Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy 29 Weeks, Baby Girl!

Despite all the developments of last week we have made it to 29 weeks. It has been an incredible 14 weeks since my membranes first ruptured.

Things have stabilized, so late Saturday night I was moved back to the antenatal floor. They were willing to keep me on high risk for additional monitoring as long as there were available beds but Saturday night proved to be a big night for birthing babies. The wonderful nurses on 3-1200 had kept my room intact and waiting for me.

Now we are back to NSTs only three times a week which is really a struggle for me. Being on the monitors offered me peace that I am unable to find otherwise. On the upside my contractions have decreased drastically since being off the monitors. I have a feeling that the physical pressure was making my uterus that much more irritable.

Steve was able to stay with me for three nights. Despite the stress of possible delivery it was a nice reprieve to have time together. He was able to catch some extra sleep and sit still for several hours at a time. He has had so much on his shoulders for months now and I am grateful he was able to have a small breather.

I am happy to be back with my regular nurses. I may be developing some sort of Stockholm Syndrome. I am so much more comfortable in "my" room and with "my" nurses. Life is also much better now that I am allowed to eat and drink again. Being deprived of even ice chips is no fun, especially when it stretches over 36 hours with no end in sight.

I have gone a fantastic full week without a roommate. I may not have the room to myself again during my stay as tomorrow they start replacing the disgusting carpet in the hall which will force them to close several rooms at a time. It was nicE while it lasted!

Baby Girl continues to do well and seems happy to have the monitor off of her. We had a nice long visit with Anneliese today and watched Toy Story 2 for the hundredth time. It was so wonderful to snuggle Annie and relax.

I am hoping and praying to make it to at least 30 weeks. It seems right now that every day we get is a true victory. While the bleeding has stabilized I am now at a higher risk for further placental abruption. The ultimate goal is still 34 weeks but as we discussed with the doctors on Thursday it is unlikely to make it that far (but I would not be one bit surprised if this little one shocks them all).

I am praying for the strength to make it through the last leg of this pregnancy and into what waits for us after delivery. We are so grateful for the love and support we've received. It has helped to lighten our load considerably. Here is hoping we will have no new news for awhile!


  1. We are praying for you too!! and giving you all our strength.

    what a little scare and i am glad that everything is ok.

    I am glad you got some time with steve as well as Annie!!!


  2. JT--Baby girl is being prayed for all over this nation. I know she can make it to 34 weeks!

    Bethany K.

  3. Keeping track of your progress... and praying consistently for you JT!!
    I'm so glad the little scare didn't go any further. Pray you get some rest and baby girl makes it to 34 weeks!


  4. She likes to keep you on your toes, doesn't she? :) Glad everything is ok. Will continuing praying that you make it to week 34. You know, that's only 34 days away! Doesn't sound like long at all when put that way. Hang in there. Know you are loved and thought of often.

  5. Hi JT....this is Amber from BBC. I just wanted to let you know that I have been reading your blog and praying for your baby girl and your family! You are such an amazing and strong mom and both your daughters are so lucky to have you . I'll keep on praying that you make it to at least 34 weeks :)

  6. JT - I've been out of town so I'm just catching up. You've definitely had several eventful weeks recently! I'm glad that you and Baby Girl continue to do well. I know you will make it to 30 weeks and probably much further. As always,you both are in my prayers! I loved the pic of Annie helping with the u/s in an earlier post! I adore her hair! I'm so glad you have Steve to help you through all of this. He is a great guy!