Thursday, June 19, 2008

blessings abound

I know you have all been anxious.... we lost internet access yesterday - of all days! - but we're back in action and the new is
all WONDERFUL... we are having another little girl! I was shocked... I laughed right out loud while Conor looked down at me with a "see?" expression written across his face. We are of course thrilled. We don't officially have a name yet but we will let you know once we do.

Although this was not my 20-week appointment, our sonographer went ahead and did some "checking in" and measured most of the baby's limbs as well as her head and stomach. She is measuring perfectly. Right on schedule! She also looked briefly at the chambers of the heart, which some of you may remember is often affected by chromosomal abnormalities. Her heart looked great. But the most powerful moment of our time in the ultrasound room came when, as we constantly tried to shift the baby to see whether it was a boy or a girl, a tiny little hand raised up in a high-five motion, every single finger extended. This was such a blessing... one of the tell-tale signs of Copeland's Trisomy-18 was that her fists would not unclench. To see that little hand open up completely was literally one of the most liberating moments I've had in a long, long time. The Lord ordained it, of this I have no doubt; in all my pregnancies, I have never seen an image like that come across the screen before. If I can manage to get it scanned in properly, we will post a picture on the blog. It was a heart-stopping moment.

Thank you, thank you for praying. We felt so lifted up. Our 20-week is of course still July 16 but until then, the great news we received yesterday has comforted our hearts and continues to help us believe in good things to come.


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115 comments:

Daffodil Hill said...

Praise the Lord! I am rejoicing with you over this wonderful news. : )

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you!!!! Precious how clearly God spoke to you through that sweet baby waving to you!!!

julie beth said...

PRAISE GOD!!! So glad to finally hear! And wonderful to hear of the blessings God granted during your ultrasound...He is so kind!

Emily said...

Hallelujah! I was holding my breath in suspense and I just let out a big sigh of relief and praise to God! I am SO happy for you!!!!!!!!!! :)

Amber said...

Praise the Lord! I have been praying for you and couldn't wait to hear. What wonderful news! Another precious baby girl will be such a blessing. I love that she waved at her mom and dad. I know you can't wait to have her in your arms.

Marie Lanathoua said...

Bless God!!! I am so happy for you all. We will keep lifting you all up in prayer!!!

Love,

Marie
Lake Arrowhead, Ca

P.S. I was hoping yesterday that is was computer problems, which made us all just prayer a little harder!

Emily said...

I am so excited! I prayed for you & thought about you all day yesterday. I found your blog around the time Copeland was born & your family really touched my heart! I am thrilled that God gave you that little sign that things were going to be wonderful! Congratulations on another beautiful little girl & good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!
Emily

Katrina said...

Praise God! I am so happy for you guys! =)

Lauren150772 said...

Hi Boothe,
We don't know each other, but I have been following your story through your blog and was so happy to read your good news this morning. I thought about you and your family all day yesterday and kept checking back for updates. I am so happy for you and pray for the continued health of your precious new daughter.

sharon said...

my heart is so happy for y'all! such wonderful, wonderful news. i can't wait to hear her sweet name...

Kadi said...

Yay!!! God is so good! All of us are cheering for you guys....er...girls (and dad too!)

Jill said...

With goosebumps up and down my arms! PRAISE GOD! I'm so excited for you - I have checked your blog many times in the past 24 hours hoping to see good news. God is so good all of the time! Can't wait to see that little hand! Aww how precious to have that new memory forever!

Blessings to you and beautiful family! I keep you in my prayers!

www.forevernevernalways1.blogspot.com

Yvette said...

Boothe,

I am so excited for you. Another little girl, how sweet. Oh, I can only imagine the relief you felt as you saw her little hand open and close. Continuing to pray for you and the precious little girl you are carrying and can't wait to hear the name you choose.

Love, Yvette
www.tristanasher.blogspot.com

Chele said...

Praise God! I am so thankful he allowed you to have that moment of calming!

Darby said...

Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord! What a blessing! Can't wait for her name and picture to show up on the blog! I know both will be BEAUTIFUL!!!

christi28 said...

praise God!!!! i am so happy for you and can't wait to see her tiny little hand waving hi to her mom and dad!

blessings ~

Triplet Mama said...

What beautiful and wonderful news. Reading it brought tears of joy.

Rebecca said...

Yay! That is such outstanding news.

Congratulations!

Rebecca

Melody said...

Hooray!

I can only imagine the joy in your heart as your little girl waved "Hi Mommy and Daddy!" I'm so thankful God gave you this glimpse, and allowed more of His peace to settle in your hearts.

Pam said...

What fabulous news, Boothe! I know that had to be such a relief to see those little fingers waving.

How exciting to have God smile down so specifically in that way.

Thanks for the update. We'll keep praying.

Elizabeth S said...

I am so thrilled for you! Isn't God wonderful!

Sarah said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now, but I've never commented before...I am in awe of your strength, and I am SO happy for you and your precious new daughter! God is so Good!!!

Sarah in NC
www.sarahscraftycreations.blogspot.com

Jill Garcia (Smith) said...

Praising the Lord with you right now, Boothe! My eyes filled with tears reading your heartfelt words just now, knowing that the Lord is so good and gracious and is writing your little daughter's story already!! Love to you all!!!

Jill

Lauren J said...

I have kept up with your story and am so amazed at your faith and ability with words. Congratulations on a wonderful day today and praise God that you were able to see such a wonderful sight! Besh wishes to you and your baby girl for the next couple of months!

Tabitha said...

Praise God!!!! I love the sign he gave to you that everything was going to be OK. No doubt it was his gracious way of letting you know.

Kate said...

PRAISE God for little girls!! Congrats, Boothe!

Tabitha said...

Praise God!!! I love the way he let you know that everything was OK. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Thank God! I am so happy to see the good news from you today, Boothe. Congratulations.

Wrights said...

Praise the Lord! We'll keep praying for you and your new baby girl!!!
Nathaniel, Rebekah and girls

derrickandamy said...

PRAISE GOD!!!!

Anonymous said...

Best wishes as you and your family prepare for this true miracle.

Jaclyn said...

i read your post with tears in my eyes. What amazing news. I am so thankful to the Lord for this precious blessing...what an answer to prayer.

Laurie said...

Oh, A "High Five", this is just the best news!! And another precious little girl!!!!:) And good results in early "peeking in", my heart is singing praises for you and Conor. I have to admit that I was starting to get a little bit nervous in waiting for this news. Dummy Me, you'd think I would trust the Lord a little better than this:) God is so good and is to be praised so much. He is so good to answer the prayers lifted up to him moment by moment. I would love to see that little hand if you are able to get it to post. How Blessed. I love you guys and will sleep better tonight!!!

Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

maggiemaeupdates said...

i was telling one of my coworkers this morning that i was waiting with baited breath to here from you. i just love how the internet makes us all one big happy family. i am so excited for you!!

shannon & stefan b said...

Oh thank God! I was so nervous for you, but prayerful. I am so EXCITED for you guys, this is going to be so much fun!

Dawn Hudson said...

I am so excited for you. I am glad that everything is alright I know that was weighing on your hearts.

Shannon McIntosh said...

Praise the Lord! I just teared up reading your post and knowing that you are experiencing God's comfort and joy right now... can't wait to hear of the many more blessings that are coming your way. Praying for y'all still...

Kirsten said...

Praise God!!! Thank you for sharing your story because it provides so much encouragement. It is another reminder that God will be with us each step of our journey as well and that there is a bright future and hope ahead. Today is two months since we lost our Chloe, but I pray there will be a day when we are pregnant with her little brother or sister.

What a miracle and beautiful sight to see that precious little hand. My heart is full for you! God is so good!!

You will be in my prayers.

Blessings,
Kirsten

Melissa P. said...

Boothe,
I am thrilled for you! Ever since finding out you were pregnant and just two weeks behind us, I've prayed for you each time I've prayed for our own little one (a little girl also!) So glad BJ got to see you guys and catch me up on things a little a couple of weeks ago. We'll keep praying and look forward to good news at the 20 week appt!
Melissa

Becca said...

Thank God! I'm so glad everything looks good. I'm a pretty new reader of your blog but I was getting nervous yesterday when there was no update. Congratulations on your new baby girl. I am wishing you blessings for all good things.

Jenny said...

It gave me goosebumps when you said she opened her hand up so you could see all 5 fingers. God is so good at reassuring us, isn't he?

I'm so happy for you! You will continue to be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled to hear this wonderful news! I've been on pins and needles waiting for your response and just breathed a huge sigh of relief for you and your sweet family. Thanks be to God!

sumi said...

Wow! What a good God he is. I'm rejoicing with you over your new little girl.

Many hugs and prayers,

Sumi

Amy said...

Praise God! and so sweet for your little miracle to wave "hi" to you, letting you know all is well with her.

J Yo said...

It warms my heart to read the joy in your "voice" in this post. God is good and your family WILL be prayed for by mine. Congrats on another precious baby girl! :)

Shellie Salza said...

Peace, sweet peace. I hope you have many more moments of joy and peace as your pregnancy progresses.

Blessings to you and this sweet little one.

Jackie said...

Amen! Such great news! Congrats on the third little girl :) We just had our third girl, and I was completely shocked by it when she came out! Little girls are such a blessing! Can't wait to hear more great news.

lindsay said...

Boothe, I can only imagine just how excited and utterly joyful you guys feel! Congratulations and I will keep you in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

Oh Conor and and Boothe-what a happy day!!!!!! I am so thrilled for you! God knew exactly what you needed to see yesterday! Continuing to pray...Missy

Sun said...

WOOHOO! YAY! I am SO happy for you guys - wow - what an amazing moment that must have been to see her hand! Oh how precious! I cannot stop grinning - and I know if I am this excited - how must you guys feel right now? Until next time - my prayers go up for you guys! sunshine

Jenny said...

oh boothe!!! that's such wonderful news! so happy that everything went well and can't wait to hear more about this new baby girl!!!!!

alston said...

SO HAPPY to hear the good news! we kept checking the blog last night up until 11:30pm - you guys have definitely been on our minds!

Tamara said...

YEEEAAAAAHHH!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!

Kara Sheets said...

we are excited to hear of the great news! congrats!

Stephen, Whitney, Olivia Jane & Marshall Wood Eoff said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! What a great report! Thanks for filling us in! You remain in our prayers!

Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

Boothe, I am SO EXCITED for y'all!! We have been praying for you at Pickles & Ice Cream!!!
-Lindsey

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! Your post today made me cry. I am SO happy for you and your family. I am pregnant right now with my first (after a miscarriage this past January), and am anxiously/a little nervously awaiting our 20 week appointment on July 23rd. I have faith and complete trust in God that he is blessing and carefully creating both of our little babies and everything will be perfectly good and healthy for both of us. Congrats again on your beautiful family of ALL girls!! :)

Tina said...

Such awesome news!! We have a wonderful and powerful God - he even sent a message of reassurance yesterday. God is good all the time, all the time God is good!

Love from KY!

Emmy said...

Praise God! That made me cry!

I am so thankful! YEAH!

Emmy : )

Anonymous said...

So happy for your good news!
Jennifer in FL

Anonymous said...

praise God!! He is such an awesome, amazing God!! Giving you guys just what you needed to know and more! glad to hear all is back with your web service, i was so worried!!! :)
tara in maryland

Alicia said...

Boothe-
I direct the Learning Center on Saturday night and my mom, Carolyn, teaches Seller's class. I have been reading your blog for quite some time and was holding my breath with you yesterday, waiting for good news. Congratulations! I am so excited for you - laughing and crying! I will continue to pray for you all!

tab said...

What an amazing joy that must have been! I am so happy for you. My sister had baby Joshua, a trisomy 18 baby, 6 years ago. Your story of little Copeland has resonated in my heart. She went on to have two more beautiful and healthy babes, but the walk through pregnancy was always a challenging one. Every sign is an encouraging one and I am so thankful for the encouragement you had on Wednesday. Please know that there are people praying for you and that little bundle of pink- knowing that God is amazing and that He will carry your through every high and every low. I am so glad for your news.

Abby said...

How wonderful for you and Conner! Congratulations on your healthy little girl. I will continue to pray for a "hitchless" pregnancy and delivery!

I hope now you can enjoy your beauty as a pregnant woman and relish in the calm that comes with knowing you are carrying a healthy baby.

Best Wishes Boothe.

Jen said...

Oh Boothe, I am so, so happy for you. I can't even imagine your relief. Praise the Lord, who daily lifts our burdens! Looking forward to reading more along the way, and seeing belly pics!

kaci said...

boothe,
you probally don't remember me, but i was an adpi with you at auburn and have been praying for you and following your story for a while now. i sent you an email a while back but it was returned to me. i am so thriled to hear everything is going well and i will continue to pray for your sweet family. your strength is amazing, you are such an inspiration to all. god bless!

kaci kelley holland
columbus, ga

Mommynurse said...

YAY! Even though you may not be able to breathe a sigh of relief completely, I'm sure it felt wonderful to get a fresh breath of air...and of answered prayers. We are so excited for you! Thanks again for sharing the journey with us!

Nikki said...

Oh Boothe......I've been waiting with baited breath. Words fail and seem to fall so short. Our family is rejoicing with your's in every way. Congrats on your precious new baby girl. Can't wait to hear her name. God is good. His ways are surely higher than our ways and His thoughts, our thoughts. Rejoicing!

Stephanie said...

Praise the Lord!!! I am so thankful for this sweet little girl showing you her 5 fingers.
Rejoice with those who rejoice!
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennie-Marie said...

How wonderful, huge PRAISE for such a great gift and for such an incredible way for the Lord to reveal himself through your baby girl!

Becca said...

Praise God! I have checked your blog several times over the past two days so anxious to hear the great news that I knew would be here! So happy for you guys! Still lifting you up in prayers.

Amy said...

What a blessing the Lord has given to your family! I read your blog all the time and pray for your precious family as your hearts are still healing from the loss of Copeland. May the Lord continue to give you his peace, and send you blessings!

Sheryl said...

Praise God!! So happy for all of you! A little girl?? Brings tears to my eyes.

And a high-five from heaven, how cool is that??

Sheryl

texasknights said...

Yipppppeee! I love that you were given a little blessing during the sonogram.

june said...

tearing up, again, to read your news... God is good!

whitney burrough akin said...

can't wait to hug your neck. PERFECT NEWS! love you!!!

beccad said...

I just wanted to let you and your family know that I'm praying for you. I've been reading your blog for a while now through Angie's blog. I wanted to let you know that I have a friend that lost a baby to T18 in December. She also blogs about their journey. You can get to it from my blog www.harberclan.blogspot.com just look for Poppy Joy. Her story and strength is amazing. We will be in Nashville for the next 2 weeks at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital for my daughter's craniosynostosis surgery. I also have a link to her page from my blog. I would love for you to stop by my page if you have time. Thank you for sharing your story. You will be in my prayers.

Karen said...

I am so happy for you and your family. What a wonderful blessing another little girl will be. I continue to pray for you all. Take Care,Karen

Tiffany said...

Dear Boothe and Conor,
Praise God!! I am celebrating for you all tonight! I am so thankful for His sweet mercies! I know you must just be floating on air with the sight of her sweet little hand! YAHOO!!!!
Thanks for keeping us in the loop!!
love-Tiffany

mom22girls said...

Praise God! YEAH! So glad your hearts are at peace.

michelle t said...

I am so happy for you both!!! I will continue to pray. God is so good - love the high five from the baby and all that it means.

Betsy said...

Loved reading about your blessed high five. Love to read how his blessings are raining down on you and your sweet family!

Keith and Martha said...

I have Holy Spirit goose bumps all over and am so thankful for this great news! May you continue to feel the happiest of God ordained moments! Much love in Christ. M

Cyd said...

Amen! I am so happy for you and your family. My prayers are always with you.

Ashlee Tomes said...

Congratulations on your wonderful news! What a blessing and a huge relief! God is so good! Hopefully you can now breathe a little easier and look forward to wonderful things to come! I am still praying for you.

Ashlee Tomes :)

Terry said...

Dear Boothe and Connor,
Congradualtions and God is So Good!. He is everything. I will pass the word along at my church and that we will continue to pray, God knows and he is the only one that knows what he does.

We will still pray for you both and the rest of your family.

athweatto said...

Boothe,
I am so excited about your news! I couldn't wait to hear. Come on in to the shop and pick out something special when you get some time! Sellers will love being a "mommy" to her little sis!! You will continue to be in our prayers! Love, Allison O'Dell

Anonymous said...

I'm soo glad to hear to good news! I've been praying for you all week! I'm praying that God will continue to give you a smooth pregnancy! God Bless!

Tirzah said...

Congratulations! I am so glad for you that you got those signs from your baby that she is fine and doing well!!

Stephanie said...

That is awesome news, what an answer to pray!

Anonymous said...

Rejoicing with you!!!

walkingbyfaith said...

Thank you thank you Jesus!! :)

I am so happy for you! The Lord was so good to grant you such peace during the u/s and I pray He continues to through every visit throughout your pregnancy. I hope you're able to get the u/s picture scanned. I'd love to see it.

McCall & Kaye Parmley said...

Congradulations!!!!!!!!

Carrie said...

I have been following your story and I am sooooo thrilled to hear of your wonderful news. God bless you all!

Krystal said...

Praise God for the good report on the new baby! I am new to your blog, but I have been reading for a couple of weeks, and I am so excited for you all.

I was wondering, I watched the video of Copeland's memorial, and the song your friend wrote is amazing. Has he thought about releasing it or something in her honor?

Christy said...

Praise God!!

Judy said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
God is so good!

Ter said...

May your rainbow baby continue to grow and be healthy. It has been a while since I popped by your blog.

JUST A MOM said...

WOOHOO THIS MUST BE THE YEAR FOR GIRLS,,, 2 of my children are having girls one more to see what it is,,,, how exciting for you all praise God.... Keep enjoying

Alison said...

PRAISE GOD!!!!!

StephieAnne said...

Praise God - what a Hallelujiah experience. Would love to see that picture if at all possible.

Heather said...

Boothe,
I recently lost my father suddenly to a stroke at 58. I am 26 and a daddy's girl and it has turned my world upside down. A friend directed me to your blog. I went back and read from when you started til now. I wanted to say thank you for blogging. Even though our situations are completely different, you have helped me so much. I wanted to say thank you for sharing your heart so openly. You have definitely helped me through my grieving process and blessed me with your knowledge of scripture and unwavering faith. I am so excited to hear your new little girl is doing good. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
Love in Christ!

The Lenda's said...

Praising God for your wonderful ultrasound. So thankful that you got to see that beautiful high five and a great heart. Praising God that your oldest daughter will soon have another sister here on earth to share so many fun times with. Looking forward to more miracles and great news. Praising God with you all.
Rachel in PA

Kelli :) said...

Oh, Booth! Congratulations honey!

She's going to be BEAUTIFUL just like your other girls. :)

I can't WAIT to hear your name because they are ALWAYS so cute.

Praying for you!

Devon Rene said...

So, so happy for you!!!

KrazyMom said...

Crying tears of joy for you tonight! God is good!

Dee Dee said...

God is good. Again and always.
Praising Him with you!

Meredith said...

What wonderful news! I have been following your blog for months now and am always touched by your entries; not only as a mother but as a fellow believer. I'm sure you have already chosen a name, but as I was reading your post one name came to my mind and has continued to be in my thoughts today--Callahan. I felt like I needed to suggest the name. Keep writing!

Stephanie said...

What wonderful news! I just ran across your blog and I understand the joy you must feel! I lost my daughter to trisomy 13 last March and am pregnant also! My 20 week ultrasound is June 30th and I am feeling excited and hesitant about i, just praying for good news. God bless you through the remainder of your journey!

Michelle said...

Praise God!!! I am really excited for you and your family. We'll be praying for you!

LAURA said...

i have goosebumps--a little high five and a perfect little heart. Im so glad this gave you the comfort and peace of mind that was so needed and longed for at this time. Im keeping up with your blog and am continuing to pray for yall.
Much love,
Laura Penney (Harris, BA)

Alison said...

Yah!

Praying for you and your little GIRL...how fun!!!

Alison in Hendersonville, TN
maggiemoosmom.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD! I found myself almost shouting as I read this blog...congratulations & can't wait to hear more!

annieck said...

AWESOME!!!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you today!!

Donna N