Thursday, January 14, 2010

Eliana Update

It has been a whirlwind of a day! I am 30 weeks today, and can't believe that we'll be meeting Eliana so soon... and sooner than we were originally thinking we would!

I took the day off work, and Spencer took the morning off, so that we could schedule a bunch of appointments all on one day. We started with a sonogram at 8:30 this morning at my perinatologist's office. Eliana looks great! She was wiggling around like crazy and was complete uncooperative as far as getting any good pictures are concerned. I am dying to see her little nose... Isaac's nose was a dead giveaway on who his ressembled, and I can't wait to see Ellie's. No luck today, though. She is measuring right on track, and her estimated weight is 3 lb 7 oz. I talked to the doctor about some concerns I had with waiting until 39 weeks to deliver. With a classical incision, the risk of uterine rupture is a bit higher, and clearly, we want to avoid that. He agreed, and suggested a 37 week delivery... two weeks earlier than we had thought!

From there, we went in for a routine OB appointment and my glucose screening for gestational diabetes. This month I surprisingly only gained 1 lb... but that's after a nice 6 lb gain the month before, and a 7lb gain (yikes!!) the month before that! I blame all the Christmas cookies... :)

Anyhow, we talked with my OB about our concerns with the 39 week delivery and my perinatologist's recommendation for a 37 week delivery. He agreed that with having had a classical incision, it would be a good idea. I'll be getting some steroid shots to boost Eliana's lung development in a couple of weeks. At the end of my appointment, we scheduled Ellie's delivery. Please be praying for March 4, 2010. It is sure to be a sacred day.

I also had a chance to meet with the birth advisor at the hospital where I will be delivering. We've gotten to know her a bit through our experience with Isaac, and she is delightful. She's a great listener, and the hospital is willing to really work with us to make this experience different. What will be the same is that the nurse who helped deliver Isaac and cared for us tremendously through our time in the hospital, and with whom I have been fortunate to maintain a good friendship since, will also be assisting in Eliana's delivery. I am really grateful for this. I know that delivering a baby after losing your first is going to be hard, and I am thankful for God's provision in the fact that we won't be anonymous. Our nurse will already know us, and knew Isaac... other folks at the hospital also have met Isaac and have heard his story.

And one final update, that kind nurse I was just talking about made the beautiful valance now hanging in Eliana's room! The lighting is a little off, but I think the green fabric turned out great and complements her wall letters really well!


Thank you for continuing to keep us in your prayers as March 4th approaches!

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful nursery pictures! We are so happy for the Delisle family.
Hugs and prayers to you:)
The Keefers

Anonymous said...

Hi Stacey...I've been following your blog since I came back from my maternity leave back in May...I came across it from a friends blog. And I've come to love Isaac and I'm excited for your little girl's arrival, also my son was born March 3, 2009 a day before Eliana's arrival, so I will be thinking of you and praying that God will be taking control of everything. God Bless
Miriam

Kamaile said...

I know that March 4, 2010 is going to be a PERFECT birthday!

You look radiant!

Angie said...

Such great news that Ellie (love her name!) is doing so well! I'm very excited for you and Spencer and can't wait for your March baby!

Daddy's Dream ~Mommy's Miracle said...

We too had a great staff that knew our loss. Our delivery was absolutely amazing...God was so present in the room. Wishing you a joy filled delivery!

The Writer Chic said...

Whoo-hoo! A DATE! 3/4/10 will be a glorious day, Stac.

Christa said...

We are one day apart! I'll be 30 weeks tomorrow. You look fabulous and your nursery is adorable. Ellie is a lucky lady :)

"cpsocal"

Anonymous said...

I looooove the nursery. I will keep you in my prayers, keep us updated ok?

Misty Rice said...

YOu are soooooo close......

I love that you are having a girl with all that pink, so Isaac gets to be your special little boy.

I love having one of each...and maybe one day you will have another little boy, but right now I think the differentness (is that a word?) and the newness of a little girl will allow for you to still continue in your healing with Isaac.

Just like The Macs having a little boy... I was so excited about that. So Cora is still their number one girl. :)

Thanks for stopping by today and saying hello.

Hugs

Mrs.Rotty said...

holy cow! you're sooo close!!!
congrats. i'm so excited to 'meet' her!

Sarah said...

I'm so excited for you guys - and that you'll be meeting Eliana 2 weeks sooner. My birthday is Mar 3, so I think March is a great month :-) I'm also glad you'll get to have a nurse that you already know - I plan to ask for the same wonderful nurse who helped with Andrew's delivery when we have another. If you don't mind me asking, will you need to have another classical c-section this time? I'm so thrilled for you guys and definitely still praying!!

Kim said...

I can't tell you how excited I am that Isaac will have a beautiful little sister. March 4 is coming quickly.

Donna said...

The nursery is beautiful and your baby bump, adorable!! Blessings for a safe delivery amd happy family!

Melanie said...

Stacey, I have been following your blog for some time now and will keep you all in my prayers. I am 21wks pregnant after having a miscarriage in 2008 and I struggle with staying positive thru my pregnancy. I was wondering if you have read any Christian books that you have read during your pregnancy now? I am trying to find a book to read to just help me rest in His hands after a loss.

In Christ & praying for you,
Melanie

BTW I am having a girl too and her name is Elanie.

Erika said...

keeping you in my prayers. march 4th is the birthday of a very good friend of mine, and march 5th is a very special day because it is blake and ethan's birthday. praying that beautiful eliana's arrival is smooth and without complications. can't wait for you to hold your precious second born!

xoxo,
erika


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Tammy On the Go said...

just beautiful, I am getting so excited

Paige said...

We delivered our second baby at 37 weeks as well and everything was just perfect. I too was able to a have a friend (I went to high school with her) do all my pre-op stuff, be in the delivery room, and she even snuck me in the nursery to see Callyn's first bath. It was very comforting to have someone there who had known what we had been through and was almost as excited as we were to be there!

mommyof5 said...

If Eliana is born on the 4th of March...She will have the same b-day as my dad.

I miss my dad and I know you do your little boy....

That would be so cool to have my daddy's b-day!!

Jenn said...

Stacey, everything sounds like excellent news. I will sure be praying for you & your husband in these coming 7 weeks...
For peace & hope, and then JOY!

JRMG said...

Prayers are with you every day. You are a very strong person, you can do this!

Delayna said...

How exciting! What a wonderful day that will be :) Praying for you guys...

jacks grandmom said...

This is exciting news! March 4 will indeed be a wonderful blessed day! I can't wait to meet little Eliana!

Jen said...

Hi Stacey, I've been following your blog for some time now. I'm so excited to hear that your pregnant again and about your daughter's arrival. May God bless you during this wonderful time. I'll be thinking about you guys. Can't wait to see pictures of your beautiful little girl.

Cynthia said...

So glad to hear that all is good and that you have a date for her arrival. prayers for peace and an uneventful delivery. Can't wait to meet her.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I found your blog some time back, can't remember how, but it was just about the time Isaac was born and then passed away.

I've been reading ever since but never comment. I'm sorry for that. As I read today's post I got tears in my eyes of joy because of the blessed baby you'll be having.

You are both so strong...best wishes to you and your little family.

Thank you.
Diane

mommy of Five said...

hi! i have been following you and you hubby for a little while now. i read yur post and thought i'd share a little of my story...we just had a little boy through a repeat c-section due to the same risks as the doctor told you. we had twins beofre through c-section, i just wanted to encourage you about the repeat c...you are making the right choice! we had planned on doing natural birth but at the LAST moment my husband was led by the Holy Spirit to change plans...in the end when it was all said and done, we rejoiced that we had teh c-section...once the doctors got to where they needed to be, he noticed that my risk was ALOT higher. praise the Lord for a husband that was willing to speak up and for me that was willing to say okay at the VERY last possible chance.
we will be praying for you and for your family! rejoice for HE is in charge!!
you can check my story out at www.theyrablessing.blogspot.com if you'd like.

stina978 said...

March 4th is the day before my oldest daughter's 6th birthday, I will be thinking of you that day as you have your little girl.

Anonymous said...

beautiful room and i know a beautiful baby girl. she has wonderful parents. all will be fine. praying for you and yours

J & A said...

my little girl was born on march 2, 2009. she was a blessing and miracle after having 5 miscarriages before her. She is now a healthy and very mobile girl:) As we celebrate her 1st birthday we will be saying many prayers for your family. So happy for you. I cried for days over finally having her but also for the babies we lost. God Bless you and thank you for sharing your story!

Teacher Tee said...

Hey Stacey...even before you became a mom you were a special light. I am soooo happy for you and Spencer!

Sonya said...

March 4th is going to be a very blessed day. :) I am so excited for you and Spencer!

Holly said...

I definitely like that green against the pink wall!

I'm glad that you will have your nurse and friend there with you when Eliana is born. No doubt it is nice to have people who are familiar with you and Isaac. Wow, you will get to meet her 2 weeks earlier!! I am praying that all will go well!

The Bilslands said...

Love the nursery! and you look beautiful~ I can't imagine all the emotions being pregnant again after Isaac, but you and Eliana are in my prayers. March 4th will be an incredible day! =)

Lily

Sara said...

I don't want to scare you, but I did want to share my story.

I gave birth to my son at 24w5d via classical c-section due to an incompetent cervix.

When I got pregnant with my daughter they discussed doing my c-section at 37w as well and around 35w I started having some contractions (pre-term contractions NOT pre-term labor). They were very irregular and not really timeable, but would come and go (maybe 4 daily). My doctor was uncomfortable with any contractions due to my classical incision and decided to section me early at 36w3d since I had also had steroid shots at 31w just in case I went early again.

When my doctor opened me up everyone in the OR gasped! I guess my uterus was paper thin (they could see DD through it!) and less than 48 hrs from rupture according to my doctor's estimates so definitely err on the side of caution with a classical incision.

Obviously not everyone has the same experience, but if you experience any contractions talk with your doctor!

Laura said...

I love March 4th....marching 4th into the new land God has placed in front of you.

Praying for you sweet Stacy.
Sending love,
Laura

Charlotte Ann said...

I left you a little something on my Blog!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

You are adorable...praying for you as always, dear friend...

Heather from Ontario Canada said...

I'll be praying for you Stacey. (((hugs)))

Annointed Beauty said...

I love your resilience. It is a sure sign of REAL faith and trust in God. You are a living example that GOD INDEED RESTORES!

Keep me posted on your progress! I have added you to my prayer list.

God bless Eliana (and mom & dad)!

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Shop with Me Mama said...

Hon, you look wonderful!! Such a cute belly!! I am so happy for you and your husband. Love the nursery, just beautiful! All ready for your baby girl :) Many continued prayers for you and your family!