Brooke and I talked on the phone for a while Friday night. It turns out that when they came home from the hospital on Thursday, Brooke had a nasty stomach bug, but that is all over with now and she’s feeling much better. She is simply happy and exhausted like any new mom would be.
They got the results from Haddie Joy’s preliminary chromosomal tests on Friday and so far they’ve all come back negative for Down’s, Turner’s, and some Trisomies (I forgot the numbers). It really is simply amazing. The doctor is still going to do some further tests because of the prenatal prognosis, but things are looking really good right now. Brooke’s status update on Facebook simply said, “still can’t believe it.”
Babies are always a blessing, but Haddie Joy reminded all of us about how fragile life can be. She reminded us that you can’t take one moment or each other for granted. She reminded us to draw close to the One who loves us most of all and to be gentle with each other.
Haddie Joy does have an opening in her heart which I think many babies actually do, but often times it isn’t even discovered. It should close on its own, but of course, they will watch it closely because they want to be thorough. It also seems like her left foot kind of turns inward so they will be taking her to an orthopedist this week.
In fact, they have 4 doctors appointments for Haddie this week so between those and trying to enjoy their time with the boys and family for Thanksgiving, you’ll understand why they really just need time to rest and take things easy as a family. Brooke won’t be up to visitors, talking on the phone, or checking email much this week, but she looks forward to visiting with everyone and letting everyone meet Haddie Joy once things have settled down a bit.
They just SO appreciate your prayers. Brooke kept saying how they just don’t even feel worthy of all the love that you all have shown them. And I was happy to remind her that that’s what is so wonderful about grace. None of us are worthy. It is simply God’s unmerited favor, freely given, and that it has been a blessing to all of us to see the body of Christ come together to love and support this family through this journey.
I’ll update as I hear results from Brooke. Right now just pray for them as they go to all of these appointments this week. Pray that Haddie Joy will do well with getting out and about so much. Pray for discernment and wisdom for the doctors and Brooke and Peter as they continue tests and caring for Haddie Joy. Pray that things will go well with Brooke breastfeeding, and that they’ll all be able to rest and enjoy their time together.
It’s so neat to have all of this happening the week before Thanksgiving when we’re all focused on counting our blessings. I am just so blessed (and I know that many of you are too) by how God has done immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine, how God has strengthened so many of us, and how much love has been shown, so I’ll leave you with Ephesians 3: 14-20.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:14 – 20
Have a wonderful week, Everybody.
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