Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Update on our baby boy

We met with the specialist again yesterday. Things seem to be looking up in some ways, and down in a few other ways.
The good news is that the fluid level around the baby seem to be up, almost by twice as much as was there three weeks ago. Baby is growing and thriving, and moving around a lot. His heart seems to be healthy. And I may not have to go into the hospital in a few short weeks.
The bad news. Babies left kidney has something called Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney. Thankfully his right kidney seems to be functioning great, and he can survive with only one kidney. The other concerning thing is that there is only one artery and one vein in his umbilical cord. There are usually two arteries. The doctor told us they see this occasionally, and usually the babies are just born smaller. It didn't seem like a huge concern to him.
We are blessed, and appreciate all the prayers and visits on our behalf. We are being blessed with a miracle. Thank you everyone for all your love and concern.
We'll head back to see the specialist in a few weeks. We are hoping, and praying for no more problems, and that we'll only have to worry about the problems that we already know about.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

To the ladies of the 20th ward

Thank you! Thank you for thinking of me, and bringing me this yummy fruit bouquet. It definitely brought a smile to my face, and even better it tastes delicious.

Chase even used it in his photo of the day, you can check it out here if you'd like.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What's happening with the pregnancy

After suffering two miscarriages in less that a year due to something the doctor called a blighted ovum . We were hesitant to try and get pregnant again, for fear that it would happen again and I would be the one that was struck by lightening three times. We had decided with the doctor that we would wait until we had a third miscarriage, before pursuing genetic testing.
On the ninth October, I found out I was pregnant again. I was definitely nervous, but also pretty excited. I kept hoping for a healthy baby this time, and tried to keep a positive attitude. Things were going well, then October 28th happened. I was lucky that Chase was sick that day and home from work. I stood up to go get in the shower and started to hemorrhage. I thought I was maybe just miscarrying again, so I called the doctors office in a panic. They immediately got me in for an ultrasound, and we were able to see that there was a baby and that there was a heart beat. Neither of which were there for either of our first two pregnancies. We were sent home, and I was put on total bed rest. I had to stay down every day all day for a week. We went back into the doctors office a few days later, and I was told to stay down still. It was hard to stay down, but I had to keep reminding myself that was what I had to do to keep the baby growing and healthy.
On December tenth my water broke, I was only 14 weeks 4 days along. We headed into the doctors office the next day to find out what was going on. The doctor had no clue why this would happen, and had never had it happen to one of his patients (he's been in practice for 15 years). He sent us home with basically no hope, because he didn't know what else to do. I met with him once a week, so they could watch the fluid levels, and growth of the baby. That went on for a few weeks, and since the baby was growing fine, and I wasn't getting an infection. Things started to look up.
We met with a high risk specialist on January 4th, she seemed very optimistic. I think she was expecting to see no fluid around the baby. The baby has about 4cm of fluid around him. The doctors don't know how much fluid is really needed, so as of now what I have seems fine. They weren't able to check everything they wanted because the baby was being stubborn (no clue where he gets that from).
We'll head back next week to see the specialist, they will hopefully be able to check the heart and lungs. If things look fine then, I think it will be 3 more weeks before we go back. At that point I'll be 24 weeks along. I will be checked into the hospital at that point, so they can monitor me every day, and start giving me steroids to develop the babies lungs. I'll stay in the hospital until the baby is born, and the doctor has also told us that there is no way that I'll make it full term, but they'll get me as far as they can.

We've definitely seen miracles with this pregnancy, with the sac just magically resealing itself and me not getting any sort of infection. I'm so grateful to all our family who have been praying for us, and also to any of you that have been praying for us also.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My beautiful wife

I was setting up last night to shoot my 365 day project photo, which you can see here, and my wife and I had just gotten back from getting her a few clothing items since she is growing (in a good way!) And she let me snap a few shots of her while she was in normal clothing. Its been a very long time since she has not had pajamas on. The doctor monday said she could get up off of bed rest at her discretion. She has been on full bed rest for 10 weeks now. But now she has a bit of breathing room, not having to be on total bed rest. It was good to get her out. I cant even imagine how hard it would be to be down for more then 10 weeks. So it was good for her. And then when we got back home, back to bed rest... Which is your favorite?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010