Saturday, April 12, 2008

Praises, Prayer Request and A Giveaway!

Yesterday the weather here was beautiful! So, we decided to go take some pizza's and go to the park for a picnic and some fun. Since we are at the end of a pay period our activities had to be cheap. Therefore, 2 $5 pizza's from L*ittle C*easer*s would do. My girls really don't care where the pizza is from as long as it looks like pizza, they aren't too picky. Just look at these happy faces playing at the park!

After a while at the park, we went to T*C*B*Y for dessert since we had a gift card. (Again a little low on funds).

These faces really say it ALL!

These are my praises today. The beautiful weather yesterday and even today and these people in these pictures. How much money we had to spend didn't matter! They had a blast.
We are also all very thankful for the "baby bwothr" that we found out about this week and who will join us all in late August.
And this is where the prayer request comes in. I'm asking you all to keep this baby boy in your prayers. We found during the ultrasound that he has what is call SUA. That stands for Single Umbilical Artery. Never heard of it? Neither had we.
Here's the deal. Usually an umbilical cord has 2 arteries and 1 vein. Obviously, from the name, our baby's umbilical cord only has 1 artery and 1 vein. I was sort of dumbfounded at the dr.'s office so I didn't ask a lot of questions but then I came home and did research on the Internet.
I know - I know - I shouldn't have.
BUT - I did.
This condition, apparently, occurs in about 1 out of 100 pregnancies (although, like I said - until now - I'd never heard of it.) When they find SUA, they automatically look harder at the baby's anatomy -especially the kidneys and the heart - which are two places that can be affected. Another thing they watch for is that the baby doesn't develop as quickly as it should.
SO, I called my doctor and he was nice enough to call me back. My doctor doesn't seem too concerned about it. He said that I will have another ultrasound at 32 weeks to check and make sure everything still looks ok -- if so, they will just forget about it because as of right now (at 20 weeks) my baby's kidneys, and heart and all else looked fine.
I'm asking that you all will remember me and the baby and my family in your prayers as we continue in this pregnancy. Specifically, I ask that you'll pray that this baby will continue to develop normally and that he will be born healthy. Also, from my research on the Internet I saw that lots of people would have monthly ultrasounds to monitor fetal growth. So, pray for me that I would be able to really talk to the doctor's (not be intimidated by their title's) and find out why they are ok waiting to check his growth until I'm 32 weeks along. That seems a long way off to me. Just pray that God will give me wisdom about what to ask and what to push for, etc....
I'm trying NOT to freak out about this as I know they could have given me a lot worse news but you Mama's out there know how it is......I just want everything to be perfect and smoothly. And feeling and knowing there is nothing I can do about this situation is a bit difficult.
AND - lastly, don't forget that I am giving away the Generation NeXt set of books on Monday. I will choose a winner tomorrow some time so please don't delay in leaving a comment on that post so you can be added to the drawing! These are great books - you won't want to miss them!
Hope you all are having a great Saturday!


Deidre said...

Love the pictures at my favorite park :) We do the very same thing - pizza from Little Caesars and TCBY afterwards. Loads of fun.

I will pray.

Linda said...

First of all, your family is beyond adorable. Oh, those little faces and the happiness! These are the best years of your life, and I'm glad you're in the moment enough to see the beauty in it all and praise God. Secondly, I'm sorry you received the disturbing news. I will pray for that little boy and check back here to see how things are progressing. Blessings!

Wendy said...

Looks like a great family outing.
Good pictures.
Sorry to hear about your doctor's visit. I know how it feels to hear disturbing news about a pregnancy. All you can do is pray and take care of yourself. I was 16 weeks when I started having problems with Lila. It seemed like forever before she was born. Hopefully everything will be ok. I'm sure it will.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You have my prayers. I understand your worries. I've been there. Be direct with your dr.'s. Share with them your concerns and that you would like another ultrasound in the next few weeks. I had ultrasounds almost every visit with my 3rd & 4th one. I'll be praying for open minds and tender hearts.

God is very aware of your son's progress, and remains in charge of all of his days. Find comfort in leaving your son in such capable hands.