Sunday, May 16, 2010

The End of the Prego Road

Today I am 36 weeks.

I am huge. Uncomfortable. Tired. and a whole bunch of emotions that my sweet sweet husband has helped me deal with and navigate through as we end the prego road and start down a new path of parenthood.

36 weeks is full-term for twins and I can't believe we've made it this far without any bedrest or complications. I for sure thought after my first trimester ordeal I'd have a hard time with the rest of my pregnancy and that just wasn't true. I've truly enjoyed being pregnant and if it wasn't for my giant belly blocking my toes and my inability to put on shoes (or pants for that matter) without sitting down I probably wouldn't have known I was pregnant most of the time. It really has been a wonderful 9 months and we've seen God at work through our prayers and throughout our pregnancy.

We prayed for Alan to be here in the states for the delivery. After being denied for his Visa the first time, the US Embassy decided to re-evaluate and issue him a Visa for 6 months!

We prayed and prayed for our delivery day. Actually I thought today, May 16, would be the day. I guess it's only 2pm and there's still plenty of time left in the day to be birthin' some babies! We've prayed for big babies- at their last measurements a week and a half ago Stella weighed in at 4lbs. 6 oz's and Amelia was 4lbs. 15 oz's. The hospital won't let babies go home until they weigh 4lbs. 5 oz.'s.

We prayed for Medicaid to come through only to be denied. However, last Monday we found out the 1 year maternity rider that was added to our policy causing us not to have coverage for the birth of our girls was mysteriously removed and we now have full coverage!

Time and time again over the last 9 months in the big things and in the little things we've seen God's hand and His miracles being performed. When we first got pregnant I was sure it was a "consequence," to our actions and now I am fully and acutely aware of the profound blessings and honor God has bestowed upon us as He has knit together Stella and Amelia.

We are forever grateful for this time and what we've learned and wouldn't change it for anything.

Please continue to pray for our delivery day and our transition into being parents for two tiny human beings. My next DR's appt. is Friday and IF I make it to then, we'll be scheduling an induction day for the following week. As of this past Friday I was 3.5 cm. dialated and 50% effaced!!

We are beyond humbled.

Much love,
Alan and Jackie


  1. you have done such an amazing job for these two girls as their mamma already! i love who you are and your willingness to allow God to continue to grow you into who He purposed you to be. parenting these two miracles is part of that process and your faithfulness has brought Him incredible glory! i can't wait to meet your two beauties and am praying for peace over your anxieties in the coming days. you were created for such a time as this and it is incredibly obvious that God is with you and continues to pave the way. love all of you!!
    much peace-vic

  2. oooooh! I'm so excited for you guys! God has worked wonderfully during this whole pregnancy. You guys certainly are blessed. Love you lots!

    ps- Your baby ticker still says you have 28 days to go! Ha!

  3. I'm so proud of you, Jackie. You have done an amazing job and God took notice :) I didn't know that your maternity coverage "mysteriously" came back on. That is BEYOND a miracle. I love you and can't wait to see pics...but really, I can't wait to take pictures of them when you get back to the DR. They are going to HATE me as they grow up :)

    Love you,

  4. You are loved and those girls will be the same. I check my mail and facebook more then ever now waiting to hear something...New babies are so excited. I can say that now that I am past that stage!! You two will do great...continue to love on each other through all of this new stuff! Awaiting pictures girl!!

  5. What an amazing story! Truly blessed! You are going to be wonderful parents. When I think about my kids I remember that God gave these 2 babies to me He knew that I would parent them best and they would force me to grow in ways I couldnt without them. God is amazing! Congratulations! Cant wait to see them in person!

  6. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is an amazing picture Jackie---you look beautiful and you and Alan look as handsome together as ever!!! We're praying for you all---much love, The Schwulst's