At our 20 week ultrasound we were told we were having a sweet baby girl. We were also told our baby would not likely survive pregnancy. The next day, we were told she would likely survive pregnancy but survival after birth was the big question. Talk about a roller coaster of emotion.
She clearly had a cleft lip, possibly cleft palate, possible brain malformation, a large cyst filling her right abdomen, heart defects and kidney blockage, all visible via the ultrasound. When doctors learned we were committed to giving our baby every chance of survival, they rolled up their sleeves and did all they could to help.
Today, we have a beautiful baby girl named Charlotte Jo. She still has all the challenges listed above, and her fight is not over. She will face many corrective surgeries over the coming years, likely even until she's 20. But, she both survived pregnancy and has thrived in her first week and a half of life. She already has one surgery under her belt and she handled it better than her parents did! She is a fighter and God created her for something very special only she can accomplish.
We have been so blessed by so many people- family, friends and doctors - who have surrounded us with love, support and prayers.
When I asked God where He was in the middle of all this, He said 'look around, I'm surrounding you through literally hundreds of people who are sent by Me to help you. I haven't left you. I haven't forsaken you. I have surrounded you.'
Thank you to everyone who has been God's hands and feet for us. You are a blessing beyond measure and you've helped us get so far.
Doctors remind us daily that this is a marathon, not a sprint. So, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for Charlotte's huge cheering section rallying us to keep running (and helping us get some rest too ;). We love and appreciate you more than you'll ever know.