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(Choosing) Celebrating Week 19!

In: A Quiet Spirit, Celebrating Our Little One, Family Snapshots, Trisomy 18

Your Great Nanny – she came all the way from Florida for her 75th birthday – and she gets to meet you today! Smile pretty.

Hey there, Little One,

Tough Week. Really tough week. But we have to keep celebrating. You are still one week growing and a week’s worth of love has come your way from some very special people. You have no reason but to be happy right now.

I’m loving every one of these special weekly visits with you. This week I learned that while you can’t move most of your fingers – which we were expecting – your second finger on your left hand does move very well. And you love playing with it. This makes me feel better. I was honestly concerned that you wouldn’t have a finger to suck on – and your sisters got so much comfort from theirs. I’m so glad you’re able to pull that one tiny one out to play around with. And your left leg! My goodness – you like stretching that one out. The other one seems pretty set on where it likes to stay – but that left one.

And I think you look like my brother.

Hmmm…. not sure what I think about that. 🙂

Modesty. You have something your sisters did not. So, we don’t know if we’re looking at a boy or a girl yet. But that’s ok. When I get to see you every 6 days or so, I don’t mind waiting til next time to find out.

We have so many decisions to make in the upcoming months – it’s completely overwhelming. And they’re all about you. The one thing I have to say here, though, is just a repeat of the song I’ve been singing to you for several days now – I hope – so badly – that one day I’ll have just the 3 minutes or so I’ll need to sing this to you while I can look at your pretty eyeballs…

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Until next time, I love you and I always will.

XOXO (from all your Casey/Rackley family this week!),

How far along? 19 weeks, 4 days.
Total weight gain/loss: + 9 lbs
Maternity clothes? Still lovin’ those jeans (prob’ly should wash ’em….good thing my mom is here.)
Sleep: Still good, except for the night after my last dr.’s visit. It was pretty rough. It was just a rough week all around.
Best moment this week: Introducing baby to my mom. She was in love rather instantly. 🙂 And celebrating life and family with your grandparents, your great grandmother, your uncle and aunt and, of course, your biggest little fans, Chloe and Kami.

Nana was SO happy to meet you this week!

Movement: Yes! Especially during sermons.
Food cravings: cold watermelon and donuts. I chose not to go for those free Krispy Kremes last week. Good thing too. My weight was doing just fine without it. 🙂
Anything making you queasy or sick: Uhhh…some chicken I cooked in the crock pot. Those smells still don’t sit well with me.
Have you started to show yet: Yep.

Gender Predictions: still guessing a boy…maybe we’ll know this week?

Your sister and I had a fun little date watching Peter and the Wolf – puppet style!

Labor Signs: No.
Belly Button in or out? IN
Wedding rings on or off? On – all about the cooler weather. They’re still on my “big” hand too.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Rough week. Lots of tears. But a few good moments to hold on to, too.

Sometimes a day in the mountains (and cold, cold, cold water!) can lift a mama’s sad spirits. Or maybe it was the splashing from your sisters….
Either way, it was just what we needed.

Weekly Wisdom: Moms are awesome. For all sorts of things. But especially for helping you stay calm in stressful situations – like when you can’t find matching socks anywhere for your kids – because they haven’t worn ANY in the last 5 months. (“Let’s just throw them all away and start over fresh tomorrow, ok?”) and when you just need someone to do your laundry (“It’s all done now – how about I help you organize some of these closets.”).

Milestones: Baby is around as big as an avocado. And you’re supposed to double in size in the next couple of weeks. Here comes the belly.

Exercise: I did the first part of a 1 mile hike with my girls on Saturday….until we had to turn back for a bathroom break. 🙂



  • Vonda

    September 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Love you lots. I read it. It’s hard because I hurt for you. Love you all. We are praying for miricle !


  • Kim

    September 25, 2012 at 7:46 am

    True love does hurt at times like this. Oh for the perfectness we’ll have on earth one day!!

    Thanks for your prayers and phone calls and texts, my friend. 😉


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