Ready Set Go!

Link has a whole list of things that he might be as he grows up, and this weekend we have added a new one: track star.  Or maybe just “in track”.  He has started racing around the house.  He says “ready set go” and runs across the room or down the hall.  I guess he was doing that during church also in the hallway with my mom.  We’re pretty sure he got that from The Backyardigans (which yes, we let him watch sometimes.  He’s smart and developing well, so I’m not too concerned.).

Link loves to hide now.

Link loves to hide now.

It is so fun to watch him learn new words and concepts. We are working hard on numbers and shapes and hopefully he will catch on to them soon.  He knows some of the shapes in his shape puzzle, but I’m not sure he could identify them in different places.  I would like to get some at-home educational tools that I could kindly ask his grandmas to do with him. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be very open!

Link was very snuggly on Sunday!

Link was very snuggly on Sunday!

We are in week 12 of Baby2.0’s journey, and that means daily headaches for mama.  I didn’t document Link’s pregnancy as well as I should have, so I want to do better with this babe.  Mostly for symptoms, because it’s nice to compare and know that it is “normal” for me and pregnancy.  I worry a bit too much sometimes, so it’s good to be reassured.

We had a wonderful weekend.  We spent Saturday afternoon at Mall of America with the Gehrings and Richard and Liam.  The boys had so much fun together!  I love watching them interact.  They kind of play with each other.  Liam really enjoyed holding Link’s hand at dinner and making him do things with it.  Liam also tried to feed Link a few times.  Link isn’t around kids too much, so wasn’t quite sure what was going on!

Link and Liam at dinner.

Link and Liam at dinner.

This week should be a good one.  Busy as always, but hopefully productive also!

Being pregnant again

This week I am 12 weeks pregnant with Baby Gehring #2. Many people ask me if this was planned. My work-around answer is, “Well, we know how these things happen.” The truth is not exactly, we didn’t plan to get pregnant in December and have a baby late August/September. But I am so incredibly blessed and excited to be pregnant again.

I have been extremely fortunate to have this be my second pregnancy and, God willing, will be my second healthy baby.  I feel unworthy.  I felt unworthy with Link too.  I have been surrounded by losses over the last few years – too many friends and family members suffering lost pregnancies and lost babies.  It isn’t fair to them.  And I ask God, while thanking Him, why am I so blessed?

I may never know.  What I can do though, is pray and cry for those hurting, and praise and spread joy for my blessings.  I will work my darndest to give Link and our future children a God filled life.  I want them to know Jesus, to love Him, and to go to Him in times of need.  I am okay if my kids ask questions, if they experience doubts, if they, like me, ask “why is it working out ok for me, or why isn’t it?” I will encourage those things.  And all along I will work to serve others in any way God asks of me.

While pregnant, I have an internal law that I try to live by.  I will occasionally share my woes and discomforts. I will state that it is very hot being pregnant, or that I feel sick.  I will not, however, wish any of it away, or complain about what is going on.  The person growing in me is an incredible miracle. By the grace of God, I am growing a tiny human! It is the most miraculous thing I have ever experienced, and to wish it was out, to wish to not be pregnant, to complain about the pain it’s causing me, is just selfish.  So while we are called not to judge, I will wish that others would not complain.  I will pray for your pregnancy woes and aches, but I will not agree with you when you wish the pregnancy over or done.  I will, if you’d like, remind you that you are growing a human, a child that God trusted to you.  I will tell you again and again, if it helps you, that there is a watermelon-sized miracle! kicking you in your ribs.

While there are so many trials and troubles in this world, and so many questions to ask, I am going to live joyfully, while God does HIS WORK inside of me.