On April 18th 2022 I had my 20 week anatomy scan for my pregnancy. During that ultrasound they discovered I had a short cervix; more than half as short as it should have been at that point. So I was scheduled for a follow up ultrasound on April 29th 2022 to see if it was continuing to shorten. In that week and a half it went from 15mm to just 3mm and I was already 1cm dilated. I was immediately sent to the hospital to have a cervical stitch placed. My doctor said that operation went as well as they could have hoped for. The end result closing my cervix back up and giving me about 1 cm cervical length. Chance and I were told at the most it would give me maybe 6 weeks. We had already done research and discovered the NICU in Montana was only ready for babies born at 32 weeks or more. At that point we knew we had to get me back to Tacoma where we knew there were better odds. On May 7th 2022 I came back to Tacoma WA to have my baby near Tacoma General so my son would be born near a NICU that was better trained to handle a premature baby. That was truly the right decision because I went to the ER on May 9th 2022 because something felt weird.I immediately texted Chance to tell him our son was coming because he was still in Montana. He made the decision to get on a motorcycle and get to us as fast as he could. I was admitted that day at 6cm dilated. I delivered my son, Niko, on May 10th 2022 at 10:50 AM by C-section. He weighed only 1lb 11oz. We know his stay in the NICU is going to be a lengthy one. And we came here with no place to live. The majority of our belongings remain at our home in Montana and so do both of our dogs. We are asking for any help you can give to us to put towards hospital bills as they come in as well as general living expenses for Chance and I during our time in Tacoma. I will continue to update this as information comes. We appreciate everything. Thank you.
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