Sunday, February 28, 2010

We are in Philly

Jacob has always been so active and full of energy, kicking away all of the time. There has not been a dull moment in this pregnancy and the journey to Philly to save his life was no different. Jacob will hear many stories about his entrance to this world including us driving through a blizzard to get him there.

We left Friday 2/26 knowing there was a major storm in the North East but we hoped we would be behind the storm and would have a clear path. We only made it 2 and a half hours into the trip before hitting the mountains of WV and running into the snow. The mountains had a blizzard warning and the closer we got to Morgantown the worse the roads were and the more snow we had. There were strong wind gusts as well which made it even harder to drive. Cars were wrecking all over the place. Andy saw one truck that had hit the wires in the center of the highway and was trying to get back on the road while dragging its side on the ground beside him. The roads were very slick and the next Interstate we were supposed to take was shut down due to a 30 car pile up. We couldn't go any further so stayed the night in Fairmont. Once we were there the snow started really coming down and didn't stop all night.

The next day we were grateful that the interstate looked clear but once we got to I-68 it was another story. It looked like it was never plowed. Cars were in ditches and the road was completely covered. It was an hour of driving 40mph and praying we wouldnt have to use our brakes because we did not want to end up in the ditch like so many others. Thank God once we crossed into Maryland the roads were much better and we actually got to see the sun for the rest of the trip.

So Aidan and I are now at my sister's house right outside of the city. I feel better knowing that if I go into labor I will be close to the hospital but it was so hard to say goodbye to my husband this morning. He took a plane home so we could keep the car. He will come back when I am scheduled to have my c-section (I should find out on Tues.).

I of course am full of emotions. I miss my husband and am so sad for my son who misses his daddy but I know its only temporary. I am also afraid because this begins our difficult journey to save Jacob. I wish we could all be together but it is important that my husband saves his time off for when Jacob has his surgery. As hard as the next few months/years will be I also know that it will all be worth it to have Jacob with us. I pray his surgery goes well and we are all home together sooner rather than later. I wish Jacob didn't have to endure this but I also am excited to finally meet the little boy that has been kicking me all these months.

I will update on Tuesday after my next appt. at C.H.O.P. Until then thank you always for all of the thoughts and prayers for baby Jacob.

Jacob, I can't wait to meet you. Keep getting big and strong. We love you so very much.
Love, Mommy


  1. What a trip! You bring me to tears, when I hear of the sadness of being away from your husband and son, thankfully, it is only temporary! It is so nice that you have family near CHOP! I will pray for a very smooth journey for You, your family, and Baby Jacob!
    Heart hugs!!! Joy and Jilly

  2. Thank you Joy. You know all to well how hard it is to be away from home. I admire you for all you have done for Jilly. Andy and I are never apart from each other so it is very difficult. This will be the longest my husband and I have been apart in over 10 years! Aidan is with me for now. Andy will be back in a few weeks when Jacob is born. He will get to stay a few weeks before heading home with Aidan. I just keep telling myself this is only temporary and we will ALL be together soon!
    Heart Hugs!

  3. I'm so glad you all made it safely! What a trip!

    Praying for you all as you are separated while you wait for little Jacob's big debut. I'm sure it's difficult, but it will be worth it so Andy can be with you during Jacob's surgery and recovery (but I know that doesn't make it easier right now!).

    Reading your posts takes me back to almost a year ago as we waited to meet Derrick. I was terrified for him to be born because everything was so unknown, but I just couldn't wait to meet him at the same time. You'll be on the ride of your life...lots of bumps, twists and turns...but oh, what an amazing ride! I can't wait to read the news that Jacob is safely here and see pictures of his precious little face!

    Take care, rest up, and we'll be praying!

    Big heart hugs and prayers,