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!