Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I'm calling this a non-update because thankfully there isn't much to tell. They did monitor Gaines' heart rate this morning and it still looks good. Again, I know that I don't know what they are looking for, but the last few have really looked good to me. It looks like his baseline heart rate has slowed down which from what I understand is a sign of maturity. It seems to me to be a little more consistent and not all over the map like it has been. It still has the expected dips from time to time. They tell me its him "stepping" on his cord because he doesn't have much fluid. All in all I think things are pretty good with him. I hope that he stays happy where he is.

I am still not showing any signs of infection. Please pray that this keeps up. I SO want to make it to at least 28 weeks. As of tomorrow we will be over halfway to making our original "best case scenario" goal of 28 weeks. I think tomorrow I may start counting down to 28 weeks instead of up to it...if that makes any sense. Let me be clear, we would love to surpass 28 weeks but since that was given to us as best case scenario originally, it would be huge to us to make it at least that far. After that we'll reassess and come up with a new goal.

I let a little fear creep in last night about what will happen after Gaines does get here. Please pray that I don't let my mind go there again until it has to. Right now I try not and even think about that part of this journey. I try and remember that this part is so integral to what that part will consist of. The longer I stay in this bed the better off we will all be. I just know that is so not good for me to get that stuff stuck in my head. I really feel like part of this could be mental.

I guess that's about it for now. Wasn't that picture Beau posted cute? I wish we could have made it bigger but it came from a cell phone and got too fuzzy when we enlarged it. I can't wait to see that little boy again on Friday. It's been a long time. This will be his first time flying and I am a little nervous about that. Please pray for my peace of mind and for Reed's safe travels...and safe travels for my in-laws as well. Keep up all the prayers against infection and for Gaines' health. You have no idea how much they are working. It is so encouraging to us and our families to see everyone out there praying for us. We are so thankful for you all.

Love to all,



Devon said...

26 is a huge milestone...28 even better!

as a mom whose laid in a hospital bed wondering the fate of her baby (well in my case, babies) i am praying for you. its the most vulnerable place to be...hang in there. stay positive. you are doing great so far!

hoping time passes quickly as i know how hard it is to be away from your little one.

wishing you all the best!

A Growing Family said...

Thank you for sharing your story! I was on bedrest for 11 weeks but did not have a ruptured bag so I can't imagine all you are going through. I know the days must be long and your postive attitude is refreshing! Praying for your little boy.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Continuing to pray for you.

Shreveport La

Alicia said...

Yes...lets countdown to 28. I know you are going to make it. I have been praying for a very uneventful next couple of weeks. Thanks for all of your updates...in this case non-update!

my3sons said...

Yay for 26 weeks! You are doing great!! I'm still praying for the little one to stay put for at least a few more weeks! Katie

Walt and Kristy said...

just wondering why they arent constantly monitoring Gaines heartbeat...is that not necessary? i just remember being hooked up to a monitor constantly during my labor. i know your situation is very different than a normal labor and delivery though. thx for sharing updates. i've been praying for you from ocean Springs, MS. (typing w/ one hand with my baby on my lap. pardon the typos!)

Cary said...

Keep the "non-updates" coming! Those are the best kind! Prayers are continuing to be sent your way.

Aunt Sherry said...

Just checking the blog and am so happy everything is going so well.
We love you and are praying for you
every day and thinking about you all the time. I don't blog very well, so just know that I am always checking! We love you.

Aunt Sherry

Rebecca said...

I'm so thrilled! I've been out of town and missed your updates, so I couldn't believe it when I got home and you were still pregnant! My heart lept! What a miracle! You are doing fantastic, Brittany!

Brooke said...

You are doing great!

Keep up with the positive thoughts!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. Praying for you.

luluwestbrook said...

Love reading your updates. Congrats on 26 weeks! You're doing great! We'll keep praying.
-Lulu & Garner

Jennifer said...

Congrats on this milestone!

Missie said...

We continue to pray for you and your little boy (ok well both boys =j ) Don't worry too much about what happens once he arrives - he will undoubtedly be in the PICU/NICU for quite some time and in the best possible care there is - you will grow to love the nurses and other families that will feel like your family away from home. As much as I am sure you would love a 40wk. full term baby, when he gets here is in Gods hands - and later extremely capable earthly hands by professionals that deal with preterm babies on a constant basis. You will be blessed and well taken care of by all. Cast your worries aside, enjoy Reed on Friday, and look forward to 29 weeks! (wouldnt THAT be great!)
Praying for your family,

Jennifer said...

Good job, Brittany and Beau! 26 weeks! That is fantastic!

My son, Braedan flew quite a bit as a little guy. He is now 12 and flies all by himself from Atlanta to DC about 4 times a year. I bet Reed will have such a great time on the airplane!

Thanks for keeping us up to speed! The Anchor Angels continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers! You can trust we will pray for you during our staff meeting tomorrow morning!

Julie said...

Brittney & family,

This is Julie(Kelley)Hardy from Andalusia, and I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers. So thankful that you've made it to 26 weeks!!! I'll add you to my blog so I can keep in touch with how you and baby Gaines are doing.

Stephanie said...

Glad today was uneventful!!!!! Here's to 28 weeks :)

Christie said...

Made one milestone, praying for another one of 28 weeks. I am so glad things are going well at this point.