3rd trimester, good coffee + a grateful heart


Babies are each the size of a coconut, and weigh 2lb 10oz + 2 lb 12oz! Almost 6lbs of baby in there! That blows my mind. We’re big, getting bigger, and were given an A+!

But then, it also explains why I feel the way I feel. Bruised, sore, and like I have no stability whatsoever. Let the balance games begin.

Yesterday I had an appointment at the specialist (because, you know, we’re special and all) and I couldn’t help but overhear a couple talking with the doctor in the hallway. They had (I believe) just found out that their child has Down Syndrome.

My heart just absolutely crushed for them. It seemed as though there were some tears, but overall mom and dad seemed to be holding it together pretty well. I couldn’t believe their calmness. Although, this was all in just a few seconds as they walked by.

I found myself breathing a sigh of relief. A few, actually. I know that there are always going to be things to worry about, but in this minute, I found myself thanking God that we have so far been given 2 healthy babies, a healthy pregnancy, and a relatively simple outlook on the rest.

Within seconds I was wrestling with feeling thankful that so far our babies look perfectly healthy, and the questions of how would I handle it if they weren’t? What would we do? 

Call it perfect timing, but after my appointment I had a coffee date with a few friends at Bitty + Beau’s Coffee. Coincidence?

I was behind a mom in line who was with her ~2 year old son, with Down Syndrome. But I couldn’t focus on that. I was too distracted by their JOY. Hers, and his.

Immediately, I felt a sense of relief for that couple at the doctor’s office. I hoped that they knew that regardless of a diagnosis, they were going to have a child. A wonderful, perfect, child. And they were going to find immeasurable JOY.

As if I hadn’t already gotten the answers I was looking for, my sweet friends had just the right words to say, without even knowing what was going on in my head.

In another, unrelated conversation, Wendy said You know, don’t worry about anything. God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.

Marcy chimed in with Oh yes He does! He gives you more than you can handle, so that you learn to rely on Him, and those he puts in your life.

It takes a village, my friends.

Getting in the car, I plugged in my phone and my music, set to shuffle, began to play.

Did you think I was done with the perfect timing?

All My Hope by Gloria Spillers.

There is no greater hope than the hope that You give… There is nothing in heaven or earth that compares with You. You are the one who has been and the one who will be. You are the lover of souls and the air that we breathe. There is nothing in heaven or earth that compares with You, and your love. Your deep, deep love. Hope, all my hope, is in nothing less than, this love. 

I hope that couple knows that their child will accomplish great things. I hope they know that their child will reach great dreams. And I hope they know that their life will be filled with immeasurable JOY. I mean, just look at these faces…

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  • Reply Nina July 20, 2016 at 11:33 am

    There were a few times when my doctor’s appointments ran late, and the nurses explained it was because the parents were hearing something similar to what you described. Some issue with development or growth. It made me more understanding of why our appointment ran late.

    • Reply annaleethomasson@gmail.com July 20, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Nina! It definitely made me stop and think. I’m so grateful to have short visits. I can’t imagine being in those shoes.

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