17 June 2010

general updates & prayer needs

I just thought it would be apropos of me to take some time to tell you more about where we are at, our biggest needs for right now, and what we are anticipating in the coming weeks.

Ewan must be in training for the World Cup. Or kickboxing. Or something. Ever since I first felt Ewan's movements around 16 weeks, I could tell he was moving around a lot. The boy is ACTIVE! I don't know if it's because he's bigger now, but I feel him all the time now: up high, down low, to the side. Kicking, punching, rolling, and nudging his little hiney as hard as he can into the right side of my stomach. At our last appointment, we learned he was head down (he likes to press as hard as he can into my bladder), which explains why I'm feeling lots and lots of kicks up near my ribs and sternum. This is going to be fun!

We are still waiting to get some referrals for the right OB to round out our labor and delivery team. I'm really hoping to find someone that we like since I want this to be as positive an experience as possible. I've encountered a few docs (in general practice) over the course of my pregnancy that have an obviously negative view of midwifery. What I'm hoping for is to find someone who understands our reasons for choosing that route, and will honor our choices about how we want our son to be born. Frankly, I'm not in a mood to try and convince anyone that we have the right to make some choices about how the delivery will be.

Please pray that we find the right doctor as soon as possible. I'm trying to be patient, but I also understand that I'm more than 24 weeks into this pregnancy and would like as much time as possible to become acquainted with whoever our doctor is going to be. After all, this is one of the most important and deeply personal moments of our lives, and we want to make sure that the three of us are in the right hands.

What's coming next: Our next prenatal appointment is scheduled with the midwives on July 7, and this is when I get to do to the fun glucose test to screen for gestational diabetes. Nothing much to worry about there, I'm sure. As far as any additional testing goes for Ewan's heart, we asked the wonderful people at Children's Hospital if we could limit the number of additional scans (it's standard for them to do one every 4-6 weeks when a cardiac abnormality is detected) since they are not only stressful on us, but expensive as well. It isn't scheduled yet, but our plan is to have one scan done at 36 weeks so they can see how things are at that point is his development, and be as prepared as possible for when he is born.

That's about all I've got for now. A big hug to each of you, and thanks for continuing to pray for baby Ewan!


Nadine said...

Definitely praying for you sweetie! :0)

terri said...

i envy the way you take charge of your body and your health choices. that's always been a challenge for me. praying that you find just the right doc to come alongside you as you welcome ewan into the world.

jcubsdad said...

Praying for you my friend. All 3 of you.

I appreciate your wanting to limit the heart scans. However, if you feel you need one do not let the $$ be an issue. I bet a few of us can get some cash together to help...it would be our honor.

Grace and Peace to you my friends.

Caleb said...

Bre had an incredible midwife! She has been singing her praises since then and would have it no other way so don't take any crap from those doctors!!! Love ya guys!

Tea said...

keeping you in my prayers.

christianne said...

I keep hearing about these kickboxing sessions Ewan's been having inside your body ... must be a strange mix of painful and exhilarating! :)

Like Terri, I always admire how much you speak up for yourself and your body when it comes to your medical needs.

It's great to get these updates so we can keep up with the story as it happens for you. Love you.