I just received a call from my doctor regarding some recent blood work I had done. The good news is that I don't have gestational diabetes. The more sobering news is that the anti-e antibody was found in my blood. This article gives some good information about this condition if you would like to learn more.
What this means is that my antibody levels will have to be monitored closely for the duration of the pregnancy to make sure that they are not attacking the baby since her blood type is unknown. I will have blood drawn regularly and ultrasounds performed to confirm that she is doing just fine. Furthermore, if I were to need a blood transfusion during or after delivery I would need to be given O negative blood so that I don't have any bad interaction due to my antibodies. The most likely reason I developed this is because I have O positive blood (which I do), and Trey has A positive blood (which we think he does because we know for certain that Addison is A positive). During my pregnancy with Addison I probably developed the immunity. I don't know Davis's blood type, so I have no idea if this would have even been an issue for him. The good news is that the risk of attack due to the anti-e antibody is low, and if there is an attack, the possibility of it being severe is also low. Odds are in our favor for a positive outcome. Worst case scenario the baby could develop a condition called hydrops fetalis, but this is extremely unlikely.
I would covet your prayers for our little baby girl's health. Pray that my antibody levels would remain steady and that she would continue to grow and develop normally. I am happy to report that she squirms and kicks all the time, which is always so reassuring, and so far I am still feeling pretty good and sleeping well. This is a sober reminder that, despite whatever delusions we labor under, we are not in control of our own health. Our baby is cradled in the hands of the God of the universe. There is no one else who loves her more, and from the day she is born until she goes home to be with her Maker, every breath and every heartbeat are a gift from Him.