After months of smooth sailing, I found myself in the hospital today due to a bump along the pregnancy road. Nothing is ever normal when it comes to my health, so it wasn’t a surprise that I needed a quick surgery. The good news–I’m doing great and I’m home resting. The even better news–“Baby Sparkles” is perfect and ornery as ever as she kicks me inside the womb!
As many of you know, I’ve been closely monitored this pregnancy. I’m not only considered “geriatric” being close to 40, I’m also high risk due to my previous pregnancy with the triplets. The past few months have been wonderful and we were eagerly awaiting the 36 week mark. After having a cerclage stitch (to keep me pregnant) placed back in March, we knew the magic date was August 2nd. That’s when doctors would go in a take the stitch out, allowing my body to go into labor at any time.
Well, apparently the stitch worked too well! Doctors on Friday had trouble getting to the stitch out and that eventually lead to surgery this morning. Baby Sparkles was not thrilled being poked and prodded for a few days and I’m definitely sore and exhausted, but all went well and I’ve been relaxing and recovering at home.
A lot of people have sent messages or stopped me over the past few weeks wanting an update. While this was a little hiccup along the way, everything went smoothly and now we just wait! Yes, I’m still working, but I’ve scaled back, and I will be beginning my maternity leave later next week (Unless baby arrives sooner). Our baby could arrive at any time, so Mr. Skry and I have been racing around getting some last minute items. After losing two children, I’ve held off purchasing most baby things, it’s my way of handling pregnancy after loss. But each day, we’re more and more hopeful that this time will be different.
We’re so grateful for the tremendous support. I’ve received gifts and cards in the mail and well wishes from people around the world. While we’re so excited to soon welcome our rainbow baby, August is an extremely difficult month for our family. Next week marks the 6th anniversary of when our son, Parker, passed away. There are so many mixed emotions as we prepare for this new arrival, while grieving our son who will never grow up alongside his sisters. We have some special things planned next week to honor Parker and Abby on what we call Parker’s “Angelversary”.
And one last update–while we love and have laughed so much over Peyton’s name for her new sister, we will NOT be naming her “Baby Sparkles”. But I have a feeling that will be her nickname for much of her life! We love hearing everyone refer to her as Sparkles. We do have a name in mind and will share when she arrives…with a special little nod to her brother and sister in Heaven.