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Prayers for Audrey Ann

on July 9, 2013

For some of you this an update you have been waiting for. Others may be hearing this news for the first time. Either way, our family is asking you to cover our unborn daughter Audrey and son Asher in prayer.

It has been quite a journey for us to become pregnant and so exciting to find out we would be having twins who lovingly became know as the Twiggins. This pregnancy has been long for us knowing from day one. Yesterday marked the beginning of our 33rd week. Most women look at this as rounding the corner or the light at the end of the tunnel. For us, this is another path in our road.

With a twin pregnancy that is considered high risk comes many ultrasounds. Over the passed few months we were informed of some potential issues with our daughter’s health. The ultrasound technician and doctors were unable to see her stomach during scans and her sac contained extra amniotic fluid. These factors were symptoms indicating that Audrey was not swallowing fluid as she should. Our OB doctor quickly referred us to a specialist in Saginaw to have things checked out a little more closely. The specialist confirmed these findings and planned to see me back after a few weeks to see if the issues resolved themselves. However, we found ourselves back there earlier as her fluids continued to increase.

Yesterday, Josh and I made the two hour drive to the University of Michigan for a third opinion. We were very impressed with their hospitality from the start. They made a difficult situation a little easier to handle. They did confirm the previous findings and provided a little more information on what these findings mean.

It is likely that Audrey has a condition known as Esophageal Atresia. You can click this link to learn more about the condition, how it is diagnosed and treated. In plain English, they suspect that her esophagus did not complete the growth process to her stomach either leaving a gap making it unable to guide the fluids to her stomach or that her trachea grew to her stomach instead. If you click on the above link there is a diagram of the many possibilities. Type A or C is what is believed to be her issue.

We were able to meet with a pediatric surgeon and these conditions are both able to be corrected by surgery after birth. However, they cannot confirm her condition until that time. Yesterday, a decision was made that we will deliver the babies at U of M to be sure that Audrey is receiving the best care and where she will need to be for surgery. Unfortunately, we do not have the full plan for delivery and timing yet. There is talk of trying to obtain a spot at the Ronald McDonald house for our family so that I will be in Ann Arbor in case I go into labor. We will be driving back down on Friday to meet with their OB clinic and determine a plan of action. An update on our blog will follow within 24 hours of that appointment.

You will also see in the link discussion of a VACTERL workup. The doctors stated that her heart, limbs and vertebrae all appear healthy. They noted that her kidneys appear bright, but are doing their job. They will be keeping an eye on them. The remaining part of the work up is completed post birth.

A genetic counselor met with us and reassured us that this is a rare type of condition that has not been found to be hereditary and is not something that we have caused by doing anything wrong (huge relief there!) We have complete faith in God that he is covering our family with his love. He has the power to heal our daughter and He has guided us to the proper medical teams to help with this.

Asher has had great ultrasounds and is believed to be quite healthy. They currently estimate his weight at 5lbs 1oz and Audrey’s at 4lbs 2oz. They are both practicing their breathing, have strong heart rates and moving around as they should. Asher refused to show his face and participate in the “photo op.” However Audrey made her appearance well known. We were even able to see hair on her head.

For the time being, this is all that we know. You can feel free to post any of your questions here on our blog. We will do our best to answer those questions or may ask them at our future appointment. This is where I have to get real for all of you. We love you all and feel your support. We know that you are also walking through this tough journey with us and thank you for that. However, I (Christina) am asking to specifically not receive phone calls about this tough situation. A quick text, email or Facebook message to send well wishes are great, but I am having a hard time talking about this overwhelming situation without being choked to tears each time. (Darn pregnancy hormones!) But know that I do appreciate every prayer, good thought and well wish you send. I read everyone of them. The great thing is that I can choose when I’m strong enough to read them and save them to read again when I’m feeling weak.

I will leave you with these two verses that I am holding on to tightly through all of this:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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8 responses to “Prayers for Audrey Ann

  1. Ranee Tessin says:

    Sending prayers for God’s little miracles .
    Ranee Tessin

  2. Praying for you and your family Christina! 🙂

  3. Nadine Mathis says:

    Christina – You, Josh and all three of your children are in our families prayers!

  4. Jessica Booth Steele says:

    Praying for you and the little ones.

  5. Darlene Baker says:

    Will keep you all in my prayers.GOD BLESS

  6. Michelle Burkhard says:

    You are all in our prayers. You and your family did much praying with our difficult pregnancy with Hannah and she is a healthy 6 year old now, and with Elly who will be 4 tomorrow. Hang in there. Don’t forget to breathe- I hear it’s good for your health! 🙂

  7. Stacie Moody (Trisha Perry's Mom in Law} says:

    Praying for your babies, you, your family and medical staff. May God wrap His loving and comforting arms around you and your unborn children as He gives you all strength.

  8. I had no idea all of this was going on 😦 although I was so excited to hear their awesome names (: I am so happy for you guys and so proud of you for doing all you have done to bring these miracles into the world. But I want you to know, even though we don’t talk as much as we should, I think of you often and you are one of my best friends! I love you and I am praying for you and Josh and your beautiful babies to come~God is Amazing and works Miracles everyday~your Faith is outstanding and I join you with that Faith. ❤ (( HUGS)) to all of you, I love you, and please do keep us updated ❤

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