I don't even remember how to upload pictures. I don't even have the words to put together for a blog post. I think I worked on that for about 30 minutes. Geez. Time clicks along as time always does and before you know it, over five months have passed since I've written anything. Before I go back into random blogging, I thought I should gently ease my way back in by giving a brief snippet of each child and a few other random tidbits.
I am a little over 27 weeks with our newest babe. The ultrasound was slightly nerve-racking to say the least, but everything is progressing right along with our sweet baby. We didn't find out the gender and that just makes me so excited. John and I truly love not knowing. I love analyzing the heck out of every thing the ultrasound tech says, comparing previous pregnancies, cravings, and the what not. We have a boy name we both just love, but still can't nail down a girl name.
We continue to do blood work for her every six weeks to monitor her AFP levels for cancer. Additionally, she has an abdominal ultrasound every three months to monitor for cancer also. We are 18 months into this regimen and I'm still not use to it one bit. I hate waiting for the phone call for her blood work. I hate waiting for the phone call for her ultrasounds. We have many years to go with these screenings and it can be quite nerve-racking wondering which scan isn't going to be good. The center for Beckwith-Wiedemann foundation sent a reminder to all parents of the necessity of the screenings stating the importance as children with this syndrome have a 600 % increased risk of getting cancer during their childhood. 600% !!! Most tumors will present in her abdominal region, but they have found many children to have brain tumors, blood cancer, and a certain cancer specific to the child's muscles. Oh man! I feel like I'm back to Pre-school in my spiritual life. It takes a total reliance upon God to trust that He has a specific plan for each person and He knows what is best.
She is just so, so, so darling and loved. It is often hard to watch her and wonder all that could be in her life.
I feel like anything I could write is just a cliche statement about time, life, motherhood, and the what not. It is all going too fast for my liking. I am so very grateful for all that God has given to us namely our children. John and I are so aware of the preciousness of their lives and truly enjoy our time with them and each one as if they were are only one.
Also, a few have asked about my mother. She is home and doing well cancer-wise. She will have screenings every three months for a while so as we say, "Cancer keeps you on a very short leash." You can't get too comfortable as the screenings come up so fast. We try to just be grateful for our time together. Thank you for asking about her and for prayers offered on her behalf.