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September 27, 2009

We interrupt our regularly-scheduled, depressing programming…

Filed under: Family, Lindsay loves Neal, Personal, Pregnancy — Tags: , , , — llcall @ 12:12 am

To bring you unparalleled joy!  Yes, I owe my loyal readership a happy post and this is it (and believe it or not, I have another two or three up my sleeve when I get around to our summer vacation photos).

I really wasn’t sure if the ultrasound day would be good or bad, but it was without a doubt one of the best days of my life.  I’ve worried so much for our little boy (fairly assured that it was a boy since the health problems I’ve been having are far more common in boy births), who turned out to be a girl…

Anybody else creeped out by this shot?! Seriously weirds me out--what's with the little leg nubbins???

Anybody else creeped out by this shot?! Seriously weirds me out--what's with the little leg nubbins???

But we got the happy news that against all odds, she is thriving, healthy, and right on track developmentally.  The perinatologist (a doctor specializing in high-risk pregnancies) is still very cautious about the situation; she offered yet another possible diagnosis (this is #6, coming from 7 different doctors) that, while not bleak, was also not hopeful.  But after I had seen this beauty,


nothing was spoiling my mood.

There really are no words to describe those moments.  Neal and I holding hands, squeezing them back and forth whenever our baby girl squirmed or changed positions.  Our awe and amazement at seeing how much she already looks and moves like a “real” baby–putting her little hand on her head, seemingly perplexed by so much poking and prodding:


and then kicking her little feet furiously (maybe she runs from cameras like her daddy):


All the while, I was crying tears of love/joy/excitement/relief–all of those.  Even hours later, I was still overcome.  I didn’t want to go to sleep because I just wanted this day where our daughter is perfect and healthy to last forever.

And even though, it’s the next day and some of the worry and trepidation is starting to come back to me, I feel buoyed by two realizations that yesterday brought to us.  First, this girl is already a survivor . . . and maybe she can keep it up for a few more months.  And second, even if she can’t, and we don’t get to have her here and now in the flesh, I know she is ours forever.  God promised that to us when our little family was sealed together for eternity and I know His promises transcend this mortal life.



  1. Ohhwee! Lindsay I’m so happy she’s doing well! What a great profile shot!

    Comment by Rachel — September 27, 2009 @ 1:50 am

  2. Well I’m glad things are well. I could’ve done without the you and Neal holding hands detail, but nevertheless. 🙂

    Comment by Elizabeth H — September 27, 2009 @ 3:29 am

  3. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! Congratulations, you guys!! I am so happy for you! I kind of had a feeling it would be a girl. Just because you were sure it was a boy. 😉 Girls are the greatest! So glad she’s healthy and thriving. Woohooo!!!!

    Comment by Jenn — September 27, 2009 @ 3:51 am

  4. I am so thrilled to know that she is doing so well. All beautifully expressed.(And,by-the-way, I loved the hand-holding part). Continued prayers and best wishes for you all.

    Comment by Geniel — September 27, 2009 @ 4:03 am

  5. Yay!!!

    Comment by Audrey — September 27, 2009 @ 6:15 am

  6. YEAH! Those are great ultrasound pics. I am so excited for you!

    Comment by receli — September 27, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  7. Goosebumps!

    Comment by Nikki — September 28, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

  8. Congratulations a million times over! I am so happy for you and Neal! And it’s so fun to read this post because it brought back the memories I have of “meeting” Katie for the first time at her ultrasounds. The ultrasounds we had were some of the most special experiences I’ve had as a parent, and I’m so happy it was so beautiful for you too! And I’m so excited you’re having a girl! She is beautiful!!!!!! AHHHHH!!!! I really want to talk to you again soon!

    Comment by Vickie Blanchard — September 29, 2009 @ 2:33 am

  9. I am so excited and after reading the last two posts (meaning the one after this one and this one) I have a few tears in my eyes and I’m excited for you. I’m excited for us too cuz that’ll be us on Monday! 🙂 We’ll see the perinatologist (or one of them anyway) at Utah Valley, so maybe we can compare notes on the doctors. 🙂 Good luck with everything!

    Comment by Sabrina — September 29, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

  10. I don’t know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

    Comment by JimmyBean — October 1, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

  11. Love the posts and especially the CUUUUTE BABY!!!!! She is wonderful. I already love her too.

    Comment by Sharon — October 11, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

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