We’ve made it to 36 weeks! YAY! Since I’ve had so many contractions and have been on bed rest off and on since about 20 weeks, I am very thankful that we have made it this far.
The past week has been pretty exciting for us, to say the least. Last Wednesday I was admitted to the hospital because my contractions were 4 minutes apart for a long time. They monitored me closely and thankfully were able to slow them down. I was sent home late Wednesday night with orders to be on bed rest, so that’s what I did. On Saturday, we celebrated Liam’s 2nd Birthday a day early and had the best little celebration at home (I hope to share more on that soon).
I am glad we celebrated early, because on Sunday afternoon I was re-admitted to the hospital. My contractions started out at about 5 minutes apart and got as close as 2 and were extremely painful. We really thought Gideon was coming for real and it looked like Liam may have been getting a baby brother for his birthday! Since Gideon is still breech and not as far along as the doctors would like, they were really hoping that things would slow down. If this was happening for real, I would have to have a c-section, so I was trying to mentally prepare myself for that. I labored through the night with painful contractions (but very slow progress). They gave me something to help ease the pain, but I still felt them strongly. Finally, around 4am the contractions started easing up and spacing out. At about 7:30 Monday morning the doctor discharged me and sent me home with orders to be on bed rest, get as much sleep as I could, and with the understanding I may be back as soon as that night.
We have made it two more days since then with no return trips to the hospital! Contractions have continued, mostly ranging from 5-10 minutes apart depending on the time of day. But they are not near as painful as they were Sunday night, thank God! I have been able to get a lot of good rest, and overall am feeling much better.
Tomorrow I have an ultrasound to confirm our little guy’s positioning and to get an estimate on his size and development, and then we will meet with the doctor to check on progress and to talk next steps (especially if he is still breech).
Although this pregnancy has been challenging in many ways, God has definitely helped us through it. And it has been a joy! I have had such a peace this entire time that Gideon is going to be just fine, and I trust that he will come at the perfect time in just the right way. In the meantime, I am so thankful to have my Mom here to help take care of Liam and myself. She has cleaned and done laundry and cooked and made each day fun for Liam. Having her here is such a blessing. And of course, Jonathan is the very best. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive and caring husband and father to our kiddos. He is amazing in every way!
Thanks to everyone who have been praying for and supporting us throughout this pregnancy! Words cannot express how very thankful we are for you all.
Who knows, this very well could be my last pregnancy update! We shall see! Either way, we are very excited for our Gideon’s arrival.