And another baby.

Ok, I guess that was a little mean to post the last blog about a baby and not mention any news of our own.

You know, we just lost this last baby the last week of July.  That is only 2 months ago.  That was our second loss in just under a year.  It was a hard thing for me to stomach simply because I had carried and borne 2 wonderful children with little to no problems and couldn’t understand why this was happening.

I was waiting and waiting after the miscarriage for a return to “normalcy” (I’m trying to spare you male readers the details) and it just didn’t happen.

So, after 3 weeks of feeling horrible and thinking that I had the worldest longest flu or malaria (which I am sure I did have the flu a bit) I finally took a pregnancy test as a last ditch effort.  Those lines were immediate.  That never happens with me!

I was a bit in shock, and very hesitant to say anything.  I needed a follow-up with my doctor to figure out why the miscarriages were happening, so I made an appointment.  Imagine her surprise when I informed her that we probably shouldn’t run all of the tests she was hoping to run cause I might just be pregnant.  I think her jaw dropped a little before the smile spread over her face and she said something like, “Well, well?”

She took me down right then for an ultrasound and sure enough there was a baby.  A heartbeat even.  But a baby that looked too small for her calculations.  She told me that either it was just a late “arrival” or that there was something wrong and that the baby was not growing.  My heart sank.  Not again I thought.

She decided that I would need an ultrasound in 2 weeks, at which time, the fetus would be measured for 2 weeks of growth, or the likelihood that the pregnancy was not viable.

SO, for those 12 days up until yesterday I have had this heaviness over me.  Of course I trust that God knows my desires for another child, but still, it does not ease the fact that those were the longest days filled with waiting, and searching, and prayers from a few faithful prayer warrior friends of mine.

And then yesterday, my ultrasound.

It started out quite oddly because after I put my gown on and went to empty my bladder, the door to the bathroom (inside the exam  room mind you) was locked.  I looked with a quizzical look at the technician and nurse.  They gave me the same look back and mouthed, “Is someone in there?”  I shrugged.  How should I know??

And there was someone in there!!!  An older haggard looking Indian woman peeked her head out, asked for some tissue and then locked herself back in the bathroom for another eternity (it was really like 8 minutes).  And then, as suddenly as it started, she came out looking all fresh and coiffed.  We were all flabbergasted as the entire exam had been waiting on this woman leaving so I could go to the bathroom.  She didn’t even exchange words with any of us.  Just walked out.  So strange and WEIRD!!!

So finally, with an empty bladder, the exam began, and immediately, there was this big ol fetus up on the screen.  Way bigger than before  and way bigger than 2 weeks growth.   Turns out the baby was right on track for where it should have been before.  No explanation for the 4 weeks growth in 2 weeks, other than the hand of God.  There is was, a healthy 9week old fetus with a crazy strong heartbeat and everything looking strong and intact.

I wanted to cry.  But I didn’t.  But I did allow the fear to dissipate and excitement to enter my mind and heart over this new addition to our lives.   As if our lives weren’t crazy enough, Yes, the May family is going to go and have a baby in Kenya.   Join with us in praying over this little one in the next 7 months and for everything to go easily and smoothly.

We’re looking forward to our Kenyan baby arriving right around May 8th.  Poor Eli, I don’t think it’s quite the birthday present he imagined!!

Oh, and for the humor portion of this blog:

Lucy was present with dad and I in the ultrasound.  She wanted to know if the doctor was taking it out right then.  Ian said, “No it has to cook a while longer.”

Later, Lucy said, “Are we going to eat the baby then?”

Eli asked, “Is this baby going to die too?”  Bless his sweet spirit that understands so much more of this than Lucy.

Lucy informed me that she needs 2 baby sisters, “So we can all hold hands”.

Eli asked, “Does the baby come out your butt?”  To which I simply said no.  No further explanation provided at this point in time.

And then I made a quick escape and  I told them “Good night!”

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15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by orphanmama on October 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    God had plans all along to give you a healthy, perfect baby Anne!

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  2. I am so happy for you!!!

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  3. Posted by Shawnna on October 2, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Anne – what an amazing blessing. I will be praying for a great pregnancy.

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  4. Posted by erin on October 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Laughing and crying. Love you and bless you my sweet friend!

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  5. Posted by Alisa on October 2, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Laughing and crying and praising and praying with you guys. God is so good!

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  6. Posted by Jenn on October 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    woohoo!!!

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  7. Posted by Eve on October 2, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Oh, Anne. What a sweet, sweet blessing. Your kids are so wonderful, makes me cry. They have seen so much more than most kids their age and how awesome that they will be witness to a new life as well. Such a blessing for all of you. We are SO excited to meet the new little one and to give you all hugs!

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  8. Posted by Terry on October 3, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Your kids crack me up. So excited for you all. Praying for you and the little one especially.

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  9. Posted by Suzy on October 3, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Congratulations Anne. We will be praying for you and for a healthy pregnancy. Much love to you all.

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  10. Posted by paula on October 3, 2009 at 5:10 am

    I’m so happy for you and Ian! I guess this means I’ll have to make that trip to Kenya.

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  11. Posted by Amy on October 3, 2009 at 6:18 am

    What wonderful news my friend! I am so happy for you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers the whole time! Lay your anxiety at His feet. He knows all and his timing for this is perfect. You have a wonderful blessing on the way! YAY!!!!

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  12. Posted by Jamie on October 3, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Oh, so exciting! We will be praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby. You guys are an amazing family and such an inspiration. Love you all.

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  13. Posted by Linda C. Hardin on October 5, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Dear Anne, Ian, Eli and Lucy- On vacation and have wi fi so I brought my lap top and decided to check up on you guys. WOW, what a happy, happy surprise! This has been a difficult last few months for me so when I see new life coming about and to such a wonderful, loving family my spirits have been lifted and I wish you all the very best for a healthy baby and uneventful pregnancy.

    Love to all of you, take the very best of care and keep up your good work. LInda

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  14. Congratulations you guys!!! What wonderful news! Keep those cute kid quotes comming. I’m sure there will be some good ones to come :). Love you guys. KK

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  15. Posted by Jenn S on October 6, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I thought this post was coming soon. I try to stay updated through the groupies, and we went to the late service and missed the skype….bummer. I got all choked up seeing your photos on the screen at church. Amazing what you and family are doing. Bless this little one, every day, every month until it is born. ….Love to you all….Eli’s comment reminds me of our first walk/run in Forest Park> Ian, you and me….do you remember?

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