I’ve been as good about updating this blog as I have with doing my devotional for Baby Ben. That’s right folks, its a BOY!
Apologies early as this will be more of a factual, housecleaning post over one that is incredibly insightful! The last four weeks have certainly came and went. Our life sometimes happens at warp speed so don’t blink, you may miss it! At 15 weeks, I was able to participate in an ultrasound manufacturer where they do testing on all their equipment. In exchange I was paid $40, received live video/dvd and images of baby, and there was a very good chance we were going to learn the gender. Daniel had to sit in the waiting room for the first part of the appointment. Admittedly, I really wanted him by my side! Instead I had six Chinese doctors and a very knowledgeable and experienced Ultrasound Technician in the room. I laid on my back and my stomach became a research tool. The second the ultrasound tech put the Doppler on my tummy, the entire room of Chinese men cheered. That was a bit startling, but I could only assume that they had discovered that baby Ben was a boy! The technician didn’t say anything to me as I had asked her to wait for Daniel to be in the room, but the cheers were somewhat obvious so I knew immediately it was a boy. When Daniel came into the room and the technician told us to look up at our baby, Daniel’s eyes teared up! He is so excited to be having a boy, just as he’s been praying.
Benjamin Israel Grund. Benjamin means “Son of my Right Hand”. Daniel and I have never disagreed about baby names. I never read any baby book names or sought advice from friends or family. I always knew in my heart we would name our children with strong, Hebrew, Biblical names. Benjamin is the youngest son of the 12 tribes of Israel. He was the son of Jacob & Rachel, and Benjamin is referred to as righteous young child, who remained with Jacob when the older brothers plotted against Joseph. When Jacob blesses his 12 sons, in Genesis 49, he describes Benjamin as a wolf that prowls, devouring his enemies in the morning and dividing up the spoils in the evening. Daniel, LOVES wolves! But this part was merely a coincidence. We love the strong meaning that comes from his name. More so, Daniel likes initials and wanted a name that would spell BIG, so that we can call him BIG Ben. Israel is the perfect name that sits there comfortably! Its where Jesus is from and that can’t be too bad.
I am now 17 weeks and 2 days. The belly is protruding and fortunately for me, that’s all that’s protruding. I was somewhat unsure about how things would “look” when I was in early pregnancy. I hoped that my belly would just get round and full, and that it would be noticeable! Thanks to good genetics I think, my belly is doing just that. Baby Ben is about 5 inches long (4.8), and weighs about 5 ounces about the size of a pear. His heart is now regulated by his brain (no more random beats) to beat 140 to 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as mine! What else is up? He’s practicing the survival skills he’ll need at birth — like sucking and swallowing.
As for mom, I’m in this stage where I guess I don’t really “feel” pregnant. Other than my protruding belly and occasional fatigue, I feel pretty good. I get heartburn a bit which is no fun, and I’m in bed by 9:30 but I guess that’s all preemptive for the future. Its hard to believe that I’m 5 months pregnant, and by the time we get to LA for thanksgiving, I will be 6 months. Meaning when I return home, I will only have 3 months until baby is BORN! Don’t get me started on this…
Updates for non-pregnancy house items. Daniel and I had to make some adult decisions this last month which is part of why I went MIA. While we worked really hard to get the condo sold, in the end everything just fell to pieces. Daniel and I were faced with the choice to either move forward with the condo AND a brand new home or just release the brand new home. We decided the right choice was to release the new home and just rent a bigger place for ourselves and our growing family, and find a renter for the condo. Which we’ve done! So the new plan is that we’re moving into a 3 bed, 2.5 bath home in Redmond Ridge on October 25th. This is the shortest I’ve ever explained this story so go me!
More to update in the coming weeks!! Grow baby Ben, Grow!