Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Do you have your bags packed?

We found out we were pregnant with baby number 2 in early April, just before Addison's original due date.  Everything was going great.  I was seeing a specialist in GR every 2 weeks for ultrasounds.  They would measure the baby for growth and measure my cervix for length.  My measurements have been from 35-40 mm every time, until last week.  

On Thursday, I went to GR for my ultrasound (US).  I new right away something was wrong.  It was the fastest US I ever had.  They asked me, "Do you have your bags packed?"  I was like no way - what for?  Well, they didn't even let me get up.  I had to be wheeled right over to the hospital.  My cervical length had shortened to 18 mm.  Which means I was about 60% effaced.  When I was hooked up to fetal monitors, it showed I was also contracting!  I couldn't even feel it!  

Since then I've been poked and pushed on more than I can count!  I have been on several different meds - Magnesium Sulfate being the worst!  I was given steriod shots to help develope baby's lungs, sleeping pills, stool softeners (I can't believe I just wrote that!) and who knows what else, but he is totally worth it.  I hope he is much easier once he comes out.  

Today has been a good day.  It is day 7 of bed rest.  I get monitored once in the morning and once after dinner.  Last night and this morning I have showed no contractions and little DeHaan's heartbeat remains strong.  They took me for another ulstrasound and my cervical length was 21-23 mm and it didn't shorten with pressure!  So I am doing great!
Please continue to pray for me, Tim and impatient baby boy DeHaan.  We want him to say put for as long as possible.  I appreciate all the cards, calls, e-mails, visits, thougths and prayers.  We love each and every one of you who has taken the time to let us know that you care.  Keep in touch!  This is just one more way for us to connect.  I'm sure I'll post again real soon.


Deb said...

Wow!! We are so glad to hear little DeHaan is finally listening to his parents! Maybe he doesn't like the magnesium either!! We are praying for all of you! Thanks for letting us all know what is happening and how to pray!!

Deb & Dew

The Lucas Family said...

Hi Jen! So glad you started a blog so I can quit bugging Kelly asking for updates all the time. We are thinking about you and praying for you! Hope your days are passing quickly!

-Vicki and Mark

Bruce, Annie, Avery & Jack said...

You guys are in our thoughts and prayer. Glad to hear that you guys are doing O.K. You are in good hands.
Andrea & Bruce

Grandma Ruth said...

Hi Jen,

We did not know about this. Tim just e-mailed me so I could send this on to the family. We are praying for all of you. I am so sorry about the meds - but glad they are working. God is taking care of you and your little guy!!!!

Aunt Ruth

Jayme said...

we will continue to keep you guys in our thoughts and prayers and we pray that your baby stays in as long as possible. hang in there jen!

Nicole Poest said...

I'm so glad you got your own blog to keep us updated!!!
I'm glad to here everything is going well.
Gary and I will keep praying that you will be in the hospital for a "long time" :) and that your little boy will stay put.


The Stewart Family said...

Hi Jen! I am so glad that you are blogging now too. I just started and Kelly had to tease me a little bit about it because I am not very good at it yet! I am so glad to hear that things are going well right now and the contractions have stopped. Please know that Derek and I are praying for you and Tim! We love you guys! God Bless the three of you!

Kate said...

Hi Jen,
We love you! Hang in there and we will keep praying for you, Tim, and baby DeHaan.

The Lyzengas

Kate said...

Hey guys! We love you!!! Hang in there, and know that we're praying for you as you wait for little baby DeHaan!

The Lyzengas

Abby Lucas said...

Hey Jen! I told you I was a "blog stalker" and thanks to Kelly I can now add you to my list of faves :) So glad to hear things just continune to are all in our thoughts and prayers daily. Don't worry either--we finally fed Mike last night :) I will be sure to get some food in him BEFORE we visit you next!!

The Rotman's said...

So fun that you're an offical blogger. I'm glad you're hanging in there. One week down.. praise God! We're hoping to visit you again soon. Hopefully kid free this time. :-) You're in our prayers!!!

Lee and Judy said...

Tim and Jen, Prayers are being answered as each additional day in the womb is a gift. The love of others is evident in all the sweet goodies you have in your room - thanks for sharing!!!! And the view from your new room is worth looking at now. See you next time with Lilly.

Lee and Judy