Today has been a better start to a new day. The past few have been rather terrible in all honesty. Many of you have graciously, and consistently, followed our story here in San Jose, Costa Rica; but, for others, this post may very well be your first knowledge of the grief we've recently known. I regret that you have to learn of it in this manner. However, with hope, this post will fill-in many of the blanks, questions that may be present regarding our situation.
Stephanie and I learned Thursday, September 4, via a sonogram that our unborn child ceased to show signs of fetal movement and heart beat. Stephanie had been apprehensive regarding the progression of her pregnancy, concerned that her growth was not consistent with the norms of pregnancy and quite a bit different from those with Sofia and Maddox. After our sonogram and struggling terribly to swallow this news, we quickly went up to the third floor of the hospital to meet with the school doctor. He explained that the doctor who performed the sonogram was sure that the baby was deceased and that Stephanie would have to deliver the baby. In the midst of our grief we had to make a few decisions about how this would all take place. We did a lot of waiting over the next three hours and after I searched three different Pharmacies around the hospital, we finally were able to locate the medicine Stephanie needed in order to start the birthing process (Pharmacies and Hospitals here, while good, function a little different than what we're accustomed to). They inserted a pill that would dilate Stephanie's cervix and sent us home around 8pm. That night Stephanie started cramping and bleeding around 3am and we had a friend from the school drive us to the hospital at 4am. They got us set up in our room and started inducing labor. The process was painful and there was a slight scare when Stephanie started passing out due to her loss of blood and her blood pressure plumeted to 55/36. Not too long after that the doctor came in and sparing the details here, delivered the baby. We were able to briefly see the baby and, although too early to know for certain, the doctor thought it was likely a boy. We spent the night in the hospital and we are waiting for the doctor to check blood levels to see if we can go home today. We know this is only the beginning of this journey but we feel humbled at how our brothers and sisters have surrounded us in prayer, emails, visits and much more. We feel so blessed to be a part of such a large family and also feel blessed to get to go home soon to Sofia and Maddox.
Thank you for caring so deeply for our family. Your love has truly been felt by us so many miles away.