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.
For those who are praying, Nathan asked us to post a blog update. Melanie has been admitted to the hospital in an attempt to stop contractions. Melanie is 28 weeks at this point. Here are the specific prayer requests that Nathan had. First that the contractions would stop and that this baby would not be born for several more weeks. You could also pray for Melanie in coping with and lessening of the side effect of the medication she is on to stop the contractions. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. They continue to rest in the Lord Jesus.
Teri for Nathan and Melanie
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 arrived safely after 9 p.m. tonight. When we were about an hour and a half away, sleet began. Then, much of the precipitation turned to snow. As we came closer to Leavenworth, the roads became more slick. We slid a bit on our final stretch of road, but we made it :-). Now, for unpacking tomorrow!!
After we got up this morning, we discovered the storm system that was supposed to go through the Midwest today is coming a day later. Dad felt it was best that we head home a day early because of the ice/snow that is predicted for tomorrow. We thought of Proverbs 16:9: â€œA manâ€™s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.â€ We make plans, but the Lord directs our steps. We were all disappointed, but we know this is for the best, and weâ€™re grateful for the fellowship we had last night. I truly am grateful for such a wise father who listens so closely to Jesus.