Saturday, November 26, 2011

An update

Many of you are asking how Jude and I are doing with the contractions and high amniotic fluid and I wanted to do a quick update.

He continues to hang out happy as can be and has a great heartbeat. We still have quite an active little guy on our hands and it was quite exciting to catch him on Wednesday for the doctor to monitor his heart. I was told that the monitoring should only take around 20 minutes but because Jude was so active we were there around 45 minutes! He is such a wiggle worm!

I continue to have Braxton Hicks contractions throughout the day, but nothing regular or long term. The last two nights I've had quite a few real contractions but they always go away. We have a little more than a week until our scheduled c-section and I think we just might make it!

Please continue to pray for Jude and for him to be as healthy as possible! Thank you!

Baby Shower Recap!

Shower Recap!
On Saturday, November 19th we were given a beautiful shower by one of my dearest friends, Kim Dent. Kim has loved and cared for us over the last few months far more than we deserve and our shower was one of the most loving things that anyone has ever done for me.
As many of you already know, I was quite unsure about the idea of a baby shower. I was not sure how I would feel about celebrating Jude’s life with a baby shower when his life is so uncertain. But the Lord has worked and changed my heart and I now know that there is a reason to celebrate Jude’s life, no matter what the length of his time with us will be. He is a beautiful child of God who is valued and loved by our heavenly father, our family and by all of you. It was such a beautiful thing to enjoy such a special time with my closest friends and family that day.
I thought I would give a recap of the day’s events so that all of you might know just what a special day it was for me (and Brian and Annabelle) since many of you also participated in the shower through the “online” portion by sending your love through prayers, cards and gifts in the mail. Thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of such an amazing day and for sharing this journey with us.
Ok, so here is the “play by play”:
My mom and I arrived at Kim’s house a little before 10:30am and we were greeted b y Kim and several of my sweet friends who assisted Kim in preparing for the shower. I was nearly in tears upon arriving because I realized that God had planned these dear friendships for me over two years ago when we first moved to Simpsonville. I could never have imagined the depth and love that I would experience from the friends we’ve made and I cannot even begin to explain how blessed and thankful I feel for their companionship, love, support and prayers.
As the minutes passed, our family arrived and several of my greatest and oldest friends came too. How loved I felt knowing that we’d been surrounded by such love all of our lives by our families! As I have said before, I know that God is good and that he has been planning this journey for our family and for Jude from the beginning and it is just tremendous to think about how he was planning our family as our support system from the very beginning too. He has equipped us and each person perfectly for this journey. It was so wonderful to be hugged by each family member.
Some of my greatest and oldest friends were there too and it truly touched me to have them present at such a big day. Each individual has taken time to encourage and pray for us along the way. Each friend has given me a gift of friendship that I have cherished and appreciated even more this year. Some have cried with me, some asked the hard questions, some prayed constantly for us, some brought meals and some helped me continue living “normal” life and continue to carry on when it seemed hardest. I am truly a blessed woman!
Soon after everyone arrived we gathered in the living room as a group and Kim thanked everyone for being there. She acknowledged her wonderful friends who have helped her with the shower and had a special thank you especially for her two dear friends who helped her out with all the food preparation. I’m telling you, these ladies were tremendously wonderful and I too am thankful for all they did to serve Kim and all of my loved ones. It touched me greatly.
Next, Kim asked my mother to pray for our brunch (and I shed more tears) and we all made our way to the table to enjoy a wonderful meal together. My sweet mom fixed my plate (had to keep this overly pregnant lady off her feet) and once again I was reminded of how thankful I am for my mom and how overwhelmed I feel when I realized how much she has loved on me and my family in the last few months. There are not words to describe how loved I have felt by my mother.
The food was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! We had blueberry/cream cheese French toast casserole, several types of quiche, fruit and this yummy sweet fruit salad that had pasta in it. Every single bite was delicious! We finished the meal off with cupcakes and/or tres leche cake. The fall table decorations were beautiful and centered around the theme of Jude’s nursery bedding: Woodland Creatures. There were several large tables set so that everyone could sit down and enjoy a tasty meal and conversation. (Two of my favorite things!)
Towards the end of the meal, Brian and Annabelle arrived to enjoy the baby shower celebration. Brian was given a huge plate of food and Annabelle went straight to work on the cupcakes! J It was so wonderful to have both of them there for parts of the shower.
With full bellies, we returned to the living room to hear a devotional from my sweet friend, Emily. I’ve only known Emily around a year now, but she feels like family to me. Her genuine and bold heart has comforted and encouraged me regularly so it felt especially appropriate that she was sharing the devotion with the group.  I loved that the devotion she read continued to point us to Jesus. In all things, return to Him.
Next, Annabelle opened several gifts from friends and family. Some of the gifts were to welcome her to the “big sister club” and some of the gifts were to help her adjust to the many life changes that she is going to experience in the coming weeks/months. Each gift was so thoughtful and Annabelle was so excited about each one.
And lastly, I opened the many wonderful and thoughtful gifts from the shower guests and from the many of you who participated in the online shower portion of the shower. Each gift was meaningful and thoughtful and I cherished the love behind each gift. Thank you for the many thoughtful notes that were written too. I could not bring myself to read the cards in full at the shower because I knew that in the end I would be a crying mess. So, after the shower Brian and I read each and every note completely. I cried the whole time because I was overwhelmed by the love and support each of you expressed for our family and our sweet baby Jude. The Lord has truly blessed us and Jude through all of you!
Below you will find a few pictures from the shower, enjoy! J

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Super quick post

Hi friends,
I apologize if this blog seems unorganized or messy. Right now I am using the free internet at the library to check emails/facebook/blog/etc. We do not have internet at the house where we are staying so our access to the blog is very limited right now. (and the library closes in 30minutes!)
So, I will cut to the chase:
What we are thankful for:
1. A good meeting with the pediatric surgeon this morning. He was very encouraging but also honest. He also informed us that Jude's liver is not in his chest. It only appears that his stomach and intestines have moved into his chest. Apparently having the liver below his diaphragm is something very positive because statistically babies with CDH and their liver in their chest struggle much more.
2. A stress free move and a wonderful place to stay. The home where we are staying is cozy and such a happy place to be. We are truly thankful. We are also surrounded by some wonderful families that are a part of Cross Bridge ministry. Additionally, I found out yesterday that one of my dear friends only lives 2 miles away!
3. We are thankful for time with each other. Brian and I have been just the two of us since Sunday and it's been so nice to reconnect and slow down a little bit before life gets a little crazy.
4. Our amazing friends who are caring for our home while we are away!
5. Nana, Papa Jack, Gee Gee, Aunt Becca, Uncle Jimmy, Jackson, Leah and Faith: They've all been caring for Annabelle since Sunday and she is having a BLAST!!! We will see her tomorrow and we cannot wait!

What you can pray for:
1. My OB appointment tomorrow afternoon. Pray for no new news! :) At this point we would love for Jude to stay put until December 6th, but we are confident that things would be ok if natural labor started between now and then.
2. Internet access. It might seem like a silly request, but it has been tough not having it at our fingertips. We are unable to pay bills online, communicate with work/friends/etc. and just perform every day tasks that we usually did with ease at home. We anticipate that we will have access to internet sometime before Jude's birth. Please pray that setting this up falls easily into place without any problems. For now we will visit the library as we can to check email, etc.
3. Next week Brian will work the full week at home in Simpsonville. This will be the longest that Annabelle and I have been away from him. We will really miss him and I'm sure he will miss us too.

I haven't forgotten to post about the amazing baby shower we had on Saturday. I am hoping to type it up before heading to the library next time and then quickly post it for all of you. It was truly one of the most meaningful days of our lives. We truly felt surrounded in love. Thank you everyone!

Ok, signing off for now! Until next time!

Oh! I almost forgot. Some of you have asked about updates on the day of Jude's birthday. We are planning to have my dad updating our blog and both of our facebooks that day. If you are not our friend on facebook, but you would like to see updates please feel free to friend us!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Baby Shower / Online Shower

We had an amazing day yesterday.

We were surrounded by so much love, encouragement, support and prayers.

Thank you to each and every one of you.

I hope to post a longer post about yesterday's events later tonight.

But please know that we feel blessed, thankful and loved!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Our home away from home

Hi Friends, a few of you have asked to have the mailing address at the house where we will be staying. If you would like to have this send me a quick message and I will get the address to you. We aren't comfortable with just putting the address out there b/c this isn't our own private home.

You can either comment on this post or email us at

Monday, November 14, 2011

Prayers for Jude on December 6th and 7th

As I mentioned before, a friend of mine from MOPS offered to organize a way for people to pray around the clock for Jude after he is born. We are so thankful that so many people will be praying for Jude and our family when he is born.

If you would like to participate in praying for Jude at a particular time please click on the link below. You will be asked to enter your email address and then you will be given the option to choose a specific time to pray for Jude.

Our c-section is scheduled for December 6th at 9am.

Below you will find the following information that will be helpful when praying for Jude and our family:
1. Specific things that you can remember in prayer when praying for Jude on December 6th and 7th
2. Scripture that has/will be important to us as we walk this journey
3. Information that can give you a better picture of Jude's CDH and what his medical struggles might look like.

Specific prayers for Jude:
1.       Pray for complete healing of Jude’s CDH and lung underdevelopment.
2.       Pray for a safe delivery with no complications. Pray for safety for Jude and for Rose.
3.       Pray for Brian as he cares for Jude and Rose after delivery.
4.       Pray for all of the medical staff who will be caring for Jude immediately after his birth and after he enters the NICU.  Please pray for wisdom and certainty about medical decisions made to ensure Jude’s health.
5.       Pray for Jude’s left lung. This is the lung that has most affected/crowded by his stomach and small intestines. It will be smaller and it may have a difficult time functioning at its best. Pray that Jude’s left lung will be larger and more developed than expected. Pray that his left lung will support his oxygen needs immediately after birth.
6.       Pray for Jude’s right lung. Because his left lung has been crowded during this fetal development it is especially important that Jude’s right lung is developed and strong. Please pray that his right lung will be perfectly healthy and able to support his oxygen needs immediately after birth.
7.       Pray that Jude will not experience pulmonary hypertension, which is very common in babies born with CDH. Pray for adequate blood flow and blood vessels in Jude’s lungs.
8.       Pray for Jude’s heart. Pray that his heart will be healthy and strong and full capable of sustaining him. Pray that no defects or problems will be discovered after Jude is born.
9.       Pray for all the organs in Jude’s body. Pray that they will all perform and function perfectly so that he is as healthy as possible after birth.
10.    Pray for Jude’s surgery to repair his CDH. Pray that he is able to reach the milestones required before he can have surgery and pray that his surgery is successful and simple.
11.    Pray that Rose will heal quickly and without problems from her C-section so that she can care for Jude as easily as possible.
12.    Pray for Annabelle as she is away from her parents. Pray that she feels safe, happy and confident that she will see her parents soon.
Verses that have been important to us during this time:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
You came near when I called You and You said, “Do not fear” –Lamentations 3:57
Oh Lord, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God. Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior. –Psalms 38:21-22
You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. – Psalms 18:28
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13
The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17
He is before us in all things and in Him all things hold together. – Colossians 1:17
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. – James 1:2-5
…your will be done… - Matthew 6:10
Information about Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
A congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is when there is an absence of a child's diaphragm, or a hole in his diaphragm.
  • This can occur on either the left or right side, but is most common on the left.
  • The contents of your child's abdomen, including his stomach, intestines, liver and spleen may go through the hole and into his chest.
    • This prevents the normal development of the lung on that side, and may affect the growth of the other lung.
After he's born, your baby will have difficulty breathing if his lungs are not developed enough.
There are two types of diaphragmatic hernia:
  • Bochdalek hernia: This type involves an opening on the back side of the diaphragm. The stomach, intestines and liver or spleen usually move up into the chest cavity. (This is the type that Jude has)
  • Morgagni hernia: This type is rare and involves an opening in the front of the diaphragm, just behind the breastbone. The liver or intestines may move up into the chest cavity.
What causes a diaphragmatic hernia?
·         Many factors are involved. Scientists believe that multiple genes from both parents, as well as a number of environmental factors that we do not yet fully understand, contribute to diaphragmatic hernia.
How often does a diaphragmatic hernia occur?
·         CDH occurs in about 1 in every 2,500 babies. Bochdalek hernias make up about ninety percent of all cases.
What are the possible complications of a diaphragmatic hernia?
The lungs are developing at the same time as the diaphragm and the digestive system. A diaphragmatic hernia allows abdominal organs to move into the chest cavity, instead of remaining in the abdomen as they are developing.
With the heart, lungs and abdominal organs all taking up space in the chest cavity, the lungs do not have space to develop properly. This underdevelopment of the lungs is called pulmonary hypoplasia.
This is a life-threatening illness.
When the lungs do not develop properly during pregnancy, it can be difficult for your baby to breathe after he's born.
Healthy lungs have millions of small air sacs (alveoli), which resemble a balloon filled with air.
With pulmonary hypoplasia:
  • There are fewer air sacs than normal.
  • The air sacs that are present are only able to partially fill with air.
  • The air sacs deflate easily due to a lack of a lubricating fluid called surfactant.
When these conditions are present, your baby is unable to take in enough oxygen to stay healthy. The intestines, when relocated in the chest, also may not develop properly, especially if they are not receiving enough blood supply while they are developing.
CDH is also of concern due to possible associated anomalies, which in some cases may include heart, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, central nervous system or chromosomal anomalies.
What are the symptoms of a diaphragmatic hernia?
Each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms (of a Bochdalek diaphragmatic hernia) could include:
  • difficulty breathing
  • fast breathing
  • fast heart rate
  • cyanosis (blue color of the skin)
  • abnormal chest development, with one side being larger than the other
  • abdomen that appears caved in
What's the treatment for CDH?
Treatment at delivery
  • Care at a hospital that is equipped with extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO) is important.
    • ECMO is a heart and lung bypass system that does the job that the heart and lungs would be doing; ECMO may be used temporarily while your baby's condition stabilizes and improves.
  • Doctors may perform a procedure called EXIT-ECMO in which your baby is partially delivered via Cesarean section, and a breathing tube is placed to attempt to give your baby oxygen. If the oxygen level of your baby does not rise, he is placed immediately on ECMO, then the umbilical cord is cut.
Treatment after birth
Neonatal intensive care- A diaphragmatic hernia is a life-threatening illness and requires your baby to be cared for in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
  • Your baby will probably need to be placed on a breathing machine called a mechanical ventilator.
    • ECMO - Your baby may need to be placed on this temporary heart/lung bypass system if he has severe problems.
    • Surgery - When your baby's condition has improved, his diaphragmatic hernia will be repaired with an operation.
  • The stomach, intestine and other abdominal organs are moved from the chest cavity back to the abdominal cavity.
  • The hole in the diaphragm is repaired, or if the diaphragm is absent, an artificial diaphragm will be constructed.
After the operation
Many babies will need to remain in the NICU for a while after surgery.
  • Although the abdominal organs are now in the right place, your baby's lungs still remain underdeveloped.
  • Your baby will usually need to have breathing support for a period of time after the operation.
Once your baby no longer needs help from a breathing machine, he may still need oxygen and medications to help with breathing for weeks, months or even years.
Before your baby is discharged from the hospital, doctors will need to conduct many tests. These will check to make sure that your baby doesn't have any associated conditions and that all of his systems are working well.
These tests can include the following:
  • arterial blood gas
  • EKG
  • EEG
  • developmental evaluation
  • head CT scan
  • chest x-ray
  • brain stem auditory evoked potentials
  • ophthalmology evaluation
  • lung ventilation/perfusion scan
  • upper GI study
Some of these tests may also be repeated when your child is 6, 12, 24, and 36 months old.
What's the long-term outlook for my baby?
The outlook for babies born with CDH is increasingly positive. However, babies born with CDH can have long-term problems and often need regular follow-up care after going home from the hospital.
Problems may include:
  • chronic lung disease: can require your child to have oxygen or medications
  • gastroesophageal reflux: A condition in which acids and fluids from the stomach move up to the esophagus and can cause heartburn, vomiting, feeding or lung problems. Gastroesophageal reflux can be controlled with medications
  • Failure to thrive: Children with the most serious lung problems are most likely to have growing problems.
    • Because of their illness, they often require more calories than a normal baby in order to grow and get healthier.
    • Gastroesophageal reflux can also cause feeding problems, preventing a baby from eating enough to grow.
  • Developmental problems: These include the inability to roll over, sit, crawl, stand or walk at the same time health babies do.
    • Physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy are often helpful for these babies to gain muscle strength and coordination.
Hearing loss: A hearing test should be performed prior to discharge from the hospital

November 14th

This morning I had my first of two (maybe three) doctor's visits this week. Everything with Jude checked out fine and our little guy is as wiggly as ever. I never get tired of seeing his sweet face through the ultrasound!

Unfortunately, my amniotic fluid has increased again. I am now at a whopping 38cm!


But Jude seems to be cozy and happy staying put for now. Please continue to pray that my body will continue to tolerate the higher levels of amniotic fluid. Right now it still seems that I am not heading towards pre-term labor but we would like for things to remain this way (at least until we get to Charleston).I am resting nearly all the time and I am feeling quite huge and uncomfortable but I'm happy that Jude seems to be happy to stay inside me a little longer.

What you can pray for:
  • Lower or stable amniotic fluid!
  • Jude's continued happy state inside his mommy
  • Our transition and move to Charleston on Monday. I cannot believe that we are one week away from our move.
What we are thankful for:
  • Restful, sweet days together
  • A fun evening at our home with two of our favorite people, Kim and Gary
  • The (online) baby shower on Saturday! (We hope to share photos and video soon after) P.S. And when you see these pictures, no laughing at how HUGE my belly has become!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cross Bridge

Hello again!

Many of you have been asking about the ministry in Mt. Pleasant that is providing a wonderful, cozy home for us to stay in while we are caring for Jude. So, I thought I would take a quick minute to share their website with all of you. Click HERE to go to Cross Bridge's website.

As I may have said before, we have simply been BLOWN AWAY by the love and support that this ministry has already provided our family. They have been planning ahead for our stay and anticipating what our needs might be as we relocate our family to care for our sweet baby. We are truly thankful that the Lord has provided a way for Cross Bridge to exist and we are thankful that Cross Bridge is going to be our home away from home in the coming weeks.

Additionally, I wanted to mention to all of you that there have been a few updates to the Manna for the Moment blog about our needs. You can link to that blog by following THIS link.

Gosh, we are seriously so thankful for the many ways that the Lord is loving on us through all of you. Thank you.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Jude :)

An eventful appointment

Hi again!

I had another appointment this morning (one of two this week) and had an opportunity to see our sweet Jude via ultrasound! His little face was so sweet and his checks are getting so chubby. We can see him so clearly (apparently this is one of the benefits of having high amniotic fluid levels because it is easier to get clearer pictures when there is so much fluid) and it is such a blessing to see the little details of his face. As usual, he was quite active and it continues to be a fun to watch him kick and move.

But I also knew that my fluid levels were going to be higher. I could tell right away that one of the "pockets" the ultrasound tech was measuring was much deeper than I'd noticed before. After several measurements and re-measurements, it was determined that I my amniotic fluid level was at 34cm. This is our highest measurement yet. I guess I was kind of expecting this because I've really been uncomfortable and it has been getting harder and harder to breathe, but I was hopeful that maybe things were going to even out.

So, after it was discovered that we were at 34cm our doctor decided that we needed to be monitored to check Jude's heart rate and to see if I was having any contractions. So, I was on the monitor for about 25-30 minutes and everything was ok. Jude did fine and I only had 2 practice contractions (Braxton Hicks). Next, they checked my cervix and there were no signs that I was heading towards labor just yet.

I must admit, I was quite scared when they decided to monitor us. I was so worried that they were going to send us to Charleston right away. I was praying the whole time and sent out a few texts to a few close friends asking for prayers.

Our doctor said I was ok to go home, but he said that I must continue to take it easy. He told me what to look for to indicate signs of labor and I feel well prepared on what to do if I see these signs.Thank you to all of you who have helped  me rest through meals, watching Annabelle and praying for us.

After today's scare we have decided that I need to take it easier a little more during the next two weeks that we are still at home. (Seriously, can it be two more weeks until our move?) We want to put off early labor at least until we get to Charleston.

So, sadly many of you may not see me out and about as much as I had hoped I would be just before our move. Simply walking and getting around tends to wear me out and we think it is best to just relax as much as possible. I may or may not make it to MOPS, bible study and church. But please know that we love you all and that we appreciate your prayers!! Thank you for remembering us!

I should have more information on our upcoming prayer vigil on Jude's date of birth in the next few days and I promise to post that as soon as I can.

We hope to continue to update our blog as often as we can before and after Jude's birth to keep all of you informed about how you can pray for Jude. We are also hoping to update our facebooks after his birth too. And the blog: can keep you informed about the needs we may have before and after Jude's birth. (There should be some updates coming soon)

We are truly blessed by all of you and thankful that the Lord has given us so many dear friends!

What I am thankful for:
Brian! My sweet hubby has done so much to care for me and Annabelle. Not only is he worked his regular job but he is also coming home and taking care of all of our home needs: laundry, dishes, playing with Annabelle, meals, baths for Annabelle, picking up around the house and helping me stay off my feet. I know he must be exhaused but he hasn't complained one bit. I'm one blessed wife!

What you can pray for:
Amniotic fluid levels and no pre-term labor...I guess this will continue to be our prayer requests until Jude is here! Pray that we will be able to remain at home until we have to go to Charleston...we'd rather not go early!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

One Month...

If the Lord wills it we will meet our sweet baby, Jude in one month.

One month!!!

We are also two weeks away from our temporary move to Charleston/Mt. Pleasant.


We have had a calendar on our fridge showing us how many days are left until we move and until Jude's delivery date. I cannot believe that we are so close. I'm afraid, but I am also excited and hopeful.

Things are beginning to come together for our move. Our emergency bags are packed and I've been starting our packing for our temporary move. We've worked our our tentative schedule for the whens and wheres of Annabelle and Brian for the next several weeks. Our sweet doggies will go to live with their foster families next Sunday. The sweet little stuffed frog that I ordered for Jude was delivered to our house yesterday. And we are reminded each day that the Lord is directing each step.

We continue to desire your prayers for Jude and for our family.

For the last few days, Annabelle has had a yucky nose, so we decided against putting her in the nursery at church today and we all stayed home. We have had such a great family day...just savoring our last few moments together before the major changes ahead. Thank you to all of you who have been praying for our family and our marriage.

What we are thankful for:
I (Rose) am thankful for the wonderful birthday celebration that I had with all of my female family members over the last few days. My mom, sisters (Becca and Rachael), nieces and Annabelle all worked together to create a restful and fun celebration of my 30th birthday. My mom made me an awesome pumpkin chocolate bundt cake, they all cooked me breakfast for dinner (my favorite!) and we all got pedicures! Most of all it was just nice to have all of them with me and time to enjoy talking with them.

We are SO thankful that Saucy has a foster home! A friend of a friend had a friend who often fosters doggies for families and we were connected with her about a week ago. She is a wonderful lady and we are quite confident that Saucy is going to have a great time in his foster home.  She met Saucy today and it seems like a great fit.

What you can pray for:
At my doctors appointment on Thursday, we discovered that my amniotic fluid levels are at 32cm. Typically, at 35 weeks my amniotic fluid should be measuring around 14cm. 32cm is the highest measurement that we've had yet but I don't feel like I am close to going into labor just yet. I have had many Braxton Hicks (practice contractions) over the last week but I've not had any real contractions in weeks. Please pray that my amniotic fluid levels will go down and that I will continue to avoid early labor. We are so thankful that we've made it this far!

Please also pray for my breathing. As you can imagine it has become very difficult to breathe and I'm tired most of the day (being full with 32cm of amniotic fluid instead of 14cm of amniotic fluid). I look WAY pregnant...much bigger than I was with Annabelle. It is getting more difficult to sleep simply because I cannot breathe well when I lay down.

Thank you for your continued prayers! We love you all!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A request

Hi friends,
I have a quick request for all of you. I am guessing that a few of you also have a blog of your own. If you do, would you be willing to quickly share Jude's story with your readers and provide them with a link to our blog so that we can have even more people praying for Jude? I am a firm believer in the power of prayer and we would just love to have as many people as possible praying for Jude and our family.

Thank you so much!