27 weeks today! We made it!! Wahooooo!!!! ☺️☺️☺️😁
In my last post at 24+1 weeks I’d just been given the great news that my cervix had lengthened from 2.7cm (on the low end of normal) at 23+4 weeks, to 4.4cm (normal range) after 5 days of bed rest. My consultant was very pleased with this (as were we!) but said that I still needed to take it very easy and hopefully get to 27 weeks, as the chances of baby surviving, with help, would be much better by then. Well, I’ve done basically nothing at all since then!
I mentioned a while ago that we bought a house and are having it completely renovated and extended, which is great, but the house is super old and not a very relaxing place to be when you’re stuck at home. As luck would have it, we were able to move back to our old flat at the start of Feb, as the builders needed to start the internal works, so I’m now back in our lovely bright, clean, but pretty sparse flat! I honestly couldn’t be happier to be back there and luckily there are no stairs once you’re in the flat, so I’m able to potter around easily during the day, rather than navigating the stairs every time I need food/the bathroom!
It’s been a pretty strange three weeks. I’ve got into a little routine of eating, watching tv, reading, laying in bed, and that’s about all really. I left the house for a midwife check up two weeks ago and other than that I’ve just been in the flat. I expect that this would probably drive a lot of people insane, but luckily I’m quite happy in my own company and knowing how important it was to get to this milestone made it absolutely fine in my book – I’d do whatever it took to give our baby the best possible chance, no questions asked. My mum has been to see me a couple of times and has been fantastic – cooking for me, cleaning the flat and ironing my husband’s shirts. Basically all of the stuff that I can’t really do just now and I’m so grateful. My lovely husband has been fantastic too – it’s probably not much fun seeing your wife just sitting around all day every day, but he knows how important it’s been to get to today and has been amazing too, I’m so lucky to have him.
I was at the doctor today and had a listen to baby’s heartbeat which was loud and clear, which is always brilliant to hear! Baby has been very active and I can feel him/her getting bigger and stronger, which I love. My bump is still pretty small I think, but it feels like I’m just all baby and I guess there’s still plenty of time (hopefully) for it to get bigger. Baby has also started to get hiccups, which is strange but a good indication that his/her lungs are starting to develop properly, which again makes me feel better. I had the steroid injections at 23+4 weeks so hopefully these have helped things to develop more quickly.
If I can make it through this weekend, we have a scan on Monday and an appt with the specialist to check that baby is growing and see how things are going. Baby has always measured bigger than average, which I’m hoping is still the case as the bigger they are the better chance they have if they come early. Baby was last measured as approx 1lb 4oz at 22+4 weeks, so I’m hoping he/she will be tipping the scales at well over 2lb, but we’ll see. I’ve tried to stay off google as much as possible (very difficult when you’re in the house all day!) but I’ve found lots of good stories of babies born after 27 weeks, so I’m really, really hoping that this would be the case for us if it happened. Luckily, now that I’m 27 weeks i’d be able to have the baby at our local hospital, as they can care for babies 27 weeks and above, so it’s good to know that we wouldn’t have to travel miles everyday to see baby if they came early. It’s a small detail, but definitely would make things easier.
When I started on bed rest I said that if I got to 27 weeks I would start to think about buying some baby items, as I haven’t bought anything as yet. Because we’ve had so many complications along the way – the general worry of having lost 5 babies previously, then bleeding at 6, 10 and 12 weeks and now this cervix issue – I’ve never felt the need to buy anything. I always hoped that the urge would come, but it never did. Now that we’ve got to this point, I think I’ll try and start. I definitely don’t feel comfortable filling the house with anything and everything baby, but the absolute basics like a car seat and a basket and some clothes are probably needed. It does make me a bit sad that I’m not at all excited to buy any baby items, but I think it’s normal after my history, so I just have to plod on and buy what’s needed and maybe when it comes to it the excitement will be there…?
I did do something quite bold for me – a friend of mine is a photographer and I’ve booked her to do a shoot with my husband and I and bump next Saturday 27th. I was terrified to book it, as I still felt like I was tempting fate by doing it, but if baby does come early I’d love to be able to have some photos of us with the bump to remember my pregnancy days by. Despite all the obstacles I’ve had with this pregnancy, I love being pregnant and look at my bump and my body with absolute love and awe every single day, as I genuinely never thought that after 5 losses I would ever get to experience this. I’ll never complain about any of the rough sides of pregnancy, as I’m just amazed that my body has been able to grow a baby after everything and I’m so grateful and proud of what it is doing and how it looks. So fingers crossed we make it to the shoot so we have those pictures to remember this by.
My doctor today said that even though I’ve got to 27 weeks I’ve still got to take it very easy, so it does look like I’ll still be mainly in the flat for the foreseeable future, but that’s absolutely fine by me. Every day now is a blessing and a chance for baby to get bigger and stronger. I’ll let you know how the scan goes on Monday, fingers crossed as always for good news.