I still can’t believe that it has been four weeks since I took temporary residency in the hospital. I can still remember that night, January 29th, vividly. From knowing something was wrong at home to my water officially breaking in the triage room, I can still feel those emotions. I sobbed. I sobbed because I thought that meant my babies were coming, just shy of 25 weeks. I feared for them. Little did I know, that a rupture of the membrane (water breaking), does not mean your babies have to come.
I have learned so much during this pregnancy. I’m somewhat embarrassed that I didn’t know this information from the previous three pregnancies but the truth is, I was blessed with three uneventful pregnancies so I was naïve to what could happen.
The Plan: On Tuesday, I will be 29 weeks and the hope is that we make it to 34 weeks. While that is still early, the reason the doctors go ahead and induce labor at this point is that they find it to be the happy medium point between pre-term labor risks vs. infection risks. So unless these babies come on their own terms, I am scheduled for a c-section on April 6th, 2021.
Truthfully, the last four weeks have gone by fast and I am very thankful for that. The hardest part, as you can imagine, is being away from my kids. I am fortunate to get daily visits from my husband but because of COVID protocols, I am only allowed one visit a week with my kids. It’s better than nothing and it gives me something to look forward to, therefore, thankful.
How I’ve stayed sane in these four walls: I wanted to put this out there as many are still in quarantine and because I now know that there are many other moms out there in a similar situation as me.
The bottom line! Find ways to fill up your time. Do things you’ve never had time to do. Paint, color, read, organize….now is your time. While it is awful to be away from your family, it is what it is so make the most of it!