Per my weekly BabyCenter email for 24 weeks “Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.”
Knowing that there is a lot of brain and lung growth going on now just makes my prayer even more desperate that Finley’s lungs and brain will continue to grow in a manner that her ratio stays in the “optimal” zone for survival. It is so unreal to me sometimes that a month a go my biggest concern was which room I would put the baby in whether it was a boy or a girl and now I am praying these very specific prayers (multiple times a day) for her lungs/brain to grow and for her liver to stay out of her chest cavity. I know we have gotten some very good news so far – but I am cautious about getting too excited since I know her ratio can keep changing but I am hopeful that God’s plan for Finley is for her to survive this and be an example of God’s miraculous power. Rowan kisses my stomach and sings to her sister and says “I love you, baby” and my heart aches for them to be together. Next week will be a big week for us with lots of doctors appointments and lots of information. I pray that God will give us even more hope and peace for what direction to take.
As we have started on this journey it has been interesting to learn that CDH is as common as Spinal Bifada and Cystic Fibrosis, but not as well-known, or funded. Please join the Facebook CHERUBS group as they try to increase awareness and gov funding so that maybe in the future they will know why this happens and be able to save more babies. Thanks for walking along us on this journey – as always your prayers and support mean so much to us.
This is my hearts prayer as well – Philipians 4: 4-7
4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.