While we’ve been quiet the past few weeks, our lives have been anything but. From preparing our butterfly garden for the year ahead and setting up a woodshop, to making and implementing plans for the delivery of our son, Simon, and the months that follow—we have been busy.

We had hoped to organize a small cleanup effort and barbeque this month, but in the face of postponing it for the second time we realized we were overextending ourselves. After some discussion we decided it would be best to revisit the idea after Simon arrives and we’ve settled into our lives as a family.

It turned out to be good that we had canceled our plans as we found out Saturday morning that Simon would be arriving early. What started as confused concern escalated to asking the OB for advice and visiting the hospital where it was confirmed—Rebecca’s water had broken at 32.3 weeks into the pregnancy. We would be at the hospital until Simon’s arrival, which could be any time—but longer is better.

We were moved to a room in Labor & Delivery and a cluster of instruments were connected to monitor mother and son, antibiotics, steroids, and fluids were administered, and we wrestled with what all of this meant. As we met with nurses and doctors, we pieced together a picture of the risks and goals that were ahead of us.

There are a great many risks, but it seems that we’re in a good place to mitigate the worst of them. It’s been four days, and no onset of labor. As of this morning we’re at 33 weeks, a great milestone. Neither mother or son have shown any signs of distress or complications at this point and as long as that continues, we will try to make it to 34 weeks before delivery— because the safest place for him to develop is in the womb.

Some of you may be receiving invitations to our baby shower on June 6th, I think it goes without saying that those plans are in flux as we prepare to deal with the road being laid out before us. We appreciate all the love and support our friends and family have shown us during these times. And we’re grateful for the nurses and doctors who are guiding us through this experience. We love you all and we’ll keep you updated.