Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Update on Miss Emma

Yesterday was another fun-filled visit with many doctors.  :)   We began at Dallas Children's for a fetal echo.  We met with a new pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Kane.  He was very nice and refreshed us on information we already knew and updated us on some information that will be relevant to the day Miss Emma gets here.  The good news is: Emma's heart looked the same.  She is still classified as a "B" which is so much better than a "C"   The two little holes were still there and the pressure readings looked the same.  Prayers answered!  Dr. Kane told us that they would be delivering Emma first thing on October 4th!  They would then take her to the Cath Lab at Children's to look her over and decide what would be best.  We were thrilled that things were looking the same with her little heart.

We then headed over to Dr. Santiago-Munoz's office for an ultrasound and check-up.  The ultrasound went fairly well.  She is growing and gaining weight which is super.  I was sure hoping for a 6 lb baby yesterday, but Miss Emma wants to be small and petite....ha ha, she was 5lbs 9ozs which is up 11 ozs in 13 days.   That is a good weight gain, almost an oz a day.  Even though she is continuing to measure on the small side, her growth is remaining steady which a a great thing.  One thing that they are still keeping their eyes on is her brain.  It is very hard to tell exactly what is going on in there due to her bones developing and calcifying.  However, her ventricles are still measuring a little bigger than normal, 10-12.  While these numbers have remained around the same for several weeks, we obviously want them to either stay around those numbers or decrease.  The least amount of 'extra' worries is better on the day of her delivery.  Her heart is obviously the doctors number one priority since the other numbers are just on the outside of normal, so they will take care of the heart first and hopefully, when she arrives the fluid levels on her brain will not cause any level of concern or extra care.  We do know that doing ultrasounds late in the 3rd trimester are harder to interpret.  I did find out that I would need to be at the hospital around 5:30 on the morning of here delivery.  They are going to let my mom come in and be with me after Scott leaves that room to go with Miss Emma!  I had a variety of other questions involving the c-section and other post delivery questions.  Dr. Santiago-Munoz answered these for me and had me schedule a follow-up ultrasound and check-up for next Wednesday.

On a side note, Dr. Santiago-Munoz wanted me to get a flu shot, so I successfully navigated my way to the nearest Walgreens today and waited for an hour to get the shot.  I am now vaccinated and ready to go.  First Dallas adventure on my own=CONQUERED!!!  

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  We ask that you specifically pray for Emma's heart to stay the same or get better and that her growth and development will grow steadily.  Also, we ask for prayers for her brain development.  Things are looking pretty good right now, but we really need for there to be little to no excess fluid on the day she arrives.

~Sarah(Emma's Mommy)

P.S.  Big Thank You to Stephanie for designing Emma's Blog header.  Stephanie is a dear friend of ours and Emma's "aunt"!   We love her dearly and she is a very talented artist and designer.


  1. I LOVE the new header. That is absolutely beautiful. It really stands out and makes the page pop with color. So, I was happy for a second when opening this up and the bright color welcomed me. Then I started reading, and cried, again. I do not know what you are going through, but I do know that you are being very strong and God chose the perfect Mommy and Daddy for little Emma. Lol, she will have a big head and little body like my kids. ;) They are pretty normal, I guess. haha. I pray for you and her daily and cannot wait to meet this precious angel. Love you all! Ashlee H

  2. Really looking forward to getting down there! I wish I could take a leave of absence. haha Love you all and SO glad that things are looking consistent! God is so good!

  3. Thanks for letting us follow your journey. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Glad the visits went went. Praying for Emma's heart and brain and for you and Scott.
    Angie S. in Ada

  4. Hi Sarah! I'm friends with Steph and Scott. I have heard so much about you from Stephy! I just wanted to let you and Scott know that you and your little family are in my prayers! God is powerful and can and does do BIG things!
    I live in the Dallas area, and am completely serious when I say that if you ever need anything, such as having errands run or anything like that, I will be more than happy to help you out! I know it's strange because we don't really know eachother, but please don't hesitate to ask! God bless!

  5. Thank you God for answered prayers! In all we praise Him! The Brown family will continue to pray for her little heart and her brain! We love you guys and are sending love and hugs your way! Thank you again for sharing Emma with us and keeping us updated! The Brown's

  6. Praise God I am so glad that her heart is still the same and I pray that it gets better. You all are in our prayers as Emma's birthday gets closer. I am so glad that your mom can stay with you when Scott leaves with Emma. Congratulations on your first venture in Dallas, you go girl. Thinking about you often.

    Rogers' family :)

  7. YAY, so happy to hear it went well! We have been checking for an update constantley!!! So hard being on the waiting end ;) Miss Ella Dawn had a good doctor visit today too!!! Ella says "hi" to Emma :) Love you guys...hang in there Our God is soooo good!

  8. Hey Sarah, your mother in law was a teacher of mine (bless her poor heart!) back in the day. I have been following your story through her and, more recently, your blog. I just wanted to drop you a line of encouragement and let you know that you guys are in our prayers.

    Alison (Hamby) Raymer

  9. I don't know you and you don't know me-but my Jesus knows you and Miss Emma! Praying for an uncomplicated delivery, her birth weight, pressure on the brain to lessen and of course her heart. Praying for wisdom for her doctors and nurses. Praying for strength and wisdom for you and Emma's daddy. Please continue to list specific prayer requests. God is good!