Children *are* a Blessing…

Written by Scott

Topics: Faith, Family, Social Media

This post isn’t about the baby…at least not directly.

This post is about the oldest.

A few days ago I was looking at something from her Instagram posts, and saw the ultrasound pic, then read the below [and sorry that the WordPress embedding feature doesn’t show the lines between paragraphs…]. And I almost started tearing up right there in front of her.

Why? Because she gets it. She understands the situation, she understands the possible outcomes, and she understands that we believe that this baby is for us, and we are for this baby, regardless of the outcome. And her words are beautiful to me.

But even more than that, that she empathizes….that she sees that this is a stress on us, and that she cares enough to ask other people to pray for us and the baby. And that is a huge blessing.

{and because we’ve been jokingly throwing around some German lately: sie ist gut.}

 

This is a picture of my unborn baby sibling. My mom is currently 20 weeks pregnant. She’s of “advanced maternal age”, meaning there’s more risk for defects and the like. At the 20 week ultrasound this last Tuesday, the midwife took a few more pictures than normal. My parents seemed a little suspicious of this alone, but the next day, the midwife called and said they wanted them to come back to take more pictures with a more advanced ultrasound. Today, they found that the baby’s brain is too large in some places and too small in others and at least one but possibly both of its feet are clubbed. The clubbed feet can be fixed over the first few years with various casts and braces, but the brain could be an issue. It could be such a minor problem that you wouldn’t even be able to tell that something was wrong, or it could mean that the baby could die before or right after birth. additionally, they thought they had seen a possible hole in the baby’s heart, but it was only in one frame and they couldn’t find it again. They drew some of my mom’s blood to test the baby’s DNA and chromosomes and we’ll have results in 7-10 days. There will be a lot more ultrasounds in the future, too, to keep tabs on what’s happening. All this also means that there’s a possibility the (possible c-section) birth will have to take place with specialists in Seattle (an hour away). At this point we really don’t know what to expect – it could be something so minor that you would never know anything was wrong, or it could mean the baby dies before it’s born. Prayer requests for my family, especially my mom and dad, and for the baby would be very much appreciated, especially over these next few weeks as we learn more about what’s going on. It’s definitely a stressful and scary situation, especially for my parents. We know it’s in God’s hands. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

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