Tuesday, June 5, 2012

28 Weeks

Before I get into my usual format for my weekly posts, I just wanted to speak a bit about the significance of this day. Five weeks and two days ago I went into labor. It was the one of the scariest days of my life. I knew that if the baby was to be born, there would little to no chance of survival. My doctors prepped me for the worst. They told me that our goal was to get to 28 weeks but no one expected me to do it. Five weeks ago today, my husband and I sat down with the Neonatologist for what would be the worst talk in my life. She went over everything that they would have to do to try and save my sons life if he were to be born. Even with all of the procedures and interventions, he still only had a 30% chance of survival. I remember sitting there, trying to hold back my tears, as my husband and I signed our sons resuscitation orders. I can't even begin to explain the emotions that were going through me. It was right after that traumatic conversation that I decided that he wasn't going to be born anytime soon, and that not only would I make it to 28 weeks, I would exceed it. And I did. By nothing short of a miracle, I am still pregnant. And there is no end in sight. I have fought and will continue to fight everyday to get this little guy here as healthy as can be. The power of positive thinking!!

How Far Along: 28 Weeks

Size of Baby: This week the baby is measuring approximately 14.8 inches crown to heel and is weighing in around 2.2 pounds on average. A week and a half ago Giovanni weighed 2lbs2oz so we are exceeding averages!

Picture of Baby: This was taken last week at 27+2. You will notice that he has his face buried in the placenta (thing above his face) which is why we couldn't get any 3D/4D pictures of him. As long as he is nice and cozy I guess I can't complain.

Maternity Clothes: I tried putting on a pair of Nike shorts that I wore pre-pregnancy but there was no way in hell that I was going to be comfortable in them. I tried wearing them under my belly but they were just too tight.

Weight Gain: As of last Thursday I am officially up 20lbs. Not bad at all considering I don't have much longer to go. I know that I am going to deliver between 37 and 39 weeks, if the doctors can ever agree on a date, so if I gain a pound a week (which is average) I will have a total weight gain of 29-31lbs. A little higher than what I would have liked but not too bad I guess. 

Belly: See previous post.
Stretch Marks: None yet.

Sleep: Hit and a miss. If I take Benadryl I sleep like a baby. If I don't I constantly wake up.

Best Moment of the Week:  Making it to my shower.

Movement: Tons. Since he is head down and his head is plastered against my cervix, I get high kicks and low punches. Love them!!

Symptoms: No new ones. Just the usual leaking boobs, contractions, back pain, and sciatica.  

Food Cravings: Mango Fruit Bars. So much healthier than some of the alternatives.

Gender: It's a boy!! Giovanni Luca

What I Miss: Being able to do things on my own. My husband, who is usually home with me, has a very busy week and will be gone everyday for the entire day. I am only on the second day of this and I have already cried twice about it. I just want to get out and be around people. I hate being at the mercy of others.

What I'm Looking Forward to: Tomorrow. Everyday I look forward to tomorrow being another day that I am still pregnant.

Nursery: Furniture has been delivered. I ordered baskets for the changing table system today so I can't wait to get those. Since the chair and ottoman are going to take a long time to come in, I am going to take cardboard and cut out the size of those items so I can finalize the placement of the furniture. I need to do this in order to get going with the decorating. I also ordered custom roman shades for the windows instead of doing curtains and those will be here on Monday. I was going to share some pictures today but I really want to wait until it is finished or close to it.

Weekly Wisdom: None this week.

Milestones: 30 weeks.My doctor says 32 but I want to take baby steps.


  1. You are doing such a great job keeping him inside! Congrats on 28 weeks :)

  2. Such a huge congrats to you!

  3. I am so happy that you have made it to 28 weeks!!! Yay!!!!! Still keeping everything crossed that you can keep him in there as long as possible!

  4. congratulations, krystyn...you are amazing and i'm SO happy for you!! <3

  5. Oh Little Giovanni...you are such a handsome guy!