This week has again been busy with appointments for mom and baby. Although I was extremely anxious about seeing my own OB for the first time since my ultrasound he was incredibly kind and took extra time to talk through my many questions. Then, today we headed back to the maternal fetal medicine specialist for an ultrasound recheck and consultation.
To this point our top prayer requests (as shared early in June) are : the fluid in Gabe's brain will remain stable and/or decrease, he will grow strong until it is safe for his delivery and surgery, and his paralysis will be limited or non-existent.
The doctor's message for me today was "be encouraged," as ultrasound pictures showed the size of Gabe's brain has almost doubled in the last 4 weeks, the fluid level in his ventricles has only increased from about 10 mm to 12 mm. That means, in proportion to his head size the fluid levels are less significant. We are certainly praising God for this answer to our prayers - to your prayers. It works. He works!
We ask that you continue to keep this request in your thoughts in the weeks to come. We are also going to pray very specifically from this point on that Gabe will overcome the statistics and have full kidney, bladder, and bowel function upon delivery. In addition, we will have a test in about four weeks to determine whether or not Trisomy 18 is present. We pray for the peace not to borrow trouble by worrying about that diagnosis until we know for sure.
As a personal request, we are also praying for wisdom about the decisions we make for Gavin and Anne Hope's schooling in the fall as Gabe will likely arrive just about the time school begins making the logistics a bit tricky.
In my plea to encourage you all to continue storming heaven for Gabe, I'd also like to introduce you to a couple other babies who have also been in my personal prayers.
Lewis - In his 3rd week of life, he has been working diligently on growing and healing. Today was a big day for him and his parents as they anticipated a possible shunt re-adjustment surgery.
Brooklyn - Her dear momma, who has become a friend and encouragement, was one of the first answers to my many prayer requests after our diagnosis. Brooklyn is expected to arrive in less than a month and is continually in my thoughts and prayers as well.
For Gabe, for our friends, for all of us - we continue to hold to the truth in Luke 1:37, "For nothing is impossible with God."