Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hello long awaited third trimester!

My own mini-goal was 28 weeks....TADA! I made it!!! I am beyond pumped to be at this goal and the next one is 32 weeks which actually feels attainable at this stage in the game.

I've been reading a great book called "What to do when your baby is premature" by Joseph Garcia-Prats, M.D. and Sharon Simmons Hornfishcher, R.N., B.S.N. Which is a great handbook that deals with high-risk pregnancy and caring for the preterm infant. I've learned some really useful and sometimes scary things from this book. Babies born at 28 to 32 weeks gestation have a survival rate in excess of 90 percent which is a huge relief. A baby born during this time frame will most likely spend 8 to 12 weeks in the NICU which is sad because that would mean we would have to leave our little man here :( This book goes over everything that a 28 weeker to 32 weeker must face on the outside and a great look into how life in a NICU could be for Cooper and for mommy and Daddy. Again, I'm in a frame of mind that I can do this but the type A in me wants to be prepared for the possiblities! I would highly recommend this book to any parents that maybe walking down this very same road. I know that I didn't understand how stressful a high-risk pregnancy could be~ boy, was I naive?

We met with my peri yesterday and everything continues to look stable with my uterus. Actually, he hasn't seen any changes with my uterus in the last 2 months! My peri is completely confident that we'll make it to 34 weeks and the c-section has actually been scheduled for November 23rd...which is literally only 6 weeks away!

So, on a lighter note~ October is Pregnancy and Infant loss awareness month and breast cancer awareness month BUT did you know that October 29th is national cat day? Giving a shout out to all my cat lovers out there! Please visit your local shelter on October 29th, offering love and life by adopting a homeless cat. The goal of National Cat Day is to facilitate the adoption of 10,000 shelter cats nationwide on October 29th.

Delilah is such a good sport :)

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." ~Colleen Paige


  1. I'm a cat lover! We adopted ours 7 years ago. She's the best.
    Happy 28 weeks. That's awesome. You're so close! I'm so amazed by you!
    You need to get your butt out of bed now and do a little happy dance for me. Wink. Wink.

  2. YAY!!! For 28 wks. I know that was my next goal as well and we reached it :D Also yay for cats.. I have 2. Your doing great, keep it up!

  3. Jen, I am so excited for you!! 28 weeks!! I am praying for you and Cooper. :)

    Love my cats! I have two myself. :) Glad to hear about National Cat Day!! I will now create a special post about my cats on Oct. 29th.

  4. Yeah!!!!! I'm so happy for you!

  5. So happy to see you and Cooper hit the 28 week mark. After what were a few really rough days for you I hope you all have a peaceful weekend. I am the mommy of a 29 weeker, but I'm sure you're going to make it further then that, and I have to say you have the most beautiful frame of mind. I give you such credit, you are so prepared for everything, the good and worrysome, and you still keep your head up and stay positive. Here's to a good week ahead.

  6. Woo-hoo 28 weeks. I'm so happy for you. I love how positive you are.

  7. Jen, I can't find the book you are talking about. I'm from the UR list and am 24 1/2 weeks along. I've been thinking about looking at a book to better prepare myself. I'm so happy you are both ticking along :) Are you crafty? That's what I've been thinking of when I think of all this time you have!
    Take care!

  8. Happy belated 28 weeks :) I'm so thrilled for you, and so happy that your dr. is so optimistic. 34 weeks here we come!