News and A Prayer Request. Or Two.

Hello, all. Just wanted to update you on my appointment this morning. Unfortunately, no "A+" today.

We're gonna talk a sec about girl parts, so guys, just hang on to your britches and we'll be done in a jiffy.

You may remember that I have been going in for weekly cervical ultrasounds to monitor for incompetent cervix. During this procedure, the tech measures the length of the cervix (3 times, I think) and takes an average. My average so far has been 3.6 centimeters, "nice and long", which is very good. Today, my average length was 3 centimeters. While still long, it is a significant enough change that our doctor thinks it warrants continued monitoring, especially because I have a history of preterm labor. So, next week I will be going in for a Fetal Fibronection test (fFN). Click here for a better explanation than I can give on what that is. I don't know how often I will have to have that test, but I'm sure the first isn't the last.

It was disappointing news, as I'm sure you can imagine. Definitely not what I was expecting to hear. I'm trying not to worry too much or get too anxious, but it's hard.

So, dear friends and family, please continue to keep us and Peanut in your prayers, especially as regards this whole cervical monitoring/preterm labor issue.

Our second prayer request? Completely off subject but very important.

Our friend, David, lost his dad, Don, last week to long-term illness. Please keep him, his mom, and sister in your thoughts and prayers.

God of our ancestors in faith, by the covenant made on Mount Sinai You taught Your people to strengthen the bonds of family through faith, honor, and love. Look kindly upon Don, a father who sought to bind his children to You. Bring him to Your heavenly home where the saints dwell in blessedness and peace. Amen.

"To love another person is to see the face of God." ~Victor Hugo, Les Miserables