Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Q&A

*****UPDATE: I am quite impressed by the guesses! I have one more thing to get done before his name is announced...I was hoping to do it yesterday but we ended up in Charleston for the baby's echo at the last minute. So, once I gather my resources tomorrow, I will make his name known!!!

That brings me to answering Danielle's question about the ultrasound last week and, now, echo yesterday...the ultrasound last week went very well! We have had so many already that we were pretty calm going into it and baby boy got some great news! Everything looked great from their standpoint and we don't go back until the 29th for a regular checkup!
On the otherhand, the echo that I thought was going to be later in the month ended up working out to be yesterday morning at 8:30 in Charleston. So, we were out the door by 5:30 yesterday (Wyatt still in his jammies) and in Charleston by 7:30 to dress Wyatt in the van and then drop off some Easter goodies to 7C (moderate care) before the appointment. The echo went very well and Baby L's heart checked out great! The cardiologist did notice a small effusion (fluid) around the heart that was a little more than normal so I return in about a month for a follow up echo. He expects this effusion to resolve by the time we return and didn't see any other heart issues that would lead to it worsening. Yes, this was a huge disappointment to us but we have turned it over to God in prayer and ask that you do the same with us. I really wanted an "all looks great" and "never have to see this one again" visit but I am glad that we took the extra step to have the echo done. Prayerfully, our next visit will be his last. Okay...off to bed but I promise to get the needed info tomorrow to announce this precious little miracle's chosen and very much given name!


ORIGINAL POST

I've been looking back over comments left on previous posts and noticed several questions that I have neglected to answer...until now! I thought I'd take a post and respond since each of you has been more than friends to our family and, personally, I think that your curiosity should be satisfied!

When is my due date?

Our newest little miracle is due on August 26th (I think...you know these things change by a day or two everytime I go to the doctor) BUT I am having a scheduled c-section on August 18th! We just set the date last week when I went in for my 20 week ultrasound which showed us a precious baby boy sucking away on his thumb and refusing to sit still! I informed him that "mommy will be replacing that thumb with a binky" as they are so much easier to cut off and keep clean! And for those of you wondering why the 18th...it's simple really. If everyone except Scott has a birthday ending on the 8th then it makes it a whole lot easier for him to keep straight! (I'm 6/8, Wyatt is 4/28, Annabelle is 1/28 & Baby will be 8/18)! See, it just makes sense! And there is very little chance that I will "go" early- I don't labor or dilate even with 26 hours of drugs as was the case with my firstborn! Looks like that answers several questions, huh?

Which scriptures do I find helpful in getting through the difficult times?

There are a lot! My favorite, by far, is the 11th chapter of Hebrews. Each verse throughout the chapter gives an example of amazing figures of faith that did even more amazing things for His purpose and not a single one of them received an earthly reward for the tremendous sacrifice that was made..."These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect" Hebrews 11:39-40

I am certainly no Abraham or Noah and I am definitely not Moses' parents, but I have faced adversity and had to make a choice whether to follow God's Plan (which is usually painful many times but deepens my faith and relationship with Him all the more) or I have the choice to turn away. Trust me, I have wanted to turn way from Him many times but I can't. I don't know how to explain it really, I just can't. He pulls me back time and time again and reminds me that He is the Way and the Truth and the Light and that my Hope is found in Him alone. My fears, my pain, my loss, my grief and my anger aren't bigger than Him. So, I repeatedly lay them at His feet and continue on...still longing for what could have been but so much more thankful for what is and what WILL BE!

Other favorite scriptures of mine are: all of Psalm 40, Psalm 62:5-8, Isaiah 43:1-4, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Luke 1:37, John 16:33, Romans 11:33-36, Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Timothy 3:7-8, 2 Timothy 1:7, Hebrews 4:14-16, 1 Peter 1: 7, 1 Peter 4:12-14, 1 Peter 5:6-10, 1 John 4:16-21, Revelation 21:4-5

Have I heard "Sissy's Song" by Alan Jackson?

I heard it for the first time on another blog (Two Boys with Love from Above) and just wept! I am a AJ fan...especially his ballads so I love this song and I love the lyrics.

Is Annabelle's CHD genetic/ can this baby have HLHS, too?

Annabelle's heart defect is not genetic it was perfectly planned...not a coincidence but a GOD-INCIDENT! (I attended MOPS last week and got that great word from Mrs. Padgett!) Researchers somewhere (I think in Boston) are comparing hundreds of DNA samples of HLHS babies from across the country, including Miss Priss, to see if there is a link somewhere but they have no clue what they are looking for. So, in other words, we'll probably never know what exactly caused it medically although I know that God planned it perfectly and hand-picked the precious little souls He would give these porcelain hearts to. Sure, there's always a chance of it happening again...when you've been the 1% to get HLHS of the 1% that are born with a CHD then you realize that anything is possible. But, the point is that we trust in God's Plan for our family and if we were to be given the exact same situation again, we would make the exact same choices.

Does this baby have a name yet?

Possibly! Now, it's your turn to answer my question...what do you think his name will be? (I'll give you a hint...it's starts with a "L"!) If you do know, please don't disclose it just yet...I've got a little something planned for it. God smacked us on this one, too!

And this precious photo is for you, Jan...

27 comments:

Shannon said...

I am guessing Luke..

Rebecca said...

I was also going to say Luke!

This is Us! said...

I am going to guess Logan. I am new to your blog so you don't know me. I recently read through your blog and I just have to say that your family is simply amazing. Good luck with everything.

The Simmons Family said...

That photo is my favorite!!!! My guess for an L name is...

Larry (kidding)
Luke
Lowen (ha ha.. added a L to Owen)

I'm just terrible with boy names.

Can't wait to hear his name! I can't halep but think that him and Annabelle are up in heaven chatting all about it.

Anonymous said...

I think Liam.

The Johnson Family said...

Yeah I'm on team Luke. Or Logan.

The Chavis Family said...

Ok I was thinking Luke too. That was my first thought before I read other people's comments. :) My 2nd guess would be Lee. I can't wait to hear. ~Kim :)

Danielle @ Living Out Loud said...

The first name that came to my mind was Luke or Lucas (two of my personal boy favorites!). Other guesses include Lane, Leighton (sounds like a Southern name to me), Lance, or Levi. Whatever it is, I'm certain it will be perfect and will probably hold a special meaning! Can't wait to hear it!

And that picture is absolutely PRECIOUS!

Miller Family said...

My first thought for the name of your precious baby boy was Luke because of the Bible, then I thought Lee would be great,(that is Colin's middle name), then Lynn came to mind because of Annabelle's middle name. What does Wyatt think the name should be? I hope you are feeling well. Happy Spring! Colin and I saw a beautiful white butterfly yesterday when we were planting some seeds. Then when Ty got off the bus, he noticed one too and was so happy. He said, "Mom look...a beautiful butterfly." I told them both your story of the butterflies and seriously, Annabelle was the first thing I thought of when I saw the butterfly yesterday. Hugs to you!

jan tompkins said...

Oh Rebecca, Ann just told me to check your blog and I am overwhelmed with joy to see that sweet picture of Annabelle and Wyatt. And, it's dedicated especially for me. Thanks so much! It is the best thing that happened to me in a long time.

Great news about the baby. I'll guess later what I think his name will be. He's a lucky little guy.
Hugs to all of you, especially Mr. Wyatt.

Love, Jan & Ann

Jonathan said...

I am going to look up each and everyone of those verses Rebecca! Thanks for sharing them. We asked our doctor to about what Lindsay had and he said the same thing that this baby will most likely not have the same thing. And you are so right that God chose them both and so many other babies with these special hearts.
Love,
Laura

The Mishoe Family said...

I first thought of Luke. Kinslee guessed Landon (she is also a huge fan of this picture and had me pull it up just the other day). Kyle guessed Lance (or Levi :-))

The Mishoe Family said...

Okay, should have read the comments first...I change my guess to Lee for Papa Cole...

Anonymous said...

Hey Rebecca,
Would you believe that I would guess Lee? It is one of my favorites!!
Love,
Sarah

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing Landon...don't know why. Just guessing :)
Mandy Greenway

Lindsay Dean said...

Ok, the very first name that popped into my head was Logan......then Luke. Apparently it did in everyone else's head too! ha ha AND, really if it is Logan, you and I are too much alike! That is one of the names that we had picked out for Cole.;-) I know that whatever you choose will be meaningful and heartfelt and will be perfect for your new little blessing. I am super excited to hear the story of how it "smacked" you! Love you friend!
Suzie

The Hardy Family said...
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The Hardy Family said...

I can't wait for you to reveal the name to everyone! :)

Our Family said...

I know a beautiful and special angel friend of Annabelle's named LUKE, so that is by far my favorite and that is my guess!
Love you,
Bernie

The Chavis Family said...

I checked back today just to see if you had posted the name!! :) Thanks for your comment on our blog. The rice in the sandbox is hilarious! I had fun catching up with you Sunday too. I miss spending time with you! ~Kim

jan tompkins said...

Hi, I'm back and ready to make a guess. After doing a little research, my guesses, yes I have 2!!
First, would be LUKE and second would be LEVI. We all know your choice will be the most meaningful.
Looking forward to more updates on Baby L and, of course, Mr. Wyatt!

Love, Jan & Ann

Orr Family said...

That picture just melts my heart! Little Annabelle is so sweet! She must have that smile on everyday! She is so beautiful! And the love your children have for each other, it is so sweet! Congrats on new baby L, my guess is Luke, but I really like Landon

Danielle @ Living Out Loud said...

Back again... I know you just did a Q&A post,but here's another question for your next Q&A installment... I hope and assume that your sonogram of Baby "L" went great last week?! Sorry... just had to get that one in there :)

Brandi - NMB, SC said...

Hi Rebecca! Glad to hear everything is going well! I LOVE the pic of Wyatt and Annabelle - that is priceless!! Hope you guys have a very Happy Easter! Talk to you soon!

♥ Michele ♥ said...

Just wanted to let you know I was checking in on you today. I am so excited for your new babe. My guess is LUKE!! Take Care.

Aunt JC said...

I love you and Scott...and Wyatt and my new nephew....AND I WILL NEVER TELL!

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to hear what this precious baby's name will be!! Maybe Lucas or Lincoln? I'm sure that it has devine significance; and I know how deeply God speak to you ... can't wait!!!