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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

ahhh....

so i learned a major life lesson on monday. monday morning after dropping kids off at school i had my scheduled non-stress test. i didn't feel great when i woke up at 6- i was having some pretty painful cramping but not contractions. i didn't think it was a big deal so i didn't take a shower or shave my legs. i figured i could do that once i got home. let's just say that it is tuesday night and i am still at the hospital. life lesson...just take a shower and shave your legs no matter what you think your day will be like.

once i got to the dr. and they started the monitor there was definitely uterine irritability and my blood pressure was higher than normal. the nurse even made a comment about my lack of smiles. i was ushered into an exam room and my dr. told me she was sending me over to the hospital so that a test could be done on my bladder and steroids could be started. after being in the labor and delivery triage for a bit i started having regular contractions. these were actually pretty uncomfortable. so needless to say i wound up being admitted for 24 hours for observation and monitoring.


now after 24 hours of meds to keep contractions at bay, 2 doses of steroids and being cared for wonderfully both in the hospital and my family being cared for in amazing ways outside the hospital i was told i would be here for the duration of this pregnancy or until the perinatologists say i can go home. tomorrow i will have a perinatologist consult and an MRI. from there we will see what is ahead. my dr. said i will have baby by 36 weeks but she is pretty sure before then...

i also found out this evening that i have a heart murmur. i had never been told that but i have wondered since i read an article relating heart murmurs and migraines. interesting. i guess i have to let my dentist know!

so this has been my last 24 hours. for ross however it has been much more hectic. God has been so wonderfully gracious to provide friends who have stepped up to the plate in our need. friends have been helping take kids to and from school & activities. others have provided meals. others have begun rallying the troops so that there is food on the table for ross and the kids. i am so very thankful and so humbled by it all. thanks just doesn't seem enough.

on another note... we are the proud new uncle and aunt of another little boy. ross' brother scott and his wife carrie brought home their newest addition, anthony. carrie is recovering after having to have an emergency c-section. she and baby are doing well and from what i have been told scott will be able to be home to help for a couple of weeks until her mom can come out. she is going to need all those extra hands!! i can't wait to meet this little guy. i saw a picture of carrie holding him and he looks pretty cute and she once again looked phenomenal. she is a beautiful momma.

well that's it for today. i am off to get some more meds and some rest for my busy day tomorrow. please continue to pray for all of our family in the days and weeks ahead! we will keep you posted.

9 comments:

Tonya Roberts said...

Oh Mandy. Shame on you. You didn't even send out an SOS with us right around the corner. Literally. Tell Ross to holler if he needs even a MOMENT of help. We will be more than happy to step up and step over and do whatever else we can do for you! Praying for you and that little one ever so much right now!
Tonya

Ross said...

I'm glad you're blogging! I hope you get some rest tonight! Good luck finding all the potato chips Anna scattered throughout your room tonight. She did a good job of making it look like she wasn't purposely dumping them on the floor.

I love you!

Aust Family said...

My prayers are with you, your family, and that little sweetie that is baking in your belly!

Emily Ryan said...

So sorry you have to stay in the hospital for awhile, but I'm glad they're keeping a close watch on your little bun in the oven. Our prayer are with yall!!

Laurie said...

Sweet Mandy,
HOw I wish the kiddos could come to TN for and extended camp! We would have so much fun! haha I am sure they are being completely loved on by friends, so your ONLY job is to rest, rest, rest, and keep that baby growing inside as long as possible. We are praying for ALL of you!!! Love you bunches

The Hill Family said...

thanks for the update...you (and ross!) will be in our prayers over the next few weeks - tell baby to hang on, although I can't wait to see photos of the next little cutie in your family!!

Vivi DiLopes Adams said...

Oh Mandy, I had no idea this was going on. Please, let me know what I can do to help.
Take care, love Vivi

One Hale of a Story... said...

Mandy! I'm so sorry you're going through this. I would however like to welcome you to the murmur club. It's a fun place, only the most special are allowed to join.
We'll be praying for you and your family. Our babies may have the same birthday! I wish there was something we could do from Texas! Relax and feel better!

Elizabeth said...

What??? I will be praying for you and Baby! I wish I could bring by a meal for you guys.