Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Kidney Issues

Hi Friends,

We wanted to update you all on what is going on with our next little one. We've known for several weeks now that our little bun in the oven looks like he has an abnormal kidney. Our ultrasound at 20 weeks showed a "renal pelvis of increased size." Basically, it means that urine is either having a hard time getting out of the kidney or that it is backwashing back up into the kidney from the bladder, in either case causing the kidney to swell.

From what we understand, sometimes this can mean nothing. The baby can be perfectly fine with two normally functioning kidneys. Sometimes it can end up being quite serious requiring major surgery and the possible loss of the kidney. Sometimes the baby can have a large kidney throughout the entire pregnancy, but then it resolves sometime after birth. However, the size of our baby's kidney at 22 weeks is large enough to be a concern at 33 weeks, possibly even at birth.

God has been extremely gracious to us in helping us rely on him and not be anxious in this time of waiting. We know that He is both sovereign and loving and thankfully He has helped us to rest in the great knowledge of His power and care. Of course, we would prefer that the baby be born healthy and we'd covet your prayers, knowing that God hears and answers. We also know that God might answer differently than we'd like, and we'd ask that you also pray that we'd bless His name and rejoice in His goodness regardless of outcome.

We have our next ultrasound to check on the kidney on September 15th at 10 am, so please pray with us! Thank you!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Photos By Sean

Sean took a bunch of photos while he was here in Illinois and shared some with me. He does a great job! The last several posts are all his work.

The Tobins just left yesterday from vacationing with us. We had a wonderful time with them! We are always reminded what a blessing it is to be able to have family near and we soaked it up while they were around! They helped us out like crazy around the house-we've probably gotten as much done this week as we have since we've moved in. There will be more pictures to come of all our home improvement projects.

Here are some photos of us enjoying ourselves at the pool.




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Gotta Taste Everything!


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Baby Blue Eyes

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

At Millenium Park Wading in the Pool




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In Chicago with the Tobins

At The Bean

Family Portrait

How Many Tobins Can You Spot?

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Boone County Fair

We went to the fair with some friends from church, Dan, Emily, and Gracie. It was fun watching the kids with the animals.

At the petting zoo, or as we like to call it "Wack the Goat on the Rump" Zoo

Dan and Andy on a roller coaster

Gracie and Liam with their fab dads
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Liam and the Animals at the Fair

Liam isn't shy about wanting to pet the animals. He full on grabbed the sheep's head. Good thing it was a pretty laid back sheep.



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Liam Swimming


How Cheesy Can He Be?


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