Today is May 24th, just two days away from my estimated due date. That means I am 39 weeks, 5 days, pregnant.
Looking back on the journey Dave and I had through infertility, miscarriage, getting pregnant, and then learning our baby most likely was “incompatible with life” I can honestly say there were many moments when I didn’t think I’d ever be able to say “My baby is due in two days.”
And now all I can really say is, “God is so, so, so, so good!”
Many of you who follow this blog are also my “friends” on my personal Facebook page, but some of you are not, so I want to catch you up to speed on how our Super Girl is doing.
*Side note: I started calling her “Super Girl” since her daddy is kind of obsessed with superheroes, especially Super Man. For Christmas, Sophia’s Auntie Alice gave her a Superman onesie and cape, and I just thought it was appropriate to give her the name “Super Girl.” I think it also fits her considering all the obstacles she’s overcome and all of the sore ribs I have *
Yesterday I had an ultrasound and doctor’s appointment. I had hoped it would be my last before I deliver, but from what my doctor told me, I think I’ll be having one more. She said that Sophia doesn’t look ready to come out yet, mostly because I’m still carrying her relatively high and because I don’t have many labor symptoms yet. We have scheduled another appointment for next Thursday, if she’s not here by then, and at that appointment we will set a day for induction.
Ok, that was the not-so-great-news, but I have some really good news to share! Sophia’s weight increased again from our last week’s appointment, and she’s now weighing over 5 pounds. I know for most babies that sounds really small, but we’re just thankful we made it to that weight. The BEST news was that her head size finally increased! It had been measuring at 28 weeks for at least a month, and this week it measured over 30 weeks. Praise the Lord! I had asked on Facebook for all of our prayer warriors to pray specifically for her head size to increase and the Lord has answered all of our prayers. Unfortunately, 30 weeks is still 9 weeks behind the rest of her body, but any increase in size is an encouragement for us.
I wanted to list out the specific prayer requests that we are still seeking prayer for:
- Absolute and complete healing of her brain
- No genetic or chromosomal disorders (she was previously suspected to have Trisomy-13, although my current OBGYN doesn’t think this is the case)
- Healing of any facial abnormalities (we have seen a bilateral cleft lip in several 3-D ultrasounds, and the rest of her face has always been a little unclear but it seems very apparent that things don’t look “normal” like they should)
- No problems with her sight or hearing (I want my baby girl to be able to see my face and hear the voice that has spoken to, prayed for, and sung to her for so many months)
- That she will not require a long stay, or any stay at all, in the NICU (they do not allow parents to stay in there for long periods of time, and we hate the idea of our little girl being all alone for most of the beginning of her life)
- She will be able to breathe on her own, and that she will come out crying
- Simply, that she will LIVE!
For Sarah and Dave:
- Patience as we anticipate her arrival, and the ability to trust in God’s perfect timing
- Peace and calmness as I mentally prepare for Sophia’s labor and delivery
- The physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength to deliver Sophia naturally, with no pain medication or medical interventions (This is my #1 plan, but I have also told myself that I won’t feel like a failure if I need to get an epidural)
- That I would be able to heal quickly after the delivery, whether it be natural or via C-section
- That God would prepare our hearts and minds to be the best parents we can be to this very special little girl
For the doctors and nurses:
- That they would see Sophia as a precious life and would have compassion on her as they make medical decisions
- Wisdom as they decide on the best care for our little girl
- That they would be respectful of our birth plan and our wishes for her care (my doctor has already approved it and sent it to the nurses)
- That they would see God’s grace and mercy in the life of our child and be drawn to Him
Since we are in the final countdown before Sophia arrives I once again ask for you to share our story with as many faithful prayer warriors as you can. Please share this link, or print off our prayer request lists, pass them on to your church. We know that God can do great miracles and He loves for His people to come to Him asking for them, in prayer.
We will never know the full impact that our daughter’s life has had on this world already, but we consider it a privilege to have been chosen to be her parents. As Dave said in his last post, our perspective has changed from “pain” to “privilege” and we are humbled that God felt we would be the perfect parents for such a Super Girl.
Lastly, I once again want to thank those of you who have been praying for our family. Whether you’ve been praying for months, weeks, days, or you’re just reading this for the first time, we are thankful for you. May God continue to bless you!
Our next post will be when we can proudly introduce your to our daughter, Sophia. I can’t wait to show you all just what a miracle looks like!