We are at the halfway point with carrying our little boy. If you’re not familiar with our pregnancy journey, here is a little bit of a summary:
5 years ago we found out that having a baby would be an issue for us. We had one loss at 9 weeks pregnant and another at 16 weeks and 4 days with our angel baby, Matthias, before this current pregnancy with our baby boy Rowan. This pregnancy has not been without issue. At 15 weeks, I was informed that my cervix had shortened and an emergency cerclage was needed to keep him baking. We have no clue how the cerclage will work for us but with bed rest and faith, so far so good.
Why the name Rowan Jonas?
Rowan is a Gaelic name for a tree with red berries or “little red-head.” My husband has red hair and I naturally have a dark auburn color to my hair so we’re kind of banking on that red hair, lol. More importantly, more than 2 years ago, Josh lost his beloved mentor, Pastor and grandfather whose favorite color was red. We wanted that strong tribute to him and it worked out so well.
The name Jonas was also pretty special to me. When I was 15, I lost my brother, Jason, to gun violence. I wanted to honor him without straight up using his name so, we rearranged the letters to form the name Jonas.
How is baby Rowan doing?
Other than my obvious difficulties, baby is growing just perfectly. He is on track and is progressing in leaps and bounds. He’s moving constantly and he loves listening to his daddy talk to him. There are no words to explain how in love we are already. It’s hard to believe that in 4 short weeks we will reach viability. It will be a small sigh of relief to know that there is a possibility he would be able to survive at that point but of course we would love to make it full-term for a healthy baby.
Now, we pray and we wait. We’re not planning a baby shower or buying any baby items until we reach weeks 24-26 just to be a bit cautious. As time goes on, I feel more and more confident in my boy and the efforts we’re taking to assure Rowan’s safe arrival.
We are so looking forward to hearing that little cry and kissing his little face.