Monday, September 24, 2012

11 Weeks and 4 Days

I had the longest OB appointment ever.....and had the opportunity to pray for two different ladies while I was there!  Got to the office at 8:25am.  Saw the insurance lady at 8:30am, then the OB nurse who went over all the things not to eat, do or think about when you are pregnant...then had blood drawn, and then it was about 9:45am.  At that point I waited over an hour just to see the doctor, but while I was waiting, I overheard another patient greet a nurse and ask how the "babies" were doing (she was apparently pregnant with twins).  She responded that her water had broken at 22 weeks and she had lost one of the babies.  Oh how my heart broke for her.  I just prayed for her silently in my heart, because the nurse said she was so sorry, but "at least she still had one baby left".... yeah, that doesn't take away the pain of losing the first baby.  The patient handled it graciously, and I never saw her again....she was taken back for her appointment. 

So finally I get in to see the doctor and he explains that he had an ectopic pregnancy first thing in the morning, and that set him back at least 30 minutes, so everything was running late.  My second person to pray for!  I instantly remembered when they told me about my ectopic pregnancy; my very first pregnancy loss...and how numbing it was to think that I had a perfectly fine baby, growing in the wrong spot, that they would have to remove.  I felt so bad for the mother-to-be who lost her baby this morning. :( 

After my checkup I had opted to do all the diagnostic testing which includes blood work and ultrasound- nothing invasive.  Prior to Mary Grace I had never performed any of these tests with the mindset that "I wouldn't abort if something was wrong with my baby".....of course that statement is still true today, but now the difference is...that I want to know if something is wrong with my baby, if I need to start preparing for life with or without a baby that may have special needs.

So by the time that everything was done, it was 12:15pm!  I wish I had brought a snack!  I was starving.  The great news is that baby is measuring a day ahead (11wks 5days)!  The ultrasound looking at the nuchal fold was within normal range, and baby was alive and moving all around!  Heartbeat of 161!  Thank you God for a squirming, live baby on the screen!!!  I had of course prepared myself for the fact that things may not go well at this appointment.....just due to past experience.  So it's such a big relief (and almost a shock!) when things go right!

Thank you Jesus!


Neen said...

My heart is breaking for all those ladies you heard about today. I will pray for them as I know the loss and the pain of never meeting your little one. The mother with twins hits me the most as my latest is twins. I will think of her when I struggle feeding both in the early morning. God Bless you with your wonderful news.

Hebrews 11:1 said...

Glad it went well, I will pray for those other two women also.

Kandice said...

I really do believe that God puts us through things so we will have the heart for others going through the same thing. Not many people in this world would think to stop and pray for complete strangers, but I have done this many times just as you did today. The 11wk appointment is always the scariest for me. I'm so thankful it went great!

StumblingServant said...

It brings me so much joy to know your little one is growing and healthy thus far! :D Praise be to God! I'll be praying for those other women. I've never been through losing a child (though we were worried we could have early miscarriages due to my low progesterone - praise God our doctor is awesome and we knew to check as soon as we got pregnant, and it was SUPER low). I just cannot imagine losing one of twins. It must be hard to even know what to feel with so many mixed emotions and experiences, along with dealing with mourning the loss of one child while still getting through the exhausting newborn time period. God bless both of those women.

Tara said...

The thought crossed my mind when I saw you at co-op last that it would be wonderful to have another Holmes' baby in the world. I am thrilled that thought is a reality. Congratulations!