Monday, October 27, 2008

The Kids Got To See the Baby on TV!

When I was 11 weeks pregnant they noticed abnormalities in my U/S. For more details on this, please scroll down to "PERFECT" to read about this in more detail. Since then we have been blessed to find out the Lord has given us a baby with Down's Syndrome. We truly believe this is a gift from God as each child is. We know God will use this child to grow us more like Him and to fill our lives with much joy. We know it will be a challenge for us,especially for me, as I am NOT an organized person but have been praying for this in my life. I believe God will use this child, Lord-willing, to help me in this area as it will be much different raising a child with Down's who likes organization and structure.

Dr. Moore said with a Down's baby I will not feel movement like a "normal" baby. I understand this but it is more difficult to "live" it. I am used to feeling my babies at 16 1/2 weeks and did not feel the baby for sure until last Wed. night after church. What a wonderful feeling it was to know my baby was alive in me! I am 21 weeks now so this was late for me.

Today we went for our ultrasound to see our "Little One" being knit in my womb by God. Our whole family went to see the baby on "tv". We watched closely as the lady, Michelle, measured and checked the baby. "E" picked up the parts easily and would get excited and say, " I see the......!"

I was relieved to hear the heartbeat. It was 159 beats per minute. The baby was moving all over. Arms bending, legs kicking, head turning to "see" what was poking into "Little One's" home.

Everything looked good. The heart had it's 4 chambers...something they didn't see last time. Brain measured fine. Kidneys working great, spine looks beautiful.

To diagnose a baby with Down's Syndrome, they have to have 3 out of 4 markers present to be sure. So far they have marked 2. The femur bone is short, and their is an extra layer on the neck. This is one of the most prominent features and markers. The other 2 are a short bridged nose and heart defects. They could not detect the nose today because "Little One" would keep turning away. We will go in January to a Pediatric Cardiologist to check the heart.

It was fun watching our child move around inside of me. The kids had fun playing with their youngest sibling. Michelle, the U/S lady, was great with them. At one point the baby was moving the arm and she told the kids their little " brother or sister" was waving at them. They really enjoyed this! She pointed out to them the 5 tiny toes, ribs, tummy, and more. At one point, the baby did a "thumbs up" sign with the hand. She told the kids the baby was showing them a "thumbs up that things are looking good". :)All in all, we had a good time seeing our baby from God. He has blessed us with the technology they have these days and the things they can see...all through sounds and vibration that are hidden to the human eye without this machine.

It brings to mind how we are as people......

On the outside we all look different. Some have black hair, some blonde. Different skin colors, weight, height, etc. We can portray ourselves how we want to. We can put on a "front" that we have it all together in life. We are good people. We help those in need, therefore we are nice and compassionate, we always seem calm, we may go to church so we must be going to heaven.

Christ sees our outward appearances but most importantly He sees our souls. The deepest part of us. He sees our sin. He sees the motives of why we help others, the anger that may dwell inside, our pride ( wanting to look good), our selfishness, impatience, evil thoughts, bitterness...... Just a little something to think about......when we notice these things in our lives, we should quickly seek Christ. Repent of our sins. Go to the Holy Bible. Meditate on the words of our God......just something to think about......

Well, we are ever so excited to have seen our "Little One". No, we did not find out the sex of the baby. We like to be surprised! I do have a poll on the side of my blog to see what others think we might have. If you have time, please vote. It will be exciting to see the outcome...and the winners!

We love you, our "Little One", we look forward to the day we can meet you! Thumbs up!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Go Gators!!!

Our family lives in La. but I was raised in Florida. Though I like the LSU Tigers, I will always be a Gator fan!
Love You Gators!Go Gators Go :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I've Been Tagged

Thanks Amy ( for tagging me and forcing me to think!

Here are the rules:
-Link the person who tagged you.
-Mention these rules on your blog.
-List 6 unspectacular things about you.
-Tag 6 other bloggers.

So, here are 6 unspectacular things about me you may not know:

1. I still have my first baby blanket given to me at birth...and I still use it! When we travel I use it as my "travel blanket" to keep me warm. After all these yrs. it is in pretty good shape still!

2. Something I would like to do is visit every state of our great nation...America.

3.My favorite books of the Bible are James, Psalms, and Leviticus.

4. I would love to "rough" camp down a river, spend the night on the banks, get up and continue down a river...doing this for about a week. I would only take the basics of food and water, sleeping bag, and my Bible.

5. I love insects as much as my kids and making tents with them is probably more fun for me than them.

6. My favorite # is 6. I like six ice cubes in my drink and will take out the 7th one when AJ tries to trick me. :) I eat in 6's and if I have more or less I will make it fit my number somehow. Strange but true.

The only other bloggers I know have been tagged already so I will pass on this one. Thanks Amy for sending me this, I had fun thinking of things!