that this pregnancy, although not necessarily pleasant, has been really easy and laid back compared to many pregnancies. I am so very grateful for that!

How far along? 28 Weeks- We’re in the Home stretch!
Name: Ruth Judsyn Barker – We’re having a girl!
Best moment this week: FINALLY noticing the hiccups. I have felt them twice so far in the past week or two. I love feeling her move and knowing what I am feeling. SmileAlso, we ordered a pack-n-play that should get here tomorrow!
Miss Anything?  Getting off the floor or out of bed without grunting and acting like I’m 70. Also, really missing some American things this week. Like A1. Coffee creamer. And sour cream.
Movement: Still tons. But not like Gid, who wanted to break out. Hers are more “I’m here…trying to get comfy…and randomly moving.”
Food cravings: Not really. Oatmeal, salad with bleu cheese dressing, and an alheira de mirandela com ovo that a place in the mall has…it’s the closest thing to BBQ that I can find here…SOOO good!
Belly Button in or out? OUT! Pretty much. It never really went back in after Gid, so it was inevitable that it would be out eventually.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy. Sometimes moody, though.
Weight Gain So far: As of two weeks ago, 5lbs. I had gained 5kg (which my dra (female dr) freaked out a little, but then realized that I had lost 5 lbs and needed the extra weight…BUT no more McDonalds for me.) With Gid, I had gained 10 lbs this past month, too, but that put me at 20 lbs, instead of 5. I have such a better self image with this pregnancy, I guess because I haven’t gained as much. Also, it’s different weight gain. I gained a lot in my face last time…not so much with this one.
Looking forward to: Obviously seeing Ruth. Getting the pack-n-play. Getting everything clean and ready for her. Getting all the little girl things! Bows. Frills. Ruffles. Oh my!

Prayer Needs:
- Not losing focus on why we’re in Portugal.
- Getting around by bus and metro and walking. Getting around is getting a little rough and tough, I get so tired so easily,  and I don’t want to over-do it.
- Going to football games with a toddler who wants to play with the “BALL!” and the big boys. It’s getting a little tough to chase him around all the time.
- Getting prepared mentally for the actual labor part of having a baby. Smile

Just as you don’t know the path of the wind, or how bones develop in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you don’t know the work of God who makes everything.
                                                                                                       Ecclesiastes 11:5