Monday, May 21, 2012

You make beautiful things: 15 almost 16 week update

Here's me at 15 weeks and 5 days...
Nasty, stinky and sweaty after 1 hour of Zumba! Yes, the ladies wonder if I'm going to keep doing Zumba 2 times a week until November... Lord willing, I will and this child will come out dancing with all the hip shaking I do!
All dressed up for a friend's bridal shower.
A little baby belly.

Tuesday I have my AFP blood test, it tests for "'neural tube defect' (or NTD). Neural tube defects occur when there are problems with the development of the baby's brain, skull and spinal cord very early in the pregnancy. The defect causes part of the baby's spinal cord to be exposed (called 'spina bifida'), or the baby's brain fails to grow (called 'anencephaly'). People born with spina bifida can have various levels of brain damage and often a weakness or paralysis of their legs. However, they often lead very full and active lives. Babies born with anencephaly cannot survive outside the womb and die soon after birth" (source)

This is the only optional test we are taking because it is covered by insurance.  Regardless of the outcome of the test, we will not abort the child, as some may choose to do.  Next Wednesday... the 30th, we find out if Baby Barrett is a boy or a girl!!! I will be doing some of the old wives tales and post about them before Wednesday :)


  1. You are so adorable. I will pray for your tests. We decided not to have any extra tests with Jonah - depsite our previous loss and the fact that I was 35 at the time. Thanks to God, he was born without any medical issues. Keep up the good work, mommy! Hugs.

  2. Thanks so much Gloria!!! haha you're so sweet :) Yes, prayers... KEEP THEM COMING! This little one, my husband, and myself can never get enough!

  3. Well aren't you so cute little mama! I am going to be praying for peace as you walk forward trusting the Lord with this baby, and a sweet, satisfying joy only from the Lord when doubt and worry come your way. So excited for your family!

  4. haha thanks Lily! You're too sweet :) Your boys are stinkin' adorable! Thank you for the prayers!