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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Please Pray

We got some slightly disturbing news about Ellie yesterday. She has a PDA. I did a search on the internet to get a better idea of what that means. Basically, as far as I understand, a PDA is a connection between the pulmonary artery and the aorta that did not close itself off soon after birth. If left untreated it can result in congestive heart failure when a baby gets older. The doctor told us it isn't something to be overly concerned with at this time. Ellie is not exhibiting any symptoms (difficulty breathing, problems with weight gain, among others) so at this point they are just going to continue monitoring her and hopefully it will close on its own and we won't have to look at other methods of treatment. PDA is fairly common in premature babies and while they don't like to administer too many medications or perform any kind of surgery on babies so small, they do it quite frequently. We are asking for your prayers for our little girl once again. I have seen the wonderful things God does when you take your troubles and lay them at His feet. That is what Dave and I are trying to do right now. All the prayers that have been offered on our behalf have definitely been heard. God has helped us through some tough and scary times in the recent past and we know it is due to the fact that so many people have remembered our family in your prayers. We are confident that God is taking care of Ellie and that she is going to be OK.

(Here is a link to Wikipedia if you are interested in reading more about PDA.)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

They're Here!!!

It has been a crazy week around our house. Our girls arrived last Friday evening. It was definitely a surprise to Mommy because there was nothing unusual going on all day, then all of a sudden, it was time! Gracelyn Joy and Ellie Jenay made their miraculous appearance at 5:54 and 5:55 December 19. They are just beautiful and progressing really well. They were only 31 weeks and 2 days gestation, but they have definitely held their own in the neonatal ICU. Ellie had some trouble breathing initially and had to be put on a bubble C-Pap, but she is already off that and breathing fine on her own. Gracelyn had a bout with Apnea, but it looks like that has resolved itself, also. Dave and I love going to see our girls everyday, but it makes it hard to get anything else accomplished. We are just so excited to have them here we aren't very motivated to do much besides spend time with them. I am sure we are going to drive all the nurses crazy before all is said and done!!

Gracelyn's first picture. Dave got to go see both of the girls in the operating room shortly after they were born.

Ellie's first photo, also still in the operating room.

This is Ellie hanging out in her isolette. She usually isn't this wide awake but her mouth is almost always hanging open!

Gracelyn is dressed in "real" clothes for the first time. The nurses try to keep their clothes layered to help them maintain their own body temperature. Doesn't she look precious in her floral gown?

We got to take a family photo on Christmas Eve. That was the first time the girls have been near each other since they were born. I thought this one was precious. Both girls have their eyes open just taking in the world around them.

It has been a long journey for us to make it to today. We have not walked it alone. Dave and I have felt all the prayers, love, and support from so many people. I don't know how we would have made it through some of those days if it had not been for our family and friends. Seeing how so many responded while I was on bedrest was such a growing experience for me. A huge "Thank you" to everyone who lifted our family up in prayer. It is by God's grace that our girls are here and as healthy as they are.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Woo Hoo!

Dave took me on my first wheelchair ride this afternoon. The doctor gave the OK a couple of days ago, but Dave has worked so late the last few nights, we hadn't been able to go out for a spin. It was oddly exhilarating! I never thought I would get so excited about a wheelchair ride, but I really was!! I guess it has something to do with the fact that I have only seen outside my room on one occasion in my two and a half week stay here at the hospital. I went about 3 doors down the other day for my sonogram. Other than that, I have been in my room 24/7. I know this is the best thing for our girls right now and I will do anything I can to keep them growing in my belly as long as possible, but it will be nice to get out of here for 20 minutes every day!!! We took some photos to commemorate our first outing.

Here we are at the conclusion of my first big night out! We really had a lot of fun. I think next time we go we will do a little more exploring. This time, Dave just showed me around the part of the hospital he knows--the part he travels to and from my room on a daily basis. We tried to go see the newborns on the second floor, but either there weren't any, or we were looking in the wrong place!

Here I am--30 weeks and 3 days pregnant. I compared this picture to the one I posted the other day and I can't believe how much I have grown in 2 and 1/2 weeks!! I am sure the girls just hit a growth spurt, right?!?!

Nothing has really changed with me. I am still having contractions sporadically throughout the day. As long as I don't have more than about 6 in an hour they don't worry too much about them. They have gradually become a little more painful, but I know they are nothing like the "real" thing! They won't examine me again until I let them know that something has changed or is happening. I think this has kind of helped me stay optimistic. All I can do at this point is pray and believe that everything is OK. I guess it is just a waiting game. I will keep you posted.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

30 Weeks!!

Well, we made it to 30 weeks. A huge milestone that I didn't think was possible 4 weeks ago. I had a sonogram yesterday morning and the girls look good. They are both measuring between 30 and 31 weeks and each weigh about 3.5 pounds. So, I have about 7 pounds of baby in me right now. I don't have any real recent pictures, but here are a few older pics for your viewing pleasure!

This was my last morning of freedom as Dave and I were leaving for my doctor's appt. I haven't been home since!

Dave and I celebrating Thanksgiving in the hospital.

Several people have asked about the nursery. No, it is not finished. We actually have quite a bit left to do, but I know it will all come together. Our house is not very big and the nursery is definitely not very big so we don't have a lot of space for too much furniture. Once we got both of the cribs put together we realized there really isn't room for much more furniture. We do have two tall bookcases in there and I am planning on getting baskets for the shelves to use as storage, but, other than that, nothing else will fit. We have decided to skip the changing table and dresser because we don't feel they are essentials at this point, and there is no room.

The cribs and bedding are adorable, don't ya think?

Dave and I are so thankful for all the thoughts and prayers sent up on behalf of us and our girls. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful, supportive family and friends surrounding us. We know that God has very specific plans for us. We are just waiting for those plans to be revealed.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Holidays from the Hospital!

Yeah, yeah! It is about time I updated. I would like to say that I have just been so busy I haven't had time, but that is not the case. I have been laying in a hospital bed since Tuesday. Yep, I went into my weekly appt. last Tuesday and doc told me I was going to be staying for a while. My cervix had completely thinned and I had started dilating (sp?) to 3/4 cm. My water is sitting right on my cervix and Baby A's cord is down low and will deliver first. So, I will be having a c-section because of the complications delivering the cord would cause.

I will be 29 weeks on Wed. and right now we are really hoping to make it to 30 weeks. My body seems to have a mind of it's own and hasn't been responding to treatment as well as I would like, but I know that God can do anything. I am really trying to remember that and not get too discouraged when changes continue to happen. I know that it is by God's grace that we have made it this far! Please pray for the development of our girls. I know the doctors know so much these days and have so much technology to help babies born this early. It would be such a blessing for these babies to be born as developed as possible. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. Dave and I couldn't ask for anything more!!

It has been a busy week. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, lots of family and friends have been able to come visit. I have really appreciated all the visits and goodies that you have all brought. I have so much junk food to snack on, I don't know if I will ever get it all eaten!!! You are all such a huge encouragement to me and I love each of you dearly!