and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me.
Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt."
What a sweet little babe!! I know I'm the mother, so I'm obviously quite biased, but have you ever seen such a beautiful little face...and those cheeks!!! I can't wait to kiss them a million times over! I went in yesterday morning for the ultrasound and Baby K.'s heart is a-okay!! All its parts are functioning properly and it raced along between 132 bpm and 157 bpm. Wonderful! The ultrasound tech said that they are actually taught that anything between 100 -200 is just fine, and they actually like to see a big variance in the heart rates because it shows the baby is developing the ability to transition through various stages of rest and activity. So, as far as the heart is concerned, a great result. The U.T. went on to check the baby's growth and the more questions she asked, the more I laughed! First, "Were your other babies big?" (Gracie was 8 lbs 6 oz., Silas was 9 lbs, and Levi was 7 lbs 14 oz - but two weeks early, and Baby K. is weighing in at 4 lbs already!) and then "Does your husband have a big head?" Hmmm...how does one respond to that!!! The reason she asked is because the baby's head circumference is measuring at 33 weeks (we're only at 29 weeks). Apparently the head size is a genetic trait that is carried by the males. She remarked that it's a good thing this is my fourth baby! LOL! She showed me the growth charts and while Baby is right on average for leg and head to rump length, its in the 97th percentile for weight and absolutely off the charts for head circumference. Oy!!
We did, however, get some surprising news which may, or may not, turn out to be more serious. It appears that our sweet little one is missing a kidney. There's a possibility that the ultrasound was just 'off' and they'll try again in the next week or two to see if it shows up. It could also be 'lost in traffic' (the kidneys travel up into position while the baby is forming, until they eventually fall into place) and are either stuck somewhere or are just still making they're way up. There's also the possibility that our baby only has one kidney. The outcome of this ranges everywhere from totally inconsequencial to potentially serious. We find out next week what the doctor wants to do. Some doctor's will just leave it for the time being and wait until the baby is born to do follow up testing. We may go back for a repeat ultrasound to see if anything has changed. Or we could get sent to McMaster for a 3-D ultrasound to see what's going on, and if there's anything else that isn't showing up on our small town unit. So we'll keep you updated, as best as we can. Right now, we're really feeling at peace with everything. This definitely falls into the category of "Worrying about it doesn't change anything" and so we'll just deal with things as they come. Thank you for your prayers. What struck me most through all of this was that if not for the low heart rate, this ultrasound wouldn't even have been done and we wouldn't even know about this. Thank you Lord for uncovering the unknown! And also, the U.T. could've just checked the heart and monitered the heart rate and ended it at that. But she was very thorough and went above and beyond what was required, which led to the missing kidney discovery. Thank you for praying about the ultrasound. I truly believe that this is an answered prayer. So, as unsettling as this potentially is, we are truly grateful for what is happening. Again, I'll try my best to keep things updated here, as we covet your prayers. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a blessing to know that we are covered.