Thursday, August 9, 2012

21 Weeks!

Sorry for the absence of our weekly baby posts over the last couple weeks.  Please see below for more details.

How Far Along: 21 Weeks!

Size of Baby: a spaghetti squash this week {8 in, 1 lbs} according to What To Expect.

Maternity Clothes: Pretty much just rotating between the maternity pieces I own.  Thankfully, my MIL picked up a few more items for me from garage sales & I am looking forward to a little more variety.

Gender: a sweet baby GIRL!

Movement: I'm feeling a few flutters and it's an amazing feeling.

Sleep: Still sleeping through the night thanks to the addition of the body pillow.

What I miss: Thinking I was having a normal pregnancy...

Cravings: I had someone ask if I was having any crazy cravings yet {i.e. pickles & ice cream} and fortunately, I'm not.  I feel like I'm pretty much just craving my normal, pre-pregnancy favorites.

Other crazy symptoms: Some back pain, but that could also be because I'm not getting up and walking around as much as I should be when I'm sitting at a desk all day.

Best Moment this week: Feeling at peace with our situation and trusting in God.

Since this blog serves as a place to keep family & friends updated, as well as an journal to keep track of life's happenings, I thought it best to record & inform readers a little bit about what's been going on over the last two weeks.

On Monday, July 23rd, we went to our gender ultrasound excited to see our baby for the first time.  While we got what we went there for {the gender}, we didn't even suspect what the next 48 hours would hold.  Fast forward to Wednesday, July 25th - we had received a call from our midwife asking for an immediate appointment and after meeting with her, were sent over to the hospital to meet with the perinatologist {essentially a high-risk doctor} and our lives were immediately changed with the news that our precious baby was diagnosed with a fatal form of skeletal dysplasia.

Without going into a lot of detail, we spent the next week crying and praying and researching what we could.  The perinatologist requested we have a second opinion appointment performed, which took place on Thursday, August 2nd.  In hind site, that was one of the best pieces of advice we could have taken because we had another ultrasound done {#4 in two weeks}and while the doctor could tell that our baby has a form of skeletal dysplasia, she couldn't tell us that it would certainly be fatal, which was the hope we had been praying for.

There are still some concerns regarding the baby's bones that will be monitored over the remainder of this pregnancy, but we continue to pray for our little baby girl, that God will continue to improve her body over the next few months.

Thank you to all of you who saw my pleas for prayers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and thought about us during one of the hardest times in our lives.  They were certainly felt!


  1. You and your little gal(!) continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!

  2. I've been thinking about you and your family lots. Hoping for the best for you guys! I'm so glad you have reason to hope.

  3. Hi Meaghan,

    I'm a long-time friend of the Grable fam from SBC (Garry & Char Painter are my folks). We had a really scary and unsettling ultrasound experience with our son, Sam. :) He's now a healthy and happy boy. But the most encouraging thing to me during that time of waiting and not knowing was Psalm 139:16, In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

    It gave me great comfort that even the doctors/experts couldn't tell me what God had already ordained in the life of my child. God, who loves you and who is exceedingly good, holds Charlotte in his mighty hands.

    Continuing in prayer for your sweet, precious family.

    1. Becky,

      Thank you for your kind & encouraging words. Just as you said, I find myself searching for comfort in the Word and Him and appreciate all the prayers that are going up for our little girl!