Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bedside potties DO work! are probably thinking, "What the heck?" Well, after last week's scary 4.5 hour appointment at the peri, Todd suggested that we get a little port-o-potty for right next to the bed. He was a darling in that he actually counted how many steps it took to get to the bathroom & back. 28 total, 14 there, 14 back. I told him I wanted the potty immediately so he went to Academy & found one for camping. It is perfect! It has also really helped me out quite a bit. I do not have to be vertical for very long at all which is giving my cervix the relief that it needs to do its job & keep the babies in.


Now, how does that tie into the peri's visit we had today? Let me start from the beginning...

First, you have to know that the night before is tortuous. Seriously, I could barely sleep. I was up every 45 minutes to an hour to go pee or to reposition myself b/c I was uncomfortable. BLAH! Nerves & anxiety are no good for sleep. Finally, I decided to wake up & just get my contractions monitoring out of the way. I put on the belt & dozed in & out of sleep for the next hour. I am happy to report that there were no contractions the whole hour! I have found the solution to stopping contractions...SLEEP! Now, if there were only a way I could sleep through the next 7 weeks. Any suggestions?

After the good report, I got to lay down for a while & wait for Todd to come home. I no longer trust myself to shower w/ no one in the house. It is better to be safe than sorry! As soon as he walked in, I got my long awaited shower! I can't tell you how good it feels. It is something we all take for granted. So, the next time you shower, stop & enjoy it.

I put on a little bit of makeup so I didn't look like death warmed over & put on jeans for the 1st time in 5 weeks. I also wore my favorite sweater. I was determined to make a good trip out of this visit. We got in the car, me laying down in the back as to not irritate the uterus & cervix. Thankfully there was no traffic & we got down to the medical center in about 15 minutes. If you live in Houston, you know that getting anywhere in 15 minutes is a miracle, especially to downtown!

It gets better...we get to the peri's office & Todd puts the receptionists in stitches. He reversed our last name w/ my first name & they couldn't find me on the appointment list. Men, they never get it right! Then, they buzzed us right in. NO WAITING! That never happens at a doctor's office. I think I can get an AMEN from everyone on that right now, lol.

I did the normal pee in a cup. Nothing to be worried about. Then I got to go right back to the ultrasound room. WOOT! Anther good thing. The peri comes in & automatically goes directly to (insert the loud, booming voice) "The Cervix". I was watching on the screen as I know what to look for. Are you ready for this? There was NO FUNNELING! She didn't say the dreaded, "I don't like this. I don't like this at all." & just moved along to the babies.

Huh...what? Did that really happen? Where is the rewind button? I was totally in shock. I didn't even think to ask how long my cervix was measuring BUT from the looks of it, I would easily say it was back up to about 3cm! YEAH! How about them apples? I wanted to jump off of the table & do a happy cervix dance. Anyone out there willing to do one for me?

Back to the scan, the babies are doing well as always. This time I remembered to ask her if all their body parts & organs were in place. She said that from the looks of it, the babies are perfect. Hehe...I knew we would make good babies given the opportunity for the egg & the sperm to meet. HALLELUYAH! They are all well over a pound now. Sofi & Ian weigh in at 1 lb 4 oz. Gabi is up on them by an oz at 1 lb 5 oz. The kids were moving cute! I love seeing their body parts.

I can't believe how blessed we are today. I am amazed at the power of prayer. More than anything, the potty worked! The peri even said so. Todd asked if it had anything to do w/ the fact that my cervix was better & she said most likely it was b/c I didn't have to be on my feet which puts pressure on the cervix. So...we are bowing down to the potty today. Todd is beaming w/ pride that he thought of getting one & I am giving him full credit this time around. I love my honey! Best of all, we don't go back to the peri for another 10 days rather than 7. That means she is happy w/ my progress. I'll be 25 weeks by the time we see her again! WWWAAAAHHHHOOOO!!!

PLEASE keep the prayers coming! We appreciate them all & know that it is helping us get through all this. God's power is amazing!


Brittanie said...

Astrid, your title cracked me up! That's hilarious! I'm so glad that you guys figured something out to make your cervix happier. I'm still praying for you!

Mom of 3 Cute Babies said...

I loved my potty too!!! I second the fact that it really does make a difference.

Kristi said...

Just stopped by from TC to catch up on how you are doing. I was so happy to read that there is no funneling!!! That's great!!! And your husband is a genius! You are doing a wonderful job doing everything you have to do to keep those babies in. Good job mommy!! We had 26 weekers, which was no picnic. So I'll be praying that you hang in there until at least 28 weeks!!

Thanks for keeping us updated. :)

Marla said...

That's great news!! Glad the potty is working and yay for dh for thinking of it!!

Norina said...

I'll do the happy cervix waddle for you, as dancing is limited at the moment LOL! Congrats on a GREAT appt! YAY!