Jacob’s Story. Abridged yet still too long. Sorry.
This chair has been filled with my backside at least 20 times over the past week. Each time I tried to write about my birthday boy thoughts would race but the words wouldn’t come. For some reason, I cannot seem to express all of what I want to share, and find myself typing, erasing, then typing again. I’ve given up on the perfect expression and will settle for a somewhat brief, and possibly boring account of the happenings of 2001.
Nine years ago, Jacob Michael entered the world. Truth be told, we made him come, 5 weeks before his scheduled arrival. Here’s the short(ish) version…
It was during the 20 week ultrasound when we discovered that Joseph was to have a baby brother! After two previous losses, we were thrilled with our new blessing and didn’t give too much thought to the mildly swollen kidneys noted (pyelectasis). At the follow up ultrasound a couple of weeks later, the mild abnormality previously seen became an issue that would prove to be a bit of a challenge for our family and this precious baby.
We traveled to Atlanta every Wednesday from 24 weeks gestation on to check on the little guy, meeting with perinatologists and getting to know our pediatric urologist quite well. Each week we were fully prepared for the possibility that this may be the week when his kidneys were failing and his delivery would be eminent. Knowing what I knew about prematurity, I was counting every week as a tremendous milestone and although it was very stressful, I knew God’s hand was on our precious one.
His diagnosis was UPJ (ureteropelvic junction) Obstruction and he had a severe, bilateral case. Our 1st consult produced the report that we would almost definitely lose one kidney and the other would be damaged to the point that the function could not be guaranteed. That report hit us hard, but we continued to believe that God was forming him in my womb no matter what we were to face.
Jacob was happy hanging out there apparently and although his kidneys continued to fill his abdomen, they kept doing what God had created them to do. So we held on.
At 35 weeks, the time had come. We delivered in Atlanta to be close to the surgeon and spent the day filled with such a range of emotions it is difficult even now not to become overwhelmed thinking about it. The bottom line is that our angel came and peed! I’ve never been more happy to see baby urine 🙂 . His kidneys were functioning well and he did not have to be rushed to the hospital down the street for surgery. Praise the Lord.
He spent a couple of days in the High Risk Nursery learning to breath and eat, but overall did great.
At 6 weeks, God healed one kidney through the capable hands of a Urologist. And at 6 months, we traveled that road yet again to surgically repair the other kidney. That experience is another story, but suffice it to say, God was gracious once again.
Now, nine years later, all of these events seem a distant memory. A bump in the road of our lives. And we celebrated a little boy’s birthday on a Friday night with friends, water balloons, joy, and thanksgiving for his health and life.
We love this kid.
Happy Family. Jacob 4 days old. (Joseph 2 1/2)
Jacob. 5 weeks old.
Proud Dad and Mom with Jacob. 9 years old.
The Omnitrex on a Birthday Cake. Awesome.
Jacob and 2 good buddies, Zachary and Alex.
Love that Nena & G-Pop.
Big brother Joe, ready for the water wars.
Filling water balloons. Those things are tiny.
It always gets physical. Boys.
The little ones even enjoyed the party, especially the bubbles.