Posted by: Esther | August 25, 2008

18 Weeks

I feel the baby kick all the time now. Mark bought one of those heart monitors to listen to the babies heart beat. He loves it. Gets him closer to the baby. You can hear all sorts of stuff through that thing, even the liquid sloshing around.

I am meeting a midwife in Puyallup on Wednesday. Very excited, because she is willing to deliver my baby at home. She is only about an hour away.

I have lots of energy right now, but I have to be careful. After I exercise my whole body aches and I am good for nothing the rest of the day. Maybe I’ll just do 30 minutes of yoga. My lower back has this sharp shooting pain in it if I stand for too long, but if I rest on my side, then stretch a little, it goes away. I told Mark’s chiropractor about it and he adjusted me, but did nothing for that area. And the part he adjusted was just fine. Whatever.

I am all belly right now. I feel kind of big for only 4 months. My stomach sticks out and it is obvious I am pregnant, or I have some kind of stomach disease.

Since I can’t use proactive anymore, my friend turned me on to green tea and peppermint facials. So after I wash with my favorite seaweed soap from Reviva Lab, I stick the green tea bag in hot water and then rub the bag all over my face. It feels great. I follow with the peppermint tea bag. The green tea is an antioxidant for your skin and the peppermint acts as a toner. I also use Kettle Care sensitive skin cream and a wild rose eye cream. So far my face looks very healthy. My chin has a few little blemishes, but nothing tragic.

I am just finishing up the book of Esther and it has, as all of them, strengthened my faith. God will use the good and bad for His purpose. His purpose is obviously best since He created us and while things might look scary, He is in complete control.

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, {But} it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the LORD, my refuge, {Even} the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent.
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.
They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.
“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him {securely} on high, because he has known My name.
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
“With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.”


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