The following is the series of events that brought us to where we are today. I am posting this several reasons.
Reason #1 Some have just heard about Andrew
Reason #2 Some were unintentionally left off the "mass email updates" I was giving at the hospital...so here they are
Reason #3 Remind myself just how faithful God has been because tomorrow I will be taking it all for granted.
Monday December 3rd:
Hello all from Harris Methodist Ft Worth Teeejas,
We went to the hospital today for an ultrasound on our 3 day overdue baby. The result of which revealed that there is no amneotic fluid for Baby Chadwick to swim in. The good news is that Baby is doing just fine, if Baby does not come naturally in the next 12-18 hours Amanda will have to be induced. We are confident that by this time tomorrow we will have a healty Son or Daughter. So tonight we spend in the hospital waiting his/her arrival. We are thankful for the prayers of our friends and family. I will update yall more when we know more.
Praise to Him who saves us by His Grace!
Curt, Amanda and Baby Chizzlwick
Tuesday December 4th:
Good Evening from the Labor and Delivery Room #1...thats right my baby is #1. Unfortunately if we were racing anyone to delivery we would not be #1...we would be #LAST...as it stands we have now been here over 24 hours and ManDee is still only diolated to a #1 (1 means nothing, 10 means here comes baby). So were a #1 in room #1....anyway She spend the whole day on Patocin which is causes contractions so she has been pretty much uncomfortable all day. I gotta say my Wife is ONE TOUGH COOKIE. If it were me I would have given up a long time ago and told them to cut that baby outta me (C-Section). But not my wife, she is holding up just fine. The baby is doing well. We are here and not at home so that Baby can be on the monitor...if at anytime the Baby stresses then Zippo, C-Section and thats that. So the plan is to try again tomorrow with the Patocin...The Nurse is confident that this should work tomorrow..so were thinking a December 5 arrival for Baby Chadwick. Thats about all for now. Thanks again for everyones thoughts and prayers. We know God will gives us this baby when he/she is good and ready. Hopefully this time tomorrow ill send yall some pictures of my new Son or Daugher.
By His Grace,
Curt And Mandy
Wednesday December 5th:
Hello again from Labor and Delivery Room #1...its now 9:15pm....for those keeping score we are now a #10 in room #1...Mandy jumped to a #6 about 4 hours ago...she just did her first push and we got a look at the head of our shiny new child...its a good looking head thats all i can say...Amanda is now laying on her side for about an hour to get the baby to roll over. We need the baby to roll face down and for the contractions to get stronger again. My wife is doing Awesome, Im so increadibly proud of her right now. More updates to follow..hopefully with pictures atttached.
Thursday December 6th:
Hello Again from Labor and delivery room #1...
it is now 3:30 am and Houston we have a BABY! Amanda went into hard labor around 1100pm and was pushing like the dickens for an hour and half...I cant even begin to describe how hard She worked to get that kid to come out the old fashoned way...i was worn out just watching her...I forgot to mention she was sick with a cold but she pushed and pushed and pushed....but to no avail...at 1:00 she went in for a C-Section...it was actually quite a relief....and so at 1:27am...yup been up a loooong time.... they brought forth Andrew Alan Chadwick...thats right its a boy! Healthy, Happy, and quite Studly if i do say so myself...thats right you should see the muscles on this pup..he is gonna be a bodybuilder just like his daddy...Mom is recovering fine...she is such a trip...through the whole ordeal she kept worrying about everyone but HERSELF...she kept asking about me, the midwife, the nurses, her mom...she is something else that Amanda. I dont know how I could not be anymore proud of my wife then I am right now. This whole experience has been awesome...all the Nurses, Doctors, Friends and Family(locals stayed until 2am on a school night) have been A+, If i had to do it all over again...(and i just may) i wouldnt do anything different. Let me just preach here for a moment if i may... Life is so precious, my life your life that guy/gal you really hate...their life...all life. I think that may have something to do with why Christ said to love your neighbor as yourself... Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers for Us these last few days...hopefully we should be going home on Sunday. If you are here in Texas feel free to stop by and meet Drew...if your not feel free to come to Texas and meet Drew. At the end of the day, (or the beginning of the 4th) God gave us what we asked for and that is a healthy baby boy...and Praise be to God, the Author of Life!!! As tired as i am I really feel like screaming it from the Helicopter deck of the hospital...I may get arrested or something but like King David id like to think id become even more undiginfied than this! So thanks again, We love you all and am so increadibly thankful to have you in our lives. We look forward to this next exciting chapter!
Curt and Mandy
PS Pictures to come on Update???+1 they are moving us otta the room and i dont have any good pics just yet!
Later that day...
Hello again from the hospital.
Today had been easily the craziest rollercoaster of a day in Mandy and my lives...We have been from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows...and were back up again...ive promised pictures so here they are...they were so long in coming because its now 6:30 and we have just been given Drew to see for the first time since he was born 17 hours ago. Problems first arose when his temperature didnt come up to normal levels...then the doctors noticed that he would go through what they were calling apnea at the time. After several worrysome hours and a bunch of tests the doctors informed us that Drew is having Seizures and at some point he had what amounts to a stroke. An MRI revealed that 1/4 of his brain has been cut off from blood. Obviously this has been quite shocking to us and quite painful. We do not know an will not know for some time "what this all means" in terms of long term development. We do know that this is God's child and we are mearly his caretakers. At this time we can feel all the thought and prayers of our friends and family from all over. Gods Perfect Love that casts out all fear is abiding with us as we wait patiently for more word. Updates from here on out will be very slow....we expect Drew to be in the hospital at least two weeks before going home. We are holding on to Romans 8:28 with many other wonderful promises from God toward us in this trying hour. Thank you all again and again.
Curt and Mandy and Baby Andrew "Scribbins"
Saturday December 8th:
Thank you all who are praying for my wife Amanda and my Baby boy Andrew Alan. We are still at the hospital...we have been here quite a while...Amanda has been running a fever and is recovering from the effects of both labor and C-section not to mention the emotional stress of our sick child. Because of her fever she is not able to see him...but I am. Andrew is still suffering from seizures/apnea. Every so often he stops breathing for a period of 1-2 minutes. I have witnessed it a few times and it is quite scary. Please pray that these epsides subside. Through all of this we have not been alone either in person or prayer...we feel the intercession of all of those who labor in prayer for us. We know that God is on the throne and while we might not like our circumstances, Jesus the Son of the Living God is with us in all of this. Jesus loves the little children. We are holding on to His promises with both hands because thats about all we have to hold on too. These are the verses God has given me specifically to encourage me and stengthen me in this trying hour.
Romans 8:28 "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose"
John 11:35 "Jesus Wept"
John 9:1-5 "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life'
In His Grace and Mercy,
The Blog page picks it up from there