Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Going Home!!!

Ultrasound earlier showed that cervix is still great. Still not quite sure if it was an amniotic leak or not, but if it was it either sealed off or one of the other sacs is sealing it. Layla's fluid is a little low, but he doesn't think she's leaking. It may be from the med I'm on to relax my uterus so he switched me to a different med. I'm getting some iv fluids now, will get my second steroid shot at 8, then we can go home. I already had a drs appt for tomorrow, so he's just gonna recheck things then. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers and for letting me rest. I usually love visitors but just wasn't up for it today.

Another Little Bump in the Road (25 wks and 5 days)

Didn't want to worry anyone, but we spent the night at Kettering Hospital again last night. I AM FINE! We thought I had a slow leak in one of the amniotic sacs, but everything appears to be okay. They did a paper test on the fluid and it turned blue like amniotic fluid would, but that could aslo mean other things. My dr came in to see me a little before ten o'clock last night and did an ultrasound and exam and was very pleased with everything. The gave me a celestone shot to help mature the babies lungs and I will stay so that I can get the second dose, which is usually given about 24 hours after the first. Celestone is a steroid that helps the lungs produce surfactant. Surfactant is very important for preemies and any newborns, in that it helps "lubricate" the lungs and keep the walls from sticking together when they touch during breathing. I may get this once a week for a while. Not really sure yet. Going over to dr. Saldanas office sometime today for cervical ultrasound to make sure it is still closed and long. Then I will hopefully go home later this evening. Jozey stayed with my parents and Adam is picking her up after working a half day today.

I feel great. Have a good book with me and am just gonna rest and order room service all day :)

Sorry if any of you are offended that we didn't call you last night, we just didn't want to worry anyone and it was ten before we found out I had to stay. Someone started the prayer chain, which is fine, but I hope no one was offended to find out that way instead of by us. That was not our intention at all.

So, like I said, I feel fine and there is no need to visit, but I'm at good 'ole Kettering Hospital if you need me.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Typical Day on Modified Bedrest

A lot of people have asked what modified bed rest is and what I do all day, so here it is..a typical day.

5:45
Adam gets up for work. By this time, I've probably been laying awake for almost an hour trying not to wake him. I watch some TV, have a snack, then try to go back to sleep.

8:00 or 9:00
Jozey wakes up. We go downstairs and have breakfast, usually while watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Handy Manny :)

9:30-10:00
This is usually when my helper for the morning arrives. They play with Jozey and sometimes do a little housework while I lay down on the couch and begin to clock my first two hr rest. I know it seems like I shouldn't need to rest already, but I can't get all of my rest times in if I don't start one now and believe it or not I'm usually already tired from carrying her downstairs and getting her in and out of booster seat for breakfast.

12:00-1:00
First rest of the day is done. Time for lunch. I make something simple or whoever is helping me gets us something.

1:00-1:30
Usually try to start Jozey's nap time about now. Does great in her toddler bed at night, but really pushes my buttons by getting out of bed 5 times at nap time before falling asleep, usually on the floor. So yesterday, at my moms suggestion we got out the pack n play and put it in her room for naps. She was out after 20 min. Before I lay down to start my second rest, I usually put a load of laundry in. Then I lay down upstairs because I'm only allowed two trips up/down stairs daily. I read, watch TV, or sleep depending on my mood. I feel like there is becoming a permanent imprint of my expanding body in our bed I'm in there so much. If I'm awake to hear the washer I switch clothes over during my rest time.

4:00
About when Jozey wakes up. I get clothes out of dryer before getting her, then fold and out them away while she plays in our room.

4:30
Adam's home! If I'm feeling well, he runs, works out, or gets a little video game time in then takes over with Jozey. If I'm exhausted, he takes over right away. I try to let him get a little down time in.

5:30-6:00
If someone is bringing us dinner, this is when it usually arrives. We all eat, then I start another rest time on the couch while Adam and Jo play and get a bath. I can't go back upstairs until bedtime so I don't go over my allotted stairs trips for the day. Sometimes I cheat, because I hate to miss bath time. The two of them get pretty wild in the tub :)

8:00-9:00
Adam puts Jozey to bed and I take a shower if I'm done downstairs. I do not like my showers!!! I'm a bathtub girl, but I'm following Dr's orders and showering on my lovely little shower chair.

10:00
We are usually in bed. After talking to all of the babies and watching and feeling them move for a bit, Adam is out quickly. I lay and watch TV or read till I fall asleep. My night is scattered with bathroom trips, awkward position changes with my mound of pillows, and the occasional snack. Oh and can't forget the middle of the night nose bleeds.

So that's my typical day. Not too exciting. There are occasional changes in our day, like and unexpected visitor or Jo staying at my parents. Going to the Dr is about the only time I put regular clothes on anymore (and church of course, when I make it :) I make it to church when I can. I haven't had to miss a Thursday night Youth Worship service yet and that's the one I'll hold onto as long as I possibly can. We just eat, have a short lesson, and then Adam leads amazing music for an hour. It's my encouragement for the week. I just sit in back and watch them sing and worship and take it all in. I love it.

There are some parts I do enjoy a lot about being home though. I love all of the time I get to spend with Jozey. She's developing such a little personality. We work on new words, like body parts and animals. She is pronouncing things very well. Her new favorite things to say are, "I love you" and when you ask how she is she smiles and says "good" It's adorable. Also feeling all of these babies move is amazing and incredibly weird at the same time.

I have an appointment Wednesday and SHOULD get to find out current weights and sizes on these little guys. Thanks so much for all of the food, thoughts, prayers, and calls. Keep 'em coming. They are what has brought us to this amazing point of survival for our babies

Love you all!

Friday, March 19, 2010

24 week appointment

Just got home from drs appointment. It wasn't a full anatomical ultrasound, so we didn't find out any weights or sizes. Great heartbeats on all babies. Errol is now breech, Avery is transverse with feet towards my middle, and Layla is transverse with body around towards my back. Amniotic fluid is a little on the low side on all of them and my cervix is funneling from the inside out up to my stitches. Its about 3cm now. The fluid may be low from the indocin im taking to relax my uterus and prevent contractions. Neither of these are major problems at this point but he wants me to make sure I'm getting my morning, afternoon, and evening rests in. Still having trouble with the morning. I don't like just laying on the couch and watching Jozey play by herself. I feel like I'm neglecting her. I feel like whatever I'm do I'm either picking her over the babies or the babies over her I'm just gonna have to make arrangements to have someone here every morning. Who really wants to come over at 8 or 9 am though? I know this won't last forever, but it's just overwhelming. I love these babies so much, but this is not at all what we expected or planned. Can my body really handle this? It may sound silly to be overwhelmed with having to rest, but I love being with Jozey and I can't even play with her outside now that it's warm. My resting has to be laying down. Don't know how else to describe it except overwhelming. Good news is that viability (when the babies have a good chance of survival outside of me) is next week. Don't want them to be born yet, but it's still reassuring. Sorry to complain so much :(

Monday, March 15, 2010

23 weeks and 4 days

I'm 23 wks and 4 days today. Been doing the modified bedrest for a few days now. The hardest parts have been limiting my trips up and down the stairs and getting my morning rest in. I'm supposed to lay down for two hrs every two hrs. Afternoon and evening are going fine because Jozey naps in the afternoon and Adam is home in the evening. Morning is a little rougher. Jozey is wide awake and wants to play. Love to play with her but I can't for too long. My mother in law came over this morning to help and of course Jo was as calm as could be and I would've been fine alone. Always seems to work out that way doesn't it? Jo enjoyed seeing her mamaw anyway.

Teresa has gotten quite a few people say they are willing to bring us dinner. We appreciate it so much. My mom is coming over Wednesday to help me finish putting some baby clothes away and do some final organizing. I have a feeling this exhaustion isn't left over from my procedure and hospitalization, it's just here to stay. I hate missing church and other activities, but there isn't much we can do in a two hr time span.

I'm up to 30lb weight gain so far. I feel much bigger. When I'm up my belly is super tight. It's much looser when I lay down. The dr put me on Indocin to relax my uterus. Not sure how long I'll be on it.

Well I better go check on Jozey. Doesn't sound like there is much napping going on in there :)

(Have a dr appointment Friday morning. Pray for big babies!)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Accepting Meal Help

We're accepting help with meals now. I just think Adam is going to quickly get overwhelmed if we don't do this. We're gonna start with Monday, Wednesday, and Friday dinners and see how it goes. DO NOT feel obligated! We appreciate anyone who wants to help. It doesn't need to be anything fancy, even ordering us a pizza or picking up chinese from the place close to us will help. Teresa Abney is our wonderful food coordinator. Her cell phone is 937-609-1318. Her email is Teresa.Abney@workflowone.com. You can contact her either way. Thanks in advance for everyones generousity.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Post Cerclage

Procedure is done. Went well except for some slightly low blood pressure and nausea and vomiting. Waiting on spinal to wear off now. Should go home on modified bedrest tomorrow, which is laying down for two hours morning, afternoon, and evening. Just a little more restrictive than what I've been doing. Thanks for thoughts and prayers.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hospitalization & Cerclage (22 wks and 4 days)

Dr appt today didn't go quite as planned. Babies are big and great. 1lb 2oz,1lb, and 12oz. Hearts are healthy ad fully formed. Problem is my cervix. It is shortening and to prevent it from dilating, I agreed to be admitted to Kettering for a couple days for observation, bedrest, fluids, and a cerclage (surgically sewing my cervix shut). The surgery is at noon tomorrow. I AM FINE!!! I would appreciate lots of prayers, but please don't worry about me. Adam is staying with me and Jozey has good gradmas and grandpas to take care of her.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

22 weeks

Tomorrow I will be 22 weeks pregnant! In some ways it seems to be going sooo slow, but in others it's flying by. It's amazing to think that in a few weeks they will be on the border of having a chance of survival outside of me. They are moving a lot lately. Especially at night. I feel pretty good during the day, but by 8 or 9pm I'm exhausted. In our almost 6 1/2 yrs of marriage, I've never fallen asleep before Adam until now. As soon as Jozey is in bed at about 8 or 8:30 I AM DONE. My belly is getting big and tight and by evening I just want to take it off and sit it down somewhere for a bit :) Getting comfortable in bed has become a challenge too. No amount of pillows makes carrying 3 babies comfortable.

I had a doctors appointment last week and you may or may not have heard that it didn't go as planned. I had my yearly exam scheduled a couple weeks before that and cancelled due to the snow. They called and asked if I could come to this appointment 30 minutes early so they could do the exam before the cervical check and ultrasound. My mom picked Jozey and I up and we were there in plenty of time. As the Dr was finishing my yearly the fire alarms went off. I was completely naked. It was lovely. They told me to hurry up and get dressed because they weren't sure if it was a drill or not. I rush getting dressed, run into the bathroom to give my urine sample and all of the sudden the alarm stops. Never heard the "All Clear" overhead, but assume it was a drill or at least not a fire in the part of the hospital we were in. So anyway, we go into the ultrasound room and they do my cervical check, which was great by the way. Still completely closed and 3.8cm long. After that he says, "We aren't going to have time to do your full growth scan and heart exam on all of the babies today. They only had you scheduled for your yearly exam." I was not very happy and I let him know. I told him that the appointment had been scheduled for weeks and they were just supposed to bump up the start time not shorten the length of the appointment. Then he said that his partner got called to an emergency C-section so he had to see all of her patients also. Still not sure what the real problem was. Was it the office staff like he originally said or was he trying to blame them? I understand that in high risk OB care there are emergencies, but be honest with me. The appointment before this one, we waited almost 2 hours just to see him, but they told us there was an emergency and we saw him running out of the office towards the hospital, so that time made sense. I'm fine with waiting, just be honest. Okay...done complaining about that. We got to see all three babies and their heartbeats, amount of amniotic fluid, and femur lengths were good. Didn't get to find out their weights. He did say the girls are short. Well we aren't tall people so that's not a shock. My next appointment is on Monday. Supposed to be 1 hr 45 min appointment for cervical check and full ultrasound. Just called to confirm they had it right and they assured me they did. Guess we'll find out Monday.

After the appointment Monday, Adam, me, my mom, and his mom are getting a private tour of the special care facilities at Kettering. I've been getting lots of comments about how I should be going to Miami Valley and I figured the only way to be sure was to check it out. I had a long talk with the manager on the phone last week and she was very honest and helpful. She said about half of her nurses are level 3 special care certified and experienced and the other half will have a preceptor with them AT ALL TIMES. That's fine with us. Everyone has to learn and as long as they are DIRECTLY supervised by someone experienced we're good with that. We're excited to get a look at where our babies may be. She said that if I make it to 36 weeks like the doctor wants, they may just be in there overnight! How amazing would that be?!?!?!

The nursery is officially finished, complete with paint, border, and organizer closet system, and clothes put away. We just need our last crib and two more crib mattresses. We now have 4 bouncy seats and 3 swings! We still need preemie and newborn clothes (especially for Errol), some more Boppy pillows, sheets, booster seats, things like that. So glad it's all coming together. I'm trying to have everything done as much as I can in case bed rest or hospitalization sneaks up on us. Really hoping to still be feeling decent for my shower in April. My mom, mother-in-law, and a friend are doing one all together. Figured that would be easier on me physically than a bunch of separate ones. Adam is excited and wants to come too. He went to my one at church for Jozey and had more fun that I did :)

Nothing else too exciting to report.

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers,
Marilee

Almost forgot that at 16 months Jozey is finally walking like a pro!!!