Baby Girl McNabb Update
Three weeks ago I went in for one last doctor’s appointment before our trip to Northern Ireland for Christmas. However, the “routine scan” showed that baby girl McNabb was not growing at the rate expected, and further tests were needed. With a mixture of concern and disappointment, we cancelled our travel plans and proceeded to spend a number of days traveling to and from the hospital. All of the tests for the baby’s vitals continued to show positive results and the Monday before Christmas we met again with the doctor and were relieved to hear that we wouldn’t need to return until the 5th of January for another growth scan.
We spent a quiet Christmas at home, enjoying the much needed reprieve and extra rest. There were also plenty of opportunities throughout the week to socialize with several other families (both from church and here on the NTM campus) to celebrate the birth of Christ and the New Year.
At the midwife appointment last Wednesday, however, the measurements indicated that baby girl is still not growing sufficiently, so we went into the hospital on Friday to monitor her heart. She was fine, praise the Lord, but we will know more after the growth scan tomorrow.
In Preparation for Her Arrival
All of these events have spurred us on to get things in order for baby girl’s arrival. God has been amazing in His provision for us. The day after we started looking at prams (strollers) and car seats, a friend offered us her pram (stroller)! Family and friends have given us clothes, baby furniture, nappies (diapers) and more. We have been so blessed by the outpouring of God’s love through His people.
Another thing we have done in preparation is some good old fashioned canning. J (And when I say “we” – I mean “we”! It was definitely a team effort!) We canned spaghetti sauce, mince/potato/carrot, plain mince, Mexican seasoned mince, and beef chunks. This will provide quick, nutritious, and tasty meals as we try to adjust to our new life with a baby.
Thanks again for all your prayers – we will do our best to keep you updated as things move along. We are finding ourselves quite stretched these days and sometimes our communication with you all is affected as a result. We truly value your prayers, so please forgive our silence at times.
For HIS glory,
Dar Gail (for Geoff too)