Good morning, Lily!
Tomorrow is the big day..well, that's what we thought last time, but hopefully this time will reveal more answers. We go to Eugene again for another echocardiagram. This time the pediatric cardilogist from OHSU in Portland will come look at your heart. Her husband is the sonographer- they have both been specializing in hearts for a looong time, and are the best in the region! So we are anxious to see what they have to say about your little heart. They won't be looking at anything else tomorrow- we have another level II ultrasound on Dec. 3rd, when they will do a full scan again, checking your kidneys, growth, etc.
Daddy and I have decided if there is any heart defect at all, even one that does not require immediate surgery, we want to deliver at OHSU. They are the best in the region, and if there was any unforseen problem, we want you where they can help you right away- without having to be transported and without leaving Mommy behind in Corvallis! I have learned alot of things about OHSU/Doernbecher in the past 3 weeks that really makes me want to deliver there. They do not have the rule that our hospital has recently implemented...which is NO visitors under 18, and only 2 visitors the entire stay in labor and delivery and recovery! So only Daddy and Mackenzie could see us the whole time we are in the hospital here :( And that is IF they let us sneak Kenzie in- she will be a month shy of 18. My midwife said we can call her our doulah- labor assistant/coach- and they would have to let her in. That means Jason and Naomi, Josiah, your brothers and sister- would all have to wait til we got home to see you or me. That makes me so sad! OHSU only limits visitors to age- no one under 12 is allowed in the maternity ward. All of this is due to the swine flu, and that will last until past your due date.
The other thing I learned about OHSU that is awesome is that they have an excellent midwifery program, and they provide WATER BIRTHS! Mommy has always wanted to have a water birth, because I LOVE laboring in the tub. Our hospital does not allow this (yet)- our midwives are working on this. OHSU provides this service if the parents attend a water birth class, and pay $100 for the use of the tub. It is a huge tub that sits in the birthing room, and it has easy steps to get into it. This is all a big IF...because I will need to find out IF I am considered high risk, IF you ave a heart defect. The midwives do not see any high risk patients there. I talked to one of my midwives, the one who delivered Jackson, and she thinks it would not be a problem at all.
If that is not an option, OHSU has wonderful OB's as well..and the neonatal unit is right next to the maternity ward, so either way, everything is readily available should you need extra care.
Since we will not know until you are born if you have downs, we are also leaning towards Doernbechers...the doctors have assured us that babies with downs are normally very healthy, but sometimes there are small issues at birth that might require extra assistance.
All of this might not even be necessary..we will know tomorrow! But now that I heard all the great things about OHSU I am wondering if I could switch to them even if you don't have any problems!
Meanwhile- you are growing lots and always active. The kids love feeling you kick, and Daddy always tells you (thru my tummy) how much he loves you. You are getting so big that Mommy now has a hernia under her belly button! :( I went to get fitted for a belly band yesterday, to help give my tummy support. Hopefully it resolves itself after delivery! It looks like there is a 3 leaf clover-shaped bubble on my belly button. Yuck!
We have decided on Lily Anne for your full name. We love the name Anne, and it goes so well with Lily. I have so many people I would love to name you for, and I don't want to leave anyone out! Moms, sisters, friends...if I named you for my favorite women, you would have 25 middle names:) Your sisters' middle names are just names we love, whereas we chose your brothers' middle names for certain people. Jason Christopher is for Uncle, Josiah Charles is for Papa and Uncle's middle names, Tyler Kevin is for Pastor Foley, Jonathan Samuel and Caleb Benjamin are for Daddy, Noah Stephen is for Papa and Jackson Parker is for Grandpa Rice.
We have a very dear friend, Ann Cox, who lives in Gaston, OR. When we first moved to Oregon, Daddy did some tile for her. She opened up their beach house to our family- and has been letting us use it ever since. She and her husband run a vetrinarian clinic in Tigard, where we take our dogs for shots, check-ups, boarding, etc. The Cox's will never let us pay for services there, and will never let us pay to use their beach house. It has become our second home. Anne is one of the sweetest women I know. I hope some day to be half the Christian she is. She is the most generous, sensitive, kind, caring, loving woman , and I am so honored to know her. I cannot picture her ever sayng an unkind word about anyone. She has a smile that lights up any room, and just 5 minutes on the phone with her makes you feel like everything is going to be alright. She has called me at crucial times when I just needed encouragement- and she didn't even know it- and said just the right words. I wish everyone had an Ann in their life- someone who you could count on to be praying for you, and who you knew would always have some encouraging, sweet words to speak into your life. I hope, Lily Anne, that you will be the kind of person Ann is some day:)
So Lily Anne you are...and If I wanted to keep naming babies after people I loved I would need at least 100 more babies!
I don't think my belly button will hold up to that amount of children, so I think we will stop with you:)
See you tomorrow!!!