Monday, April 13, 2009


Finally a chance to update. Crazy morning. I was woken up at 5 am by someone in a white coat. I'm assuming it was a med student. I know they do rounds early but it is so frustrating to be asked the same five questions by three different people within 30 minutes of each other. I'm sorry but it is. At 6 am my nurse came in to draw blood...the "before" in my Gestational Diabetes test today. She then did my vitals and made me drink the super sweet lemon lime drink for my test. Now I love a good sweet anything but that thing is ridiculous. It is so sweet and you have to drink it so fast that it really almost makes you sick. I think it kind of tastes like very sweet bathroom cleaner.

So after all that I was almost back to sleep and another doctor comes in...same five questions later; she leaves. Just back to sleep again. At 7 am my nurse comes to take more blood. They have to have the test source, and three more samples. 8:15...more blood.

9:00...more blood, hooked up to the monitor, breakfast arrives, and my transport for my sonogram shows up...all at once. They decided I'd been on the monitor long enough to go for my sonogram. I guess everything went well. It didn't seem like I was on very long at all though. I had the transport hold on for me to run to the restroom, put in my contacts and change into clean pajamas. The ride down was a treat. It was so nice to be able to at least sort of see what my surrounding were around here. Even the area right outside my door looked different than it does from in here.

My sonogram went well. Gaines is 2 lbs, 1 oz...give or take 5 ounces. He is also not breech anymore, although he still has time to turn around again. When the lady was doing the sonogram, she asked if we wanted to know the sex of the baby. I said sure, even though we already knew. "Looks like a girl" she said. Beau almost fell out. She explained that it was hard to tell but that's what it looked like to her. A few minutes later her supervisor had to come in because she was having trouble measuring Gaines' head (because he was so low...Reed was too). That lady confirmed that it was "definitely a boy". I think I heard Beau breath a big sigh of relief. You should have seen his face.

I haven't had a chance to talk to my doctors about the sonogram or the results of my Gestational Diabetes test yet so right now I don't know how they interpreted the sonogram or if I passed my test. I'll update whenever I hear.

On the way back from my sonogram they took me by my nurses station. I waved to them like I was in a parade. It was just so nice to see something other than my little gray room. Once I got back, my family and Reed were here waiting on me. I had a package from some of my sweet neighbors back home (thank y'all!) so we opened that and Reed entertained himself for about 30 minutes playing in the box of peanuts. I'll try and get pictures of that up here at some point. It was really funny. It just felt so good to laugh. I try not to laugh, sneeze, cough, cry etc. just to be safe. I know that's silly but I don't like doing anything that jars my body or makes me use my stomach muscles.

Right now Beau, Reed, my dad and sister are all at the egg roll. Reed looked SO cute. My mom is here with me and I'm getting ready to take a nap.

A quick encouraging neighbor here had her baby earlier this week. Her water broke at 32 weeks and they were going to schedule an induction for her at 34 weeks. The night before her induction she went into labor on her own. Her baby was 4 pounds and something and is doing well. They think she'll only be in the NICU 7 to 10 days. I'm just so encouraged to know about that outcome at 34 weeks after what I was told about my possible 24 weeker when we first got here. Ten weeks makes a huge difference and I've already done 4 of them.

Tomorrow is 28 weeks. Please continue to pray against infection, for Gaines to keep developing and to stay strong. Also, safe travels for my parents and Reed this afternoon. We love you all for your prayers and support.

P.S. Today is Beau's last day in his twenties...He turns 30 tomorrow!



kim_brough said...

So out of curiosity, what are the 5questions you get asked several times a day?

Teresa said...

Happy birthday to your Beau! 30 is great and 40 even better! You are all bathed in prayer and I know that God will be greatly glorified as He brings you through these waters!

Jehovah Shammah (God is there!)I love this name of God! So comforting.

Teresa Messick, Landmark Church, Montgomery, Alabama

CW said...

Why do you know what bathroom cleaner tastes like? Maybe you can explain it tomorrow when we all come to visit.

See you both soon,

Rebekah Lollar said...

I want to see a picture of you waving to your nurses acting like you're in a parade in your pajamas on a hospital bed ;)!! I laughed out loud!! Always the center of attention :)!

Collier Chronicles said...

I have to admit I am curious as to the 5 questions as well and do they not makes notes in your chart?

I am so thankful you guys have made it this long. It definitely is a God thing.

Darcy said...

Yay 28 weeks! Not to much longer and 34... I will be praying for Gaines to stay put!

I bet you just about passes out durring the ultrasound! Makes me nervous, we are going to have one in a few weeks to find out.... hopefully the tec knows what to look for!

Gabby said...

Hello, my names Gabby, I've been following your story for a few weeks. I just wanted to say I kniw exactly how annoying the Doctors are in the morning, while they're there to help it get ridiculas. I spent 6 weeks in the hospital last summer and 4 this past January. And a few weekends here and there. Not for a baby though. So I'm praying for you and little Gaines to stay healthy!!!God bless. Gabby.

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful update!! So glad to hear your BOY is over two pounds...yeah! So glad you go to go on a field trip...what a treat! Hope this good Monday is the beginning of a great week!

PS - No one should have to answer anything to anyone before the sun comes up!!! Your patience is admirable!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to Beau! Still praying!!!

Anonymous said...

love you, praying gor all. Grand Dad

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Beau.
Audie and Randel

Corrie said...

I have recently stumbled upon your site and have been keeping up with it on a daily basis. Please know that people in TX are praying for you and Gaines. My little girl was born at 28 wks. 1 day weighing 1 lb. 13 oz. and today is almost two. She is a beautiful little girl that absolutely makes our hearts melt anytime she does anything! Stay strong. I am sure you have heard this many times but just in case you haven't...every day in utero is one less day in the NICU. You and your husband are taking this experience so well. I know you are being inspirations to many out there. Please feel free to visit my blog so you can see where she started and where she has come. God is amazing and is watching over you and your little one. My prayers will continue to be with you and your family.

Lollipoplin said...

Oh, God Bless you guys! Hang in there!!

Anonymous said...

Praying that you and Gaines stay healthy - as well as Beau.

Rachel E. said...

Happy Birthday, Beau! Glad to hear that you are all continuing to do well.

The Ellis Family said...

Happy Birthday dear brother!! Glad to have you join the 30's!!

Love you! Kelly

Sara said...

What a nice update to read from you guys! Sounds like yesterday was a busy one. WOW! 28 weeks! That is definitely a wonderful testament to God! We continue to pray for you, Brittany, and think of you all the time! Here's to another quiet week! :)
In Christ,
Sara Blakeney

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEAU! Welcome to the wonderful world of "30 something!"

dhb6 said...

Yea, Yeah, whatever!! 28 weeks!! Looking at 30-- Prayers are being answered. Kay's birthday is May 26th and he is going to be big enough to celebrate Mama and Daddy's 50 years on the river this July!! We love you all-- D.