July 25, 2014

Why Today is a Milestone

Photography by Picture Perfect Designs, Woodbridge

Today is a milestone for me. I'm 29 and 6. What does that mean? It means I'm 29 weeks, and 6 days pregnant. Tomorrow, I'm 30 weeks. Isabelle was born exactly on the 30th week mark. It was on this day of my pregnancy, nearly two-and-a-half years ago, that I was sick and asked my husband to bring me to the hospital, and therein started my journey into motherhood. (I do believe I was preparing for motherhood while being pregnant, but nothing could have prepared me for that day)

I think about that morning when we got to Markham-Stouffville Hospital often; I had a lovely nurse, Michelle, who didn't leave my side. A great on-call OB who spoke with such a calm demeanor I couldn't have been able to tell my situation was a very serious one. They were the professionals who took care of me and quietly rushed me to Sunnybrook to have my baby. The staff at Sunnybrook will also always be in my mind -- my first nurse there, who was with me right into the OR, the surgical team, the NICU team and the nurses who took care of me post-delivery. One of my nurses was from Wiarton, and on February 2, groundhog day, I made a joke about it. I was definitely still loopy from all the meds, and it was probably not funny, but she still laughed. Oh, boy.

This pregnancy so far has been different, a bit more positive and relaxed. And I'm going to keep it that way. Every day from today is time Isabelle didn't have to grow inside me. And when I look at her, I can hardly believe it. She amazes me every day. So, I'm going to have a nice, calm day and just like I did when Isabelle was born, I'm going to celebrate all the little milestones from here on in.

Thanks for everyone's best wishes on a healthy -- and full term! -- pregnancy.

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