May 6, 2015

Dear Baby--19 & 20 Weeks

I'm so thankful to have this blog as a way to connect with others. Sharing our journey with so many people who love us, our baby and keep us all in continual positive thoughts and prayers means more than words can ever articulate. Some of you have been following along with this blog from the beginning, almost four years ago when a heartbroken mom didn't know what else to do other than write. I'm so thankful that our beautiful baby is making me a mom again. We are 20 weeks today. I am in awe of each milestone we hit and I do not take one minute for granted. It's a miracle in the making. I have some prayer requests today, and if you would please lift us up with these prayers, we would appreciate it so much.

Prayer Requests:
*There was a note on a report from the 18 week ultrasound that placental calcification was present. A quick internet search scared me, so I stopped. Basically, placental calcification occurs when the placenta is aging. Finding this halfway through the pregnancy may indicate that it's aging prematurely. Our doctors are very thorough, and I'm thankful for that. Since it was noted on the report, and not pointed out to us otherwise, we are hoping and praying that it was only a tiny spot of calcification, and that it wasn't severe. We will hear from the doctor by the morning to know in more detail about what was found.
Please Pray:
That there is hardly any placental calcification.
That if there is, it will not progress or it will progress very slowly.
That our baby will continue to gain all oxygen and nutrients from A's placenta.
That our baby will not be in danger at any time, that the doctors will closely monitor A, our baby's movement and development.
That our baby will continue to grow and measure on track, by all parameters measured.
That God will keep our baby safe and that we will meet, bring home  and raise, our live, healthy baby.

Thank you. All we can do is trust, stay hopeful and pray. Please trust, stay hopeful and pray with us. Love you all.

"With God, all things are possible."

Where there is hope there is faith. Where there is faith, miracles. happen.



Dear Baby,

Hey, Darlin'. At 19 weeks you are the size of an heirloom tomato. Goodness, I love heirloom tomatoes. Anyhow, this week your brain is designating areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision and touch. Your kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on your scalp is sprouting! I wonder what color it will be. You are also developing regular sleep and awake patterns in the womb.

We heard this week that the placenta is no longer low lying! Great news. You are measuring right on track, baby G, and your heart rate was 140 bpm.

A is at the clinic still, and will likely stay for a while now. We're just so thankful for the doctors and team who care for you so much! It takes a village, my dear, and you are loved so so much.

Here's a little about what mommy and daddy have been up to this week:

First, I can't stay off Zulily. It's all too cute. Daddy was out of town this week and I sent him this message:


                                                               #cantstopwontstop


We have been spending LOTS of time in Central Park! Probably my favorite thing about living in NYC is living close to this beautiful park. I love walking through it every season, but this spring feels especially lovely in the park. Your big sisters (dog sisters, that is) l-o-v-e it.
 
 
 
first pair of booties from Nana
We watched the Kentucky Derby with our friends Lindsey and Misha and I made April's chicken and waffles appetizer before we left.

My little love bug, we are so proud of you. Keep growing big and strong and know that we all pray for you non-stop. You are our miracle and we love you, we love you, we love you so, dear baby.

Mommy and Daddy


 
Dear Baby,
 
You are 20 WEEKS! Ohh Ohh, half way there... OHHH OHHH! Living on a prayer! Sweet baby, this week you are the size of a banana, or a small cantaloupe, depending on who you ask. :) You weigh as much as a coconut!
 
You're swallowing more, which is good practice for your digestive system. You're also producing meconium. Your eyes, which have been sealed shut for weeks, may open this week. Or, they may stay shut for a bit longer. Your skin is covered and protected by a waxy coating called vernex caseos. Your hair, eyebrows and nails continue to sprout! At this point in the pregnancy it is very clear whether you are a sweet boy or girl, but we aren't finding out so we won't know for a while! For the record, I completely think you're a boy this week. I'm all over the map!
 
Mommy is feeling some nerves this week because I spotted a few words on the ultrasound report about placental calcification. I ran to google which is a BAD IDEA! Anyhow, you just need to know that you have a huge village praying for you, sweetheart, and that you're going to be fine. I trust in God that He is taking care of you and A and that He will usher you safely into our arms when the time is right. I pray that you stay inside of A for as long as possible and that you get all of the oxygen and nutrients you need to grow big and strong. So far, you've been doing just that. You keep it up, okay? We're so proud of you.
 
You're our miracle and we love you, we love you, we love you so, dear baby.
 
Mommy and Daddy

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