Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy 1 Week Birthday, Baby!

Happy 1 week of life outside the womb to my precious baby girl! Today we celebrated by taking our 1st outing since we've been home from the hospital. We needed to head to school for a quick visit to get some Embassy paperwork printed off. And, as you'll have it, we arrived just as school was getting out... below are the results. :)
We love you Emma Grace!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Introducing Emma Grace!!!


Yay!!! She is finally here! For those who haven't heard yet via facebook, family, or friends, Emma Grace Zanger was born March 24 in Seoul, S. Korea. She weighed 8 lbs 10 oz. and and was approximately 20 inches long. And, PRAISE THE LORD, we were able to deliver her without the need for a C-section. Thanks to all who were praying for us and supporting us during this time.

Eric, Emma, and I are now back at home working on settling into life with the 3 of us. Thankfully, Eric has this week off of school and then next week is Spring Break so he'll be here with us then too! We've taken a ton of pictures of Emma so far but I think I'll just try to give some snapshots of our lives the past week. We love Emma SO MUCH!!! Enjoy!Tuesday: March 22 Driving up to the hospital in Seoul
Being admitted to the Samsung Medical Center Tuesday evening.Wednesday: March 23 Being Pitocin induction and monitoring at 7am.Thursday, March 24 Time to push! (Yes, a lot went on between the last 2 pictures but we'll save that story for a later time).12:19pm Emma is born!At the risk of showing the world how horribly swollen and puffy my face had gotten during 29 hours of labor, this was our 1st family photo together.Emma chilling in her bassinet.Emma Bear with her proud Papa!Friday, March 25 Several visitors came to see us in the hospital.Emma with Dr. Kim - our delivery Doctor.Saturday, March 26 Heading HOME!Sunday, March 27 - First bath time with DaddyMonday, March 28 One of Emma's favorite pasttimes - swinging in the papasan swing.Tuesday, March 29 Another one of our favorite pasttimes. :) Speaking of which, I had better finally go and take fussy baby so Daddy can finally get his afternoon nap in. So long for now from the Zangers!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Baby Update

At our appointment yesterday (40wks + 4 days) the Doctor said baby was nice and healthy and would be ok to wait another week. BUT then he said we was worried she was too big (4.5 kilos... yep, do the math) and might get her head or shoulder stuck during the birthing process. So, we compromised with him and set an induction date for Wednesday, March 23rd if she hasn't arrived by then. He said he'd try to deliver her naturally but I'm pretty sure he believes it will end in a C-section anyway. So, pray for us and that God's will would be done. Our number 1 concern is the safety of the baby so we'll do whatever it takes to get her here safely, even if it means things don't go exactly as we had planned for them to go.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Good News!

We're home! Which means that when we went in for our appointment today, the Doctor said I was ok to go home and wait for the next few days until our normal Friday appointment. So, my blood pressure has stayed the same (along with pretty much everything else). BUT... I was much more encouraged by 2 particular things today. When we had another Non-Stress-Test I think I counted that it recorded 5 Braxton Hicks contractions. I KNEW I had been feeling something but nothing had shown up last Friday when we had the test done. So, my body is gearing up for the real thing. And, even though the Doctor said she hasn't dropped any further, the Ultrasound technician said she couldn't measure the head properly because it was too far into the pelvis. Which is also a good sign. And Dr. Kim also said (again) that labor could happen anytime.

Yay for a good trip! And yay for a little more time for my body to gear up for this event naturally!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Husband is the Best!

Yesterday was my last day of teaching at ICS. It has been 6 wonderful years since God has called me here and it was so strange going in knowing that I wouldn't be coming back. That my whole life and routine and focus was about to change. A little emotional needless to say. (Can you blame me? I'm 9 months pregnant!) So, throughout the afternoon and evening, after we had left school, my wonderful husband started pulling out all these goodbye notes from ALL of the classes I'd ever taught before at ICS (and some that I hadn't actually taught but had still been involved with one way or another). It was so special reading their notes and memories of 6th Grade, 5 Grade, Library class, soccer, discipleship, mission trips, etc. And they were all very excited for Eric and I to move into this new baby stage of life. But the part that made me feel most loved was that my husband secretly planned this all on his own just for me! Thanks, Love!

I suppose I should briefly write about the other part of yesterday as well... We left for our Dr. appointment in Seoul around 1pm. When we arrived I was really excited because I was SURE the baby had dropped, that I was further progressed in effacement and dilation, and that the Dr. would way, "any minute now!" Well, not so. He told me that pretty much nothing had changed except that our baby had lowered just slightly. And then he went on to tell me that my blood pressure and protein levels were just slightly past the borderline high range which means I have mild preeclampsia. He actually suggested that I be admitted to the hospital right then so that they could monitor me from there. We talked him into letting me go home for the weekend (after the purchase of a 90,000 won blood pressure kit for monitoring) and I'll be headed back for a check-up on Monday. So, it is possible that I will be admitted then or that things will stay at this same level for now. Either way, please pray for us - that God would give us wisdom if there are any hard decisions coming our way. That me & baby would stay safe. And that we can keep trusting God through this time. Thank you all for your prayers and support!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Eric's 1st Post!

Hey, since this is called TEAM Zanger, I figured I'd eventually get back into writing again. Our school has a newspaper called The Chronicle, and they had teachers sign up to be their guest columnist. I took last month to be the guest columnist, and I wanted to bring something to the table that God was teaching me, out of a hope that it would bless somebody. So, here it is, out of a hope that it will bless you. God is enough. God is most definitely enough.

Eric

When it all goes wrong, is God still enough?

Eric J. Zanger

We like to blame God. In our minds, we place ourselves as the prosecuting attorney and put God in the defendant’s seat all too often. Moreover, we then begin a diatribe, peppering God with questions: “Why did this happen to me?” or “Why didn’t you stop ____?” or “Why haven’t I received ______?” or “Why don’t you listen to my prayers?” or “Where is my blessing?” often linger in our minds or maybe come out of our mouths. For questions like these to come out at all is problematic; however, a consistent attitude like this belies a heart and a mind that have not fully grasped the riches of God’s salvation.

We have bought a lie that states, “God wants you to be happy. So come to him and he will give you what makes you happy: A new car, more money, great grades, good friends, obedient kids, or success in life.” That’s not true—that’s idolatry. That is taking God and using him as a means to something you think is better. God does in fact want you to be happy—but happiness must be defined by our being satisfied in GOD, not by being happy in the things God gives.

Hebrews 11 contains the Hall of Faith, where the writer of Hebrews demonstrates how living faith produces action. As we look at Hebrews 11, it is easy to see all the amazing ways that God blessed those with faith. At the same time, it is also easy to gloss over some vitally important verses. In verses 33-35, we see how faith helped people conquer kingdoms, enforce justice, obtain promises, stop the mouth of lions, quench the power of fire, escape the edge of the sword, be made strong out of weakness, become mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight, and that women received back their dead by resurrection. If I am honest with myself (and hopefully, if we are all honest with ourselves), I really like when faith brings that type of result. I would love to be able to put foreign armies to flight! I would love to obtain promises and stop the mouth of lions! Who wouldn’t?

However, verse 35 turns dark. We see that faith also led to some painful results: “Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the word was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth” (Hebrews 11:35-38). Did you catch that? Faith in God led to torture. Faith in God led to people refusing to accept release and wanting to die! Faith in God led to mocking and flogging! Faith in God led to prison! Faith in God led to death by stoning! Faith in God led to being sawn in half! This is unbelievable. Faith in God led some to quench the power of fire, escape the edge of the sword, and stop the mouth of lions. Faith in the same God led others to be sawn in two or stoned to death.

I hope Hebrews 11 shatters your thoughts that God owes you cheery rosy days with no conflict, no sorrow, no pain, and certainly, no suffering of any kind. It is easy to thank God for sunny days, but at that point, are you more thankful that you know God or that you have a sunny day? It is much harder to thank God when it is thundering outside and your life seems very dark and impossible. However, that is exactly when God is glorious because he is God, not because he is the giver of stuff.

I want to end this article by asking you two questions. First, why do you love God? Is it because of the blessings he gives you or because you have a good GPA and if those things stop happening, you get angry? Or is it because he has rescued you from the domain of darkness and has brought you into His kingdom? Second, if everything went wrong in your life—you failed your classes, you lost your job, you got cancer, or your best friend died tragically—could you cry out like the psalmist and say, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26)? Could you, through the deepest possible pain, cry out, “God, I do not know what you are doing, but I trust that you are good and that you are more than enough for me”?

I pray that you will and that I will be able to believe that God is enough for us, because there is no promise of sunny days and blue skies in the Scripture.


Still Waiting...

Update from our Doctor's Appointment on Friday
(38 weeks + 5 days)

Little Girl Zanger is healthy & seems to have evened out in all of her measurements. Meaning her head circumference, abdomen circumference, and femur length all seem to be measuring only 1 week ahead of schedule now (39 weeks +5 days). Of course, I don't think parts of her magically shrunk or grew extremely fast. This just goes to show that Ultrasound measurements in the end are only estimates. And the estimate for her weight is 8 pounds 3 oz now.

The good news: I am now 50% effaced & the doctor said this time that we could have "delivery anytime" now. Yay!

Oh... and apparently she has lots of HAIR!

However,

The kind of scary news: Baby Z is still floating... aka - hasn't "dropped" into the pelvis yet. I know that in 1st babies, this usually happens 2-4 weeks before birth so I asked the doctor about it. He said she could still drop or it is possible that her head is too big. Personally, 8 pounds, 3 ounces does not sound too big to me yet, considering that I was bigger than that when I was born. (And it's just an estimate anyway). But, I guess to be honest, he told me that at this point there is a 2/3 chance of normal delivery still and a 1/3 chance of c-section. (Which I DON'T want.) He also said at our next week's appointment, if the baby hasn't come yet, that he wanted to start talking about induction as well. (Which I also DON'T want.)

He said a bit more, but this was the main jist of the appointment. So, could you please join us in prayer over this situation. My husband reminded me on the drive home from the hospital that God is bigger than statistics and He is ultimately in control of when and how every baby arrives into this world. So, please pray for peace in this situation for me (that I wouldn't stew over it or constantly be anxious). And pray that our baby would "drop" in God's timing and I'd have enough strength to push her out. (if this is God's will)

Thank you all for your love and support. Again, we'll keep you posted!