It has been several weeks since we have updated you on our beautiful daughter, Emily, and our journey with anencephaly. In many ways day-to-day life has felt routine, yet it is the quiet pockets of the day or those moments before we sleep that our minds drift and dream of Emily and our heart’s hurt. There are other times we are simply in disbelief any of this is actually happening, especially when everything with Laura’s pregnancy appears normal… until recently.
Over these past two weeks Laura has been experiencing contractions and rapidly increasing in size, a sign that the end is coming near. The size increase is due to Emily not being able to swallow and, as a result, the amniotic fluid quickly builds at the end of the pregnancy. The consequence is premature labor; although Emily is not due until September 18 all signs point to her arrival being in only 2-4 weeks.
So, Laura and I are quickly making arrangements for Emily’s arrival. Laura finished a knitted a hat and blanket and Ryan’s mom made a beautiful burial dress for Emily. We are working on burial arrangements as well as setting up details for organ donation. Friends rented a Doppler for us to hear Emily’s heartbeat at home; the kids love to “play doctor” and hunt for her heartbeat. We are filming everything we can, reading books, journaling, praying, crying at times, and overall doing our best to honor God through this experience.
We continue to be so thankful to you for your prayers and encouragement during this time. We will continue to keep you posted. Much love from us all,