As of Monday I was officially taken off of bed rest!! Praise God!! Thank you for all of the prayers!!
I had my official 20 week ultrasound last Friday which showed the placental abruption had healed!! While I was hopeful going into the appointment I didn’t necessarily expect that it would heal that quickly. Although I knew it had begun the healing process based on my previous ultrasound.
Part of me had succumb to the fact that I could possibly be on bed rest until I delivered our baby girl. Such relief, freedom and joy to find out that is not the case. I realize it’s not a medical miracle, but in our book we consider it a miraculous answer to prayer!
The past 21 weeks have been an emotional roller coaster with many unexpected turns, wondering if we would ever get to hold our little girl. Yet I am left again completely humbled by God’s goodness. A heart over flowing with gratitude for his mercy and love. Humbled by the care, concern, help and prayers poured out by so many that have brought us to this point.
There were moments along the way where I felt like I physically couldn’t do something and even voiced the words out loud. Bed rest being at the top of the list. How could I be on bed rest while still being able to take care of and foster a relationship with my sons.
Yet 11 weeks of bed rest later I find myself in disbelief of how fast the time went. Though it was a great cross and some days much more of a struggle, I am in awe of the strength granted to continue on.
Now as I experience a new freedom there is an appreciation even for the stillness that filled much of my day. Somehow I am hoping I can continue to capture that and take it with me as our lives turn back to normalcy and the busyness that comes with it. There was beauty in the simplicity of having no plans for the day and filling our hours with snuggles on the couch, reading books and playing games.
The boys have been so ecstatic and want to tell every one that mommy is off of bed rest!! They squealed in excitement and did little jumps of joy when they found out! I am slowly easing back into daily activity, but made sure to take them to the library and the children’s museum this week. Two places they really missed visiting.
It’s amazing what 11 weeks of no activity can do to you, feeling sore after my first few days up and extremely tired by the little bit I do during the day. I think in part the tiredness is do to the nightly olympics our little girl must be practicing between 3:00 and 5:00am!
I will go back in another week for one more ultrasound to ensure both the placenta and baby girl are doing well. We are so truly appreciative of all the prayers as they have brought so much joy and peace to our hearts!! They have brought us one day closer to meeting our baby girl!