November 19, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Our Growing Baby

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;  His love endures forever.  Psalm 107:1


This week marks 32 weeks gestation for our 8th sweet boy. I saw the midwife on Monday who said he is head-down already.  He had his hands and feet out towards my belly.

I also had a follow-up appointment with our sonographer who had noticed something at our 20 week ultrasound that needed double-checking.  I had understood that it was a cyst on the placenta, but was told not to worry as these usually disappear and don’t cause any problems.

I admit that I did worry a bit.  But over the course of 11 weeks, waiting for the follow-up sonogram, I mostly prayed.

I prayed for the baby.

I prayed for the placenta.

I prayed that the cyst on the placenta would disappear.  That it would be completely gone by the time we checked.

So Monday afternoon, I was excited to see how much our baby had grown and really hanging onto hope that all was well. As the sonographer began to look around, I immediately noticed that he was looking at the baby’s brain.  At first I thought that maybe he was just looking at everything in general again, but he soon began to explain what he was checking.

I had been wrong all along.  The ultrasound technician had noted a cyst – but not in our baby’s placenta. It was in his brain.  My heart began to race as I felt myself start to panic. But before I could even do that, he gave me the good news.  The somewhat common “cyst” that is sometimes seen in a developing baby’s brain that can warrant double-checking, had disappeared.

I breathed an audible sigh of relief and said aloud to him, “And all this time, I’ve been praying for the wrong thing!!!”  And from the mouth of my sono tech, I heard these words:

“It doesn’t matter.  God knows what we really need.”

Wow.  Boy, does He ever!

Not only did the sonogram confirm that ANY cyst was gone, but it showed a healthy, thriving baby boy who has hair!

I’m so amazed at God’s faithfulness.

I’m so grateful that He does really know what we need.

I’m so blessed.

I’m so thankful!

What are you thankful for this week?


  1. Wonderful wonderful news just in time for Christmas! <3 Happy Holidays.

  2. That is wonderful news!!! I remember I had a final 3d ultrasound at 35 weeks, just a couple of days before Eden was born, and I got to see her little face in my belly, it was soooooooooo cute!!! Love that little girl!!! My half million dollar baby!! LOL at least I have a great sense of humor and really great friends!

  3. Great news!!! God is so faithful 🙂

  4. Katena Dyser says:

    My 6 year told me had had no homework yet he did. He is on the autistic spectum. I was upset and happy at the same time. The doctors told me he would never function at more than a 2 year old level. I am proud to say he has caught up withto his peers and is in a regular 1st grade class. i am thankful for small miracles and all six of my boys. Congrats on your 8th son I would probably be in the same boat.

  5. Oh how well I understand this concern! At our 20 week ultrasound, our second son had multiple cysts on his brain. We were sent to a high risk OB and had multiple follow-up ultrasounds. I saw the Lord work through many, many prayers and, by the 30 week visit, there was not one cyst to be found. We serve a gracious God, who DOES know exactly what we need. Congrats on your 8th boy! Our 4th is due in six weeks.

  6. Wow! What a great story of God’s provision! 🙂 I hope you wrote it down! Oh wait….you did. 😉

  7. Wow! What a miracle. God surely does know what we need!

    You should wrangle those boys together and join my Gather Round Your Tree linky party on Monday: 🙂

  8. I love how God answered your prayer even when it wasn’t what you were specifically praying about.

    What a great comfort!!

  9. Dara Hughes says:

    Praise the Lord! I can relate to your entire post as one year ago this week, my husband and I went to a routine 20-week ultrasound that turned out to be “not-so-routine” as it revealed a life-threatening pregnancy complication. God used this trial in our life to remind us of His faithfulness to ALL generations. God IS faithful and our third son who will be 8 months tomorrow is our miracle and answer to prayer.

  10. That is incredible! Congratulations on 8 boys. What an incredible story to tell your son when he grows up.

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