Titus 2:11-13

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus."

Monday, May 11, 2009

05/11/09 Ultrasound

Well, it sounds like we might be having these babies no later than next Friday, May 22nd, the day I turn 36 weeks pregnant.  Today's routine ultrasound revealed that Baby A's two-vessel cord is beginning to cause an issue with her growth.  Weighing in today at a mere 3 lbs. 14 oz. and measuring closer to the size of a 30-week baby than a 34-week baby, she is now being classified as having intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR).  Although she is still growing and otherwise healthy, it is clear that her rate of growth is beginning to slow.  As a result, the perinatologist who reads our ultrasounds is recommending that we not push this pregnancy past 36 weeks with the thinking that Baby A will be able to grow better outside the womb than in and that we will be eliminating the risk of the restricted growth getting worse.  The perinatologist did express that it would be preferable for my body to naturally end this pregnancy by spontaneously going into labor before next Friday (which is my fervent prayer!) than to end up in a planned cesarean on that day, but she also expressed some doubt of that happening due to the fact that my body has previously endured both a 40 week 6 day pregnancy and a 39 week 4 day pregnancy.

I think I took all of this somewhat disappointing news pretty well, but the tears started coming when we started talking dates.  The doctor compassionately asked if I was scared of my babies being born too early, and I nodded yes before adding that much of my emotion was also coming from my deep desire for a natural childbirth.  Despite my momentary disappointment, I know that God is the same no matter what, and I know that nothing is impossible for Him; and I am greatly comforted by these promises as I prayerfully wait to see how this story will end.

In the meantime, my instructions are to rest (to enhance blood flow to the babies), to put a little extra protein in my diet (to enhance growth of the babies), and to go back for bi-weekly NSTs (to monitor the well-being of the babies).  I am fervently praying that God would keep both of our babies in good health until the time of their birth and that He would even miraculously enable Baby A to have a growth spurt in the next week and a half.  Whatever happens, may He be glorified to the utmost!


Stefanie and Elliot said...

Angela, I'm sorry about the news you got today. If you end up having to have a c-section, remember, it's not HOW they are born that is important; it's that they are healthy. I have to remind myself of that when I start thinking about how upset I was/am that I am not allowed to have a VBAC because of where I live. I'll be praying for you and your babies.

Lynnette Kraft said...

I can imagine the roller coaster of emotions you are feeling. I will be in prayer for you and will be checking back for updates.

Mom2Valerie said...

Praying, praying, praying for all "three" of you!

Kelly said...

I'm praying so much for you and the babies. May the Lord continue to give you His peace that passes all understanding!

September said...

Before I checked my blogs this morning I jumped in the shower,, and the Lord brought your name to my mind.. and so I prayed for you then and for your babies. I am continually amazed how the Lord leads me to pray for others,,Your babies are happy within you, and you are giving them your all. Take time to rest - I am praying for you daily. Will check in later.

Anonymous said...

Mark and I are awaiting the arrival of the new additions to your family:)
We hope everything goes as planned for you. I sure hope you will have some assistance at home after the babes are born!!
It sure does make it easier to have help, even if you don't think you need it at the time.

Kailan said...

In the words of my father....

"A miracle: is an event that draws people closer to God-

God does not always use the supernatural to draw people to Him. His draw can be surrounded by trials, troubles, and stories of sacrifice.

Look for the silver lining."

What a miracle that you and your family have already been. :)

Love, Kailan

LisaShaw said...

Precious I pray for God's peace and comfort for you and I'm excited about the upcoming birth of your blessings!!! GOD HAS IT ALL UNDER CONTROL.

Love ya.

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