A Summer Pregnancy

1 Samuel 1:27-28

For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD.

On March 24, 2011, our lives changed forever. We found out that God had answered our prayers. We were going to have a baby! This was one of many changes in 2011.

I profited from being at home from work in April by starting to pack up and getting extra rest. My slight morning sickness stayed away if I ate regular snacks. My first doctor´s appointment was scheduled for the first week of May (10 weeks gestation), and we planned to tell the world after that appointment. Because of some insurance difficulties, the appointment was postponed until Monday, May 16 (12 weeks). So after a happy graduation with no special announcements, we started packing in earnest. Dear friends planned a shower for us, and we planned to send out an e-mail announcement and the invitations on that Monday following the appointment. Well, it too was delayed because my doctor was assisting in a delivery. The Lord was stretching my faith-and we went ahead and sent out the news. This was the first of several reminders that our little one is the Lord´s, and I can trust her to Him.

On Friday, May 20, we did get to see the doctor. Duncan came in to see the ultrasound. I was 12.5 weeks along, everything looked fine, and there was our baby, kicking away! I was so happy! About 10 minutes into the ultrasound, I reached for Duncan´s hand and said “What do you think, honey?” I thought we would have a gushy moment and he would say something profound or sweet. Ironically, instead he said “I don’t feel so good.” About a second later, he passed out in the little exam room. We´ve decided that he thought our little girl was “drop-dead gorgeous” from the very beginning :).

Psalm 139:14-16

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.

After our move to Edmonton, we found a local doctor, and I received regular prenatal care. On June 23 (17 weeks), after a visit to Banff that day, I felt our baby´s kick for the first time. On July 20 (21 weeks), I had another ultrasound, and found out we were having a girl! We also found out that I had a decent-sized fibroid, but weren´t too concerned about that. Over the weekend, while I was out of town for a friend´s wedding, Duncan received a call from the doctor´s office that they wanted to see me right away. We did a lot of praying that weekend as I flew home. When we saw the doctor, she explained that the ultrasound showed some soft markers that potentially indicated our child might have Down´s syndrome or another chromosomal problem. Once again we were reminded that this little girl is the Lord´s-and He was knitting her together in a way He knew to be good.

Two weeks later, I had a follow-up ultrasound. I was praying that it would be clear either way-that the ultrasound would show even more likelihood we had a special needs baby or else that it would seem significantly less likely. God graciously answered, and every one of the “markers” that were noted before were perfectly normal. We praised the Lord for His faithfulness and goodness.

Because of our experience with the 1st ultrasound and because we would be far away from family, we pursued obtaining the services of a doula. We prayed for wisdom and asked the Lord for help, but didn´t commit to one yet.

To be continued