Monday, August 25, 2014

Life as we know it...

    It's been 2 weeks since I last posted so I thought it'd be a good time to do a quick update.  I got side-tracked on my bed rest goal lists after a couple of scary doctor appointments.  Since those, they started me on a high dose of Motrin.  The medicine along with lots of prayers have made a huge difference.  I'm still on bed rest.  It's been over 5 weeks!  At times I feel like I'm going crazy with the way our whole lives have been turned upside down!  It helps knowing that it's only for a short season.  I have a new sympathy for people with long term/chronic illness!

       Things look a lot different around our house. Since I'm on complete bed rest I can't care for Kendall like she needs.    I think that's the worst part of this whole thing.  She has basically been with me almost 24/7 since she was born.  We have been the classic over-protective parents! Now we are accepting lots of help!  My mom takes her one or two days a week, we pay a teenage girl one or two days a week to help out, and Michael's mom comes one day a week.  Michael is typically off on Fridays so we have a long weekend with just the three of us.  It's a strange thing to have other people coming into your home.  But it is a blessing that we have help. 

    The doctors are hopeful that I'll be able to carry the baby until 32 weeks.  That's only 8 days away...EEK! Obviously the longer I can carry her, the better!  I have been seeing my regular OB once a week and the high risk doctors once a week.   Back after my "scary" appointments I received steroid shots to help the baby's lungs develop.  I will most likely have these again before delivering.  In my last ultrasound (I usually have 2 per week), the tech mentioned that the baby was "practicing" using her lungs.  So that's a great thing.   She measured her at 3lbs and 10oz.  

    I failed my blood sugar test horribly.  When I went for my gestational diabetes appointment, the NP saw where I had had the steroid shots the day before my blood test.  The shots significantly elevate your levels for up to 5 days. So now I most likely do not have gestational diabetes but they are having me occasionally check my levels just to be safe.   

      As far as what I've been doing...lots of reading.  I ran out of physical books, but have been "buying" free books to read on the Ipad.  I have been a stinky blogger!  I have packed most of my bags for the hospital.  I have played around with photo-shop but still have no idea what I'm doing.  My photo albums are caught up with actual printed pictures.  And I have made about 14 pages for Kendall's quiet book.  It may end up HUGE if I stay on bed rest much longer!

    I have always been a home-body but look forward to doctor appointments now, so that I can get out of the house!  Yesterday, I was pretty excited about my newest quiet book page...Michael looked concerned and said we need to get away for a few days once the baby comes.  Ha!

    So that's pretty much life as we know it these days.  Lots of laying and waiting and wondering.  

     I haven't blogged much because I'm sure people get tired of reading these posts but I have nothing else to say.  I'm in a weird place.  On one hand I want nothing more than for this to be over and things back to normal.  On the other hand, the last thing in the world I want is for this to be over and have a very small very premature baby on our hands.  We're praying for a healthy baby and God's will to be done.  That's the most important thing.


The Skinny on Staci said...

Boring posts? No way! It's your blog. Post what you want, and we'll be here to read it! You may be able to enter Guiness as "World's Largest Quiet Book." Haha Praying for you!

Tammy said...

Still praying for you. Praying that the sweet little baby will wait a bit longer. Emily was born four weeks early and my doctor was smart enough to do the steroid shots to help her lungs. So, even though she was small, her lungs were in great shape. We will continue to pray for the little baby and for you too. This soon will pass... love you girl.