30 weeks: Update & Belly Pic

Every time I pass a mirror I am honestly taken back by my ginormous belly. Since about week 20 I keep thinking: "Surely my tummy can't stretch any more." And sure enough it does.

*Sorry it's so blurry, I always take a pic real quick with my iPhone. Chris doesn't understand why I don't just use the nice camera. Also, please don't judge me for the unmade bed. Some days that just doesn't happen.

So how is Karis doing?
-She is moving and kicking like crazy!! She just might have a career in boxing in her future because she does this punching/kicking bag thing where my whole tummy shakes for about 30 seconds. It looks like an earthquake is happening. Chris and I just laugh and laugh.
-She responds to Chris now! He talks and sings to her all the time and she starts moving all around and giving him lots of good jabs.
-She loves to be prayed over. The other day my counselor laid hands on my belly and as soon as she did and started praying blessings over her she showed off all her strong kicks and then as the prayer continued she was so peaceful. Karis, my hope is that you will continue to find rest in prayer. Nothing comforts or directs the soul better.
-She is one hungry girl! Oh. My. Goodness. At times it is embarrassing how much I eat. I feel like I can be stuffed and then an hour later I am starving. Chris has had a lot of fun making fun of me that I finish before him now (something that never happened before). Her favorites are still salads (I don't know what it is but I can't get enough salad) and also anything spicy (the more the merrier). So far, no heartburn, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time.

Oh and we have a song for her when she cries: "Smile" (Charlie Chapman Cover by Glee)

10ish more week baby girl! We can hardly stand it we are so excited to meet you. We are praying that God would really prepare us during this time to be the best parents we could be for you. We aren't disillusioned to think we will be perfect parents. But we will love you with all that we have (knowing there are times our methods of love will frustrate you to no end). I have loved every minute of you growing inside of me (even those rough morning sickness days). Having you has been the greatest honor of my life.

Your name means grace and you have been the biggest gift of grace to us. A few weeks ago Pastor Gregg preached on infertility and I sobbed the whole way through that service and had to stay in there for a while to catch my breath. We have some very good friends that have dealt with and are dealing with infertility and our hearts break for them. With my health issues we had expected that to be our path too. I still struggle with days of thinking you are too good to be true. That any day something is going to go wrong. But with your Daddy's encouragement, my counselor and some very dear friends, I am getting past that and trusting and believing that you will see full life.

From the moment I got that first positive pregnancy test my verse for you, sweet Karis, has been Psalm 139:13-18

"For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You,when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance;in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with You."