Friday, February 24, 2012

Our Little Music Experiment

I am officially 17 weeks, which means my baby is starting to hear noises.
My sister, Lydia, was telling me about her friends mom one day.
Apparently, when the mom was pregnant with her son, she played the same song to him every day.
Then, when he was born and fussy, that song would calm him down.
Pretty neat, huh?
So I decided that I better give it a try!

At first I was overwhelmed by my iTunes library, 
but once I decided I wanted a hymn, the decision was easy.

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing- Sufjan Stevens

This is one of my favorite hymns, and my absolute favorite version of this hymn.
Plus, it was one of the songs in our wedding, so it is extra special.

I started my experiment last week.
Every night, Seth and I lay quietly in bed and listen as I rest my phone on my belly and let it play.
The first night we played the song was a pretty neat moment.
I felt so connected to Seth and our little babe.
We didn't have to say a single word to know that we were both laying there dreaming, wishing and wondering about our little one. 
When the song was over, Seth looked at me and whispered, 
"We picked the right song, babe. Play it again."
It has now become of one my favorite parts of the day with my wonderful little family.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Little Baby Rhodes

Well hello, blogging world-it has been a very long time!
I finally worked up the time and energy to get back to blogging, and start documenting my pregnancy.
Being pregnant is probably one of the most amazing things I have experienced-and I haven't even reached the best parts yet!
It is such a miracle that God is creating life in my belly right this minute.
I am constantly amazed and awed at this wonderful blessing.
Four months down, and I am starting to feel like my normal self.
The first couple of months were an adjustment-morning sickness was a huge understatement.
But, with the help of my patient, loving husband I persevered-praising God the whole way through; 
because, those unpleasant symptoms were simply signs of a healthy little babe.

We had our first ultrasound last week-
we were supposed to have it at 20 weeks, but my doctor thought my uterus felt big. 
She said she couldn't feel the top of it due to my toned abs (I thought she was joking at first, but joyfully relished the unexpected compliment!), 
but said there was a possibility I was either further along or having twins!
I was secretly hoping one of those options was true, but to my dismay baby was right on track-weighing 4 ounces and healthy as could be.
So, then I just felt huge and bloated for only being 16 weeks.

But that was soon forgotten the minute we saw our little babe on that screen.
It was such a squirmy little bundle of cuteness!
We got to see it kick and stretch-we even caught it arching its back, raising its tiny arms above its head and yawning!
 I teared up as it really really really sank in-there is a tiny little bundle of joy in my belly!
I never wanted to take my eyes off of that screen-I can't even imagine how amazing it will be once we actually get to hold this little babe!
I have had so much fun feeling it squirm about. 
I feel the most flutters when I am resting quietly-looking forward to the real kicks and punches!

I apologize if I bored anyone with my wordiness-I just cannot contain my love for this child, and I don't care who knows it!

Until next time,

-Grateful Momma