We hadn't expected to get pregnant again. But we did...and it is a tremendous blessing.
In June, at the 20th week ultrasound, concerns were raised. Something was wrong with the baby. (The journey is cataloged on Scott's blog here.)
After multiple tests, ultrasounds, and a fetal MRI (and too many weeks of waiting between), we got the diagnosis: our daughter has spina bifida. Considering the things our primary OB had strongly hinted at, this was good news, far better than, for example, having to try to explain to our younger two (9 and 7) what hospice care is, and why.
Her prognosis is excellent, based on the location of her lesion. But there is still a lot for us to go through: likely a mandatory C-section at Swedish Hospital in Seattle (Evanna is currently/still breech), then once she is stabilized, will go into her first surgery.
What does this mean? Lots of additional expenses: food for JoAnn while at Swedish with Evanna, travel costs for Scott going back and forth between home and the hospital after those first few days, expenses related to the other kids, and the big one: lost revenue (and costs for paying for others to cover his work), since Scott is self-employed...especially those first 3 days, when his attention will be solely on Evanna.
Every bit will help, no matter the size.