I was just about to send this post through tonight when three of my gal pals and my little sister walked through my door surprising me with cupcakes and the finest sparkling cider that money can buy! Happy 28 weeks! Their visit lifted my spirit so much, so many thanks to them and to my husband for setting up this little surprise. What a stinker!
I’m kind of at a loss for words, but 28 weeks is a big deal! The chances for survival and life without long-term disability are exponentially better now than they were at 24 weeks when I arrived to the hospital. Although I’m soooo excited about how far we’ve come, my thoughts today have been with another one of my pPROM moms who lost her baby this weekend at 23 weeks and three days. I try to remind myself that for every sad story of honor, there are three stories of tiny miracles.
I spoke to one of the perinatologists this morning about getting a second round of steroids (to stimulate lung maturity) before the baby decides to come. It’s difficult to explain,but I’ll do my best. With the steroids, they need to be given 24 to 48 hours before delivery to be effective. This is tricky, because it’s impossible to predict labor. They won’t give me the boosters right now, because I’m showing no signs of eminent labor and the steroids can also spark an infection. If I have another bleeding episode or start contractions, they’ll likely administer the steroids.
To celebrate this magnificent milestone, we wanted to thank the doctors and nurses here at Abbott for taking such good care of me. T brought in cookies from Wuollet’s Bakery.
To go along with this big milestone, here’s a picture of my BIG belly. During Friday’s growth ultrasound, we’ll find out how much the baby weighs and how she’s doing. But by the size of her mommy, it’s pretty obvious this little girl is growing just fine! Go Baby Girl Tjader!!! Thank you all again and again for your love and support. I love to read your comments. Cheers to making it six more weeks!!!