Baby Update: 28 Weeks

Journey Mercies - third trimester DIY maternity photos (pregnancy, baby bump)

This week, I've reached a milestone: I'm starting my 3rd trimester.

I have twelve weeks to go - and that thought honestly scares me a bit. I feel like this pregnancy has flashed by so quickly, I'm not sure where the other weeks have gone. But every day, I feel a bit heavier, and this little boy's kicks get stronger. I'm still wrapping my mind around the idea that there's actually a tiny human inside me and my enlarging stomach isn't just some kind of medical condition. It still feels amazing that God has actually given us a child.

Journey Mercies - third trimester DIY maternity photos (pregnancy, baby bump)
Andrew rocked the camera taking these photos. We spontaneously decided to take some nice photos this weekend when I actually had make-up on and my hair straight and a nice dress. That doesn't happen very often around here....

Overall, it's been an uneventful, unexciting pregnancy - and I'm so thankful for that. I feel like I fit the pregnant-woman-stereotype almost perfectly - yes I get more tired, yes I'm hungry all the time, no I don't feel like driving anywhere more than two hours just for fun. I try to exercise at least 30 minutes most days (one of my December goals), and that helps me sleep better and feel less tense from carrying a basketball around under my belly button. The weather has turned into cool season, with temperatures in a comfortable range of 70-85 degrees every day, and I can't even begin to tell you what a relief that is. 

Journey Mercies - third trimester DIY maternity photos (pregnancy, baby bump)


But I have to admit - pregnancy is humbling. I'm actually glad when people don't let me carry heavy things or crawl into the back seat of a Land Rover, or when I can collapse on the couch and snooze, knowing my husband will take over and make dinner for us. I have always been one to insist, I can do it myself! and been driven to prove people wrong who doubted my abilities. But being pregnant, honestly, just makes me tired. I can't do it all, and while my body is doing things amazing things I never realized possible, the most creative thing a woman can do, I find that my physical limits have shifted. I have to admit I can't do it all AND grow a baby. I have to ask for help. And rest more. And it's ok and doesn't make me any less of a person - which is a huge lesson for this chronic overachiever.

Journey Mercies - third trimester DIY maternity photos (pregnancy, baby bump)



What's more - this pregnancy is total grace. We have friends who can't get pregnant, and others who did but lost their babies. I am reminded how much this boy is a gift from God. I don't want to take any moment for granted or assume it will always be easy, or that it will be easy next time, if there is a next time. I'm not trying to be fatalistic, but I am recognizing that the grace of God infiltrates every area of my life, and I can't take that for granted. I want to stay in an attitude of awe at what God has given me and recognize that it all comes from him and I don't deserve any of it. This life, mine and his, is a gift. 

Journey Mercies - third trimester DIY maternity photos (pregnancy, baby bump)


I'm sure some of you are wondering what our plans are for actually delivering baby Conard. We plan on moving to Bangkok sometime in February to wait for him to make his appearance. There is a superb hospital there where many foreigners deliver their babies, and the Thai physician I met is a strong supporter of natural birth and speaks excellent English. I'm hoping to find a Christian doula in the area who can also coach us through the birth. God also provided a family to host us during our time there - we could be in Bangkok potentially around 6 weeks. After the baby is born, we have to register his birth abroad with the American embassy and wait for his identity cards and passport before returning to Cambodia. One of the most exciting things (besides the baby, of course) is that my parents are planning on visiting us during that time. I can't tell you how happy that makes me!

Journey Mercies - third trimester DIY maternity photos (pregnancy, baby bump)
I really, really love this guy. Obvs, since I'm having his baby.

Leaving in February means we only have about 2 months left before temporarily moving to Bangkok. I feel a bit overwhelmed at how little prepared I feel for that, let alone welcoming a new baby into our lives! But God knows what we need, and I have to keep trusting that he has it all planned out and will direct our paths as we walk with him. 

Isn't it amazing having a heavenly Father who loves us and takes care of our needs?
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