Friday, October 21, 2011

Twenty-Two Weeks

Our Mini's hands have grown bigger and stronger and the nerve endings in her fingers have developed her sense of touch. She's in there testing out her newfound abilities by touching her face and grabbing the umbilical cord. Other cool developments:

We're already raising a little Einstein. Our baby's brain is developing at a clip this week and will continue to do so until she's five years old!

Baby's hair is now a short, bright white crop (Billy Idol, eat your heart out!). No matter what color it will end up—red, blonde, black—all babies' hair lacks pigment at this point.

Our baby has started growing taste buds and may be able to detect strong flavors in the amniotic fluid. If you could see inside, you might catch her sticking out her tongue for a taste and then grimacing, a sign that perhaps you should chill on the chili powder.
Our baby now weighs almost a pound and measures almost 11 inches from her head to her heel. Up 'til now our baby's legs were curled tight up against her torso. This week your mini is about as long as a package of Oreos and as heavy as a large bag of tortilla chips. Who's hungry?

So that is what's happening with our little Lily this week! As for me and Luke we're keeping pretty busy! Luke is working with Scott still and is keeping busy working with that. I've slowed down with cleaning the vacation rentals but keep busy with other cleaning and thirty one. Trusting in the Lord to help us find a new place to live, yet it's a process, it's taken a lot longer than we thought it would. Praying for patience as we wait on Him. Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Twenty One Weeks!

Okay so I've past the half way marker and it's all down hill from now (right???) This little one is a kicking feign and Luke has finally been able to feel her moving! As for development and size this week here are the facts...

"By now [Lily] looks like a mini-version of what she'll look like when she's born. All her facial features are formed and hair is growing on her head. She's even acting like a baby and will occasionally suck her thumb or yawn. Aww ...

Baby's heartbeat is getting stronger and can be heard using a good old-fashioned stethoscope. Ask for a listen at your next prenatal visit! By 21 weeks, fetal bone marrow starts making blood cells—previously done by the liver and spleen. This may not sound that exciting, but it's good news.

The amniotic fluid that has been cushioning your little bean now serves another purpose: [She] uses it to "practice" chowing down. Yes, it sounds gross (as many aspects of pregnancy do), but it's an important step for your baby toward being able to chow down in the real world. [She] has been swallowing amniotic fluid for a while now, but now the intestines are finally developed enough that she's absorbing small amounts of sugars from it. And let's face it, being able to effectively digest sugar is important at every stage of life.

[She[ now weighs between 10 and 11 ounces and is approximately 7 inches long—the size of a delicious, cold, frothy bottle of root beer. Float anyone?"

21 Weeks!!
I hope you all enjoyed that. Until next time.

Friday, October 7, 2011

20 weeks!!

HALFWAY THERE!!  This is what is happening to little Lily Shannon this week!

"She has established sleep patterns akin to a newborn now. Many babies even have a favorite sleep position already. Some snooze with their chins resting on their chests, while others nap with their head flung back. Many babies at this age fall into noticeable cycles of sleep and activity, so we may know before she arrives whether we have a night owl or an early bird.

Her uterus is completely formed and the rest of her "parts" are in development. (Is that TMI?)

From this point forward, she will put most of her energy into gaining weight and, not coincidentally, so will I! Right now Lily baby weighs approximately 10½ ounces and is about 6½ inches long, about the size of a can of Red Bull (which has way too much caffeine for a pregnant woman to be drinking)."

Monday, October 3, 2011

Take My Life

These lyrics spoke out to me this morning and I thought I'd share with you all. Such an excellent lyric. Hope you are just as blessed as I was when I heard them.
Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing

always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as You choose.
Here am I, all of me.
Take my life, it's all for Thee.

Take my will and make it Thine

it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is Thine own
it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord I pour
at Your feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
ever, only, all for Thee.
Take myself and I will be
ever, only, all for Thee.

Here am I, all of me.
Take my life, it's all for Thee.