So I stink at commitment when it comes to this blog. I wanted to do a 35 day photo posting thinking that would both dedicate me to posting every day, and also give me time to gear up for posting true, substantial and heart-felt blog posts but that didn’t work as you have seen!
Not to mention we got some really big and exciting news in the midst of this that I have been dying to share and now that we have finally told family the news I can share it with you… I AM PREGNANT WITH BABY #2!
It was fun to tell my husband this time around..I surprised him when he came home from work with the news. I dressed up our daughter in a t-shirt that read “I’m The Big Sister” but it took him a good 5-7 minutes to notice it. I actually had to point out to him she had a new shirt on before he actually read it! Then he finally caught on..
We are very excited and feel truly blessed by this precious gift. But I need to lay a very serious prayer request out there for anyone still reading. This is hard for me to share since so few people actually know about this to date. Last year I was diagnosed with Epilepsy. I am under the care of a Neurologist and am taking AED medications. I still have a lot of doubts about the validity of my diagnosis and was looking into getting a 2nd opinion when I found out I was pregnant. Because my current DR. is very certain I am having seizures and no on will question this or make adjustments to my current regimen while I am pregnant, this means I will have to stay on my AED medication throughout my pregnancy. While I happen to be on one of the safest of the AED meds. on the market (and I am only on ONE vs. multiple prescriptions), there are still elevated risks of birth defects as compared to if I was on no medication. basically my risk goes from 3-5% to 10%.
One risk is a neural tube defect. I have my first doctors appt. on 9/2 and we will be past the point in the pregnancy when the neural tube should have closed so we will know by that point if we are out of the woods there. The other big concern will be a cleft lip and/or palate and we should have our answer concerning that at our 20 week anatomy ultrasound. When I first began reading about these defects and statistics I grew petrified. I started having anxiety attacks! I have since remembered that regardless of the outcome, there is new life that God has created and He is in control. He has a beautiful plan for this child and I know he is protecting us. Also, there is so much more research in our favor that he/she will be completely healthy and brilliant!! So, I ask you to join me in praying for my child and for me to continue to trust in God.