Friday, November 27, 2009


I am extremely thankful for little miss Kara Faith. She is doing so well! I am 31 weeks today. Here's a picture of me on Thanksgiving. I'm getting so big that I don't know how I'll make it another 8+ weeks. Pray that God blesses the rest of this pregnancy abundantly.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Loved by Littles...

Taken by Max (age 8)
I am 30 weeks, 4 days and these are Eden & Tommy's hands.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Our Beautiful Baby Girl's 3D/4D

Caught with her hand to her mouth--so cute!
Kara's foot pressing against Mommy.
Her hands are so perfect!

Here is Kara's face. No cleft lip! Fingers curled around her cord.

She looks concerned here. She likes to keep her hands over her face.

We were so excited to get a 3D/4D ultrasound of Kara Faith on Monday! She looked so beautiful! We were all surprised at how wonderful all of her features appear. The doctors kept saying her eyes were small, but on ultrasound they look proportionate even though she kept them closed (which is normal). Kara has no cleft lip and a cute little chin! We did confirm that she has one nostril--I'm just happy for that! The opening appears to be large enough for an airway, but we won't know until she is born. She is doing a great job of "practice breathing" which we saw on this ultrasound, too! Pray for no airway difficulties at the time of her birth. We are so very thankful to God that Kara looks so good! (I am thinking she looks like her big brother, Dan, but we'll see in January!)

The tech was a little nervous because we brought Celeste, Dan, & Max with us to the appointment. She asked if they were prepared. She had only seen pictures in journals of HPE babies. You could tell she was quite surprised and happy to see Kara looking so wonderful!

"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them." Psalm 139:13-16

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

28 Week Check-Up

I went to see Dr. Duff at Shands yesterday. Kara Faith looks great on ultrasound! Dr. Duff said, "Look, there's some hair." Sure enough you could see an edge of fuzz on her head. I got a quick glimpse of one of her ears, too. Her weight has come up. They are estimating her at 2 pounds, 9 ounces which puts her in the 47%. She was moving all round and had her legs crossed. She looked just beautiful!!

Our only concern currently is that I am carrying extra amniotic fluid (already). The report did say I do have polyhydramnios. I am measuring 31 weeks and I am 28. It's just over the normal limit right now, but prayer would be appreciated for this particular issue. I feel bigger in the last few days and my belly has been hurting some, so this must be why. I have measured as much as 6 weeks ahead in a couple past pregnancies, but that evened out later. I am currently taking insulin in 3 injections a day and testing blood sugars 4 times per day. My sugars have been very good. I think the hardest part for me right now is to eat when I'm not hungry or to drink when I have heartburn. All in all, I'm just happy that Kara looks great and I am almost recovered from my bout with the flu! We have a 3D/4D ultrasound scheduled for this Monday, November 16th--can't wait! I'll put pics up from that. We didn't get any this time.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A little update

Just a little update:

~I am sick with a coughing, achy virus. I am hoping I don't develop a fever or ear infection to go with it... Please pray for quick healing.
~I see Dr. Duff November 10th for a check-up which includes an u/s to check Kara's growth and my amniotic fluid levels. I will be in my 28th week then.
~We have a 3D/4D ultrasound scheduled on November 16th thanks to Dr. Marichal!!!

I am enjoying the cooler days. This is the "boring" part of pregnancy and I love it! Kara moves a lot and I am enjoying the baby belly, too. I hope to get some pictures done in the next few weeks. Thank you for your prayers! They keep me calm and comforted.