Thursday, June 18, 2009

Introducing: Levi Patrick

6 lbs 12 oz, 19 inches, born at 8:08PM on 6/17/2009

It has been quite a busy week.  We closed on our new house and moved in last weekend.   We then frantically unpacked and prepared to go to Connie and Matt's wedding on June 20th.  But to our surprise at 37 weeks and few days, Levi decided to make his entrance.  This followed Patty laboring all night Tuesday and Wednesday until we went in at about 6:00PM.  They are both healthy, Praise the Lord!!   I don't think we would have made it this far without help from Patty's mom!

Josiah wearing Daddy's helmet!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

ER again

Abby woke up sick this morning with a fever (101.5).  After giving Motrin and her other meds she still went into a prolonged seizure.  We caught it as soon as it started and gave the Diastat, but the seizure was stubborn and wouldn't stop.  So, off to the ER we went.

It was 8 am so morning traffic was slowing us down a bit.  Thankfully Patrick had come home and was driving us, so we got there as quickly as humanly possible.  The staff were waiting for us and quickly escorted her to our usual suite.  Within about 8 minutes they had IV access and the meds were on board.  

All in all the seizure lasted about 35 minutes.  She needed two doses of the IV seizure meds and some valium, but after about 1 hour she was resting quietly.  As usual, all of the tests (chest x-ray, blood work, urine etc) came back normal.  She's sick with a virus again.

Fortunately we only had to hang out there for about 4 hours before returning home again.  The meds have made her extra aggitated, figity and grumpy.  Her fever remains above 101 despite Motrin and Tylenol.

We are praying for a more peaceful night for Abby.  The doc has ordered yet another seizure med to be added to her arsenal for the next 3 nights.  We may end up using this medicine in the future when we anticipate an illness coming on, to prevent these long episodes.

Abby has an appointment with her neurologist early next week and an ambulatory EEG. Not sure if she will still be having that done after this weeks' event.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Another Milestone

Last night I gave my 21st and very last Hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection!  It feels so great to be passing this milestone and leaving this weekly routine behind.  Now all the muscle knots and bruises can slowly disappear, leaving little evidence that I ever had to give myself these shots.

But of course I will never forget.  Studies have shown that this medication helps reduce the risk of preterm delivery in high risk pregnancies.  Thankfully we have been able to take advantage of new research, twice.

Monday, June 1, 2009

35 Weeks and our Baby Moon

I had my OB appointment today and all is fine.  Despite increasingly painful, draining contractions, no significant changes were found.  The baby's heart rate clocked in at 140 bpm and he was bouncing away while the nurse listened.  The cerclage stitch is still where it should be, doing it's job of holding down the "fort."

We discussed the plan for our pregnancy from here on out.  Basically we will continue taking the Terbutaline until delivery day.  She said that "text book" says it won't work past a certain point and will not stop True labor, but she has seen it work non the less.  Once it no longer provides the desired effect, we will deliver.  I felt relieved to get the green light to keep taking it until the wedding.  Hopefully this will enable our family to ALL enjoy celebrating with Connie and Matt on June 20th!

Because of the contractions + the cerclage + this being my 3rd c-section, we decided to schedule the big day for June 26th!!  I will be about 38 1/2 weeks.  If the contractions should earnestly kick in gear before then, we will meet our little peanut sooner.  Because of obvious reasons we are of course hoping to hold out as long as possible.

We'll see!

This past weekend Patrick and I had the most wonderful vacation!!  We called it our "Baby Moon"... Honeymoon before baby.  Grandma, Papa and Aunt Carolyn came to visit and kept A & J for us so we could get away... all 5 miles of it!  We stayed in the Westin in the Bridgestreet Shopping center just minutes from our house. 

(view from the court yard)

Our room was cozy and comfy with lots of extra pillows!!  Perfect for an uncoordinated, poorly sleeping pregnant person such as myself.  We enjoyed the pool, lots of sunshine and a relaxing hot tub.  We actually slept in past 7 am and relished in the quietness of being alone.

(slowly making our way down the Looong hall way to our room)

 (taking a breather from the Long walk... silliness)

Someone surprised us with a gift certificate to eat at Conner's which we thoroughly enjoyed! Of course we ordered expensive entrĂ©e's instead of the burger and salad we probably would have chosen other wise.  

(finishing up some yummy, chocolate cake!)

Thank you to the generous Giver!

We felt so blessed!!

Abby is doing much better!  She had a good weekend, which made ours that much better too.  The continuous G-tube feedings are going well so far.  She is getting Carafate (a prn reflux med that we've given in the past for flare ups) on a schedule twice a day.  Perhaps this is keeping her reflux quiet.  We still aren't sure what was causing her discomfort before, but hopefully giving her Jejunum a break from feedings will allow any irritation to heal and cool off.

The next step offered by her gastroenterologist was a tube switch and CT of her belly.  We opted to wait and see if this break will help her.

She has been more herself today and was engaging during feeding therapy.  As I type she is ASLEEP, which has not been the case for her afternoons lately.  Praise the Lord!

Thank you to those who have been praying.