Prayers Appreciated!


Early tomorrow morning, I’ll be heading into our local hospital to be induced. Soon, our family will be complete and baby #8 will be welcomed with open arms.

If you can spare a prayer for a quick, easy delivery with no complications, I would sincerely appreciate it.

Things may be quiet for a few days around here while I adjust to becoming a mom of 8 and snuggle my sweet little newborn as much as humanly possible the first few days.

Thanks for being loyal readers of the blog. I promise to be back soon and things will be better than ever!

So Much for “The Big Day!”

I spent all day yesterday preparing for my induction. Packed all the bags, made arrangements for the kids, took care of absolutely everything. We went to Revival last night, and it was amazing. I have to admit, I was a little bummed, (for selfish reasons, of course), that they decided to extend the revival 2 more days. That meant I was going to miss Thursday night at least, because of the induction. Hubby and I decided that if they let me go home on Friday, and I was feeling well, we would all go back to the revival together Friday night.

We dropped the kids at my MIL’s house after the revival, kissed them all, and told them that the next time they saw Mommy, she’d have a baby in her arms and not in her belly. Everyone was so excited.

Hubby and I got home, and started to get ready for bed. To avoid TMI being posted and losing a million readers, I noticed a pretty gross discharge and hubby talked me into calling labor and delivery and just asking them if it was normal, and if we needed to come in early. I called over to the hospital, and a labor and delivery nurse answered the phone. I told her that I was on the schedule for an induction the following morning at 5am. She looked at the schedule and informed me that I was *not* on the schedule for Thursday, but that I had been moved to Friday.

I was NOT happy. I had not been notified of any change in the schedule. I’d already made arrangements for my kids. Gene had already taken off work. I know it’s just one day, but that one day can throw everything for a loop. I talked to the nurse for awhile about what was going on, and she called my doctor to let him know that I had not been informed of the change in the schedule. (By the way, it was not my doctor’s fault. It was a staffing issue at the hospital. I still love my doctor, I’m just hoping the nurses at the hospital are a little more on the ball when I actually have this baby.)

After I got off the phone with her, I double (and triple) checked my voicemail and checked the caller id on our land line. No phone calls, no messages from anyone informing me of the change.

I must say that I’m quite glad I didn’t get up at 3:00 this morning and show up there at 5am today. I probably would have lost my testimony all over that hospital. Thank goodness hubby made me call labor and delivery and we at least found out we’d be able to sleep in this morning. Actually, it’s kind of nice to have hubby home to myself all day.

Another thing that I can’t get off my mind is our revival. Tonight, the youth choir will be singing. When they sang on Tuesday night, the Holy Spirit took over the room in a way that I have never seen before. There was singing, shouting, men marching the aisles, and so many tears of repentance. I was blown away. All I can think is that maybe God allowed all of this to happen so that I could be at the Revival one more night. Maybe He plans to do something with one of my kids. Maybe He plans to do something big with me. Either way, I will be there tonight – baby in belly – and ready to hear what God has to say to me.

Then, tomorrow morning, I’ll get up bright and early and head in to the hospital and have a baby.

So, stay tuned. Looks like it’s going to be one more day before I have any news to announce.

Tomorrow is the Big Day!

I am so excited, I can hardly stand it…. BUT, I still have so much to do to get ready for Gage’s appearance! I have searched through our boxes, and I cannot find any 0-3 month clothes. No sleepers, no gowns, no outfits – nothing. The joy of moving 2 weeks before the baby is born, I guess. So, I’ve got to head out and get at least a couple of outfits for this baby to wear so that he doesn’t have to go naked the first 3 months of his life. 🙂 I need to pack the hospital bag. (No, I still haven’t done that.) I need to fold and put away all the baby blankets, bibs, and burp cloths that I washed. I need to sterilize pacifiers and bottles.

But most of all, I need to relax. And that seems to be what I’m struggling with most. I don’t know if it’s nerves about labor and delivery, since my last experience was so bad, or if it’s the fact that tomorrow, I will be a mom of SIX. Either way, I am a bundle of nerves.

I have to be at the hospital at 5am tomorrow. I doubt that I’ll get any sleep tonight at all, yet my husband will lie in bed next to me, snoring soundly. (How is it HE can relax right now?)

Hubby set up all the baby stuff yesterday – the swing, the cradle, the pack ‘n play, the car seat. Our house looks ready for a baby, so at least we have that much.

I will update you all just as soon as I can!

Enjoy the rest of your week. And stay tuned for lots (and LOTS!) of pictures!

38 Week Checkup and Exciting News!

I had my 38 week checkup this morning. The doctor was late getting there, because he was delivering a baby. They hooked me up for a Non-Stress Test, and watched the baby for awhile. It wasn’t until the nurse came in and started pushing on my belly before I started contracting. I asked her if she’d come home with me, since she seemed to have the magic touch, but she politely declined.

A little while later, the doc came in and checked my cervix. We talked about my breakdown last Wednesday, and he asked how I was doing. (I never told you all, but I went into his office, convinced I was in labor, only to find out I wasn’t even contracting.) Last week was a very emotional week, and I was a total mess all week.

He checked my cervix and was pleasantly surprised to find that I’ve dilated almost to a 3! That’s HUGE news for me, because I’ve never made it past a 2 on my own before. We talked about letting me go on my own, but because my blood pressure has been spiking a little too high, he felt it was better to just go ahead and schedule my induction.

Sooooooo………. Gage Walker will make his appearance sometime this Thursday, March 10th. I’m so excited. I’ve been praying that I wouldn’t miss our revival at church this week, and since it runs tonight through Wednesday, this is perfect!

If I disappear for a bit, you’ll know why, but I’m going to try my darndest to catch up (and get ahead!) before I go off and have this baby.

Thanks for all your prayers and concerns, thoughts and emails. I really do have the best readers on the net!