Wow! Time is flying by! My apologies for the extremely delayed update but summer-time is here and I’ve been busy busy busy! From gender reveal parties to camping to meeting with Ministers and Senators, this has been a very full month!
I know I rarely (**never) post photos of my bare belly but I have to admit, I absolutely LOVE my baby bump and I’m so proud of my strong body that is carrying, nurturing and growing this new life within me. Every time I feel him move, which is constantly, I’m reminded of how precious this gift is and how incredible my body is for taking us on this amazing journey.
So here’s some insight into the milestones of this month…
20 Weeks was a huge week; we had our midwife appointment and ultrasound….meaning that we finally got to find out that we are having a little BOY! From the very beginning I have had a feeling that we would have a son and now that we’ve seen his photos it makes this whole pregnancy so much more real! Our wonderful friends gathered around us to celebrate at our gender reveal party that was graciously put together by our dear friend, Becca.
As you can see, most of the votes were heavily stacked in favour of #TeamBlue. In fact, all the family members were convinced that it would be a boy from the very beginning! We didn’t cut a cake or release balloons; instead we decided to spray coloured “silly string” for our gender reveal party! It was a lot of fun and I’m so happy that we were able to share this exciting moment with 30 of our closest friends and family.
21 Weeks didn’t have as much excitement as I spent most of the week preparing my messages for Camp Imadene on Vancouver Island. One thing that I did realize this week was how much bonding I did with the baby as the reality was sinking in that I will be the Mama of a little boy in a few short months. His movements got stronger and stronger each day and now a lot of the family members have felt him kicking against my belly.
22 weeks was out of this world as Baby and I spent the week at a Teen Girls Camp with some of the most amazing people! Being a Camp Speaker is easily one of the most favourite things and I already miss all my ice cream dates with the campers, long talks with some of the most genuine staff teams, releasing glowing floating lanterns onto the lake at night and sunset mountain top experiences at Chapel. We saw God working in the lives of these precious girls as we learned more about who God is, how He uniquely created each of us while we listened to His truth and challenged the fears and negative self-talk that we carry so that we can do the “next brave thing” and become more of the women that God created us to be. World Change begins in our hearts and it is all about grace and transformation.
One night after we released lanterns over the lake, I was speaking with one young camper as we watched the lanterns drifting away. This sweet girl has cerebral palsy and she began to talk about how great the week has been for her. Then she turned to my belly, put her hand onto my tummy and began to speak to my little baby and tell him how great life is and that he doesn’t need to worry or freak out about anything because it will all end up good!
To say it was a life-changing week is an understatement; it was eternity-changing. Truly, I have never been so honoured to serve alongside such a lion-hearted staff team who loved with immeasurable grace and humility.
23 weeks is the week that I spent at home.on the couch. It was rough but I’m very thankful for the flexibility of my work that allows me to take the time to rest when I need it.
24 weeks is where I currently find myself…eager to wish the summer away and hasten my baby’s arrival this autumn but also never wanting this special time of pregnancy to end. I really do love being pregnant. I know that I will miss this season when it is over so I am doing my best to take in every moment and savour every little baby kick until I can kiss those little toes that have been wiggling inside all this time.
Until then we are enjoying weekend camping trips and roundtable dinner discussions like the one I attended last night with prominent female leaders in Vancouver, Minister Kellie Leitch (Status of Women) and Senator Yonah Martin. Our focus was on Canada’s upcoming initiative for “International Day of the Girl” and the issues that girls face within Canada and abroad. We discussed education, self-esteem, forced marriage, media literacy, human trafficking, gender violence and body image, among many other important issues. It was baby’s first time attending a political meeting and somehow, I ‘m sure that it won’t be his last! I’m so excited to raise a boy and teach him the importance of integrity, service and honouring others.
And that’s my recap of July 2014! I hope your summer has been as exciting as mine has! Here’s to my favourite month of the year….AUGUST! It ain’t over yet!