Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Catching up a bit...

After going back and forth on whether we even wanted to start a blog, we decided that this would be the best way to keep everyone up to date with what is going on with little Georgia Mae.
Since there are still quiet a few people who don’t know what has been going on the last couple of months, I’ll recap a little…

At the end of February we went in to have our 20week ultrasound, we found out that we were going to be having a girl and we were SO excited! However our excitement was interrupted the next day by a call from our doctor… She told me that they had found a defect know as an omphalocele. My heart sank and everything the doctor said after that just sounded like the teacher from the Peanuts cartoons. We got online to research just what an omphalocele was and what it would mean for our baby.
We found out that an omphalocele is a type of abdominal wall defect in which some of the organs develop outside of the stomach but inside a “sac” that is attached to the abdomen. We also read that omphalocele cases are often associated with other serious genetic defects and that there was about a 50/50 chance that our baby could have something even more serious wrong with her… we were devastated to say the least.
Our Doctor scheduled an appointment with a high risk specialist who did more ultrasounds and confirmed what the first doctor had seen he also did an amniocentesis that would rule out any other genetic defects. The procedure was just as horrible as I’d imagined, being terrified of needles and all, but it was nothing compared to the week we spent waiting on the results… and praise God, they all came back normal, we had cleared the first “hurdle”!
At our next appointment the specialist went over the results with us and did more ultrasounds, it was an encouraging visit, Georgia was growing normally and we were so relieved to be in the 50% of “good cases”. However we still had to pass one more major test, the doctor explained to us that a lot of times babies with omphaloceles can have heart defects as well. So we would need to go down to L.A. to see another specialist and an echo cardiologist who would check on Georgia’s heart.
Our L.A. appointment went wonderfully! Both doctors said that the babies heart looked good…another hurdle cleared!
We were also able to meet with the pediatric surgeons, and take tours of the labor/delivery and NICU; we were very impressed with all the staff and the hospital…
They also scheduled our induction for July 11th!
What a wonderful and loving God we serve, to know that when all seems out of control, He is so strong and faithful to meet every need and bring such peace

I know that this was a long post, but now that everyone is caught up, we will try to keep our posts shorter and up to date :)