Thursday, February 22, 2007

Update on Baby

After our visit with the midwife yesterday the news was about the same. The good news is baby is growing, but the bad news is his little belly is still in the 6th percentile. We need to get it to the 10th at minimum. I have to continue my non-stress tests, ultrasound follow-ups and OB consult. This may or may not hinder us in having a home birth. It all depends on whether or not the OB feels baby is doing well. If so, home birth should be fine, but if not they will need to induce me to get baby out and get him nourished from the outside by me. The other good news is there are no long-term negative effects on the baby from having this growth problem in-utero.

Please continue with the prayers.

Monday, February 19, 2007

A Test of our Faith

Well, God is putting our faith to the test right now. The day I came home from my first non-stress test for baby (which he passed with flying colours) , I found out our little foster baby had been found a new home. First of all, we're going to miss this little one terribly. He's been with us since he was 9days old and is now 6mos. He's been a joy and a blessing for our entire family. Secondly, we didn't anticipate the placement happening so quickly as it is very hard to find baby homes. Thirdly, we are now out of a job, which we had hoped to hold until May 15th, 2007.

I know this is God's timing for us with the news of our little baby not yet born, as well as that fact our foster baby has been placed into a native-approved Christian home, which is what we had been praying for. We just need to trust God's provision for us at this time and know He has gotten us this far in our finances and will see our calling to missions through to the end. Prayers of support are greatly appreciated at this time, especially as I am to be resting to fatten our little one up. This added financial stress does not make for good rest. Please pray for God's peace for our whole family.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Interpretation of One is Not Neccessarily the Same as that of Another

Yesterday late afternoon we got a call from the midwife about our ultrasound and her prognosis was not as optimistic as the tech who did the ultrasound. She is concerned about the size of baby's abdominal cavity compared to his head and so now I'm lined up with close observation at BC Women's going through ultrasound scans, non-stress tests and even an OB consult. I have also been ordered to SLOW DOWN!! We are making the best of this stressful situation. The baby is moving about very well and I would consider him to be very active. Maybe he keeps on burning off his dinners?? Anyway, we now are trying to line up help around the house and we are asking all those willing to just pray for the growth of our little one. The worst case scenario is they will need to deliver baby early if he is not 'thriving' in utero. Best case is they realize there's been an error with technology, baby is growing well and everything can go back to normal. We are praying to have a home birth, but if baby needs greater intervention I have peace to have this little one at the hospital.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Hi Baby!!

This morning was hectic, getting a two year old, six month old, husband and myself out the door by 7:30am to make it to our ultrasound appointment. We made it just in the nick of time and got set-up shortly after arrival at St. Paul's Hospital. The technician we had was very nice and used a doula with the birth of his daughter 19mos ago. He seemed quite intrigued with what we were doing too with our move to the Philippines. Anyway, we looked at baby, saw the child was definitely a "he" and also found out he is perfectly healthy, proportionate and petite. The amniotic levels were good and all was well as far as he was concerned. They figured baby was roughly 3lbs 10oz at this stage with a margin of error of 8oz either end. It was a huge relief to know things were fine and I wouldn't have to go on bed rest.

Thank you Lord!!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Baby Whatchya Doin'?

Today I had my 33wk midwifery appointment and our little one is measuring small for dates. This didn't help my stress levels with all we have on the go. This now means another ultrasound on Friday morning to see what's going on. It is possible the baby could be lying more sideways, than up and down (even though his head is down), but we'll need to wait and see. Prayers at this time would be helpful. IF baby is small for dates, then that means I'll have to go on bed rest, which should be interesting with a two year old and a 6month old on my hands, as well as everything else. We'll wait and see. I'll let you all know what happens on Friday after the ultrasound.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Missionary Letters are On Their Way!!

HOORAY!! The HUGE job of putting together our first missionary letter is finally finished. We got them out in the mail today (all 180) and it felt soooo good. We'll trust God's hand on our calling and we look forward to seeing what comes of them:). Lots of work to do still so I gotta go.

Friday, February 02, 2007

God's Provision is Raining upon us

This has been a fabulous few days since our last post. We sold quite a bit of our baby stuff we had for sale and now we've been able to pick up the Phil and Ted's stroller. Perfect for our ever growing family and compact enough to take on the plane to the Philippines!! We're so pleased. I've wanted this stroller for about 2yrs. We still have more to get rid of, but it's happening. We also sold a beautiful bed a friend donated to us in less than 24hrs after posting it on Craigslist at exactly the asking price we wanted. We now have enough money to get our mailouts sent in the next few days. PRAISE GOD!! It feels like every day we're getting closer and closer to where we need to be. We're just praying now our February 14th benefit dinner will fill up. If not, then we'll trust God has something else up His sleeve for us. He has come through every time so far.