Hi - to whoever (whomever?) is still following me here. I am now nearly 34 weeks pregnant. I was initially put on modified bed rest due to my blood pressure slowly creeping up and the risk of impending pre-eclampsia. That pretty much sucked. But, then, one month ago, the unthinkable happened...
My mom had a massive aneurysm. She was airlifted to a major research university, spent 15 days in neurological intensive care, had 3 brain surgeries, spent another 9 days on the neuro inpatient floor, and has recently returned to a city near her home to an inpatient rehabilitation facility. It has been devastating, obviously, for me and my father and our whole family. Although she is doing great (comparitively speaking), and is slowly regaining some function and independence, we have no idea where we will be in a year - but the doctors seem positive so we are trying to stay positive as well.
My mom is one of the most wonderful people to ever walk this planet. She's gentle, funny, fierce, athletic, intelligent, a great cook, a selflessly dedicated wife and mother. We want her back - all of her - and I hope that's what's going to happen. She won't be here for the baby being born or to help me out with navigating my first steps of motherhood, but I know she's here in spirit and we will be taking the baby down to meet her just as soon as we can. Hopefully she'll be living at home by then and will be able to enjoy her new granddaughter!
So, that's where I've been.