Walking in the Lord's Grace day by day....


16 weeks

How big is baby: Turnip | 16 Weeks
How I'm feeling: Great! I got to the gym 6 out of 7 days this week and didn't feel too sore after. So glad! Still tired after long days but good.
Weight gain/loss: I was starving the last two weeks and the scale seems to be agreeing. :( 7 gain from my OB's scale. 8.5 from my scale at home. We will see what I will officially track with in the coming weeks. Seems like I am gaining all in my chest and booty/legs. It's odd, after going through infertility, I really didn't think I would care much what my body is doing welcoming this little one into it's space. But definitely felt discouraged at such a big gain this week, just because I felt like I worked really hard at the gym and ate pretty well. Just want to remember this feeling too, even though I am feeling pretty positive about it all.
Stretch marks: None that I see. Yet.
Sleep: Pretty good this week. Lots of pillow cuddling.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Definitely had GF items this week and after a little too much sugar I start itching everywhere. Trying to decide if I am going to go completely SF except for some fruit for the coming weeks. It's hard cause I do love GF toast for sandwiches, but I could give it up for a couple weeks just to see if it makes a difference.
Movement: I thought I might have felt a couple of "bubbles" the other day. But who knows, maybe they will be back, maybe they won't. Definitely just taking each day as it comes. So grateful to hear the heartbeat this week at our appointment.
What I'm loving: Having Matt at my 16.5 week appointment today. We got to hear the heartbeat which was averaging 145.
Symptoms: Itching! (might be due to my pool workouts too) Itching after sugar, some delay in going number 2.
What I'm looking forward to: Hoping to feel the baby and getting the nursery started. It's just starting to feel more real and it's been such a blessing.
Best moment of the week: Definitely the heartbeat was great. Also, we did our first real shopping trip today and made some decisions. I hope this crib comes back in stock or someone is possibly selling it cause it's the one I really want. Also, I had the wonderful Anne over to look at the nursery with me this week and we couldn't come to a layout we loved without having the actual crib in there. So I feel like a bit of a stand still till it hopefully comes back into stock. Babyletto has a similar style but the wood on the bottom is much more dark that we would like. So crossing my fingers we will get our hands on this one soon!!! Also, I went to Barre this week and jammed out during an aqua class this week. Both felt amazing!!!!!
Verse that I am clinging to: 
To be honest, I have really struggled in the last weeks with getting close to my devotions or daily quiet time with the Lord. I keep circling around about the same things in my head. One thing that I really feel like I understand is God's Sovereignty. We learned so much through our infertility journey about His timing and His will.  As I say in my head, the Lord does what He wants when He wants. Yet I am having a hard time seeing God as completely loving and Fatherly God that He is also. I know this in my head, but my heart has been more fearful that anything about the suffering that we could endure if it's His will. Just fearing the Lord and stopping there.

I was recommended to study the character of the Lord or the names of the Lord. So I got this new devotional study to work through this, yet I haven't started it yet. I am also starting a Hebrews study this week too. I thrive when I have a workbook setting to review with another. So I am committing to y'all that I will start both of these this week and start journaling prayer again to the Lord. So a verse that I am going to work on saying is.

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. -Psalm 106:1 

 | 16 weeks and 4 days | 


  1. Gina, I'm hopping over here from time to time to read your updates. So excited for you, and keeping you in my prayers.

  2. Gina! I am SO excited for you! Hugs!!

  3. Love your weekly updates! Still praying & sending love!

  4. Nice job on making it to the gym so many times. You are doing fantastic, Gina, and I love following along with your journey!

  5. the biggest breakthrough in my walk with the Lord was when my heart finally understood God as the perfect loving Father that He is. I wanted it to happen so much sooner than it did, but the Lord worked in my heart in that way at just the right time. praying that He brings this revelation to you, too!

  6. Gina I am beyond excited for you. Every day you are in my prayers. Not kidding. We serve a faithful loving God who gives us what we need. I am sending you a virtual hug from snowy Baltimore and I hope you keep feeling good. You look so cute with your bump! I may have made a lot of mistakes in your life but being a mother was an answered prayer for me as I struggled to bring my son Jonathan into this world. How blessed I am to have had him for 24 years!! Love you.


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