Where to start? Today was a day full of emotions.
We officially graduated today and was informed that we no longer have a medical need to see our fetal specialist. I will admit, you cannot help but develop a relationship with the staff when you're faced with the trials we have been faced with. They simply become a part of your life, family and a big part of the overall story. The good part of this is that Bridgette has presented no problems at all (which I knew she wouldn't - she's been an Angel to me and her sister). The other side of this is that Alexis appears to be doing wonderful and is growing right in alignment with the growth chart and where she's supposed to be.
Speaking of our precious Alexis, as stated, she is growing and doing very well. She weighed in today at chubby 4 lbs 9 ozs and has a heart beat of 145bpm. She is absolutely amazing and so beautiful!! At this rate she should be around 6lbs at birth.
Because we were meeting with the funeral director today our specialist confirmed measurements for Bridgette. Knowing that today was the last time we would see our specialist, they gave us the greatest gift of all.... 4D images of our baby girl. (That's what these pictures are of - both of Bridgette.) Unfortunately, they gave us no pictures of Alexis because they simply made today all about our sweet Bridgette. The next & last time we get to see her will be at delivery.
Speaking of delivery - we officially have a scheduled time for the 26th of March - we are the first ones that morning for a c-section. (I love being first) :))
I had a dear friend email me this morning and she was reminiscing about how this whole process began as a wish and a prayer and now we are only 3.5 weeks from the reality of bringing our girls into this world. Although we will not bring both of them home we are so thankful for our journey and we will forever hold Bridgette close in our hearts and Alexis will fulfill our arms, our hearts and our dreams.
We will continue to have the biophysical profile scans for Alexis weekly and OB appointments just to monitor and make sure she's doing well.
Thank you all so much for traveling down this journey with us. You will never know how you have made our trip so memorable and we will forever be grateful for each of you. So many of you have reached out to us and extended your love, support and mostly your prayers. We find ourselves in awe at the support you've shown. We have been praying about it and because so many have reached out to us about attending the funeral we have decided to open the church service up to our friends that have expressed they want to attend. We will still respectfully request that the graveside be for our family to say our final good-byes. We are not certain of the day, but if all goes as planned then we anticipate the funeral for our baby girl, Bridgette, will be Friday, March 30th at 1:00 pm. We will not have an obituary in the paper but we will confirm this date/time as we get closer. The services will be held at our church, The Ark (in Maize, KS).
As always, we will continue to keep you updated as we know more, and all we ask is that you please continue to keep us in your prayers.
"We prayed for this child and the Lord has granted us what we asked of Him" (1 Samuel 1:27)
Ryan, Candye, Alexis (& Bridgette, RIP 1/4/2012)