We went for our check up yesterday and left encouraged. Nothing of note really happened, but I think we all were more optimistic than we were last time. A huge part of that is because I’m past the 30 week milestone. I was born around this gestational age and I’m (arguably) just fine 🙂 Even if bed rest doesn’t seem to be “improving” my cervix situation we can’t deny the fact that it must be doing something. How do we know this? Well, I’m still pregnant and we don’t have a baby yet. We aren’t doing cervical checks anymore unless we have a reason. A reason would be if I’m having lots of contractions, leaking amniotic fluid or the baby seems to be in distress. None of these things are occurring (except for the random contraction here or there). I’m surprisingly glad we didn’t do a check yesterday. I was getting obsessive about it and it was really discouraging to see the negative changes happening bi-weekly. It was like a punch in the gut, especially when I was trying so so hard at bed rest. This way, the only gauge I have of success is remaining pregnant and how my body feels.
I’m still on strict bed rest and will be for at least the next 5 weeks. Dr. Roberts says that once I’m 35-36 weeks she’ll lift a lot of my current restrictions. I’m looking forward to at least being able to go out- even if it’s just for a short trip once a week. I’ll even take a walk around the block. It’s hard to be inside for weeks at a time and only being allowed to leave the house for doctor’s appointments. This has probably been harder mentally to endure than it has been to deal with the physical challenges of lying around all day. I don’t want to dwell too much on this though because my current goal is to just accept things as they are. I no longer want to judge this process as “good” or “bad”. Instead I just want to accept it as it is.
Our little princess is hanging in there and getting stronger. We listened to her heartbeat and she seems to be in there chilling and relaxing 🙂 She’s been very active lately and a great deal of her jabs and kicks now make me say “ouch” out loud.
Until next time! Happy Wednesday!!
5 Replies to “Exhale”
Yay!!! That’s great news, Tanisha. You’re nearing the final stretch. You can do this! We’re all rooting for you.
Sending lots of love.
We are very happy to hear the good news from the Dr. Appt. We hope things continue to go well for you and the little one. The kids are really looking forward to having a cousin on the Andrews side of the family! Prayers will be contined for you and baby!!
Geoff and Family
You strength and patience through this part of your journey is absolutely beautiful. I will keep you, your husband and baby girl in my happy thoughts. Think lots of sunshine!
Go Tanisha! Go Team Andrews! (want to show a little TLC to the hubby too!) Think of all of the reading that you can get caught up on
I’ve got some great reads that I’ve recently completed — if you want a book list or a loaner or two just say the word — we’ll even deliver!
-Bill and Frances
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. You are doing everything “right” – which just means to the very best of your incredible ability, Tanisha. We are thinking about you every day and cheering you on. There is such freedom on not judging, though it’s hard to re-train yourself. Even with these variables, your body and your baby know exactly, precisely what they are doing … which mostly involves being awesome. xoxo