Stephens Family

Stephens Family

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Twenty Five Weeks: 6.1 - 6.7

My 25th week of pregnancy has been one of ups and downs. 

Ups: Summer school started and I am surprisingly content after its first week.  Everyday from 7 - noon I get to enjoy the company of 12 teenagers who need to re-take American History.  Fortunately, I only have a couple of students who need an attitude check every now and then.  For the most part, my students are working hard and very respectful.  Thank you Lord! 

The temperature here in KC has been scorchingly HOT.  And, I like it.  Why?  Well, I've always been a fish in the summertime and lately, I've gotten some use out of my new maternity bathing suit.  I finally have some tan lines.  I hope the vitamin D surge is good for baby Eli!

Gifts, gifts and more gifts for baby Eli!  Find out more in the 'Best Moment of the Week' segment!

Downs: Our follow up sonogram showed that the fluid in Eli's right kidney had nearly doubled in amount.  At our last sonogram is read 5.4 mm so he has now graduated from mild unilateral pylectasis to unilateral hydronephrosis.  This means that we will be visiting a Perinatologist (high-risk pregnancy specialist) on Thursday for a level two ultrasound.  These ultrasounds show much more accurate and detailed images.  The Perinatologist should be able to answer our questions and tell us what we can expect from here.  As you can imagine, both Mike and I were very bummed when the tech told us that the conditioned had worsened so quickly.  I held it together at the doctor's office but broke down once I got to the car.  However, it has been one week since then and I am very proud of how well I've been able to keep it together and am again amazed by the peace that the Lord has given me. 

Informative sight on Hydronephrosis:

I haven't been as productive as I planned in my first week of summer.  I sure hope that I get some motivation soon!  I've got a lot to do before Eli comes!

Baby Milestones this Week:  That oh-so-handy sense of equilibrium is kicking in, and Eli's learning to distinguish right side up from upside down.

Best Moment of the Week:  Three way tie!  In chronological order...

A very sweet surprise from a friend I met through my master's cohort.  Her name is Stephanie and we became immediate friends because of our shared love of bulldogs!  She has two of the cutest bulldogs ever -- named Dozer and Lola.  Sammie has had a play date with them and she thought they were great!  Well, this past Friday, Stephanie stopped over to drop off a gift for Eli and Sammie.  Wow, was I surprised!  She made the cutest "Big Sis" collar for Sammie and bought the cutest bulldog outfits for Eli with sizes ranging from NB to 2T.  See below!  Thanks so much Stephanie!  Can't wait for our doggie date!  :)

Stephanie and Sammie!

Sammie's cute new 'Big Sis' Collar!

Lots of bulldog clothing starting with NB size and ending in 2T!  How cute!

My wonderful sister-in-law, Erica sent us the baby swing we registered for (pictured below) and attached was the sweetest note.  She is married to Mike's older brother, Jason, and they have two beautiful children, Taylor and Connor.  We so wish we lived closer to their family so we could watch Tay and Con grow up.  But, we treasure the phone calls when the kiddos say "Hi Auntie Ali" and "Love you Uncle Mike."  Eli has two great cousins to look forward to playing with and befriending as he grows older!  Love and miss you guys! XOXO

And, last but certainly not least, on Tuesday I received a BIG box from my best friend Marybeth who lives in WA.  She had told me that she was sending me a package but I couldn't have imagined how much she was sending.  It took three pictures to capture everything! She and her husband, Adam, have two wonderful sons and Eli gets the privilege to enjoy their hand-me-downs.  And, what great condition they are in!  Marybeth also sent me lots of goodies: bottles, nipples, pacifiers (and wipes), teethers, a dishwasher compartment for baby stuff, a diaper bag, mug and more!  She also sent my parents a grandparent gift!  I am so blessed to have MB in my life; she is my longest friend -- 2nd grade -- and I know our friendship will last a lifetime!  Thanks so much girl!  You don't know how much it means to me!

Obsessions this Week: Spending time with my Sammie girl.  Sammie plays favorites with Mike and I.  She favors whoever is spending more time with her.  So, as you can guess, during the summertime Sammie becomes a momma's girl.  I'll miss the times we lay together and take naps because I know when Eli comes he'll quickly become my number one cuddle partner.  I've also been talking to Sammie about Eli and I'll say you want to give Eli kisses?  And she'll lick my belly if I let her.  She loves her little brother. 

Symptoms this Week:  I've started to notice that I'm getting the linea nigra.  It is the dark line that runs down the center of your belly during pregnancy.  Eli's been moving, moving, moving and I love, love, love it!

Epiphany this Week:  My husband is a busy man.  I always notice this more in the summer when I'm not working as much. Lately, he has been working a lot of hours because he took on a new position at his work (Sr. Financial Analyst) and his previous position has gone unfilled for several weeks.  This means he has worked two jobs for a while now which equates to at least a 60-80 work week (and a lonely wife).  On top of that, he spoke at church the last two Sundays which pretty much consumed his whole weekend (preparation, etc).  I am very proud to be married to such a dedicated, hard worker.  And, trust me, our family has benefited from his perseverance.  However, I hope before September rolls around that his load lightens a little and we are able to spend some quality time together before Eli arrives. 

What I'm looking forward to most next week: Again, I don't necessarily look forward to tomorrow's Perinatal appointment because I'll be quite anxious.  Of course, we are still hoping to hear that somehow it has cleared up on its own but we also want to be realistic.  On the bright side, one more look at our precious, precious Eli.  I'll try to update blog readers soon after tomorrow's visit.

Week 25 Belly Pics:

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