Saturday, August 22, 2009

32 weeks!!!!!

today is bittersweet. we are so happy to have made it this far and to have healthy babies. we finally had the ultrasound on friday and found out that our babies are huge. it is official!! Addison is 3lbs. 13 ou., Kate is 3 lbs. 15 ou., and Jack is 4lbs. 7 ou.!! Can we say chunkies??? i was so excited when they told me!! now if only the doctors would be straight and get on the same page!! i can barely walk but will push through this! i really do look to them to set a date soon. in fact, i asked for it on thursday. i need a goal as this day by day thing is just not for my personality!! i have gone through and continue to experience the weepies for no reason and then an hour later, i am laughing!! there is no rhyme or reason for it!! i am eating well though!! i will miss all these calories but part of me is ready for some home cooking and no more restaurants!! so that is the happy part.
the sad part is that one of my friends throughout this pregnancy is experiencing pure hell right now. she was a week ahead of me and we began emailing around 18 weeks when i first went on bedrest. she was also on bedrest. we have so much in common! she was having 2 girls and a boy also! she developed an infection early on and her membranes ruptured. she ended up having her babies at 25 weeks and 5 days. they have been progressing well though and were all doing so well!! that is until yesterday when she learned that one of her little girls has a bacterial infection in her bowels and will not survive. her bowels are dead and cannot be saved. i am sick just thinking about how she is handling this and watching this weekend as her little girl goes to heaven. please pray for her and her husband and family as they go through what has to be one of the most unfair and hellish experiences on earth. her name is brooke, her husband is joe and their little angel is Annaleigh.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

31 weeks and counting

sorry it has been so long since I posted! the last couple of weeks have been extremely hard around here! I am becoming very homesick and have been using all my energy to stay focused on the three little reasons why I am here! last week brian decided that he would stay over every night to keep me company and in case anything happened. i know this is hard on him but it has been great to have him here with me! we are started to get really excited about the babies and talk often about who looks like who and who has who's profile. it has been wonderful!

the babies are going to be weighed and measured today...woohoo!! i never thought i would get to this point! we have had a few scares with decreased movement and low fluid levels but those things have taken care of themselves somehow and we are still here!! i did start having contractions, more pressure than pain, and my uterus is just mad at the world so they are giving me medicine to calm that a little so it doesn't effect the babies. i got an IV on monday so that has to be a good sign! i am swelling a lot in my hands, feet and face which they tell me is to be expected but it is not exactly glamorous!! haha

the docs say that they will not let me go past 34 weeks which would schedule me for September 4 but they seem to think it will be before then. i made a deal with brian that we would get to 32 weeks which is saturday but after that all bets are off!! i think about daily how blessed we have been to be in the position we are now. we came in at 21 weeks, 4 days in a critical position where we truly could have lost all three babies. the docs now tell me that they were really worried about us getting to 24 weeks/viability at that point. and yet now, we are at 100 percent survival and less than 2 percent chance of long term problems. the lord works in mysterious ways for sure. i beleive that that is one reason for me having been here, to realize and strengthen my beliefs and understand better my beliefs. i think we all at some point take things for granted and every now and then are given opportunities to wake up! in my profession, we always say that jesus is found in jail/prison, but after this experience, i have to say that i think if you want to find him, go to the antepartum floor of a women's hospital!!

i have met so may wonderful people here!! i am taking picuteres of all my nurses and will post later. they have been what got me through some of the worst bad days in my stay here!! they are truly wonderful people who care about what they do every day even when they are tired! they are an inspiration! i tell them that they are my babysitting pool!! haha

i will post later after i have the weights on the babies!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

weekend of 29 weeks

so this weekend we made 29 weeks!! see the photo to the big can this thing get??? haha
the doctors are excited and now pushing for 30. i think they are trying to keep my spirits up which is really nice. this are not exactly comfortable but i know well worth it in the end!!
this weekend was the best ever!! brian came over friday and the spoiling began!! he got me breakfast, lunch and dinner and waited on me every minute! the surprise of the weekend came on saturday. brian had brought a projector with him. he then went and bought a hilarious movie and two kinds of popcorn, cheddar and caramal...yummy!! then he hung up a screen in my room and we had movie night. it was the best ever!! i laughed harder than i have since being here. for those couple of hours, it was just us, no nurses, no tests, just us! i loved it! i forgot i was even at the hospital. i thought this was the sweetest, most thoughtful thing that brian could have ever done for me!! he has truly been the best husband through all of this!! he always knows how to make things better!! he knew how uncomfortable i have been and he has done everything this weekend to make it better! i forget the discomforts when he is around!!
the babies are doing well. jack has the arhythmia in his heart beats but the doctor has tested the structure of his heart and all is normal so he says it is nothing to worry about. he has diagnosed it as preterm atrial arhythmia and says it is common. they will watch it and monitor it closely though!! Addi and Kate are bouncing along. all of them play a lot these days and love to roll and kick me!! one of them pokes their little butt up and you can see it sticking out the top of my tummy!! it is amazing that they can do this at their size and being breech!!
the nurses here have also made me so comfortable. they come and talk to me all of the time and always try to make me happy! they are amazing and we are blessed to be in such a good place!
i am going to try to post photos but i am not a computer pro so let's see if it works!!

these show brian's handy work setting up the projector and screen...the room is messy!!

this is what it looked like during the movie...almost as good as the big screen!!