Tuesday, September 27, 2011

28 weeks and 3 days!

Yesterday we went to the doctor and had a great appointment.  

Everything is looking great!  Which is so encouraging.  The doctor still has me on bed rest but it has been changed to modified bed rest.  So I can sit up some and fix myself something to eat.  I can even leave the house on occasion!  Also long as I'm only gone for a really short period of time. 

I feel like a free woman!

It's the little things, I tell ya.

I can not thank everyone enough for their prayers.  It was a  little scary there for a couple of weeks.  I was definitely not prepared to welcome two little boys into the world that early!  

I will be 29 weeks on Friday - and I am so incredibly thankful that they are hanging in there.  Each day means more and more development.  The doctor told us yesterday that he was confident that I could carry to full term [36 weeks] now with the way things are looking!

Thank you, Jesus!

We had an ultrasound yesterday and as usual, Baby A was uncooperative while Baby B wanted the camera all to himself!  The whole time they were looking at Baby A, he was curled into a little ball.  And Baby B kept kicking and punching - just trying to get on the screen.  It was pretty funny :)

Because Baby A was curled into a ball we never got any pictures of his face.  I mean, none.  They couldn't even measure what they were trying to measure because he wouldn't roll over.  I offered to do a headstand or some jumping jacks.  But we finally had to give up on getting a good picture of his face.  Maybe next time!  I'll be back in 3 weeks - so hopefully he'll cooperate then!

Baby B, on the other hand, was more than willing to give us some action.  

Here's a picture they sent us home with:

It's so crazy to me.  I just kept staring at it.  Telling the lady....he's like a real human.  Oh my gosh.  Like really.  A human.  

I think she finally started to get freaked out a little.  
She was probably thinking..."Umm, ma'am, what were you expecting?  A kangaroo?"

But seriously, I am just in awe.  

Of the God we serve.  Who can knit something, err...I mean a human....I mean two humans so perfectly in my womb.  That He, the God that created this universe, knew my two boys before they were ever created.  That He formed them in my womb and knows their hearts already.

It is my prayer that these two, amazing boys will have hearts that beat for Jesus.  That they would come to know Him early in life and live their lives sold out for Him and only Him.  

We are so blessed and in awe of the amazing God we serve.

 "For you created my inmost being;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well.
 My frame was not hidden from you
   when I was made in the secret place,
   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book
   before one of them came to be."

--Psalm 139:13-16

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hospital Trip One.

Okay, about a little update :)
I've been MIA for a while and I wish that I had a better excuse!  Being sick for so long put me a little behind on lots of to-do items.  So, I've been spending my free time trying to get caught up.

Well, that is until last Tuesday.
I wanted to blog about this so I can remember all this down the road!  All the details are starting to run together and it's not even been a week!

I started having contractions Friday before last but didn't really get too worked up because I had heard about so many people having Braxton Hicks contractions throughout their pregnancy.

Jordan and I went with Heather, Christopher and Baby Hamilton out of town for Labor Day weekend.  While we were there, I continued having contractions.  I didn't really get too worried about anything until Sunday night when they seemed more frequent.  But then, on Monday, they calmed down again.

On Tuesday, at work, they started up again and seemed more regular.  I started timing them and they were every 25-30 minutes.  

When I left work Tuesday afternoon, I called my OB office just to make sure I didn't need to be doing anything.  The triage nurse suggested that I head to the hospital if I had more than four in the next hour.  Well, I was on my way to my dentist office for my six month check up so I went on to the dentist - and explained that I would probably need a quick cleaning - but they sent me on my way.  They quickly offered to reschedule my appointment :) 

So, I went and picked up Jordan and we ended up here:

They sent me straight up to the Labor and Delivery floor and started monitoring the babies' heartbeats and my contractions.  

Which, of course, we had to document for the blog :)

There are three different strips on me in this picture to monitor Baby A, Baby B and contractions.  But, Baby A was so low you can hardly see the band.  He was sitting on my right hip bone!

After monitoring me for a while, they told me that I was having more than just Braxton Hicks contractions.  They were actually very regular which was worrying them.  So, they gave me two shots of terbutaline to stop the contractions.  And they gave me the first steroid shot to develop the babies' lungs.

The next morning they let me leave the hospital and put me on strict bed rest.  They told me I could only get up to use the bathroom, take a shower and eat supper.  And that I had to lay on my side, completely flat.  They also told me that I had to come back on Wednesday night at 11:30 p.m. to get the second steroid shot in the butt :)

My new friend, Joyce, rolled me out to head home on Wednesday morning.

There's been a little bit of action since then - I'll have to post those details tomorrow.

But - for the most part, I've been laying in the bed and on the couch!