We wanted to give everyone a brief update. Melanie continues to have some contractions but is resting at home. She is being a great sport about the bedrest. Having my family so close is a huge blessing; Melanie’s family is reasonably close which is nice as well. Frequently one of our little sisters will bring their schoolwork over and be Melanie’s little personal assistant for the morning/day. My grandma has become official laundry lady–every time clean clothes come out of our drawers we are grateful (I don’t think I would be getting it done very regularly :).).Â My mom is over a number of times each day helping out with things here and there, she’ll just see something around the house and take care of it–we are greatly blessed.
We continue to pray that Little One remains where he/she is at for at least a few more weeks. We have met with the surgeon who will perform Baby’s surgery and feel comfortable with who God has provided to handle this issue.
Our desire in all this is that our Lord will be honored and glorified. He has formed Baby this way for a specific purpose. Yes, this has created some trauma and concern in our hearts, but we are learning to trust. God is in perfect control. This is not just something I am typing because it’s the obligatory way to end a note like this but something we are truly internalizing — we are learning to trust. We’ve never been so powerless to affect a situation; we’re troubled at the thought of Baby being rushed to the Neo-Natal ICU after birth, stuck, tubed, and who knows what else. But, God has planned each step of this little life out, that doesn’t just begin when he/she turns 18, it begins when life begins — at conception — far before birth.
Please pray that we will be a witness for our Lord Jesus Christ as we have opportunities to interact with so many different people. We want to be bold in identifying with Christ and communicating where our trust and confidence is.
Nathan and Melanie
A short update . . . Melanie was released from the hospital and is now home resting. We were very happy driving home from the hospital – all three of us. Everyone was where they were supposed to be – the two adults in the front seats and baby in the womb.
Now we wait and see when the Lord’s timing is for Little One to arrive. We pray that is early April, but have no way of knowing.
First I want to start with thanking people for their prayers, love and support. We are so grateful and undeserving. We have been greatly blessed by the comments left and have recognized a number of the names which is fun.
The contractions have largely dissipated. We are grateful for the Lords gracious intervening. Melanie will be observed through tomorrow and then probably released, assuming no further labor. The more time that goes on the less of the medication is in her system.
We do not know when labor will return. She will be on bed rest to attempt to forestall it as long as possible. Please pray that the baby will have at least 6 more weeks, minimally, to develop. 34 is still preemie but nothing like 28.
Again thank you for your prayers. They were both needed and effective. Wed evening/night was extremely challenging as Melanieâ€™s body bore the brunt of this medication. A few of the comments left indicate some of you know the challenge these meds are. I was stretched way beyond my comfort zone as I sought to comfort my hurting wife. The Lord Jesus was a very real source of comfort both directly and through the passages we just happened to read (did you know how many miracles of healing there are around Matt 8 and 9?).
I wanted to thank everyone for their prayer support. Truly this little one is blessed beyond measure to have so many faithfully lifting his/her little life up to the Throne of Mercy. We are thrilled that the contractions have mostly gone away and that Melanie is now resting more comfortably. She will remain hospitalized for another couple of days. Lord willing the contractions will not return ideally for another seven or eight weeks.
Last Sunday I preached from 2 Tim 1:1, where it starts, â€œPaul, an apostle (messenger) of Jesus Christ by the will of Godâ€¦â€ The congregation was a group of residents from a local nursing home. I was sharing with them that God has a plan/will for their lives â€“ even where they are at right now. John 6:40 clarifies that Godâ€™s will, big picture, is that everyone believe on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. But even beyond that, He has a will, a day to day desire for each of those dear people that were listening to me.
John 6:40, â€œAnd this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting lifeâ€¦â€
I was struck that our little one, still being formed in the womb, is under Godâ€™s care and that He already has a plan for that little life â€“ a plan that at this point even we as his/her parents donâ€™t know. Salvation is His primary desire for Baby Maxwell, after that?? Eph 3:20 gives us a clue though, we are told that it is beyond our ability to ask or imagine. This has greatly encouraged Melanie and I.
Ephesians 3:20, â€œNow to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in usâ€¦â€
Baby Maxwell continues to grow and get stronger. At a recent ultra-sound, the tech pointed out a little calf muscle, indicative of an active baby. We enjoy seeing the babyâ€™s profile and also watching the cute little hands, arms and feet appear on screen. The child still has a stomach issue that will require surgery immediately after birth. What other special needs the baby may or may not have, only time will tell.
Our biggest prayer request right now is that Baby stays in the womb as long as possible. His/her stomach issue means there is excess amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, which can cause labor to come sooner. We are also praying the Lord will direct us to the correct (maybe even Christian?) perinatalogist, hospital, neonatalogist, pediatric surgeon, and whomever else gets involved.
We wanted to share some recent news we’ve received regarding our baby/pregnancy with those who are so graciously praying for us. We recently had a sonagram that showed some abnormalities. Specifically, it appears like there is a cyst of some sort on the child’s brain stem. We find out more during an early December appointment. Our doctor encouraged us not to worry but to pray. Our desire is God’s healing while we continue to rejoice in the gift of life He has blessed us with. He is in complete control and we want Him to be glorified in all areas of our lives.