|Our baby girl||
After way too many days of waiting, the doctor says it's time.
I'm writing this post from a labor and delivery room in the North Austin St. David's hospital, the very room where I should meet my daughter for the first time within the next 24 hours. Then we can tell you all what her REAL name is while we celebrate her arrival!
Joy's body isn't prepared to delivery naturally, but because Mabee hasn't grown enough in the last three weeks our specialist said delivery was the best thing to do, and now. Ultrasound measurements today said she weighs 4 lbs. 3 oz., which still puts her in the ninth percentile. Joy is technically "term" this week at 37 weeks, so we consider it a major blessing that Mabee has made it this far and that she is as big as she is.
We checked in at about 3 p.m. and this evening they will start the proper medications to begin the process. The first medication will take 12 hours to work before they administer the pitocin to induce labor. So the induction should begin early tomorrow morning. If Mabee doesn't handle labor well we will have to transition to cesarean section. We are hoping she will tolerate delivery well.
As always, we are grateful for your prayers. It's going to be a long couple of days just to get Mabee here, and we are pretty sure the care after delivery will be taxing as well.
Here is my prayer:
God we are here, looking and waiting for you. I'm ready to see you at work. You have blessed us with the joys of pregnancy, you have shown us the love of your people in our daily walk through pain and hurt, God please show us your mercy through this child.
I pray for rest for Joy, and energy for me so I can be awake and constantly attending to her needs. Father make us strong even in our hurts, but God I pray for joy, the joy that you provide. Give us reasons and time to smile and shed happy tears. We need happy tears.
Thank you for the friends and family who take care of us. Please keep them safe while they travel here to meet this little girl, a girl you designed