The last few months have been filled with contemplation, prayer, research, and many emotions. We didn't want to make the decision of surgery or Comfort Care quickly, but we also felt that we needed to decide what we wanted to do before the birth of our baby. Making this decision has been the most difficult choice we've ever made together, and we haven't taken it lightly. There were times during the past months that both options have felt good, but in the end the treatment that we felt most at peace with was comfort care.
We are currently at the hospital and Melissa is making good progress. We are hoping that this baby arrives today, July 4th. After the delivery we will spend some time in the hospital to make sure that mom is well enough to return home. Once we are discharged from the hospital the baby will be transferred to hospice care to keep it comfortable while at home. The life expectancy for this child is anywhere from 3 to 22 days, with the average being 12 days. We will cherish every moment of this baby's life. Jonathan has been able to take a month off of work, so we can all be together for this.
During these last few months we have felt an incredible amount of peace and comfort. We know that this is in part due to the many prayers offered in our behalf, Thank You! We feel so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people. We also gather much strength knowing that this child will be part of our family forever, even if only for a short time on earth.
p.s. Stay tuned for more info to come in the next few days.