12 weeks and growing!

So we got to see our perfect little baby a couple of days ago, at my 12 week check-up!

At first when I got called back, I was able to pay the $10 to get a copy of the ultrasound and it was so amazing to see this fully formed baby now on the screen, instead of the little blur we saw a few weeks ago! His/Her heart was just a fluttering away, at a rate of 154bpm, and he/she was just kicking away!

We decided to not do the genetic testing early on (unless something was to appear abnormal on the ultrasound) and the sonographer did what is called NTS known as Nuchal Translucency screening which is:

The nuchal (say “NEW-kuhl”) translucency screening is a test done during pregnancy. It uses ultrasound to measure the thickness of the fluid buildup at the back of the developing baby’s neck. If this area is thicker than normal, it can be an early sign of Down syndrometrisomy 18, or heart problems.

This test was performed during Lamar and Rochelle’s sonograms early on to detect that there was a problem.  Both of their measurements were thick, which led us to find out more about them having Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13.

The results were almost immediate and the sonographer stated the measurement was 1.4cm and said that the baby was in the “normal” range(which is <3.5cm I believe) for a healthy baby!

I was have this overwhelming peace throughout this pregnancy that I have never had  before.  God is protecting us and this baby wholeheartedly and it just amazes me each and every day that I have another child of His growing inside of me! I am so glad to see how God works each and every day in this baby’s life and story.

I will leave you with the two sonogram pictures that we got, and just wanted to let everyone know that we will NOT be revealing the gender of the baby the entire pregnancy, due to the fact that we are waiting until delivery to find out the gender!

***Thank you to everyone for your sweet prayers, and your kind thoughts! Please keep them coming, we have <28 weeks until we meet baby Johnson!***

©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

Our little secret- Happy Father’s Day!

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So we have a surprise for everyone that I figured would be best to share on Father’s Day, since Shane is the best Dad out there! WE ARE PREGNANT!

God has granted us the most gift of all, a baby.  A tiny, little human that is going to grow, and flourish inside of me for the next 7 months! We are still early in our pregnancy, but decided since ALL of our family and friends already know, we might as well announce the GREAT news to you all!

**Just a little background, I wanted to give you all the definition of a rainbow baby**

A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss.In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison

We have prayed for our hearts to be ready, to be open and receptive to His will, and do things in His timing. So thankful we listened to Him.

The crazy part is that I found out we were expecting 5 days before Shane’s 30th birthday, so I wanted to give him the news that day.  The irony is that, we didn’t know that we would have to give back the precious foster baby that we have raised since birth, on that day as well.  God knew that our heart needed extra protection and love that day. So thankful for His goodness and mercy!

I wanted to leave you all with a few pics that we took as a family!

(first I will show you how I let Shane know the great news, and his reaction was the greatest of all time!)

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  • We hope you all follow along our journey, we are 7 weeks along now, so we have 33 weeks to go! Can’t wait to share this journey with you all!

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5 questions I get asked…

 

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I decided to write this post due to the many questions that I/we (me and my husband)  get basically on a daily/weekly basis when we are out and about with our children.. which is basically all of the time.

  •  Are they all yours?

-Well, the answer is yes.  I am raising them, feeding them, taking care of them, and loving them just like my own while they are in my care. Biologically speaking, no, but we sure treat them all like they are our own.

  • Whose kids are they, then?

-If the conversation goes to the point where we tell them that they are “foster children”, they it all the sudden gives the right to get real personal and want to know everything about them (which for the most part is none of their business and we always protect their privacy when it comes to this).

  • Where did those blue eyes come from? He is so cute!

-First and foremost, the blonde hair and blue eyes that my son has, definitely is unique which is understandable, but he has two older brothers who may not look anything like him, but are just as handsome! I think this bothers me the most when we are out in public and have five gorgeous, unique children, and they want to just point out one to compliment in front of the rest of the kids.  Not cool!

  • How long will you have them?

-Basically there is no easy answer to this.  The length of time for children placed in foster care differs for each case, and they can always take them from a foster home and place them with a family member, if they pass their home study, so we never know what could happen.

  • Do you get good money for them?

-The truth is, we never chose this route for the money.  I was a stay at home before fostering, and I am a stay at home mom now.  God placed us to do this, and it is not easy by any means.  The amount of driving to doctor appointments, counseling, visits with the biological parents and siblings, are just part of the process that really no one tells you about.  The money definitely helps accomplish this for all of the children, and we are so thankful for that.

I hope this answered some of the questions many of you have, and I will probably do an updated version of this, as we are about to hit our 1 year fostering journey!

©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

2 days old and oh so great!

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So yesterday we got a call from our Agency stating that a newborn infant (2 days old to be exact) was needing to be placed due to drug exposure and her other siblings were already in foster care at this time.

We of course said yes, and couldn’t wait to meet her!  She came to us around 9:45pm (when all the kids were already in bed) and we got to hear more about why she was removed and what the plan of care is for reunification at this time with both of her parents.

It was an eventful first night between our 1 year old baby girl and now with her both waking up at different times, but it was oh SO good knowing that we are helping out each of these girls, and restoring them to health before returning back to their parents.

It just feels so good holding a precious newborn again, let me tell you! They are just so innocent, and fragile, and 100% dependent on you.  So amazing how God has placed each one of these precious kids in our house to love on, and comfort and care for in these past 11 months since becoming foster parents.

The children have ALL been so smitten by a new baby girl in the house (especially Brielle), and the older boys can’t wait to come home and love on her some more!

So now we back to the Great 8 number, and we will love on, pray for, and care for baby girl each and every day while she is in our care!

(the baby in the top picture is not our baby girl, but I will leave you with some precious blurred pics of her!)

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