Alynne is 19 weeks today! Wow!
So a couple days ago, I posted a photo of Alynne’s first ultrasound. It was from the first doctor appointment, where they told us we may miscarry. Upon posting this picture, I can’t even count how many friends messaged me telling me their stories. Stories similar to mine. Stories of heartache and loss. Stories of fear. Stories of redemption. Each unique and their own. My heart has been heavy since. Miscarrying a child is such a tragic thing that all too many women experience. And most women do not feel comfortable to share with the public their heartache. So in turn, women are left to grieve and mourn the loss of their child in private. I am someone who loves to share my life with others, down to the last detail, but I do understand that not everyone is like me, and many want to keep such matters private.
So as I pondered all day long on the precious gift of life, a few things came to mind.
1. I need to always be grateful for our daughter, even at 2am when I’m covered in poo ;)
There are so many women in this world who wish they could be mothers, and we should never take this gifting lightly.
2. We as women need to love, support, and build each other up. I am thankful so many women are willing to share their lives and stories with me. Life is really hard sometimes, and it helps to have a network of support. Sometimes all we need is an ear and a shoulder, and I hope to be that for people.
3. Ultimately God is sovereign. He gives and can take away. It’s never easy to lose a child whether unborn, 2, or 20. We may never know this side of Heaven why these things happen, but we must continue to trust and put our hope in Him daily.
“O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear” –Psalm 10:17
We’re still trying to work out our feeding issue of not liking one side. I think things are getting a little better. So hopefully it continues to get better! We are still giving her a bottle at her dreamfeed. I’ve started to stretch her 11am feeding to 11:30 with no problem… Nothing else new in the eating department, other than Aly trying to steal some cocoa puffs out of my bowl on occasion =]
Aly has officially dropped her 4th nap of the day, so she’s down to 3 a day. Aly also has been super good at going down for bedtime. She literally falls asleep within a minute! This last week Aly has had several days of waking up at about 6:30/6:45am (we usually wake up at 8). So that’s no fun haha. Last night was great though, let’s stick with that, eh Aly?
Aly stays awake in the evenings now for about a 3 hour stretch (5:30-8:30). This is definitely her longest yet. Other than that, like clockwork, she stays awake for 1.25-1.5 hours at a time!
This weekend we celebrated Uncle Levi’s birthday! We had lots of fun, and Aly seemed to do really well being around so many people. We also got to hang with some sweet baby friends this week too!
8:00am morning feeding
8:00pm bedtime feeding
Here's some of this week's favorite pics!