Home for now…

We got to see Leo via ultrasound every day these past three days. Pretty awesome!

Lauren is finally back home from the hospital.

At 9:30am she received the last steroid shot and the Maternal Fetal Medicine OB came in on her own time to have one last ultrasound to check on Leo’s heart rate and Doppler readings before she sent Lauren home.

Leo’s heart rate is still unchanged, which is great, even though it is only at 69 bpm (should be around 120-160 bpm). The OB told Lauren to do more frequent fetal movement checks between now and Monday morning. Leo passed 8/8 on his fetal biophysical profile, which means for now he is coping well with his low heart rate and there are no signs of any drops.

While they were waiting for Leo to stop moving, they printed off a 3D photo of him. Can you see his face and hand?

Mark’s parents will be driving us to Toronto Sick Kids on Monday for our appointment at 8am. The OB recommended to bring our bags, as we don’t know if they will want us to stay for more fetal monitoring. Their concern is that eventually Leo’s heart rate will drop, or that the AV block will turn in to a complete block which would lead to heart failure and the need for an emergency C-section. So basically, Monday we will be prepared for staying for several weeks or possibly meeting Leo outside of the womb for the first time! Not sure what’s going to happen.

Please continue to be praying for Leo, as this is a pretty serious condition, especially if his heart rate drops more. We know the Lord is in control, and that whatever the outcome is He is still loving and just.

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12 Comments on “Home for now…

  1. Jesus is still on the throne! Praying in His Name for all three of you!

  2. A friend of a friend put me on to your blog. We are also from London and are expecting a baby with a congenital heart defect. We too will be having the baby at Mt. Sinai the beginning of December so she can be taken immediately to Sick Kids after birth to have surgery to correct her heart problem.
    Our cardiologist there – Dr. Jaeggi is wonderful and Sick Kids is an amazing place. Be sure to ask about contacting the social worker to apply to stay at the Ronald MacDonald house in TO as you won’t be able to stay with the baby in the hospital over-nights until he is out of the NICU.
    I will be praying for you and wishing you all the best with baby Leo!

    • Thank you so much for sharing! Your blog post, “Perfect Peace”, as well as the others, are so encouraging! I also read 1000 Gifts and that same quote spoke to me, too. Please let us know when you are at Sick Kids next, as we’d love to meet up with you guys if we are there at the same time 🙂 Praying for your little one!

      • so glad that i was able to pass on the info and praying that the 2 of you will meet soon . What great support you guys can be to each other at this time thinking and praying for you both at this time

  3. We are praying. God goes before you in all things and gives you the strength you need for each moment. Eucharisteo – Grace, thanksgiving and joy (from a book by Ann Voskamp called One Thousand Gifts).
    Dal and Jann

  4. He’s beautiful and precious right there, isn’t he? I’m so glad you’re being monitored closely. I pray that your medical staff is guided by the LORD and that your hearts are steady during this time (all of your hearts). Take care and the LORD bless you, all three.

  5. precious photos!!!! How far along are you now Lauren? I am continuing to pray for your growing family! 🙂

  6. Praying for you three continually!! Lifting Leo’s heart condition up to the Lord and praying for continued good health for both Lauren and Leo! Praying for peace, guidance, and wisdom for you Mark as you help Lauren! May you all feel God’s presence around you during this bump in the road. God is is control. Not our will, but God’s perfect will be done!

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