Friday, January 4, 2008

Our 1st trip to the hospital!

Yep, yesterday we had our 1st trip to the hospital with contractions. Ok, first, I didn't realize they were really contractions. I thought they would hurt but all it did was really make my tummy hard, almost like the babies were balling up. I could feel my tummy start to tighten & then relax again in about a 15-20 second cycle. They weren't too close together. I had 5 that I could count in about 1 hour & 45 minutes. So, I decided to call the peri's office. I spoke to the nurse & she said she was going to talk to Dr. Adam & then call me back.

About 15 minutes later, I received the call to go to the hospital to get monitored for contractions. I called Todd to come pick me up. Poor thing was already having a rough day at work but then to be calle by his wife to tell him, "We are off to the hospital"...well, I am sure that couldn't have been good for his stress level.

We arrived at the hospital & went to the L&D testing center. I was hooked up to the TOCO (monitoring machine) & for the 1st 20 minutes, nothing. Then out of the blue, I had about 4 contractions that were somewhere between 4-10 minutes apart. As soon as I saw that, I turned & told Todd, "Get ready b/c they are about to put me on some medication that will help stop them." He looked at me & you could see the worry in his face. It broke my heart b/c all I wanted was for my body to cooperate. I told him I was sorry that my body wasn't doing what it needed to.

The second I finished my sentence, the nurse comes in & proceeds to tell us that I would be given a shot of terbulaline to stop the contractions. If it didn't work, she was authorized to give me 2 more at 15 minute intervals & then my 1st dose of albuterol (drug normally prescribed for asthmatics but also for preterm contractions). Had this not worked, I don't know what the next step would have been but I am glad to report that the contractions stopped w/ the 1st shot!

From there I went to the peri's office b/c she wanted to put me on a home monitoring system & check the babies. The trips are doing fantastic & the peri is very happy w/ their growth & development. Apparently my body is doing it's job getting the babies fed! Thank God for little favors! Their stats are...

Sofi ~ 21w 4d, 1 lb
Gabi ~ 21w 4d, 1 lb
Ian ~ 21w 5d, 1 lb 2 oz

They are big babies & all ahead of their gestational age by 2-3 days! That brings me comfort. While there, they were moving like crazy. It was cute to see all their parts. I was also told that although my cervix & the cerclage was still holding, when pressured, I was still funneling. No problem! I'll stay off of my feet. I was also given a prescription of the albuterol to take every 6 hours to fight off the contractions. More meds for me!

As of now, I am still having some minor contractions BUT they aren't happening frequently enough to worry about it. The albuterol is doing its job for now. If I need to, the dose can be taken every 4 hours. After that, it is going to be a terbutaline pump. Boy, does that stuf make you jittery! I'm not sure that I would want to be on that 24/7 BUT if I have to be to keep these babies baking, I sure will!

As always, PLEASE keep those prayers coming! It is so hard to get through the days w/o worry but I am trying the best I can. The prayers definitely help! Love to you all!


Renee said...

So glad you're all home & those babies decided to wait! *hugs*

Mama1234 said...

Hey Astrid,
Just wanted to say I am sending SO many thoughts and prayers your way! Continue to take great care of those babies like you already are. I can't imagine what you're going through but try not to worry, with so many prayers going out to you, those babies aren't goin' anywhere. Thanks for keeping us posted.
Mary (Mama1234)

Brittanie said...

I'm keeping you in my prayers honey! Tell those three that I said to behave and stay put for a while longer and not to make me come down there!

Marla said...

So glad you're home and that all is well with the kiddos. Take care and know that there are lots of people praying for y'all!

Marla (from JM)