Friday, November 12, 2010

Two Hearts Beating Wildly

This pregnancy has been nothing if not unpredictable.  Yesterday was another reiteration of this fact.

Saturday I had a procedure called a cerclage placed in my cervix.  Basically it is two stitches that help to hold the cervix closed.  In my case, it is just precautionary, done only because I'm pregnant with twins and if you wait until there is a problem, it can often be too late and you can lose the pregnancy.  This is done often with multiples because of the added weight on the cervix during pregnancy.  It is also done with singletons when there is what is called an incompetent cervix. 

Pain and all, I was happy to oblige, and so we were at the hospital in Lubbock early in the morning Saturday.

I knew to expect a little bit of bleeding after the procedure, but that it should clear up in a couple of days.

Yesterday, after it had not done so, I decided just to text my doctor (I'm SO blessed to have a doctor who personally takes my calls/texts), and just see what he thought.  He thought it would be good to check me just to make sure the stitches hadn't come loose or any other complication hadn't arisen.

My mom and I headed to Lubbock after I got a sub for my class.  Dr. Hales said he would just work me in.

The first thing we had done was a full ultrasound.  The first question the sonographer asked was, "Do you know what you're having?  Is it a surprise?"  I said we knew Baby B was a boy, but were never able to know for sure about Baby A.  I also added if she saw any evidence to indicate what Baby A might be, to not hesitate in sharing it with us.

As soon as she put the wand on my belly, this is what we saw.  Seriously, this was the very first picture on the screen.  She said very matter of factly, "Well, you definitely have...

One BOY  and one GIRL !!!

Did you notice the subtitles the sonographer so graciously added to the picture?

When she said those words to me, tears streamed down my face.  Not because I was disappointed thinking they were both boys.  Not in the least.  We were happy with any combination, and would have been happy with even one.  

We would have been absolutely and abundantly blessed with anything, but when she said we had one of each, tears of gratefulness flowed almost uncontrollably.  

Psalm 37:4 immediately came into my mind, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."  

Indeed.  He is able to "do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine," (Ephesians 3:20).  I do not deserve this blessing, but here He is, giving it freely and I am overwhelmed to the point of tears.  I'm overwhelmed because I don't know how to adequately thank Him or praise Him for His mercy and kindness to us.  

I would continue to ask for prayers for our little growing family.  During the exam, it was determined my cervix was unusually irritated and in a "friable" state (which just means fragile and that it bleeds easily).  I had to some tests sent off yesterday and we are praying for complete healing of any infections and for healing of my cervix, in then name of Jesus!   
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  1. That is awesome Char! One of each seems perfect to me!

    But how she got boy or girl from that picture is beyond me, they both look the same to me! I guess that's why she's holding the wand and I'm not...

  2. Awesome! So excited for you guys to have one of each!! Glad to hear things are still going good!!

    Um, also, I went private on my blog, so if you would be so genorous and give me your e-mail address, so I can send you an invite, so that you can keep following... thank ya ma'am!

  3. One of perfect. Love their names. So sweet.

  4. That is so cool! Praying for you!

  5. That is soooooo exciting. I'm so happy for you and your hubby. Prayers continuing for you and your growing belly!

  6. So So So So SO SO SO EXCITED about that!! My grandma told me she didn't understand why God didn't bless everyone with one of each gender and that was going to be the question she most wanted Him to answer when she gets to Heaven one day. I loved that question and would love to know the answer myself. Like she originally said, (and I concurr without question), boys and girls are SO DIFFERENT and they are each SO WONDERFUL in their own ways! I'm so happy I have been able to experience both, and I'm so happy for YOU!

  7. CHARLA!!! a boy AND a girl! amazing news, i am just overcome with joy for you.


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