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.