Thursday, April 8, 2010

More Updates and a Prayer Request

I'll start with the prayer request.

My heart is so heavy for some dear friends of mine. If you have a moment, please say a prayer for my friend Jason and his family. I've known Jason since junior high school and he has been a great friend to me for many years. Even as I write this, he is attending the funeral of his precious little nephew whose life was taken in an accident this week. Please pray for Jason and pray for his sister, her husband, and their two other children. Thank you, friends. I know that Jason reads this blog, so feel free to let him know in the comments that you are lifting them up in prayer today.

Besides our heavy hearts for our friends, things are going okay for us here at our house. We did get the Doppler in the mail on Tuesday of this week and it has been a great comfort for us. We have listened to the baby's heartbeat twice already and it is truly helping us to relax during these waiting periods in between appointments. It is a huge blessing!

This afternoon I have an appointment with our family doctor for my annual thyroid checkup and blood work. I have been on medication for hypothyroidism for probably 7 or 8 years or so now. It's something I always watched and had checked because I have a long family history of thyroid disorders. In addition to lots of other family members who struggle with this, my mom had problems with a hyperactive thyroid after she had me. My sister was diagnosed with Grave's Disease after she had her second child. (Coincidentally, my sister-in-law also has Grave's Disease.) Needless to say, I was glad to have mine already monitored and under control by the time we started trying to have babies, and it's something I definitely stay on top of.

I'm planning to take the doctor's consent form for the elective ultrasound with me to the appointment today. I was told on the phone that it could be signed by a family doctor as well as our OB, so I hope to get it signed today while I'm there in person. I'm afraid if I fax it to the OB's office they might not get it back to me in time for the ultrasound appointment on April 23. Hopefully I can get that done and crossed off of my list!

Our family doctor has always had an interest in my fertility history. Every time I go in to see her about a cold or any other problem, the conversation always turns to what our next steps will be in trying to have a baby. I appreciate this about her, although I must admit that sometimes I just wanted her to give me my medicine and let me get out of there! She is the kind of doctor who likes to chit-chat, so I'm sure we'll have lots to talk about today.

I still haven't quite decided what to have engraved on the charm I want to get to remember our babies. You gave me plenty of wonderful suggestions to consider, it's just that I'm a pretty indecisive person! I think it will be something that Chuck and I do together for Mother's Day this year. We will probably go and pick it out together and make the final decision about the engraving. (While I loved your ideas about hearts and trees, etc, I'm thinking they are probably only able to do text, but it's something I want to ask about.) I'm actually looking forward to having something to do to commemorate that day for us.

Finally, I want to thank you for watching the Beach family's Extreme Makeover last Sunday! Thanks to those of you who came back and left me a comment about the episode. We thought it was fantastic! We very much enjoyed watching it, although we may have gone through almost an entire box of Kleenex. We are still so happy for that very deserving and special family. Oh, and we did NOT see ourselves in the crowd on TV, but a few friends said they thought they did see us. If you think you spotted us, you may be right! :)

I hope you are all having a wonderful week! Thanks for checking on us and keeping up with our journey every step of the way.

**Edited to add: Our family doctor was happy to sign the form for the elective ultrasound. Yay! We are all set for the 3D/4D ultrasound on the afternoon of April 23. Hopefully that will be the day we will find out boy or girl. I can't believe it!


DeniFay said...

Stacey, My heart is heavy for Jason's family. It breaks my heart to hear and reminds me that a friend told me that just because you do have a child you aren't promised them forever. Such a good reminder to treasure each moment you have with your children. Praying peace, love, and comfort for that sweet family.

I'm thrilled you got the doppler, as I know it will continue to bring you great comfort, but also such joy to hear little baby's heart thumping away in there!! So glad you're doing well! Sending love, hugs, and prayers for a continued smooth pregnancy all the way to term!

Sharon said...

Thoughts and prayers go out to your friend Jason and his family over their tragic loss!
And FYI I'm LOVING your pregnancy ticker!
15 weeks and counting! YAY!

Connie said...

I am giddy with excitement1 I CANNOT wait! XOXO

And so it goes said...

I am so glad the dopplar gives a bit of piece of mind. looking forward to 4/23- I can imagine having those lil peaks at the baby are so good for the soul.

Keeping your friend in my prayers. Hard to process such tragedy.

Jana said...

Jason - So sorry... you and your family are on my heart and in my prayers...

Stace - Yay! I'm so glad you've got the doppler for peace of mind. I think that I would have a hard time EVER putting it away! (I tend to be a "checker" like that) Love you guys bunches!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andrea said...

Sweet Jason,
We pray for you and for your family, as I can not imagine the immense pain. I will continue to pray for you all in the coming days and years as you grieve and work toward healing. Lifting you up in prayer.

Continuing to pray for you and your hubby and for the safe arrival of your precious baby. So happy you are able to use the doppler, as it must provide a sense of security. May God continue to richly bless you.

Much Love

katdish said...

Wow. Jason, I am so very sorry for your loss. I don't even know what else to say except that before I lay down in bed in a few minutes, you and your family will be lifted up in prayer.

Stacey, I'm happy to hear that things are going well for you and HB. You're in my prayers often.

Abby said...

Thank you for sharing about your friend Jason's family. I pray that they see the strength that God is giving them. They may not feel it now, but in the days to come, God will shine for them!

I'm glad everything is going well with your pregnancy! It's exciting to read your posts and see what a special time this is for your family!!! I can't wait to hear what you are having!!!

Kate said...

Jason, I'm praying for your family. Stacey, I am so glad that the doppler is comforting you. Can't wait to hear what you are having on the 23rd!

Jenn said...

Jason, I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine. I am definitely lifting your family up in prayer! May the unexplainable peace of God rule & reign in your hearts constantly!

Stace, yaaaaayyyy about the sweet little baby who is doing wonderfully! I am so very excited for your sweet little family!!! :)