Wednesday, June 25, 2008

31 Weeks and Counting

It is 11:30 on Wednesday night, and I am using Jeremy's laptop quickly before bed. I wanted to post a quick update while I had a chance. Yes, our computer is still down, and Jeremy thinks he knows how to fix it, but hasn't had a chance to get the part he thinks we need. I am now 31 weeks pregnant, and am bigger than ever! I am having weekly ultrasounds every Tuesday to keep an eye on the baby, and try to judge my placenta function. I now have another complication though that we could really use prayer for. My OB is pretty sure that I have gallstones. They have run some bloodwork, and I am scheduled for a gallbladder ultrasound in the morning. I am supposed to see a GI specialist on Friday, and hopefully they will let me know what the plan is then. Depending on what the tests tell them, there is a chance that they will not wait till the baby is born to remove my gallbladder, but remove it now. In the midst of the medical circus that is our lives right now, Jeremy is flying to Wisconsin on Friday to lend his mom some much needed help. He is taking John David and they will return on Tuesday. As they say..... when it rains, it pours! We are doing well, and are trusting God for strength to get through each day. We know that God doesn't just bring you to the trials, but brings you through them. Thank you to all who have been praying! I will post an update as soon as Jeremy returns from Wisconsin and I have access to his laptop again. :) Love you all, and thank you to God Almighty who is seeing us through!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Pics From the Beach

Thank you Candy! Candy sent me the pics from our days in Sandbridge. I love the pictures of Jeremy playing with his food at Captain George's. The kids thought it was hilarious that he was actually eating that stuff! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Look At That Face!

I know I am behind on the updates........and so much has happened in the last few days. Okay, let's see....Wednesday I saw the specialist and it was not the same doctor that I saw when I was pregnant with Kylie. He said he thought everything was fine, but he also kind of rushed me out of there, and so I still had some concerns. My OB said that he wanted to see the specialist's report, and to set an appt to see him on Tuesday. The plan for now is to do frequent monitoring of the baby and keep a close eye on my placenta function. My blood sugars continued to fall last week, but have seemed to even out for the time being. My blood pressure is holding steady as well. The picture above was taken at the specialist's office. They have a 4D ultrasound machine. Luke had his hands in front of his mouth, so you can see the tips of his fingers. He looks so much like Kylie's 4D pictures! Isn't that cool?! So since I got a good report at the dr, my OB let me go to the condo in Sandbridge to spend a couple days at the beach. The kids, Candy, and I left on Thursday and the guys drove up on Friday. We had a nice relaxing time, and even though the waves were pretty rough, the kids enjoyed searching for seashells in the sand. I forgot my camera, but Candy took some pictures, so hopefully I'll get those from her. Also on Thursday, my brother had another doctor's appt. They had not received all of Andrew's test results yet, but the dr was so impressed with the progress Andrew has made that he thinks there is no cause fro concern. Andrew still is on the blood thinner indefinitely for now. My sister also left Thursday for her yearly pilgrimage to California for the Resolved Conference. She really enjoys this trip, and learns a lot from the speakers. She is due to fly back on Tuesday. On Thursday night, our preacher got hit in the face with a softball during a game. It broke his jaw in two places, and on Friday the dr did surgery and placed two metal plates in his jaw. He may still have to have his jaw wired shut. Please pray for him, as he needs to be able to preach. On Friday, Kylie lost her second tooth. She is such a trooper! Her little smile looks even more precious now. :) We are working on getting the computer fixed, so I will post pictures as soon as I can. Last Sunday night the children's choir sang and the girls id an excellent job. My friend, Jennifer, taped it. If you would like to see the video, it is posted on her blog at Love you all, and thank you to God Almighty from whom all blessings flow!

P.S. I almost forgot! The baby birds flew from the nest early Tuesday. I knew it was going to happen soon as they had been sitting on the edge flapping their wings for the two days prior. They grew faster than I expected, but I am so glad that we were given the opportunity to witness the whole process. It was so neat!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Beginning of the Week Memo

Still having computer trouble! :( A few quick updates:

1. The soonest I could get an appointment with the perinatalogist is Wednesday. The appointment is scheduled for 3:45, so I will post an update afterwards. I am feeling a little better than I was last week, but my blood sugars are continuing to come down even more. We had plans to take a mini vacation this weekend to the condo in Sandbridge with Candy and Mark, so I'm hoping that the doctor okays the trip! Thanks for all your prayers!

2. My brother has another doctor appointment on Thursday, and should get his test results then.

And lastly, yesterday was my parents 23rd anniversary. Congratulations, and thank you for sticking by the stuff! Our Associate Pastor and his wife celebrated their 43rd anniversary this past week. How incredible to have such great examples of a long-lasting marriage. I pray that God will bless Jeremy and I with a lifetime together, and that someday we will celebrate our 23rd and 43rd anniversaries. We love you Grandma and Poppy! Hope your day was special!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Almost 29 Weeks

Sorry this post was delayed. We are in the midst of a computer crash. I finally got around to using Jeremy's laptop. So, Thursday afternoon I had an appointment with my diabetes doctor. My blood sugars have been steadily decreasing over the last week. Even though this sounds like a good thing, it is actually a sign of placenta deterioration. This is the same exact problem that I had during my pregnancy with Kylie, and it was what caused her premature delivery. The doctor did take me off a portion of my insulin, and was concerned about my prognosis. I went to my scheduled ultrasound on Friday, anxious about what my OB was going to say. The ultrasound showed that my uterine measurements were a result of a combination of the baby being large and that I have some excess amniotic fluid, but not enough to cause too much concern. My OB did want me to see the perinatalogist, Dr. Christmas, as soon as possible. They are hoping to get me in to see him early this next week. This is the same specialist that we saw during Kylie's pregnancy. Right now we are just waiting to get the specialist's verdict on the situation. Yesterday, the baby looked good on ultrasound and during some more monitoring while I was at the OB's office. Please keep us in your prayers. We are trusting God to see us through, as he always has. Love you all, and thank you to God Almighty who has for now blessed us with these.

P.S. The baby birds are getting so big and now have tons of feathers. They actually look like birds now! :) I have a couple pictures, but with the computer down I can't post them right now.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Extra Fluid?

Well, my doctor ended up upping my blood pressure medication. We still have a little room for more if needed, but he can't up my dose much more. After running a test at the office, he said for now that I don't have to stay in bed. Yeah! I was very excited to get that news, since he had put me to bed for the day on Monday. He is a little concerned that I am continuing to measure bigger than my 28 weeks. He said there is the possibility of there being too much amniotic fluid. I have an ultrasound scheduled Friday to check the fluid level, and also check the baby's weight. Please pray that all goes well. My blood sugars have also been a little crazy, but I see my endocrinologist on Thursday afternoon. Looks like for now I have dodged the "bed rest bullet"! My due date is still 12 weeks away, and I'm praying and trusting God that we will be able to make it long enough for Luke to be strong and healthy.

Baby Birds - Day 7

The baby birds will be one week old later today. They are growing quicker than I expected! It looks like that fourth egg isn't going to hatch. In fact, I didn't even see it yesterday when I checked the nest. The birds are three times the size they were last week, and are very active. The momma bird isn't quite as protective now, and it's easier to find a chance to take a peek at the nest. Here are a few pictures and a video that I took yesterday. Enjoy!

On another note, I have had some trouble with my blood pressure the last few days, and am heading to the doctor here shortly. I'll post an update when I return. Love you all, and thank you to God Almighty who has for now blessed us with these.