Ultrasounds and Prayers

Fundraising efforts for St. Gianna’s Maternity Home raised more than $50,000! If you were one of the many who contributed, they very sincerely thank you! And I say “You’re awesome!”

So, as promised, ultrasound photos of our handsome Little Man. Maternity Shoot-11 Happy face, with his hand against his forehead.

Maternity Shoot-2-2Grumpy face (or as Mo would say, “He has angry eyebrows!”).

So, once again, we had an extra ultrasound. Remember last time with Lucia? This time isn’t anything quite so serious. Or at least, I don’t think it’s serious. The doctors are freaking out a little since I’ve had one baby with a fractured clavicle (Mo) and one baby who weighed-in over 9 lbs (guess who?). These two things, in combination, mean we’re at elevated risk of shoulder dystocia during delivery. In fact, I’m categorized as a “high risk pregnancy” this time round.

Yipee.

Keep in mind, this is after naturally birthing two babies without any intervention necessary for should dystocia. They say there’s just an increased risk…

However, to be safe and “as educated as possible” we did a fetal weight ultrasound a week ago, because the bigger the baby, the bigger the risk. So far, he’s measuring 5 lbs 12 oz (+/- 14oz). Pretty wide margin of error there, if I do say so myself. I have an appointment next week to chat with my midwife and an OB to see how his projected weight, 9 lbs 6 oz (+/- a whole bunch, because no one really knows…), should shape our birth plan.

I’m trusting in the phrase “proven hips” which means just what you think it does. I’ve already birthed a 10 pound baby. Pretty sure I can do it again.

However, all this talk about some impending horrible birth is starting to get to me.

I know I can do it.

I know I can.

I know Andy believes I can do it too.

I also need to know that the medical professionals that will be surrounding me, caring for me, and advising me also believe in me.

I don’t want to be induced early. I don’t want to hear suggestions of interventions when I finally make it to the hospital.

I just want to get there, do my thing, and bring a baby into this world. If he needs a little help during delivery, that’s why the OB and the nurse and all the other awesome medical professionals will be there. I trust them.

Hopefully they can trust me too.

That’s what I hope to convey (in a charitable, tactful manner) at my next appointment. Prayers are, as always, greatly appreciated.

Next up: Baby Boy Bump photo shoot. Thank you to the very talented Kaitlynn Marquis. Here’s a beautiful sneak peak: Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot-7

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7 Responses to Ultrasounds and Prayers

  1. roppofarm says:

    You are an amazing woman and you will bring that boy into the works the perfect way for you and him. God has it under control. 🙂

  2. Debby says:

    You are in my prayers for a safe and uneventful delivery and a lovely, healthy baby boy! You have a great attitude and lots of support.

  3. Jessie says:

    Praying for you every day and twice on Sundays!

  4. Frances Hohman says:

    Dear Caitlin, the pictures of your little boy are awsome. Thank you for sharing them with us.Please know that grandpa and I are keeping you and your precious little boy in our prayers. I am sure Mo and Lulu can hardly wait until Baby brother gets here.Our love and hugs to all of you. Grt. Gm. Frances and Grt. Gp. Bob

    Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:16:26 +0000 To: franceshohman@hotmail.com

  5. Margaret says:

    I echo all the goodness above. I know you know this, but sometimes I NEED to hear it and SAY it for myself.
    Jesus is going to be right in that delivery room with you all, just as He has been right with you, indwelling you all along.

    You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
    You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
    You saw me before I was born.

    He sees him this second and will be there at his birth – with all of you. All Psalm 139 is a tremendous comfort. And I’m praying so I can also be praising!

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