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. 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.

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

  6. 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!

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