First and foremost we welcomed sweet Elizabeth Mercy to our family Thursday evening the 16th. Momma, baby and the family are doing wonderful. She is beautiful and growing healthy and strong. I got a little time holding her yesterday before Matthew came home, then of course it was his turn. He is a wonderful big brother.
For those of you who have been praying, Peter’s mother is home from the hospital and all seems to be going well. We went over for a short time today and she had improved since our last visit. We are so thankful it wasn’t much worse! The doctors expect her to make a full recovery, but please keep her in your prayers during the healing process.
Okay, so it’s been over a week since our Dr.’s appointment and I profusely apologize for not letting all know how things went. We had a new ultra sound technician, Dawn. I noticed Dawn before we went into the ultra sound room. She was pouring over someone’s chart, and I inwardly hoped such an attentive technician would be ours on that day. She was. And when she made comments that she had looked throughly over our chart and about Haddie Joy’s progression, I knew our sweet little girl was being measured by good hands. It is the little things that help. She was sweet and chatty and we enjoyed her company while we watched sweet Haddie Joy. Dawn told us she had the hiccups. She explained that this was very good because somehow (I can’t recall exactly how) it strengthens or helps prepare the diaphram for breathing outside the womb. I throughly enjoyed the ultra sound with Dawn for one main reason; she laughed and rejoiced over Haddie Joy with us. It was a geniune. I loved that. She also took note of some things we’ve noticed about Haddie Joy – that she is indeed an active little thing! It was so nice to have Dawn join us in appreciating this little life and her newly budding personality. Like I said, it’s the little things.
While we were waiting to see Dr. Collins ,the Hospice chaplain, Annie, came to meet with us. They took us back into a conference room at the Dr.’s office and we sat with her almost an hour answering questions, and chatting. She was very attentive and sweet as we met, and we are very thankful to know we are in good hands with the team that is serving us at this time. She prayed with us before we left. I loved that.
Then we went back into utlra sound because Dawn forgot to do the doplar. Before we left to meet with Dr. Collins she asked us when we would be back and she said she would be praying for us. She said she has seen babies heal completely with no problems when lots of problems were expected, and regardless of the turn out, it was for a reason. Just a little reminder of the goodness of God.
We then met with Dr. Collins to discuss many things, including Haddie Joy’s condition. She no longer has fluid on the abdomen or the lungs – praise the Lord!!!! The cycstic hygroma is still very large and pronounced at the back of the neck, although it hasn’t grown anymore. The fluid on her heart is still there. There was also a part of the wall of her heart that has started to thicken. What this means I don’t know exactly, but I know it isn’t good. All in all, there was good news and bad.
I woke this morning to an e-mail from our Hospice contact, Tisha. This week may be a very difficult one, with funeral planning, etc. We musn’t put it off, it has to be done. I’m now 31 weeks. I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast. Please as the days progress, pray that we would have the wisdom to prepare the kids for the upcoming weeks as best we can. If anyone has any ideas of how we might do that, please let us know. The distance poses a bit of a concern in that regard, but I know the boys are in good hands, so pray for their mom and step-dad to have wisdom as well.
Honestly, today I feel so overwhelmed with responsibiltiy I’d just rather go back to bed. There is so much to do, it seems, and so little time. All I can do is rest in Jesus and trust that He’s got it.
Love to all – and thanks for your thoughts and prayers.