Monday, July 14, 2008

24 Weeks, 5 Days... I'M HOME!!!

You read the caption right, I'm home!!! Here's how everything played out!

We had a great week at the hospital, the babies really cooperated! Contractions were only coming about 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after my Procardia which is the contraction medicine I was on. It's one of the weakest there is so that was a great thing too! My cervical length two weeks ago was 3.1 which was not too great, down from 4.7 the week before. That was not good news. Last Monday morning we were anticipating having to have a cerclage (where they stitch the cervix closed.) When they measured me last week we were up to 3.6-3.7 which meant the bed rest was working, it had taken the pressure off the cervix and allowed it to lengthen. (I know this is probably too much info for some of you, I'm sorry, I'm just so excited!) Well, today was go or no go, we couldn't have a cerclage past Wednesday, which is 25 weeks! I didn't sleep last night in anticipation for the ultrasound. She normally comes around 8, but of course today she showed up at 10:30. She measured and said, what was it last week and I said 3.6. She said, well, it looks long. I said, I'm not going to breathe until you give me a length. She said, how does 3.9 sound? I almost jumped out of the bed with excitement! More bed rest had done my body good!! She then checked the baby's heart rates, fluid, etc. and everything was great! My nurse came in and said, what do you want to do and I held back the tears and said, I want to go home! Even if it's for one night, I want to go home! She left and got the resident doctor who came in and said, I've started your discharge papers. Once again, I almost jumped out of the bed. Then she told me she had not talked to my doctor yet. I bounced back to reality and told her to please call him and if he had any reservation whatsoever about me going home, I would stay, I trust him more than anything. She came back and said, as long as you're willing to give yourself shots at home, you can go. Well, duh, I gave myself shots to get this way, so heck, yeah, I'll give myself a shot! Normally discharging a patient takes hours as I'm sure most of you know, but we had the BEST nurse we've had the whole hospitalization and she said, don't order lunch, I'm going to have you out of here by 11:30! Matt couldn't pack fast enough!! It was so surreal leaving the hospital, getting in the van and smelling the new car smell that everyone else said they could still smell but I had gotten used to, well, today it smelt like it was just off the lot! The sun was brighter, the trees were greener and nothing, I mean, nothing was going to make my smile go away today! We had to stop at the pharmacy and get the new 8 meds they have put me on over the course of the last 4 weeks, 2 days in the hospital and then it was off to the daycare to get Hannah Noelle! Keep in mind, I have on one of Matt's t-shirts and a pair of hot pink pajama pants.. I would have gone home naked if I would have had to!! Matt went inside the daycare and two of the people that have helped raise my daughter for the last 4 weeks came out to see the HUGE belly! Go ahead Kelly, leave a comment about it, I know you want to!! When Matt walked out the door holding HN she looked at Mandy and Kelly like who are you talking to. When she saw my face she said in the sweetest voice I have ever heard, Mommy! I melted!! She smiled the whole way home!!! Then she commenced to showing me around the house like I had never been here before! I am on the same restrictions I was in the hospital, I can go to the bathroom and take 1 shower a day...well, guess what, I can take a bath because I'm home! That was so awesome!!!!!!!
Please continue to pray for our family! I will be going to the doctor twice a week and I'm not able to drive so thanks in advance to everyone that signs up to take me! Please pray that I get a week or two or three or four at home!! I will monitor for contractions twice daily and that will determine how long I stay home along with cervical length and baby's growth! Grow Muffins Grow!! Thanks so much for all of your support and prayers!!! I'm going to snuggle with my daughter tonight and eat with real silverware!!!!!!!! Love to you all!!!


Tubre Quads said...

Yahoo!! Way to Geaux Sandra and Cochran quads!! Enjoy the snuggle time with Hannah Noelle.


Jennifer_Hamilton said...

Yay! Glad you're home! Anytime I complain about my pregnancy I think about you and think it could be worse. I could be at the hospital like you! OK call it pregnancy hormones or what but I cried when I read the part about HN! LOL!

Kel Tuf said...

I was so glad to see you today! The only thing I have to say about the belly is "I'm jealous" but I know my time is coming. You words that God will not give me more than I can handle replays in my head all the time. You have been great in helping me in my quest.

Enjoy your preciuos time at home with Hannah Noelle and as always if you need anything please don't hesitate to ask. Love ya!

The Carlsons said...

congrats on being home! keep up the good work. praying you can make it to at least 32 weeks!

-fellow quad mom of GGGG and 4yo boy