We continue to wait for baby Joseph to be born, which for his sake we hope comes later, but for his birthmother's sake we hope comes soon. She is at her wits' end having just been in the hospital AGAIN, this time for gall stones. So she has preeclampsia which is causing partial vision loss, enlargement of the left side of her heart, swelling, high blood pressure, pain and now they just found gall stones. When we talked to her on Thursday she had had it.
My heart goes out to her because I've been there - preeclampsia, appendicitis, gestational diabetes, HELLP syndrome, vision loss, organ failure, swelling, etc. All of that in one pregnancy, and I really did think I would lose my mind. The difference, of course, is that I had a very supportive husband and I wasn't facing the prospect of placing my baby for adoption. K is also facing opposition from her own mother about placing the baby, although she kept saying, "I know I can't raise this baby. I know he's supposed to be born to bless your family." She needs lots of prayers right now, so if you're a praying person, please say a few for her.
On our end, other than worrying about her and the baby, I've also been preparing the nursery for baby Joseph. Kent and I spent last Saturday painting our changing table/dresser and putting together the new crib. I plan on putting some vinyl lettering above the crib with his name "Joseph" and some pictures of sun, moon and stars. I'm also going to put up pictures of Joseph once he's born. Here's what it looks like now: