This past Tuesday, at 27 weeks, my doctor did his weekly examination of my cervix. The previous week his recommendation was that I stay there until we were able to get Tobin to 28 weeks. I didn't believe his stance would change and thought that no matter the result I would remain at the hospital for at least another week. Kevin had meetings at work that day with leadership that had flown in from around the country, so he was not present with me, we didn't think he needed to be. At 26 weeks my cervix was measuring 0.32 cm, at 27 weeks it actually got a tiny but thicker and was 0.45 cm, which is good! It is hard to get a completely accurate measurement, but what I learned is that I had once again remained stable. My cervix was stable, I was still contraction free, and had no other indicators of labor. With a smile on his face, my doctor told me I could remain at the hospital, but that he was very comfortable with me going home to be on bed rest there. He seemed encouraged and reminded me that if I made it to 31 or 32 weeks that often the mom's pelvis takes over the job of holding baby in and if that happens you can often make it to full term. Two weeks prior he said making it to 31 weeks would be a miracle and now he seemed to have hope that it could be a possibility.
There is no way to know what Tobin or my body will do in the next few weeks, but we now have some hope. Vastly different than learning the many risks and probabilities of survival for Tobin three weeks earlier, when it seemed that delivery would be in the near future.
Praise God for hope, praise God for keeping Tobin safe in my belly for almost four weeks now, praise God for all of your support, and praise God I am home!!!