Today we met with the maternal fetal medicine doctor for the second time since checking in at St. David's - North Austin. She measured the amount of amniotic fluid in the womb and confirmed that Julia was continuing to retain some of the fluid (that's good). We had crossed our first milestone of making it through the first 48 hours without developing an infection. Our next milestone is to keep Braden in the womb to week 24 - next Friday. This next week is a critical time in which Braden's lungs go through an important developmental stage which will give him a better chance outside. We're ultimately working to get beyond 28 weeks, which studies have shown gives the baby a much better prospect at survival and long-term health. We are still in an incredibly vulnerable position, but the longer we're here, the better the prognosis gets. We truly believe that your prayers are helping all 3 of us, so keep them coming.
As we move through this challenge, we'll continue to provide updates here regularly.