Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sometimes things don't go as planned

For the past few weeks the most common comment I get on my pregnancy is how small I still am. 

Truthfully, I didn't give it much thought. I was small with Rhett, but when I started to look at pictures of my pregnancy with him compared to where I am now, I realized I was much smaller now than I was then. Again, I didn't give much thought.

On Tuesday at my appointment, my doctor expressed concern that my belly was still measuring like I was 32 weeks (I'm 36) and suggested we do another ultra sound to see if the baby was growing. 

The ultrasound confirmed what my doctor thought, the baby hasn't grown much at all in the past month. The first concern was that something was wrong with the placenta or umbilical cord so we went to a specialist yesterday to see what was going on. The good news from the appointment was that the placenta and umbilical cord look normal, but we're still not sure why the baby has stopped growing. 

The news we didn't expect from this appointment was that the baby's leg bones are aren't fully developed, they're shorter than they should be, and that there are two apparent issues with his heart. 

We're waiting to get an appointment with a cardiologist and the next 2 weeks will determine a lot about if we'll deliver the baby early to make sure we can get him to gain weight and grow and how we'll deliver him (natural or c-section) based on the strength of his heart.

Both Jake and I are amazed at the ability we have to create life and feel that this process is nothing short of miracle and we know that sometimes things don't go as planned. We feel peaceful that though this little guy might have a rough start, but that ultimately everything will be OK.  

If you could keep us and our little guy in your thoughts and prayers we would be so extremely grateful. 

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  1. Of course. God bless you guys :)

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  2. you are in my thoughts and prayers, julia..... sending big hugs!

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  3. Julia, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and health.

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  4. We'll be thinking about you here in KS.

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  5. Will be praying for you and your family as well as that little guy - keep us posted - it is true, sometimes life is not always as we planned. I think that is my story...this is my meditation this week:
    Many are the plans in a man's heart, but the Lord's purpose prevails.
    Proverbs 19:21
    Stacey

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  6. Julia, you know I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers! Take Care!

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  7. I have enjoyed your blog. I am sorry to hear you are faced with health challenges with your new baby. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

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  8. All good thoughts. Grow baby grow!

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  9. Awww...poor little guy...well, it's really great that you have carried him this long and his lungs have had time to develop. I work in a NICU and it is just amazing what the cardiologists, neonatologist, etc. can do to help babies with issues such as your baby has. It's great too, that you sound peaceful about the prognosis.

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  10. Oh Julia, I'll be praying for you & your little one. I'll also pray for wisdom for the doctors so they can figure out the best course of action for your situation for the safety of you both!

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  11. Prayers and positive thoughts are being sent your way. Whatever happens, this little boy is so blessed to be born into a family of such faith and love!

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  12. I'm thinking of you and prayer for your whole family. Sending positive thoughts your way. x

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  13. Julia, thinking of you and your family. I know things will turn out ok. Keep us posted!

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  14. Oh Julia, the worst part is right now, before you know for sure what is going on. I'll be praying for you.

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  15. Prayers to you and your little one from Pittsburgh, PA.

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  16. The wonders of modern care are not only finding all that info out early, but being able to do something about it. Keep strong, someone's mighty hand is guiding you.

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  17. Julia, your family are in my hearts and prayers. Your strength through this is a wonderful example of how faith can guide us through some of the scariest times in our lives. I have learned that the most difficult things we experience, can truly, in time refine us and help us to find more joy and peace in this time we have here with our families. So grateful you have excellent medical care. All will be well.

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  18. Most certainly all of you will be in my heart and in my prayers. Our little grandson was born in circumstances very similar to yours. Our beautiful little Ladd just turned three and is healthy, happy and developing perfectly in every way. Medical care, prayers and priesthood blessings are all on your side. May you feel Heavenly Father's peace in your hearts.

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  19. Julia, I know all about things not going as planned. I have faith that you and your family will have the strength to face whatever comes your way. In the mean time, you all will be in my prayers. In my experience, sometimes little babies can bring the greatest messages of faith and strength.

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  20. Praying for your little guy & the entire family. Praying for peace during the "waiting" part because that maybe the hardest part. Hugs to you.

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  21. It sounds like you and your husband are very strong and faithful people. Right there is half the battle:) Good thoughts coming your way, and hang in there.

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  22. Julia, You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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