Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesday Talk #29: An Update

Good morning, ladies!

I'm finally emerging from what's been a crazy month! Medically, I've had some discouraging lab results again and even my providers are somewhat stumped with why my progesterone won't rise despite two increases in treatment. Please keep me and baby in your prayers, that my levels will rise and that baby will stay in there until full term! Every week, baby's chances of living outside the womb get better and better, but the thought of preterm labor scares me greatly. Our little one has been so showered with prayers and grace this pregnancy and we feel it! So grateful to all those on earth and in heaven praying for us! Because of the treatment, I have felt quite yucky. Nausea, fatigue, indigestion. Kind of a throwback to the first trimester. I've noticed improvement the past few days, so perhaps my body is getting used to the treatment! We'll see...it's truly in God's hands and I know He loves both me and baby and will take care of us!

With the whole Murphy's Law things, it makes perfect sense that the month I feel bad physically is the month we are way overbooked in our schedule! There have been several times this month my hubby and I looked at each other and said, "how are we going to get through this??" But God is so good and provided the strength and grace we needed to be faithful to our commitments, find rest in between them, and grow closer together because of going through the craziness together! (Although next month we are purposely keeping it very minimally scheduled.)

Our craziest week turned out to be one of the most blessing-filled. We had two nights of my workplace fundraiser banquet (where my husband was the emcee), and three days over an hour away as presenters for a marriage prep retreat for engaged couples (and had to drive home each day because of two other overlapping events!!). Despite some early mornings, some pregnancy carsickness (you've truly reached a new level in your marriage when your husband holds your hair back while you throw up on the side of a country road...which I can laugh about now...), we actually experienced so much grace through the week! The speaker at my work fundraiser was incredibly inspirational (Matt Hammitt from Sanctus Real), and we met some great new friends at the marriage prep weekend and were able to counsel a few of the engaged couples through some different issues they were having. When the whole week was done and we found we were still alive, we grabbed some pizza and the new Star Wars movie (so late to the game, I know) and had an impromptu date night in and reminisced how God had worked through the week in our lives and in others'.

We have a few more things this month, including a wedding this weekend, but our schedule is slowing down and the weather is warming up! It is absolutely gorgeous and I can't get enough of the blooming trees and flowers and sunshine and birds!

What are you up to lately? Give me some comment-love with your highs and lows of the month.

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  1. Laura, I'm so glad that God is bringing you through all of the craziness! I will be praying for you and the baby and your progesterone levels (and your husband, as he takes care of you). I think it's beautiful that God has done so much wonderful stuff in and through you lately, even if you were not feeling well.

    1. Thank you for the prayers! It takes a (heavenly) village to grow a baby. ;)

      Yes, I'm so grateful for God's grace that keeps my spirits up-- and every time I feel our sweet baby kick, it brings such joy. Every treatment is so worth this little one. :)

      Hope you are doing well!! You are well into the third trimester, I think?? So exciting!!

  2. Oh my goodness, Laura, keeping you all in my prayers! I can only imagine that the uncertainty of your medical situation must be a little unnerving at times. I hope that your doctor is really able to find a solution that will help you long term! You must be around or a little past the age of viability? I hope that's a little consolation, but still. Glad to hear you're doing a little better. Enjoy a little rest this next month! And you'll all continue to be in my prayers.

    1. Thank you, sweet friend! You are such a faithful prayer warrior! I'll be 25 weeks tomorrow so each week that passes gives a higher percent chance of baby surviving. Definitely helps reassure me, but somehow I think God is going to protect us even longer and closer to term. :) It's all worth it and I see God using the situation in my own life and in better ministering to others. Hugs for you as you're embarking on your own adventure with graduation approaching! Don't let fear get the best of you-- it's going to be wonderful. <3