“My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” Mary Stevenson
It has been a while since we updated you on Owen’s Journey, mainly because he is doing really well! As we mentioned in our last email as long as he is on the “inside” he is in the safest place he can be and that has proven to be true. We have gone to several follow up appointments and the doctors will be proceeding with Owen’s original diagnosis of Truncus Arteriosis. Heart conditions are very hard to confirm in the womb and they won’t know the exact diagnosis and type until Owen is born and they can run necessary tests directly on him. The doctors still have some overall concerns that are typical for heart babies that they are keeping a very close eye on. Owen is measuring about 2 ½ weeks behind in growth and is small in weight. He is registering in the 18th percentile. His muscle and skeletal system look great and he is very active! We believe the greatest gifts come in the smallest packages!
We decided to make a big change several weeks ago and will be changing insurance to ensure that Owen has the best surgical team and medical care. We will be switching to a PPO as of April 1stand will need to meet the new Labor and Delivery team, Cardiologist, Perinatologist and Surgeon in Los Angeles. The surgeon that we have chosen is Dr. Starns. He is one of the Top 5 Pediatric heart surgeons in the country and arguably the Top 10 in the world. We feel very blessed that he will be Owen’s surgeon and is taking on his case. Owen will be delivered at Hollywood Presbyterian with the USC Medical Team and his surgery and recovery will be at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). The doctors have been amazing with our short timing and are making the transition incredibly smooth and are already treating us as if we are their patients! Our first appointment with them will be on April 11th. We are sad to be leaving the Kaiser system but feel that we are making the best decision for our son. Our official due date is May 22nd, however they will be inducing labor at 39 weeks and he will hopefully be ready and come into this world naturally.
Owen is already keeping us very busy. Over the next 9 weeks I will have to go in for biweekly appointments with the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist locally in Palm Springs. They will be monitoring Owen’s growth by doing non-stress testing and growth ultrasounds. If he shows any signs of failure to thrive or his growth goes below the 10th percentile they will have to make a decision to deliver him early. We are very excited to meet him but want him on the inside as long as possible! Your prayers are greatly appreciated here!
In other news… Owen’s Dad and Papa have been VERY busy in the nursery! The paint is done, wainscoting is up, crown molding is in the works, crib is built, bedding is washed, and decorations are going up! There are many empty frames ready for photos of Owen in the arms of all of those that already love him! Jaxon goes in the nursery every day to see if his brother is here yet and secretly steal his toys! He is very excited to be a big brother.
Thank you again for all of your support! We feel incredibly grateful for the people in our lives and find great comfort in the community surrounding our little family. Only 9 more weeks till we become a family of FOUR!!!
Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”