Monday, August 11, 2008

3 pounds! And 11 weeks left!

I'm now 29 weeks along, with 11 to go. Baby Annika (pronounced like 'Monica' without the 'm' for those who wondered) is now 3 lbs, and doing amazing acrobats in my belly. I can feel her kick/punch on both sides at the same time. I cannot wait to meet her! I hope she has my sister's tempermant, however my mom has cursed this poor baby with the wish that I get a daughter just. Like. Me. My husband claims that is totally unfair, as he was a good, respectful child growing Poor Victor.

Hmm...11 weeks ago I was on a trip to visit family and friends in Seattle/Chicago. It seemed like it just happened, the time has flown so quickly. So 11 weeks isn't really that long of a time to go when I put it into perspective!

I've slowly come to the realization (slow learner, sometimes) that the best way to meet new people down here is to..go out and meet new people. No one is going to come and randomly knock on my door and ask if I want to come out and play (although that did happen in Lynden with my super cool neighbor Melissa, who I miss). So, I have struck out of the condo-cave and here is what has happened!

  • I dropped into a ministry in north Long Beach that serves women with crisis pregnancies. They have free counseling, a maternity home, post-maternity low income housing for mom's and their babies, as well as a thrift store, and basic life-skills training for these women on the fringe of our culture. I start helping them this week! I've always supported Pro-life ministries with my $$$, and now it's time to get into the trenches and start helping in practical ways. I am very excited, as I've wanted to do this for a very, very long time!
  • I went to a S.C. Lewis Society meeting on Saturday. I'm a huge Lewis fan, not only for his fiction but his practical and love-imbued apologetics as well. It was humbling and stimulating to be the dumbest person in the room! :-) Met some new people there that are all in the area, and it's wonderful to find Christian intellectuals who are all in academia. It was certainly a stimulating day!
  • I've been in email contact with a local M.O.P.S. coordinator, who invited me to her church yesterday. It was a really great service! The worship was awesome, and I think Victor will even feel comfortable there too. I'm meeting some ladies for coffee tonight as well from this group.
  • I was at the grocery store yesterday enjoying the air-conditioning and, well, shopping too! I recognized a couple from the marathon childbirth class we went to last week. There wasn't much social time during the class, so no one really connected. However, I stopped her and we stood and yapped for about 20 minutes. We traded phone #'s, and she's inviting me to her baby shower next month. We're also going to hang out later in the week for a movie or coffee. Her name is Elizabeth, and this is her 2nd child (also due in October!) and her oldest is 17. Her husband also seems really sweet.
I'm starting to not feel so isolated down here, which is good timing now that I'm not allowed to fly.

I'm also thankful to the Lord for answering my prayers and bringing women and potential friends into my life when I need them. I know I have love and support with all my family and friends at home (and Chicago!!!!), but it's not the same when you can't BE with them, you know?

Anyway, this is turning into a long post. Sorry, no pictures as V has the camera at work. Oh, can you please pray for him too? He's working non-stop during the refinery turn-around and won't have any days off until September. And then a 2nd turnaround in Sept, and a month-long one in October, in time for the baby. Talk about timing! Please pray for his energy level, and that he gets time to rest during this crazy season of our lives!


Stacy O said...

Don't worry, that mother's curse doesn't always work. My parents said the same thing to me and Sydney is a pretty good kid. Okay, so she's bossy and a little stubborn, but so far she isn't totally like me. Check back in 10 years though.

So glad you are making friends! That would be hard to be without fam and friends during this time. Lucky for you-you are outgoing and personable so you will have cool new friends in no time.

Baby Alex can't wait to meet baby Annika! How cute will they be???


Send me your address so I can start sending you some clothes. Anything you really need?

FlyingCats said...

You crack me up! Victor's good behavior should be worth I'll email you right now!

Davene said...

First of all, I REALLY like the name you've chosen! :)

Second, I'm so happy for you that you're starting to make some connections. I still remember vividly the feelings I had as a newlywed in the fair state of CA when I didn't hardly know a soul. A place does start to feel like home once those friendships begin to form.

I hope the next 11 weeks go beautifully for you!

Mrs. Taft said...

Annika is a beautiful name :)

Charles and Naomi Jenkins said...

Hi Kate~
Of course I love the name! Our 11 year old is also Anika. Prounounced the same. We get compliments on it a lot. Happy to hear that you are coming out of your cave a bit. It is hard making friends, but so great to have a couple of women you can relate to.
:) Naomi

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Wehunthouse said...

I assume that at this point the next blog from you will be to tell us that Annika is going off to college. Oh how time flies. :o)