Some of you have just been waiting to see the pictures...and others have no idea what I am talking about...
Surprise, surprise, Bella's going to be a Big Sister...you can tell what we are having without a doubt...
I had a cerclage done last Wednesday. For those of you that don't know, a cerclage is a set of 4 stitches strung through the cervix to help keep the cervix tight and in place (they say it is similar to a belt). The goal is to keep my cervix from thinning, like it did with Bella, and help keep little man in the womb longer than big sister was. He is roughly 16 weeks along, measures to be 5 oz., and developing appropriately. This pregnancy has been much different than Bella's, in a positive way, which I am blessed to feel is a sign of a healthier/longer pregnancy. No official bed rest or contraction monitors yet. I will continue to pray that no monitors or pumps will be needed. My activities are now limited as to the level of strain/stress I put on my body and I will do any necessary bed rest as I feel my body needs it, anything to make sure we make it as far along as possible.
And how does Bella feel about being a big sister...she fell asleep at the ultrasound this morning, if that gives you a small indication of what is to come!!! We expect there to be some jealousy, but hopefully little man will be a mama's boy and there won't be too much competition for attention or affection.
As I mentioned the other day, Bella was getting a super dose of grandma time. Grandmommy and Nana were a HUGE help to Bella and me last week. Granmommy being here to assist care for the baby girl while daddy was having a much needed vacation. And Nana loving all over Bella while Chris nursed me after the cerclage surgery (I don't do well with anesthesia). Thank you both for being FABULOUS grandmas!!!
On a WALKING note, Bella is getting really close. Last night she took steps toward me with one hand being held. And today, while eating a snack, she stood by herself (with no prompting from me) several times for a few seconds. Its looking promising!!!
Peace & God Bless to you all!