Friday, March 9, 2012

We are in the hospital (3/9)

Well, when we said that today was going to be a big day, we didn't think it was going to be this big... Not sure where to start so let's just dive right in.

We got to our appointment in time to sit in the waiting room for a good 20 minutes or so, and we were called back by an unfamiliar woman who led us to the ultrasound room.  She then sat at the computer and another unfamiliar face came in and began to prepare for the ultrasound.  Taking instruction from the first lady, she began the ultrasound.  Well, anyways, the whole time we just felt uneasy about the ultrasound, they seemed to question things, and it just felt like they were hiding something from us the whole time.  To make a long story short, Thatcher passed his BPP (Yay for continual movement!), so he continues to do well, but his measurements came out today at 5lbs 3oz (keeping in mind that last week's measurements were purely hypothetical) this means that he only gained around 9 oz. in 3 weeks, the growth was slower than what the doctor's would have liked to have seen.  So when we spoke with Dr. R (our delivering doctor) she wanted to see if Whitney had progressed at all, and when she checked, Whitney had not progressed much further and she basically told us that she would like to induce labor, so we were sent over here to labor and delivery.  Tonight we are basically just waiting, but they will induce labor tomorrow.  They are going to keep a close eye on Thatcher tonight and tomorrow to see how he is handling labor and contractions, and will be taking the induction slow, meaning they are going to use small amounts of the drug at a time so as to not overwhelm Thatcher, just to give a gentle nudge.  At this point, we expect labor to last most of the day tomorrow, but we can't wait to meet God's servant and our son in a few short hours!

So that's the short story... here's where we are.  Needless to say this came as a shock to us, and certainly was unforeseen by us, but we had prayed before our appointment that the doctor's would catch anything that needs to be caught, and we certainly trust that God is in control.  This absolutely is God's timing, so we are thankful that He is in control, and continues to show us that.  We actually got here just in time to run into some of the nurses we had met in our first stay, and one of them actually stopped by and gave us a gift (she is leaving to go out of town tomorrow, and we got here just as her shift was ending...God's timing at work).  She gave us a cross and Thatcher's first bible.  She wrote in it from "A nurse who is praying for you".  We can see that God has orchestrated these relationships and His timing is perfect.

Please pray, please pray, please continue to pray, please start to pray, please lift up Thatcher in prayer to a God who is able, to our Creator, to our Savior, to our Healer, to our Lord, to a God who taught us to love, to a God who is love, to our King.  Please pray, fervently, humbly, honestly, boldly, expectantly, and thankfully for God to have His hand continuously on Thatcher.  Please pray that Thatcher's heart is strong, that there are no decelerations especially due to the induction drugs (pitocin).  Please pray that Thatcher's lungs be healthy and strong, that he takes deep purposeful breaths, that he will praise God with everything in those lungs.  Please pray for the swelling in his brain, they found that his 4th ventricle is now swollen, up to this point, that was the only ventricle that was not swollen, please continue to pray for healing of his brain.  Please pray for a smooth delivery, for no more complications, for no more drama.  We know God is in control, we trust that He is working, and we love that He is using Thatcher, and we praise Him.  We will praise Him tonight, we will praise Him tomorrow.  Please join us in praising our God, please join us in praying to our God who is able to heal Thatcher now, completely, fully, absolutely.

Please know, this is not a sad time, we are not mourning, we are certainly anxious, but we have seen that God is in control, and we believe that He will give us strength, and He will continue to use the church, and His word to speak to us, and calm our fears, to continue to prove that He is with us.  He is our joy, and He is our peace. We can't wait to meet Thatcher.  We can't wait to hold him, and to kiss his little big lips!  We can't wait to see the perfect child that God has wonderfully knit together.  Please pray, and please praise, our God is worthy of all of our worship.

24 comments:

  1. I am praying for you three. I cannot wait to hear about Thatcher's arrival and wish Whitney strength during the actual labor time. She will do awesome!!! We are thinking and praying for y'all here in Utah....

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  2. I have yet to personally meet you both, though I have seen Whitney in the choir (as I have been singing since October). I have been so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful, loving congregation, ever since I started attending last October. I am deeply moved by your devotion to our Lord, and how you praise him for his purpose for your family, especially Thatcher. I have told several people about you and have requested prayer from people I work with for you all. Thatcher is indeed a witness for our Lord, and I am looking forward to meeting all of you very soon! I am praying for you now.

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  3. Praying for your family tonight and will continue to pray through the day tomorrow. I know that this is an exciting and anxious time for you. You guys amaze me! This past week I have read and reread your posts and have been inspired even more. The strength and faith that you have shown through your journey, and watching God at work in your life helped me to fully trust in Him even more in our own struggles. I love you guys and am honored to be able to see and hear you guys praise Him like you do. God bless you and try to get some rest.

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  4. Praying for peace and Gods perfect plan!

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  5. Praying for you, my sweet girl, Eric and precious baby Thatcher. You continue to amaze me.
    Love. Hugs. Prayers...
    Mickey

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  6. Praising Him for His perfect timing. For His perfect healing and perfect will. Thatcher has already been used mightily by God and will continue to be used. What a testimony you have been and what a privilege it is to join you in prayer. May you rest in God's peace as you await the moment you finally get to hold sweet Thatcher in your arms.

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  7. Clapsaddles are praying for your whole family!!

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  8. My husband and I are praying for you guys. May the Lord put His hand on you both and baby Thatcher.

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  9. Praying for you here. We are fellow TWHS classmates, but I am only a friend of a friend. I have read your blog entries and am moved to tears over your beautiful strength. Let's just say I can relate. I am praying for you three in the deepest part of my heart! May He put His loving arms around you.

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  10. Praying for God's grace and peace for you as you wait to meet Thatcher. The Lord is good. The Lord is powerful. The Lord is in control. I'm praying for God's mighty hand to do miracles today so that none can deny His work in Thatcher's life.

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  11. Praying for you and your family. God can do amazing things! Thatcher will be perfect. We had a similar experience with our baby last year. It can be hard, but keep the faith.

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  12. We love you Paul family! Praying for you!!

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  13. We agree with you in the Name of Jesus that Thatcher will come forth healthy and say, (Ps. 71:6-7) "...You are He Who took me from my mother's womb and have been my benefactor from that day. My praise is continually of You. I am as a wonder and surprise to many, but You are my strong refuge."

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  14. Hi Whitney, it's Christy Pixley, Chris' wife. It sure doesn't seem like over 16 have passed since you were the flower girl in my wedding!!! Please know that Chris and I are praying for you as those who have gone through a similar situation. It delights our hearts to see you taking comfort in the sovereignty of God, especially in what are seemingly uncertain times for you! But always remember that there are no uncertainties in God's plan, no plans gone awry, nothing out of sorts according to Him. He is always in perfect control, carefully and lovingly crafting each moment of our lives for our good and His glory! What a comfort to know He is with us, He is in control, and He loves us! We are here for you, if you need to talk or if you have questions about our journey with Abby. We will continue to pray for you all and will look for updates. Much love in Christ, Christy for all the Pixleys

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  15. Thatcher is also a son of gods and ur little soldier, he will survive! If we.didnt have moments like these miracles would never.happen. Thatcher will be another one of gods great miracles! God bless ur family and faith!

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  16. I came to your blog through We Are That Family's facebook post. Having caught myself up to what is happening, I am reminded of of the verse "in everything, give thanks", as you really have done during this journey. As I have been reading, your precious family has been prayed for and I will continue to lift you as the day goes by.

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  17. praying EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY, and BEYOND, what we could ever think or imagine! HE IS ABLE! Glory to HIM in the highest! Praying expectantly! In His Amazing Love, Starla

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  18. Abundant prayers from another nurse, Cheryl Bourne (Catherine's mom)

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  19. May God richly bless you for your faith. May Thatcher know in a profound way the love that his parents have for him as well as the love that his Creator has for him. Be strong in the knowledge that you are not alone in this. You have a large Christian family lifting you up to the One who will hold you in His arms. Let your heart remain soft, even if you are hurting and scared. We pray because we believe that He hears our prayers, and He delights in answering our prayers. Be encouraged. May your heart be full. The Lord is delighted in Thatcher.

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  20. Sending prayers your way- thank you so much for all the updates! With all that God has done for sweet Thatcher so far, we have no reason to doubt that He will continue to do great things!

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  21. Eric, Whitney and Thatcher, Jimmie and I are lifting all of you up in fervent prayer. When I woke up this morning before I said my prayers, it was as if the Lord said, pray for Thatcher, so I did. We had to be somewhere all day and so I am just getting to read your blog from yesterday and today. Our schedules have us missing choir for two Sundays, but we are trusting that God is in control, that he hears the prayers of his saints, that his love for both of you and for Thatcher is so great that only what he knows is best will occur. We believe that miracles are timeless and are very much in God's ability to perform. We are trusting and believing that God is who he says he is and he is able to do the things he says he can do. NOTHING IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR GOD! Praying for you and with you for a great and awesome delivery of that precious gift from God, your son Thatcher. Our love and support are with you, Jimmie and Elsa Dotson

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  22. Praying for you today. God is with you.
    much love to you all,
    Laura Shook

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  23. Looking forward to hearing about your precious baby and all that God has done through his birth and in your lives. Continue to hang on his word. In all things, he is faithful. Even if we can't see it in the mist of our lives.

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