24+4 | In-Patient Day 3


This is everything and nothing I imagined it would be. Mostly relieving, knowing I’m exactly where I need to be should something go wrong, but also wildly disorienting in ways I have yet to process. So far in-patient has been a chorus of sounds – beeps, dings, thumps, knocks, padded feet outside my door. I […]

Checking In

Twenty-three weeks down. One more to viability. The latest: 1 // I leave to start my (hopefully two month) in-patient stay at UI Hospitals & Clinics next Thursday. We have an ultrasound scheduled at 1:00 and will be admitted to labor and delivery immediately following. By the end of the day, I will have received […]

Getting Closer


Twenty weeks down. Four more to viability. First, this: We are so, so, so thankful to have made it this far. Every precious kick, I am overcome with gratitude. Every encouraging call or text from one of you, I am overcome with gratitude. Every hopeful appointment with the incredible UI staff, I am overcome with […]

Grace & Gratitude

Sixteen weeks down. Eight more to viability. Another ultrasound, another sigh of relief. Through the gift of social media, I’ve been able to get in contact with a few other mono-mono moms who all agree that this is a four-stage journey – viability at 24 weeks, delivery at 32, NICU graduation, and first birthday – […]

An Update

Fourteen weeks down. Ten more to viability. Yesterday we had our first appointment with the University of Iowa. I slept very little the night before (and have now relatedly finished the entire first season of Downton Abbey – five stars from this exhausted viewer), and had prepared myself for the worst by the time we […]