Monday, January 3, 2011
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Well here we are, entering into a new year with many things to look forward to and many obstacles to overcome. 2010, I can say, was one of the most challenging years of my life - my faith, patience & courage were truly tested. From the surprise news of expecting our little man, taking the plunge down the aisle, to the death of a wonderful and lovable uncle, and receiving the diagnosis of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia - a very long word that would change our lives forever, and many other ups and downs. I cannot thank my husband, family and friends enough for their love and support; it is unbelievable how times like these can really bring you closer to God and the ones you love.
Brad has been my rock this past year, giving me a shoulder to cry on, wiping my tears, making me laugh, and constantly reminding me that I am strong enough to do this. Without him I would be utterly lost. 2010 brought us closer than I could ever imagine, and these past 4 weeks in the hospital have brought us even closer than that. He is such an amazing husband and I have no doubt he will be the greatest father!
The holiday season will be one we will never forget. Spending Christmas, Brads 31st Birthday, and New Years in room 1239 of St. Joseph’s Hospital was not easy but well worth it. Douglas will have this story told to him many times over, and I cannot wait to be that mother who tells their child over and over what she went through when they were born.
I wish I was able to give an exciting update, but, truth be told I have no exciting news. At last week’s ultrasound Dougie was measuring at 5lbs 5oz, and my cervix was actually thickening so the increase in bed rest had worked. I am proud to say that I am now 35 weeks and 3 days, and the baby is showing no signs of early arrival. Another meeting with our many doctors is set for Thursday January 6, where we will then discuss the risks and benefits of delivering sooner or later and set a date. I have to admit, being here for almost a month really has taken a toll on me. I never knew being confined to a bed and four walls could be this challenging, and am starting understand why it’s the punishment you receive for breaking the law. I find myself going a little nuts, and poor Brad gets the brunt of my sometimes poor attitude. I know it will all be worth it in the end, but staying positive is getting harder and harder as I get more and more stir crazy.
I will try to update after our meeting on Thursday, or after we measure Doug again next Monday. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! I am looking forward to 2011 being a great year!
Thank you all for the continuous prayers and support, it helps me get through every day!
Love to all,
Mere & Brad
PS: God Bless Our Little Man