Monday, March 30, 2009

A Day of Wonderful Surprises!

It's been a great day!!! It has been full of wonderful surprises!!
1) First pump of the day....milk! Yippee! I've been able to pump enough to feed Nathanael all day:).
2) I had my catheter, my IVfluids and my dialysis catheter removed today:).
3) I walked in the hallway with physio, enjoyed it and had less pain because of it.
4) I had pain control all day:).
5) I had a MOPS visit and they brought me a "Basket of Hope" basket. It is full of amazing baby and mommy gifts, including several spiritual items, and a camera. Michelle brought me some of her little guy's premie clothes. Mary took some pics of Nathanael and I.
6) I got to HOLD Nathanael!!!!! I am not sure he loved it but I was melting!
7) The nurses took some picture of me holding Nathanael.
8) I received several visits from drs and nurse, just saying hello...
9) I received the most beautiful flowers from Adam, Tarrah and Caoilainn.
Life is good. Thank you God for all your many blessings.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

I Owe It All To YOU!!!

I owe everything to God. Yesterday was, easily, one of the best days of my life. I owe it all to Him. He kept me strong and I couldn't have made it through all this without Him. I believe, fully, that He heard all my prayers, my heartache, my fears and He stuck by me the entire time. I have learned a huge lesson through all of this and I know that I will be a stronger person because of it. I have definitely learned to rely on God like I have never done before. We have a different relationship now. I also saw all the outpouring of love from my Christian brothers and sisters. What amazing witnesses all of them have been. I hope I get to share my testimony one day to help others as God has helped me.
God is amazing. He has plans for us, plans to prosper us, not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. Isn't this so true!! I love you Lord.


Welcome Baby Nathanael!!!

Another wake up call, Sat, 2am, bright red bleeding. Small amount of bright red bleeding and then trickled darker bleeding for hours. I suffered cramps and back pain off and on throughout the night. They gave me terbutaline in the wee hours for contractions. large gush, bright red around 7:30-8:00 am. The docs came in and told me that they were preparing me for the c-section. I called Todd and told him to get up here asap. I was able to talk to him on the phone as they rolled me into the OR. No time for the balloons or to take me to the main OR.
I remember, "Kelly, take a deep breath, then another'. And I was out!! I woke several hours later being told that it was all over and that both I had a baby and that both of us are fine. I was still really out of it. They took me to ICU next, I think. There I battled pain for an hour until I was out again. I woke at 6:30, or night???
Todd came by and filled me in on everything I missed. He showed me some pics of Nathanael:). Beauty:). I couldn't wait to meet him.
I spent the night in ICU, in and out of sleep due to meds. I started luck yet. They moved me back to the 5th floor but a different wing than where I spent the last 5 weeks. I spent the day moving around a little bit but apparently they want me to start slooooooow!!! I got to see Nathanael for the first time around 11am today. I can feel tears coming now as I write about it. It was a wonderful moment. My beautiful baby boy:).
Todd and the kids came to visit for a few hours this afternoon. Unfortunately, they recently put into place a new policy, that siblings have to be at least 6 to visit the NICU. It was very disappointing. Hopefully they will at least get to see him through the window in the next few weeks.
I took another trip to see Nathanael this evening. I spoke with the NICU at long length about expectations and care for Nathanael. When he was born he cried and had an apgar of a full term baby. Yeah!!! They had to intubate him later in the day because he was really trying hard to breathe. They were able to extubate him this afternoon. He is now on a c-pap. He also is jaundice and the nurse expected that he will be under the lights tomorrow morning. But he is doing so well. He is so adorable. He has Alex's nose and I think, my ears. He has the cutest little peach fuzz for hair. He is tiny but looks strong. I can't wait til I can hold him.
They told me that I may be able to go home on WEDNESDAY!! I can't wait!! I will be very sad, leaving without the little man but I know he will be home shortly after me. We have made it this far, we can make it through anything.
I look forward to many wonderful days ahead!


Friday, March 27, 2009

31 Weeks!!!

So, here, we week closer! Today has been quiet, uneventful. My pain has been less, therefore under control all day. I got to have a shower after several days without:).
Not much else to report. Kids were supposed to come for movie night but....long story, short...they are not coming.


Burger Recipe

As soon as I get out of here and back on my feet, I am going to try and make these. They sound so yummy and soooo bad for you!!


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Another Dreary Day!

Waking up in pain is never a good sign of what's to come. They woke my at 4am to put baby on the monitor. I have been fighting a cold for several days. Once awake, I started to cough. It continued for about an hour. I finally fell back asleep but when I woke at 8am, my entire chest was throbbing. I was not sure if the pain was from the new port or the coughing. In any case, I was in a lot of pain. I have taken pain meds every 4 hours, all day and plan to take them until this pain is completely gone.
I also got another shot or terbutaline for contractions early this evening. It is starting to become a daily thing. It works wonders though, and I guess that's what counts.
Todd came up to hang out with me when he realized I was having another rough day. He had his dad pick the kids up from preschool so he could spend some time with me, alone. It was nice. I can't wait to kick-start our marriage again when I get home.
Jessie made a surprise visit tonight. She shaved my legs and painted my toe nails a very pretty, bright pink. I am getting much better at Phase 10!! It's so nice of her take time out of her schedule to check in on me:).
I am hoping for a better sleep tonight... I think I have an order for sudafed if needed?? And for less pain tomorrow.
My dad's surgery went well? I guess? They were unable to find the hole/perforation when they went in, so they just closed him back up!! He is hanging out, with a drain in place, waiting to see what will happen next. Tarrah has been keeping my updated:). Hopefully they keep him at least a couple more days....

Ok, off to beddy-bye:). Nite nite!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Never Again!!!

Yesterday morning I took a trip to the OR to have an Ash catheter placed in my left chest. I wasn't anticipating what was about to happen. Basically, I felt like someone was putting a spike through my shoulder!!! I can't remember a time when I was in that much pain. Upon arriving back to the floor, they struggled to get me comfortable. After tylenol 3's, morphine and some benadryl, I spent the next few hours in a semi-conscious/sleep state. After a short nap, the pain returned with a vengeance! They gave me morphine, some more morphine and finally enough morphine to knock me out again. I started to feel relief by late last night. What a day!! I had to cancel all visitors, including the kids. I was in no way feeling up to chatting.
I drifted in and out of sleep the rest of the evening. By 1:30am they offered me some benadryl to help me sleep. I slept for a little while until I woke to the sound of my IV beeping (a usual night disturbance). While laying there I noted that I was having contraction after contraction. They put me on the monitor and sure enough I was contracting every 3-5 mins. They gave me a shot of terbutaline and they settled right down. I had a small amount of bleeding...I am assuming from all the contractions. Within 30 mins I was back to sleep and all went well for the rest of the night.
Today my pain has been MUCH more tolerable. I was able to resume some normal activities and have only taken a small amount of pain medication. The kids and Todd came up for a visit. Lily has her first (ever) t-ball practice tonight. She entered my room with her new pink helmet on and pink bat in hand. Very adorable! She is very excited. Todd is going to be coaching her team, therefore making Alex assistant coach:). They are going to try and film some of the practice tonight so I don't miss out:).
On an entirely different note....Tarrah called this morning and was at the hospital with my parents and Adam. My dad had woken through the night with abdominal pain. The pain persisted so he went to urgent care this morning. She called back about 30 mins ago and said that the CT scan shows a hole in my dad's bowel and he is heading to surgery. They expect the surgery to be about 3 hours. He will have a colostomy for 3 months. Then they will go back in and resect his bowel. I can just imagine how bad my dad is freaking out since any little change to him is life-altering. Hopefully, all will go well!! I wish they knew Jesus!!!
So, I'm gonna hang back and relax a bit. Caio for now:).


Monday, March 23, 2009

My veins have had enough and are saying, no more! The docs talked to me today about a central line. Tomorrow morning I will go to the OR and with a local (possibly a general), I will have a central line inserted into my chest. Of course, like with everything else, there is a risk....bleeding, pneumothorax, etc, but it is a pretty routine procedure. Apparently the other lady with the accreta had a problem with her IV access on the way to surgery and they said that they don't want to take that chance with me. I will soon be able to use both arms freely:).
One of my favorite residents came in about an hour ago and we had a long chat about the surgery plans. She told me that the incision is going to start at the top of my chest and run vertically down to my belly button, zigzig around the belly button and run downward. It's the safest way to get to all of the arteries around the uterus without having to mess with the placenta. She also said that they will be leaving my cervix in, as removing it can cause a large blood loss....and they will be leaving my ovaries, unless they don't want to come apart from the uterus. She talked about possibly leaving part of the placenta attached, etc...basically, that once they get in there they will have to make judgement calls based on what is best for me at that time. I asked about recovery. She said basic recovery is 2 days in ICU and then up to a week on a regular floor.
It sounds like they learned a lot from doing surgery last week on the other mom with the accreta. It's purely God!!!
Kim Miller stopped by earlier and made me a small baby album. We played dominos and chatted. As usual, it was nice to have a visitor. No kiddos today....totally bummed me out. They will be coming, tomorrow, after school.
Well, I'm gonna eat me some dinner and watch the season finale of Jon and Kate Plus 8. Until tomorrow....


Sunday, March 22, 2009


I have one IV in my right thumb and another in the bend of my right elbow...making typing very difficult. I may be cutting this a little short tonight.
They decreased my mag early this morning because I "behaved" myself through the night. But... at 11am, I had several contractions in a short period of times so they gave me a shot of terbutaline. It worked well. The contractions slowed right down. The side effects were a little yucky but it left my system as quickly as it entered. The rest of the day has been pretty uneventful:).
Carol from PFM ministry came to visit this afternoon. It was great to see her. She recently returned from a trip to Egypt and Israel. She told me that her husband (of 40 yrs), finally gave his life over to Christ in January and he was baptized in the Jordan River. How awesome!!!
Melissa, from my MOPS group, stopped by this evening. It's so nice to laugh and chat with friends like nothing is out of the ordinary. She brought me some premie clothes.....oh my gosh, they are so small and so adorable. She also brought me some nursing supplies. What a great gift!! I am sure Todd will be grateful to not have to shop for nursing supplies:).
The kids are home and ohhhhh, sooooo cute on the phone. I love listening to them when they are all excited and trying to tell my a story. I hope they come to visit tomorrow. hand is say enough.....


Friday, March 20, 2009

3 am Wake Up Call

I woke at 3am this morning to a startling discovery. I was bleeding. I felt two gushes. Sure enough, bright red blood. It's the first I have had in more than 3 weeks. Thankfully it stopped. I had another gush this morning, much darker blood this time. I bled a couple times through the day, very small amounts of dark blood. I limited my activities today, more for my mental sanity than anything.
Todd had spent the night so he was here with me:). He hung around for half the day and headed home. Then I got a wonderful surprise....Jessie called and she wanted to know if I wanted company. I was I??? Of course!!! So, she brought me Bread Co, yummy, and stayed all evening. We laughed and talked, like usual. We played cards, which turned out to be dangerous, as they were flying around the room:).
Apparently, throughout the hilarious laughter I didn't realize that I was having contractions. The nurse came in and increased my magnesium.....bummer!!! And she threatened me with terbutline. Once the mag was increased my contractions went away and I didn't require any other meds.
I am feeling the effects of the mag, and Jessie thought I was pretty funny. I feel a little "off". Anyway....whatever they need to do right??
They are having difficulty resiting my IVs. I think someone is going to suggest a PICC line. I have conflicting feelings about it but I don't think they are going to ask my opinion anyway, lol.
Well, another day down.... Looking forward to many more:).


30 Weeks!!!

We have made it to 30 weeks!!! Almost unbelievable. I had an ultrasound this morning and the baby looks great. He weighs 4.0 lbs!!!!! He is measuring 9 days over his age.....big boy:). Although, that's nothing new to this womb. I feel very encouraged by making it to 30 weeks. I can actually see us making it to 34, which seemed unimaginable when we were admitted.
The other patient, with the same diagnoses, was rushed for a c-section and surgery today. I heard the outcome was good. Thank you Lord! I just pray that our outcome is equally as successful!
The kids are visiting "the guys" for the weekend. Todd came up and we ordered chinese food. Yummy! It was a nice treat. He is here now hanging out with me. I appreciate him staying, since a quiet night at home probably sounds like pure bliss to him, right about now.
So, I will sign out for another night..... Sore throat developing....hope it's nothing....


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Squeaky Clean

Jessie came up again today! She shaved my legs, gave me a pedicure and painted my toe nails. We then shared dinner and watched Fireproof. What a great movie!!! And what an amazing friend!!! She is truly a blessing to our family!
I am feeling virtually no contractions. Small ones are still registering on the monitor but the bigger ones are very few and far between. It's quite nice not having contractions around the clock :). More importantly, I can't help but think that it's an improvement in my condition.
Todd and the kids came up for a visit today. It's so nice to see them:). I miss everyone so much. I am grateful for whatever time I get with them. I was hoping to go outside today but the weather turned out to be cool and windy. The kids are going to "the guys" house this weekend so I won't get to see them again until Sunday, maybe Monday:). I know they will have a good time though. Maddie, Todd's niece, is being baptized this weekend. Praise God:).
Well, another day is winding down. It was a great day filled with lots of love! Looking forward to a new day tomorrow:).


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More Than One of A Kind

So, I was informed this morning that there is now another patient on the floor with the same diagnosis as me. The doctors have used my MRI as a comparison. The new patient is due the week after me...and I think they mentioned she had twins?? I am encouraged by this new twist. I think the doctors can learn something new from each case. I am hopeful that by having two patients with similar stories, that they will be able to apply something new to the entire process. I wonder if they will let us meet???
Everything else, I am happy to say, is the same:). Day, by, day, by, day:). Can't wait til my next ultrasound!!!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Happy St. Patty's day! I loved watching the Today Show today. They showed all sorts of fun things from Ireland. I missed being home to spend the holiday with the kids. I always try to make, even the most simple holiday, exciting. Jessie watched the kids today so I am sure they had a great day, regardless of what they did. The weather was awesome today so I am sure they played outside.
Todd, the kids and Jessie came up to visit this evening. They brought me pizza and a St. Patty's cake. The kids seem different, so easily upset by things. I can't wait to be home and make everything better for them. Todd said Alex is crying every night at bedtime. The only way Todd has been able console him is to let him sleep with. It breaks my heart to know that he is hurting so bad.
Everything here is going well. I have had very few contractions today:). My belly is getting big:). I can only imagine how big Nathanael is getting. He likes to lie on the left side of my belly. At times, I can feel a big hump, seemingly all curled up, on my left side. So cute!
I've had a couple late nights. Gonna try to settle in soon.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Knit One...

While talking to my mom today she mentioned the sweaters she recently made for the kids. It occurred to me that having a hobby like knitting would be great right now. I have never made a baby blanket. What an opportunity. It would be great to make my first baby blanket while waiting for my third baby to be born. Now...I don't have the supplies, or the first inkling on how to knit, LOL! I will have to brainstorm but I am excited about this new prospect.
On the baby front.....things remain the same..... I have a super nice nurse (Jodi) today. It helps the day pass when I feel taken care of. She has been chit-chatting with me all day. Very nice of her!
Pastor Kenny called today to say hello and let me know that he and his family are praying for our family! I was really touched that he called me personally. We are so blessed to have found such an amazing church.
I finished reading Riven today. It was a very good book. It even choked me up a little near the end. The author has written an entire series, the Left Behind series. I will have to check into the series.
They are weighing me daily and apparently are concerned that I am not gaining any weight. The past couple of days I have "forced" myself to eat more, lol. Do they know who they are talking to? Eating is one thing that I have mastered!!! Challenge accepted :)
So, we are almost at a close for another day:). We are creeping up to 30 weeks. Truly amazing!!! Thank you God!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Still Needed?

I was really tired this morning, lacking any energy. I napped at 11:00, before having a shower. I just couldn't get moving. I have had a hard time, the past couple of days...feeling unneeded. I feel completely separated from my household. I don't know what's going on half the time and almost feel as if they have moved on without me. It's really hard to see your whole world go on without you in it. I wanted to just cry and cry it all out last night but every time I started to cry, someone came into my room. I haven't had a really good cry since this all started and I felt like I needed it. I, unfortunately, took some of my frustration out on Todd when he arrived with the kids today. Then I was crying in front of the kids, while I was yelling at Todd. Never a good thing.
After my mini-breakdown, I tried to enjoy my visit with the kids. I can't say I am feeling very upbeat at this moment, but at least I am not sobbing! I am going to try and relax, read my book and maybe watch a little tv.
I am grateful to God for another day, pregnant, regardless of the circumstances. I trust that all of this is part of His plan and that I will make it through it, one day at a time.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Book Review

Today has kinda dragged by. Thankfully, I started a book, called "Riven". It has held me captive most of the day. Saturday TV really stinks! Not much to report...everything remains the same.
Fran went to heaven yesterday. Prayers go out to the Sommer Family.

I didn't blog last night because I fell asleep while reading a book. I was really tired last night, for some reason. Anyway....we have made it to 29 weeks!! How amazing! Almost unbelievable! Things are just trucking along, day by day. I continue to have occasional contractions and small bouts of bleeding, all old stuff, thankfully.
The kids came up for a visit. They are really getting used to being up here. They know where everything is and what they cannot touch :). I miss being home so much...but can't change as Lily would say...I am going to "suck it up" and move on, LOL!
My nurse just went to check to see if I can have a I'm gonna sign off for now.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Three Weeks!

I have been in hospital for three weeks! Most days have gone by pretty fast. Today flew by, thanks to my visitors. Jessie was here for hours and pampered me by shaving my legs and giving me a manicure and pedicure. She also brought me some beautiful bright flowers from her family. The March's, Heather Patterson and Beth (Duep) came to visit as well. I feel very loved :).
Things are about the same. I had a small amount of bleeding today, all old blood, thankfully!
I am excited to make it to 29 weeks, which is tomorrow:). I can't believe we've been at this three weeks already. More to come:).
Alex got sent home from school today with pink eye. Todd's pretty sure it's not pink eye but is gonna treat it with drops, as the dr. suggested. They went out for dinner with Pop. I am glad that they all spent the day together.
Well.....there's not much else to report! Prayers still going out to Fran and family!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Day of Prayer

There were many prayers sent out today and many met. Mary had gallbladder surgery, which went well and she is at home recooperating. Maddie, my parent's neighbour's little girl, was admitted to hospital with something the docs had never seen. She is now home and about 80% better. Mary's mother-in-law Fran is in need of prayer. She has been fighting cancer for some time now. She is really suffering now and Mary has asked for pray for her to go home. I feel for the family. Tomorrow, Todd's mom will be gone 7 years. I can't say it's any easier on him that it was years ago. So, Todd, his brother and dad are in need of prayer as well.
I am thankful that my prayers have been answered and baby and I have made it through yet another day. The nurse came in a while ago and said that I was having a run of contractions and that they may increase my magnesium. I am not feeling any of them and having no bleeding, which is good....but they gotta do what they gotta do:).
I asked my doctor today what time frame he is thinking. He said 34 weeks would be ideal...or maybe even push it longer, as long as everything is going well. So, we wait :).
I had a really good friend, Judy, come to visit today. It was really nice to see her. The kids came for a visit as well. They got their hair cut on Monday and they looked so cute!! It's always so great to see them. I am so grateful that Todd makes time to bring them up here so often.
I tried to sleep without any meds last night and was up late!! I am exhausted tonight and hope for a better night sleep.
Caio for now:)


Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I am totally overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support from my church, surrounding churches, my MOPS group, friends and family!!! I have literally been spoiled. I don't need or want for anything here. I am so well taken care! I had five visitors today, three of which I had never met before. It's amazing how God's love shines in a situation like this.
I did my very first suduko puzzle today....with a pen...opps. It took me hours, lol. At least I am not on a time restraint :).
Things continue to be stable....little bleeding, little contractions:). I thank God that one more day is at a close and pray for another peaceful night.
The kids slept in today so Todd took the day off and kept them home from school. I am sure it was nice for them to have a relaxing day at home. I missed seeing them but I know it's so much work for them to come up here. I hope to see them tomorrow.
Prayers for my friend Mary that is having gallbladder surgery tomorrow!
I'm outta here:)


Monday, March 9, 2009

Room With a View

The doctors came in this morning and talked about moving me from labour and delivery to the high risk hallway. Now, I would be just outside the doors, still very close by but not right in L&D. But, then I had a small episode and they changed their minds. I am ok with staying here. It makes no difference to me. I know moving means I am more stable but I can stay stable right where I am :).
The kids came up for a couple hours. We made an advent chain for Easter and did book report for Lily's class. They had to leave because they had a hair appt. Alex's hair is getting a little wild :). I had a couple visitors from FBCA. The days are not going by as quick as they were a week ago but I can wait it out. It's all worth the wait!!!
I feel a little nervous today. Nothing that God can't take care of life is good:).
Until tomorrow.....


Sunday, March 8, 2009

It's been a quiet day. I had a couple visitors...good friends from my old church. It was great to see some old friends and catch up on what everyone's up to these days. Lily and Alex used to play with their kids. It would be wonderful for them to meet up and hang out!
Not much else to report..... Well, had a strange dream surrounding the pregnancy and woke up upset. Thankfully the feelings passed quickly. I have passed some of the day reading celebrity magazines, LOL! Whatever works right? :).
Todd called and told me he washed the floor and used pledge....hilarious....they are sliding all over the place.
That's all for now....


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Another day has passed! The kids came up for a visit. Todd brought Indian food, which is one of my favs!!! And, boy, was it ever good :).
The kids went swimming at the rec center today. I am glad that they are getting to do some of the normal things we used to do before all this started. I know that they are having episodes of crying and tantrums surrounding my absence. I pray that they can understand on some level that we still love them just as much and that one day this will all end.
Well, there's not too much else going on so I am going to sign off.
OH....I am missing my chance to be America's Next Top Model...they are in St. Louis today doing their casting call for the next season. LOL!!!
G'nite all!


Friday, March 6, 2009

A Breath of Fresh Air!!!

I took a wheelchair ride OUTSIDE today!!! They let me go to the 6th floor balcony with Todd and the kids for 30 mins. It was nice to smell the fresh air. I couldn't believe how warm it was! I was so nervous about being out of my room that I asked to go back before my time was up. It's amazing how much safer I feel in my bed, in my room, with everyone close by.
And more exciting news...I am 28 weeks today. I had an ultrasound and the baby is now 2.13lbs, which means he has gained 12 oz since admission.
I apparently have a pattern developing....each night around 7pm I am having a whole bunch of contractions, several mins apart. Tonight it started earlier, around 5ish. They gave me a pill, procardia, to help with the contractions. It's now been about an hour and a half without a contraction. Modern medicine...
The kids came up for a long visit. It is so great to spend time with them but I hate that I can't pull them really close to me and hold them for a long time. I know I will be able to do that again....soon! We ate lunch, played cars and watched a movie. I miss being home with them :(.
I made it through the night with just benadryl. I am very pleased. I hope to be sleeping on my own soon.
Well, I am off.... It's been a great day!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Looking Forward to....

I'm looking forward to today being over. It started with news that I had been having contractions every 5-6 mins and that they would be increasing my magnesium. My nurse was a little impersonal and unattentive. I spent the day lying flat, and to be honest, feeling a bit sorry for myself.
I didn't get to see the kids again, which I wasn't expecting. They got to play outside all evening. I hope they had a good day.
I didn't make it last night without a sleeping pill. I am trying benadryl tonight....just so I can get off of the habitual stuff. I hope I have a good night sleep.
Thank you God that there is only 24hrs in a day:)


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Quiet Day

Today was pretty quiet. I got up in a chair for a while, which felt sooooo good! The kids got to play outside tonight! I am happy for them that the weather is getting nice. They enjoy running in the grass and breathing the fresh air. Tammy from FBCA stopped in today and gave me the funniest book, full of cartoons, about motherhood. Very cute.
Well, that's all for today....... Tomorrow I will be here two weeks. What a blessing to make it two weeks!!
Oh, and they weighed me today and I lost 5 lbs....I guess that's what days of not eating will to do to a person. As long as the baby gets what he needs, I don't care what my weight is.
Gonna try to sleep without a sleeping pill tonight. Wish me luck:)

Kelly <3

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Great Times

Today was filled with wonderful blessings, one after another. I had a few visitors from FBCA. Jen H. brought up some of her favorite movies. I also received a book about believing in Christ.
Before my first visitors left, Donna came up to help me look beautiful! She chopped all my hair off:) It felt so wonderful. Ellen, one of my favorite nurses, took me to the shower and washed my hair so I didn't have to sit in a hairy bed.
Then Jessie came to visit and brought enough food to feed the entire ward. She cut and painted my toe nails....and rubbed my feet over and over with lotion. She cut the kids nails when they came up for a visit! We hung out, played cards and chatted. She rocks! For a young 20 year old to take time out of her schedule for an old maid like me, means a lot!!!!
The kids came for a visit after school. They looked pretty tired but hung out with me on the bed for most of the time. We played cards and blew bubbles. We were able to all eat together, courtesy of Abiding Savoir providing and delivering a meal to Todd. It's always hard to see them leave but I know it's only for a short period of time. I can't wait to tuck them in bed at night.
Tonight my MOPS group held their monthly GNO in my hospital room. What an awesome bunch of women!!! They filled me up with yummy snacks and lots of love. I am so grateful that God has placed these women in my life. I am truly blessed.
I feel good physically and mentally today. God is good!


Monday, March 2, 2009

More Advances

Today was another quiet day:). The doc decided that the baby does not need constant monitoring so I am a couple more wires less. I was also given the freedom to be up in a chair three times a day, which is huge!!! I am excited and nervous about the increase in activity. I want to just lie still and not ripple the waters and yet I know that the docs wouldn't allow something that would be potentially harmful to me and my babe.
I met some more new people from FBCA. Sandy? and her two daughters came to visit and brought me a bag of goodies...bubbles, pen and paper, nice smelly lotion, baby wipes, etc.... It is great to meet everyone from our church, since it is sooooo big...just wish it were under different circumstances.
Mimi is my nurse tonight. We've been through a lot together since I've arrived. She is wonderful and caring and personable and, and, and..... I am truly blessed with the care that I have received since admission:).
Todd's biggest client will no longer be needing his services at the end of March. It's a blessing in disguise. It will free up some of Todd's time. This is the only client that requires him to be on-site for any length of time throughout a work week. We will financially have to shuffle some things around but will be ok. Fortunately, we have had many talks about what and where to cost in the event of such circumstances.
So, overall, a good day! God is keeping me strong! He will provide:).


Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Great Visit with the Kids

The kids came by after being with "the guys" all weekend. Despite the fact that they were very tired, they were calm for most of the visit. The kids seemed more comfortable with the IV's today and seemed to think getting up to the potty was a normal thing for a grown up to do:). We watched movies, ordered pizza and just enjoyed our time snuggling together. I hope to see them again in a couple days. I miss them like crazy but I know that this is only for a short period of time when I consider spending the rest of my life being their mommy:)

27 Weeks and Counting....

I was admitted to St. Mary's last Thursday with pre-term labour. The first couple of days were touch and go and Fri evening I thought we were going to be having the baby. Since then, each day seems to get better....the contractions are less, the bleeding is less and the craziness in my head has slowed.
I am developing a different relationship with God throughout this trial. I can see some of the stepping stones that were set in place months ago that have now become vital pieces of each and every day. I am learning to lean on Him the most when I become scared or anxious. I keep repeating the scripture that Mindy brought in and taped to the wall. I am positive that God is working for the good of me and His people.
Some days pass slow, while others are gone with barely a blink. I have had numerous visitors from FBCA. Again, being obedient, and following what we thought was guidance by God to join FBCA, has blessed us ten-fold. I am in awe of His power and His plan!
We currently are not going without one single thing.... We have meals for Todd and the kids planned for Mon-Fri, every week. We have had enough offers of daycare to take care of the kids til this is all over!!! I have bags of books, movies, playing cards, etc to keep busy between visitors. I am just so impressed with the response. I have heard from friends that I haven't talked to in months...some broken friendships. There is no mention of anything other than how they can help. True testimony of who they really are inside!
Well, I will try and update daily... God is good!