No pregnant mother is ever ready for the phone call which tells her; “We detected a problem on your ultrasound. We want to take a closer look.” I tried not to think about the “what ifs” and “maybes” as the days passed between the phone call and the appointment with the specialist. After detecting a small cyst on my sweet baby’s head, I received a high-definition ultrasound to be certain that every detail of my baby was developing normally.
As the scan reveals, our son is not quite normal. There are three “abnormal developments” in our darling baby; an enlarged kidney, two cysts in the brain, enlarging the chambers they reside in, and an enlarged ventricle which transports the cerebrospinal fluid to the spine. The doctor is confident that the cysts themselves pose no danger, as they often resolve themselves, but what does the rest of that mean? Enlarged developments of this nature often indicate one of three chromosomal abnormalities: Downs Syndrome, and Trisomies 13 & 18 (most babies with the latter two die before their 1st birthday).
After assuring the doctor that “termination of pregnancy” is not an option, we have weighed the risks of amniocentesis and have also ruled that test out. At this point, there is no certainty of our baby’s condition, just percentages and medical probabilities. Sometimes, these kinds of “abnormalities” just go away. Sometimes they continue to progress, ever increasing the likeliness of a genetic defect. But in either situation, nothing is certain until our son is born and they can draw his blood directly.
We will be going in for high-definition ultrasounds every 2-3 weeks to continue tracking the development of our son, and we will be praying for resolution. We know that our Omnipotent God is fully aware of the form and development of our beloved baby boy, and it is in His power to heal his little body if He wills. We know that no detail of our baby’s life is beyond reach and out of the all-wise plan of our good God (Psalm 139:13). Please join us is lifting up our darling baby boy in prayer.
- Please pray with us for his mind to develop so that he can comprehend the goodness of the gospel.
- Please pray with us that our son may love the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength.
- Please pray with us for his full recovery, so that we may marvel together with you at God’s gracious miracle of restored health.
We love you all and we greatly covet your ongoing prayers for us during this time. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
“Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” ~ Psalm 73:23-26 & 28