Thursday, August 20, 2009

36 Weeks

Today is a wonderful day. Today, my sister-in-law made it to 36 weeks.

37 weeks would be even better.
38 weeks would be grand.
39 weeks would be kind of funny.
40 weeks is starting to get just plain mean.

But 36 weeks is a collective sigh of relief. For 36 weeks is five weeks longer than Erin has ever been pregnant before. Fetus weeks are kind of like dog years...and those extra five weeks matter.

My nephew was almost three pounds when he was born, and spent ten weeks in the NICU. I saw him once, with his head the size of a tennis ball and his arms like pink, fleshy twigs. He was off the respirator at that point, but he was still hooked to monitors that beeped and hummed, keeping him safe as he grew in his artificial womb.

Doug and Erin got to hold William for fleeting moments---changing a diaper, taking a temperature, and restorative skin-to-skin "kangaroo care."

But when I met him for the first time, he was eating through a feeding tube, and spent much of his day sleeping and still.

I know that we're not completely out of the woods yet---and truly, you never know. But, seeing that number 36 on my calendar fills me with such joy, and such gratitude.

I will soon have a niece. A beautiful little girl to love. I get to be Auntie Nancy again.

But stay in there, little Kiri, for at least one more week. Cook a little bit more, because I know that your little feet and poochy belly are going to be just delicious.


Melani said...

Hey Nancy! First, let me tell you I found your blog thru a follow of yours, Paul. He is the pastor at my parents church and they are friends with him and his wife. We had a BBQ not long ago with his family and my family at my parents house. He commented on my blog and since he is a follower of your blog I had to check it out!

Love this post! How wonderful for your sister-in-law to be 36 weeks pregnant. My sister is 33 weeks pregnant with twins! We are praying they stay in there for at least 2 more weeks if not more.

Love the blog, I will have to follow it, too!

Nancy Campbell said...

Thanks, Melani! Delighted to meet you (virtually, anyway). Thanks for following.

I'll keep your sister in my thoughts and prayers. How exciting!