|Our first family picture!!|
After the party we put Olivia to bed and headed to the hospital for an induction ( the baby was too big for a D&C). Within an hour of arriving at the hospital my small group was there along with the worship leader at our church. We spent the next several hours laughing so hard and loud that I thought the hospital might kick us out. Laughter was just what we needed!!
The induction took longer than we expected and Andrew David was delivered on Thursday night, September 9, 2010. I left the hospital at 10am on Friday morning, went home and packed up the whole family (with the help of my mom and mother in law) and we set off for Hilton Head. I do believe that I cried the whole way there. Listening to praise music helped to start the healing process.
Fast forward a few months and joy comes again!! On January 1, 2011, I found out I was pregnant again! I couldn't have been happier. I would be due on September 10th, just two days after Isaiah's birthday and the day after Andrew had been born. But it wasn't long until sorrow came again. Again, at 16 weeks, on March 28, 2011, I head into the doctor for a regular check-up. This time Ryan came with me because of what happened last time. We were in shock when the ultrasound tech put the wand on my belly and just looked at me and said, "I'm sorry. I think it's a girl" The nightmare was repeating!! My doctor couldn't believe it. The nurse came in and just held me, crying!! I was sent immediately for an amnio and other tests to see why this was happening again. Since we weren't leaving on vacation we had a little time to plan the induction of this baby. I went in on the night of March 30th and Abigail Grace was delivered on March 31, 2011.
(Just a side note: The song "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" has been playing over and over again in my mind for the past several weeks as I contemplated this post. We sang it at church this past Sunday and I felt so loved and noticed by God. I love it when He does things like that!!)