Our family is delighted to announce that our gracious God has blessed us with the eternal gift of a new baby. We are amazed and grateful for this gift, but this is not the announcement that I expected to write.
I was planning to share the baby’s due date, post pictures of a 10 week baby with a lovely, strong heart beat and talk a little about this pregnancy and promise another update next week, but instead I’m asking you to pray for this precious life.
Four weeks ago an ultrasound revealed a gestational sack measuring 5 weeks, no fetal pole was visible and we figured we had just caught the pregnancy earlier than we expected.
Two weeks later another ultrasound showed a fetal pole measuring 5 weeks, 6 days and a faint heart beat. Great news, but I was puzzled as to how my dates could be that far off.
A week later, the ultrasound revealed no change, no growth in the baby. He/she still measured at 5 weeks, 6 days and the heart rate remained low (88 beats/minute). My OB said that with this information, one would not expect a viable pregnancy.
We are praying for a miracle. We are praying that this baby will begin to grow normally, that her heart rate will speed up into the normal range and that God would continue to bless her with life.
I am so very grateful that we were blessed to see this little one’s heart beating and that I have been given the privilege to carry this eternal soul for whatever length of time.
The last ultrasound was Wednesday and I still feel pregnant. I continue to experience morning sickness throughout the day and am beyond tired, which I suppose is all good news.
In other ‘God-answers-prayer’ good news, Tabitha, the 7 year old whom the doctors initially diagnosed with stage 4, untreatable neuroblastoma (cancer), is at home, celebrating the holidays with her family!
The initial diagnosis was incorrect. She has stage 4 kidney cancer (Whilm’s tumor), but it is treatable with a much better prognosis. Her family has now set up a Caring Bridge page if you’d like to keep up with her journey. They also created a Facebook page to share updates.
And to tie up loose ends, the winner of the Lilla Rose giveaway is Valerie. Congratulations!
There is still time to order Lilla Rose for Christmas. Suggested shipping dates are as follows:
December 13: UPS ground
December17: UPS 2nd day air
December 20: UPS next day air
If you have any thoughts or suggestions about this pregnancy, or even a story of a positive outcome, I’d love to hear it. Thanks!