38 weeks?

Who would have thought we’d make it this far? At 29 weeks we never thought that we’d make it full-term.

To be honest it’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. It’s kind of like running a marathon and not knowing where the finish line is. We were hoping and praying for so long to get to 34 weeks and then 37 weeks that we never thought we’d make it to 38 weeks or to her due date.

On December 30 we headed to the hospital, thinking it was time.

I’ll spare you all the details, but wanted to share that we are still cooking this baby and things are going well.

34 Weeks

Hooray! We’ve made it to thirty-four weeks.

Why is this so important? It means that if my water were to break or if I were to go into labor the risk is much reduced.

According to Baby Center

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

See what your baby looks like this week.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby’s development.

Twitter Therapy #preemie #bedrest and #pregnancy

Over the last 5 weeks I’ve made some new friends. These are friends that I probably wouldn’t have connected with if it weren’t for twitter.

Denise Brown aka @dmocha1223. She also writes a blog about her experience having a baby 10 weeks early Sunshine Pod 22

Ava Baby’s is a darling online store that saw my preemie clothes post and responded with her website Ava Baby\’s This darling Grandmother started the store as her way to give back.

TodaysPreemie provides information about preemies and micro preemies http://www.todayspreemie.com/blog also runs a store at http://www.ecobabychicorganics.com/servlet/StoreFront

Other great support has come from @TheMandalyn, TheBabyGuyNYC, , amommyinthecity among others.

When I wanted some reading material for preemies I tweeted what people would recommend and was put in contact with:

Keep ‘Em Kooking great information on their website http://www.KeepEmCookin.com/

and DrJenGunter author of the Preemie Primer.

There are dozens of others that have send out positive vibes and provided emotional support over these last 5 weeks. Thank you everyone for helping us get to 33 weeks!

Thank you for blessing my life with your kind words of encouragement.

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