Yesterday marked 20 weeks, 5 days. 20 weeks and 5 day of carrying Kinley. 20 weeks and 5 days was all I got to spend with my Grayson. 20 weeks and 5 days is just far too short of a time. I mean, the chances of something happening to Kinley on the exact same day as Grayson is slim to none, but I was still glad to get that day over and done with.
I kept thinking about if I had known that that would be the last day I would carry Grayson, would I have done anything differently... what would be going through my head? I quickly realized that I would do everything I did. I was just living life, but I was still innocent in a lot of ways. Innocent to the things that "can" happen. I knew what could happen, but no girl really thinks that they could happen to her. In a lot of ways, I find myself so jealous of girls who still have this innocence. Jealous of girls who complain when they feel rotten because of pregnancy. You see, I can't complain about feeling rotten because feeling rotten is the best feeling in the world after you have lost a baby... because it means you are still pregnant! Only girls who have been through something like this can say that so definitely. If you still have this innocence, CHERISH it!! It is a gift from the Lord!!
Today, I am thanking God that we have made it to 20 weeks and 6 days. For me, I can breathe a little sigh of relief... I had two doctors appointments on Tuesday and got good reports from both. My cervix hasn't shown any changes, which is huge! I asked Dr. Sellers if he felt like we would have already seen changes if something were going to happen and he said "yes", so that made me feel much more at peace. He said from here on, we should be able to have pretty normal appointments. I know there are still no guarantees though. So, I still have some fear, fear that I continue to turn over to Jesus each and every morning. In the same breath, I also have hope. Hope that I have a God who sees me and will see this pregnancy through to 40 weeks!
Please continue to pray for me, for my health, for Kinley and her health, for Damon (poor guy is dealing with my ever-changing emotions... ) and just for our family as we anticipate and prepare for Kinley's arrival. I have found that I have had a hard time even doing this stuff... I had bought Grayson's bedding, several pieces of clothing, his "lovies"... all things that are now stored away because we never got to use them. It is hard to now be buying things for Kinley and trusting that these too won't get stored away. In faith, I have started this process, but it is weird how even these things create a little fear in me! I never would have thought that buying crib bedding would invoke some fear. it is pretty crazy... and I definitely feel crazy at times. It is so hard to know what is "normal" in all of this! Thankful for friends who are walking each step of this with me and don't hesitate to tell me when I am not being "normal"- whatever that is!!
Thanks so much for your continued prayers over me and our family. They keep us going. Thanks for being excited about Kinley arriving, even when I haven't been there all the time. Thanks for loving us. We seriously could not do this without you all. And thank you to Jesus, who has blessed us with an amazing baby girl. Kinley Pearl, I cannot wait to see your sweet face and hold your sweet hands in May. My heart longs for that day. Until then, I will cherish every moment of you growing inside me... feeling you move and kick, knowing that you can hear me. Know you are loved beyond words. You represent a hope that is far beyond what you could have ever imagined. We love you!!
And last, but not least, I will leave you with our Christmas card. This pretty much sums up our year! :) (You can click on the images to view closer up!)