28 weeks

posted on: Monday, April 7, 2014

how was your weekend? mine was rather eventful, to put it mildly. 
on Friday evening, my docs decided that i could go HOME from the hospital. (!) 

they had been hinting as much all week, but i tried very, very hard not to get my hopes up. i was all too familiar with the almost indescribable feeling of disappointment that comes after hoping to go home and finding out (yet again) that you can't. so i buoyed myself against the disappointment and decided to stick to my countdown: 45 more days till 34 weeks. then i could go home. 

not much had changed with me and the babe that resulted in this momentous decision. my cervix showed no change--which was good. and Lyla had gained almost a pound, which bumped her into the 2 lb. range--a huge NICU milestone. other than that, we were status quo. ultimately, my docs just decided to let me shoulder a bit of responsibility. the biggest difference between being in the hospital on bed rest and being at home on bed rest is distance: you're farther from the delivery room (and the NICU) if things start to go south. the hospital is 20 minutes away from where we live, but they took my mental health and our family situation into consideration. staying in the hospital for a "what-if" situation makes you crazy, your pets crazy, and your husband crazy. god bless those docs who advocated for my sanity. 

there's always the worry that patients won't actually STAY on bed rest if they're home. for some odd reason, people seem to be really worried about this for me. (; i'll admit, it's tough. there are many, many more things calling my name to be done at home. but friends, i have seen the other side of the coin, and it ain't pretty. i am highly motivated to do whatever it takes to keep myself out of that hospital until at least 34 weeks. preferably 35-36 weeks. if this kid decides to go to term or beyond, we may have some words. because hell no. 

to continue with the weekend recap, on Saturday, we bought a house. (!!)

after i got my orders last week, saying that we were staying in the area for a good while longer, our home search got even more intense. Friday afternoon, Nick and i FaceTimed as he walked through houses, so i got to see his face and hear his excitement as he found our house. he was ready to make an offer that very moment. twenty minutes later, when we found out i was getting discharged from the hospital, we made plans to see the house together the next day. (since i'm allowed to spend 15-20 minutes a day on my feet but NO MORE THAN THAT) 

we fell in love with a sweet little blue cottage in our very favorite neighborhood that happens to be right across the street from a playground. it has hardwood floors, a yard with a fence for Waylon, a workshop out back for Nick, and a huge walk-in closet for me. our offer was accepted, so--pending an inspection--we're homeowners! 

it's truly amazing how much life can change--for better or for worse--in a 24 hour period.

i get to drive my car today for the first time since March 11th--back to the hospital to attend a Childbirth Education Class. frankly, i'm a little terrified that they won't let me go back home. the PTSD is understandable, i suppose. last time i drove myself to the hospital, i ended up staying there for 25 days. (side eye. alllll the side eye.)

today marks 28 weeks: another huge NICU milestone, and the beginning of the third trimester. this is the start of my first week of bed rest at home. the sun is literally shining, birds are literally singing, and the high is supposed to be 75 degrees. my dog is cuddled up next to me, i'm still pregnant, and it feels like all is right with the world. 

i'll take it. 

27 comments:

  1. Happy to see you happy…so much to look forward to! I hope the happy days outnumber the stir-crazy days in the weeks to come…keep growing, sweet baby girl!

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  2. Happy you're home and that Lyla is staying put and growing!

    Also, many congratulations on the house - a big milestone indeed!

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  3. I'm a total stranger to you but I somehow stumbled upon your blog months ago and have kept up with your story. I am SO happy things are looking up and I wish you the very best during these next few months. You (and your little baby) are so strong, it's truly inspiring!

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  4. Congratulations!! What happy, fabulous news, and you definitely deserve it all! Soak it all in, and your precious babe will come and God will take care of the rest ��

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  5. LOVE everything in this post. Congratulations the 3rd trimester!! Being on bed rest would be really hard (because there is always so much to do), but being home is SO MUCH BETTER than the hospital. I'm sure Waylon is loving it and is a great cuddle buddy.

    Congratulations on the house!! Fingers crossed for the inspection. :) We are currently house hunting, with an offer on a house that we LOVE. It is so stressful!!! I'm glad you are having a great Monday.

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  6. long-time reader but never commenter here -- so happy to hear about you going home! such wonderful news. thoughts and prayers for a continued smooth pregnancy.

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  7. This post lifted my spirits quite a bit hearing about all your wonderful news!! Welcome back home and enjoy it!

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  8. Yay!! Congrats on all the greatness!

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  9. Congrats on everything! So much good news in one post. You deserve it!

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  10. So happy to read about all your good news Emily, that is wonderful....and congratulations on the new house, it sounds fabulous!! Take care of you Xx

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  11. <3 Yay this post makes me happy! Lyla is already so strong like her mama!

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  12. Glad to hear that you are home! So exciting!

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  13. Yay!!! I am so happy to see that you are home! Bed rest at home is way better than in a hospital! The house sounds perfect too! How exciting!!!

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  14. Yay!!!! I was so glad when I saw you were home on your insta. P.S. CONGRATS ON THE HOUSE PURCHASE, BIG GIRL!

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  15. So happy to hear this, Emily! Your house sounds so lovely. Sending love & prayers your way!

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  16. This post makes me so happy and smiling from ear to ear! Well done mama - so glad you are home in your own space and CONGRATS on purchasing a new home - woo hoo!!!! x

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  17. Three times yay for you! And also a bit jealous about the walk-in closet. But you deserve all of this big time!

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  18. Oh, this is the best news I have heard all day! So happy for you all!

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  19. WAHOOOOOOO!!! This is wonderful news and I can't wait to see the house and your little one!

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  20. Yay! Welcome home and congrats on the new home!

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  21. YEAH! Rejoicing in your wonderfully eventful weekend!!!

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  22. SO MUCH woderful news!!! Congratulations!!

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  23. This is all such wonderful news!!

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  24. Aww, welcome home, Emily! What an amazing start to a week! Congratulations on finding that perfect home! It's so cute how you both knew somehow that it was the one. We are over the moon with all your wonderful news about Lyla, your homecoming, your new home and your new assignment right here in San Antonio with your upcoming new family! Nick must be so relieved, and Waylon must be ecstatic! It's amazing how quickly she reached her 2 pound mark. She must like sweets. ;)

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  25. yay, yay, yay! so happy you're in the comfort of your own home. and, genius timing on buying a house... you won't have to lift a finger :)

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