July 22, 2016

Little Clark III: 17 weeks

Dear baby,
My goodness, you are supposedly 5 inches head to rump, which seems rather big.  I've been feeling you move quite a bit more, which has been fun.  Took a glucose test this week, so we'll see how that goes.  I've been working really hard on eating healthily.  We are so excited for you, and have your ultrasound all scheduled for three weeks from today.  I'll admit that I am a bit nervous that we'll find out that your heart has stopped, or that something is wrong...I just feel SO good that something must be wrong.  Its like I'm not even pregnant, save for the fast growing nails, roasting hot feet, and belly.  But I do get tired, more with you than the others.  Perhaps because I'm closing in on thirty, and am not quite so spry as my 26 year old self.  Or perhaps because I'm literally running, bending and chasing after your brother, who is a bundle of energy.  I think your Dad is worried that I don't get enough rest.  I did have a few contractions this week, so I put my feet up and drank several glasses of water...they didn't return.  Will you have a similar disposition to James?  Go, go, go?  More low key?  However and whoever you are little one, we will love you.  We will love you forever and for always because you are our dear one.
-Mama + Dada

July 17, 2016

Little Clark III: 16 weeks

Hello baby,

I've felt you moving strongly this week: usually whenever I lay down for bed.  Baby, your ears are starting to work, which means you can hear me talking.  What a wonderful thought that you are listening to me.  Baby you are already 4.5 inches, and growing.  We love you and James is getting ready for his "Christmas Baby", as he lovingly refers to you.  We are so excited for you, and keep prayers for your safe arrival.  Its crazy to think we are close to halfway through.  You've kept me feeling great, despite losing a touch of weight.

Love and kisses,
Mama

July 9, 2016

Little Clark III: 15 weeks

Dear baby,

Happy 15 weeks old.  This week, at our check up, I had mentioned being nervous to find out about whether or not you may have anencephaly like your brother.  So our awesome doc, said, "Oh, well the ultrasound machines aren't being used today.  Would you like to check now?"  So I brought your Nana and James into the little room with me, and we held our breath as the warm gel was squeezed on my tummy.  There you were, heart beat 162, with a full round perfect little skull - and growing little brain inside.  Thank you Lord, for such a wonderful answer to prayer.  I guessed I would cry, but I was in such a state of disbelief, all I could do was open my mouth.  She quickly showed us your head shape from side and cross section and even your little hand.  Baby there you were!  You're supposedly apple size now and can sense light and dark.  So I'm sure we'll play around with flashlights this week.  We love you, and are praying to meet you.  Your Daddy and James both have been passing along lots of loving touches to my tummy.  We've started watching your cousin Colton, so James will be all practiced up for when you arrive this winter.  Loves and kisses. - Mama

July 1, 2016

Monthly Portrait: June

This month was spent walking to the park, watering the garden, and running....ready? set. go!  He has some of the greatest bedhead each morning, and I was able to capture that and a bit of his spunky spirit in this picture.  

June 24, 2016

Little Clark III: 13 weeks

Hello baby, 
I cried when the nurse found your quick little heartbeat on the ultrasound, I was so nervous that I'd lost you since I felt so great.  She said you looked just fine for an 8 week old.  You are 13 weeks old today - over three months.  We have been praying hard that you're healthy and whole.  Thus far carrying you has been easy and wonderful...no sickness, no losing weight (no gaining either), shape shifting quickly.  I hope you decide to keep things that way. But I do have to say, I am all tuckered out by 4pm.  We are working on names, and have settled on a few of our favorites.  James is convinced he needs another brother, so I'm guiding him towards the idea that we don't get to decide.  I've been eating mini meals all day, (even once during the night) so perhaps that is what is staving off the nausea.  Baby, we love you, and hope to meet to in December.  You goal is Dec 2 (full term) anything after is just icing on the cake, got it.
Love and kisses,
Mama