Friday, May 31, 2013

Pregnancy News: (Almost) 30 weeks!

Hi friends,
I am 29 weeks, 5 days today, so almost 30 weeks! What a miracle to have made it this far! I am so amazed by God's Amazing Grace through all this. For keeping me sane on complete hospital bed rest, but most importantly, for the health of our beautiful miracles. Looking back at the last 10 weeks (3 weeks at home and 7 in the hospital), I realized how blessed we are. Everytime I found myself complaining of this journey, I reminded myself of how women would love to be in my shoes. How many women have had to deliver their babies at a super premie stage (less than 28 weeks) or worse, before 24 weeks and almost no chance at survival. It has taught me to be so grateful, even in this circumstance. It was not the pregnancy I imagined. But I find comfort in knowing God always has a perfect Will. It has taught me to question it but to rejoice in it. There is good in every hard situation. Just have to be patient (and take the blindfold off) to see it. 
We are so blessed to have so many praying for us. The power of prayer! Never, ever, underestimate it! It moves mountains just with a mustard seed of faith. My OB came by today and is so amazed that I have made it this far. No one in this hospital thought I would make it to 30 weeks. And here we are. We still have a road ahead of us but I've learned to let Our Lord take care of it all. It truly is in hands, after all. 
I had an ultrasound yesterday. The babies have gained a pound in 3 weeks! Ava is now 3 lbs 10 oz and Aiden 3lbs 2oz. My doctors are so thrilled with their weights since they are so big! Aiden's placenta is losing strength. Nothing to worry about, my perinatalogist said, just monitor it closely. This is the reason for the decelerations he has been having with his heart rate. Ill have another ultrasound in 10 days. Ill be able to move around more (yay!) at 32 weeks. Peri thinks I'm 5 cm dilated and only thing holding everything together in my womb is Ava. Her head is so low she is plugging my cervix. Peri said its a miracle because our babies would've been born already! 
So if anything changes and need to get babies out, looking at 32 weeks. And I still think we'll still make it to 34 : ) That's in 1 month. Yay! Can't believe it!
Thanks to my wonderful parents, sister and nephew who have been here 5 days a week for the last 7 weeks. Their support has been beyond words!
And of course, my wonderful husband and son. B has been here 7 days a week for the last 7 weeks. I always known how blessed I have been to have him as my husband. And know words can not describe the blessing and love I feel in my heart for him. He honestly has had it a lot harder than me! He comes to hospital after work, and then goes home to give Jayden a bath and get him ready for bed every single night. He then spends all weekend with me at the hospital. And now, in about 2 months, we will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary! 
And my Jayden- he is going to miss mommy being in the hospital, seriously. He gets my undivided attention. We play on my bed. Some of our games have been Big brother and little brother with his toys, mommy and daddy, camping under the "tent" which is my bed sheet and telling scary stories in the dark. At home our mommy/ son time was baking cookies but now he has made the best out of this situation, and loves our play time. 
We'll keep taking it one day at a time and know Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will continue to carry us through them!
Love,
Katherine





Monday, May 20, 2013

Pregnancy News: 28 weeks!

Hi all,
We hit a milestone, 28 weeks!! What a blessing! We still have ways to go, but I continue to take it one day at a time. I remind myself of the sleep I am able to take because I know I am never going to sleep this much. Ha! I also passed my glucose test to check for gestational diabetes and my hematocrit looks fine (iron levels). And drumroll, I had not gained any weight from around 18 weeks to 26 weeks and the nutritionists at the hospital were on me to gain weight. Well, I did! So now I'm just trying to maintain unless told otherwise. 
B, Jayden, my parents, sister and nephew have all gotten into a routine. They are my regular visitors : ) My extended family, in laws and wonderful friends have all taken the time to come see me and it feels great to have so many checking in on me, whether through texts or phone calls. 
Our next goal is 30 weeks, as 2 week increments seem so much simpler to handle. The nurses and staff have been great here at the hospital making me as comfortable as I can be. 
Thanks for reading,
Katherine

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:7
This is part of my daily reading. I'm reminded to cling on to Him, when I'm feeling down or even bored! This is not easy and hope I don't make it out to be. But I'm reminded of how blessed we are to have made it this far and gives me strength to keep on, keeping on. 






Monday, May 13, 2013

Pregnancy News: 27 weeks

Hi friends,
I am now 27 weeks! Nothing like getting further along in the pregnancy to keep me motivated to keep going. I had an ultrasound on Friday night and was so glad because the hubby (I refer to him as "B" on here) was able to be with me. He makes me more relaxed! We've known we were having a girl and a boy, just didnt know ehere they were. We found out Baby A is baby girl, Ava Elizabeth, and she is vertex, or head down. She weighs about 2 lbs 7 oz and is measuring a couple days ahead. She had me fooled. She is on my left and kicks so hard, I was so sure it was baby boy. But she mostly stays still when being monitored. Except this past Saturday night. She went up so high, the nurses think she pushed and kicked around my stomach. She caused me so much pain, I threw up and had to get an IV to get pain meds. She is feisty like her mama. She kicked the nurse 5 times and caused all that trouble! Great thing I felt so much better on Sunday for Mother's Day. Baby B is Aiden Michael, and he is on my right. He is my mover and shaker. He runs from the monitor and tries to hide as much as he can. He weighs 2 lbs 2 oz and is measuring about a week ahead. My perinatalogist/ MFM, high risk OB, is very pleased at how well I've been doing and hanging in there. She is not a warm and fuzzy doctor, or person for that matter. She is one the best high risk doctors and is known for keeping babies in utero as long as possible. I always say, God always has a great plan. He knew I would need her expertise to keep these beautiful miracles in my womb as long as possible. She also let me take a tour of the floor (on a stretcher) after my u/s. The hubby suggested taking me outside. Gotta love him! She said only around the unit. So I got to see more of this unit that I have in the past month! And yes, today marks exactly one month that I've been here! In a way it has gone by quick!
I celebrated Mother's Day with B and Jayden, my parents, sis, nephew and brother. We had a wonderful time! I truly did feel special on this great day. Most importantly, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have a beautiful and healthy 4 year old son and two precious miracles that are still growing in my womb that call me mommy!  
Thanks for reading,
Katherine 

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

One of my favorite scriptures. It reminds me that things might be hard, but God always makes things work out for good. This is where trusting Him to give you the strength and courage to continue fighting comes in. He blesses those who trust Him!





Some pictures from this past week: Jayden and mommy's hands, Jayden relaxing on my bed (my favorite moments with him), his beautiful art work/ wonderful cards and gifts from family & friends, and beautiful balloons and flowers for Mother's Day

Monday, May 6, 2013

Pregnancy News: 26 weeks

Hi friends,
I am 26 weeks and 1 day today! Last week went by quick as I had my wonderful high school friends take turns keeping me company. My sister, and my parents and of course the hubs and Jayden are here in the afternoons after work every day. The hubs spends the entire weekend with me and Jayden came on Saturday morning and stayed the rest of the weekend. We watch lots of movies and truly warms my heart when they are all here.
I had a few contractions that would not quiet down this past week so I had to take a terbuline shot. Luckily, 1 shot took care of the contractions. It makes my heart rate beat fast for like an hour. But I'll take it over magnesium any day!
I should have another ultrasound this week. I usually have those with my high risk ob here at the hospital.
My regular ob was here this morning and she told me she always gets excited when she finds out I'm still pregnant and I'm doing good. Every day counts so I keep reminding myself of that. My faith, family and friends are what keep me going each day. These miracle babies remind me to fight each day for them!
Thanks for reading,
Katherine

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13


My big boy, Jayden, showing off his sunglasses

Jayden and my nephew, Mateo, watching Madagascar 3

Hi mommy says Jayden

Reese's Sonic Blast. Yum! I have to gain weight, doctor's orders : )

Goodnight and prayer time when my boys go back home on Sunday evenings. Love Face time!

My furry girl, Princess, and I on Face time.