Well the update since Saturday is not that exciting really. It’s starting to seem like the same old song and dance day after day. Have a partially good day. Have a partially challenging day of discomfort and contractions. Get put on some kind of labor stopping medicine. Feel better after several hours. Start the whole thing over again.
On Sunday I, just like usual, started having consistent, intense contractions sometime in the late afternoon or evening. Instead of giving me the Breathine shot, which is what they’ve been doing the last few days, they went back to the magnesium instead, upping it to the highest dosage to get them to stop. As usual, after having been on it for a little while, they drew my blood to test the levels of magnesium and make sure they weren’t too high. They’ve done this every time, and I’ve never had a problem. But for some reason this time they came back at a level that was a bit concerning to my doctor. So, they turned it down sooner than expected. Thankfully, it had worked on me long enough that the contractions had slowed down, but unfortunately the lower dosage didn’t do the trick entirely so I pretty much woke up to contractions off and on throughout the night.
But by this morning, things had calmed down a bit, and I was only having sporadic ones that weren’t too intense. After having been off all weekend, my doctor came by to see me this morning. He decided to go ahead and wean me off the magnesium yet again. He says that as of now he’s thinking we’ll just see what happens as I go off of it, and if the contractions start back up, he probably won’t put me back on it. He thinks we’ll have our babies this week for sure!
I obviously have mixed feelings about this. But he seems confident that they are doing so well and that at this point there will be mild issues to deal with in the NICU. Even though I would rather them stay in there as long as possible, I am so excited to meet them! Despite my fears, it’s impossible not to feel a little giddy at the thought of possibly getting to meet them this week. I’m not sure if it’s right or wrong to feel that way, but I can’t help it.
The weekly email I receive from BabyCenter was especially encouraging this week. Unfortunately I’m not quite 34 weeks (I get these emails a little early) but I’m close enough that it still made me feel good!
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers – which she’ll need to regulate her body temperature once she’s born – are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.
And now for a short list of the highs of hospital bedrest. Because there really are good things in every situation.
Highs: the love we’ve felt from all the people who have reached out to encourage us, my amazing nurses, the fruit plates sent by the hospital cafeteria, gaining a refreshed appreciation for small things in life like showering, getting to hang out with the husband more than usual, updating my blog more than usual, getting to listen to the babies heartbeats 24/7, the anticipation of finally getting to hold my babies!