Friday, May 23, 2008

Baby Update & 13 Week Belly Shot

This past Monday I had my second doctor's appointment with Dr. Wolanski. It was a pretty uneventful one. Everything is looking great. I got to hear the heartbeat again, it's a wonderful sound. I was offered an ultrasound to screen for Downs Syndrome but passed because I'm not at high risk for downs and I'd rather not know at 12 weeks if my baby has downs syndrome. So far I've lost 3 pounds but Dr. W was not worried at all and said I shouldn't even worry about gaining weight I should just eat normally, take my vitamins and exercise. Sweet! According to some calendars, this week (13) marked the beginning of my second trimester but according to others it starts on week 14. Either way, I'm pretty much done with my first trimester...Hallelujah! I'm ready for the "honeymoon period" and of course, finding out if we're having a boy or girl and then getting into nursery mode!

My next appointment will be June 16th, I'll be 16 weeks.

Here is my 13 week belly shot...I'm not showing at all and my clothes aren't even tight. I barely look any bigger than my 6 week picture. I guess it is kind of a blessing in some ways. The belly will come soon enough :)






13 Weeks-Close Up

I'll keep you posted, hopefully my belly will start growing soon and I'll be able to go shopping for fun maternity clothes!

Jehovah Jireh, My Provider

This morning, Jackson and I spent approximately 45 minutes standing in our driveway having a lively debate with two Jehovah's Witnesses. I both love and hate it when people come and try to evangelize us. It's kind of fun if you have the time and mental capacity to debate with them. But it can also be annoying. Today was one of those days when Jackson and I had both the time and the interest to try to show the Witnesses the light. At the end of the convo, we kind of agreed to disagree.

Here are some highlights of our convo:

-Debating the existence of Hell. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that there is no real hell and that people who aren't believers just cease to exist after they die. "Weeping and gnashing of teeth anyone??"

-Debating whether or not all who believe in Jesus go to Heaven. JW's think that some "superior" Christians go to Heaven while others merely live forever on earth. Scriptural evidence for this was grossly lacking.

-They believe that a literal 144,00 believers will go to Heaven, the number found in Revelation regarding the tribes of Israel.

-They confessed that they were unsure if they were going to get to go to Heaven or if they would merely get the second class status and live forever on earth. One even said he didn't want to go to Heaven because he loved the flowers on the earth so much.

-We asked them what the gospel was and one said "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John"...

-I asked them how they feel about being regarded as a departure from the orthodox Christian tradition and they said they didn't think they were.

-I also asked them how they feel about their "religion" being founded by a man (Charles Russell) only about 100 years ago. They didn't answer.


Jackson is inviting one of them to come by the church office in two weeks when he is on staff to go through more scriptures. We should pray for them. It's just sad how they have been deceived but are so zealous in their cause.


Matthew 24: 11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many."

Titus 1:9 "He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it."

Lord, let this spur us on to know your Word and Biblical doctrine more clearly and more thoroughly. Let us not get puffed up with pride but be humble and gracious in explaining your Word to others. Help us guard our doctrine carefully that we may not stray from your truth and be able to detect and refute false teaching when we hear it. Amen.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lucy

After much delay, here are the pictures of our newest familly member, Lucy Isabelle Andrews. Lucy is a 3 month old Puggle (a pug/beagle hybrid). She is adorable and we've fallen in love with her! But she does keep us very busy. I feel like I've already become a mom now that I'm constantly thinking about her and her needs. She is definitely in a time consuming stage right now. We're into our second week of potty training and it's going pretty well.

Here's some pics of the puggle








I'm sure my neighbors are all annoyed with my high pitched praises whenever Lucy "eliminates" outside. They hear "Good Girl Lucy!! That's a goood giiirrll" probably 10 times a day. Poor people, my apologies. I hope she will start getting it soon and we will be fully potty trained in a few weeks.

Wish me luck!

Belly Shots and a Baby Update coming soon!

Friday, May 2, 2008

To: My "Anonymous" Blog Hater

I am practically flattered that my little known blog somehow garnered an "anonymous" reader/hater who commented on one of my recent posts. I, of course, welcome anyone to read my blog but this person left a rather rude comment and I feel I must address it.

"Anonymous said...
why not a home birth? I hear they are really nice. you can more info about them here: http://www.childbirthconnection.org/

I mean, unless you want to just blow homebirths off as "hippie" or other mean names you call things you don't know anything about (ie. "hocus-pocus")"


Dear Anonymous Blog-Stalker/Hater,

I'd like to address why I don't want a home birth and apologize for any negative tone that you perceived. I do not have any problems with someone who wants to pursue a home birth, I'm sure they are lovely. I can see the benefits of giving birth at home and I respect and understand someone's decision to do that. I personally don't want a home birth because I like the comfort of knowing that if something were to "go wrong" during my delivery or if there was a complication, the doctor or midwife have all the modern technology ready and waiting to be used to keep my baby safe. I can't imagine if I had to have a C-section at home. I'm sure they do happen, I'm just not comfortable with that. It is a matter of personal preference. Also, I know the audience I write for, primarily my family and friends, and they would be shocked if I said I wanted a home birth. So, when I wrote my post I was just joking when I said "Don't worry, I'm not having a home birth". I didn't mean anything against someone who choses to have one.

Secondly, you clearly have an issue with my personal feelings on global warming since you said I called it a "mean name" when referring to it as "hocus pocus". I just want to say, my blog is supposed to be funny and light-hearted. I'm not a scholar, I'm not presuming to know everything about global warming, but I have convictions and opinions just like every other person and I think my personal blog is a perfectly appropriate place to share those. If you don't agree with them, that's fine. However, I don't appreciate a rude, anonymous comment on my blog when no one is forcing you to read it. I'm sure there are plenty of blogs out there by Al Gore loving individuals who think the sky is falling for you to enjoy. Mine is clearly not one of them so if you don't like my opinions on global warming and home births, either don't read my blog or comment in a constructive and non-anonymous way. At least have the courage to put your name behind your own opinions.

Finally, I love that because my opinion is different from yours, you assume that I "don't know anything about" the things I write about. To insult someone that you don't know over a silly blog post only reflects poorly on you.

As I said earlier, I write for my friends and family who will surely get a huge laugh out of this post. So, thanks for the blog fodder!

Love to all my blog-haters,

Mallory "I own my opinions" Andrews

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The People Say...

It's a boy. The poll officially closed at 9 people voting boy, and 7 voting girl. Pretty close. Jackson and I really think the baby is a boy too, but you never know of course. I think we mainly feel that way because everyone at Portico has little girls and someone is bound to have a boy soon and I just know that someone is ME. God totally would send me a little boy who wants to run and play in the mud and dirt amidst the bees...while mommy wants to sit inside in the A.C. listening to her podcasts. I can see it now. But I know He will give me grace sufficient for the need, Amen?

So now the fun part...NAMES! We have pretty much settled on Brooks for a boy and Ellie for a girl, but the middle names are still up in the air. Disclaimer: I reserve the right to completely change these names between now and November!

Here is what we are thinking if we have a little




Brooks Justus Andrews

Brooks Deacon Andrews

Brooks Chandler Andrews

Brooks Jackson Andrews


And if we have a little...




Ellie Joy Andrews

Ellie Kate Andrews

Ellie Grace Andrews



Which name do YOU like best? Let us know! Don't be shy.