Thursday, January 21, 2010

Uncharted Territory

WAHOO! Today I am 28 weeks pregnant with Baby K! He already has 24 more hours in my belly than his big sister did! From here on out it's all new to me. I have no idea what to expect. While some moms are dreading their third trimester I am celebrating mine! We (my OB, myself & Joe) have been working sooo hard to get him to this point and we will keep working hard to make sure he stays put as long as possible.

My contractions haven't really gotten any better, in fact yesterday was really bad. Once I get the results from my 3hr glucose test (hopefully today or tomorrow), I will get scheduled for steroid shots (Celestone). Dr C. wants me to have them just in case I deliver early, and I couldn't agree more! I will do anything to give Baby K a better chance!

One of the blogs I read before I got pregnant (when I was researching cerclages and other treatments for me) showed a picture each week of her belly with baby #2 still in it and a picture of her daughter at the same gestation (but already born and in the NICU). I loved the idea and decided then, that I would do the same. I am cheating a little bit by one day.
Today Baby K is 28 weeks 1 day!

Julianna at 28 weeks 2 days.

I had to use this picture of Julianna for a few reasons. The first is because it was taken exactly 2 yrs ago today. The second is because it really shows just how tiny she was. And third, it was the first time I got to hold her! I finally got to hold my baby girl when she was 2 days old.

I wasn't expecting to hold her that day. Joe wheeled me down to the NICU and the nurse was in her room. She asked me when I needed to be back to my room to pump again, and when I told her I had about an hour, she got Julianna out and handed her to me. AAAAHHHH! I was terrified and so excited and I still really couldn't believe I was about to hold a baby that should have been safe in my belly still. It was the most amazing moment!

I only cried a handful of times from the moment I was told I would be having my baby at 1 day shy of 28 weeks, until she was discharged from the NICU, but today, trying to decide what picture to post, I cried. It could be the pregnancy hormones. But I couldn't help but think what a miracle Julianna is and how much I want this baby to make it to full term and not deal with the hardships she has had.

I am so thrilled to be in this uncharted territory and to finally be experiencing a pregnancy in its third trimester.

1 comment:

  1. Keep hanging in there girl. You are doing great. I am reverse of you....full-term the first, missed the 3rd trimester the 2nd time. Enjoy it. Things do get more uncomfortable, but knowing you, you won't complain because you know...every day longer inside is two less in the NICU. Keep up the good work!


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