Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Not About Kidneys: But Still Important

Hi, it's Nathan. I know that it has been a while, but not too many exciting things have been happening (medically speaking) to me. However, I do have a major announcement. Now, normally, this blog will NOT contain information that does not pertain to my health. But, for today, we are going to deviate.

Jenny and I are pregnant, and will be having a baby in mid-December (2009)!

Below is the story that is posted on our other blog. This blog was originally going to be about our adoption process, since the doctors told me that my chances were very close to zero for ever fathering a child naturally (ha, showed them!). Though we are not stopping our pursuit of adoption, it will be on hold (per the agency) until after the birth of our child. The following paragraphs were written by Jenny:

When Nathan and I decided to pursue adoption we did so because the doctors told us we had a VERY small chance of becoming pregnant naturally. They recommended procedures that involved lots of doctor manipulation. We did not have peace about going down that road so we chose adoption. However we saw no point in going back on birth control. We said if I ever got pregnant it would be because God wanted it to happen. We are excited to announce that God decided that a pregnancy IS in His plan for us! I am 14 weeks pregnant, due December 16. Everything looks great so far, the sonogram showed a good strong heart beat. I also had a first trimester screening for Downs Syndrome and Trisomy 18 and all those results came back normal.

After finding out I was pregnant one of the first things we talked about was how we felt this affected our adoption process. Nathan and I both feel that God has still placed a desire in our hearts to be adoptive parents. We believe that God is in control of timing and don’t even feel a need to put ourselves on hold or anything. We realize this means we have the possibility of having 2 babies very close together. =) We know God will work our all those details though. I’m going to call our agency this week and let them know what’s going on. Once the baby is born we plan to create an additional page to add to our scrapbook.

Here are some things you can pray for:
  • Healthy pregnancy
  • Healthy baby
  • God’s perfect timing on our adoption
  • Continue to pray for our birth mother
Since this blog will no longer be solely focused on adoption I think I’m going to change the blog’s web address. So be on the look out in the next few days for a post giving the new address. You will want to make sure you update all your bookmarks to the new address once it is in place. We are still on an adoption journey, and this pregnancy is now a part of that journey.

Thanks for taking a few minutes to read something non-kidney (at least so far) related. If you would like to follow developments on this story, you can always visit for details. Please note that this link will soon change, but I will be sure to update it in the side bar (to your right and my left, as I am behind your screen looking at you).

This is truly a miracle, and we continue to trust God for his best in our lives. As you all (may or may not) remember, my Polycystic Kidney Disease is most likely the autosomal dominant type. This means that there is a 50% chance of the gene being passed on to any of my children. Given that both my sister and I have PKD, it is probably not the autosoal recessive version (the more deadly at a young age). We will have to see, as time goes on, what we decide about testing and kidney disease and things of that nature.

For now, we appreciate any and all prayers. I will be blogging later this week on my cardiologist appointment this Thursday.

See you soon!
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