Friday, April 29, 2011

Quick update

We are incredibly thankful to Jesus for the gift of our brothers and sisters who are praying for us. We are humbled by the help offered and the help thats been tangibly given.

My water broke on Wednesday morning. Thankfully I was in Labor and Delivery when it all happened (a story for a whole 'nother post). Here's an update on what's going on and how you can pray for us.

I'm on bedrest. I can only walk to the bathroom. I try to make the most of those 10 steps. (and I apologize in advance for my wordiness—I'm getting kinda bored). From what we have been told we are at a favorable stage for my water to have broken. 34 weeks is like the golden week. At this point keeping the baby inside becomes a greater risk than having a premature baby. I was 33 weeks and 3 days when my water broke, so it puts me close this delivery point.

They wouldn't stop labor if I were to go into labor right now, but they would like to see me get to 34 weeks, which is Sunday. So Sunday morning they will induce labor.

We had an ultrasound yesterday morning. The baby looked great (even smiled at us) and had some hair (isn't it amazing they can recognize that?) The baby also had a little fluid around, so that's a good thing. They estimated the baby's weight at 4 lbs 11 oz. Of course they can be off, but that is still a pretty good projected weight. And yes, we are still not telling what the gender is...

Praying for the baby:

to not have any infections before going into labor or after I deliver.
to have incredibly mature lungs. A main issue is how strong the lungs will be once the baby is breathing on her/his own.
to pick up eating quickly and to be able to gain and maintain his/her weight.
to be able to keep her/his body heat up.

Praying for Me:

Pray for rest. I've been pretty restless at night (due to some medicines) and haven't been able to get much sleep.
(semi) Fast and easy delivery
no complications with baby or me

Praying for Jon:

He is towards the end of his semester. Pray for grace to finish well.
Pray for him as he balances work in the midst of this.
Pray for him to get rest as his ancey wife bangs around the room.

Praying for our souls:

Pray that we would trust more in the person of Christ then in how well we can articulate the relationship between God's sovereignty and goodness.
Pray for us to believe the immeasurable riches of God's grace to us in Christ Jesus. We know we don't deserve any of the good gifts God has given, and (in unbelief) we feel we are capping out God's grace and mercy to us with 2 healthy children and our own health.
Pray for us to continue to trust God with our little premie in the weeks after her/his birth
Pray for us to know that our faith is secured on the rock-solid foundation Who won't be shaken.
Pray for wisdom in how to balance life with 2 young children at home and a newborn who is expected to stay anywhere from 2-6 weeks in the hospital.

My mom was able to get a flight and arrive in Minneapolis at 4 pm on Wednesday. So she has the girls while Jon and I are camping out here. She's been a great help. At this point, I'm not sure about details of other help. Thanks so much for all the offers. I'll keep you all posted.

We're deeply grateful.


Kevin Schaub said...

Definitely praying for you guys at FBC Durham! Miss y'all.


Joy said...

praying for you dear! I was hoping you, Audrey, and I were all going to deliver the same day- looks like you beat us to it! You'll just have to give us all the fun details on what it is like to hold a newborn again. Hope everything goes well!

Stacie Hebner said...

Sending you many hugs and prayers Melissa! My second, Caleb, was born at 34 weeks. He is now almost 4 and you would never tell he was premie! He did have undeveloped lungs and was in NICU for 10 days but he did fantastic when he got out. My prayers will continue for you throughout the next couple of weeks which I know may be challenging for you and your family. Keep your spirit high and lay all your worries in HIS hands! We love you guys tremendously!!!

Jenna said...

I am praying for you. God has everything under is something we often forget. :) Praying for the sweet little one inside as well as the rest of your babies at home.

Much love,

Andrea said...

You've been on my mind. I was up praying for you and the baby at 3am last night. I'll keep praying for you! Keep me in the loop of how I can help.

David Mathis said...

Thank you for the update. Y'all have been in Megan's and my prayers since Wednesday. 4 lbs, 11 oz sounds great! Our Cole was 4, 10 when he and Carson (5, 1) came at 35 weeks. We'll keep praying...

Amanda McAlpine said...

We are praying! So glad your mom is there to help you! That's great! You come to mind often this past week!

Unknown said...

Praying for you guys Melissa. Praise God for the progress thus far!!