12 weeks!

Today I am 12 weeks!  My baby is the size of a lime!

“The most dramatic development this week: Reflexes.  Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements.  In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it.”


summertime watermelon.

It sure is true when they say that things just don’t taste the same when you’re pregnant.  The foods I normally enjoy now either taste bland or are just unsatisfying to me these days.  My pregnancy cravings include red, juicy, watermelon, and lots of it!  Greg says that I also enjoy grilled turkey sandwiches from Denny’s, french fries (of all kinds, cuts, and textures), string cheese, probiotic Yoplait Yo-Plus yogurt, Indian food, spicy lime pickle, klondike bars, my mama’s shrimp curry (yum!), and pizza.




The Shawnee Pregnancy Center gives free ultrasounds, so we went there yesterday to take advantage of seeing our little one again…(the last time we saw the baby was about 4 weeks ago).  They made Greg wait in the waiting room, while they set me up on the doctor’s bench and found the baby with their special baby finding machine.  The nurse showed me the outline of the baby, however it wasn’t very clear to me because there was no movement.

But once Greg came in, it was very obvious, because the baby began stretching and moving his/her arms and legs all about.  I guess the sound of Greg’s voice made him/her excited.  It was a really surreal moment for both of us…we could only laugh and stare and laugh some more…

Baby Smith measured just over an inch, and had a good fast heartbeat of 166 bpm.  Good stuff.  Thank you Jesus.


restoration project #2: hundley house door.

Back in January I came across a very neat looking old door in the basement of the Hundley House — the house where we are renting an apartment.  The neat looking door was just leaning against the wall in one of the many cold and lurky basement rooms of the house.  It was narrower than most normal doors — giving it a cool factor, it was solid oak and very heavy, it had a skeleton keyhole, and it is almost about 100 years old!!!  Some of you may already know this, but the Hundley House is one of the oldest homes in Carbondale, thus making it a historic site.  The home is an old brick mansion built in 1915 by Mayor J. C. Hundley and his wife Luella.  The inside of the house is split into three apartments.  If you are interested in the history of the house, look it up, because it is QUITE interesting (murder, suspense, etc.).

I decided that I wanted the door, but I knew it wasn’t mine to take.  I told Greg about my secret desire.  Greg said that I should prayerfully ask the landlord for it.  So, I prayed and asked God that if I should have this door, let the landlord say “yes”.  But if there was to be any reason that I should not have the door, let the landlord say “no”.

The next time I saw my landlord outside the house I asked him if I could have the door in his basement.  He looked at me with a quizzical expression and asked me why I would want a door.  I tell him my reason, he gives me more of that same quizzical look and says, “ok, well whatever floats your boat.”  So I got the door!

Greg did a thorough cleaning of the door.  And now, it hangs from our living room wall.  : )