I can’t quite believe it’s 2017 already! And its been a long time since I posted an update here about Hannah’s going.
Hannah is a busy, inquisitive, cheeky, beautiful 20 month old. In recent months we have been enjoying watching her gain skills and independence quickly. She can throw and kick a ball very well, and delights in scootering around. She seems to pick up new words and phrases daily and shows us affection with lots of hugs and kisses. She has definite opinions about things, which most of the time we delight in hearing.
All these things are normal for toddlers, and are a great joy for us knowing Hannah’s roller coaster start to life. Her cardiologist is also happy with how she’s going heart wise, and things are on track for her next operation to happen when she’s about 3 years old. He has told us to expect her to have some initial procedures sometime later next year to see if she’s suitable to have the next operation. The operation is called a Fontan procedure, you can read more about it here if you’re interested. It will be the third, and hopefully final, stage in the treatment of Hannah’s condition.
Between now and then our house is going to be a busy one, because our family is expanding! We found out a few months ago that we’re having twins! A little boy and girl! Many exclamation marks are needed for such exciting, surprising, and definitely daunting news. I can’t wait to see Hannah as a big sister, particularly seeing how much she loves her dollies.
When I was pregnant with Hannah, we found out about her congenital heart disease at the halfway fetal ultrasound, which you can read about it here. It was a confronting and not very positive experience, and so I felt quite nervous in the lead up to this scan. But, in a great answer to prayer, this time around couldn’t have been more different.
When we arrived at the practise, we were given a pamphlet to read which explained the purpose of the 18-20 week morphology scan, and what health conditions it may identify. It also had a section about what the next steps for the doctors and parents would be if a health condition was detected. I wish we had been given this sort of thoughtful resource the first time around! Then we met the specialist doing the scan, who it turns out is a Christian with whom we have quite a few mutual friends. He was gentle, thorough and helped make the whole process quite enjoyable.
It was a great relief to find out that neither twin has any sign of congenital heart disease. Even as Gus and I sat and watched the screen, we could tell that their hearts looked “heart shaped”. We are very thankful to God for those friends and family who had been upholding us in prayer throughout the weeks leading up to the scan, and we praise God for the outcome.
So for now, we are preparing for the twins arrival and settling in to life as a family of 5. We hope that you have had a very blessed and joyous Christmas, celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus with family and friends. And a very Happy New Year, trusting our Father with whatever lies ahead!
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and for ever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.”