Wednesday, February 10, 2010

chocolate cake in a cup, and a baby coming up

First of all for the chocolate cake in a cup:
They taught us how to do this last night at Enrichment Meeting. It works best in a wide mug that will hold about 12 - 16 oz.
4 T. flour
4T. sugar
2 T. baking cocoa
1 egg
3 T milk
3 T oil
a few drops of vanilla
handful of chocolate chips
Spray cup with pam. Add dry ingredients to mug mix well. Add egg mix thoroughly. Pour milk and oil and mix well. Set mug in microwave and cook for 2.5 minutes. Cake will rise over the top of mug so watch carefully and don't over do it. It's delicious chocolate cake from scratch in less than 5 minutes!

Baby on the way:
So I went for another ultrasound today (I have them every two weeks). The baby's kidney's at the last ultrasound were 20mm (right) and 25 (mm) left. Today only two weeks later they were 37mm (right) and 42(mm) left. The good news was that the amniotic fluid levels were normal, which means they kidneys are functioning. I couldn't believe they had grown so much in so little time! The doctor that was in the maternal fetal medicine area today said that she was worried with how fast the kidney's had grown in the last two weeks, she left and spoke with some other doctors. When she returned she said it looks like we need to deliver you at 36 weeks (1 1/2 weeks away) or at the very latest 37 weeks. I would like to make it to 36 weeks, but we'll have to see what will be best for our little Joshua. Most of all I really don't want to have a c-section. So I hope that when I'm induced things go smoothly.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Grateful for many prayers

So I haven't posted in a while. January was a pretty stressful month. We were told at the end of December that our baby's kidney problem is getting worse. He has hydronephrosis which means "too much fluid in the kidney". My little boy Jacob has the same issue, but his was never severe and they say that he will probably grow out of it in a couple of years.
As for the new baby at the end of January his left kidney was about 4 times the size of his right kidney. The doctor that saw me after the ultrasound said that I would need to start having ultrasounds every two weeks so that they could check the levels of the amniotic fluid. The level of the amniotic fluid shows if the kidneys are functioning properly or not. She said if things got worse that I would probably have to deliver at 32 weeks. That made me really scared. I had an appointment with my OB the following week, and I was hoping he would give me some more positive news, but he said that he would have to rely on what the next ultrasound showed before he could really tell me anything significant. I had a preisthood blessing, and many friends and family prayed for us (thanks!) and at the ultrasound the next week the left kidney had slowed down in it's growth (a miracle!) but the right kidney had almost caught up to it in size. The best news was that the amniotic fluid levels were all normal. I've also met with the pediatric urologist up at Primary's that Jacob sees once a year, to see what kind of procedures we are looking at for our new little baby after he is born. All in all things are looking up. I still have to have ultrasounds every two weeks. I am 33 weeks now, and we are very grateful that our little guy didn't have to be born at 32 weeks. This week they are going to give me steriod shots to help the baby's lungs develop faster, so that if he comes early he will still be able to breathe on his own. Wow the miracles of modern medicine, but more important than that the miracles that have accompanied our seemingly endless prayers for a healthy baby.