What a whirlwind day! We felt like we did the Charleston 500 in several hours yesterday and were home by dinner time. First, we had an appointment with the Maternal-Fetal Specialist (OB) for an ultrasound and consultation to confirm everything for delivery. We were greeted by our "camera crew" in the waiting room. Many of you do not know that our family has been asked to be followed by public relations at MUSC beginning yesterday until after Annabelle's surgery. Kathleen, who works for PR for MUSC, found our blog online and contacted Dr. Graham who then contacted me about allowing them to document our journey from before Annabelle's birth until after her surgery to highlight the amazing advances in treatment of congenital heart disease and as a resource for other families who are or will be going through something similiar to us. So, we have a cameraman/videographer and a photographer, along with Kathleen, joining us on Annabelle's journey. I am very excited about having all of this to share with our daughter once she gets older. Not many babies have their ultrasounds, births and heart surgeries on video! As exciting as it is for us to get to do this, our purpose is truly that other families find comfort and inspiration in our story as they experience the same. I do have to share something funny...Annabelle kept putting her hand up over her face like a true little drama queen! We were joking that she is already saying "OK, people! Enough already!" She did finally cooperate and we got some amazing pictures of her!
Wyatt took a little while, as usual, to open up to our new friends. Once they left, he kept asking where the camera guys were. You could tell he really did like them and wanted them to come back. He also took his camera that he got from Grandaddy for Christmas to take pictures. Of course, he was more interested in the ambulances than anything else. I am guessing we have at least 10 of those!
Anyways, we got a good report from the ultrasound and had a quick visit with the doctor to get all of our directions for the 28th! Our c-section is scheduled for 8:00am. Then, it was on to the hospital for lunch. They serve Chick-fil-a so we were right at home there. After lunch, we paged Max (the concierge of MUSC, or at least that's what I call him) and he gave us a grand tour. We really needed to be reminded of where everything is located to help us get around a little better. Plus, we really wanted for this to be a warm-up for Wyatt to better help him adjust to everything. He did really well and was again thrilled to see the ambulances when we left. All in all, it was a good day!
I am still on schedule to see my OB here every week for a checkup, ultrasound (biophysical profile) and non-stress test. Annabelle is very happy in there which is always wonderful news! I have such mixed emotions. I know that I have done everything that I can do for her and know that I have got hand this over to the very skilled and capable medical team in just 16 days. I gave Annabelle back to God on August 23rd when we first learned of her special heart. He has provided for her through me for so many months. It's still very scary to let her go physically. I know that she is ultimately in God's hands, she has been from the beginning and will continue to be. He will hold her when I can't and He will comfort us both.
Lord, please give me strength to handle this and discernment to see it as Your Divine Plan. I don't understand it and wouldn't want it for a second, but I accept it. It came through You to get to us and Your Word promises that You do not give us anything that we cannot handle without You. I need your help to not be anxious. I know that by making my requests known to You that You will guard my heart and my mind. Please guard them both every minute of every day. I thank you for using Annabelle's little heart to bring me and others closer to You. Lord Jesus, place Your Almighty Hand on her and let her know of Your great love for her. May You always be glorified. Amen.
"Bring the Rain" by MercyMe
I am Yours' regardless of the dark clouds that may loom above because You are much greater than my pain. You, who made a way for me by suffering Your destiny. So tell me, what's a little rain? So I pray...
Bring me joy, bring me peace, bring the chance to be free, bring me anything that brings You glory! And I know there'll be days when this life brings me pain, but if that's what it takes to praise You...Jesus, bring the rain.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty!