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Nicole's Pregnancy Journal

Week 18 ~ June 25, 2002
~ Busy With Work

Things have been very hectic for me this week. We are in the middle of a major event at my workplace, one that we experience only every other year. Needless to say, things get very exciting and busy for us. I am so happy though since next week is when I start my part-time status for good, and I couldn't be more excited about that. That means I get to spend extra time with my son doing lots of playing and learning. Life is good.

Everything is going great with the pregnancy. I have still only gained about four pounds this whole time, so I'm really pleased with that. The baby is growing well, so the doctor is happy. I start seeing a new doctor in July. He's only been in our town for a year, but he already has the best reputation. I am excited to finally get to see him.

I was worried a little about not feeling the baby move yet; I started feeling Gabe move really early. However, the heartbeat is still strong and they think that maybe this baby just likes to hide a little more than Gabe did. Since I did feel this baby move around 14 weeks, they said it's not unusual that when it moves up, to not really feel it until it gets a lot bigger. Anyway, I'm just glad that everything is okay with it.

Gabe is growing by leaps and bounds. I can't believe how tall and little man like he is getting. He is so tall, he's almost up to my waist in height now. He's such a sweetie too; he loves to give and receive hugs. He definitely loves his mama too. Well, he loves daddy too, but just between you and me, I think he loves mama more. Ha Ha! Don't tell Edwin I said that. He has also really formed quite an attachment to Edwin's dad. Paw Paw is on oxygen a lot of the time and has trouble breathing, but that doesn't stop him from really playing a lot with Gabe and giving him a lot of attention (and a lot of candy). Gabe gets so excited when we tell him that we are going to Grammy and Paw Paw's house, he literally jumps up and down with joy. It makes him so happy. There's nothing like seeing your child so happy.

I've been really feeling the pressure the last few days of knowing that in just a few months I won't be contributing to our finances at all. I'm really trying to just let my worries go and give them all to God, because I know that what we're doing is His plan for us, but it does get kind of scary when you think that we will really be cutting back in places where we didn't think we could cut back anymore. I just keep trying to remind myself that God won't give us anything that we can't handle and that we'll just be stronger for this struggle and also that this is just for a season, not forever.

Well, I've really rambled this time. We will be on vacation next week, and I may not get to a computer, so I'll send another post as soon as possible. Thanks for all of your prayers.

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