I'm happy to announce that we will *hopefully* find out the gender of this precious child growing inside me on March 10th! Don't ask what it is though on that day or for that week after because we won't tell you. :) Daniel and I plan to go home for a few days during that week to see our families and tell them the good news and then when we return to Texas we'll have a party with our friends and tell them; and then we'll tell the rest of the world. We are so excited to spend time with our family! Even if it's just for a few days. Shopping Shopping Shopping! That's what I plan to do since we'll hopefully know if the baby is a boy or girl! Praying that Baby Bray cooperates with the nice sonogram people.
18 weeks today! Can you believe it? I can't. The baby is apparently about the size of a sweet potato this week. I still haven't noticed if the baby is moving around or not - at least I don't notice anything different at this time. I know it'll come. For not gaining weight these past 4 months, I sure feel like I've put on some pounds recently just by the looks of my growing belly. Depending on what I wear it's very apparent that I'm pregnant now (especially after I've eaten a large meal). Growing Amanda means growing Baby so I'm okay with that. I can still wear my pre-prego jeans but I'm not comfortable at all wearing shirts that aren't super loose fitting. Bring on the maternity clothes!
Life has been good lately. Daniel and I continue to stay busy with work, school, church, and CARES. On occasion we find time for friends and ourselves. Very rare though. We can't believe February will be gone in one more day. We've started a Bible study in our home now. Someone else is teaching, but we're providing the space. It's been wonderful to fellowship in our living room with our church family.
CARES has been great this past month! We're trying to reach out more to our neighbors rather that just do our events and visits. We want to be their friends and get to know them personally, and we can't do that during the events. This February I had 3 of the moms that I've been seeing a lot come over to the apartment for breakfast and their girls got to play in our living room. (Note to self: kid-proof the house!) Haha. There is a man from Morocco living in our apartments who is here until the end of March and we have become friends with him. He and his roommate invited us to their apartment for a traditional Moroccan dinner this past Saturday. I wish I had my camera! He was decked out in his traditional white robe and hat and made us a 5 course meal. Problem was he didn't tell us there were 5 courses so we filled up on the first one and then he brought more and more and more out. I can officially say that I have no tried lamb's tongue. Yes, that's right. The pregnant girl was able to choke down a bite of lamb's tongue. I can hardly believe it myself. It was very chewy and didn't have a whole lot of flavor. But Daniel ate his and mine. There were lots of vegetables and a type of beef roast and some chicken. I can't believe our friend did all of that for us and the CARES team that lives down the road (they met at a December event and they took him to to their church one Sunday and have been friends ever since - he participates in all their events at their complex as well as ours). And next month the plan is to have some our Indian neighbors over to our apartment for dinner. One family that we met is very interested to meet the other Indian families in our community so we offered to have a dinner one night for the families that we know. This is the fun part about CARES - getting to know our neighbors and connecting them with one another. Paperwork, not so much fun, organizing and cleaning up, not so much fun, building relationships, lots of fun! March is going to be a busy month, but we're ready!