One Day at a Time

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I’m 29 weeks pregnant today! While every week is an exciting milestone for every mommy-to-be, I’m especially thankful today to have added even one more day to this pregnancy!!

A little over a week ago, I began having signs of preterm labor while visiting family in Arizona. We are no strangers to preterm labor, as I was on home bed rest for 11 weeks with our first little man. So, of course we followed protocol again this time, went straight home and made an appt with our OB, and took it easy the rest of the week on home bed rest.

On Saturday afternoon, I was feeling a little concerned that I may be leaking amniotic fluid, so to be safe, we drove to the hospital to have things checked out. What they found was that I wasn’t leaking, but that my cervix had gone from measuring at 1.4cm on Monday (should be somewhere around 4.0cm at this gestational age) to an alarmingly low 0.4cm on Saturday. I had also dilated to 1cm and a nifty little test (called an FFN test) that can predict whether your body is preparing for delivery in the next 2 weeks or not came back positive. While the docs weren’t necessarily concerned I would go into labor in the next 24 hours, they thought it best I go ahead and stay overnight and see a Perinatologist (high risk pregnancy doctor) in the morning to discuss what plan of action to take next.

So, after an uneventful yet restless night’s sleep in the hospital, we woke up to prepare to meet some new doctors and discuss “the plan of action”. When I got up to use the restroom, I had that unmistakable gush of amniotic fluid. My water had broken, and I was only 28 weeks 5 days pregnant. This was, by far, one of the most frightening moments in my life. I called the nurse in and the doctor came back to do an exam to confirm that my water did, in fact, break.

We were so scared, and began preparing for the fact that we would be meeting our very tiny little baby way too early that day.  What I didn’t know was that you can actually stay pregnant with a broken amniotic sac for a while longer if your body doesn’t just kick right into labor on its own. So, we waited and prayed. Contractions started, but never fully picked up since I had begun taking meds to stop them prior to coming to the hospital. We began steroid treatment to help his lungs develop in the event that I did go into labor, and we began antibiotics to fight any infection that could come from having a broken amniotic sac.

Four days later, here we are!!! I’m still very pregnant, baby is doing wonderfully, he has plenty of fluids despite the breakage, contractions are controlled, and we are one more day closer to his due date! They say every day is a huge accomplishment, and for one more day I can keep him safely in my womb, that is 3 days less he will have to live in the NICU. We would be absolutely ecstatic to get to 32 weeks before he comes, but we can only take it one day at a time. I will remain in the hospital on complete bed rest (only slightly sitting up in bed to eat or use a bedpan) until this little guy comes, so despite how difficult and taxing that is on my body and on our family, hopefully I’m here for a really long time.

It’s excruciatingly hard to be away from my sweet little J, but I am just so thankful for the help and support from my amazing mom, our family and friends, and for the opportunity from God to keep this little baby safe in my womb for as long as possible. We appreciate your very powerful prayers and positive thoughts so much, we know we wouldn’t even be this far without answered prayers!

We’re just taking it one day at a time, and couldn’t be more blessed to have the chance to do so! Stay in there, baby boy! Mommy and Daddy want to meet you, but not quite yet!!!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3: 5-6

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10 thoughts on “One Day at a Time

  1. I am Darlene’s 1st cousin her mother my Aunt Frieda and my dad were brother and sister. Just recieved this today,I am praying for you and the little one you are carrying and your family. Sharon Stiegman Ravetto Mokena IL.

  2. I am carrying you in my heart all throughout the day every day- praying that baby Graefen can stay inside as long as possible- and then come into this world a perfectly healthy baby. Sending all my love to all of you-
    XO Aunt Darice

  3. Hi Dawn! My Uncle Darryl forwarded me your blog. My mom Barbara Crow is Darryl’s sister if that means anything. My 2nd pregnancy I started dilating at 20 weeks. I was on bed rest for 18 weeks at home and went to the hospital 5 times to have labor stopped during that time. Thankfully my water never broke so I was able to make it to term before delivering. When pregnant with my 5th, I began dilating early and was put on bedrest for just 2weeks as after that time I made it to 36weeks so they said I could deliver any time and again I managed to make it to term. With my youngest daughter, my water broke at 36 weeks, but I never went into labor so I had to be induced. My last baby though, I went into labor with no warning at 32 weeks. They tried to stop my labor, but I was dilated to 5 cm. already so they had to life flight me to a hospital with a NICU. Inspite of medication and laying upside down, by the next morning I was 9 cm. so they had to go ahead and deliver our son. Due to Intrauterine Growth Restriction, which caused my premature labor,Jack was born measuring only 15 inches long and weighing just 2 lbs. 15 oz. He was in the NICU for 42 days. So I feel for you and will be praying that your son will be able to stay in longer. If you wind up having a NICU stay and have any questions, concerns or just need to talk to someone who has been there, feel free to call me anytime. Julie Sullivan 801-750-5818.

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