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hello baby. || week 28/29

1:05 PM

(still trying so desperately to catch up, and weeks just keep rolling by faster than I can believe!  Hopefully this will be the last time I have to "double up")

lil' raspberry,

a few weeks ago i read john 17 (where Jesus prays for His disciples) and was struck with how applicable and practical a prayer that would be for me to be praying for you, precious son.  If Jesus chose those words as he prayed for the disciples God had given Him, then what better words could I be praying for you, my own little one that God has given me the task of discipling?

So here's what I've been praying for you, and what I will continue to pray for you as the years go by.

vs. 6&7: "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me... They were Yours, You gave them to Me... Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You."

that Christ would be manifest in me towards you, in the way i love your father, love you, train you, and live life out in front of you.  that you would know that i understand and believe you to be a blessing straight from God's hand, that you are not mine but His, and a treasure that I have the honor of caring for as long as you are with me.

vs. 8: "For I have given to them the words which You have given Me and they have received them..."

that your daddy and i will be faithful to the truths we have learned, and teach them to you as we lie down, and as we rise up, and as we walk along the way.  and more importantly that you would receive them and by God's grace hold fast to them all the days of your life.

vs. 9: "I pray for them..."

that this is always characteristic of my life. prayer for you and any other littles God blesses us with.

vs. 11: "...Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me..."

that i would always recognize that it is by God's grace alone that you can be "kept" both physically and spiritually safe.  i will not always be there, i will not always be able to make all the decisions for you, or protect you.  but i can trust God to do that far better than i ever could.

vs. 14: "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world..."

that as your daddy and i teach you truth we would also prepare you for the consequences of living a set a part life, and teach you how to be a bold and strong witness who stands fast in the face of adversity.

vs. 17: "Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth." 

that your life would be sanctified and molded by the truth of God's word.

vs. 18 "As you sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world."

that i would spend all of your growing up years investing in you with the purpose in mind of you being sent out to be a blessing and witness to others, to bear the glory of Christ to the lost world around you in whatever way God may call you to.  that i would not be selfish, and over-protect or hoard you, even when it hurts to let you go.

vs. 19: "And for their sakes I also sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth."

that i would never forget the weighty responsibility that i have to continue to pursue holiness in my own life before anything else, because when i am unfaithful to Christ it will directly effect you and all those closest to me.

i love you little man!

love,
mommy

thank you allix for these pictures!
yes, the belly button has officially "popped" my friends ;)

your current favorite snacks are: fruit, turkey sandwiches, and ice-cream!





hello baby

hello baby. || week 27

12:23 PM

lil' raspberry,

week 27(!!!) third trimester (!!!) 2/3 of the way there (!!!)  90ish days until I can cover your face with kisses (!!!)

there have been days here recently when I've told your daddy "he's big enough to come out now, right?  I mean, babies are born at 25-27 weeks all the time and are ok, so, why doesn't he just come now?!  I NEED TO SQUEEZE HIS SQUISHY CHEEKS, K??"  thankfully your daddy is a little bit more patient than me and is not overcome by irrational hormonal urges and keeps reminding me that you're much better off in my belly for the next 12+ weeks.

so while i'm waiting on you to "hurry up and finish growing already...!" i love any interaction i can get with you.  my new favorite thing to play with you is "try and grab the foot" every time you stretch.  you seem to have settled into a comfortable position, so for the most part your little feet are usually up at the top right hand side of my belly.  and all throughout the day you'll wake up and stretch and i can cup your tiny little foot with my hand as you push it out and then lazily slide it around.  and i love it.  can't get enough of it.  sometimes i push on my belly to see if i can get you to do it more because it's just. so. fun.   you also respond to pressure and touch really quickly.  any time i have my hand or arm resting on my belly, or if my laptop is propped up on my belly as i work, it usually only takes you a few seconds to find my hand or whatever is pushing down on you and you start pushing back.  it's ridiculous how cute i think this is.

you flew to chicago with me this past weekend for a couple of engagement sessions and a wedding, and although i missed your daddy so much, it was nice to have one of my favorite buddies there with me the whole weekend ;)

love,
mommy

thank you Lauren for this picture!

25 weeks

hello baby. || week 25/26

10:52 AM

lil' raspberry,

life is busy busy these days, and i have fallen behind on posting these letters, so we're going to have to combine a few weeks to help me catch up!  you have been busy busy growing these past few weeks and have officially "popped" out and since there's no hiding the fact that there's a little you in my belly, everyone we see loves to ask how old you are!  i got to feel your hiccups for the first time this week, and it was so funny to feel your little body "jump" over and over again every few seconds.  you're a whopping 14(ish) inches long and weigh 2lbs now!  grow baby grow!

this weekend we spent 3 days in houston with your cousin, aunt, and uncle.  when your uncle dan walked in the door from work the night we got there and saw you for the first time his first response was "oh wow."  he hadn't seen you+me since you were just about 4 weeks old, and was very impressed with how big and strong you'd gotten ;)  (at least I'm sure that's what his reaction was about... and not because of how big I was ;)  daddy and i spent the weekend playing with your cousin noah (who is a little more than a year older than you) and getting excited for the day when we get to play with our own baby boy!  i know i tell you all the time how excited i am for you to be here, in our arms, but you should know that your daddy is just as excited.  anytime we're out and about and see little boys running around, being all cute and rough and tumbly, with their crazy hair or messy face and hands, your daddy grins so big and says things like "i can't wait to play with our little boy" or "it's going to be so much fun to have a boy."  he loves you muchly!

we're wrapping up your second trimester which means that we're 2/3's of the way done and so so close to getting to see your squishy love-face.  i really can't believe how fast the weeks are moving by, i've been so busy and the rest of the summer looks like it will be just as full, so it'll be the end of august before we know it!  yay!

love you little man, keep kicking and punching, and doing all your little flips and rolls, it won't be too long before you can show off all your skills to us in person!

love,
mommy
you+me and noah!

your favorite foods right now are: pineapple, popsicles, cereal, and chic-fil-a.  oh, and turkey sandwiches!  (<---mostly because mommy can't have those very often, unless i find somewhere that makes them with fresh deli meat ;)