First, TAKE THE POLL !
Today, I was once again trying to have the "just in case" speech with the Sasster, the "just-in-case, it's a brother" speech. This is how the conversation went:
After she felt the baby move (really neat experience. I don't think she ever felt Shepherd and this time she is the first person other than me to feel this baby move - even before Kyle!) she says:
"Mommy, I really want it to be a sister."
"Well, we will find out on Thursday! And we will love this baby and be so excited whether it is a boy or a girl."
"I just really think it is a sister and I will be the most excited!!"
"Well, who is the only one who gets to decide?"
"God is. But he has already decided it is going to be a girl."
Kyle asked her if she thought that because she just wanted a girl or if God had told her that. She replied, "God told me."
Since that conversation I have been walking a fine line in my parenting mind between encouraging her to hear from the Lord and prepping her with a "just-in-case you didn't really hear from the Lord" speech. As I have thought about it today, I am so convicted at my lack of living and speaking boldly for things I think the Lord speaks to me for fear of being "wrong". While I do think this is where heresy is sometimes birthed, I also think this is where good, safe Christians take a bath in luke-warm water. I serve a God who speaks to His children through his word and in our hearts through prayer.
I once heard somewhere that "God will never punish you for mis-hearing Him." I think there is some truth to that. When you are wholeheartedly seeking him to the best of your ability, I think He finds so much delight in His children turning their ears and hearts to Him, waiting for even a whisper, and then walking and talking in obedience and boldness to what he he spoken. At the risk of being wrong. At the risk of being embarrassed.
Thankful today for a little girl who continually provides me with opportunities of sanctification, and who the Lord has blessed with a bold, sassy heart! And I'm thankful for the opportunity to learn from her today.
Faith like a WHAT?
Next Thursday is the big day!!
We are so excited to find out if this little flutter is a girl or boy, a Phoebe or Phoebo, pink or blue....Hannah or Fischer.
As we all know, the Sasster is still pretty dead set on Hannah. Also championing the pink cause is the SBOAM.
Papa still leads the Fischer Team. Joining him are Grammy and Aunt Sassy.
(Read about the big prophesy showdown here at The Lifevesting blog).
If you want to know where I fall, I lean more towards the Sasster's prediction on most days. I generally refer to "her" as a "her" or "she". However this pregnancy is so different from my previous two that I have jokingly said that if there was a third gender, that's what this baby would be. I have thrown up twice - both in the second trimester. I feel like I am carrying low, which the old wives would call a boy. But I feel like the shape of my belly is more oblong watermelon that round basketball, which the wives would call a girl.
My mom asked me a few days ago if I would be disappointed if I was wrong and it was a boy. My answer was that I will never be disappointed about any baby - boy or girl. I am genuinely excited about the possibility of either and cannot wait to find out!
So what do you think?? Take my poll at the top of the sidebar and see what the majority think!!
You have ears! (in theory at least). There is a good chance they are already bigger than your daddy's (kidding) (kind of). You are about the size of a baked potato (about 5 and half inches long).
I set up a very special breakfast for my family! Complete with balloons and cards and presents!
Earlier in the week LK and I made very fun Valentines for our favorite SBOAM.
Listen to your mommy and head her advice:
It does not bode well to crawl under the chairs at the kitchen table. You get stuck every time because your heads are larger than the space between the cross bar and the floor. If I had a dollar for every time I unstuck you I might have enough to pay for your first week of college. But seeing as how no one is paying mommy to wiggle your little bodies out 50 times a day, and also seeing as how very soon I may be too large to crawl under the table and rescue your squaking, flailing, bodies, I would really appreciate it if you just didn't get stuck in the first place, mkay?
Your Second Favorite Person In The World
2. Shepherd is still loving loving loving his "moose juice" (aka, whole milk in the sippy). The first time he drank milk out of the sippy he could not drink it fast enough. You should have heard the noises he made while drinking. Not to mention the happy dance he does when he finishes his cup.
3. Watching inspirational music performances/videos on youtube is quite addicting. I recommend starting with this one....
What a fun month it has been! My favorite thing from the past month is getting to know so much more of your personality. You have really let it shine this month:
- You are very mobile. Just very picky about how you move around. You "crawl" still just dragging yourself along but are very fast and very good at it. You also loooove to move around the house or outside patio in your walker.
- You weigh somewhere around 22 lbs. And are very very tall. Every time I look at you you get taller.
- You are still wearing 12 month clothes and size 4 diapers.
- You have started pulling up on furniture (as we speak your SBOAD is lowering your crib mattress so you don't plummet over it).
- As of yesterday we stopped nursing. I was prepared for a big battle and there has actually been NO problem switching you to milk. You have learned to love anything cold to drink in your sippy and as soon as we let you try whole milk you cannot get enough. I am so thankful I was wrong.
- You are obsessed with zippers and buckles. You could sit and play with daddy's backpack for what seems like hours.
- You also really like to wave things in the air: your lovey, socks, blankets, napkins, clothes, anything that waves. You will spin on your bottom in a circle around and around waving your item in the air.
- You have definitely gotten more verbal. Singing, talking, yelling, cooing, and babbling and grunting. Oh and growling occasionally.
- You looove to eat chicken nuggets. They are your favorite. Any vegetable we want you to eat we have to dip in applesauce first.
- You also love to be outside. You will drag yourself to the window of the back door and peer out longingly.
- You have discovered the dog and cat and you talk to them, yell at them, hit them, and grab their fur. They are very good sports while we try to teach you to "love love" and "pat pat" instead of "grab grab".
- You do not like to sit still long enough to read so the only times we can really read with you are when you are confined in your high chair during meals or snack or we read over you while you play and scurry around the room.
- You got the first (and hopefully last) really awful haircut. You will probably have a line on the side of your head for months. You also got your first "real" haircut at a barber shop with clippers and all. You loved it and were so fascinated with what the barber was doing.
- Last week we went to Lubbock to meet your newest cousin Cason and play with Cohen and Grammy and Papa. You loved being held by your Papa and were completely fascinated by your Grammy's jewelry (we may have to talk about that in the future).
"Why are you crying mama?" She asked.
"I'm sad today because I miss my Grandmother." I told her.
I showed her a picture of her and told her that she died two years ago and I miss her.
"It's ok mama! We will see her again! We will! I know it!"
| French fries. I love them. Some people are chocolate and sweets people. I love French fries. That and caviar. - Cameron Diaz|
My little #3, I think Ms. Diaz has great wisdom. At least when it comes to food. Other than the caviar part. Oh how I'm loving french fries right now.
At this time you are around 5 inches head to rump. Somewhere around the size of a small order of french fries from McDonalds. (Can't think about it for too long or I'll want some). Your little "bones" are becoming more like bones and less like soft cartilage. You have fingernails and toenails and you are starting to grow some baby fat!
Mommy: is hungry and always could go for some fried potatoes. Homemade are best, but I'm not picky. And if they have cheese or bacon on top and are dipped in ranch dressing all the better. Also, mommy has been very emotional lately. Thank you, hormones.
Daddy: is being a stable rock weathering my emotional ups and downs as usual. And going to get me french fries. (He got me wingstop tonight which makes me a very happy mama).
Sasster: has been extra sweet today giving me hugs and kisses. Also she was "nursing" her baby doll tonight, practicing being a good mommy. I think she is going to be a very good helper when you arrive!
Moosey Brother: doesn't know it yet but is counting down the days until he is no longer nursing. Thursday is the big day his life will never be the same. Mommy is looking forward to and dreading it all at the same time.
We got to meet your cousin Cason this past week when we went to Lubbock. We had a great time and your siblings very much enjoyed play with your other cousin Cohen. We are getting very excited to find out hopefully soon if you are a Fischer or a Hannah!! We already love you SO much!