Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My God is faithful...

From the very first moment of this pregnancy I have been humbled by God's grace. I have been thankful that God decided to once again let us raise a child of His here on this earth. During the long 14 months of infertility the devil snuck into my every thought and started making me believe God did not trust me as a mother and that is why he had not blessed us with another child. I was beyond devastated during those trying months.

Then January came and we discovered we were pregnant and the gratitude I had towards God for blessing us with another child was unbelievable. What a different person I am after Ian. When I became pregnant with Ian I don't even think I thanked God for His blessing. I know I didn't pray unceasingly for a healthy child. I just kind of assumed everyone had healthy children because that's all I knew. I was more concerned with the color Ian's hair and eyes would be. I was planning his t-ball days and his first day of school outfit. Not this time...this time I am praying for every part of Asher. I used to tell Ian "I love you from the tip, tip, tip of your head to the bottom, bottom, bottom of your toes." Now as I pray for Ahser I pray for him "From the tip, tip, tip of his head to the bottom, bottom, bottom of his toes."

Well, it looks like those prayers have been answered. UAB called me at 4:52 yesterday afternoon and told me the BEST news I could have ever heard!!! "Mrs.Ellis, I've got some great news for you. You are having a HEALTHY little boy with no RCDP!!!!" PRAISE JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whew...what a relief to finally hear those words. "Healthy" "NO RCDP" Now all we have left to clear is sweet little Asher's heart. We have an appointment on April 22nd at UAB with the high risk department for an in depth ultrasound which will measure his bones and check his heart. After that it looks like we will be cleared for an all clear with a healhty little Asher.

When I received the news I went to Asher's room. I fell on my knees and sobbed as I thanked my Savior Jesus Christ. He was the first one I wanted to share my news with as if he didn't know. Hahahaha...HE created this sweet healthy little being I am carrying. If you don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you have no clue as to what I'm talking about I encourage you now to dig into the word and search for Jesus. I encourage you to ask Him into your heart as your personal Savior. If you want to experience what I have been describing all this time as I talk about MY Jesus then girlfriend you need a relationship with Christ in your heart. It's a decision you will NEVER regret!!! If you need to talk to someone about it, I'm always here...


Friday, March 11, 2011

It's a...

I had my CVS test this Monday. Let's just say this test was less than pleasurable. My test was done through the abdomen where they stick a large, a VERY large needle through your abdomen into your stomach. They do a sonogram the entire time and watch the baby in order to know where to stick you!!! Now that part was fun. Our little baby was wild. Kept hitting it's head and kicking and flipping and flopping. Such a joy to see. They did the test and whew it was over. Oh nope...Mrs.Ellis we are going to have to do it just one more time to ensure we have an adequate amount to send off for the RCDP test. GREAT!!! Let's stick that large, VERY large needle back in my belly and through my uterus once more. Great idea!!! hurt bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad that's over. I had bedrest the next day. Just to recover from the trauma and to make sure my sweet little baby was ok resting in there.

So we knew that within 48 hours we would have some preliminary results back on some health issues. These aren't issues we were really concerned about they are just issues normal people worry about. We got those results back and Praise the Lord they were healthy normal results. Now it's time to wait 3 weeks for the RCDP results. Tick...tock...tick...tock.

We also got the results for the gender of the baby. The moment you all have been waiting for. Well we really didn't get the results of this. The sweet, sweet genetic counselor called my dear friend Tracey Thomas and gave her the results. So Tracey knew and we did not know. Tracey called a friend who had made some cupcakes. Sabrina made us 15 cupcakes with pink filling in them and 15 cupcakes with blue filling in them. Tracey called her and found out what was in each container. Sabrina had labeled each container with a bible verse. So after that Tracey knew which container I was supposed to serve to our guests at our baby reveal party.

I opened the container which said "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." After reading this verse I was convinced this was the girl box of cupcakes. I got all the cupcakes out and was ready to serve our guests. We explained the rules to all the kids and adults and on the count of 3 we bit into our cupcakes. We all found out together that WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER LITTLE BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After much consideration we have decided on the name Asher Andy Ellis. Asher because it means happy and blessed and that is exactly what this child means to us. Andy because we are handing down a family name which also served as Asher's big brother's middle name.

I visited Ian's grave and let him know he would be having a little brother. As I was telling Ian all about Asher I was suddenly overwhelmed with the thought that Ian has probably already met sweet Asher's soul. Ian has probably warned Asher about all our crazy habits and those two brothers have probably already had lots of play time with one another. I am overwhelmed and humbled by God's grace.

We are beyond excited and things are underway already in Asher's room. The baby bedding is ordered and my cousin who is an interior decorator is going to decorate his room to give it a fresh look. This momma's heart is overflowing with joy once again and I cannot wait to be a mommy to another little boy!!! Thank you Jesus for entrusting us with another child of Yours. Thank you Jesus!!!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Checking in...

I'm sorry I haven't updated before now. Wae and I had our day full of doctor's appointments this past Tuesday and it wore me slap out!!!

Our day started out with a sonogram. I won't go into all the details of the sonogram but I will say that it did not live up to my expectations. It wasn't the baby at all. The baby was pure perfection!!! That little bit was moving and wiggling with arms on top of the head and all. Let's just say that I wasn't pleased and leave it at that. :)

After our sonogram we saw my OB/GYN and it was a very quick meeting. I asked my questions, we were told everything looked great, and told to make another appointment at 16 weeks. The baby is measuring 4 days ahead of schedule so I'm saying the due date is now September 11th. What a memorable day in the US huh? Well, it's a real memorable day to me because it's the day my Paw Paw Kelly met Jesus. What a man my Paw Paw Kelly was!!!

After a little break we met with a genetic counselor and a genetecist about a test we will be having on the baby. We discussed risks, advantages of the test, and of course our sweet little Ian. I'm not sure if I've ever met two people in the field of medicine who were as kind and caring as these two. I was VERY impressed and thankful for this meeting. So...we are having a test Monday. This test will show that our baby is healthy and that we serve an almighty God who is still in the miracle business. We are simply having this test to put our minds at ease so that we can enjoy this pregnancy with no more thought given to RCDP. Please pray for me and the baby Monday! Please pray for every doctor and scientist who works on our test results and most importantly please pray that these results prove NO RCDP!!! It will take 3-4 weeks for the results to be in. Those will be some long weeks! A nice little perk to the test...we will know if we are having a baby boy or a baby girl TUESDAY!!! We are having a baby reveal party that night and it's going to be so much fun. I'll post pics and video so you all know if we are having a little Asher or a little Linnie!!!

Prayers appreciated...