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,