My good friend Nicola is expecting her third child. She's already expecting her body to go through many changes. She's already expecting to sleep in 2-hour increments when the baby arrives. But what she wasn't expecting was for her water to break. Early. She was only 29 weeks and 2 days along when she was admitted to the hospital. Things didn't look optimistic, but she hoped and prayed. Her family hoped and prayed. Her friends hoped and prayed.

Today, Nicola reached 34 weeks. Not too bad for beating the odds (her doctor said 85% of patients whose water breaks early deliver within one week.)

We're still praying for you, Nicola...