Monday, March 23, 2009

Day Five

So can you believe we've made it to day 5? Thankfully we are still here and Gaines and I are still together. As thankful as I am to be to this point, the closer we get to day 7 the more nervous I get. I know that is the start of the 7-10 day period that no doctor really thinks we'll get past (although I get the, but you could go longer, you can tell they don't really believe it. I pray that we'll prove them wrong. I'm nervous about the c-section as I've never had surgery and I'm really nervous because once Gaines gets here, the hard part starts. This business right now sure isn't easy but I know it will be harder once Gaines gets here and we are watching that tiny little one fight knowing there is nothing we can do. Not thinking about that today. Pray that those sorts of thoughts stay far from my mind.

I've had a few people ask what happens if infection never sets in. As I've said, no one here seems to think that will be the case but I asked a doctor this question this morning. According to her, different doctors have ideas on this but in general the benefits of staying in are outweighed at 34 weeks. However, the lack of fluid can start to cause problems around 30 days so they'd have to asses the situation after that point.

Just an interesting observation...what in the world do doctors do the rest of the day? I mean it seems they get their rounds done by 6:30 a.m. There is no sleeping late around here. I understand about doctors who have offices and do that the rest of the day but as I understand it, these residents don't have that...what do they do the rest of the day? Who knows. Not a complaint, just a nagging question about this time every morning.

In other news, I won my first game of spider solitaire yesterday. Can you tell I'm getting bored? Thank goodness for that. I kind of feel like that this is God's way of letting me "rest up" before Gaines gets here. Any mother knows how hard it is having a healthy newborn and how precious sleep and rest is. I guess maybe this is a little "gift" God is giving me because he knows whats to come.

They'll check Gaines (who knows how to make that possessive? sorry old English teachers) heartbeat soon but last night's sounded great and I feel him wiggling around in there. So far today is off to another good start.

The sad news is that Reed leaves today. Did Beau almost rip your heart out with that post yesterday? Broke my heart to read it. It will be very hard when he leaves today especially since we don't know when he'll be back. Pray for that today too please. Last night when he left he didn't want anyone to take him from Beau. He's pretty hesitant around me but I did get lots of kisses blown at me and quite a few bye byes. I've only been away from him since Tuesday morning it seems like he's talking so much more. I think I'm the saddest about missing all of his new things, he has been so fun lately and I can't stand missing it. Luckily he's with my parents that he loves and I think they are going to set up a web cam when they get home so we can see him. I also miss my puppy a lot today. I tell Beau that Jack and I are soul mates...we both love to just lay around and be lazy. We can also both be a little high maintenance at times. I just know how much he'd enjoy laying around in this bed with me. Sorry I know that's random.

Finishing up here, let me first say that I apologize for anyone reading this that gets slapped in the face with my medical issues like fluid leaking and the various colors of it. I know that's gross and I'd never be posting that sort of information on the Internet if it wasn't for this situation.

I guess that's it for now...I'm hooked up now to check the heartbeat and its hard to type. P.S. Not that I know what I'm looking for but the heart rate looks good. Also no fever this morning...another very good sign.

Keep praying...we love you all for it!



Angie said...

Love ya Brit. Praying for the best. Angie Sasser

PS: My anatomy class says for Beau to buy you a computer game called "The Sims 3". You make houses and people with it--keeps you busy for hours! Hurricanes may destroy your city and then you get to build it all over again. Sounds like south Alabama.

Angie said...

By the way, I told them that you are the only student to stick her tongue out at me, so Emily Ricks did so to make you feel less alone.

Sara said...

I check your blog first thing every morning, and I'm thrilled that it looks to be another boring day! So glad no fever as well! We're praying so hard for you guys and so glad you got to spend time with Reed! Wishing you a peaceful, quiet and boring day! :) In Christ,
Sara Blakeney

Collier Chronicles said...

Don't worry about the C-section. I went that route with my son. It was the best thing in my opinion. However, I can give you some pointers once you come to that bridge.

I pray you will continued to be bored. How weird to pray for that.

In Christ,
Nicole Collier

Kate said...

Bored is good!!

C-sections aren't that bad. I have already had two and will have another in October. The key is to get up and move around as soon as you can and as often as you can.

I am so glad that you guys got to spend some time with Reed; I remember reading about his birth on Kelly's blog.

Elizabeth Carter said...

Hey Brittany! I just heard what's going on. I'm so sorry and will pray for your sweet little family! (and yes, Beau brought tears to my eyes talking about having Reed at the Circus and patting his precious)! I've added your Blog to "My Favorites" so I'll stay informed! Good luck and yall are in my prayers!
Love, Elizabeth

Lynsey said...

Hey Brittany, I am so sorry to hear about what you and little Gaines are going through. I am praying that all goes well in the next few days. Stay strong and keep in mind there is a higher power watching over you and your family! Please let us know if there is anything we can do...we would be happy to assist! Take care! Much love to you and Gaines and the whole family!

aprilcjenkins said...

Hi Beau and Brittany,
I have been following your blogs since this happened. We have been praying for you everyday. We also prayed for you as a class yesterday. We will continue to keep you in our prayers daily. We love you all.
Derek and April Jenkins

Kim said...

Hey Brit_

I just wanted to say hello and let you know that I am thinking about you and praying for you, Beau and especially little Gaines. I am going to contact Marsha Purcell with the American Farm Bureau, she is a friend and wonderful lady and might be able to share some insight of options once Gaines is born. I know on one of your posts someone mentioned the contacting the Ronald McDonald House, whish would be a great possibility for you. I will be in touch. I love and miss you! KIM

Kelly said...
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Kelly said...

Brittany and Beau,

Just wanted to let you know Kelly and I are thinking about you guys and praying for the best. If you need anything done around montgomery that we can help with shoot me an email.


Jess said...

Hey Brittany, I hope you are feeling better today. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and I pray that each day gets easier for all of you! The Footprints Ministry headed up by one of my best friends, Kim Wilson, is praying for you and Gaines as well! Hope you all get to come home soon! "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."-Jeremiah 29:11

Jessica Cook

Stephanie T said...

HI Brittany,

I'm so glad things are going in the right direction for you and Gaines! We'll definitely keep both of you in our prayers.

As far as Reed, it'll be ok. I know it stinks but if it makes you feel better our kids don't remember how much Jeff was deployed when they were Reed's age. It was only until they got a little older that the time stood still with Dad away. Maybe this is God's gift to you. If you have to go through this, at least Reed is so young he'll never remember it. Plus, he's being spoiled by Grandparents while you are away!

I'm not sure if I helped or made it worse, but I just kept thinking of how our kids were when they were little and Jeff was always gone.

Hang in there!



Joe said...

Brittany and Beau,

Ashley , Hill, and I heard about everything last week, and you all have been in our prayers ever since. Brittany, I know how hard it is to be in the hospital for an extended period of time with no direction -- I was stuck at Children's Hospital for 10 days after brain surgery back in '97. The days seem to run together after a while, which is good if you intend to be there a while. You've probably figured this out already, but make friends with the nurses; they will make your life so much better.

Ashley wanted me to tell you not to worry about a C-section. She did not want one because she'd never had surgery, but we had to have one with Hill due to some complications we had with him. It was quick and easy; much better than the videos and literature make it out. My mother had five of them (as long ago as 1981), so they can't be that bad. We hope a C-section won't be necessary, but if it is, God will use it for good.

Anyway, we are praying for you, Beau, Reed, and Gaines. I know Gaines is proud of you for fighting so hard for him, as we all are. If Ashley and I can do anything for you, Beau, or Reed, please let us know. My cell is 334.324.6364.

The Hubbards,
Ashley, Joe, and Hill

Shannon Hardy said...

Hey my high maintenance princess! Sounds like you and Gaines are hanging in there. Glad to hear positive reports. Remember God doesnt give us more than he thinks we can handle. He is there to comfort and support you. Just wanted you to know that Im thinking about you and praying for you and your family. Im so glad that Kelly set up this website to keep everyone informed. Give Gaines a gentle rub for me. Sending lots of hugs and kisses. Shannon

Arnita said...

Thinking about you guys and continuing to pray for your family.

Andrew and Lauren Hess said...

Hi Brittany,

You don't know who I am but I a "blog friend" of Kelly Ellis and I saw her post about you and your family. I went in to the hospital at 22 weeks dialated with twin boys. I totally know how you are feeling now being cooped up in the hospital praying every day that you keep that little one tucked away. Sometimes I felt like the doctors have to tell you the "negative" just to cover themselves but I'm sure they have all seen miracles happen. We will pray that you and Gaines are one of those miracles. Hang in there! Also, I played a lot of hidden picture games to pass the time. Just Google "hidden picture games" and you should be able to find some!

Lauren Hess

william mikel said...

Hi Brittany and Beau;

Just want to say I love you and I am praying for you.

Grand Ma Driver

Lee Ann Hester said...

Hi Brittany and Beau,
Kelly Reed passed on your blog site to us. I'm praying for you both, Gaines, Reed, and Jack several times a day. It seems that I can't look next door without talking to God about you all. And, yes, God has a reason for this. Ann was sick with osteomylytis (spelling?) when she was 3 weeks old and had 3 surgeries and a month of IV antibiotics. And she is so fine now. :) Tomorrow she will be 13 and just the other day one of the men who came and prayed for her in the hospital told her that story from his point of view. It was so sweet. A reminder to Ann that God is faithful. And I was able to tell that man that not only did he come to pray for her, but I learned 2 years later that one of the nurses who came in the room the day he was there and prayed for her, too, was now a wonderful Christian mom with 3 children of her own. And I think his prayer had a lot to do with sharing God with her and encouraging her. So we just don't know the mighty works God is doing! One of them I know is what He is doing for Gaines every moment of every day -growing him and taking care of all the things we can't see. I am so thankful to hear of His blessing to you all. May He continue to give you comfort and strength. If you need us to do anything for you, just let us know. We'd be happy to. With much love,
The Hesters

Vera said...

Continuing to pray that Gaines stays snuggly and healthy inside of you!


Gaines's womb is nice and snug.