New Arrival

I think you’ve guested by now that baby did end up coming the same day as my false contractions. Ha! Funny how that happens. I can’t believe we could have had him in the car if we waited much longer. Yikes! Taught me a lesson. The last thing I want is to have a baby in an ambulance. Not like it wouldn’t be an adventure, but not really the calm and controlled environment I’d prefer.

Meet Benjamin Rainer

38/39 weeks pregnant

I had Luke take some quick photos of me yesterday after I realized I haven’t taken any progression photos since I was 33 weeks. Oops! As you can see I am much bigger around the belly area now that I am days/weeks away from delivering. Still feeling well and actually getting decent sleep…that was until this morning. I woke up around 5:30am to use the bathroom as all pregnant ladies do throughout the night and saw I lost my plug. I won’t go into detail, but it’s just one more step toward labor. You’d think that being 2 1/2 centimeters and 60% effaced and now losing the plug, I’d be well on my way, but that just isn’t the case. I started having random cramping/contractions this morning, but as of 1pm haven’t had any since. Kind of a let down, but I know it will all happen soon enough. The hardest part is not comparing this experience with Corbin’s because they completely different.

38 weeks and counting!

My ticker on my blog says I have 12 days left. Wow! That’s less then 2 weeks away. Corbin was 10 days early, so we’ll see what happens this time around. For no real reason I thought yesterday might be the day, but I was wrong. I think it was that fortune cookie that said “A pleasant surprise is in store for you” that messed with my head. Not like it was a same day delivery fortune cookie…I still have a newborn surprise in store for me…just don’t know exactly when. Ha!

I’m getting a little nervous about the birth part now, but I know I have a great support team at home and at church which makes all the difference. There are always what if’s that encompass my brain, however, (will I have stitches? will the baby blues be as bad as they were with Corbin? will I be in a lot of pain? how will Corbin react to the baby? will I conquer breastfeeding this time around?) even though I fully know none will be answered till baby #2 arrives, but you just can’t stop wondering. Wondering about the endless scenarios, the what if’s, and most of them are the worst case scenarios that I wish never popped into my head. Sometimes I just have to stop and pray for God to take those thoughts away because its not glorifying or productive. Thankfully in most cases, He does answer those specific prayers, and I can rest in knowing God has it all under control. He knows every hair on my babies head, He knows the number of our days, He knows my baby’s name even if I don’t yet…He knows! and that is good.

Farewell to Katie Andrews

Katie Andrews will be missed, but is where she belongs, with our God in heaven. Her service was lovely and was a true testament to who she was as a person. One after another came up to read a scripture, share a story, express their love and gratitude toward this woman they called daughter, sister, aunt, friend and mentor. She was a servant to the Lord and to all around her. She gave much of herself without expecting in return. She was an example to all and she will be greatly missed. Our loss is her greatest gain and after 45 years here on earth, she now lives on with her Father in heaven, whom she will continue to praise and worship wholeheartedly.

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Grace Church Baby Shower

These women bless me tremendously! Today they all rallied together to create a beautiful and memorable baby shower to celebrate the birth of my son to be. The best part, other than the fabulous array of food and conversation, was the time of prayer and the sweet devotional Jane put together for me. I love the thoughtfulness and serving hearts these women have. What a blessed day and what a blessed woman I am! Thank you God for bringing my family to Grace Church and for there being an abundance of mommies who can help guide the younger mommies. What an answer to prayer!

Corbin’s First Bed

Late last night I was doing a random search on Craig’s List when I came across a twin boy bed that I loved. I showed Luke right away and we decided to send an email to inquire. The gal emailed us today saying it was still available and we went to check it out tonight. It is now in our living room. The bed was just too good to pass up. It even came with a mattress and box spring that’s only a year old. Love it! I can’t wait to rearrange the boys room! What I mean is…Luke will be doing all the furniture rearranging and I will do all the decorating. Fun, fun! We are also hoping this will help Corbin get excited about being a “big boy” and “big brother.” We don’t want him to feel rushed into the big bed, but in the mean time he can get used to it being in the room and when he’s ready we can start transitioning him.

Carmine Baby Shower

Shandree and I hosted a baby shower for our friend Carmine on Saturday. It turned out great! I can’t take even 50% of the credit because Shandree really did the most. She was amazing! At 37 weeks pregnant I really wasn’t up for any major running around and was so blessed at how she took charge and handled most everything on her own. Did I mention that she’s an amazing and crafty woman? She is! She made homemade soaps that smelled like baby powder, wrapped and tagged them all. She also came up with appliquing fabric onto plain onesies as an activity. Everyone loved the project and Carmine is going to have adorable one of a kind onesies for her little girl. The food spread was also amazing! Everything was colorful, tasty, and fresh. Another great detail was the cake. Mrs. Keen made the cake and it turned out beautiful! I found the bird on and the colors matched great. I was also pleased to see that she received many of the practical items on her registry as well as some precious girl accessories and clothes. God really blessed her and I am so happy I could be a part of it.