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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Littlest Bean Update: 35 Weeks

Well, this has been a whirlwind of a pregnancy!  It seems like just last week that we announced baby #3 on the way, and now we are just about 5 weeks from the due date!

8 months along!

I suppose there isn't much news to report, which is probably why I haven't posted many updates on here.  This ain't my first rodeo, and the pregnancy is going really well, so I feel like things are just plugging along.  Still, every once in a while, the fact that the baby will be here so soon hits me and I get really excited, and sometimes overwhelmed!

The 'nesting' phase has officially kicked in.  I go back and forth between wanting to clean every square inch of our home and wash baby clothes and set up a new diaper changing station... to wanting to nap for 1,000 hours.  Haha!  I think it's safe to say that third trimester fatigue has also set in.

My lovely friends have planned a diapers and wipes baby shower for this Sunday, and I am excited to spend time celebrating the arrival of Littlest Bean.  We are truly so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives - it is God's loving hand in action!  I even got two awesome gifts already from my sweet friends the other night - a Belly Bandit (ha!) and an adjustable sling.  I'm so excited to try them both out!

And on days like today, when the daily grind of my responsibilities is overwhelming me, when it all starts to catch up like a long string that is slowly tangling up, the only rest I get is when I cling to God's truth to straighten my path.

"Hear my cry O God,
listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint."
Psalm 61:1-2

"Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:3

I got off of the phone with James not too long ago after breaking down in tears, confessing that I would "rather be in the lion's den like Daniel because at least there won't be dishes to do down there."  My goodness!  It's incredible how quickly chores led me to despair!  But the wisdom and faithfulness of God's truth in His word, and His presence in my life are "healing to [my] flesh and refreshment to [my] bones." (Proverbs 3:8)

I am so thankful for the love and support of my wonderful husband who makes it a priority to pray for me, and to ask if I am spending time with God... reminding me that the dishes can wait another night if that means I spend time with the One who can bring me rest in the midst of chaos.

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Getting our Nest Ready
The plan for now is for Littlest Bean to have a bassinet in our room until a nighttime routine becomes somewhat more established.  Until Bean is sleeping through the night, we will probably not have the kids share a room.  I actually suggested putting the bassinet in the hallway after the first few weeks - just at night - so that we can sleep better.  I remember all too well that I did not sleep much when Jasper was in our room with us at night.  

I've considered putting the bassinet in the boys' room after a month or two, just to see how all three do.  I may have romanticized the idea of a Peter Pan style nursery - you know, where Wendy, John, and Michael all share a room.  Granted, they are all much older, not to mention fictional characters, but the idea certainly interests me.  There is nothing that promotes selflessness and humility like sharing a room!

I found a few boxes with newborn clothes and receiving blankets in them, and I've already started washing and organizing them.  I have plenty of space in my closet for tiny baby items.  It's hard to believe that we will be needing our infant car seat again so soon!  We will see how all three car seats fit in the back of our car when the time comes.  Ha!

Prayer Needs
  • Trusting God's timing and provision
    • Regarding a bigger home
    • Regarding a bigger car
  • Enjoying our time as a family of four
  • Getting enough rest while I still can!