She’s growing!

Just a quick little update to say that Birdy is growing like she should and now weights over 4 lbs!   Praise the Lord!   Not that I was worried she wasn’t growing, because I’m certainly growing…. but I think the fact that she only has half of a working heart, plus the fact she has Turner’s combined, can make growth an issue.

But the ultra-sound that we had when we went to see the dr on Friday showed that she is very healthy otherwise and is in the 50th percentile for her size, and I’m so happy.

Just wanted everyone to know.

We love you our little Birdy!

A Due Date and a Pumpkin Latte

We have a due date!    I will be induced December 4 in Toronto at Mt. Sinai and I’m really hoping that will actually be the day because it was my grandma’s birthday.  It’s always kinda neat to have a little tie-in like that.  And when I got off the phone with our coordinator at Mt. Sinai last week after she gave me this date, I was initially very excited,  like I would have been if I had been given due dates for my other pregnancies (hate that going over-due stuff) but then it hit me…  December 4th is when reality is going to be faced, for better or for worse.  It’s rather daunting.

But the day our little girl will be born will also be the day I’ll finally get to  meet our little ‘Birdy’ and for that I am very very excited.    I feel I know her so much better than our other baby’s before they were born, big surprise right?  And she even has a name which the other kids can’t boast of.  They were lucky to be named in the delivery room.  I’m not quite ready to share her name with the whole world yet, there has to be SOME surprise to her birth, but for now we are calling her Birdy and I just feel it’s very fitting – especially considering how active she is.   Although last night after reading Sophia a book about a little penguin,  she was pretty sure we should start calling the baby “little penguin” and that’s what she called her all day today.   Oh well, sigh….

And again,  worry tends to creep its way in when I think about what things will look like when I’m away from my family. So whenever those thoughts and anxiety come, I’m just constantly giving it over to God… which sometimes I have to do 20 times a day, but I’m learning and God is being very gracious to me through all this.

A few posts back I posted a story about God’s faithfulness in the lives of a family who have a daughter with Turners and lost another daughter to a genetic syndrome, it was quite the story.  Well I emailed Sara, who is the mom and she replied and gave me this verse which she has posted up and I just love it.  It’s perfect for where we are at.

The Lord is the One who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8

It just makes me weep (with joy) knowing that God is going ahead and preparing the way for us.  I’m sure our path won’t  be smooth, but He will know what we will be facing with every step of the way, even when we don’t.   How amazing and wonderful.

OK – so yes,  that an update on my other life.  Back to my ordinary life…  Jason brought these sweatshirts home from work the kids last week.

They were thrilled and we of course like to do our marketing bit for the company Jason works for… especially as he has a great job and a great boss.

And in my opinion the kids look so cute all dressed the same, I’m trying to figure out how I can do it more often.  So far nothing is coming to mind.   Cute even with the eye roll…

And then one night last week I got together with a bunch of my friends (who are also all my neighbours – how lucky can a girl get?) for an evening to hang out and enjoy each other’s company while eating yummy things.  My good friend Angie down the street made this… a delicious pumpkin latte..

Which provided me all the caffeine I needed and more to enjoy myself until 1:00 am…  way past my bedtime.    But even though I kinda paid for it by feeling rather tired for the next few days, it was worth it.   We laughed and we cried and after 5 hours of non-stop talking we decided we really should get together more often.    It’s so wonderful to have great friends that only live a few door down from you,  we are definitely blessed to live where we do.

So now this week is almost coming to a close and that means one more week closer to my due-date,  still five weeks and a bit.  And I go visit my OB in London tomorrow to see how little Birdy is doing and if she is growing… I’ll keep you posted!

Thankful

So rather than blogging, I’ve been spending my time wracking my brain trying to come up with a new blog name.   Just in case you hadn’t noticed, in about 7 weeks or so this blog name won’t be accurate (see previous posts)  as there should then be just the 7 of us.   But that name just doesn’t have the same ring to it,  plus it’s already taken.  So if anyone has a good blog name idea they would like to share with me, please do so and put me out of my lame-blog-name-ideas misery.

But back to this post now that I am actually writing…. we’ve been enjoying the fall here.   I of course love the cooler weather (keeps me from swelling) although when the forcast for this past Thanksgiving weekend showed very cold and rainy – I was worried about it being a little too cool, especially since we had been planning on spending the weekend at the unheated cottage.   But Jay and I always cook our goose by telling the kids days in advance that we are going, and even though we half-heartedly tried to talk them into an exciting weekend at home, it didn’t fly and  so we went.   Not to mention the rest of Jason’s family was going to be there and if we didn’t go we’d miss out on Thanksgiving dinner – and that certainly wasn’t going to happen.

So we went, and were chilly occasionally, but for the most part had a nice relaxing time.   And the turkey was amazing and the pumpkin pie was all that it should be so the cool weekend was completely worth it.  We even got some beach walks in and attempted a picture of all four kids together.  Since our expectations are always low we are never disappointed when everyone isn’t looking at the camera and smiling.  We take what we can get. 🙂

For Jason and the boys this was their second weekend away.   The weekend before they and a family friend Patrick headed up to a canoe/camping trip up North at a place Patrick has been going for over 20 years.  He took his boys when they were young and Jason used to go with them occasionally, and now it’s so cool that Jason and our boys are going.

I had no desire to go camping in my condition, but when I saw the pictures I was a bit jealous,  it was so beautiful up there…

And the boys absolutely loved every minute of it.    And I was so glad that they could spend some quality time with their dad before things get all crazy here and our family gets separated for a while when we’re at the hospital with new baby.

And how are we doing other wise?   Pretty good everything considering.

I’m still dealing with my own failings of not being able to see my own limitations and so I know I’m trying to do too much, and when I do I get tired and cranky.  But there really seems a lot to do!   Being pregnant with number five at my age is no joke in itself apparently.  But God is being faithful and He’s giving me grace to get through each day and even though the first week of December is coming fast, with His help I know I’ll be ready.

And this is the time of year to be thankful… and there is a lot to be thankful for.   I’m starting to realize that in tough times thankfulness and gratitude are great ways to keep one’s heart humble and joyful even when it’s tempting to focus on the problems and feel all discouraged and down.

I was encouraged this weekend when a friend who just went through a tough time had the same thoughts and shared them with me – that it’s so much better to focus on the support and comfort that God has provided during a rough time instead of just being focused on why God isn’t fixing everything for us.   And I think that’s the key for us too.

And there are so many things to be thankful for!  The list would go on and on – and actually I’ve just inspired myself to start a thankfulness list for when I get discouraged – nice!    I’ll definitely be putting on this list that I’m truly thankful for a God who never leaves us or forsakes us.  I’m thankful for so many amazing friends who have come along side me to do all sorts of things, like take care of my kids,  help me pitch my junk,  garden for me, provide emotional support and even shop with me!   And Jason and I are also blessed with four healthy kids and parents that love us and support us no matter what.

How can I not be thankful?

And focusing on God’s goodness towards us does feel much better than focusing on what is going wrong.

And so I can truly say today that even though I’m still sad and it’s not fun to be faced with a baby that’s going to be born  neeeding so much medical attention,  there is still joy and I’m very very thankful for all the good things in my life.