Last Thursday afternoon we left our home in Oyadao and headed for Ban Lung to begin our trip to Thailand. Our plan was to have a good part of Thursday to close up our house and then drive to our team leaders’ house (45 mins away) to spend the night.
Friday morning (6:10), we left Ban Lung, stopped for breakfast at friends, and arrived in Siem Real around 2.
Saturday morning we left Siem Reap at 5:40am and arrived at the Thai boarder a little after 8am. Thankfully a friend wanted to borrow our car, so he dropped us off at the boarder. The kids were troopers and there wasn’t much boarder traffic at the exit and entry buildings. We made it to the Thailand side of the boarder in about 1.5 hours. We had pre-arranged a taxi van and we’re soon on our way to Bangkok. We arrived at our guesthouse in Bangkok around 2.
We’re very thankful for the smooth trip God provided us. Thankful we made it. And now to start thinking about having a baby…I mean, I’ve been kinda busy lately.
Happy Thanksgiving! This year we’re thanking God for our little baby girl and for helping us know when to come to the hospital, so she could continue to live in the womb. We’re praising God for the safety He has given our little girl so far and praising Him for His continual hand in our lives.
Baby J has had a rough Thanksgiving. She’s had several major decelerations and talk of delivery was in the air. The picture (right) of the heart monitor strip shows what a “decel” looks – the top graph is the baby’s heartbeat. (When the line disappears, that doesn’t mean the heart isn’t beating, just that the monitor isn’t picking it up — perhaps because of movement.) I’ve been given oxygen twice today, had my iv restarted, and was put back into the Trandelenburg position for about an hour. The doctor was called in around 2pm and has decided that if Baby J has another bout like she has had the past 4 hours, we will have to deliver. Presently the baby’s heart has stabilized and she seems to be content. We continue to thank God for His control in this situation and look forward to seeing His hand work in all our lives.
(The picture collage above: top left – Trandelenburg position, top right – Thanksgiving flowers from Steffanie, bottom left – trying to use the computer while lying down, bottom middle – reading the newspaper a elderly man [hospital volunteer] brought by, bottom right – oxygen.)
I decided to make a door sign for my room, since we’re going to be here for a while. Here’s a picture of the sign I put up yesterday. I also had a diabetes test this morning. Last night they put a sign on my door to inform people that I was not allowed to eat or drink after midnight. I decided to put up my own translation for the sign.
Here’s an update Josh wrote on Tuesday, after our follow-up visit with the perinatologist.
The perinatologist (maternal fetal health specialist), Dr. Goldaber, came by this afternoon.
The sonogram showed that the amniotic fluid is about the same as last Tuesday. Amy’s had a couple decelerations today, and when Dr. Goldaber looked over today’s chart, he said, “Those are some very significant decelerations.” Right now the cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck, which may explain why some of the decelerations today have been deeper than we’ve seen for a little while. The baby is breached, which I suppose doesn’t matter much right now, since a natural birth is out of the question anyway. Then again, if the baby turns and gets her head out of the cord, there might be less pressure on the cord.
Dr. G. said he anticipates an early delivery, and wants the IV port hooked back up now so that Amy will be ready whenever the time comes. But at least she doesn’t have to be hooked up to the whole IV until it’s time to deliver.
Thanks all for praying. Dr. Moseley, Amy’s primary OB, said today, “You have a lot of people praying, right? Well have them pray that your amniotic fluid goes up.” So there’s one prayer request. And the other is that Baby J can keep cookin’ inside a while longer. And keep praying for Amy’s health.
My dear husband continues to take excellent care of me. Here’s a picture of him traveling back to our apartment to do some laundry and transport some more things back to our new home.
I am now living in Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital – for an indefinite time period until our baby girl is born.
Here’s a clip from the email Josh sent out Tuesday night:
“Yesterday around noon, I took Amy to the hospital because she’d noticed decreased fetal movement for a few days. (We had called her OB in the morning, and the doctor had recommended we go in to the hospital to check things out.) After a few hours monitoring the baby’s heartbeat and doing a sonogram, they decided to keep Amy overnight to have a specialist check her out. The specialist determined today that because of an abnormally small amount of amniotic fluid, the baby’s at high risk of pressing too hard against the cord, resulting in a dangerous decrease of blood flow. So they want to keep Amy in the hospital until delivery — which may be at 34 weeks or before — to constantly monitor the baby’s heart rate.
“We’re very thankful that the baby is healthy, with normal development and a strong heartbeat. We’re also thankful that Amy noticed the decreased movement so things could be checked out. Please pray that the Lord would give us grace for this unexpected change. Naturally, Amy won’t be teaching any more this semester. Please also pray for the baby’s health, and for Amy’s.”
Except for getting up to use the bathroom, I’ve been confined to the hospital bed. I’m hooked up to an iv on one arm and a heart monitor on the other hand, as well as the baby heart monitor and contraction monitor, both on my tummy…and I get some fancy leg wraps that fill up with air to prevent blood clots in my legs and increase circulation while I am in bed all day.
Josh has been the most amazing husband in the world. He’s taking very good care of his girls and I daily thank God for giving me such a wonderful man for my husband.
More updates to follow.
Today we received Baby Girl Jensen’s first outfit from the Hanson family (thanks!). Brian and Johanna are also expecting a girl about a week after ours is due. It was neat to hold the outfit and think that in a little over three months we’re going to have a little girl to wear it.
Baby Bump at 24 weeks.
My little baby bump is growing! This past Thursday was the first time someone actually noticed (without any prior knowledge) that I’m pregnant. It was rather exciting to have someone shriek and exclaim, “Are you pregnant?!!!!” My kids at school keep me informed on the growth of my belly (“Mrs. Jensen, your tummy is getting bigger.”) and many love touching my baby bump. Baby Girl Jensen is doing well and I’m enjoying feeling her move. I feel her movement more on the weekends, but that’s probably because she’s wondering why her mommy isn’t talking really loud, singing, playing instruments, and dancing/moving. Weekends are probably pretty boring for our dear little girl!
I finally took some pictures of my classroom. I moved to a different portable this year and love the extra space! After my ultrasound last week I had all the kids vote on the gender of our baby. I also brought a printout of the ultrasound picture to show them all. My pregnancy is quite a learning experience for some of my students and has led to some interesting conversations in the classroom. After seeing the picture, one 3rd grader asked if the baby would be born with skin! I was also given advice about eating and taking care of myself from the 5th grade boys. This week they were concerned that it was not good that I was pregnant and wearing a belt with my shirt. When they asked why I had a belt on, I explained that it was a decoration and not tight at all.
Josh has had the flu all week, so I made him some homemade chicken rice soup. I always tend to put too much rice in the soup and then it’s more like stew than soup. I had to stop by the store and buy some chicken broth to add to my concoction! (The roses in the picture are a gift Josh brought home to me last weekend – my husband is so sweet!)
In the second photo, she had turned and the bow in her hair was a little clearer for the photo. We are delighted to be expecting a little girl and were both teary-eyed to see her for the first time.
So here it is, a picture from our baby’s first photo session. If you have trouble getting oriented, our 7.88-inch goober is facing leftward. You can see the spine pretty clearly, and the profile. (Speaking of getting oriented, there was a fair amount of tummy slapping during the ultrasound to get the baby’s head turned.)
So — does our baby look more like me or Amy? You decide. You can also try to guess the gender based on facial characteristics. Put in your vote in the comments, and we’ll tell you if you’re right — maybe later today.
Baby Jensen is finally beginning to make his/her visual presence known – though most people still say they can’t tell. Baby J. also started making his/her physical presence known last Saturday when I started feeling him/her move – love the feeling! We celebrated our 19 week birthday this past Thursday, and according to Babycenter.com, Baby J. equals a large heirloom tomato in size. Our ultrasound is on Wednesday, and we’re looking forward to seeing our little one for the first time.
On Friday night, Josh and I took Selah and Rachael Johnson to a production of The Music Man. It was an excellence performance and we were all worn out from our late evening.