Saturday, February 26, 2011

Triple the blessings!

It's super early, as I have just finished pumping some milk for the babies. The past 5 days have been a whirlwind for us. Tomorrow I will be discharged and, the babies will be staying in the NICU, which is something I always expected from the beginning of the pregnancy, but that doesn't make it any easier. Jackson and Emma (baby a and c) are progressing very well. They have been breathing and eating on their own for a few days. Brayden (baby B: my biggest baby) has been having a harder time of it all. In multiples he is what they refer to as the wussy/wimpy white male. For some reason, the biggest boy always seems to have a more difficult time. He has not yet been able to be taken off of the iv, or tried to eat on his own, but he does get some of my milk put in his cheek for the nutrients. He was put on Cpap they evening of their birth, and seeing him struggle to breath has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. )Yesterday, the doctor took him off cpap because his chest xray showed that there was some streaking on his right lung that indicated that the pressure from the cpap was causing a few leaks. So, as it is now, he is still receiving oxygen, but through a nasal tube alone. We hope he can stay on this and improve without having to go back to cpap or possibly a ventilator. Brayden was also put on some photo therapy yesterday. Being on the iv for so long has caused him to be a bit jaundice, but we aren't really concerned with that. Finally, the doctor did an ultrasound on his heart and was able to determine that a blood vessel that is supposed to close at birth is still partially open, which can cause lung trouble. However, the doctor referred to a cardiologist and together they determined it was something they were willing to let work itself out, as the drug treatment can usually put a strain on the kidneys and decrease urine output.

We are so blessed to have each of these babies in our lives, and we are equally as thankful that we have such supportive family and friends. Without you guys, we couldn't do this on our own. Please continue to pray for our new family of 5, especially for the babies and for strength and healing for Brayden. Mommy and Daddy can't wait to hold him, but he has to get better first.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

They're coming!

That's right! I'm writing from my hospital bed in labor and delivery. When I came to the hospital yesterday for my non stress test, my blood pressure was through the roof. The doctor came down and told me it was time. It is almost 5:21 on Tuesday morning, anf my c-section is scheduled for 7:45. What a night of anxiety I've had! They gave me a sleeping pill, but I barely dozed all night. I'm such a ball of emotions right now. Please keep us in your prayers. I'm not sure what today will hold in store for us, but I will try to keep you updated.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sleepless in Cullman

Up in the middle of the night, which isn't a strange happening these days. Tonights sleeplessness has 2 culprits. First, I've been having some joint pain on my right hand's middle finger. I assumed at first that I must have slept on it wrong, and figured it would get better with time, until just now when I got up to use the restroom. The finger was kind of locked in the bent position and it popped to straigten it, and after some left hand inspection, I discovered my left middle finger was really sore too. Dr. Google says its from fluid retention and could be carpal tunnel. I plan on mentioning it to my doctor on Monday to see if it's something I should be really concerned about.

Secondly, I spent about 4 hours in labor and delivery Friday afternoon. I went in for my regular appointment, and I felt fine. The ultrasound went great, I've got some big babies in there. It lasted about 30 minutes. After I got up, I went to give urine strip, weigh, and do blood pressure. Only when she was taking my BP, I felt my heart beating all over my body, so I knew it was going to be high. It was 142/100...yuck. So, the doctor sent me down and admitted me. They took my bp every 5 minutes and it seemed to be headed back to normal, but then shot up again. They had me lay on my left side then the numbers started looking great. So the conclusion? Laying/sitting on my back (like for the ultrasound) causes my BP to rise. He had given me a prescription for procardia a while back when I had a few contractions, but I didn't take it because I'm a freak when it comes to medications during pregnancy...but he insisted I take it daily now.

The next step is twice weekly appointments, starting Monday. I have to return to labor and delivery for an anti/non-stress test. Then, I will be seen every Monday and Thursday until he feels it's time to take the babies...which he said would be no later than 35-36 weeks. Wow! It's so close.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

31 weeks

Hello all! Just wanted to check in again. Yesterday I was officially 31 weeks pregnant. I have my final 2 week appointment tomorrow, then I will be seen weekly. We are praying that everything continues to go as planned.

It's hard to believe that I could have triplets any time now really. Doc says 36 weeks is the longest he'll let me go, and if I do make it to 36 weeks, the triplets will arrive on my birthday. I'm getting pretty uncomfortable these days. Baby B stays under my right rib, and sometimes breathing or bending is really difficult. I will survive! It's a small price to pay.

Many congratulations are in order for several of my blogging friends. Congrats on your adoptions/pregnancies ladies!!!

I'll try to be more diligent in blogging, but picking up the laptop has become a tad more difficult than I ever expected. Prayers for you all!