Thursday, January 15, 2009

a tribute to Matthew Phillip

we have set up a memorial fund in Matthew Phillip's name through the March of Dimes, which is an organization dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Matthew's memorial webpage is

Monday, January 12, 2009

In Memory...Matthew Phillip Schwalbe

Our precious angel, Matthew Phillip Schwalbe was born at 28 weeks on Tuesday, January 6. He went home to Jesus on Sunday, January 11. Matthew developed an infection which led to his untimely death. Even though we may never know for sure, this could have also caused his early delivery. We are confident he received the best medical care possible.

We are in the process of bringing him to the states for a small funeral service in Austin sometime next week. We trust the Lord is holding us in his loving embrace. We sincerely appreciate your thoughts and prayers for our family during this time.

Ken & Cortney

Isaiah 25:8-9
(8) He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces...(9) In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

28 weeks - hello third trimester!!

28 weeks

27 weeks

if there is any doubt my belly isn't growing every week, i've included both pictures of it at 27 and 28 weeks! yesterday i had some pretty strong braxton hicks (practice) contractions and i wasn't sure it was normal. after talking to my friend angie i calmed down and noticed they weren't at all consistent with pre-term labor. i'm glad to be in the last trimester. it's becoming very REAL to me that in a little over 2 months i'll be holding our precious baby in my arms!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

snow day!

today we drove an hour and a half into the omalos mountains to take echo to see snow for the first time. i think she really enjoyed it and so did we!! check out the slideshow of pictures by clicking on the 'view all images' button.

Friday, January 2, 2009

27 weeks

when i went to the doctor this week, i discovered that i somehow got ahead of myself. this week marks week 27, not 28. if you scroll down and see my pictures at 25 weeks (which was really at 24 weeks), you'll notice that my belly has become GIANT! that's because we're having a BIG baby. the baby measured over 3 lbs this week (the average baby at 27 weeks weighs 2-2.2 lbs.) we discussed our birth plan with the doctor and everything seems to be progressing normally. i also got my list of everything i have to bring to the hospital. we have to provide everything like sheets, diapers, supplementary formula, etc. hopefully i'm only there 3 days which is the minimum for a vaginal delivery. if i have to have a c-section, the minimum stay is 5 days. in greece they don't kick you out after the baby pops out!!

stats for 27 weeks
- weight gain to date - 8 kilos (17 lbs)
- not really craving caramels as much but i'll still eat them if they are right in front of me.
- i just had to have snickers ice cream bars last week.
- back pain is increasing but the massager ken got from aunt granny deb for christmas is working great!
- shaving my legs is becoming quite difficult so i only shave 1x/week. last time i cut myself!
- still going to yoga but sometimes i only manage 2x/week.
- my belly button is on the verge of popping out.
- tums intake averaging 10 per day!
- experienced my first pregnancy charlie horse while sleeping the other night. i yelled out in pain which i thought must be close to the same as beginning labor pains, and ken and echo never woke up!
- when people say, "wow, you're really getting big!" i have to resist the urge to say "really? what's your excuse?" :)

- over 3 lbs (i'm a big baby!)
- estimated at 16 inches long
- my head is up near mommy's rib cage which is sometimes uncomfortable for her but i can't help's getting crowded in here!

- can't believe we'll be parents in less than 3 months! i'm nervous & excited!
- still reading "what to expect when my wife is expanding." funny book!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

happy 2009!

we hope this year brings you many blessings, happiness, and just enough surprises to keep you laughing! cheers!