Dear Family and Friends,
Zac woke me up at 12:01 this morning with the words, “Honey...we made it,” followed by one of the biggest sighs that I’ve ever heard come out of my husband. We are now the most pregnant we’ve ever been...25 weeks and 5 days. Thank you God!!!
Yesterday was a day for the history books (well, our history books anyway). It took most of my strength to get out of bed and if it had not been a Sunday, and Zac’s only day off this weekend, I think I would have been content to stay there. As silly as it sounds, being upright just made me feel like I was tempting this baby to fall out. But for the sake of Everett, our routine can't stop because Zac and I are feeling scared and emotional. He still needs to be fed and entertained and disciplined and loved. Those needs keep the schedule going and keep us from getting lost in the dark thoughts that could so easily consume us. We did all that we would normally do, while watching the minutes tick by on the clock, ever ready for the day to just be over. Finally, with a huge sigh of relief, it was.
From all the talking I’ve done with fellow micro-preemie moms, things should get easier from now on. Each day forward is a bonus we didn’t get with Everett and we already know that just 12 more hours in the womb can make a big difference in outcome. With each passing day, we hope to gain more confidence that this baby will be born healthy. With each passing day, more “ifs” and “maybes” should be replaced with “whens” and “wills.” I’m SO looking forward to that.
My cervix continues to hold at a normal length and I’ve had no signs of preterm labor (KNOCK ON WOOD). For those of you who have seen me in person, you can attest that I look totally different than when carrying Everett. I look pregnant...something that never really happened with him. We are finding reassurance in each pound of weight gained and in my ever-growing belly. I’ve only made three extra trips to my doctor’s office for feeling uneasy about symptoms. I think that’s pretty darn good for all we’ve been through :-)
We thank you all for your many prayers and good thoughts for us during this pregnancy. We know it is partly because of them that we’ve been able to get this far. We continue to pray that we will get to go the full distance. On Thursday, our doctor informed us that at our next appointment, we will pick out this baby’s birthday. Just the thought brings tears to my eyes. February can’t come fast enough.
The Bollinger Family