Monday afternoon was my most recent doctor’s appointment of the many (many many) I’ve had with this pregnancy. Sometimes it feels like it would be easier to just move in to the doctor’s office, since I’m there so often. This was my next perinatologist appointment (high-risk specialists, since The Boys are mono-di) for my ultrasound. My parents are out of the country, and Rich had to work; it’s just an ultrasound, I told him. We’ve had like 7 of these so far. I CAN DO THIS BY MYSELF. Truly, I have got to stop thinking that. Last time I thought that about a doc appointment, I ended up at the hospital for five hours!
Anyways. I went, I waited, I got gelled up and there are my beautiful, beautiful boys, both head-up and facing each other. AND THEN. (Pregnant-lady-TMI-warning.)
She measured my cervix. And went and got the doctor. Who looked at the measurements and realized that I had shortened almost 3 cm in three weeks. Because I’m having twins, the doctor (who, I should mention, was very nice, calmed me down, talked me through things, and listened to all of my questions) said that it’s not as clearly shown if bed rest is helpful with shortened cervix- but there isn’t much else they can do. Basically- it’s worth a shot. Two hours, some contraction-monitor time, and a prescription later, I was headed home instead of back to work.
And so, as of Monday afternoon, 22 weeks and 1 day pregnant, me and The Boys are officially On Bed Rest. (This is how it looks in my head: bold and capitalized.)
I came home and cried for a long time, partly because my mom is on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, and I am FREAKING OUT AND WANT MY MOMMY. Nothing makes you appreciate your mama like being pregnant with your first child.
A big part of the reason I decided to start this blog is because of my bed rest news. My immediate reaction was to feel totally isolated, and to wonder what in the world I am going to do for the next approximately three months. My hope is that through this blog and the online community, as well as our amazing family, friends, and church community, that it will be a time of HUGE growth, learning, and creativity.
So, here’s to the journey!