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24 Weeks

I know this post is a week late, but it's here.

We had a busy and super fun time with the Swedin's in town last weekend for Easter... more on that later :)

On Thursday last week (24 weeks) I had my monthly appointment with Dr. Peters. It went great. I've gained appropriate weight for myself, and baby is healthy. Baby's heart rate is hanging in the 130s for now... Which Dr said is PERFECT! for where we're at in development! PRAISE GOD. I audio-recorded it but haven't figured out how to upload it here yet... Baby is just over a foot long, (head to toe now) weighing in around a pound. KB might gain about 6 ounces a week for a while... and hardly move that drastically in length. I guess it is time that little one fills out a bit :)

LOVE from a happy (and constantly tired) mama!

ps. Finley suggested names: for a girl "Pepotle" or "Chipotle" or Leela; for a boy: "Tinkerbell"

Happy Easter!

Our King has died and risen again! For HIM we give thanks. 
Matthew 28:1-10
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you." So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greeting…

A day at Chatfield.

We love bringing Maggie to the dog park at Chatfield State Park. It is the BEST Dog training area ever. Ultimately better than any of the square pens without trees or water. Chatfield has several ponds, the South Platte River, fields, and trees/plants all over the place!

Tim, Maggie and I hopped in the Truck on Saturday before we helped Jordan and Joy move a few things into their new town home (photos to come) and went to the SP. We walked around the trails, through the "woods," and along the little lakes (ponds). Maggie isn't ever interested in any dogs if her dummy is around.

It was GORGEOUSLY comfortable to wear shorts and a tank. Just perfect weather.

23 Weeks, Baby!

Okay, I know this was a little bit late to be put up... but, it's up! I am feeling great, loving every moment of this pregnancy! Thank God for the little movements, and reassurance He blesses us with everyday. Sometimes I think that I should worry about a little something, and then I remember I'm not going to :)

Tim and I are very excited to start a new tradition: reading scripture aloud together! This is going to be great for our marriage, and I think an excellent way to start out raising our children.

Keep praying for baby's kidney's, and normally healthy development.

I go in on Thursday the 21st for my monthly check up. This will be measurements of my belly (baby's growth, too), hearing heart beat again (I LOVE that--I'm going to try to record it), and blood work (I don't love that).

Love, Amy and Kastenbaby--'lil KB

Congratulations Katie & Chris!

a note from the new mom & dad (Katie's fb profile): MaKayla Joy Uttke, was born April12th at 9:56 P.M., weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces, measuring 19 1/2 inches. She is a bundle of love and we love her so much. She is such a wonderful baby already. Thank you for everyone's prayers and support. Pictures soon to follow!!Thanks to my family and friends who've been praying through this baby's life already! Tim and I are really excited for Chris and Katie, and can't wait to meet this little bundle of love... We LOVE our nieces and nephews! It's so hard to be away, and not get to meet them!

your prayers, please.

Tim and I have been on this seemingly long, short adventure since last spring. Just under a year ago, I took my 8th grade class on a missions trip to Crow Agency, Montana. We spent a week at the Foursquare church in the Crow Reservation. I'd never spent time serving with Natives before... and it was God's timing to show me my heart in a new way last May. I LOVE natives, and my heart reaches out for them in their way of life: caught in the middle of violence, alcohol, single parent families (oft times grandmas are taking the kids), abuse, and just lack of knowledge in the common way we live to be healthy and smart.

Well, two days after I got back from being with the Pretty-on-Top family in Crow Agency, Tim and I received a letter from Pastor Dan Claussen in Milaca... He asked, "Hey, have you two ever considered long-term ministry to Native Americans?"   hmmm... Not before, but we are now. Crazy timing.

Then, we called Paul Straubel (Dan's friend) who is a staff m…

Tim's Ankle

Two weeks ago, yesterday, Tim got hit on the pitcher's mound with a line drive into the side of his leg above his ankle bone a couple inches. Ouch! I was overnighting at the Dolans, so I just assumed that the boys' double header wrapped up early when I received a call from my hubby... Not so much. "Honey, I took a pretty hard hit tonight. I'm hurtin'." Apparently all the guys came in from the outfield because the hit (probably around 100+ mph--they use metal bats) made such a loud noise they were all sure it was broken. That is a pretty awful feeling to know that you can't do anything for him. And the foolish boy stayed the rest of the game (got hit in the first inning) before stopping at Target to buy/carry a 50 pound bag of dog food home and THEN going home to ice it. Typical, right?

Well, he iced and heated it very regularly with Tylenol and Ibuprofen in the next week or so. He took a day and a half off from work, because he couldn't even be on it.…


I've been LOVING feeling baby move all the time. One moment I've been kicked above my belly button, the next it is way on my side, then over to the other side, then way down low... This kid must love all the space it has right now... Well, soak it up, baby, because soon enough you'll be cramped in there so tight, you'll wish you could do those cartwheels you've been working on:)

Now, Tim and I can just stare at my belly and watch the baby and it's cartwheels popping out of me! So much fun! It was really special for me to feel it at first, then for Tim to feel it, and NOW for us to SEE it move is so miraculous!

 This info is from (I'm not insinuating we're having a boy... that's just their way of wording it this week):
How your baby's growing:At 11 inches (see this link to visualize baby at the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows…

Sel is a total Bruiser.

This was her face the last two weeks because she fell onto the side of their super-sturdy-sharp-edged round coffee table :( Poor Girl!

But, she is getting SO much better now! And it didn't slow her down at all :)

I got schooled by my husband at game night.

Seriously... This was not pretty. One night last week--Thursday, I think--we played three games. 
What's up for competition?
First~ A very difficult game of Memory. We didn't even have the tiles lined up. It was mad chaos.

Second~ A simple game of Yahtzee. I am reigning Yahtzee champ in this house with my record of 546: I had four Yahtzees in one game last spring and haven't forgotten it!

Third~ A tricky, and on-your-feet game of One Up!

The Results?
It was awful.  I mean, terribly fun, and a lot of endearing trash talk... But I only beat Tim by ONE PAIR in Memory. Okay, Folks... This might not seem that bad to you. But Memory is like MY GAME. Then, He beat my by over 30something in Yahtzee. I had to take a zero in my three of a kind! THEN, He beat my fair and square in One Up! And that's a word game! He doesn't like word games because he "isn't good at them..." 
Just despicable. No one would be proud of me. Tim played excellently all night. I certainly w…

21 Weeks. Officially OVER halfway there.

40 weeks seems like it is going to come way too soon. We are already over halfway to having a baby?! Woah, Nelly... SLOW DOWN.

So, I had mentioned to some of you that Tim and I had pretty much picked our baby names. One top girl name, one top boy name. Well, this week, we re-assessed, and took a fresh look at our list of all the names we like. Then we did a top five for both boys and girls. Man! This is tough work. We're totally in limbo over the initial names we thought we were going to stick with. It will be so fun to see what we end up deciding. It seems like such a tough decision. having to choose for our kid, the name that they are STUCK with for the rest of their lives (unless they change it when they're legal, I guess). YIKES! I don't want that responsibility!

The funny thing is, I've dreamed up my most favorite names for "my kids someday" throughout my entire life. Don't all girls? Well, Now that I have 300 different lists to go by, I also have to…


I am so domestic! HAH :)
Well, if you remember my good ol' sleepover from January--the 2nd Annual Fab Five Reunion-- you may remember that my dear friend Melissa made the four of us girls an apron. Along with the help of her mother-in-law-to-be (hi, Elizabeth!), Melissa came up with some super creative ideas for aprons. They are each SUPER personalized to our tastes and styles.

Well, here's what my baby belly looks like when no shape is given, but covered by an adorable apron... It looks like a fancy halter top dress, but it is just my sassy look ;)

THANKS MELISSA! I love it. And so does Tim!