Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Please Pray for Baby June

Yesterday we had an ultrasound for Baby June. The main reason it was scheduled was because of a cyst they had seen on my ovary during a previous scan. It was large enough that if there was no change, a surgery might be recommended to remove it during the second trimester. Since that time, we have been praying that it would go away, and waiting until yesterday's appointment to find out the outcome.

The first thing the technician said after looking around a little bit was "So it was on the left side, right?" This was great to hear, because I immediately knew it must have gotten smaller or completely disappeared. Once she located it, it had gone down to less than 2 cm, from a measurement of 6 cm before. This was great news, and a direct answer to prayer. At this point it will likely continue to disappear altogether during the upcoming months, and even if it remains, it's small enough not to pose a risk.

We had also let her know that we would like to find out the gender if possible, so she started to look for that. It really didn't look very promising at first. The baby was tucked into my hip, and the legs were crossed, completely hiding the view. I thought we were going to walk away in suspense when she turned of the monitors, but seeing that we were disappointed she had me try a different position and checked one more time. Still, Baby June was being elusive, and she said "I'm not getting a good view at all, but if I had to guess, I would say this is a little boy. I wouldn't go out and buy a bunch of clothes and paint the nursery, though, because I could definitely be wrong." Hmmmm...I knew that was going to drive me absolutely crazy not knowing for sure, so I was relieved when she finally got a very good angle, and it was quite obvious that we are indeed going to be the parents of three wild and crazy boys!!

After that we saw the Dr. I expected him to pop in to say everything looks good and send us on our merry way. It didn't go quite as planned. He sat down at the end of the table and flipped through the photos from the ultrasound.
"We did see something on the ultrasound that I want to show you..."
At this point my eyes already started welling up with tears. Whatever he was going to say, I just wasn't prepared to hear there were any issues with our baby.

He went on to say that the baby's small intestine appears more prominent than it normally should. He showed us the photo and explained how they could tell. He assured us that sometimes these things show up on one scan, and the next time it appears normal, but...he also was obligated to tell us that it could be an indicator of cystic fibrosis.

At this point I am just trying to hold it together, because I am so unprepared to face the possibility of him having a potentially fatal disease after losing our daughter so recently. I don't think this Dr. had looked closely enough at our chart to know what had happened with our previous pregnancy. He was very calm about the whole thing, and didn't seem very concerned. He told us we will monitor it closely, and if we see it next time we may need to visit the Dr. upstairs, meaning the specialist.

When I got home I immediately started researching on the internet and discovered that the chances of this ultrasound finding actually indicating cystic fibrosis are very slim. There is a very good chance that everything is still just fine with our little boy. Still, it is hard to swallow because percentages haven't exactly been on my side lately, and I know all too well that that is certainly not a guarantee that everything will turn out fine. We are hoping and praying that it will, and from a medical standpoint it probably will. I am asking you to pray along with us that whatever is showing up on the scan will resolve itself, and our little guy will be as healthy as ever, born crying and wiggling into our waiting arms in June. Also that he won't have a life-threatening illness, but will lead a long and healthy life. If you are willing, please comment and let me know you will be praying with us.

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.


  1. Praying for you absolutely! It would be my honor to lift your little one up and ask for healing, health, and a long blessed life. I hope that all of this is just a blip on the ultrasound and resolves itself by the next appointment. Do not have fear. Your little guy is safe in the hands of Jesus no matter what.

  2. Sorry you are having to worry about this. I'm sure everything ill be just fine :) I will be keeping you in my prayers! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

  3. sending you all my prayers and hugs.

  4. I will certainly add Baby June to my prayers...Stay strong and positive!

  5. I am so sorry that you heard this news. I am hoping and pleading to God that it is nothing. We still have hope and our God can do anything!

    Sending you ginormous hugs!!!

    Congrats on your beautiful baby boy :)

  6. Oh goodness! How awful to hear of the possibility! I will be praying that everything will look good on the next US and that your little boy does not have CF.