So I am now 36 weeks pregnant. Hard to believe we are about 4 weeks away from having baby boy! I went to the Doctor at Warrington Hospital yesterday to have a "consult" since I am new here and have had IUGR in a previous pregnancy and because of my anemia as well. The midwife wanted me to go and see him to just have him check on things.
Well...to sum up how it went...I was dehydrated, anemic, and measuring small. UGH!
None of these things were of major concern for him or us but just something to work on and easily fixed. Along with my b-12 shots, I now have "tablets" of iron I am taking as well 3 times a day to hopefully up my iron before baby gets here. I am ordered to drink at least 2 liters of water each day as well. As far as the measurements go, he wasn't too concerned seeing as we tend to have small babies, but he is having me come in on Monday for a scan to see how baby boy is doing, then I have another appointment with him on Friday.
He was a great doctor and really put us at ease that all was ok and there was nothing really to be concerned about.
Now get this part... He asked when we came in the room what brought us to England (knowing we were from the states) and so Michael answered by saying that he was working as a minister at a church here. The doctor lights up a bit and says "wow, that's cool". He then goes on to tell us that he goes to an Arabic speaking church in Manchester that is reaching out to the city there and has had Muslims come in many times. He is from Egypt and his parents still live there, who are also Coptic Christians. We got to talk to him off and on through the appointment about his church. It was so amazing to us.
Imagine this. We move to a country where it is less than 5% Christian and we end up with a Christian for an OB Doc here. God is cool...isn't he??!!
So that is a little update on how things are going for me with pregnancy. We will go on Monday to get a scan then see the doctor again on Friday and see how my levels are doing. Pray that I won't be discouraged. I was a bit emotional yesterday getting that report, just feeling like I haven't been doing a good job taking care of myself, but thankful too that the Lord has provided someone to help get my body on track for a good delivery hopefully.
We are still plugging away at getting settled into our home. Our shipment should have arrived in port (wherever that is...) yesterday if it was on schedule, but we haven't heard any news about it yet. I am hoping we will have it in our driveway in the next week or so...we shall see :)
I also had a bit of a panic with SK and her schooling situation a couple days ago. I called the council to check on the status of her application since we hadn't heard anything yet and thought we would have already heard. According to the girl I spoke with, there was no openings at any of the 3 schools and she would be calling that day around to schools outside of the village to find her a spot. I am not good with just sending her to any other school where we would have to drive her outside of the village. I was upset after that phone call, but Michael reassured me that all would be ok and God would take care of it and we just needed to trust in him about this.
The next morning, Michael calls down to Culcheth Primary School and is able to speak with the head teacher where he gets the news that there is not 1 but 2 openings in her level class and all would be fine. She was going to call the council herself and sort it out for us. So it looks like all will work out fine with the school stuff, I just need to trust Jesus more. This whole moving process has been faith growing...I tell ya. I am seeing how much faith I lack and how much I need more Jesus in my life.
So there is a little update on things over here! Michael preaches tomorrow at church, which he is looking forward to! "See" you guys again real soon :)