Sunday, April 25, 2010

Home Sweet Home

I'm exhausted but I wanted to update that we were released from the hospital. I'm on bedrest but they have stopped all my medicine so I don't know when labor will start back or if it even will. I'm just so happy to be home and getting a little bit of rest. I have to go back to the doctor twice a week now. They are going to be doing a regular type visit on Mondays and then a NST appointment on Thursday. I'll really be interested to see how much longer these babies stay put. Continue to keep us in your prayers. I'm going to get some much needed rest. I know these are going to be a long couple of weeks.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hospital Update

So I've been wanting to update but where in the world does time go when you in the hospital and all you have is time. I have no idea but it is certainly impossible. So here's the happening since Wednesday. I had a fairly uneventful day and finished doing my 24 hour urine. I didn't have lots of contractions so they went ahead and took me off the monitor Wednesday night so I could get some sleep. The plan was if everything went ok with the urine I'd be able to go home sometime on Thursday but on bedrest. Well, they took my urine up about 10:30pm Wednesday night and said it would be sometime before I got it back . About 3 or so when my nurse came in I asked her if the results were back, she said yes and that they were high. Now so much has happened since then I can't remember what the results even were. So I went back to sleep having a pretty good feeling we might not be going home on Thursday. Little did I know chaos was going to ensue.

About 7 am when our nurses changed my new nurse came in to do vitals and I went ahead and got up to use the bathroom. Well I mentioned to her I was having some contractions but was still kind of punch drunk from the ambien they had given me. She decided to go ahead and hook me up to the monitor. Turns out my contractions were labor and they were coming every 2-3 minutes. She paged the doctor and stayed by my side almost constantly until the doctor got there. This continued to be complete chaos for the next little bit. They started pumping me with fluids, ampicilian(sp but its an antibiotic), procardia, and morphine. They were doing everything in their power to stop it. Of course they checked me and I was about 1 cm and 80% effaced. They also did a u/s to check baby positions. Things were moving so fast that I thought maybe we were defiantly in for babies. After about 1 1/2 hours things started to slow down some and I think everyone started to breath a little easier. My doctor hung and nurse both stayed really close for the next few hours. Everything calmed down until about 2pm and then things started flaring up again. They got things under control again and started giving me the procardia every 6 hours. Thursday afternoon and night ensued with very little drama. Yesterday also stayed pretty drama free until about 9 pm last night when things kicked back up again. They gave me my procardia and a ambien last night and things slowed down again. I got some really good sleep last night.

This morning my hubby and I got up and I ventured to the cafeteria for some breakfast. My doctor let us know she was going to take us off the procardia today because she was afraid it was masking the pre-eclampsia. So far its been a little less than 8 hours and things haven't gotten out of hand again yet. She said sometime it just takes that little bit to turn off the switch and then your fine for another week or so. She did say if she went to Vegas tomorrow she wouldn't put a penny on us making it much past 37 weeks. I think without the procardia we'll be lucky to make it to 35 weeks but I guess we'll see. We also had another u/s today and they did the kiddos bio-physical profiles. Both babies are head down and then plain for now is to try and labor and just see how things go. Baby A has her head so far down they had to lay be back with my feet up in the air to even see her whole head. She weighs 5 lbs 2 oz. Baby B has his head right by her chest, lined up ready to make her entrance as soon as she does. He weights 5 lbs 3 oz. The u/s tech did say that to her they actually look a tiny bit bigger than that. So that makes mommy pretty happy. Bio-physical profiles looks at several things, including if they are practicing breathing, muscle tone, movement and the fluid around the babies. Both babies scored 8 out of 8 which is GREAT!! She also checked both their cords and placentas and both of those looked great. So their u/s looked phenomenal, which is such a relief.

The doctor came in late this afternoon and said if my contractions could keep quite for about 24 hours they might look at sending me home tomorrow afternoon. She said that was a huge might and she wouldn't put her 401k on it but just hearing it was a possibility was nice. My amazingly dedicated husband has been here almost non-stop so I know he'd like to get home and get some rest in his own bed. And it certainly would bother me at all either. So that's most of the updates for now. Its dinner time so I'm gonna feed these babies. As soon as I get another free minute I will update again. Please continue to pray for our entire family, mom, dad and babies.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Drama Mama

So I don't even know where to start. I had been feeling like things were kind of changing but wasn't really for sure. I definitively new my contractions were changing. To this point they had been pretty sporadic and mostly confined to afternoon hours. In about the last week I was getting them all the time and it wasn't just late afternoon. I had an extremely busy weekend including a CPR class, getting the car seats inspected and taking a NICU tour. We also finished up most stuff in the nursery. So yesterday i went off to my normal appointment and was so excited to just get to see the babies. We waited forever but finally got to see the babies. They are getting so big that its hard to really see anything. They both measured 4 lbs 11 oz. So they are getting ever so close to the 5 pound mark. But here's where then appointment starts going down hill. The doctor notices my b/p was still high, 148/91 and there was some protein in my urine. Also with my description in change of contractions he decided to check my cervix, do a fetal fibronectin and also do a NST. He also decided that all that coupled together he felt like we should go ahead and take some steroid shots for their lungs, just as a precaution. My cervix wasn't dilated but it was 60% effaced, which we still haven't gotten much about what this means in terms of possibly going into labor.The NST came back ok and in the office they were picking up a ton of contractions. So they let me go home until after they could get the fetal fibronectin test back.

Test results returned about 5:30 yesterday and I didn't make it to the phone but the doctor was dead set on getting me a hold of me so he left me his cell phone number. At this point I knew it must have bene pretty serious. So when I called him back he informed me my fetal fibronection test was positive. Which basically in a nut shell means that I have a good chance of going into labor over the next two weeks. So with contractions, bp and the positive he decided it would be the best idea to go ahead and admit us to the hospital for monitoring. So about 7 pm last night we got checked in the hospital. When I got here my bp was 163/91. They gave me two pills to try and stop contractions. By the time I had gotten here I was having around 8-10 an hour. At least I wasn't dreaming it up. So here we are hanging out in the hospital. Will probably be here through at least tomorrow but we'll see. Its all in God's hands. The steroids will take full effect on the babies lungs Thursday so I'm hoping things will hold off until then at least. I will be sure to keep everyone updated but please keep us in your prayers at it looks like we'll probably be meeting these little munchkin's sooner rather than later.

Monday, April 19, 2010

CPR & NICU Tour

Last Friday my hubby convinced me to come in to work in order to attend CPR training. Of course being in the medical field he's pretty knowledgeable and just needed to be re-certified. I had been certified but it had been years so I needed a refresher. I agreed with the agreement that our instructor wouldn't make me over do it. She was great with me and in the end I was soooo happy I ended up doing it. While I don't know how well I could keep my cool if something happened to the babies I know I'm a little more prepared if it does.

That afternoon we had scheduled a tour of the NICU at our local hospital. Of course we hope we don't have to use it and our babies can go to the regular nursery but I wanted to be prepared for what would be in store just in case. It was so sad and I'm not gonna lie I cried. But I felt so much more prepared once I left. I think had the first time I walked in there been when my babies were in there I would have been a total basket case. So it was good that we decided to go ahead of time. But let's just keep our fingers crossed that Landry and Finley make it long enough that they don't have to spend anytime there.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Doctor's Appointment - 32 weeks, 3 days

I went to the doctor today for my normal weekly appointment. Never mind the fact that I have been battling a massive cold that has left me feeling miserable. I think I barely got out of bed yesterday, so I was relieved to be going to the doctor today. I told him I was afraid the babies would come and they wouldn't let me in to see them so he loaded me up on some anti-bodics. It was pretty much just a routine visit. My blood pressure was 140/83 which wasn't bad however the protein in my urine was a little more this week so they decided to go ahead and do blood work. I think he also just wanted to take precaution and check my blood count since I was battling this cold. He asked if I was feeling a lot of movement out of the munchkins, which I am. However, it has slowed down a lot this week. He said that was normal that they were just running out of room. We talked about delivery and he said next week we would schedule my c-section. He said tentatively it would be sometime around mid May. I asked him if he thought I would make it that long and he quickly responded back 'no.' So I told him my goal was first week in May and asked him if he thought I would make it there and he shrugged his shoulders and said its hit or miss. So this afternoon I've gotten the babies bag packed and am working on mine, just in case. I still seem to feel like I'll make it for a few more weeks but we'll see. Next week I'll have another growth scan so I think I will be able to rest a little more at ease after that.

Pray for my goal of the first week in May!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pregnancy - Week 31

I can barely contain myself, doing my week 31 post means that. . . . yes, you guessed it I'll be 32 weeks tomorrow!!! What a big sigh of relief. My doctor's have said at this point they won't stop labor which is kind of scary!! My ultimate goal is 36 weeks, which would be the first weekend in May. 4 more weeks doesn't seem to terribly impossible.

How far along: 31 Weeks 6 days
Total weight gain/loss: 47lbs.
Maternity clothes: By staying at home I'm staying in comfy pj's a lot more, however I've had to upgrade to my hubby's t-shirts! Somedays staying in my pj's all day makes me feel like such a slob so I guess dressed for no reason.
Stretch marks: Yes, ugh :-( I have them on the lower part of my belly. I'm not thrilled about them but I'm starting to accept that its just part of carrying two healthy babies.
Sleeping: What's sleep? Seriously, I wouldn't consider what I do now sleep. I more or less nap now at night. Sleep is getting to the point of being impossible. Either I have to pee, am thirsty, uncomfortable, the list goes on. My doctor suggested Tylenol pm, so I caved and took some the other night, didn't even phase me!!! GRR
Best moment last week: Knowing that 32 weeks has finally arrived and I can breath a little easier now.
Symptoms: Lack of energy, contractions, aches and pains, loads of trips to the bathroom, lack of sleep, acid reflux. I could really go on for days.
Food cravings: I'm still loving any type of orange drink but am still mainly sticking to Koolade. I also have a love for ice now. I feel like I need to drink ice in everything even if it is straight out of the fridge.
Food aversions: Nothing
I miss: being able to do things for myself. It seems like more and more I'm becoming dependent on Dalyn.
What I am looking forward to: Getting to see the babies again. At this point I look forward to each changing week. Every week that I get closer to 36 weeks makes me so happy.
Body Changes: What about my body hasn't changed. So many people tell me that I look like nothing about my body has changed but that I just have a belly. I on the other hand feel like everything is changing. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror the other day and I almost didn't recognize myself.
Other Thoughts: In the past few weeks I've really been so over being pregnant. I've just wanted these little munchkins here. This week I feel a little more at peace with being pregnant just a little while longer. Maybe its because I haven't been miserable this week or maybe its just because I know 4 more weeks should put them here healthy and possibly ready to come straight home with me. In other thoughts, most of my books say the babies movements will be slowing down this week. Someone forgot to give my babies the message. Yesterday they were so busy that by the afternoon I was sore from where they had been kicking on me all day. My doctor and I discussed delivery this week and I think I've settled on a c-section. I know it comes with its owns risk but it just seemed like the less risky thing for both me and my babies. I'm completely at peace with my decision so that makes me feel like it was probably the right one. Everyone say a little prayer for me and the babies and making it 4 more weeks at least!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Gift Box Help

Okay, so I may be shooting myself in the foot here but I don't know how often my hubby gets a chance to read our blog, so I'm hoping not anytime soon after I post this. I am in the process of making up a little gift box for my wonderful husband for the hospital. He's been such an amazing support through all this and I could not have made it this far without him. I also think that I've been then one who's been showered with all the love and attention so I just want him to feel a little of that because this is a very special time for him too. So far I have a card and a book that he really wanted. I want to get a couple of other small little things but I'm stuck. Does anyone out there have any suggestions for me on other things I could add?? I was thinking maybe a daddy of twins t-shirt?? Suggestions, please!!! I want to get it together in the next week or so just in case.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fool's Baby

So normally I would love to play some type of April Fool's joke on someone but this year apparently my little man decided the joke was on us! I had my doctor's appointment this morning and I was so nervous because I really wanted him to have grown so they would stop the talk about taking them early. I don't think I've been that nervous since our first ultrasound. Turns out my little Landry was playing a mean joke on mommy and daddy. Today he weighed 3 lbs 6 oz!! So apparently he thought keeping mommy and daddy all upset until April Fool's Day would be a good joke to play. We are so happy and relived!! God truly does have his hand on these little babies. Now I just need him to put his hand on mommy and get her through the next 5 weeks. My doctor asked me today how I was doing and I lost it. I said 'I'm done" and her response was simply 'no, no your not. It's a mind of matter game at this point so don't let it get the best of you.' Easy for her to say she's not carrying around 7 lbs of baby being asked to do it while they continue to get bigger over the next 5 weeks. In all reality I know I was just having a weak moment. I know I can do anything in order to get those little ones here plump and healthy. So back to my stats from the appointment.

* Weight 160.3 I haven't gained any weight in the last two weeks but the doctor says its most likely because I've been home, not expending tons of energy so not taking in tons of calories. She said just as long as the babies are gaining they aren't worried.
* BP - 140/90 - Yes they are somewhat worried. By the time I left she said it was 138/83. She said we'd start keeping a really close eye on it.
* Finley's HB - 143 Landry's HB - 148
* Both weigh right at 3lbs 6 oz. Landry was actually the bigger one today.
* They are both head down today. The way they are laying they are actually spooning!! Cute little snuggle bunnies.
* I got to see that they both have a ton of hair. It isn't very long but they have lots of it. In my case I guess the old wives tale of if you have lots of heartburn your babies will have lots of hair is definitely true.

Pregnancy - Week 30

How far along: 30 Weeks 5 days
Total weight gain/loss: 45lbs. I've stayed right about this mark for two weeks. I think mainly because I've been home, so I haven't been expending as much energy so I haven't been eating as much.
Maternity clothes: At this point I think this is kind of a silly question! I'm now having to buy bigger sized maternity clothes!
Stretch marks: Yes, ugh :-( I have them on the lower part of my belly. I'm not thrilled about them but I'm starting to accept that its just part of carrying two healthy babies.
Sleeping: What's sleep? Seriously, I wouldn't consider what I do now sleep. I more or less nap now at night. I slept the other night for 3 straight hours and I felt like a brand new woman when I woke up.
Best moment last week: Spending the weekend with my in-laws and making last minute preparations for the babies. Also getting to see the babies!! They amaze me more and more each time I see them.
Symptoms: Lack of energy, contractions, aches and pains, loads of trips to the bathroom, lack of sleep, acid reflux. I could really go on for days.
Food cravings: I currently love any type of orange flavored drink. I had gotten to where I was drinking tons of gatorade but it was causing me to swell like a balloon. You wouldn't believe the sodium content in gatorade. So now I'm make orange Koolade. I don't know how much better it is but I try not to add as much sugar.
Food aversions: Nothing
I miss: being able to do things for myself. It seems like more and more I'm becoming dependent on Dalyn.
What I am looking forward to: Getting to 32 weeks! But really my goal is 5 more weeks. Some days I feel like I can totally do it and others it seems like an impossible challenge.
Body Changes: What about my body hasn't changed. So many people tell me that I look like nothing about my body has changed but that I just have a belly. I on the other hand feel like everything is changing. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror the other day and I almost didn't recognize myself.
Other Thoughts: I have said many times that I absolutely adore being pregnant. I have tried to enjoy every last moment just in case this is the last time I ever do it. I know that I'll miss feeling them and having them with me every moment once they arrive but honestly I feel done. I want to have them here and hold them and just know that they are healthy. I know this point it just a matter of will power. Its a mind game and I just don't know how prepared I am to play the game.