Flicker of light

23 Feb

24 weeks today. That’s the big milestone, the one everyone looks forward to.

Viability. The approximate point at which a fetus has around a 50/50 shot at surviving outside the uterus. Though some babies born before 24 weeks have survived, and many born at 24 weeks have not (the chance for disabilities remains high at this point), at least you’d have a real shot. Viability is the flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.

After this point, chances increase greatly each day, and by 27 weeks gestation, >90% of babies survive.

Of course, for a baby with gastroschisis, I’m not sure how much of this applies. It could be the same (Turtle’s weight is still perfectly on course as far as I know), or it could be vastly different. Hopefully we won’t ever need to find out, though my fear of going into early labor remains ever on my mind.

Today is a big day because it feels like the real possibility of having a living child is within our reach, or at least closer than it has ever been before. And with each passing day, it gets closer, and closer, and closer. Soon we will be able to grasp it and that will be incredibly surreal.

I look around at my quiet Saturday afternoon house. Cat crunching on his food in the kitchen. A kettle on the stove. Husband shuffling around laundry upstairs as he prepares to paint the baby’s room. Our baby’s room. The room in which our baby will sleep one day. Our baby. Sleep. Room. Baby. Wow.


5 Responses to “Flicker of light”

  1. Courtney February 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Wow is right! Congrats on making it to this HUGE milestone! This is a big one, and one to be celebrated!

    YOUR baby is coming home! What a terrific feeling!!!

  2. Theresa February 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Hey I hear you. I totally celebrated viability too! And I felt similarly about it feeling more like they will actually come home with us. Congrats!!

  3. Nonsequiturchica February 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Yay for viability!! Congrats on making it to that huge milestone! Keep cooking Turtle.

  4. Amanda @ readingeachpage.blogspot.com February 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Woo-hoo! Hitting 24 weeks is awesome. Keep up the good work, Turtle!

  5. JustMe February 25, 2013 at 5:09 am #

    I love how you describe the circle quiet circle of contented waiting in your home. Congrats on the milestone 🙂

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