SUNSHINE192DAY's SparkPeople Blog SUNSHINE192DAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Not Quite Yet...But Do You Have a Prayer Request? Just waiting on God's timing for Benjamin's birthday. I am kind of hoping for Friday because Jesus saved me on that day, 8 years ago. But any day would be great. It'll be Thursday or Friday at the latest. I appreciate the well wishes and prayers and all the good birth stories y'all have shared with me. <BR> <BR> Now, how can we pray for you? You may remember that I pray with Benny every night and by myself in the mornings. I would love to pray for your needs and that of your loved ones! Jus... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:53:54 EST Special Weekend Update... As most of my regular blog readers know I usually don't have the time to post on the weekends. But I'm done with school until mid-October so I decided I'd just take some time. I have a very special way that I'm going to announce baby Ben's arrival both on here and facebook so that will be something to look forward to. <BR> <BR> I have the hospital bags packed and the baby's room done plus school is done. So anytime God calls Benjamin forth is good with me lol. I cannot wait to "meet" him! I ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:50:46 EST Finals and Another Eventful Doctor's Appointment! Well starting off I had an 8-10 page research paper due this week. I did great actually 203 out of a possible 210 so I'm sure I'm getting an A in Psychology of Personality! Yay! <BR> <BR> Thursday I had another of the weekly doctor's appointments for Benjamin. My doctor measured my belly and at 38 weeks and 1 day I am measuring a whopping 41 weeks! Baby boy is head down, still, and I have officially gained 9 pounds this whole pregnancy since the morning sickness and food aversion was so bad... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:04:29 EST Benjamin's Finished Room! If you haven't watched the before video you might want to before you watch this one. Enjoy and let me know what y'all think! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:44:43 EST Still No Benny... Hi everyone! Just wanted to drop a quick note to say this is finals week for me, so for the next couple days I might be missing in action. But there's no baby yet lol...I'll update as soon as possible or as soon as I have a baby in my arms! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 01:20:40 EST No Baby Yet... My doctor decided not to check me just yet because he didn't want to throw me into false or premature labor even though chances are Benny would be ok. However we are planning on any day now as he is head down and in my pelvis. They keep saying he's a very long baby so we'll see. Right now I have worked all day on this house so I'm going to bed soon! Have a nice night everyone! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:09:44 EST All is Well Wednesday! (There may be a baby bump pic too...) I finally got that mattress and box springs and got a friend to help bring it in and all is well on that front, finally! So everything is in the baby's/my room! Now to finish organizing everything... <BR> <BR> I am officially 37 weeks pregnant as of today so they will let Benjamin come whenever the mood strikes and God shouts, "Come forth Benjamin!" Tomorrow is another doctor's visit and, like I mentioned last week, he told me to bring bags with us tomorrow because he will check dilation and... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:55:10 EST Ticked Off Tuesday! Well, I had a great day up until I was supposed to pick up the mattress and box springs that I paid for a few months ago. This guy I know sold them to me and his parents own a well known furniture store and he works there. I've dealt with them multiple times with no issues and a very high opinion of both the store and the people. When I bought them it was with the understanding that he would have to store them until August. He said that was fine. <BR> <BR> Saturday I started contacting him ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:15:35 EST Still Pregnant lol... We've worked all weekend on the baby's room for Benjamin and I'm glad to say we're almost there! Thank God! My doctor told me last week that he would start checking my dilation this week and if I'm over a 4 I should plan on staying and having Benny...I'm to bring my bags to all appointments from here out which they are now weekly. Wednesday we will hit 37 weeks and I lost my plug a couple weeks ago. I know that doesn't mean labor necessarily but it can happen anytime now. <BR> <BR> I'm exci... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:43:06 EST Sorry About the Missed Day! I was working hard on organizing baby Benny's room! My cousin and her kids came by and helped and I am almost there. Hopefully, by the middle to the end of next week, everything will be completely done. I'm usually such a planner that this should be done by now. But I was so sick for so long during this pregnancy that I feel I have neglected things that should already be done, but I really couldn't do them any earlier. <BR> <BR> We have put together the changing table (it took 6 hours becau... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 23:29:54 EST 36 Weeks Today and Doctor's Appointment Update! Well the first of our weekly appointments was a bit uncomfortable but it went well. I had to be swabbed for the strep B test. Basically mom's can carry that without knowing it and it comes and goes so we need to be checked to make sure baby doesn't acquire it because it can be life threatening for babies. If I do end up having it I'll have to have antibiotics during labor and we'll be fine so no biggie there! I have also gained 7 pounds during my pregnancy, mostly due to being so sick at firs... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:13:15 EST Breastfeeding Class and a Doctor's Appointment! Well today starts the final countdown. Benjamin and I start the weekly doctor's visits this morning. I'll post how today's goes on tomorrow's blog. <BR> <BR> Last night however we met the lactation consultant for our hospital, Neva. She has nursed her own 3 children for a total of about 7 years and has been a lactation consultant for over 17 and an ob nurse before that. Not only did she give us all her private number to call anytime, day or night, that we have questions or issues but she in... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 07:16:31 EST Baby Shower!!! Yesterday we had Benjamin's baby shower! We are so blessed to have so many people who love us! We now have everything we need for him except a car seat which my dad is getting! We had about 25 people show up, everyone I really wanted there, and I'm including some pics for you guys (there's a LOT more but that's too many to post lol). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 8 Aug 2016 23:50:30 EST Feeling Better Today and Getting Things Done! I'll spare the individual details but Benny and I did a lot of errands today and got a lot done around the house. We also did more of mommy's homework than I had even planned to get done which was nice! Overall, I got my whole to do list done plus some! <BR> <BR> Sunday is my baby shower that is being thrown by my aunt and my mom. While I am insanely thankful for the love and support I am highly nervous. I am an only child so one would assume that I would be used to being the center of atte... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 23:21:15 EST Thanks Everyone! I just wanted to thank you all for the support the last few weeks and the kind comments on the painting in Benjamin's room. Today I woke up like the last 2 days and I couldn't ball up my fists and when I forced them my fingers would pop loudly when they went back out. They are also very weak. The other 2 days they improved through the day but not today. So I called my doctor and, long story short, I have pregnancy induced carpal tunnel. It will go away after Benny's born but my goodness. Afte... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 00:15:52 EST Benjamin's Painted Room! This is the completely painted room! Woohoo! Now my baby boy has a pretty room to come home to! Wed, 3 Aug 2016 12:20:19 EST Benny's Room Before Painting! FIrst, I feel silly for not seeing this before lol. But thank you to Platinum755 for helping me figure it out! An after video will be coming probably tomorrow or the next day! Let me know what you think about the color ideas! Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:56:27 EST Help Adding a Video??? We are not totally done painting yet. Just 1 more coat on one of the walls and the closet left to paint BUT I can let you see a video of before! However, I need some help to do that. I used to be able to upload a video on here but now I can't find how to...? How can I achieve this??? <BR> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:08:54 EST A Praise and A Vacation Bible School (VBS) Update! First the VBS update: I was the craft director and it was wonderful! I got even closer with my church family and the first night we had 9 kids (including Benjamin of course) and the next 2 nights we had 16!!! That's amazing for having it for the first time in about 14 years and being a rural church. The last night a 3 year old named Gabe volunteered to pray. We're all thinking woah, wild card prayer and I could see his momma was worried. He thanked God for VBS and for his church and ended by ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:45:05 EST Well... My dad woke up not feeling well and decided not to go get his results of the cancer testing until Friday to keep others from getting more waiting... <BR> <BR> On the bright side though VBS at my church starts tonight! Here's praying some kiddos in need of God or in need of growth in God come! I'm hoping that we can show them God's love in the process! Talk to you all tomorrow! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:14:58 EST Baby and Painting Update! I should tell you all how flattering your concern is in me painting while pregnant. Thank you. I am using latex, low VOC paint that is approved by my doctor and I am taking an extra step in opening all doors and windows and wearing a mask. If I feel the least bit icky someone else will be finishing and I will NOT climb any ladders or foot stools. I have a person for that lol. <BR> <BR> I am painting 1 wall a very pale yellow and the other 3 will be a light gray. Right now the room is light p... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:45:24 EST Update About Appointment! Well Benjamin measured 35 weeks at our 33 week appointment Thursday. However, it took me forever to post this because I had some news to digest so to speak. My doctor and I were talking about the fact that the next birthing class isn't until late August and my doctor turns to me and says, "Um, yeah I wouldn't count on making that. I will be surprised if you last until mid-August..." I told him that months ago and he assured me that nope, Benny wouldn't come until September...jerk lol. <BR> <... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:51:21 EST Oh the Heartburn of it Allllll..... I only got between 4 and 5 hours of sleep last night because of the evil nemesis heartburn...but that's my fault as I forgot to take the medicine my Dr prescribed for that. I've been taking it for a few months so you'd think I'd remember but nope. I didn't remember until this morning. But Benny is doing well! What are the guesses as to how big we'll measure tomorrow? I'll update them and send the closest guesser a goodie and here's a pic to guess by! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 49... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:31:49 EST Almost 33 Weeks! Well I will be 33 weeks pregnant tomorrow by the doctor's count. I'm not so sure I'm not further along because Benny is measuring big. By-the-way, he was measuring 35 weeks 2 weeks ago (he was just 31 weeks really) so I'm taking "bets" to see what you'll think he'll be this Thursday at our next appointment! Put your guess in the comments and we'll send out a goodie, or multiple goodies, to the winner(s)! All in good fun! I'm guessing 38 weeks! <BR> <BR> We got a baby gift today from an inter... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:14:04 EST Sorry about the Lack of Blogs... I have been on here but not long enough to write a blog simply because I have had computer issues that have finally been fixed! My shingles are just about gone and I feel a lot better! I have a lot to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> I also got GREAT news about school. As some of you know I am going to school and have been for the last 2 years to get a Bachelor's degree in Psychology for Christian counseling through Liberty University. I've got 13 classes left in school after this subterm (my sch... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:04:07 EST Feeling Better...How are You? I'm finally not hurting or itching and it appears that the prayers for the healing of my shingles are working! Praise God and thank you all for lifting me and Benjamin up! He has been kicking more the last couple days too which is exciting! <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? <BR> <BR> Due Date Countdown: approximately 57 days left... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:38:24 EST LOOOONG Day! Well after just a few hours of sleep last night from helping a friend with a problem and shingles keeping me up I had a chiropractor appointment and a long day afterwards. I went to my cousin's house and played with her kids and kept her company, came home, did a 2 page paper, ate, laid down, did a 50 question test (got a 92%) and now I'm headed to bed a tired girl...Good night! <BR> <BR> Due Date Countdown: Approximately 58 days left.... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:04:04 EST Rash Issue Solved...It's Shingles... Could you please pray for me and my unborn son, Benjamin? I have the shingles and have to be on meds for it neither of which is supposed to be hard or bad for him but I'm still on edge and in pain...thank you all so much! Also, this is the same meds I have to be on before delivery...I don't think that is a coincidence at all...God knows when this baby is coming and He is making sure every way He can that we're safe and taken care of. Praise Jesus! <BR> <BR> Due Date in approximately 60 days ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:22:52 EST A Rash and Setting up a Nursery... WARNING: The 1st paragraph might be a bit TMI but the second paragraph is ok for all! <BR> <BR> So I noticed yesterday that I had a couple of small bug bite looking spots on my bum which were itchy. This morning it was really itchy and about the size of a quarter, bright red, and puffy. I called my ob/gyn just because I was on that antibiotic for a UTI and thought it might be yeast. However, the nurse basically said if it gets worse after benadryl and hydrocortizone cream to go to the walk i... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 22:36:37 EST Baby Ben's Check-Up! Baby Benjamin is doing well! Incredibly well actually. He is measuring 35 weeks and we are only 31 weeks and 1 day. I have officially gained a whole 4 pounds during this pregnancy lol. My blood pressure is 118/75 which is "perfect" the nurse said and his heart rate is around 145 which is also great! Thank God for good news! <BR> <BR> However, right now I'm praying I don't go into early labor at all. Mainly because I think they have my due date wrong and I have to be on medication for at lea... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:26:32 EST Bad Night... I kept waking up feeling like I was choking, maybe stomach acid or maybe my sleep apnea. I did finally get some sleep and woke up with sinus issues and now I'm sitting here feeling like I have not slept at all lol. But Mr. Benjamin is moving around a bit this morning and tomorrow we have a doctor's visit/check up. We'll see how much he's grown! I'm so proud of my little boy! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 63 days! Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:00:02 EST Anybody Need Prayer Out There? As always Benjamin (my unborn baby) and I are willing to pray for you. I don't believe that it's ever too early to teach a kiddo to believe in, trust in, and pray to God! It doesn't matter if you let us know your exact request or if you just say unspoken, because God knows. So please let me know if you or your family/friends need prayer either below or on a private message! Thank you all for continued prayer for my dad's cancer test results to come back negative in the upcoming weeks. We so a... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:45:42 EST Baby's First 4th (Technically)! Well Benjamin has thoroughly assaulted my insides this evening. He clearly does NOT like loud fireworks. Poor baby! I also wrote 2 papers and, not including my typed notes, they came to over 3,700 words...I'm exhausted! So I'll leave you with the Independence Day bump pic and say good night peeps! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:34:16 EST Well This Week Went Down a Bit... So Tuesday I was not too peppy and I thought I had just overdone it Monday so I shrugged it off. I found out that the little boy at church that had mumps but was vaccinated was diagnosed Monday with leukemia...he's 5 and has 4 brothers and sisters. He's going to have a lot of treatment to get well again so please pray for him! <BR> <BR> Wednesday I was feeling horrible and was having bad back pain so I called my doctor. Long story short I was having contractions, pretty good ones, but I was ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 02:03:29 EST I MAY be Nesting... I'm going to show ya'll what I got done yesterday and let you decide. I went to the chiropractor and grocery store, the I wrote a 600+ word essay for Philosophy and a 300+ word discussion for Theology plus I got a week ahead by doing my 2 replies for the discussion (100+ words each). I also did a quiz for each class, 2 loads of laundry (even folded them and put them away), cleaned all the furbabies' dishes, cleaned the fridge out, and watered the plants. Then, to top it off, I cleaned the bat... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:10:59 EST Highly Productive Monday! I was up just before 7 am today, bathroom break and Benny usually starts moving between 6 and 7 am and I love laying there and talking to him and watching him move! So far today I have cleaned the fridge out, visited my chiropractor, went to the grocery store, started a load of laundry, and completely cleaned my bathroom! It's only 11 am here lol. I still have school stuff to do and laundry to finish but that shouldn't be too difficult! Praise God for great, productive days like today! <BR> ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:07:37 EST Thanks for Praying for Us...Can We Pray for You? As always Benjamin (my unborn baby) and I are willing to pray for you. It doesn't matter if you let us know your exact request or if you just say unspoken, because God knows. So please let me know if you or your family/friends need prayer either below or on a private message! Thank you all for continued prayer over Benny and me being exposed to the mumps and for my dad's cancer test results to come back negative in the upcoming weeks. We so appreciate you all! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Co... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:26:22 EST Doctor's Appointment... Well we had Benny's doctor's appointment at 10:30 am and we didn't get to see the doctor until 12...during that whole time we had to wear a mask because I was exposed to mumps at church and just found out about it. I've been immunized but the child who caught it had also been immunized so out of safety we wore the masks. <BR> <BR> Benny measured 32 weeks again and so he's doing great. I lost just a tad bit of weight though so I am only up 1.8 pounds since becoming pregnant. That's of course... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:35:51 EST Starting the 29th Week! Benjamin has been on earth but not out of momma yet for 29 weeks! He's getting big and stretching a lot, these last 3 days I thought he was going to rip me open though lol. On Sunday he dropped a bit as well. We have another doctor's appointment tomorrow so we'll see how big he is now! At his last appointment Benny was 27 weeks and measuring 32 so I'm praying that they don't want to induce because of his size later on. If they do I'm praying God lets me know what I should do...sending love to... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:36:26 EST Update on Dad... I wanted to tell you that the outpouring of loving support and prayer has been a wonderful help and just to tell you more about my dad. He is not saved and currently he is 6'4 and down to just 136 pounds. He was born just under 2 pounds and has never really been able to gain weight so that's also a huge concern. Please also pray for his salvation. <BR> <BR> We won't know the full results of the testing done today for a couple weeks so please keep us in your prayers. I cannot imagine losing ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:40:32 EST My Prayer Need.... Could you all please pray for my dad? He is in his 60's and he had stage 4 bone cancer that went into remission around 5 years ago. He fell last year and now he has a broken vertebrae in his back. They are testing tomorrow to see if it's from the fall or from his cancer reoccurring...If it is the cancer we would be left with only alternative treatments or experimental because he can no longer have any chemo or radiation. Thank you all! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 79 Days Left! Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:04:31 EST Anyone Need Prayer??? Benny and I are always here to pray for you and you can either let us know to pray for you here or in a private message. You don't even need to tell us specifics, because God knows! Also, if you have had a prayer request update on something that we've prayed for you about, just let us know that! Have a fabulous, blessed weekend! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 82 Days Left to Go! Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:27:25 EST Bad Day... Nothing's wrong with Benjamin or I but gosh has this been a bad day. First I had a nightmare about labor and something being wrong and I couldn't sleep when I woke up. Then this morning I was just panicked that I wouldn't be able to parent Benny well enough so I decided to take a nap. <BR> <BR> I woke up in a much better mood and made lunch and took my dogs outside. When I came back inside to eat Chloe preceded to poop in the middle of the living room floor after having just been outside. N... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:14:05 EST So Tired Today... Benny and I started our 3rd trimester today and I've been exhausted all day. I have a/c but I think it's because the last week or longer here in Iowa it's been over 90 degrees. It just sucks... <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 84 Days to Go! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:41:19 EST Last Day of the Second Trimester! My first trimester I was so sick I lost 21 pounds and was almost hospitalized. I couldn't keep anything down and I didn't want to eat anything because it either smelled funny (I never had a sense of smell before) or it made me sick. So, as you can imagine, that time period went by so slowly. <BR> <BR> The second trimester was a totally different story. I've actually enjoyed Benny's movements and most of the experience of the second trimester. I feel like I'm running out of time though. Baby'... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:37:27 EST Glucose Test, Take 2! Ok I went for my 3 hour glucose test this morning. Got there at 8 am and talked to the doctor about feeling so badly last time with the 1 hour. He said they would monitor me closely and if it was getting out of hand they would step in. He told me there would be a total of 4 blood draws, 1 fasting and 1 each of the 3 hours after the glucose was given. I could fail 1 of them. <BR> <BR> So we took my fasting blood sugar and it was 95, which it is supposed to be under 95 so that was failing. I ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:18:06 EST Failed the Glucose Test and Now... Well I failed the 1 hour test. I was 155 in blood sugar after an hour instead of under 135. Now I have to fast from Sunday night at 12 midnight until Monday at 8 am and go for the 3 hour test. This one you get a blood draw before you take anything and then you drink even more of that glucose crap. Then, over the next 3 hours, they take your blood 3 more times, once per hour. You cannot eat or drink anything, even water during that time. I have to be under 135 for 3 of the 4 draws or I fail an... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:34:58 EST A Glucose Test... Yeah, so I didn't expect to feel so awful the rest of the day after my 1 hour glucose test this morning but I do. Yuck. I have to wait until possibly tomorrow to know the results and they are also testing for anemia. I also get a tetanus and whooping cough shot. Ben's heart rate was great and I'm measuring 32 weeks instead of 27 which is where we actually are. But the doctor isn't worried so neither am I. Now to kick back and rest and wait for results. Another appointment in 2 weeks! <BR> <... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 17:09:37 EST Productive Day So Far... Well let's start by saying this is officially the start of week 27 of Benny's life! So next week will start the 7th month and the third trimester! We are soooo excited! <BR> <BR> So I took the day to take care of myself and gave myself a pedicure (that took longer than normal as I now have to take breathing breaks lol) and did my eyebrows and nails. I also organized a bag to take to the doctor's with me tomorrow for Benjamin's appointment. It's the glucose test and you basically drink a rea... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 18:11:10 EST Prayer Request Response! I'm just so thankful that you all trust us to pray for your needs. I've been thanked a lot and told I'm so good for doing this and the truth is I'm not! God is good. I just listen to Him when He says there's someone I need to pray for and to ask ya'll. I am by no means a great Christian but I try to follow His leading and prompting and honestly, I'm using it to teach my unborn son to pray for people as well as crazy as that may sound. So, if you all feel led to pray or to post a blog like min... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 16:54:12 EST