July 31, 2008
Thank you for your prayers and we will keep in touch...
July 30, 2008
As of right now, we are at 66 hours since Alyson's water broke. We just heard the heartbeat of Jonathan again and it is a strong 144 beats per minute. The baby continues to move and the nurses keep finding him in a different spot each time they come into check and listen for the heartbeat.
We have had wonderful visits from our family, friends, and pastors from our church that have helped us to continue to stay strong and trust in the Lord.
If you would, please pray for the following:
1. The baby to continue to develop his organs and lungs.
2. For Alyson and Jonathan's bodies to resist infection.
3. The amniotic fluid to rebuild and stay close to Jonathan.
4. For Alyson's cervix to stay strong and as closed as possible.
As my mother drove me from my home in McKinney, Texas to the hospital she remembered a chapter in the Bible that Alyson and I are encouraged by.
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
July 29, 2008
We both wanted to give you a quick update. As of right now, 2:oo PM on Tuesday, we are at 36 hours after Alyson's water breaking. Her temperature has remained below normal (no sign of infection), and Jonathan's heartrate has remained strong. Alyson can still feel the little guy moving and tap dancing. The location of his heartbeat even moved from one side to other last night. So he is still going strong! Please continue to keep praying because things need to continue like this for weeks to come.
Alyson told me to let you all know that she wants to post a blog herself as soon as I bring her her laptop from home.
God Bless you all,
Justin, Alyson, and baby Jonathan
Exodus 23:25-26 "Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span."
Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
July 28, 2008
Once her water broke, they gave antibiotics and miraculously over the next 8 hours, her contractions slowed pretty much to a hault by 7 AM. The doctor was able to get a Fort Worth Hospital that has a high level NICU to admit her today. This was a huge answer to prayer since Abilene doesn't have any such NICU. At 12:30 PM, Alyson was flown by helicopter where she arrived at Harris Methodist Hospital of Fort Worth at 1:45 PM. Since then, she has been admitted into the high risk floor where cases like hers are their main focus. So far everyone has told her that she has the best doctors and nurses.
As of right now, 8:00 PM, Alyson has had very minimal contractions throughout the day, Jonathan's heartrate has remained in the 150's, which is right where it should be, and they are considered stable . Pretty much this means that Alyson has a new home until delivery, which we are believing will be many weeks from now. Amazingly contrary to everything we knew, babies can survive without amniotic fluid as long as there is no infection. We will continue to keep you posted.
In the midst of the hardest days of our lives, God has shown his incredible faithfulness. We just wanted to share with you some ways we've seen this:
1. We have prayer warriors here and all across the country, some we are finding out are people we don't even know.
2. Alyson head nurse in Abilene is the sister of one of our closest friends.
3. Alyson has been surrounded by medical staff who are believers in Christ (Example: Last night before I was even there, and prior to her water breaking, Alyson was faced with a decision to either go ahead and have a C-section or continue on with the possibility to deliver breach with the potential of the baby having even more injuries. Alyson told the doctor that she didn't know what to do, and she asked the doctor what would he would do, and his response was, "do you want to pray?" So the doctor prayed with Alyson. Afterward, Alyson decided to continue on, and the doctor told her that she had made the right choice.)
4. Late last night, as I was packing to drive the 3 hours and 30 minute drive to Abilene, one of my best friends, Lance, called me up and asked me if he could drive me to Abilene. During the drive, Lance and I prayed together and asked for God's peace, which he gave me.
5. When I arrived at the hospital in Fort Worth, about an hour after Alyson arrived, we met with a doctor. This doctor only talked to us about the negative statistics and issues the baby would have if the baby was born this week. Right when I was praying against the negativity, doubt, and worry, my sister text messaged me, "Justin, everything is going to be ok. God's ordered your steps thus far."
6. Right after this doctor left, I opened the door and recognized a pastor from our church who surprised us with his visit. We immediately went into prayer together asking God for healing and protection and rebuking negative thoughts and worries. (The text message from my sister and the visit from one of our pastors couldn't have come at a better time while we were thinking about the negative possibilities.
7. Alyson's mother's friend told her about a dream she had last night about Alyson. Her dream was of Jesus crawling into bed with Alyson cradling her and hugging her as the contractions eased.
We ask that you continue to pray with us. Please pray with us about the following:
1. That both Alyson and Jonathan remain stable.
2. For Alyson to carry Jonathan at least two weeks. (These next weeks are crucial in the development of our baby.)
3. For wisdom from the doctors on the right treatment options.
4. Patience and peace for Alyson as she lays horizontally, for a minimum of two weeks. (She says that she is willing to stand on her head if she needs to.)
5. Strength, wisdom, and peace for me as I am faced with having to work and give my time to my family.
6. Time for our baby to grow and have all of his major organs and systems develop enough to be able to survive ouside of Alyson.
7. Overall, for miracles in each and every way.
We are constantly feeding ourselves with God's Word.
Philippians 4:8-9 "And now, dear brothers, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you."
Matthew 18:19-20 "I also tell you this: If two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together because they are mine, I am there among them."
Psalm 136:4 "give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever."
Psalm 139:13-16 "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-and how well I know it. You watch me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed."
Alyson and I thank you for your agreement and prayer with us and are genuinely humbled by the support and love from our friends and family. We love you all and will keep you updated.
July 24, 2008
My best friend from high school, Jenny, along with her husband Jeff, helped another set of friends, Katie and her husband Nic, move across country from Boston back to California. They were nice enough to take a slightly southern detour into Texas to spend a few days visiting us!! We had such a wonderful time with them! We girls had a great time cooking a meal all together. One thing I love about spending time with these friends is that they always make me laugh--what fun!
With the cars...
Eating our dinner...
Such a cutie pie!
Having fun in the wave pool...
Dara and Brianna on the big water slide!
Chilling in our little pool!
I can hardly believe what a little lady Brianna is. She will be 6 in December, and it just amazes me how much she has changed since the last time I saw her! She was born just 7 days before I got married, so I can hardly believe she is starting kindergarten next week! It goes so quickly--I know if will feel like just a blink and our little Jonathan will be starting kinder, too! Time sure flies! Thanks everyone for coming to visit us--I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciated it!!!
July 23, 2008
Bumper and crib sheet (sheet is actually from a really similar line from Target that I can get extra pieces from if I want)
Crib, so far. Will look even better once the dust ruffle comes!
Even a lightswitch cover and diaper stacker. We also got some wallpaper border--not enough for the whole room, but maybe can be used in another cute way!
I couldn't resist--Justin and Betsy hanging out in the nursery! You can see the ottoman for the glider we bought behind Justin. We are waiting for the chair, but at least the footstool was in stock! It is going to be perfect!
July 13, 2008
Look--already clothes in his closet!! We have received so many wonderful clothing presents, plus we found an awesome deal on baby boy clothes on Craiglist, so we are already adding to his wardrobe! I'm now working on figuring out what bedding/colors we want. Gosh it's hard to make all these decisions! But I love it!! =)
No stretch marks yet--thank goodness! I can definitely tell that he is growing --just this week I have felt a lot heavier in my belly. Yikes--20 weeks more to go!! I have a feeling that I'll be huge! But it will all be completely worth it!! I'm also feeling him moving a lot more inside me. I think he's still to small to kick really hard though, since I still can't feel anything from the outside. It is going to be such a wonderful day when Justin feels him for the first time!!
The last few weeks have been incredibly full, but wonderful! I thought that once the schoolyear was over that I would have some relaxation time in June. That didn't quite happen though! I was lucky enough to get a job as a instructional specialist during summer school. It was a great job to have for 3 1/2 weeks--I got to work with more groups of kids and had a lot of fun! It ended on Friday, and I really am glad to be done! My plan is to be at home full time now...planning and getting ready for Jonathan! (Watch for my next post for more info on our little guy, his new furniture, and some more updates!)
The last couple weeks of June we enjoyed having my parents in town. They are hoping to relocate to Texas by this fall, and were here working on details and looking for work. This would be such a huge move for them, after spending over 30 years in Fresno, where I grew up! They are really praying and trusting God to show them to the perfect jobs, the perfect home, at the perfect time. I know they are really excited about their first grandbaby, and we would love for them to be nearby! They were so helpful to us while they were here as well. I told them they were my little house-fairies!! Every day Justin and I came home to a delicious dinner cooked, laundry done, and even clothes ironed!! Thank you so much, mom and dad, for all your help during a busy time!! You can come stay anytime!! ;-)
We left on Tuesday for a great 4th of July trip in Colorado and Nebraska. Every year, Justin's extended family has a yummy barbeque and a huge firework show. The last time we were able to get there was in 2004, so it was definitely time for us to get back there! We were able to spend some quality time with his family and relax!! Justin even went out with the guys for a round of golf before the meal! Just what he needed! We were also blessed by his family with our very first baby shower for Jonathan! Since we don't get to see the whole family very often, they wanted to throw us a shower! What a great day! See below for pictures of our time in Nebraska.
Following are just some of the pictures of Ryley and Justin riding just about every ride in the park!!!
Ryley with Priscilla--the cutest little dog--just her size!!
Fun with Ryley--she was our present assistant!
What a wonderful week that we had in Colorado and Nebraska! There is just nothing like being with family, especially when it has been awhile in between visits. Thank you everyone for making out time so wonderful! We love you all and promise that we'll see you again soon!