Boy what a difference a week makes! I was just reading my post from last week and could never in a million years imagined the turn of events that unfolded. First of all, thank you for the continued support and prayers. I mention it often–we knew that this pregnancy would be a risky and difficult one. I just didn’t think I would be thrown curve balls this early on. For those of you not aware, I’m in the hospital now on bed rest and I will be here until I deliver. So here’s my 21 week picture, no dresses, just comfy clothes in the hospital!
I’m not going to go into details about my health, but the babies are hanging in there. We had a scare a week ago and the doctor told us to head to the hospital to check things out. As I left our house, I had no idea that I wouldn’t return home until after the babies arrive. I didn’t even get to say goodbye to Riley! We honestly thought it was nothing big, but I was admitted right then and there. One of the babies is losing fluid, so they are keeping a very close eye on me and pumping me with antibiotics so that I won’t get an infection. Otherwise, I’m doing good. I get daily ultrasounds and our new motto is “no change is good news”.Last weekend was supposed to be my baby shower. Several coworkers and friends worked SO hard to make a memorable day for me. While we couldn’t do the shower at my house, some of the ladies came to the hospital and had a mini-shower for me. It really brightened my day and helped me take my mind off of the babies. My room is overflowing with diaper cakes and wreaths and plenty of flowers. I feel so loved!!! There was plenty of food and adorable gifts…I’m so lucky to have such wonderful friends. While most of my pictures are on my camera, here are a couple I was able to download. I’ll post more once Mr. Skry has a chance to transfer the pictures. What do you think of Dawn and I? We sure are getting big! I hadn’t seen her in weeks, so it was fun to compare bellies.
As for what happens next, we’re just taking it day by day. This has truly been one of the hardest weeks of my life. I can’t describe the ups and downs I’ve experienced, but reality really set. Ryan and I have been so positive and optimistic for the last 5 months. We feel like there is no use in looking at the downside of things, we just have to keep our chins up. But for the first time since I became pregnant, I realized that I might be leaving this hospital without three little babies. It’s hard to fathom because I always just assumed things would be ok. But, it’s out of our hands. We are doing everything possible on our end to keep those babies inside…now it’s up to a higher power. Monday was a rough day. I spent it sobbing in my hospital bed, with my mother sobbing next to me. I looked at all of the gifts people had brought me…the matching blankets and onsies and nursery decor. And I made my mom take it all home. I couldn’t bear to look at the gifts for three little babies, when their future is so uncertain. But by that night, we all decided no more wallowing. We hadn’t sobbed like that during this whole process, so we were allowed just one day. We woke up Tuesday and were ready to fight on. And I have to share what an amazing husband I have. Ryan is my rock. He has seen me battle through so many health scares, I know he would trade places with me in a heartbeat. I’m so lucky to have him by my side, always smiling and reminding me that everything will be ok.
These babies have been such fighters for months. We have faced many hurdles and somehow we keep trucking along. Even our doctors are surprised and impressed! So we are taking each day as a celebration, another little hurdle in this massive challenge. A week from Monday the babies are considered “viable”. That means they have a chance of surviving outside of the womb. Yes, we face an uphill battle. But we have to stay positive and believe that these babies will stay put for many more weeks before they decide to make an appearance. I believe they will be little miracles and years from now this challenging time in the hospital will be just a little blip in life. Thanks for your continued prayers…I know each one is making a difference because these babies will not give up!
This story was first published on my blog Skry’s the Limit at www.wandtv.com on June 14, 2013.