It’s a Boy!

It’s a Boy! I can’t explain how excited I am to be having a little boy. I would have been happy with a little girl too- but I always thought we would have a boy first; and we are! I think we have decided on Jackson as a name. What do you think? Not that it matters really, because it’s our kid! And Steph- we stole it fair and square! haha

Megan had her first ultrasound on January 25th, and it was definitely a boy- it couldn’t have been more obvious. We had quite a circus of people in the room with us. The person doing to ultrasound, an ultrasound student and a nursing student. I was reminded that we are in Rexburg when the ultrasound tech referred to the penis as a “turtle.” I wasn’t sure what she was talking about then it clicked- we are in the Promise Land, so of course we can’t use anatomy words. Even with the silly word games they played, it was a very cool experience to be able to see Jackson for the first time.

With pleasure comes pain…

We were mid conversation with the tech about how interesting and rewarding her job must be, when she says “Sometimes we have to give bad…news….” as her voice trails off. She turned her head and looked at me and says “your child has a problem with it’s heart.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was like a cruel joke. I wasn’t sure what to say or do, so I just sat there and listened. Suddenly the universe and all it’s vastness seemed like it all came crashing down around me. The words of a wise friend came to mind… “you will never know what praying is really like until you pray for your child.” He was absolutely right.

The woman said she couldn’t be sure what it was but she thought that there was an abnormality with how the veins and arteries connect to the heart. We spoke a little more about it, and then Dr. Lovell came in and spoke some more with us about it. Neither of them were sure that it was what they thought it was, but were confident that there was something not right.

We got an appointment scheduled with a high risk OB doctor in Salt Lake City. We have been down there and had another ultrasound, with very little information. They are just not sure what is going on. The general consensus as of now is a condition called double outlet right ventricle. We are playing a game of waiting. We have scheduled another special kind of ultrasound at Primary Children’s Medical Center, also in Salt Lake City. That appointment will be in early March. The doctor’s want to wait until Jackson’s heart is a little bigger so it will be easier to get a good look at it

I am confident that things will turn out for the best. It’s funny that amidst life’s trials, spiritual things that wouldn’t normally stand out, start to become more vivid. I am eternally grateful for my Mom and Dad and Megan’s Mom and Dad, and the rest of my Family. I found out the other day that my two sisters (Steph and Alli) called every english speaking Temple and placed our names on the prayer role. There is power in heaven- and I can feel it.

I will keep you all posted. Keep little Jackson in your prayers, he will need all the help he can get.

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4 Comments » for It’s a Boy!
  1. Steph says:

    As fair and square as "stealing" is 😉 I'm just as thrilled to have a nephew Jackson as I would have been to have a son Jackson. I couldn't be more excited to meet that sweet little baby!

  2. megaroo says:

    You can still use the name Steph! Yours was going to be "Jaxon" anyways right? It'll just be a little confusing and weird. Especially if his middle name is Gary too! haha

  3. Mommy, RN says:

    Okay Dallen, I'm going to be brave enough to comment:
    Lol, seriously? "Turtle…" The nerds. Congratulations on little Jackson though! We will keep your little family in our prayers and wish you the very best. Jackson will certainly be getting the very best parents. I just can't help but feel your medical knowledge is going to be quite the blessing to your family and I stand in awe of your faith and courage!
    Sheyann

  4. Steph says:

    Yeah but let's be honest. We're going to have all girls anyway! haha

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