Yesterday afternoon, I was about to begin getting the children ready for our evening church service when I had a severe sharp pain in lower left side of my tummy. I could hardly walk and lay down on the bed and began to pray. Daniel was already over at the church; after about 5 minutes, I told Timothy to get his socks and shoes on and to ride his bike down to the church to get Daddy. While Timothy was getting ready to go, the pain began to subside, so I told the 6 older boys to get ready to go and the girls could stay here with me and the little ones. Susannah was already not feeling well so I thought it best to stay home and rest.
I was feeling much better by the evening, but while I was getting ready to go to bed, I began to bleed pretty heavily. We had lost a baby to miscarriage between Timothy and Elijah, and we were sure this was what was happening now. I went to bed with a sad heart, yet the Holy Spirit comforted me with knowing that our little one would be with Jesus and someday, we would all be together forever. Oh, what blessed hope we have in Jesus! I fell asleep thinking of my youngest sister who is due with twins just a few days before me and I prayed for her babies.
The next morning, we went to see my doctor and explained to him what was going on. He was very concerned and did an ultrasound right away. After a few seconds he said,
"Your baby looks....perfect". He/she was moving all around, waving at mommy :), had a good strong heartbeat, measuring right at 11 weeks along. I was so surprised and happy to see that!
He told me that a portion of the placenta has torn away from the uterine wall which was the cause for the pain and bleeding. This puts the pregnancy at "high risk" and I've been ordered to complete bed rest. He wants to see me again next Monday for another scan.
Isn't it wonderful that the same God who made the entire world has so lovingly formed each and every part of our little baby? And His ever watchful eyes are upon him/her! It is so good to be able to rest in Him.
We would appreciate your prayers so very much. Today, I'll be making a revised schedule to cover mommy's chores and make sure daddy still gets fed good. The children always enjoy cooking, so they will get lots of opportunities :) Pray for Daniel as he will be extra busy. I remember when he was so sick back in May how tiring it can be keeping up with the normal "mommy" and some "daddy" jobs too. The Lord is so good to give us the grace and strength as we need it! How faithful is He!
Blessed be His name!