The past two weeks have been filled with some amazing and challenging experiences that I want to share with you. But before I get into that, I want to share my gratitude for an amazing husband, supportive friends and family and great co-workers.

On a professional note: For the last year and a half, my business partners and I have prepared to launch our product line Little Stinker nationally at the ABC Kids Expo. The expo was October 10-13 and we had great success. We launched a third product, a cooling breast cream that relieves engorgement caused by milk let down, at the show. The product was even picked up by The World Progress Report with Joan Lundon. They are interested in running a 5 minute segment on the cooling cream that would play in between shows on public television.

While at the show, I was excited to learn that I am a finalist for a Stevie award through the American Business Association for Women in Business.

In addition, we launched our three products in Harmons Grocery store. We are doing a test market in three of the stores. The first is the Kerns location on 6200 South and 4800 West.

On a personal note: I am expecting baby number two. My son was born premature at 34 weeks, so they have been watching me very carefully.

I went in for a doctors visit Friday. I had a lot scheduled for that day: a doctors visit, glucose testing, flu shot and an ultra sound.

I am 27 weeks and four days. The visit went well and everything seemed fine. The glucose testing was painless, though much anticipated. You have to fast prior to the glucose testing so I was feeling a little tired and hungry.

Then, I went in for the ultra sound. I’ve been having ongoing ultra sounds. This visit was fun because they gave me a stack of profile pictures of baby girl. She’s beautiful. According to their measurements, she is 2 lbs 14 oz, almost three pounds. She is measuring big – 29 weeks. They won’t move my due date but it’s a bit of a relief to know she is growing and developing on schedule. Their is plenty of amniotic fluid. My water broke with my first, so that is a relief to hear.

Then I got a vaginal ultra sound. It looks and sounds worse than it really is. I believe this is the third vaginal ultra sound we’ve had.

It turns out that my cervical length has shortened quite a bit and is much shorter than it should be for only being 28 weeks.

The ultra sound doctor will do another ultra sound next Friday to check the length. If it has shortened, then they will admit me to the hospital for further testing and to see if I”m having contractions. I haven’t felt any contractions and I think they are being extra cautiose, but I’m greatful for it. They will give me a shot to help the contractions and a steoid shot for her lungs. My son did not get the steroid shot, so this is really possitive. Jon and I both feel that if our son had the shot he wouldn’t have spent three weeks in the NICU.

Needless to say, that was a lot of information for me to digest while laying half naked on the ultrasound table.

I was asking all my worse case senerio questions. I’m not morbid, I’m a planner. I like to be prepared and have as much information as possible. Some say I have an overactive imagination. I say, that’s probably true.

The next bit of news also hit like a wall of bricks. My husband and I have been planning a week long trip to Hawaii and were told it was a no go. She advised that because it is over the ocean and the potential for dehydration and delivering early was not a good idea. And the possibility of delivering in Hawaii would be hard if family couldn’t be there and especially hard if my son couldn’t be with us.

Jon and I want to do what ever is best for baby girl. So we have canceled our trip to Hawaii. We both feel good about this decision.

I’m to be on “light activity”. My guess is that depending on the outcome of Friday’s visit they will but me on bed rest. Which seems like total justification to watch the entire last season of Lost with my legs up. Whose up for joining me?

I’m also really thankful for my mom. Not only is she a great mom, but she is an RN and works as an OB nurse. She helped to give me the perspective and information that I needed to know when I was feeling scared about vague words like “hospital”, “cervical length” and “tests”.

My husband is my best cheerleader. Even when I’m bawling like a baby he stays strong and says just the right thing. He knows just what I’m thinking.

I am also very grateful to have family so close by that can help with our son, talk with me on the phone and buy Barbicoa when the craving hits.

My friends are a true support. I am especially grateful that they have shared their own personal experiences. They give me strength through their example.

Thank you thank you thank you.

Please pray for me and baby girl. If you don’t pray, keep us in your thoughts.

Our family will be fasting next Sunday that baby girl will keep cooking and reach at least 34 weeks.

Kathy & Jon

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  2. Oh Kathy! I am going to keep you in my prayers. And if I can do anything please don’t hesitate to ask. I can come take your kiddo for a walk. Or sit with him while you rest. Bring you lunch. Anything you need. I am SERIOUS!

    I was on “light activity” the majority of my pregnancy with Xander because of pre-term contractions. He was born at 39 weeks and was 7 lbs 10 oz. That was after being dialated to a 3 from about 30 weeks on. Just some good news from the other end of the spectrum.

  3. Thanks Steph!

    I’m hanging in there, taking it nice and easy (which is kind of hard for me).

    Thank you for sharing your personal experience, too. It makes me happy to hear of other positive stories. I will take you up on your offer the next time I have a Chick Fil A craving ;)

  4. Wow!! Little Stinker is really taking off! I knew you had a big show, but I never really knew what exactly it was! It sounds like you guys are heading up to the big leagues now! And Harmons too! (can I get any more exclamation points in this comment?) Seriously, in the midst of all of this bedrest drama, CONGRATULATIONS!

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