33rd Week: Happy 7th Anniversary!

For our 33rd week checkup, we learned that there was something not normal with River last week that our doctor didn’t disclose to us.  She must still want to observe and be sure before letting us know.  Thankfully, River’s ultrasound this week turned out well, that the doctor said I didn’t need the steroid injections to hasten River’s lung development anymore.

You see, last week she discovered that River’s stomach or belly was smaller than expected.  She spared us one week of worrying by not telling us about it, maybe seeing it was not critical and most probably would improve.  We knew something was wrong last time.  But thank God we were not given any reason to worry.

I still had the injections since I already bought the medicine. I had two shots of it with 24 hour interval.

River himself probably knows now how I can tend to worry easily, so he’s doing his best not to make me anxious by those little jabs and kicks here and there.  Those are his assurances to me that he is fine and that I need not count daily if he moves at least 10 times in two hours.

Good job, River!

There are no major milestones on his 33rd week, except that he now has his own immune system.  The plates in his skull are fairly pliable, the whattoexpect.com website says, to make it easier for him to slip down the birth canal.

As for me, not much has changed.  I just feel bigger and heavier as expected.  I added one supplement called Mega Malunggay or moringa to increase my milk supply.

Emotionally, I can say I am not anxious right now and I can joke about my dream / fear of dying due to childbirth and my husband getting married again.  ๐Ÿ˜€  Taking it one day at a time and entrusting everything to the Lord.   May God continue to grant my heart peace.. flowing like a gentle river. ๐Ÿ™‚


The number seven, they say, means perfect or complete.  It’s our 7th wedding anniversary last May 1, in my 33rd week and 5 days of being pregnant. It was our last anniversary with just the two of us, and in at least a month’s time, we will be a family of three!  According to God’s perfect time, indeed.

I’ve actually forgotten how we celebrated our 6th. We had a hard time recalling together how we celebrated.  (It was not on Facebook! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) We must have dinner somewhere nice but not so fancy and expensive (else I would have remembered.)  I think it was during our anniversary that we had dinner in that nice, small neighborhood restaurant we seldom go to so that made it special. I do remember that around our anniversary last year, we were in the process of preparing for our last embryo transfer in Manila, so we couldn’t plan any trip. Had a lot of expenses too with the ongoing treatment.

This year, we celebrated with a photo shoot. Had it a month earlier and got the photos a few days before our anniversary and they were great!  We love the photos, as expected. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our photographer surprised us with a wonderful video of our photos carefully curated with “How He Loves” as the background music. The music is perfect.  What a good reminder of God’s abundant love, grace and faithfulness through the years.  Through our highs and lows, He is good and loving all the time.  ALL THE TIME. He has never left or forsaken us.

“When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, And I realize just how beautiful You are, And how great Your affections are for me…”

How wonderful indeed it is to reflect on His love. Everything else fades away in the light of His glory.

“How He loves us all….And we are His portion and He is our prize, Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes. If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.”

River, we love you but know that God loves you more than anyone does in this world!


Incidentally, our anniversary falls on Labor Day.  Reminds us that marriage requires work ๐Ÿ™‚

I am reminded by this passage I recently read:

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many.  (Matthew 20:28)

Marriage is about loving and serving the other. I’m blessed to have a husband who’s loving, patient and understanding. Before we got married, I would joke that he was a “seรฑorito.” But since we got married, and we didn’t have house help in the first 5 years, he would have to wash dishes, cook and clean the house. (I had my share too ๐Ÿ™‚ )  He prepares our breakfast too since he wakes up much earlier than I do. ๐Ÿ˜€

River, be like Daddy, ok? We are so blessed to have him.

Thank you for the love and everything you’ve done for us, Daddy C! Happy Anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚


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