Weekend Reading: March 23, 2013

8-week ultrasound
source: mandiehman on Instagram

The picture’s not much to look at (although the girls keep cooing, “Aww, it’s so cute!”), but the moment our little baby appeared on the screen and the ultrasound tech said, “There’s definitely a heartbeat!”, I burst into tears. I’d already spent half the morning crying after my nausea had significantly decreased over the previous 48 hours, accompanied by a severe headache that had come and gone for almost a week. But these were happy tears. Relieved tears. Joyous tears.

I’m not naive enough to believe that a healthy baby is guaranteed at the end of this 9-month wait; I’ve experienced loss too many times myself and watched friends grieve the loss of their babies at every stage of pregnancy. And I’m paranoid enough in general that I will likely worry again in the near future. But for now? For now I’m basking in the memory of that tiny, perfect heartbeat, so very, very thankful to have reached the 8-week mark!

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Here are some of my favorite posts from this week. As always, check out what I’m reading to see the other posts that make me stop and think. You’ll find new posts all week long!

Tech {Are You an iPhone Mom?}

I’ve been fascinated by the “iPhone Mom” conversation that’s been taking place in the blogosphere and on Facebook over the past few weeks. I honestly think grace is needed on both sides of this conversation: sometimes we do need the reminder to put down our phones and focus on our children, but it’s also okay for our kids to see us working, connecting with friends or pursuing our own interests. Most importantly, I don’t think any mom should be judging another mom, especially when there’s no way they have all the facts!

Holidays {Easter Crafts & Activities}

  • Let’s Bring the Holidays Down a Notch | Rage Against the Minivan

Family {Raising Adults}

  • After Steubenville: 25 Things Our Sons Need to Know about Manhood | A Holy Experience
  • Life Saved Because of Free-Range Kids, Age 9 and 10! | Free Range Kids

Have a great weekend!