28 weeks

28 weeks of this pregnancy is a bit of a milestone for me.  Little Friend arrived on the scene at 34 weeks after I passively fought a bed-rest battle against severe pre-eclampsia for four weeks.  I’m trying (really, really trying) to keep my head in a happy place through this pregnancy as I’m praying (really, really praying) that we’ll avoid the dreaded disease this time around.  But somehow, making it to 28 weeks pregnant, a gestation at which babies can be born and thrive with some extensive NICU help, feels like a safe-ish place, even if the dreaded-case scenario develops in the coming hours/days/weeks/months ahead.

This morning, I came downstairs with an extra spring in my 28-weeks’ steps and informed Big Friend that today marked the 28-week finish line.

We high-fived.

Then, as I walked away, something about my retreating derriere prompted Big Friend to say, “Hey!  It’s Fat Tuesday today!”

Hmmm . . . I’m trying not to read too far into that comment.

It does create a rather inconvenient craving for donuts.

Donuts which I’m sure will settle nowhere near the vicinity of my derriere.

Happy 28 weeks to me (and Little One).

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15 Comments

  1. Big Friend said:

    Congratulations!!! You are doing great!

    FWIW – The Fat Tuesday comment was a not so subtle attempt to have a celebratory Fastnacht (Fast Night Doughnut)

    February 21, 2012
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  2. Martha said:

    Congratulations on the milestone. You look great. Thinking of you so often. Can’t wait for Little One to arrive to know the gender. Thank goodness you are on the downhill slope now.

    February 21, 2012
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  3. Jo said:

    Yea 28 weeks!! You are doing great and here’s to 12 more! W-e-ell maybe 10 more?!! : )
    You look wonderful and LF couldn’t be cuter. Keep the spring in your step–you’re almost there.

    February 21, 2012
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  4. Sarah Leed said:

    All of you are ADORABLE! Congratulations.

    In the last few years the Lord has brought this passage to my mind time and time again. Mostly we think of it for our children but He showed me that He meant me (too). Hugs.

    For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
    My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
    Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

    February 21, 2012
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  5. Your picture actually made me smile, and James’ comment actually made me laugh! Thanks for sharing. BTW, that is the cutest “baby bump” photo I’ve ever seen! I love that Little Friend is right there with you. You look healthy and happy, a fantastic combo for anyone – but especially someone growing another person :) 28 weeks is definitely a milestone and hopefully you can breathe a little easier now! (ok, maybe not the right phrase for someone with another someone encroaching on their space… but you know what I mean!)

    Oh, and don’t forget that you’re not the only one praying for a healthy and pleasant pregnancy for you! We’re all here for you!

    Lots and lots of love!

    February 21, 2012
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  6. So happy for you on reaching the 28 week mark! And btw you look fabulous!!:)

    February 21, 2012
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  7. Marge Smithson said:

    Beautiful – Happy Fat Tuesday. We are praying for you & Little One

    February 21, 2012
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  8. Heather said:

    I’m with you!! If I lived in Pittsburgh we could have a 3rd trimester party!! 2 down, one to go! Also, your belly is still smaller than mine… And I’m taller :)

    February 21, 2012
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  9. Faith said:

    Happy 28th, Fat Tuesday and “happy you look and feel wonderful day” !! Hugs to all of you!

    February 21, 2012
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  10. Jen Tan said:

    you look breathtakingly gorgeous. I agree, 28 weeks is HUGE. and 30? feels like it’s practically done, all over but the shouting, so to speak. 😀
    Can’t wait to meet LF#2…but I guess I can wait 12 more weeks.

    xoxoxox

    February 21, 2012
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  11. Nancy Taylor said:

    Praying for all of you.

    February 21, 2012
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  12. Sara Fleeger said:

    You are so beautiful! I am praying for you today – that God would fill you with His PEACE…He’s holding that little miracle in the palm of His hand and He’s not letting go!

    February 22, 2012
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  13. So excited for you! Love your photos. Saying a prayer for you and your family.
    ~FringeGirl

    February 22, 2012
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  14. Papa Larry said:

    Oh Beth, Please forgive Big Friend. Men’s timing of verbal comments can be, at times, untimely.

    Congrats. The 3 of you are beautiful.

    Very clever camera work.

    February 24, 2012
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