Sunday, April 17, 2011

never doubt the power of prayer!

So, we had my appointment on Tuesday for my glucose test & yet another, ultrasound. I had already come prepared with a list of questions for my ob about our next steps in actually setting a date for the c-section and various other questions about the actual process. Since I had to be there for an hour anyway before they could draw my blood, they went ahead and did the ultrasound first. The technician was pretty quiet at first and then said, "Well, this is odd. The baby's head is right there & I can't seem to see the placenta!" What!?! We were all shocked & amazed. The placenta had done exactly what it was supposed to do from the beginning, exactly what we weren't expecting at this point in the game. By the time we went back to see my doctor, Anthony & I were just both so giggly and ecstatic. Dr. Irvin came in very cheerful as usual, but we weren't aware that she hadn't seen the pictures yet. All of a sudden she looked at us with surprised eyes and said, "Oh my goodness! Are you serious!? This is amazing news!" She too could not believe that things had changed so drastically from my previous appointment. There are two forms of placenta previa; partial and complete. In most "partial" cases the placenta tends to move where it is supposed to be as the baby and uterus grow and things move around. In "complete previa" there is just so much less of a chance because everything is right on top of the placenta and it isn't able to move back up as easily. My family and so many others have been praying nonstop for both myself & the baby. We were sure things were going to turn out okay for my delivery, but I really hadn't thought there was even the slightest chance of things changing before. I am no longer in need of a c-section or at high risk for this pregnancy. I have never doubted it before, but this just re-strengthens my faith in the power of prayer even more. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who have been praying for me. I really didn't know how stressed out I was about the situation until after I found out things were okay. Whew... what a relief! We did find out one very minor something else during the ultrasound. The baby has a nuchal cord, which means the chord is around his/her neck. Although, this is very common (1 in 4 babies) and there is no reason for concern as it usually changes on its own before delivery. Thanks again! We were so excited to get to share this wonderful news! Love & Hugs!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Snapped With Love

Last weekend two of my greatest friends from college came for a little mini-visit. Missy (with her amazing assistant of a husband, Nathan) was shooting a wedding in Marble Falls on Saturday and thought it would be the perfect chance for an opportunity to swing by our place and take a few maternity pictures while she was here. Between both of us having kids & trying to run home businesses we have had little time for visits lately. We realized it had been well over 2 years since we had the chance to see each other. Missy hadn't yet met Tripp & Nathan hadn't had the chance to meet either him or Mackenzie. You never would have known that however, once they got here. All 3 kids were waiting at the front window of the house for about 30 minutes before they got here anticipating their arrival. As soon as they pulled up, they were greeted with hugs and smiles. Tripp was instantly attached to Missy as though they had been best friends since he was born. It was too sweet! All 3 kids were hanging on both Missy and Nathan, like the little monkeys they are, the entire time.
(see what I mean!)

After a little catching up, and finishing getting ready at the house, we headed to our school to do our little photo shoot. I am extremely blown away at what an amazing job Missy does with her photography. She is a true natural! I am so lucky to have a friend with such a special talent ask to take our pictures, because the kids are just so comfortable with her. So, enough of my rambling... here is a little sneak peak of some of the pics Missy sent me to hold me over until we get our CD, courtesy of Snapped With Love Photography, by Mellisa!

....and they were done!

Thank you Missy, so much!!! We had such a great time hanging out with the two of you and are so thankful for the lasting memories you have given us. Can't wait to see the rest! :)

a little pregnancy update

Things are moving along quite nicely with our little one. I hit my 29 week mark yesterday. Baby & mommy have both been doing wonderfully. There are a lot of changes going on at home right now. We are in the process of moving (more on that topic later), so as you can imagine things are a bit chaotic at the moment, causing more exhaustion than I am use to at this point of the game. Anthony & I found out at my 20 week appointment that I have a condition called placenta previa. As far as the effect it has on myself & the baby during pregnancy, it is really minimal. I just have to be sure to take it extra easy and not overexert myself for any reason and hopefully that will help me avoid any bed rest as the due date gets closer. The real factor comes in for delivery. If the placenta doesn't move before my 36 week appointment I will be scheduled for a c-section at 37 weeks. One exciting part is that we get to see the baby at every appointment (because I am required to have an ultrasound for monitoring the placenta & the baby.) We just have to be extra careful not to see the sex of the baby any time... no, we still aren't finding out for this one. My next appointment is this coming Tuesday. We will continue to keep everyone posted as things draw closer to our due date and we find out more information. Thank you so much for all your prayers. We are putting everything in God's hands & have faith that both the baby & myself will be happy & healthy after delivery! :)