This isn't as much an update as just a sharing of my feelings at the moment.
I just canned 24 quarts of pears that I am hoping I will get to feed to my baby. I don't know how Nathan and I will eat all of them by ourselves so we need to share them with someone. I also have the baby room set up and am just waiting to have the bedding sewn so that the room is ready for a little one. I pray that this little one does not come early because it needs all the strength that it can get before going through all that it will have to. I have read everything that I can about omphaloceles and diaphramatic hernias on the Internet and have even met with a mother who has a beautiful little girl that has gone through and survived a diaphramatic hernia. So much that I have read about has shown hope, but I can not find any stories about babies that have both problems. This is discouraging because I want to read survival stories about babies just like my own.
Nathan and I have spent more time in prayer than we have ever done before. We go from begging God to heal our child to asking for acceptance to whatever His will is for our child. It is so difficult to not know the plans for one that is so loved.
This little one has been growing a lot lately, according to my doctor here in Winkler. When she measured me three weeks ago the baby seemed to be the size of one at 20 weeks (I was 26 weeks along). Last week she measured again and the baby seemed to be at 25 weeks. That is a huge blessing! The baby has begun moving around quite a bit. I feel it a lot in the mornings as I'm lying in bed and then again just before going to sleep at night. Those of you who are pregnant and are complaining about the moving don't understand how amazing that is. Enjoy every kick and punch because this is a sign of health!
There are a few things that I can tell you about the personality of our child. It is just as stubborn as it's Mommy and Daddy! Yes, those of you who know us know that this could lead to many struggles! Every time Nathan places his hand on my belly to feel a kick the baby stops moving and then kicks as soon as he takes his hand away. This baby is also giving the doctors a hard time when they want to see certain things during a ultrasound. I believe that this baby also doesn't like taco pizza because I had heartburn from it and that is the only time that I have ever had heartburn. Charissa, if you are reading this it's not because the pizza wasn't delicious! I hope to learn more as the days go by.
The following address is a song that I just received from a blog reader and would like to share it with the rest of you. Please listen to the words. They are amazing and express a lot of what I am feeling.
Thanks to all of you who are praying. I believe that God is listening and that He is using this baby's situation in many different ways for many different people. We love you all even if we don't know you by name!