Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fussy Abby at 34 weeks

Our sweetie has had a difficult couple of weeks.  In addition to the up and down temps (still not sure what is going on with that), Abby has been extremely irritable.  Some days have been very long!  A few of them she has been completely inconsolable.  As with most things with Abby it has all been a guessing game.  

Although she is on new seizure medication, which is a legitimate reason to be fussy, her symptoms seem to be linked to her J-feedings.  Every day lately when we connect her to her continuous J-feeds she starts her moaning and finger biting.  Long story short, she seems to improve when we stop the feeding and hold her upright.  This includes late night, middle of the night and early morning episodes.  Needless to say she hasn't been sleeping normally.

Yesterday we took her to the hospital for a fluoroscopy test of her tubes.  Basically they squirt contrast liquid in each tube (G and J) and take multiple x-rays.  It almost looks live as you watch the liquid going through the tubes.  The result was that her tubes are in their proper place, not imbedded in her intestines or kinked or coiled.  This test is not able to see tissue irritation which is what we suspect.

For now we are allowing the continuous drip to flow into her stomach through the G-tube instead of the Jejunum.  We've slowed the rate down and are praying that reflux won't plague her.

In other news, we've made it to 34 weeks!  The baby is clearly getting bigger and moves all the time.  The contractions keep coming and keep me very aware of how much time we have left in this pregnancy.  As I've mentioned before, I'll probably be stopping these meds in the next 2 weeks and this makes me wonder what will happen.  I'm anxious to talk to our doc this coming Monday about our upcoming plan.  So far she's mentioned scheduling the c-section at 39 weeks... if we make it that far.

It's getting exciting!

Friday, May 22, 2009

33 Weeks

... and counting!  As the contractions continue their persistent attempt to annoy, we are even more thankful for each day that passes.  

This weeks' OB appointment brought encouraging news.  After 2+ weeks of feeling like I have been in early labor it was reassuring to be checked and told that things seem normal for someone with a cerclage in place.  Although she didn't measure exact length with an ultrasound this time she said it felt ok.  The thing to worry about is cervical tearing from contractions (b/c of the cerclage), and the sign would be bleeding... which I've had none of so far!!

I think I've gotten the hang of working with the medications and knowing when it is worth the yucky side effects to take them.  They definitely do slow the contractions significantly.  I know our doc will tell me to stop taking the meds some time soon.  After a certain gestation the pills don't work, and also it won't be necessary to stop labor if it comes.  I'm guessing about 35 wks.

What is in a name?

Apparently for us, a lot!  We can't seem to decide on the perfect name for our little peanut.  There are a few favs floating around our conversations, but nothing seems to stick.  We've been praying that the Lord would give us the name for this special child.  Maybe we will just have to wait to meet him face to face before we know what fits.

This is just a funny video I caught last night after daddy got home from work.  It's mostly for family who like silly videos of our kids.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

32 weeks

This week has been a little difficult.  While we are celebrating reaching the 32 wk mark, we are battling pre-term labor.  Over the last several weeks my contractions have grown stronger and more frequent.  As I've mentioned before I'm popping pills daily to try to keep them to a minimum.  

Although I don't sit and time them very often, they seem to be coming about 5-15 min apart constantly.  The meds do slow them down and help make me feel more comfortable... except for the nasty side effects.  One of them causes my stomach to become very upset and I have trouble keeping down meals.  (for those who know me well, know that vomiting is one of my most hated enemies!)

The contractions keep me pretty uncomfortable most of the time.  There have been days that we weren't sure how much longer our baby will stay put.  Of course we are praying for at least 4 more weeks, but really we are hoping to make it to Connie's wedding (June 20)!  That is what we pray for every night.

The body is a funny thing, especially when it comes to labor.  So, who knows, I could feel like I'm in labor for weeks and have nothing really change.  Or, we could have another preemie.  I go to the doctor again this coming Monday and I'm hoping she will check things out so I can put my mind at ease during the rough days.

Thanks to those who are praying!!

Abby is having a hard week also.  The low grade fevers still come and go.  Today she feels yucky and just finished her 6th seizure.  So far her temp is 100.4 after Tylenol.  No other symptoms.  No signs of flu.  If this keeps up over the weekend I suppose we will have to take her in to see the pedi.  For now we are just watching the fever closely and trying to keep her comfortable and happy... which can be a big challenge!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

31 weeks


I got another little glimpse of our tiny baby yesterday, but he's not so tiny anymore!  They were checking his growth and the status of the previous bleed.  There was no sign of bleeding!!  It has completely resolved.

(nose/lips- rest of his face is in the dark)

The baby measured one week ahead and looks great!  He's grown so much since our last scan.  She estimates he weighs about 4 lbs!!  It feels so great to finally be in this weight range. 

(little foot)

It seems that from now on I will be spending most days managing preterm contractions.  I'm taking 2 different medications as needed.  Some days I take it on a schedule, but have found that the side effects can be pretty uncomfortable.  Our doctor says that we have done and are doing everything possible to keep preterm labor from happening.  She reassured us that as long as there are no "baby house" changes there is nothing more we can do but wait.

On a different note, Abby has had some difficult days lately.  She is on her second week of Banzel and we aren't certain how it has affected her.  She has been more 'out of it' and Much more fussy!  She seems to be also having tummy/intestinal troubles that we try to manage... adjusting her dose and frequency of miralax and tweaking her feeding pump rate as needed.  It's really a frustrating guessing game with some days leaving us all drained from her moaning, finger biting and overall unhappiness.  

She continues to have multiple daily seizures which do cause lots of irritability, but we are hopeful the new medication combination will start helping this soon.

If only we knew for sure what was wrong and how to fix it.  This daily challenge continues to push me to my knees, knowing that our Heavenly Father truly is the only One who knows and can rescue.

Abby also continues to have on/off low grade fevers (100-101+).  She is not exhibiting any other signs of illness other than an occasional runny nose.  For now we are just keeping an eye on it as this isn't new for Abby.  Last Spring we experienced the same pattern with no answers.