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pregnancy update: five long days

I will explain more for those of you who are not yet in the loop, but first let’s all enjoy our baby boy’s first portrait:

(That’s his face, in case you can’t make it out, with his fist touching his forehead)

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For those of you who have no clue what the dramatic title is all about, let me get you updated. (If you are in the know, you can skip down to the section below):

On Thursday, Beth had a regular checkup at her midwife clinic.  She called me at work to let me know there was concerning news.

Beth informed me that she is “measuring small” – that her tummy is not as large as it should be.  In fact, her tummy should measure close to 29 centimeters, but she is closer to 24.

Problem #1: as far as we know, Wilsons don’t do small babies.

Problem #2: the discrepancy in Beth’s size could indicate a failure to thrive – that the baby is not getting the nutrients he needs to grow properly.

Problem #3: measuring small could also indicate that there is insufficient amniotic fluid around the baby, which can signal major problems at this point in the pregnancy.

For all of these reasons, the midwife was concerned and decided to send us to the perinatologist (an expert in high-risk pregnancies and ultrasounds) to take a look our son via the miracle of hi-definition ultrasound technology.

So she scheduled an appointment …

Fast forward through a weekend of anxiety, tears, sleeplessness, nervous silence, prayer, internet research, Bible studying, trouble focusing, and assorted other feelings … and you get to this morning’s appointment:

Long(ish) story short: Beth and I walked out of the perinatologist’s office relieved, but not necessarily out of the woods.

The details: What we discovered is that our son is, at this point, a bit on the small side – 2 pounds, 10 ounces (that’s the 32nd percentile, if you know what “percentile” mean).  This is not necessarily concerning, except for the fact that Abbey was a hefty infant.

It also seems that he has been thriving in the womb.

I say “has been” because his belly was a bit smaller than the doctor would have liked, which could indicate that he is not getting all the nutrients he needs and the development of his head is taking precedence over a “less vital” body part.  It is possible that he is just thin around the middle – but it’s also possible that something is not quite right.

As for the amniotic fluid, Beth’s levels were right where they should be, which was incredibly reassuring to us.

So, now what?

In three weeks we will be back to visit the perinatologist and have another ultrasound.  The doctor will compare results and see if our son is continuing to grow at a steady rate and with steady proportions (that’s good) or if his head is growing at a faster rate than his tummy (that’s not good).

Though we still don’t know exactly what is going on inside of Beth’s belly, we know that our son kicks a lot and has a steady heart-rate, so we know that, right now, he seems to be healthy.

As for now, nothing changes – no bed-rest for Beth and no diet or exercise restrictions.

As for later, we will wait and see what the next ultrasound says, hoping that all is well and he is developing at a steady rate of growth.

We are relieved and we are thankful for friends and family who love, serve, and pray for us so well – we are deeply appreciative and love you all very much.

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Final note:  Beth and I are about 95% decided on our son’s name.  We’ll let you know when we hurdle that last 5%.

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Categories: Baby, parenting, Pregnancy
  1. July 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Have been praying since Paula told me & am continuing to pray!

  2. eliaphotography
    July 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Praying fiercely for you, Wilsons. Love you.

  3. miersma family
    July 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    hello friends! saw this post on facebook and came to check up on your family…we will be praying! nice first headshot by the way! :)

  4. July 27, 2010 at 8:11 am

    praying for baby boy wilson. love you guys.

    • July 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

      Williams are praying for yall! We love yall so much, miss you.

  5. Stacy Preston
    July 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I’m so behind!! We will be praying and thinking about you all in the coming weeks and definitely months as little baby boy wilson grows strong.

  6. July 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Lee & Beth: Drew and I will be praying for your little mister to be and that our God continues to pour out his encouragement, conmfort, and strength over your sweet family. Love you guys.

  1. August 15, 2010 at 11:57 pm

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