According to the pregnancy ticker at the top of the blog, I'm 27 weeks, 6 days - the same gestation at which Elise was born. But according to how my OB and local hospital calculate (where occasionally they drop a day), I'm 28 weeks today! (With Elise I was around 28 weeks, 4 days according to my calculations but I believe they used her size via the ultrasound I had done at 21 weeks to date her gestation rather than my LMP date...and at one point a neonatologist told me that he thought she was probably even younger than 27 weeks, 6 days.) In other words, it's not an exact science.
But I am definitely bigger now than I was with Elise and am near or past the gestational age when I had her. I've started feeling much more achy now that my body has hit the point where it hasn't stretched this big before. This morning I'm really feeling it all down the left side of my belly. But it's a good reminder of the blessings that we have and of the joy of each day Evelyn gets to spend on the inside.
Last Friday I experienced some pain, including some that felt like a ripping or tearing sensation in my abdomen so my OB had me go into labor and delivery at the hospital where I'll be having Evelyn (different from the one where Elise was born and from the one where she was in the NICU due to insurance) for monitoring. The nursing staff got concerned when I didn't come in right away because they thought I was bleeding and called my OB's office to make sure I knew to come right in. But we were working on getting Kit off work to watch Elise, and since I wasn't bleeding and the pain wasn't too severe I knew that it wasn't a huge urgency. If it hadn't been for what happened with Elise, I probably would have thought nothing of it, but we can't be too careful this time around.
Kit and Elise dropped me off at the hospital and then he took her home for lunch and a nap, which ended up being a good thing. Because my stay simply involved being hooked up the the fetal heart rate and uterine contraction monitors for a few hours, giving a urine sample, eating hospital lunch and watching cable. We don't have a television at home, and even if we did, Elise is always around to play with and take care of. So I sort of felt like I was on a little vacation getting to lie there watching home improvement and decorating shows. (With a little What Not to Wear thrown in for good measure.)
As you can tell from my casual description of the event, everything was fine. So the pain must have just been a random pregnancy-related pain.
In celebration of passing the gestational age where I had Elise, I'm posting the maternity photos our friend Ashley took at the 26 week mark. Here's hoping we get to do more around 36 weeks!