31 Weeks! An update on “London Baby”

1604829_10152509795054449_4036158946924709726_nWe are getting so close to finally meeting our little baby #3! We just passed the 31 week mark and we are counting down the days until we bring this baby home in our arms!

Yesterday we had an eventful day of follow up appointments at our specialist’s office. After our car broke down 2 hours in to the 2.5 hour drive, Adam and I found ourselves scrambling to try to make it to the office! I must have looked like a site waddling down a busy interstate with my big belly and purse in tow. An off duty police officer stopped, alarmed to see us walking in such a dangerous part of the city. He gave us a ride to a metro-link station, where we attempted to navigate our way around a large city’s mass transit system (we are not city folk :-) ). Although slightly sweaty and flustered, we amazingly walked in 2 minutes before our appointment time. Thank goodness we had budgeted an extra hour!

A repeat ultrasound showed that our little one is now in the 35 percentile for growth! This was wonderful news after the last scan put him/her in the 13 percentile, very close to the 10% cutoff where extra tests are ordered. According to their estimation, baby now weighs approximately 3 lbs, 10 oz. Yeah!

As for the appearance of the two kidneys, nothing much has changed. No healthy right kidney could be seen, but rather a cystic, tubular structure lower in the pelvis than a normal kidney would be. The doctor’s are calling it a dysplastic kidney (kidney that did not form correctly). The left kidney looks very good, with still a slight dilation (possible backflow of urine or mild hydronephrosis). My amniotic fluid levels are very good, which shows that there is still adequate kidney function.

Overall, we are relieved and thankful. The kidney function is remaining stable, and the left kidney looks very good.

We also met with a pediatric care coordinator who was able to answer more of our questions, and explain what the baby’s care will be like after birth. As of now, the pediatric urologist believes that a normal delivery plan will be fine, with follow up a couple weeks after the baby is born. The overall outlook  is very good, and for that we are truly thankful.

We ask for your continued prayers over this much loved little one. We know that nothing is too difficult for God. He has a plan for this child’s life and He will bring it about. We are still believing for a miracle, with no health problems for this child. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.

On another note, we also just got back from a refreshing trip to the Smoky Mountains with my family. It was nice to get away and enjoy some family relaxation time. Here are a few pictures…

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Recently my dad was praying over the baby, and accidentally had the voice to text on his phone turned on. If you have ever used this feature, you know how inaccurate the dictation is! We are not sure what my dad was actually saying, but after everyone in the family received a hilarious text message praying for “London Baby,” the nickname stuck! So for now, until we reveal the baby’s actual name at birth, this little one is affectionately called “London Baby.” :-)

Thanks again for your prayers.

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An Update and a Prayer Request for Baby

Wow, it’s been a long time since I have posted!

The last month has been interesting, busy, and challenging. The reality of a new baby coming soon has finally set in. I have been relishing the punches, kicks, and rolls of this little one. I have also been praying, standing, believing, and persevering through some not so good news.

I have hesitated to write about this, not wanting to create drama or give voice to needless fear and worry. It has also just been easier to share concerns with a very few close people and not have to answer lots of questions. But Adam and I would like to share some information now since we have a wonderful network of friends and family to be praying with us.

At our 22 week ultrasound, our doctor found what appeared to be a slight concern with our baby’s right kidney. Everything else appeared normal and healthy. We were told they would follow up in a few weeks, and if there was still concern, we would see a specialist in a larger city a couple hours away. At 26 weeks, the problem was still there, so for better clarity of the situation, we were referred to a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor (Specialist/High Risk OB).

Yesterday, we had our initial appointments. We have been praying for a good report and we found out we still need more prayer.

In simple terms, it appears the right kidney has either not formed properly or is not really existent. The doctors were unable to determine for sure what was going on with the kidney due to possible blockages or enlargement of certain parts of the renal system.

The left kidney appears structurally sound, but there is a slight enlargement of the drainage duct. This is not necessarily a problem, but needs to be watched closely.

My amniotic fluid level is normal, which indicates there is adequate kidney function. YEAH! (One kidney can do the work of two.)

The general conclusion of the doctors right now is that the left kidney is functioning well, while the right kidney may have no function or little function.

We will be following up with this specialty clinic to watch how our baby grows and look for any changes. We will also will be talking with a pediatric urologist who will monitor our progress, look at the findings and help determine a treatment plan for after the baby is born. We are still waiting to see what everything looks like as the baby continues to grow.

Obviously, we are upset. This pregnancy has already been incredibly stretching and stressful. Not knowing exactly what is going on is troubling. Yet we are hopeful in God, knowing He will sustain us and our baby. He is faithful. We are also thankful for an overall prognosis that this little one will be alright.

We are asking for these specific prayers right now:

- A Miracle! (Two healthy kidneys)

- Improvements to be seen as the baby grows

- Peace for Adam and I as we walk through this time

 

Thank you all for your care and support!

On a lighter note, having continual ultrasounds has offered us the chance to see our baby often. He/She is super cute and loves putting their hands over their face! We even got to see an adorable little yawn yesterday. We can’t wait to finally meet this little one in just a little while!

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One of my favorites!

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22 Weeks! A Pregnancy Update

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Lessons From a 2-Year-Old on Life & Death

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A BIG Milestone – 16 Weeks and Baby is Alive!

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15 Weeks 2 Days – Time for Maternity Clothes!

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Our First Ultrasound – Baby #3

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Our first ultrasound with baby number #3 was on January 28 at nine weeks. I wrote this post later that same day. Here is a look back from 4 weeks ago… Today was our first ultrasound with baby number three. I have been feeling anxious about today since the moment I found out I was [...]

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Special Announcement: Our Family is Growing!

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