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Week Twenty-Six
~ The Fun Begins . . .

Well, the fun has begun! I'm now on bedrest. I can get up to go to the bathroom and take a shower but that's about it. I'm having Larry type my updates for me.

Here's what happened at my doctor's appointment on Friday (December 18) . . . My blood pressure was fine. That's what I've been worried about during this entire pregnancy. That's not what did me in. I had my week 25 ultrasound and was able to see how great and healthy our babies looked. Jacob was weighing in at 1 lb. 11 oz., and Rachel was 1 lb. 8 oz. While checking the babies, the ultrasound tech looked at my cervix which looked abnormal to her. Dr. H checked in as well and found that my cervix is "funneling." This means that my cervix is opening from the inside down. My cervical opening is still closed, but this could cause it to open all the way. The only remedy at this stage is to stay in bed and off my feet. Dr. H was ready to admit me to the hospital right then and there. He agreed to let me go home as long as I promised to stay in bed. That was enough to scare me into listening to every word he said.

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My next appointment was this morning. Dr H checked me again and it looks the same, no worse, so he didn't admit me (yay!). I even packed a bag just in case. He explained to Larry and I that he could do a cerclage, but that's normally done up until 21-22 weeks. He's afraid if he gets in there and starts "messing around" with my cervix, that it may cause me to go into preterm labor. So, he's decided it's best to just wait it out. I'm scared that I could deliver early. I'll just have to do everything in my power to keep them right where they are for as long as possible. Dr. H also gave me a shot of steroids to help the babies' lungs develop faster. Larry will have to give me another one tomorrow. I go back to the doctor again on Saturday morning. He'll check me again to make sure my cervix isn't getting any worse. I guess for now I'll keep a packed bag in the car whenever we see the doctor.

This will not be the easiest thing I've ever done, but if it means that our babies have a better chance at growing inside me longer I'll do it. I'll be missing out on the family Christmas dinner at Larry's Grandmother's house. I hate that. But, this is no longer about me. The bigger picture is these two miracles I'm carrying. I would give up ten years of Christmas dinners to hold them in my arms and to have them around next Christmas.

Staying in bed is harder than I thought it would be. I'm sure once the babies are at home, I'll wish I could just stay in bed for a few days. I'll get through this knowing that the rewards will be so worth it.

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