Today, I went in to my doctor for my 30 week appointment...Praise the Lord! I am extremely grateful to have made it this far, but Chris and I are now asking for each of you to join us in prayer as it seems my body is progressing into labor quicker than we or my doctor would like (Note: currently I am not IN labor just headed that direction).
As of today, I am 80% effaced but not dilated at all thanks to the cerclage that has held my cervix closed. Basically, this means my cervix has thinned to around .75 centimeters and is very soft. I asked my doctor to be completely frank with me about the current situation and not to sugar coat anything. Poor guy...he probably knew the water-works could start at any moment (it wouldn't be the first time I have balled in his office).
I am so grateful he was open and honest, as it is really helping to prepare me for what the next few weeks might look like. I won't go into the details here, but I will be on strict, strict, strict bedrest while we let our sweet baby stay in as long as possible. Our biggest goal right now is to make it to 32 weeks. Ideally, making it through August and into September will be best for the baby. So, Chris is working hard to make sure all I have to is stay laying flat and only get up a couple times a day for the bathroom.
Our prayer is that we would first make it to 32 weeks (of course each week further after that would be amazing). Please join us in praying for my progression to slow way down, and for me to be able to do my part in keeping this baby safe and sound. We believe in a BIG God who can do BIG things! We also know that God has a perfect plan and knows exactly what our baby needs. I will try to keep everyone updated, but hopefully not much will go on in the next couple weeks! No news is good news right now :) I won't go back to the doctor for two more weeks, and will stay as stationary as possible until then. Thanks again for each of you who have ministered to us as we have gone through the ups and downs of pregnancy. Your prayers, words of encouragement, meals and sweet notes have truly made the journey much easier!