Thursday, February 25, 2010

Exciting News!

This last Tuesday afternoon I was blessed to experience one of the greatest feelings. I was able to stand in a doctors office and watch, on a monitor, our child moving around inside Olivia. That's right, Olivia is pregnant once again! We have known that she has been pregnant for almost the last 3 months (she's in her 12th week right now), but we wanted to wait until the end of the first trimester as well as check everything out before we announced the pregnancy.

Because of our miscarriage last year, this pregnancy brought with it a lot more fears and worries as to what was happening with the baby. Morning sickness (really all day sickness) has been a big thing in this pregnancy, something that she didn't experience with our first pregnancy. Still, we didn't know how the baby actually was which was difficult. This last week as we went in for the ultrasound, we were filled with relief and joy. It was so great to see and hear the baby's heart beating as well as watch the baby jump around inside Olivia.

We are very excited! And we are more confident now that this time everything will go well. The doctor was able to check the health and development of the baby, looking for any indications that the baby has any birth defects or serious problems. And we are so thankful that as far as the doctor could see, the baby is in perfect health. Right now the baby is about 5cm long (2 inches) from head to bum. In the pictures you are able to see it's hands and feet (10 fingers, and 10 toes), all is well and we are pleased.

Thank you all for your prayers. As of now we are planning on getting all of our prenatal care here in Kharkov, then going to Kiev to deliver. There is a European clinic there we visited in January that we feel will be able to provide anything we need to deliver the baby without any problems. Keep praying for us, and especially for Olivia. She is the one that is dealing with all the sickness and aches, all I have to do is wash a few extra dishes and cook a few more meals.

Here is a very short video of the baby. I think it has the hiccups, cause it jumped around like this for ages. I know that it is all blurry, but if you notice the extra blurry bit in the middle of the baby's chest, you are looking at the heart beating. The was the most significant part for me, cause when I saw the heart beating, I knew that my baby was alive!

22 comments:

Jenn said...

AWESOME!! We will be praying for mommy and baby at this wonderful time in ya'll's life! Congrats!

Taylor said...

Congratulations you guys! That is wonderful! Watch out - the next time you skype with us, Allan will make you stand up and show your baby bump. Just a warning. :)

Mary said...

What a beautiful baby! A blessing from God for sure.

Nancy said...

Congratulations!! That's a cute baby. We are so happy for you. Thanks for taking such good care of Liv, David! We're praying for you, and we'll want to see the baby bump, too, real soon. Love you and Happy Birthday, Liv!

Jeanette said...

That is so wonderful, really! Of course I don't have to tell you that!

The jumps though are typical of this early stage as the neurological system is forming. Hiccups come after the third trimester... in case you were wondering!

Lannett said...

David and Olivia,
David and I are so excited for the two of you. We totally understand the waiting to tell since we too had a miscarriage the first time around. Enjoy being sick Olivia, it's God telling you the baby is okay. You are in for such a joyous journey, not only with pregnancy but in raising your beautiful baby!!

Lori T said...

Congratulations! We will definitely be asking God to keep you and baby safe and healthy. So sorry about the all day sickness. I definitely know what that's like; ugh.

Here's a post I did on my blog for some remedies other people/doctors told me about: http://www.thetowells.com/2009/06/morning-sickness-remedies/
Best of luck to you with that!

Barb said...

Such happy news!!! Congratulations! Ya'll are gonna make wonderful parents.

Love you!!

Toni Burns said...

Congratulations, we are so excited for you. Love the video.

Katie said...

So happy for you guys! You are in our prayers. Can't wait to be there with you guys and share in your joy! We're excited about the soon to be addition to the team! :)

Jill Welch said...

Again, so so so happy for you! Amazing video!!! Congratulations!

We are praying continuously for you and the baby!

Love you!

Corey said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news. We're so happy for you guys.

Sherry said...

Thanks for sharing the video. It is so amazing to watch. I know you guys are really excited. I'm praying for y'all and for that precious gift from God!

Deanna said...

Congratulations! That is fantastic...well, except for the nausea. We will send up prayers for you as your sweet blessing continues to grow. Take care and enjoy your pregnancy.

Timbra Wiist said...

YAY!!!!!!!!

Carolyn said...

Oh wow. I am so so so happy to hear this and see the little one and just to know the reassurance your hearts feel. This is such exciting news. Praise God for this precious life!

JayJarboe said...

We are so excited for you! Congratulations!
Jay and Sherry

The Boyers said...

congrats! what a beautiful baby! i love all the sonogram pics and the video! he is so so cute and looks perfect :) we will be praying for you and thinking of you often! we prayed for you in small groups tonight.

Jonathan said...

Hello there :)

Congrats on the baby, and may God bless you richly for the fantastic work you're doing.

If possible, I'd really appreciate your help. I'm a youth pastor in England looking to connect with a church in Mariupol. Could you possibly forward me some contact details of the church mentioned in your blog? My email address is muzzydave@hotmail.com

Thank you for your help, and my sincere congratulations once again!

Larissa Smith said...

YEAH!!!! What an answered prayer. I completely understand the mixed feelings of joy and excitement with fear and reservation. Morning sickness is a great reminder that your pregnancy is alive and kicking!

Melissa said...

That is so wonderful! Matt and I will be praying for a healthy pregnancy and delivery! It's the best 9 months she will have! I really loved it!

The Randers Family Blog said...

Congratulations!!! Just checked your blog and saw the exciting news. So very happy for you and praying for a healthy pregnancy. What a blessed little baby to have such sweet and wonderful parents! Enjoy the amazing and wonderful journey!!

Love,
T.J., Cassie, & Ellie