Saturday, May 14, 2011
Huge milestone...28 weeks.
Everyone is thrilled, the doctors, my family, the intended parents and me! 46" around my belly but unfortunately lost 1 pound. So, I've gained 1 pound in the past 4 weeks. Hopefully it will start picking up soon.
Knock on wood...things have been great and quiet.
My contractions have stayed minimal, got to go outside again the other day, I'm feeling much more alert and less "magged" out.
Although, Dr. E did another fetal fibronectin test (tests for a certain hormone that is released when your body is likely to go into labor in the next 2 weeks) came back positive for the second time in a row. Obviously it doesn't mean much though since I didn't have any babies in the last 2 weeks. Also, with all the meds I'm on even if I did start to go into labor, the doctors would stop it right away, with little consideration of how I might feel :)
Next Thursday is our monthly growth ultrasound, excited to see how that goes.
They have also been checking the fluid levels around each baby since I'm on Motrin via ultrasound. Babies B and C (both girls) have low fluids. They said they want to see the pocket above 2 and they both measured around 2.5. Nothing to worry about now but they are watching it closely. Baby D (the biggest boy) continues to have extra fluid for reasons unknown. I secretly worry about him because on top of the fluid problem, he has a brief heart deceleration during an ultrasound the other day. That prompted the doctors to put him on the belly monitor for an hour. He did fine but his resting heart rate is very low, below the 120's which is interesting since he's the most active of the bunch. I pray there is nothing wrong with him or an urgent situation isn't a reason for delivery.
Our celebration cake
My beautiful flower table
My daily check off calendar...we've come so far!
Balloons to celebrate 28 weeks!
My family all came to my room last night with pizza, cake and balloons to celebrate 28 weeks. It was wonderful to finally be at this point, the home stretch. I've been in the hospital 4 weeks now and never thought I'd be strong enough to make it to this point. I do have bad days, days that whenever is see or talk to my husband I can't help but break down and cry (he has those days too) but I also have a lot of good days. We talk often of the future and the wonderful things we are planning to do. I tell the kids, once I'm out of here it will be summer time and we're going to buy water park passes and spend our whole summer together. My husband is going back to work at the end of this month which creates a difficult situation. He's bringing the kids back with him, his parents have offered to babysit at night and take the kids to a sitter in the mornings. They are planning to drive back down on his days off to visit but it will be hard not seeing them everyday. I just keep reminding myself, it won't be forever, this journey will be over soon. I know we can get through this.
Next big goal is 30 weeks...2 weeks from now.
Overall, hoping to stay pregnant for the next 4-6 weeks. So, we're about half way into my hospital stay...maybe :)