Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Possible Twin

So, the really fantastic news is that the baby's heartbeat showed up on the ultrasound today! Monday there was nothing that we could see; and today, there is a little heart beating 103 beats per minute. The baby measures at 5 weeks, 5 days; and the estimated due date is October 23.

Meanwhile, if you travel a few inches to the left, there is what is possibly a second gestational sac in my ovary. They aren't totally sure what it is yet and will be closely monitoring the situation. My next ultrasound is Monday afternoon.

The chances of a heterotopic pregnancy (one in the uterus, one elsewhere) is 1 in 30,000, but my doctor says they are going to treat me as though I'm that one.

Prayer requests: 1. That whatever is currently in my ovary will not cause a problem and not require surgery. 2. That the little bit of hemorraging that showed up on the ultrasound will not be a problem.

I feel so blessed for all the prayers on my behalf and that of the baby's. Thank you.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spoke Too Soon...

The doctor's office called first thing this morning, wanting me in tomorrow morning for a second blood draw, second ultrasound, and a consult with my regular doctor. Apparently, they still haven't ruled out the possibility of an ectopic. If I understood what I was hearing, the hormone levels are too high for what they were seeing (or weren't seeing) on the ultrasound yesterday.

I'll post more news when I get it...

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Latest Baby News

Thank you, first of all, to everyone who has been praying for today's ultrasound.

The really fantastic news is that they were able to see the gestational sac right where it is supposed to be. The "iffy" news is that they weren't able to see the baby "pole" yet.

SOOO, they are running more tests to find out whether things are right on schedule and typical or if there is a problem. I had a blood test today and will be getting blood tests Wednesday, Friday, and next Tuesday. Then, I go in for another ultrasound and consultation next Thursday, 3/5.

Due to some spotting and discomfort, I'm supposed to keep my activity level low until then. Fine by me! :)

As difficult as my first ectopic pregnancy was, it was a blessing in disguise. The doctors are taking this pregnancy very seriously and doing all they can to rule out any problems. I highly doubt that I would be getting this much attention and care without the previous complications.

Thank you again for your prayers.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Spot the Differences



Good Friends

This post is a tribute to Emmett's good friend, Hannah. Emmett and Hannah have been friends since they started play group together back before they were 18 months old.

Their first play date at our house.

A good-bye hug.

Rollerskating last year.

Here they are a year ago playing at the Everett Mall before a special trip to "Dig It".

This was at the park sometime last year.

Here they are making Valentine candies together on February 11th.

A Good Quote

"I believe it would be much better for everyone if children were given their start in education at home. No one understands a child as well as his mother, and children are so different that they need individual training and study. A teacher with a room full of pupils cannot do this. At home, too, they are in their mother's care. She can keep them from learning immoral things from other children."
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Really!?! REALLY!?!


We are so excited that God is bringing a new member into our family. We feel so overwhelmed with gratefulness for His latest blessing to us! He has answered our prayers and it is hard to contain our joy!

My (Marsha) health may present some difficulty. The first hurdle is on February 23rd when I go in for an ultrasound to rule out an ectopic. As some of you may know, I had a previous ectopic before Emmett. My high blood pressure (which was a big problem during my pregnancy with Emmett), Thyroid auto-immune disease, and "advanced maternal age" (as the doctors put it), are the other main concerns.

Your prayers are very much appreciated.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Homeschooling His Way

If you get out your magnifying glass, you might be able to spot Emmett in this Jump Planet photo. Our homeschooling group is growing quite large, as you can see; and many of the children met at Jump Planet on Friday for over an hour of bouncy fun.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Getting Misty Eyed...

With both front teeth gone, he has reached another milestone. My boy is growing up!