So sorry it has been so long between posts. Really, nothing much eventful has been happening (thank goodness!). I do have belly shots from the past two weeks, but they are on hubby’s phone and he hasn’t sent them to me yet *hint hint!* Tomorrow he is 25 weeks – if born now he would be a “micro-preemie” – but he would have a chance of survival outside of me! Scary and exciting all at once!
Squish has done a beautiful job showing us his VERY chubby cheeks at the last few “checks”, so he will definitely be the model for the Real Options fundraiser on Thursday night! This means they will be doing a 3D/4D ultrasound on him live on the big screen for donors to watch and understand how their money is being used! Today I went by and taught the staff at the center how to take the images they save from 3D/4D ultrasounds and burn them to a DVD for records and such. While there, I was able to burn my OWN to a DVD and take it home! Now some images can be a tad “freaky” … but here are some shots of his face. The “blowing kisses” one seems to be everyone’s favorite so far!
As if the images weren’t enough to take a new mommy and daddy’s breath away – I was able to work with them and figure out how to burn the video to a disk as well. Be still my heart, there is my baby boy sleeping soundly! Note:In the beginning they are trying to find him … then when they do, we can see he has one leg tucked under him and it holding one up in the air with his little hands wrapped around it. We have a yoga baby on our hands! *giggle*
That’s right – Squishy is going to be a model! Now before you start setting high expectations that he’ll be the cutest babby EVER born (not that we are denying that…), let me explain.
Real Options is a local pregnancy clinic here in our area. Real Options offers pregnancy tests followed by an ultrasound, free of charge, to expectant moms without insurance (Planned Parenthood charges for pregnancy tests and rarely provides ultrasounds). They then provide the women with ALL of their options – birth, abortion, adoption or keeping their child. It is a Christian based organization, but their focus is to support the women and make sure they have all of the medical facts before making their final decision, and offer support no matter the decision. If the moms choose to give birth, Real Options provides them with the care they need through their pregnancy and afterwards. This includes prenatal vitamins, check-ups, referrals to doctors in the area, clinics, etc. If they choose abortion, they offer follow up counseling and support groups if they find they need that (though Real Options does not perform any abortions).
Every year, Real Options does a fundraiser for new equipment and funding for their facilities. To show the amazing impact of ultrasounds, they perform a live ultrasound on the big screens in the banquet hall. Well, our very own Squishy has been selected to be their “model” for the fundraiser. Well… if he’ll behave. You see, we have to go in every 2 weeks to take a quick ultrasound “peek” to see where he likes to “hang out” and if he’s in a good position for a view of his face. Apparently donors REALLY like to see the baby’s face. Our son it a little camera shy (did NOT get that from either of us!) – every time we have peeked at him, he is curled up, face down, butt up in the air. How he maneuvers such powerful kicks from that position is beyond me! The ultrasound tech tried to nudge him a little wiht the probe to see how cooperative he was to moving for us. He kicked the probe. *shakes head* Then they tried to get a view from another angle, to see if they could catch his face, and he threw his hands in front of his face and shook it away from the probe. I think he gets the stubborness from me … *sheepish grin*
So we have two more checks to see if he’ll cooperate, or if they will need to find a different baby… but we did get to keep a few shots!
Here are a few shots from the ultrasound we had before the gender reveal…
We we absolutely LOVE about the second photo (other than the solidly developing spine and brain) is how baby boy is sleeping. See how his knees are under him with his butt up in the air? This is EXACTLY how Tara slept as a baby! We’re trying to find some photos of it in her mom’s collection. Tara’s dad nicknamed her “pumpkin” because of how she curled up in her crib like this, with her thumb in her mouth. And guess what … he’s a thumbsucker too *smile* Just like mommy!
If you all could please keep Tara in your prayers – she has been experiencing severe back pain for the past few months that has consistently gotten worse. She can’t sleep through the night without waking up 3-4x a night, holding her breath in pain. Sitting or walking for any length of time also causes her to be in a lot of pain. And with all this pain comes exhaustion. With the pairing of exhaustion and pain, it seems her “attacks” have returned with a vengeance, as all of it is stressing her body. Our Primary Physician (who specializes in sports medicine as well) was concerned by this, so Tara went in for an exam. He found that her pelvis it tilted in one direction, and her “hypermobile joints” (a condition she’s treated for regularly) are being particularly stressed by the “growth” the pregnancy has brought on. He sent her back to physical therapy (3rd time in the past year). Tara met with the Physical Therapist this morning and he is extremely concerned about her overall condition. The stress on the back is extensive, as she already has a weak back and pregnancy causes ligaments to relax. He also noted some neuropathy (nerve damage) on the left side. She begins therapy next week, starting at 2x a week and possibly going up to 4 as they investigate the damage and pain more. Prayers for healing and knowledge for the therapist in how to proceed are GREATLY appreciated – pregnancy makes anytime of physical therapy very difficult and we have to proceed with a lot of caution.
My parents were in town for the holiday, so we wanted to let them “meet” their latest grandchild today via ultrasound (since we’d never really had a first one but for a quick picture at 7weeks). And boy did we get a show! “Squishy” was flipping, hiding, waving and even got the hiccups. I can’t lie, in between giggling at the images up on the screen, I was so emotional. It’s really happening, it is REALLY our turn to welcome our own little one into the world. We have waited, cried, prayed and had our hearts broken so many times. The same bible verse kept running through my mind…
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. – 1 Samuel 1:27 (NIV)
Here are the pictures and video of our blessing. You can click the images to see/save a larger version!
Video coming soon …
Praying you have a wonderful 4th of July celebrating! We have so much to celebrate this year …
Today we went to see my OBGYN for the first time. The first thing she said when she walked through the door was “WOW! What a surprise!!!!” She was the one who had referred us out when she couldn’t help us anymore. And boy was she surprised to find out prayer, and not infertility treatments, had gotten us to this day. A quick check showed that yes indeed, there was a baby! This was also verified by the 4th pregnancy test I had taken this morning… I didn’t want to waste anyones time if it all wasn’t real!
Since there wasn’t an ultrasound tech on duty yet that morning, my doctor did the first quick ultrasound herself.
We lovingly refer to him or her as “Squishy”. And we can’t stop staring at this image!!!