My New (Temporary) Home

Well, the girls and I stuck it out as long as we could, but I'm writing today from the antepartum unit of Huntsville Hospital. This lovely little room will be my home until the girls make their appearance...or until they decide to move me to a different room, which I hear happens a lot.

My appointment last Monday was just fine; everything was normal, as it has been for awhile. Thursday, the monitoring was fine and the girls' heartrates were just as they should be and I was having no major contractions. My blood pressure, however, had jumped up and there were trace amounts of protein in my urine...signals of possible preeclampsia. I had some more tests done on Thursday and Friday, and when I got to my appointment yesterday, I got the news that I would be admitted to the hospital until it's time to deliver.

Basically, I'm here so my blood pressure and bloodwork can be monitored closely, since preeclampsia can escalate quickly. If that should happen, the only treatment is to deliver the babies. So the new plan is that I will lay around here for about a week and a half, and if nothing happens, Addison and Mackenzie's expected birthday is now April 8 (when I will be 36 weeks exactly). For now, I'm hanging out in the bed most of the time, catching up on some reading and watching lots of tv!


Still Here

I am still here, and no, we don't have babies yet! At Monday's appointment, I was still contracting pretty much the whole time. We had an ultrasound done, and the fluid looks good on both babies. They are weighing in at 4lbs. 6oz. and 4lbs. 8oz.!! Almost 9lbs of babies in there... no wonder my belly is feeling heavy.
At Thursdays appointment, I was having fewer contractions. The doctor said we will just have to see how long I stay pregnant! Comforting, right? Every few days they stay in there makes a huge difference, so I'm setting goals a few days at a time. The 10th is three weeks from yesterday, so right now we just hope to get through this week. Then we will move on to next week. The rest of our furniture came in this weeks, so we (Jeremy, actually) will be assembling it today. The replacement crib legs for one crib are still backordered, so it looks like there will be only one crib set up for the time being. That's okay, since I was planning on letting them share at first anyway. I will be glad to have the rest of the furniture up...one less thing to worry about.
As of yesterday at 4:30, I am officially on maternity leave. I had planned to work at least another week, but with all the action over the past couple of weeks, the doctor and I decided it was time. I have lots to keep me busy, but I tend to get lazy when I stay at home too long so I will really have to work to make myself focus on getting things accomplished. There will be plenty of resting involved too, I'm sure! Everything is starting to happen so fast all of a sudden...but we're coping! : )


Four More Weeks!

Wow...that sounds so close. At this point, I'm just hoping and praying we make it the next four weeks! At my NST yesterday, we discovered I was having contractions. I didn't feel anything, not even the Braxton-Hicks type I've been feeling every once in awhile! The girls did great for yesterday's testing, showing off their great movements and heart rates very quickly. It was pretty scary to hear the doctor say I was contracting, but she checked my cervix and decided I didn't need to go to the hospital at the moment. I started taking procardia, to hopefully stop the contractions, since they may have been triggered by the steroid shots earlier this week. It's just a little scary to know I was having contractions without even knowing it. I've been paying very close attention to my body since yesterday morning...trying not to worry, but of course that's much easier said than done. I can really tell the babies have dropped in the last week or so, and tonight I can feel a head (or other body part?) pressing on my left hip bone when I sit a certain way. It's still so strange to think there are two little beings in there, who are now fully formed and could theoretically be in my arms at almost any time (though hopefully not before April 10!). Isn't life amazing?
I am now under orders to begin "living a life of leisure" for the next couple of weeks, and to hang out on the couch a little more than usual. No more full days of work for me, though I plan to work a little next week to get things in order. It's strange to think of someone else having to cover my work for the next couple of months, and I want to tie everything up as neatly as possible for them. I have several projects to work on, but I'm so restless it's hard to focus on anything for more than a few minutes at a time. It's like my mind is going at three times the speed of my body lately (in case you can't tell by the disjointed tone of this post). I'm not sleeping well, and let me just tell you, nighttime tv pretty much stinks! I have seen more episodes of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in the last week than I have seen in probably two years. It's all about my body's preparation for newborns, right? In just FOUR WEEKS I will be quite busy in the middle of the night, with little time to sit and stare at the tv!


Home Stretch Blues....

Maybe "blues" is a bit strong, but it sounded like a good title, right? : )
I'm in the home stretch of this pregnancy, and it gets harder and harder every day. I've complained a lot lately, so I won't go into all the details, but I am feeling quite sorry for myself these days. There's so much I need to do, but I just don't have the energy to accomplish much at all. I have my first non-stress test (NST) today, along with a steroid injection to help the babies' lungs develop a little more quickly. I go tomorrow for the second steroid injection, then Thursday for another NST. Three appointments this week! It is my understanding that the NSTs will continue twice a week until we deliver next month, so they will be seeing my face quite a bit at the doctor's office.
Our last baby shower was Saturday, and we got lots of great things! I need to post a picture of the piles of baby gifts that are scattered all over the house. The dogs came home from my mom's yesterday, and when Petey Grace saw the big pile of stuff in the living room, she grabbed a teddy bear off the top and took off with it! She looked so happy, like she thought we had gotten her a welcome home gift. : ) I am going to pick them up some new toys this week so hopefully they won't feel as tempted to steal all the pink toys building up around here.
My goals for this week include getting all the gifts sorted and organized, and starting to wash some of the smallest outfits that the girls will wear first. Our dresser/changing table will be ordered today, as will the rocking chair, and hopefully they will both be in by next weekend so Jeremy can get them assembled. One crib is together, but we had to order a replacement leg because one of the others was cracked. It should be here any day, then both cribs will be ready! We are going to put them together in one to begin with, but I am excited to see them both up and waiting for our little girls!


Southern Snowfall

I snapped these on the way to church last Sunday, in the only snowfall we've had this year. There was about 1 1/2-2 inches on the grass at our house, but nothing major. Nonetheless, it was a pretty drive to church.
Oh, by the way, we don't usually take the dogs to church with us. They were going to my mom's for the week, since we have been having our roof replaced this week. Chloe doesn't do well with strangers in her yard. : )