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We found out at our 20 week ultrasound that our baby boy would be born with a cleft. This is his story.

Monday, May 9, 2011

37 weeks

I had a doctor's appt today, and it was like the best doctor appt ever!!! I'm not even sure exactly why, because nothing has changed with our baby, but I just left feeling so happy and positive. It feels good to feel that way!

I first met with my doctor and he said, "By the looks of your last ultrasound, your due date is June 5th." "Oh, heck no!" I told him. My due date is May 25th! He laughed at my reaction and told me he wasn't changing my due date, but that's just what I was measuring at. Phew! I almost freaked out for a moment:)

My doctor was worried because I was only measuring at 33-34 weeks. How could that be? I am definitely bigger now than I was at 34 weeks! But he wanted to do an ultrasound just to be sure the baby was growing okay. I love ultrasounds and getting to see my cute baby!! But they always make me a little nervous, too. I'm scared of what they might find.

Kathy, my favorite ultrasound tech, had an opening in her schedule so I was able to get right in. The ultrasound was awesome! The baby is measuring great, still on the small side but nothing to be worried about. His kidneys are still dilated, but what else is new? She assured me that, most likely, his kidneys will end up not being a big deal at all. Hydronephrosis in utero is the most common anomoly found on ultrasounds, and half of the cases end up resolving on their own after birth. Of the remaining half, 64 % are caused by a blockage of some kind, which is easily repaired. I can handle those odds. We got a couple more ADORABLE pictures of his little face!! From the pictures, his cleft looks really small, which is great! Kathy said that since January, she has found 7 cleft lips on ultrasounds!! 7!! In one office! What in the world is in Logan's water?! She also said that my baby's was the most minor cleft she's seen out of them all. That made me very grateful. We spent a few minutes just watching my baby move all over. He LOVES to move, and does it all the time. I love being able to see him move and feel him at the same time. Kathy said, "This is one happy baby!"

My doctor came in after the ultrasound to check on how things went. Kathy told him that my baby looked fantastic! My doctor was thrilled about his growth and everything else. For the first time in awhile, I left the office feeling good about things. The doctor was happy, the ultrasound tech was happy, I was happy. I love when they have positive things to say and are happy with how my baby is doing. This appt was just what I needed to get me through the next few weeks. My baby is healthy! And he is adorable! Everything is going to be okay.

(Sorry, these pics aren't the best. They're just pictures of the pictures, since I'm too lazy to scan them)

*Cute little nose!!*

*I LOVE this squinty face picture!! And his cute little hand by his face!*

My day got even better. My father in law called me and asked me if I had a breast pump. We both kind of laughed, because that's a weird thing to talk to your father in law about:) There is a wonderful woman that he works with who has always given us hand me downs for our toddler- and they are stinkin' cute clothes! We've just loved her and how willing she is to just give us her stuff.

Anyway, my father in law was talking to her about our baby's situation. Her youngest baby was born with a lot of problems and ended up being in the NICU for awhile. I got on the phone with her and she asked me if I had a nice electric breast pump. I don't; mine is just a little handheld one. She said, "You're going to need a hospital grade electric pump for this baby, since you won't be able to nurse. I have one that you can have." Tears came to my eyes (again! I'm always so teary lately!).

I have been doing research and talking to my doctor about what kind of pump I'll need with this baby. Some insurances will pay for you to rent a pump if your baby has special needs, but my doctor said my insurance company is kind of hard to work with. I have been stressing about it for awhile now, wondering what we'd have to do. Without the help of insurance, it can be pretty expensive to rent a pump.

And then all of the sudden, another blessing is given to us. I couldn't believe it! I told her that I know how expensive they are and that I would love to pay for it. She replied, "No, I've had a NICU baby and I know all about hospital bills. You don't need one other thing to worry about. It's already paid for so I'm not worried about it. Just use it to take care of your baby." I thanked her about a million times.

In Sunday School, we were reading about miracles. There was a man who was blind from birth. "And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." (John 9:2-3)

I am absolutely amazed how much we have seen the works of God already in this situation. I know He is watching over us and blessing us.

1 comment:

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

I'm so glad your appointment went so well! The pictures look great, his cleft looks a lot like Charlie's did on his ultrasounds.

That is so crazy about the number of clefts in one office. It really might be the water! ;)