Whoever Welcomes a Little Child…

I’ve been thinking a lot of what to ask from you all as I prepare to travel to Zimbabwe in exactly one week. I’ve thought of prayer for myself, the rest of the team, the people we’ll meet, the leaders in Zimbabwe that we’ll be speaking with, our health, the travel, etc.

And yet.

Something has weighed on my heart to share with you.

I want you to be a part of this. Not just by looking at pictures or reading, but a real part of World Vision gearing up to make a crucial difference in the lives of women and children. Zimbabwe has one of the worst crises for pregnant women and infants happening right now.

“Zimbabwe is among 40 countries where the maternal death rate exceeds 960 per 100,000 live births (emphasis mine)… And the situation is not improving: Maternal mortality in Zimbabwe rose by 28 percent between 1990 and 2010. Globally, just 287 mothers die per 100,000 live births, and in sub-Saharan Africa the figure stands at 500 per 100,000, according to Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care.” AlJezeera.com

What can you do? How can you be a part of this?

It’s simple. You can sponsor a child in Zimbabwe here: http://myshare.worldvision.org/dianawrote 

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What a Week

Whew. This week has been a whirlwind of things happening.

Wednesday I met up with my friend Laura (waves hi) for a playdate with her two littles. After getting lost I made it a half hour late to the park on base.

I’ve lived here 2 years. 2 YEARS. And I still managed to head to the wrong park first and then get lost trying to find the second one. It doesn’t help that my GPS shuts down on post.

I’d been having contractions since the afternoon before, but they weren’t in a pattern and didn’t hurt, so I figured getting out would help. We’d just be sitting and watching the kids play.

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Easy Ways to Find Your Genetic History – and the Life Changes it Could Make

I had genetic testing done in the early second trimester of this pregnancy. My OB was looking for anything that might tell us why my past 2 pregnancies were so hard physically and ended earlier than normal.

Turns out, I have an MTHFR deficiency, which you can read more on here. Quite honestly, I still have a very basic understanding of it all even after lots of questions and research. While it doesn’t appear to have had any impact on Bella or the twins, it could have this pregnancy. I was placed on medications to reduce the risk even less, as well as special prenatal vitamins.
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First Appointment: Leave Me Alone

Today I’m heading out to go see a midwife at a birthing center.

Can I be honest?

Before all of this with the twins and the hospital happened, I used to ADORE being at the doctor while pregnant. I loved having as many appointments as I could. Loved it all.

Maybe not the vaginal exams. But most everything else.

The moment that stick turned pink I’d be calling and setting an appointment asap.

This time?

I don’t even want to go. I just want to be left alone. I don’t want to be poked, prodded, scrutinized, nothing. If I could, I’d go in at 20 weeks for that one ultrasound and then have my baby alone in a field with Sam. Maybe with a bed. Grass can be poky.

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Twin Pregnancy Signs

Even before we knew we were having twins, I knew it. Kinda. It’s hard to explain – but I knew there was something different about this pregnancy. In fact, about 7 weeks in I almost wrote a post on here admitting to having, “I think it’s twins” thoughts, but then I figured it was just hyperemesis again – only worse.

Still, seeing it on the ultrasound shocked me because it was a shock – and because I already knew. Subconsciously I expected her to show us another baby. I think I would have left feeling amiss if she hadn’t.

Anyway, hindsight always makes things clearer. Everyone always wants to know if I ever suspected it was twins, so here are the signs I felt/saw and then brushed off with a shrug: [Read more…]