34 Weeks and Counting…

We have made it to the 34 week mark with Cam! Praise the Lord! Early on in pregnancy there was concern that I wouldn’t make it near this far, but the Lord has been gracious and it is because of His providence that we have made it to this point.

At 34 weeks Cam is about 5 lbs and 18 inches long. According to the fruit/vegetable comparisons, he should weigh as much as a cantaloupe this week where last week he weighed as much as a pineapple. This is just an estimate he could be bigger or smaller. I do not know if we will have another ultrasound before he arrives or not, so it will be interesting to see how big he gets. Tim and I both weighed 7 lb 2 oz when we were born…let’s see if he can exceed us in the weight department.

This week from now on I will have weekly appointments! Time has flown by in the grand scheme of things…even though since our graduations it has creeped by for me due to not being as busy with my days. Also this week I will have a non-stress test, which means Cam and I will be monitored on machines for about a hour. This test will monitor our heart rates, contractions, and to check if Cam goes into distress when he moves. This results of this test should play a big indicator on when this little guy will enter the world.

As far as pregnancy symptoms and my health goes…the third trimester is no joke! Who knew that it would be so hard to pick things up off the floor?? (In all honesty I have started leaving things on the floor that I drop to pick up later when I have more energy or ask Tim to help.) Also, I feel that the Lord really prepares moms in the last trimester for the lack of sleep and getting up throughout the night for what is to come after the baby arrives. Finding a comfortable sleeping position is near impossible these days and when I do find one Cam starts being a wiggle worm/Mexican jumping bean! This leads me to rubbing my stomach and talking/singing to him to get him to settle down. And just standing up for more than 5 minutes is very tiresome for me now. I never thought I would struggle to just stand and breathe! I start feeling weak and having contractions after the 5 minute mark or somewhere close to that. (It’s sad that I resulted to sitting on the bathroom floor to blow dry my hair the other night. Haha!)

Enough of the complaining symptoms because I KNOW it will all be worth it the moment I lay my eyes on this precious little boy and get to hold him! Ahh!! I seriously cannot wait until he arrives! Tim and I are so anxious for the season of life that involves Cam being with us. πŸ™‚

Finally, yesterday was Tim’s first Father’s Day! It was a day spent with family for us.

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32 Weeks with Mr. Cam Mathis

It has been a while since posting an update on the Mathii and our pregnancy. We have had a very busy past month of life! We have traveled to Gatlinburg, Louisville, Eufaula, Auburn, and now we are currently residing in Goodway. We have both officially graduated from our schools, Auburn University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Post-graduation party

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(Isn’t he such a cutie??) πŸ™‚

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With Bro. Al and Mrs. Kem after Tim’s graduation

We have moved out of our first home by filling up a 24 foot U-Haul, placed all of our belongings in a friend’s garage in Eufaula, and we are now living out of 3 suitcases in my parent’s home in Goodway.

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My man was also ordained as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ our last day at Lakeview. It was a bittersweet day full of a mix of emotions and tears. It will be a day that neither of us forget.

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We experienced several hiccups within our travels around the southeastern states with one of our vehicles. We also have learned a lot about ourselves, patience (By the way..if you pray for patience expect to be tested!) , and how to properly handle certain situations due to these hiccups.

Within the past month we also had our families throw us great baby showers for Mr. Cam. We were able to receive lots of nice and great things for our little boy. Also, we can officially state that Cam should arrive NEXT MONTH!! How crazy is that??

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From our shower in Eufaula
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Door hanger for the hospital

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Speaking of our boy, he is the MOST active child I know! He never (never, ever) stops moving!! Doctors say how active your child is in the womb is a reflection of their personality and how active they will be after they arrive. If this is true..Tim and I are in for a WILD ride with this little guy! πŸ™‚

Cam is 32 weeks and growing every day. He should be measuring around 17 inches long and about 4 lbs!!! This is crazy to think about or fathom considering he started off the size of a sesame seed! We are so ready for him to be here so he can hold him, hug him, and kiss him. πŸ™‚

If you came to read this post wanting to know what the next step for us will be, then we ask that you pray for us next Wednesday (June 11th) afternoon and night. We can give you the full details if you contact us directly. We truly do covet your prayers during this time of waiting on the Lord. This has been a time of rest and relaxation for us, but also somewhat stress because we really do not when or where we may be moving. The stress is added as we have a child that technically come any day now. So, please pray for us and Cam in the time being.

28 Weeks and Goodbye to Home Sweet Auburn

Last week and this week have proven to be quite eventful for the Mathii family. We started packing up the house last week and have to finish packing it up by this upcoming Friday!

Also, family started coming into town on Friday night for my graduation from Auburn. This past weekend was great as I able to walk across the stage to receive my fake diploma without tripping. πŸ™‚ My parents and Tim planned a surprise lunch for me, my family, and friends to enjoy at Town Creek Park, which was great! It was a busy and exciting day to say the least!

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Funny story..so I thought I was not graduating with honors by 2 hundredths of a point. I had told Tim how disappointed I was about this because if my internship would have counted for a letter grade rather than pass or fail, I would have been boosted up to have honors at graduation. I had made a somewhat big deal about it between the two of us..not that I had to have honors to graduate or seem significant. I eventually got over it, though. After graduation and our after-party, Tim asked me if I stood up when they asked the graduates with certain honors to stand up. I told him, “No, remember I didn’t graduate with honors?” He informed me the program from graduation indicated that I did have honors. I looked the next day and come to find out I did graduate cum laude. Ha! I obviously didn’t know what GPA requirements were for the different honors because I just assumed what they were and I was 2 hundredths of a point away from magna cum laude. And I also didn’t pick up the honors cord that was waiting for me with my cap and gown. Whoops! πŸ™‚

Last week we were also able to go to Columbus to see our little man in 3D and 4D for the first time! It was so much fun and so exciting to see what his face looks like and see him move in real time. We were able to see him swallow, yawn, smile, and grimace. He is the cutest thing ever!! We were amazed at how great technology can be and be able to get an idea of some of his features.

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I made a collage of these pictures for our moms for mother’s day. Don’t worry..I gave them their gifts on Saturday because I couldn’t wait for them to see the pictures! They didn’t know that we had even went to have them done, so it was a nice surprise. πŸ™‚ At 27.5 weeks he weighed 2 lb and 5 oz!

Our little guy is now 28 weeks! He is the size of an eggplant this week. Pregnancy is flying by, but since summer is here I feel like it might start to slow down after this month due to us not being as busy with school. Cam should be able to open and close his eyes now. He also should have some eyelashes.

This Sunday will be a day to put in the books for the Mathii for sure. It will be my first Mother’s Day, our last Sunday at Lakeview, and Tim is being ordained to be a minister of the Gospel!

I am already preparing myself to an emotional wreck come Sunday. Lakeview has meant the world to us over the past 3 years and it is most definitely bittersweet to leave such a beautiful body of Christ! Tim being ordained is a day that we have long awaited for during his internship/seminary years.

We have many memories from our time in Auburn as this was our first home as a married couple. And although it is sad to leave Auburn we know that God has something just as great planned for us in the next season of life. (We just do not know exactly what that is just yet.)

We ask that you continue your prayers for us as we will be living out of our suitcases in the coming weeks and waiting on the Lord to show where to go next. πŸ™‚

26/27 weeks with “Cammy Cam”

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This is shot from when I was 24 weeks preggo.

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We had such a great shower for our boy in Auburn last weekend! This is a painting our friend, Tara, made for Cam.

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This is a shot from 25 weeks of pregnancy. (I’m trying to play catch up.)

 

With these weeks coming and going and so much other “life stuff” happening pregnancy brain has really set in for me. SundayΒ morning I was scrambling eggs before church and took the pan off the eye. I was putting eggs on my plate and some fell off the spatula and into the hot eye I was just using. Without even thinking twice I put my plate down and picked up the hot eye to get the egg out and clean up. I didn’t have to hold my hand there for only 2 seconds to figure that it was a HOT EYE and I screamed! Cam jumped and I said to myself, “What were you thinking?!”

There you have it..pregnancy brain in full force. πŸ™‚

With this past week and this week we are in now a lot has happened and is going to happen. I am finished with my undergraduate career. I said goodbye to classes on Friday and it truly was bittersweet. I received lots of hugs and cards. One card and XL Hershey bar came from a student who I have struggled with all semester. This student gave me a run for my money with behavior problems that included me having multiple parent conferences with the parents. The past 2 weeks this student decided to have a change of heart and listen to my instructions without any more problems. The card this student gave me was really sweet. The student apologized for how they acted and told me they were going to miss me and that I was going to be a great mother. I thank the Lord for ending my internship on that note. πŸ™‚

This week Cam has been the most hyperactive little fella around! He should be around 2 lbs now, which is crazy to think about, and 14.5 inches long. We are so thankful that God is seeing fit to keep growing this sweet boy! Also, this past Saturday morning I felt this little man move 40+ times in less than 1 hour! Wowzers! πŸ™‚

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Cam is considered as big as a head of cauliflower this week. I find this comparison the oddest of them all so far. To me it just doesn’t make as much sense as the other fruits and vegetables.

Cam’s heart rate was a good and strong 150 bpm at our check up this week. Also, I passed my glucose test! (YAY!!) But along with that my blood pressure has started rising again, unfortunately. My doctor warned me at our last visit that this might happen just because of being in the last trimester. So, my medicine has been increased to help level it out and not be so high. We will have one more visit here in Auburn before moving.

Also, this week Cam will get to do something that a lot of children in the womb do not get to experience. He will get to walk with me to receive my diploma from Auburn University this Saturday morning, Lord willing. I am so excited to experience this day with my family and friends as this been 6 years in the making for me. God has seen me through this in every season of life and directed each step on this path.

We continue to receive so much love for this son of ours that has so quickly stolen our hearts. Our second bedroom is full of things for Cammy Cam to wear and use when he arrives. We anticipate his arrival with welcoming arms and open hearts! Thank you to all who love us and love our boy.


25 Weeks and Post-Graduation Update

Wow..25 weeks of being pregnant. This has probably been the fastest season of life I have ever been in. I am sure it seems faster because how crazy busy this semester of school/internship has been.

Our sweet boy is growing, growing, and growing daily! It has been so neat to be able to see him grow with each ultrasound and know he is growing by how strong his movements are becoming. I mean the boy has some muscles! When he has a lot of energy to move one kick/punch will shift one side of my abdomen! I’m sure that he is becoming crammed already due to my short torso, but he probably doesn’t realize he still has to stay in there a while longer. πŸ™‚

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Cam weighs about the same as a rutabaga this week, which is around 1.5 lbs. He is also about 13.5 inches long. From what we can tell from his ultrasounds, he is going to inherit his mom’s long legs. πŸ™‚ He also should have his very own set of fingerprints this week! He is still responding to my voice and music, which is awesome.

There are some very sweet ladies hosting our first baby shower this weekend and I’m really looking forward to it. I pray that these ladies will always have a role in Cam’s life as they have had a role in my life. πŸ™‚

 

Now on to my other fella..the bearded older one. πŸ™‚ Tim is graduating one month from TODAY! Wowzers! Speaking of things flying by..our 3 years at Lakeview has flown by as well.

We are still on the job search as things have fallen through multiple times now with other churches. BUT God is sovereign and seems to constantly open new doors for us. There has been 2 new developments for us in the past 2 days.

So, I ask that you pray with us and these churches’ search committees. Pray that they will find the right man of God for their position. Pray for us that we will continue to be patient and learn what God is trying to teach us through this process/season. We want to serve where the Lord wants us to serve. I also ask that you specifically pray for my precious, precious husband as he is the one carrying this burden for our household and that I may be an encouragement to him through all of this.Β 

23 Weeks Along..

At 23 weeks along in pregnancy Cam is really starting to grow! Babycenter.com suggests that Cam weighs as much as a large mango and is over 11 inches this week. I feel like he has taken on a major growth spurt in the past few days. From what I have read he will be gaining around 6 oz per week now, which is crazy to me because he just made it to the 1 lb mark!

Also, I can really start to tell that he is responding to my voice and other noises. He starts moving every time I sing in the mornings while I get ready and from what I can feel from inside of me he really likes to be in church services. Ha! I guess the music, voices of others singing, and my singing really gets him going, which is awesome! As I am teaching and talking all day I am sure he gets tired of me talking at some point, but with all my movement throughout the morning and early afternoon I think he manages to sleep most of the time.

Cam is definitely most active in the late afternoon throughout the evenings. I am starting to wake up some in the middle of the night due to him having hiccups or just being awake and moving. I think the fact that he has hiccups is the cutest and funniest thing ever! πŸ™‚

There have been a lot of days throughout my internship when I wished I could just stay in bed and sleep some more, but the fact that my students were so excited to find out I was pregnant and then to find out the gender when I did has been great. They think he is named after Cam Newton, which is not the case, but is funny. Also, I have some sweet kids who are now offering to help me pick things up off the floor and do tasks for me that require me bending down or kneeling on the floor. Some have asked me if he kicks and moves in me. So, all in all they have been great about me being pregnant and I think it has been good for students their age to see that having a baby/pregnancy can be a good and great thing since they live in a world that is telling them to abort their children.

Less than 17 weeks to go from here..we are so ready for him to be here and hold him!! πŸ™‚

My Boy, Cam.

Dear Cam,

I want you to know that you were longed for. You were prayed for and still are. You are a gift from our God! We are excited for you to be a part of this Mathis family. We cannot wait to hold you in our arms. You are precious to us and always will be. You are MY son, MY boy, and MY baby!

I do not know why God chose me to be your mom, but I am so thankful and grateful that He did. I get to teach you things that He has taught me. I get the blessed opportunity to teach you about God’s grace and mercy, His Son, Jesus’ death and resurrection, and how He has saved me, your Dad, and can do the same for you. Your Dad and I pray daily that you recognize that you are a sinner early in life, realize your need for a Lord and Savior, and repent and believe as soon as you can understand all of these things.

You are now 22 weeks old and as I type this letter you are moving around inside of me. According to my BabyCenter app, you are the size of a spaghetti squash and 11 inches long. You are active most of the time, especially in the evenings and nights. I can tell you are getting stronger and stronger every day. Your Dad finally got to feel you kick/punch yesterday morning. He had been trying for a while to feel you and you would stop moving every time he tried to feel you. But thankfully we remedied that!

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You were exactly 1 pound yesterday during our ultrasound. You were laying sideways with your face downward. We have yet to get a good view of your face because of how you lay down and always have your fists near your face. You look like your ready to fight someone all the time. And by how hard you punch and kick inside me, I say you would win any fight you were in!

Your Dad and I will continue to pray for you and long for the day of your arrival. During the mean time we hope to find a new town/city and a home to raise you in. There are many exciting days ahead of the Mathis family in the coming weeks and months but YOU, my son, are what/who we are looking the most forward to meeting and being with.

With all my love,

Mom

Sweet Baby Cam

As most of you have heard, we are having a BOY!! πŸ™‚ We are SO excited to raise a son and all of the adventures that will entail for us. My 4 dreams were right on with the gender!

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His name will be Cam, which comes from his initials of Charles Allen Mathis. He is named after two great men of my (MaeLee) life who are my grandfather and dad.

At my last appointment Cam weighed 8 ounces and was about 5.5 inches long from his head to bottom. So once you add his long legs into the picture he is a pretty long fella. πŸ™‚ He was curled up into a ball for the entire ultrasound with his face and head down and his bottom up near my ribs. The ultrasound tech was worried that he wouldn’t open his legs to find out the gender. I made sure to tell her to do what she had to do to find out because we had gender reveal plans! She turned off the tv screen I was watching so I wouldn’t find out without Tim and poked and prodded on my stomach for a while and finally got him to open those legs. πŸ™‚

Tim was in Birmingham all day the day of my appointment so it was the first one he couldn’t come to. :/ BUT there should be plenty more he will be able to make! So, the tech gave me the dvd and sealed the gender pictures away in an envelope and held it up to the light so I couldn’t peek. πŸ˜‰ It was REALLY hard knowing I could just look in and see for a few hours but thankfully I waited until Tim came home. He got home around 11 PM that night and woke me up and we opted into watching the dvd, which made us wait until the end to find out he was a boy. Our response was: “Yep, definitely a boy!” Haha! No mistaking this guy!

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We asked our good friend Olivia Pugh to design the two names we picked out since she is SO talented in the graphic design department. After we found out Tim went to a print shop in town and had it printed on thick poster-size cardboard. I ordered the cake from Sam’s with boy colors and his name on it. Then (finally!), on Thursday night we were able to share this wonderful news with our families in Greenville!! Their reactions were great and everyone was so excited! (So glad I only had to hold that secret in for 2 days or else I would have busted!)

It’s been great to finally know that we have CAM MATHIS on the way and can start planning accordingly as far as registering for our boy’s things. He is already loved so much and just doesn’t know it yet. We have been blessed with such supportive family and friends in our lives and we cannot wait for our little guy to meet everyone!

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Seeing Things in a New Light

I caught myself saying not too long ago to Tim..”No one warned me that it would be like THIS.”

The “it” I was referring to was pregnancy. And the “THIS” I was referring to was being exhausted (NOT tired) all the time, getting sick multiple times per day, having to go to the doctor all the time, and clothes fitting me weirdly.

The truth of the matter was I wasn’t taking these things to my Lord and Savior. Not doing so made me irritable, mean, and not content in my situation. Are these things good? By no means!

I knew I needed to grab my Bible and remind myself of the times God’s Word mentions being content in all things.

  • Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Philippians 4:11
  • Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8

There are many other verses that speak on being content, but these two stick out to me.

I began to learn that God has placed me in a new season of life. I have learned to go to Him daily and rely on Him to give me strength for each and every day. Ultimately, I knew I needed to start viewing things in the light that God wanted me to see things in. With all of this, I have been extremely blessed by my husband and seen him in a new light along with my circumstances.

Tim..he truly is my best friend and going to be the best dad this world has seen. He has helped me in ways unimaginable so far in this pregnancy! He has made me breakfast when I couldn’t stand the smell of my eggs cooking. He has held my hair back while I was throwing up countless times. He has rubbed my stomach as I tried to fall asleep with feeling nauseous. He has woken up with me early in the morning to take care of me as I throw up. He rubs my tired feet and legs. He has massaged my hands in my pressure points to help relieve headaches. And finally, he let me sleep on his shoulder for 45 minutes during a marriage conference last weekend because I couldn’t hold my head up anymore.

I am learning to stop being so selfish and self-absorbed with my “problems”. Being pregnant is NOT a problem..it is a huge blessing and an answered prayer for us! I am also learning that every pregnancy is different and unique. Not everyone gets sick or is tired all the time. Not everyone has the same experience and that is what makes it wonderful.

I am blessed and learning to be content that my pregnancy is “like THIS”. πŸ™‚

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of the warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” Β Psalm 127:3-5

Second Trimester with Baby Mathis

Well folks..I am officially in the second trimester (hence the title) with Baby Mathis!! This is supposed to mean that my energy should start to return and the whole “morning” sickness should start to fade away. I am eagerly awaiting these things to happen!

So far I can tell that my energy has increased a little and by that I mean that I am able to not yawn as much throughout the day and can hold my eyes open past 7:00 PM. This also may be happening because I have been able to hold down my Spark this week. As far as the sickness goes..there has been like 3 days since week 7 that I haven’t gotten sick at all, but I “think” (I’m really praying) I am down to only getting sick once a day. But as soon I say that I will be back to my 6-8 times per day of sickness…so you can join me in prayer on that. πŸ™‚

But I am 2 days away from being 15 weeks pregnant!! This means I am starting to show some AND we are getting closer to put a NAME on this baby!! I’m starting to get pretty impatient to find out if we are going to be graced with the presence of EmmaLee-Tyler or Cam. Since I had 3 extra days off this week due to the snow I decided to look up the meanings of the names we have picked out. EmmaLee-Tyler’s middle name will be Jean and I found out that Jean means “God is gracious“. Cam’s name would literally mean “handsome man” because Charles means “man and Allen means “handsome”. So either way I think Tim and I picked out some really great names after finding out their meanings. (If they weren’t awesome names already.)

Also, this week Baby Mathis is the size of a lemon and 3.5 inches long, which is crazy because 2 weeks ago he/she was the size of a lime and only 2 inches long. We have gotten to hear the heartbeat twice in the past couple of weeks and it has been 162 and 163 bpm. I think we are having a girl based on how sick I have been and how fast the heartbeat has been, but the dreams I have had tell me otherwise.

For those of you who do not know about my dreams of pregnancy this is news to you, BUT I have had 5 dreams of women being pregnant before they announced to the world their news. Prophetic?..maybe. πŸ™‚ I had a 6th dream about someone but it may be years before it comes true. πŸ™‚

Some of you may be wondering what my “high-risk pregnancy” looks like (or maybe you’re not)…it looks like me going to the doctor weekly, which I am thankful for having a great doctor that wants to keep a good check on me and make sure everything is progressing well. I am now on a pregnancy-safe blood pressure medicine that I take twice per day. Things will get a little more intense when I get around 26 weeks because I will start having really long doctor appointments twice per week. Because of my heart condition my doctor said his goal is for me to get to the point to where the baby’s lungs are developed and probably will not let me go past point. So with that said we could possibly have a June baby rather than an end of July baby.

Our prayer is for God to allow me to carry this baby as long as He lets me. We also pray for my health and the baby’s health to be in great shape. I think everything will be fine as long as my blood pressure is under control and my stress levels stay down. We ask that you pray alongside of us the next 5 months.

Hopefully the next time we update we can announce the gender! πŸ™‚