We're still in a holding pattern! I had my 37 week appointment yesterday, which included a non-stress-test and a cervical check. I've been having A LOT of contractions, but nothing regular. It's weird since I never had a single contraction with Sierra until I was induced (or, as we like to say, we served her an "eviction notice"). But my cervix is still closed, so it doesn't look like they're doing anything, which is good news. Our hope is that baby will either come before Monday - or will wait until his or her birthday on the 16th. We'd prefer for baby not to come next week as the surgeon is out of town the entire week afterwards, which would mean someone else would have to do the surgery if baby comes next week. So, please send "come out quick or stay until we evict you" vibes! :-)
Thank you so much to everyone who has been praying for us. We have really felt it. The elders at our church came to our Home Fellowship this week and prayed over us. It was an awesome time of prayer and fellowship and we just felt so comforted to know that we're following the example set in James 5:14 "Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, annointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of the faith will save the sick..." (Please keep in mind that we do not subscribe to the "name it and claim it" doctrine so to speak, but we do rejoice that we worship a God that asks us to bring our petitions before Him in full faith that He will answer them.) We are so grateful to be a part of such a faithful community who has come alongside us to pray for a miracle for our Baby. Please continue to pray!
Speaking of prayer, I have an update on sweet little Nathaniel! As I posted, his surgery was Thurs., the 28th. Well, Tues, Feb 2nd, he came home, after just over5 days in the hospital! What an amazing recovery he has had - keep in mind that he had open heart surgery and is home already! Praise God! He has some tough recovery ahead of him, but by all accounts is doing great! It is so inspiring to us to see his story unfold and to know that he is now PAST all 3 of the planned surgeries our baby will go through. Thank you so much for praying for him and please continue to pray for him as he fully recovers.