She's a contortionist!

I just got back from the doctor's office here in Great Bend. The mass hasn't really changed much from last Monday (still about the same size (1.19 cm x .909 cm), but Kristen's doing very well. Dr. Marshall is still very encouraged and sees no reason I can't deliver here in town (provided the doctor in Wichita agrees). They did a biophysical profile today, which basically tracks movement, increases in heart rate with movement, muscle tone, breathing rate, and the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. Dr. Marshall said she did perfect!

We head to Wichita this Friday to see Dr. Forbes (I think that's his name). Dr. O'Hara is out of town this week, and Dr. Forbes is filling in for her. He's from the east coast and travels around the country, filling in for maternal fetal specialists, such as Dr. O'Hara. Debbie, the sonographer here in town, will be working with Dr. Forbes 3 days this week in Wichita and will take all the films of Kristen's CCAM with her so Dr. Forbes can see the progression over the last 6 weeks. Though Debbie has never seen a CCAM resolve, Dr. Forbes has, so we're anxious to hear what he has to say.

We're of course grateful that the mass has gotten smaller and continuing to pray that it's completely gone by the time Kristen makes her arrival. And we thank all of you for your prayers! God has worked such a miracle in this little girl's life even before she has breathed her first breath. We stand in awe of Him who made us all.

Emily and Gracie were there to see Kristen blinking and smiling today. Debbie took several pictures of Kristen's face, most in 3-D this time. I'll post the best ones in the photo album. She's quite flexible...she had her foot resting on top of her head in one of the pictures!

The mass is changing

Great report today! The mass is continuing to change in texture (even from the last sonogram just 10 days ago) and is about 1/3 the size it was when they first discovered it (3.29 cm then to 1.2 cm today). I asked about the size of Kristen's right lung in comparison to her's nearly the same size!

She's up to about 4 pounds now and growing very well. As active as she is, it's no wonder to me! I think she has developed her own exercise routine - it feels like kickboxing!

I go back for another sonogram here in Great Bend next Monday (3/30), then will see the specialist in Wichita that following Friday (4/3). We'll see what she says at that point...the mass could even be completely gone by then. If so, there is a possibility that we could deliver here in Great Bend instead of in Wichita. Emily and Grace are very hopeful for that so they can see their new little sister sooner!

We are all so very grateful - foremost for God's healing in this situation, His grace and mercy throughout it all - and also for all of the many prayers that have been lifted on Kristen's behalf. Thank you so much!


I had another sonogram today...quite an extensive one (35 minutes!). The size of the mass hasn't changed since last week, but the texture of it has. There are fewer cysts within it, and it's getting more difficult to distinguish. All in all, both the doctor here and the sonographer are encouraged by what they saw. Praise God, the doctor believes that the mass may be resolving itself!

Kristen weighs about 3 pounds 12 ounces right now and everything else they checked on her was just fine. Gracie was amazed at the number of pictures Debbie printed today, but we only ended up with a couple to bring home. One is of her nose and lips, the other is a fuzzy look at her face.

My next sonogram is a week from Monday (March 23).

"Follower of Christ"

I just got back from the doctor's office...with good news! First of all, my glucose test came back great (yeah!). More importantly, the mass in Kristen's chest is smaller than when they first measured it (YEAH!).

Dr. Marshall was even smiling today (I had decided going in that if he walked in with a long face, I might have to punch him!) He said everything looks good with excess fluid anywhere, heart rate is good, and breathing movements are just what they should be right now.

We are so thankful for all the prayers that have been, and continue to be lifted up for our baby. We are most grateful for God's hand in her life, which is why we chose the name means "follower of Christ."

Glucose tolerance test today

I headed to the hospital this afternoon for the glucose tolerance test. The sugar solution wasn't quite as nasty-tasting as I remembered, but I did take a straw along! (A nurse recommended using a straw to get the solution down quicker without having to taste it quite as much.) Hopefully, the lab will have the results to Dr. Marshall by the time I go in Friday...and they'll be good results!