I had a doctors appointment today, which started with a sonogram. The boys looked great! At our last appointment (2 weeks prior) Aiden (Baby A) weighed in at 1 lb 12 oz and Barrett (Baby B) weighed in at 2 lbs 3 oz. Barrett was a whopping 8 oz bigger! They weren't necessarily concerned, but were hoping to see them closer in weight at the next appointment. So...fast forward to today...Aiden weighed in at 2 lbs 8 oz and Barrett weighed in at 2 lbs 10 oz! Aiden grew TWELVE ounces in two weeks! That is awesome! So, their weight is amazing and no worries are there! I am so excited for my boys. That means that I have 5 pounds and 2 ounces worth of baby in my belly at 27 weeks! Talk about huge-ness! I delivered Natalee (she came ON her due date!) at 6 lbs 15 oz. I wonder how much longer it will be until they surpass that weight?! Ok...enough about numbers...I really hate math! LOL Oh, I am currently 27 weeks, and I am measuring 34!
So, now on to the juicy details. I guess being pregnant and all that comes with it, really takes away your modesty to some extent. So, if you don't want to hear about my cervix...please skip to the next paragraph! :) Apparently, my cervix is too short. They had told me last appointment that if my cervix got under a three, that would mean bed rest. At that time, I was measuring 3.7, so there weren't any concerns. Well, today...a huge dip down to 2.4 (in two weeks time). This made the doctor super nervous. She said I should be much further along with the pregnancy for my cervix to be that short already. I got sent over to the hospital for monitoring. They wanted to make sure I wasn't having contractions that I couldn't feel, which I wasn't, so we went home to start the exciting adventure of bed rest. So, short cervix story long....bed rest it is. 27 weeks and on bed rest until the babies arrive (or I make it to at least 36 weeks).
Temporary freak out.....ok, back to bed rest. The rules: No cooking, cleaning, driving, or lifting. Stay in a reclined position, with the exception of potty breaks and showers. For some of you, I know your first thoughts were, "Yes please!" But it really isn't all that fun, especially when you are the stay at home mom of an almost two and a half year old little girl. We've had to figure out a schedule of people to watch her and to help out. Now, let me add, this has been so easy because we have the greatest friends around, who would do anything for us. We've had people praying, texting, offering to watch Natalee, and setting up meals for us. We are SO blessed with such an amazing support group of friends and family.
This whole bed rest thing is already not for me! I am a busy body as it is and I have a to do list a million miles long. I do realize that this is what needs to take place, and I am more than willing to follow all the rules because I want our boys to be as strong and healthy as possible, but I still have to say that it is NO fun. My mom came down for a four day weekend, to go to the sonogram, and then to start all the fun stuff in the nursery...and I am on bed rest. This is me totally having a pity party for myself, but it's just not fair! Ok...pity party over.
Day one of bed rest...we thought it would be fun to take a funny picture of myself lounging around, sipping on refreshing lemonade with an umbrella in it, reading a magazine...while my mom's picture is of her slaving away in the nursery, no make up or hair fixed, looking exhausted, leaning against the wall. I've got to do something to fill up some time! So here is day one:
I find these photos super funny, and hope to take one every day while on bed rest....but we all know how that will go. This by the way is the color bay waves from lowes (valspar) and I freaking love it! I wanted a light gray for their room, and this was the perfect shade. It is just a coincidence that we are decorating the nursery in pirates, and the paint color is called bay waves! I can't wait to see the finished product, especially since it's in the hands of Grams and Daddy! I love painting...this really made me sad that I couldn't help! Oh, and don't give me that "you're-not-supposed-to-paint-pregnant-crap," the windows would have been open and it would have been just fine. :)
So, I guess that's the end of this short cervix story. Continued prayers are greatly appreciated as we enter into this phase of the unknown. What I do know is that our boys are in the hands of THE great physician, and He knows exactly how and when they will enter this world, and it will be good.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
(I love that there is always comfort found in His Word.)