Hello friends and family!
I just wanted to write a small post to update you all on what is going on!
Last week I went to my regular check up and when my OB was measuring my stomach, he noticed I was a little big and thought maybe I had extra amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. The only “danger” to this is that it could mean Annalise is not swallowing right. So he sent me to do a sono to measure the fluid. Well, of course, while getting my sonogram done, baby girl was face down. The only thing we could see was her spine. She sure does not like the doctors looking at her! 😉
But! The fluid was just a little high and nothing really to worry about. If the level keeps going up though it could put pressure on me and cause an early labor. Her body and legs, from what we could see, measured right on track which was right at 30 weeks. But as you can see from this picture:
Her head measured at about 41 weeks. This is due to the HPE. All the black areas in that circle is the fluid in her brain.
Lets hope it doesn’t get much bigger for my sake 😉 But if it does, I’m sure it will probably turn into a c-section.
Next week is a big week for Kevin and I. It’s the week we have been waiting for for awhile now.
We finally get to meet up with the specialists at Shawnee Mission! Monday the 19th, we go in for the imaging part. The specialist will re-look at the brain and see if it’s the same, worse, or better. (But according to the pic from above, it’s the same.) Then on Wednesday, the 21st, we meet with our neonatologist. She will be the one working directly with Annalise when she is born. All the questions, concerns, and thoughts we have should be answered this day. Hopefully. We will talk about our birth plan and how we want the doctors and specialists to treat her when she is born and we will also be meeting with the maternity navigator doing the basic paperwork, tour and all that fun jazz.
Things are starting to become “more real” for us now that we have hit the last 10 weeks of this pregnancy. When we first found out about the HPE, we kind of just sat back and let it happen. We didn’t get prepared in any way. We didn’t go buy the necessities because we didn’t know if we would be able to bring her home and use them. We still don’t. But, that’s a different story now. We finally bought a crib in hopes of bringing her home. We have been getting the necessities that any newborn baby needs. It’s been a slow process because we don’t know what is going to happen but it’s happening. If we get to use them, praise the Lord! If we don’t get to use them, then praise the Lord still!
Even though we don’t know what His will is yet for Annalise, we know it’s perfect. Yes, Kev and I hope that we get to bring our special little girl home, but if we don’t, we know God will always be right there guiding us.
I never thought going through such a “terrible, difficult” situation would show me just how blessed I am. Usually when people go through tough times, it’s hard to see the good. It’s hard to stay focused on what the Lord is doing because you are so focused on the bad. But through our situation, we have grown more than I think we ever would have planned. We have learned so much about obedience, trust, love, hope, and faith. We have seen how blessed we are by the people around us. We have been blessed with one of the best church families we could possibly ever have. We are so grateful for all of you who have been praying for us. We cannot thank you enough or tell you how much we appreciate you.
Last Sunday, in church, we sang the song, “Made Me Glad”. Just look at what the beginning says:
I will bless the Lord forever
And I will trust Him at all times
He has delivered me from all sin
And He has set my feet upon a rock
And I will not be moved
And I’ll say of the Lord
You are my shield, my strength
My portion, Deliverer
My shelter, strong tower
My very present help in time of need
Being my pregnant, emotional self, I found myself crying during this song. He has always been so good to us. He is always there to be our shield, our strength, our portion and shelter. He has definitely been my strong tower and help during this time of need. There is no one else that could make us glad during tough times. How can we not rejoice for having such an amazing, sovereign God as our Father?
With all of that said, we are looking forward to the next 9 weeks and what it is going to bring us! We will continue to keep you updated with our journey as it progresses!
We love you all!