When I started out on bedrest, 8 weeks ago, this date seemed like it was an eternity away. I remember lying in the hospital bed that first night and being freaked out by Dr.Sunshine. He had painted such a bleak and dreary picture of my situation that I lost perspective. I temporarily lost hope - not a fun place to be.
As I look back, I know now that he was a resident in training and was just trying to present the facts. I'm sure docs in training are taught all about not creating a sense of "false hope" in their patients; but if you are presenting the facts, you can't just leave out the positive. You need to present both sides (for instance: there are thousands of women who go on bedrest early in their pregnancy and deliver full-term, healthy babies, or the cervix can in fact stay shortened, dialated, or effaced for weeks and months without sending a woman into active labor, etc).
So, I have officially made it to my second goal, however, I would like to emphasize the fact that I am not stopping here - I am in pursuit of my third and fourth goals (32 and 36 weeks). Now that I have made it this far, it is just another day that I am crossing off the calendar. It doesn't seem nearly as significant as I thought it would. The significance I have discovered has been in the perspective I have gained. This perspective includes hope, love, peace, faith, and gratitude. These are the (positive) things that have gotten me this far and will enable me to make it further. I pray that I will continue to maintain this perspective far beyond my delivery day. I want to live life each day full of hope, love, peace, faith, and gratitude.