Gazing Upward



Well, I held off on sharing the speculation on my condition until I knew the diagnosis. This afternoon, lab results confirmed that I have obstetric cholestasis which is a rare condition that has to do with the liver.  Complications for the baby (stillbirth, intrauterine growth issues, etc.) and mom (hemorraging during delivery) aren’t necessarily common but do happen, so babies are usually delivered as early as possible after diagnosis.  My main symptom had been severe itching (I have scratched my body raw in the last week to the point of tiny scabs and scratches everywhere) due to high bile acid levels entering the bloodstream. Anyway, my doctor called around 4 pm to say that we need to deliver tomorrow.

So baby Brown will make his/her arrival very soon! I am scheduled to arrive at the hospital in the morning at 6 am. We covet your prayers for a smooth delivery and for protection over the baby until birth.  I had been warned that pitocin can make natural delivery much more painful, so please pray that I can endure it.  I’ll keep y’all posted!

Oh, and I answered some of the nursery questions in a comment in post below.

Much love,


P.S. All three kiddos are really excited about baby Brown arriving tomorrow. Carter did a little giddy dance and then laid his hands on my tummy and said, “Let’s open it now!” (like the baby is wrapped up like a present)  Love his innocence and excitement!


  • Comment by Joyce — June 4, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    I will keep you in my prayers!

  • Comment by Julie — June 4, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    Praying for you and baby!

  • Comment by Peggy — June 4, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    Will certainly be praying for you and the new baby! Congrats!!!

  • Comment by Cindy Love — June 4, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    Praying for a fast, safe, and easy delivery tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing pics of your sweet baby.

  • Comment by Bethany — June 4, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    Praying!! You are going to do great!! I had a friend go natural while on pitocin and she was able to do it while birthing a 9lb’er. So can you!!

  • Comment by Nicole — June 5, 2012 @ 5:49 am

    Prayers for a complication free delivery today. You are a very brave woman for doing it naturally.

  • Comment by Debby — June 5, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    Good luck today….I can not wait to see pics of your beautiful new baby…

  • Comment by Kathryn — June 5, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    So excited for you all to meet your newest little blessing! Am praying for a safe delivery for both Baby and Momma- and for your strength as you do it naturally! Whew!! Your nursery is also beautiful! Thank you for sharing your journey. War Eagle!! 🙂 the Hipps

  • Comment by Amber — June 5, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    PRAYING Kelley! You can do it!

  • Comment by The Mom — June 5, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Praying that “my God will supply all of your needs out of the magnificence of his riches.” Since you shared about your platelets, I have had a concern in my spirit for you and your little one. Thankful that your doctor is on top of this. Just know that you have an army that you have never met who is lifting you up before the throne of grace and mercy. Blessings

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