This week Aiden is 30 weeks gestation. Everything is going well. They went to the doctor on Tuesday and everything looks great. What a blessing! (I made this part big so that you wouldn't worry that there were complications w/ the pregnancy. No complications, I'm just thinking back about to about 8 1/2 years ago....)
30 weeks gestation is the same age Michael was when he was born.
Michael was born early because the placenta detached from my uterus (placental abruption) and caused me to hemorrhage. He was in the NICU for about 14 weeks. A very long time for our family, since Michael and I were separated from the rest of the family by a 2 hour commute. We'd see them every couple of weeks, which just wasn't enough.
But thank heavens for the Ronald McDonald House charity! I stayed in the Louisville Ronald McDonald House for most of the time Michael was in the NICU, taking off a few days here and there to go and be with the family. At those times, Steve traded me places to take care of Michael.
Here is how big a 30 week baby is (that is my hand):
It's been funny to watch Karen's pregnancy. She already passed the mark when Ammon, our fifth baby, was born. He was the child between Emily and Matt. He was way too little to survive being just 25 weeks gestation. His birthday is on mine, which is an interesting twist of fate. Now here she is at Michael's age at birth. In another 5 weeks she'll be 35 weeks, which is how old Matt was when he was born.
The doctors don't know why my uterus wouldn't hold my babies to term. The first 4 were fine, but the last 3 all came early.
So this is an interesting time for me. I'm so glad that Aiden is healthy, and so happy that he is still inside his mommy. It's the best place for a baby to be! This is just an interesting perspective that I'm watching her pregnancy from.
Here is Michael at a year old:
He is a survivor. He was our tortoise and it took him forever to do the basics like eat and breathe, but slow and steady wins the race.