Saturday, August 30, 2008

Our Lil' Buddy

This is our little buddy, Giger.

Christian took him to the vets this morning and he is crashing. He now also has a heart murmur. He talked to the vet and we've decided that we will put him to sleep. Now it's just a matter of when. We don't want him to suffer at all, so we'll be keeping an eye on him and hopefully will know when it is time. He's lost 3lbs in the last 2 months, which is a lot for a tiny cat. We are so sad that our babies will not get to meet him, pull his tail and cuddle with him.

On to some better news, I had my doctors appointment yesterday and the babies heart rates were great. Nothing else has really changed, so she didn't do a cervical exam. We have a non-stress test Monday. I can't believe it'll be almost 3 weeks that I've been on bed rest! We still have a lot to do, but Christian is tackling things one day at a time.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

28 weeks

The babies weigh approximately 2.4 pounds each and are a little under 15 inches from head to heel. They have been gaining weight steadily during the past 27 weeks as their stem cells develop into organs, blood and immune systems, and bones. However, from this point forward, their weight gain will be due to increasing amounts of body fat. They can actually see light through the womb and will even turn toward light now. They are also now able to blink, cough, suck and breath.

We are so thankful to be at this mark! I'm now home on my own couch with my cats. It was interesting to get up and walk out of the hospital yesterday, as it was the first time in 2 weeks that I walked further than from my bed to the bathroom. I'm still feeling good, no changes since I left. The scary part of all of this is not knowing if I'll be back there tonight, tomorrow or 5 weeks from now. Odds are the babies will be here before 36 weeks, just a matter of when! I'm taking it easy and listening to the doctors. It is a little harder to sit still at home, but I'm doing it!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Heading Home!

I can't wait to walk into my house. I am very nervous but confident that they know what they are doing if they are releasing me. They will see me twice a week, which makes me feel better. One day will be for a non-stress test (the test I've been doing every day here that looks for contractions and the babies activity) and the other will be an appointment at the doctors office. It's a little inconvenient as Christian or my parents will need to drive me to these, but I think we would all take the inconvenience over the alternative. I'll continue my meds at home which means waking up at 12:30am and 4:30am. The doctor repeated again that she would rather see me 15 times a day then to not see me and risk anything. I'm to call with ANY changes. I guess I also need to spend some time each day with my hands on my belly to see if I can feel any contractions. I think my belly always feels hard so this is complicated!

I have so many mixed feelings but I know that this is what is right for all of us right now. We still need all of your thoughts and prayers as we really need to get to the 32 week mark which is 4 weeks away.

Oh, and I think I may take up knitting or crocheting or at least try to learn how over the next few weeks!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

It's looking like I will indeed get to leave tomorrow!

The doctor will be in at some point tomorrow to review the weekends tests, but they looked good according to the nurses. I am looking forward to getting out of here. I am definitely nervous about being at home, but it's worth a shot to see how I do. I will have been here for 2 weeks as of Tuesday. I need to be in my own house, my own bed, and spend time with my husband and my cats. How often will I freak out and call the doctors office or end up in L&D? I have no idea. I really don't. This is the one time that I'm allowed and have reason to be paranoid. But, I'm learning more about what's normal and what isn't. I am really hoping that all remains quiet at home. The doctor that was in today said that my next goal is 32 weeks. 4 more weeks babies! We can do this!

YES, I WILL BEHAVE. Yes, me, the one that is an impatient control-freak. I have to let that go and understand that things may not get done the way I want or when I want them but they will get done. Yes, it's really hard for me to accept that I can't finish up the baby shopping with my husband and that I can't go downstairs and wash all the adorable little outfits we have. BUT my babies need me and that means I will listen to the doctors and will probably be stricter on myself then some of them would be. I know that I am still in a very scary point in this pregnancy. But they can't do anything for me here that I can't do at home. The upside of being here, of course, is that I'm here and not 45 minutes away should I start having contractions, my water break, etc...

And, I know that my stint at home may last weeks or just days. I'll be sure to have Christian pack us up a new bag in case I end up here on bed rest again :(

I'll update tomorrow!!