Robin and I went to see her OB DR this past Friday. She had taken an at home test a couple of weeks ago and it had strongly indicated pregnancy. We were able to see the baby and the heart beat via ultrasound. What an incredible miracle to see a tiny heart beating. The baby was as perfect as it could possibly be.
It is such a miracle that we are even able to get pregnant. Robin had been feeling not too well since she came home from Africa, nothing specific just not well. she kept expecting to get her energy back but it just wouldn't ever happen. She had half convinced herself that she had brought something back from Africa. Of course when she took the test, I "jokingly" told her that she had better not have brought this back from Africa.
As for the miracle of being pregnant, I had a vasectomy and then a reversal, the Dr told me after a couple of tests that the surgery was not successful. That started our first attempt at adoption back in 2000. Then right when we were discussing things with a birth-mom that had picked our profile...we became pregnant with Cooper. Then Cullen and then Chandler-Mae. October of 2006 we were pregnant, but the baby had located just at the opening of the tube, One Saturday we were at a soccer game with our friends when Robin felt a sharp pain in her side, and just kept feeling worse. By 9-10 pm that night she had started passing out.
We arranged for the Ob Dr on call to meet us at the Emerg room. We live over an hour from the hospital and that was a scary ride in, Robin kept passing out for a few seconds at a time but it was getting harder to rouse her. The Dr wasn't waiting on us but when they saw Robins condition they ushered us fairly quickly, an ultrasound showed that her tube had burst and she was bleeding internally. Once the Ob did get there and Robin passed out, this time we could hardly wake her up at all, he got things moving quickly. He ended up having to tie off that tube, and told us that her other tube was still fine and no other problems.
God is truly a great God, He performs miracles every day and He allows us our hearts desires. Whatever God has in store from us we are thankful for. Our lives have been so richly blessed with first our relationship with Christ, without His grace it would be meaningless. I have been blessed with an incredible, charismatic, God fearing, beautiful lady that for some reason chooses to love me and share her life with me. The blessing of our children, each one of them and how God placed them in our family in the birth order that they are in is so perfectly part of God's will.
Joseph and his story is truly a blessing not only to him but to our family also. He is such a great loving little boy, his Liberian family never left him alone for long. He does not suffer from any abandonment issues. He truly is a happy well mannered, easily disciplined little boy. If he is doing something he's not supposed to be doing...say trying to stand up in the slippery tub.. we can say no-no Joseph and he minds us, I know that doesn't seem like much but that is his nature he is happy and compliant, he loves his brothers and sisters. We have plastic and foam swords everywhere, he loves to be sitting on his car and to roll up to Cullen or Cooper and start whacking them with the sword till they go get one and then they really get into it.
Robin and her mother took Joseph to his cardio pediatric check up yesterday. Tucker also had an appt to get braces on. So Pat (mom-n-law) took Tucker in for that and Robin walked across the street with Joseph for his appt. Dr Lau, the cardiologist was truly amazed at how well Joseph was doing. He just couldn't get over how much he had changed from when he first saw him. Usually he wants to see his patients 1mo, 3mo, 6mo, 12mo post surgery, but he said for us to come back in 1 year.
Just a great visit.
Tuckers braces got put on, at least the the upper set did. That young man has had hardware in his mouth for one reason or another for about a year now, and he still has a while to go. But finally getting to the stage where braces could be used is a milestone of sorts so we were glad. He's not quite as happy, his teeth will be pretty sore for a couple of weeks.
So three great Dr's visits. Getting to see our new baby, Joseph being given a great review, and Tucker's braces. Thank You Lord.