Words fail me to express how humbled and grateful Jen and I both are at the outpouring of prayer that has come as a result of our… well, our “unique” pregnancy. Let me summarize for you for just a moment how God has answered prayer:
- At 18 weeks, Jen was diagnosed as having Cervical Incompetence. An emergency cerclage was put in place to hold the baby in. Fears that infection would soon follow prompted the doctor to not be optimistic. No infection came.
- At 21 weeks, the funneling was more pronounced, and the doctor feared that the added weight on the cervix was going to cause her water to rupture. It did not.
- At 24 weeks, 0 days, an amazing thing happened. For 23 weeks and 6 days, faith believed that this baby had a shot. Now, medicine agrees.
But with this new milestone comes new obstacles. And so our prayers must continue. Keep reading to find out how.
- Pray that the amniotic sac continues to recess and not bulge as it was doing on Monday morning (this is the reason that the medical team opted to put her on immediate hospital bedrest in Augusta, which is what leads to our next prayer need)
- We are now getting to know a new medical team, in a hospital environment. Pray that they can assess quickly where things are, and monitor her and our son effectively so that they can treat her efficiently.
- Pray for all of the settling that Jen needs to do to get sufficiently comfortable in the hospital. No privacy, restricted movement, interruptions, noise, and of course normal pregnancy discomfort, make for a unique time of “stretching” for Jen and testing all of her areas of comfort.
- Pray for me, as I will be splitting my time between Augusta and home.
- Pray for our son, that he would stay put for as long as divinely possible.
- Pray for the witness of the Gospel, that we would both seek to be sensitive to the spirit in terms of divinely appointed interactions and conversations.
We know that we have been upheld by the faithful prayers of God’s people thus far, and will continue to be as the ride unfolds. Thanks for journeying with us.
David & Jen