Good morning. I have some positive news this morning.
Yesterday Alissa and I got to take a tour of the NICU to see where baby Emma will go when she is born. It was hard, but at the same time a good thing. We saw a baby in there that weighs 1 pound 6 ounces, which is roughly Emma's size. That baby was only on oxygen and otherwise healthy. That was very encouraging. We will have almost 24 hour access to see her except for during the two daily shift changes. For now though, we may not have to be there for a little longer.
We met with the perinatologist yesterday and he says everything is still looking good with the baby except her size. So for now, we are going to continue to wait and see. Alissa is hooked up to the fetal heartbeat monitor 24 hours a day and Emma's heartbeat remains strong. We are also getting doppler ultrasounds twice a week. They cannot measure her weight for another two weeks, so unless something changes in the heartbeat or ultrasound she will remain pregnant until at least then. At that point, if Emma is still not growing, we will have a c-section scheduled. What a difference a week makes. Last Tuesday we were told that we might be delivering as soon as Thursday and now we just continue to be encouraged daily. Please continue to pray that Emma grows inside of Alissa so that she can stay inside the womb.
Mark, Alissa, and Emma