Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bed rest...

Many of you know that Zach and I are expecting identical twin boys this summer. We are soooo excited to FINALLY be able to start out family. Well, the boys are healthy and strong and growing nicely. Right now they are a little over a pound each. Because I'm having multiples, I have to see a regular OB/GYN and a high risk doc. This past Wednesday I went in to see my high risk doc for a regular 3 week check up. The appointment was going well as they monitored the boys and were very pleased with their progress. At the end, my high risk doc checked me cervix to make sure it was a good length and that it was strong. Well, that was not the case. He had a hard time finding it because it had gotten short and soft so fast. He told me to go home and get my things because I would need to stay at he hospital for a day or two and I would have to get a cerclage. A cerclage is a procedure where they sew up the cervix to keep the babies in longer. Thursday morning I had the cerclage put in and Thursday evening I was able to leave. I'm so glad I didn't have to spend another night in the hospital. I was emotional when I woke up from the anesthetics and I didn't know why but I knew things would be different. I had some cramping from the procedure but I got pain meds for that. When I was able to go back to my room I saw Zach and my mom waiting for me. I was so happy to see them I started crying. Then, Zach came over and told me what the doc had told him... He said if he did not catch this in time then I would have gone into labor and had to deliver the babies at 21 weeks and they would not have survived. I was so scared and sad at what could have been that I could not stop crying. We have waited so long to have a family and we could have lost them.

So, now I am on strict bed rest. I can not sit up. I can't eat dinner at the dinner table I have to eat laying down or at a little incline. I can only go to the bathroom or take a shower and come lay back down. I can't take a shower every day. It's has to be every other day or every 3 days. And obviously I can not go anywhere except to the doctors office.

Well, now that you know what is going on....my sis in law suggested I write a blog about my journey on bed rest :-). I thought it would be a fun thing to do and it would be another thing to keep me busy and occupied. I'm not sure yet whether I want to do day by day or week by week. I will prob do week by week just because I do a lot of the same things every day, like laying down. :-) So, writing week by week will be my verbal "celebration" of being able to keep these babies cooking another week. Right now I'm 22 weeks and 3days. My doc hopes I can make it 9 weeks so they have a better chance at surviving. I'm shooting for 12 weeks. We will see what happens.

I did receive a blessing from my husband and dad on Thursday evening and that helped me be at peace with the whole situation. Then, I read my patriarchal blessing and that also gave me peace and hope. I know that the Lord has a plan for us and I know that He will take care of me and the babies. I was really sad at first but now I'm more optimistic and will do what I have to do for my baby boys so they can be healthy and strong.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. Love y'all!


Ry and Nat said...

Great idea to blog about it. I know I will enjoy the updates. We love you so much and are so proud of the incredible, strong woman you are!! Hang in there :-)

allison said...

bed rest?! you will get a lot of reading done!! i cant wait to see yalls little ones :)