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An Urgent Baby Update

Hi everyone - Lindsay and Bjork asked that this note be shared with our Skillful Cook community here on the blog. If you'd like to follow more updates, you can follow Lindsay on her personal Instagram account here. Thanks to all of you who have already sent so many thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement - know that it means so much to Lindsay and Bjork. ♡ - Jenna


I took this quick bump selfie in the doctor's office yesterday literally 15 minutes before our lives came crashing in on us. I went in for a check-up, thinking I'd be home in an hour, and ended up getting admitted on the spot for having a 4cm dilation on my cervix with my water bag threatening to break through at just 23 weeks.

Bjork and I are here in the high risk neonatal unit and we will stay here with me being on strict bedrest until baby arrives, which is not supposed to be till the end of April, but with these new developments, could happen anytime. We had already chosen this hospital to deliver at, knowing it would be a great place to be in case “anything went wrong” - but you just say that stuff, right? It's not actually supposed to happen to you. Even though we are in the best possible place for preemies, as of 12am this morning, our tiny guy is still only 23w2d old, and the baseline for viability is 25 weeks.

In other words: if I deliver within the next few days, his chances of surviving at all, much less without major lifetime health complications, are extremely low.

We are aware of the percentages and hard possibilities and grieving them. We are also SO HOPEFUL for our son's life and boldly and confidently praying for just a little more miracle time in that belly. Every single hour feels like it makes a difference for his survival at this point. A little more lung development, a little more time for his eyes, his skin... all of it has suddenly become so critically tied to the clock. We are asking for prayers and support especially in the next critical 24-48 hours - that everything with my body would stay calm and he'd stay tucked in right here with his mommy. 💙 just you and me, right here, as long as it takes, BB.

This is not how we want to be experiencing pregnancy and birth and newborn life, and it's jarring and hard. We're letting go of what now seems like such a dream for a “normal” pregnancy and a “normal” baby and embracing what's happening right here in front of us. But forward is the only way. 💪🏼 So one day, one hour, one minute at a time. We love you baby boy! Hang in there peanut.

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    Praying right now and every minute for all three of you!!!! Hang in there! Sending good vibes and hoping with you. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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    Stay strong!!! My cousin had a very small premie and he is doing amazing at a year and a half – whatever happens you are in great hands!! Sending good vibes and lots of prayers!!

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    I’m praying for you and baby. The same scenario happened a couple of years ago with my twin sister. I pray he stays safe inside for as long as possible.

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    PRAYING for you three!!!

    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,”

    “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

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    Good thoughts for you both and baby! Having done bedrest, it’s no picnic but does give positive outcomes for many moms I know.

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    Sending you and your little bubs good wishes and prayers for weeks and weeks more in bed while he grows and develops. xxx

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    Oh Lindsay! It’s been just an hour or so ago I checked your blog, read your previous post and was so excited for you making plans for the time after your baby boy’s birth already. Opening my Bloglovin’ feed to this new post I’m sending you all the best wishes and will be keeping my fingers crossed tightly for you, Bjork and your little one!

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    Praying for you Bjork and the your baby <3 sending love and good vibes to all of you

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    As a mother of 3, I can’t even imagine the fear that you must be feeling. I am praying that your little guy is able to stay put for as long as possible. If he comes early and with challenges, he is very blessed to have two strong, supportive, loving parents to help him thrive and grow. I will be thinking and praying several times a day for your little family. Many, many little miracles are born early, try to stay positive and focus on your baby and yourself.

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    Keep your heads up and your hearts strong. Al over the world our hearts and thoughts are with you. No matter what happens, you will get through this!

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    My fingers are crossed very tightly. Wishing you guys all the best and hoping that this baby will come out safe and sound !! xx

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    Praying for all three of you! May you feel an immense peace in the midst of such uncertainty. Know how loved you are!!

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    Praying for God’s protection of your son and for many more weeks inside of you.

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    I am sending all the love and prayer imaginable at this sensitive time. While I know this cannot be easy just remember to be strong for that precious baby boy and know that he is already a fighter. I am sending this out to the universe and praying for that little peanut.

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    I’m a long time reader/cooker of your recipes, but first time poster. I just want you to know that I am holding you and your family in my thoughts, and am saying a prayer for that babe to put!