Friday, September 30, 2005

Need Your Prayers

I know that I haven't been very good about updating my blog and I fully anticipated writing yesterday, but things just don't always work out the way that we plan. When Josh and I woke up yesterday morning our only discusssion was what to name this baby. Is it a boy or a girl? Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined the news that we would get.

After 2 ultrasounds, we were told that in all likelihood our baby does not have kidneys. If the baby had one kidney, we could cope, but no kidneys is apparently (and obviously) "incompatible with life". The baby looks great. It has a strong heart and is growing right on track. The only sign of a problem is that there is almost no amniotic fluid around the baby. We saw the baby sucking its thumb and looking at us. It looks great, just a little cramped.

We are a little numb right now and trying to figure out what to feel. I am writing only to let everyone that I possibly can know to pray for our baby. We have another ultrasound in 2 weeks. At that time they will make a more final diagnosis. They said there is really nothing that we can do, but I am going to try a light bedrest when Josh is home and will be drinking water like a mad woman to give the baby every chance that we can. Even with all of that, we know that God is the only one that fix our baby right now. Please pray for us and pray for a miracle.



Gina said...

Jen, my heart totally goes out to you. You may not know me by my name, but I am Bonnie's sister. my husband (Damon) and I just went through what you are going through. Our daughter, Mariah Grace, had what is called "Potter's Syndrome". She did not have kidneys or internal sexual organs. Reading your blog brought tears to my eyes. Please know that you are certainly in our prayers, and our thoughts. If you need someone to talk to or someone to listen to you (even if all you want to do is scream), please know that I will be there for you. You can e-mail me at and I will give you more information. No one should ever have to go through this. But if this is truly God's will for your baby's life, you shouldn't have to go through it alone.
Your sister in Christ, Gina Blankinship

Gina said...

Sorry, brain's not working....our e-mail is
We also have a blog site. I think you can link to it by clicking on my name.

Carrie said...


I don't even have the words to say right now, you are constantly in my prayers. I've been praying for you constantly since I read this on Friday, I wish I had comforting words for you but this is all I have to offer. Just know that you are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry this is happening. You, Josh and your baby are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Hannah

Sara Hejl said...

Jen - I'm a friend of the Wattersons and Sara told me of your situation. Luke and I are definitely thinking about you guys and praying for your situation. We hope for the best in two weeks.

Gina said...

I was thinking about you today. I thought about an e-mail I had sent to a friend while I was still pregnant with Mariah. My thoughts in this e-mail came to me after many sleepless nights worrying about my baby, and pleading with God. I hope they will help you.
"I have decided that today, I will live for today. Today my precious baby is moving, and fully alive inside me. Today I will praise God for her presence. He knows what is in store for us tomorrow, and I have faith that He will prepare us for whatever that is."

I am still praying for you everyday. If you ever need anything, I'm here.
In Christian love,
Gina Blankinship