Baby G4 is set to arrive in Jan 2015. We opted for a 20 (23.3) week ultrasound (9.30.14) given the past reports. The results were bitter sweet. The baby is doing fine but there was bad news regarding my anatomy. We will know more at 28 weeks (10.31.14). We continue to pray for healing, protection. and peace as we wait for better confirmation.
Prayer to Our Lady of La Leche during Pregnancy
O Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of Your tender Mother, Our Lady of La Leche, who bore You close to her heart during those long months before Your birth, I place my baby and myself entirely in Your Hands. Free me, I beseech You, from useless and consuming worry. Accept the sacrifice of my aches and pains, which I unite to Your sufferings on the Cross. Above all, most merciful and loving Jesus, protect this child You have given to me from all harm, bestowing the health and vigor every baby needs. Implant in my heart and on my lips the words and prayers of Your Mother and mine, our Lovely Lady of La Leche. All this I ask that my child and I may live to praise forever Your Holy Name. Amen.
The good news, we were able to find out the baby’s gender.
My dear brothers and sisters, have faith in the word of God, for the Holy Spirit tells us that when we suffer cheerfully for God, the cross is the source of every kind of joy for all kinds of people. The joy that comes from the cross is greater than that of a poor man who suddenly comes into a fortune, or of a peasant who is raised to the throne; greater than the joy of a trader who becomes a millionaire; than of a military leader over the victories he has won; than of prisoners released from their chains. In short, imagine the greatest joy that can be experienced on earth, and then realise that the happiness of the one who bears his sufferings in the right way contains, and even surpasses, all of them.
My family has been showered with countless blessings during our recent trials. The greatest blessing has been the life that continues to grow within – I am still pregnant. Deo gratias! I continue to rely on His grace.
I have not miscarried as indicated with my earlier diagnosis. We were able to see our little blessing along with a heart beat at 7 weeks 5 days.
I’ve attempted, on several occasions, to give an update and share my family’s sincerest thanks for all the charity. Here is my heart that I shared with my dear friend seeking to console me several weeks ago.
I have been so taken by everyone’s generosity. I feel completely unworthy and not entirely in need. I realize that my family’s needs are real but they seem so insignificant when I look around. I’m left speechless but filled with emotions. It is humility like I’ve never known. I’m praying hard to remain joyful in the present moment, fighting seeds of resentment (scattered by the Evil One) for the wrongs done to us, and running from glimpses of despair as I begin to manifest what may lie ahead. I’m left praying with every step and breath I take. His love sustains me and his grace keeps me from becoming paralyzed. I see clearly just how small I am. Truly, I don’t want to leave this place. There is peace that transcends all worldly understanding.
There has been much change in my spiritual progress but not much by way of the physical. My attempts to extend a full update and offer words of thanksgiving continue to seem so inadequate. So little in comparison to the generosity that has been extended to us – words are not enough at this time. The only real thanks I can offer is to continue to pray for all our spiritual and physical benefactors.
My family will continue to pray for you in our daily rosary and family devotions. We will also be offering Masses for you.
MAY THE PERFECT LOVE OF GOD REIGN IN OUR HEARTS!
Yes, my labor has begun – March 2, 2003 at 6am. Please keep me, Baby G, Dad, midwife, and all my other children in your prayers.
Dad or I will be certain to give an update as we’re able.
Ad Jesum per Mariam,
6:45 – I’ve been using a free app on my phone to track my contractions. Currently, I have a break. I will get something to eat and rest.
11:15 – My contractions picked up again 8am. My mother visited me while the kids played Mancala. The kids are free to join me for the time being.
The contractions waned and I ate an early lunch, Saintly Sandwich. Dad also made a variation of this labor cocktail. The Nuun and labor cocktail are definitely hitting the spot and helping me with hydration.
I’ve returned to my exercise ball to work through contractions. They’re intense but nothing close to what is yet to come. I’m focusing on relaxing and offering up each contraction for a specific intention.
1:30 – I just woke up form a brief rest (15 min) that seemed much longer. Contractions continue to be intense but there are nice breaks in between each contraction.
I’m trying out different relaxation techniques and positions as the back pressure intensifies. So far I seem to like the exercise ball best.
Dad continues to manage the home front downstairs.
4:00 – I’ve been on and off the exercise ball for hours. I took a couple of breaks to walk around and try-out a pelvic floor muscle release exercise.
I took my first shower, while in labor. It was just as I remembered, heaven. My contractions picked up and the warm water eased my back pain. I’m refreshed with contractions returning every 5-7 min. I’m hoping to get a rest for dinner so I can refuel for the road ahead.
11:46 – Baby G ARRIVED!
The image is of my newest rosary, a creation by Lauren of Knit in My Womb.
Lauren contacted me to extend a thank you, offer prayers, and generously offer to make me a special gift that she makes all her friends prior to their births. All I knew was that the gift would be personalized.
I received the package the following week. Rose and I opened the gift together. We were both speechless with the beauty and thoughtfulness of the precious rosary. (A picture can not due this beautiful sacramental justice.)It was a lovely consolation for me as I prepared my heart to enter the Lenten season. I shared tears of joy for the charity extended to me from a blogger friend (whom I have never met) and the goodness of Our Heavenly Father for willing such a beautiful present be bestowed upon me during this emotional time. ALL FOR!