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34-Week Update

With the average post-fetal surgery baby being born at 34 weeks, we are super happy to have made it this far!  According to our doctors, every day we make it past 34 weeks is an awesome bonus.  I still plan on making it all the way to our scheduled c-section at 36 weeks, 5 days--June 7.  Yes, that is exactly TWO WEEKS AWAY!!!  Our whole family is SO EXCITED!

We have been doing our best to prepare the boys for Cedar's arrival.  Recently I got this book, and I keep it on the coffee table:

We have been pointing out the scar on the baby to the boys and explaining that Cedar is also going to have a scar on her back when she is born.  Now Miles comes up to me every day with the book and says, "Cedar has an owie" and points to the book.  I just don't want them shocked when they see it for the first time!
Right now I am still undergoing twice-a-week appointments.  On Tuesdays I have an ultrasound, a non-stress test, and a maternal-fetal-medicine appointment.  On Fridays I j…

Tender Mercies Part 2

It's time to make a public update about all of the amazing ways our family has been blessed during this difficult time.  Once again, I would feel incredibly ungrateful to not mention the amazing people who have done things both big and small to make our life a little bit easier right now, and all of the little things I am grateful for!

* Many family members sent me flowers while in the hospital, and my theatre ed friends sent this amazing edible arrangement plus some cash to help with our situation.

* My sister and brother-in-law watching my boys the weekend my husband was driving home.
* My husband having no car trouble on his way home from San Francisco.  A day or two after he got home, his car battery died.
*My BYU friend McKell and her family letting us stay at her house the night we got in to San Francisco

* Modern technology allowing me to Skype with my boys while I was away
* Teachers and parents helping my student get to region and state drama competition.  They ended up …

31-Week Update

Well, I have made it to 31 weeks!  Every week (and even every day at this point) is a huge win post-fetal surgery.  Making it past 30 weeks was already a huge hurdle to overcome, as 12.8% of fetal surgery patients deliver before 30 weeks...which is obviously not what we wanted!

Every week I go in for an ultrasound, a non-stress test, and a meeting with a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor.  Starting next week, I will go twice a week for non-stress tests.

Pretending I love these non-stress tests...

Overall, things have been looking really good with baby Cedar.  For the past several weeks, her amniotic fluid has been between 14-16cm, which is fantastic.  Unfortunately, at this last 31-week appointment, her amniotic fluid had suddenly dropped to 9cm.  We aren't sure if that is just because of her positioning or what, as I am not leaking any fluid.  They will keep an eye on this next week, and I plan on drinking a TON of water this week, just in case it helps!
There are a few other issue…