Saturday, December 7, 2013


My first official bump picture! I'm starting to think it's more than what was there before baby came along, but still not sure it's a bump yet! ;) I'm 17 weeks and 5 days in that pic... But I'm 18 weeks today!

I just got a little distracted and started looking at maternity clothes online and can I just say I can't wait to go shopping!! I am really starting to feel the need for new pants... I feel like an old man in denial of his belly, wearing my jeans below my bulge! My tights and dresses just feel so much better, but they're not very warm! I just haven't been able to find pants that are big enough here so I'm really glad we're going back to the States soon. I know I could buy some online, but I hate online shopping... Especially for a type of clothes I've never shopped for. I have an American friend that lives about an hour away that is not the average Japanese size either, and she offered me clothes a while back, but I figured I wouldn't need them at the rate I was growing... But I guess I was wrong! And unfortunately our schedule is getting so busy, we likely won't have a chance to see her before we leave :( oh well... I'll just make do! I know some people use rubber bands on regular jeans, but mine just won't stay up like that!

I am getting super excited to be with Bobby's family for Christmas! I don't remember if I said it earlier or not, but it will be my first! We had our first two Christmases with my family after we got married, and then our last one was in Japan. This is a pretty rare blessing to be home for Christmas and I feel so spoiled! I know a lot of people won't get to be with family this year, and that's just plain hard! It's fun to think about what next Christmas will look like though! We'll be a family of three!!

The ladies' luncheon went well! Thanks for praying! Next up is the Hirao candlelight service next Sunday afternoon. (We do one at the other church on Christmas Eve)

Well, Japanese study (or maybe more like lunch!) is calling my name...  ;)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

17 1/2 weeks!

I told you I'd be bad at updating! ;)

I'm happily at 17 1/2 weeks now! Time is flying, but at the same time, I'm looking forward to being "obviously" pregnant! I think my belly is just now starting to stick out a little :) I haven't been wearing maternity clothes yet (only because I can't find any pants that fit!!) but the other day I wore a dress with tights that go up over my belly (therefore no waistline) and a couple people commented that I have a "bump" now! (I'm not convinced yet... still think it's just what was there before, only shifted around) Guess that means I need to start taking belly pics soon. :) I'm looking forward to going shopping for maternity clothes in the States, and will likely start when I have a favorite outfit I can wear for the belly measuring pics (I want to wear the same shirt every week so that it's easier to see the difference)

I haven't been feeling that "magical glow"/super woman feeling during the second trimester that all the websites and books talk about... still getting sick now and then (usually due to a headache or letting myself get too hungry) and I'm still pretty tired. But, as my Mom kindly reminded me, when she was pregnant with me, she felt sick every day the whole 9 months, so I have a lot to be thankful for! :) (sorry about that, Mom!)

I really am enjoying being pregnant. That sounds kind of funny, but I think because I had dreamed about it for a long time before it actually happened, I'm just soaking it all in! I haven't felt any movement yet... I suspect I might have, but am not convinced it was movement and at the same time, I'm not convinced it wasn't! I love getting the weekly e-mails from various websites, telling me what's developing and going on inside my belly that week. It's truly a miracle, and so fascinating! God's creation is SO amazing... and to think that's how we all got here too!

I had a 16 week check up last week and the doctor seemed really pleased with the way things are going. Baby is measuring right on target for 16 weeks :) We got to see it again (they do an ultrasound at every appointment here... which I will really miss while we're in the States!) and baby was very active! So weird to see it happen, but not feel a thing! The technician even managed to get us a shot of the bottom of a little foot which was super cool! (unfortunately we didn't get a printed picture of that) We're planning to not find out if we're having a boy or girl (I do love surprises!) but of course if we do find out "accidently" during an ultrasound, we won't be disappointed. It's kind of funny, but while Bobby is warming up to the idea of not finding out, I am warming up to the idea of finding out! :P
16 weeks! (not very clear, but if you can somehow tell if it's a boy or girl, don't tell me!)

I am realizing more and more every day that this journey of parenting is going to be a lot harder than I expect. I'm getting a little anxious about the idea of being responsible for a tiny life, completely dependent on Bobby and I... I know I've had plenty of experience with kids and babies, but I'm still feeling like I don't know anything! We've been having to/will have to make lots of big decisions about things like buying a crib (which we bought last week!!), stroller/car seat, how we'll set up the nursery (to name a few... and those are just the physical decisions, never mind all the emotional preparations!) and it can get pretty overwhelming! Some days I wonder what we've gotten ourselves into, but was encouraged recently by a quote from a blog that talked about how God knows exactly what He's given us to handle as parents, and thankfully offers plenty of grace!! (much better said on the blog, btw!)

In other news... we bought tickets to return to the States today!! We leave Japan on Dec 18th, fly to Korea and spend the night there, then leave for DC on the 19th! Can't wait!! We have to be back for my fingerprinting appointment (for US citizenship) sometime in the  next month or so (still waiting to hear when) but figured we should take advantage of this rare opportunity to have Christmas with family!! We'll have "actual Christmas" with Bobby's family, and then sometime in January have a belated Christmas with my family. I feel so blessed to be able to do this, but at the same time, these next two weeks are going to be a little stressful as we prepare to leave!! We still don't even know if the baby will be born there or here, so it's been really hard to make plans and prepare! But, thankfully it's all in God's hands ;)

That's about all I can think of for now... please keep our Christmas outreaches in your prayers! Thursday (Wednesday night in North America) is our biggest event... the Ladies' Luncheon and we really appreciate your prayer support!! We've got plenty to keep us busy in the next few weeks, but of course count it a privilege to be able to share the TRUE meaning of Christmas to a nation that only knows the Santa-side of Christmas!

Sorry that was so long winded... will try to get better at shorter, more frequent updates when we're in the States! :)