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! 🙂

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!! 🙂

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!! 🙂 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. 🙂 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. 🙂

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. 😉 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”. 🙂

“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.”  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. 🙂

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. 🙂 I had a 6th dream about someone but it may be years before it comes true. 🙂

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! 🙂