Monday, February 9, 2009

quick update...

I know that many of you are waiting to see how our amnio came out today but, we don't have any results just yet. The amnio itself went pretty well, although the little gibblet was moving all around and we had to do it twice...ouch! The doctor did call a few hours after the test was done and told me that his lungs were still "transitional" which basically means that it's not a definite negative or positive. We have to wait until tomorrow to get the exact number. So...long story short...look for another update tomorrow, oh and say some prayers tonight that he will be ready, we can't take much more of this!!! :)

Love, Leigh and Andy

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Still Waiting...

Today, I had an appointment with my regular doctor and things are looking good. It looks as if we will have another amniocentesis on Monday to check on the G-man's lungs and if all goes well with that, we will have our little guy on Thursday, February 12. Please pray that his lungs are developing and are where they need to be for delivery. This "wait and see" is starting to get the best of us and we just want to meet our little guy!! In the meantime, Andy and I thought it would be fun to start a little competition to see who could come closest to his birth weight. At our last ultrasound (which was a week and a half ago) he weighed approximately 6lbs. 6ozs. My guess is that he will weigh 7lbs. 13ozs. Andy is going with 7lbs. 8ozs. If anyone has a good guess, let us know!

Leigh and Andy

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Not this thursday... UGHHH!!!

So we went yesterday for our amnio to check on the G-man's lung development (the c-section was scheduled for Thurs.) and apparently the little guy isn't ready to make his debut. AAAAAAHHHHHH!!! We were just SO ready for Thursday! In my head I know that this is a good thing, but ugh. Now it looks as if our date will be February 12. So basically 2 years from now. At least that's what it seems like to us. I guess we do all of the "lasts" again. Last time going out to eat, last time going to a movie, last time sleeping in on a Saturday morning, last free weekend, you get the idea. Although this throws us for a HUGE loop, we know that it is what's best for him. So everyone flip your calendars over to February and circle the 12th (maybe in pencil). :)

Leigh and Andy

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"non-stress" test

So Leigh went in on tuesday to have a "non-stress test" to check on the G-man's heart. Funny how they call them Non-stress tests... because there was a fair amount of stress for both Leigh and I, prior to the appointment. However it looks like the irregularity in his heartbeat fixed itself because everything seems fine this time. So that was a nice small victory. We are praying we've got a few more of those small victories tucked away. :) Anyway, Both of us are doing well and "livin-it up" as much as we can before the Gibblet makes his debut!

love Andy and Leigh (+1)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

And in the corner...

...weighing in at 5lbs 11oz is OUR LITTLE GIBBLET!! That's right, we had our last ultrasound appointment with the high-risk doctor yesterday and the g-man is 5lbs 11ozs! We're hoping that by the 29th he will be close to 7 lbs! theres not much room for him in there these days, thus resulting in some cramped, expressions on his pudgy face. He was active during the appointment and we were pleased to see him moving all around! At this point his ventricles had stayed the same size, this is good! They measured 14 and 15 mm, still considered mild. While checking his heartbeat, which measured 140, they noticed there was a slight irregularity in the pattern of the beat. GREAT one more thing ... but the dr said this is very common in all babies and not to lose sleep over it. His heart looks fine and this was the first time that anything of the sort occurred. Leigh has an appointment next week with her regular dr and they will check it again. Should be something that fixes itself. Heck, i drink too much coffee and my heart beats irregularly!!! So continue to pray for the G-man...ohh and throw in a few prayers for Leigh and I. Our world as we know it, is about to change...and we're pretty geeked!

love Leigh and Andy

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Visit to meet Carson!

Last night Leigh and I had the opportunity to visit our friends Nate and Emily and were delighted as they introduced us to their new little guy, Carson. Nate and Emily are the couple we met this fall who's baby also has spina bifida. So up we went to the NICU (the very place we will be staying in a few weeks) to meet the little guy. What a cutie!! We were very pleased that Nate and Emily could spend some time with us. As they fed Carson, we were able to discuss the whole process of how things unfolded the last couple of days for them. We were both very encouraged from the visit, it put a picture in our head of what it might be like and in reality didn't seem as scary as we have been thinking for months. But yes, Nate and Emily have assured us there will be moments of joy and moments of discouragement, but they kept stressing its SOOO much easier having the little guy with them. We seem to think thats how it'll be for us as well. So we continue to pray for little Carson as there are still a lot of unknowns but things look very encouraging at the moment. check out their blog if your curious.

In other Gibbs household news...our furnace is on the fritz! Perfect, right. As I type ,the thermostat reads a balmy 57. I'm bundled up in 3 sweatshirts and a winter hat. Leigh, however has welcomed the cool temps and has finally stopped sweating :) No worries though, we've got a guy coming out this afternoon to fix it.

In Gibblet news... We have our final ultrasound with the high risk doctor this tuesday. Please pray that The G-man is getting bigger and that no major changes have poped up. We look forward to seeing what he's up to in there. :)

love Leigh and Andy (+1)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

the count down has begun...

Happy New Year everyone!!! We are coming off an incredible holiday season and want to keep everyone posted as to how things are going with us and The Gibblet. So let's start with the Gibblet... He seems to be behaving pretty well these days and judging by Leigh's increased wearing of her "comfy pants" he seems to be getting bigger! :) In fact Leigh's belly has been showcased often throughout the holidiays and at Christmas gatherings. Although hesitant at times, I'd say the Gibblet performed well when a hand was placed on her belly. As far as the two of us, we've had an incredible holiday, and on a number of occasions we've said that we can't recall a better Christmas than the one we've just had. The time spent with friends and family just seemed more rich and meaningful. A direct result of the changes Leigh and I have experienced since this past fall.

However, at the moment we both feel a bit unprepared, anxious, etc. Not sure why really...but it kinda hit us both this evening. I think it's a normal feeling as the time of the g-man's arrival is less than a month away and it's becoming more and more real to us. Anyway, it was just a little hiccup in our continued journey to build faith and courage, and as I type this now am feeling much better.

In other news...Our friend's Nate and Emily are scheduled to have their little guy this tuesday Jan 6!!! We've been thinking and praying for them a lot this weekend. Please keep all of them in your prayers this week as we look forward to meeting baby boy Bush! On a number of occasions Leigh and I speak of how incredibly helpful it has been to have met the two of them. They have been a great support group and a nice addition to our spina bifida club :) hehehe! We can't wait for our little guys to meet.

love Andy and Leigh :)