Our micro-preemie son's journey

Mommy’s Hospital Stay (11-28 to 12-4)

As it turns out, Lorelai wanted to try and get here earlier than necessary too. I was feeling badly at school that morning with a lot of pain. I called in to the nurse, who was new, and told her that I had never been this pregnant and I wasn’t sure if what I was feeling was normal or if I was just a hypochondriac. Thankfully, she took me seriously, called my doctor, and they had me come in for testing. For those that don’t know, we’ve been dealing with some complications for a few months of higher levels of amniotic fluid, my sugars going nuts, and signs of placental resistance, which can cause growth restriction, etc. We’ve just been quiet about it, as not to cause concern.

I got hooked up and was running a slight fever and Lorelai’s heart rate was too high. She was tachycardic. I had a great nurse that insisted that there was more going on and had me admitted. We thought that she might make her appearance that night if her heart rate didn’t come down. Thankfully, when my fever started to break, she was able to get her heart rate back in check. I got a shot of terbutaline for contractions that didn’t help, so I got magnesium sulfate.

My doctor, Dr. L-R, came in and told me I gave everyone a hell of a scare, but that now that baby looked okay, we would go with the magnesium sulfate through weekend and get the steroid shots on board with monitoring. She told me that even though the monitor wasn’t necessarily picking up contractions, what I described were contractions and we needed to hold off as long as we could.

Dr. A came and saw me while I was there and did an ultrasound. Her fluid had gone down and then back up from the last appointment, but otherwise, she was doing well. I was there for right at a week and was able to go home on total bed rest and procardia to keep preterm labor at bay. The excellent news is that she is doing well despite everything and has been able to stay put. While in the hospital, I missed Cayden like crazy. Nate was SO awesome at bringing him up to see me, calling me via FaceTime, keeping up with everything, and dealing with Blue Santa stuff all at the same time. Now, the goal is to get as close to term as possible and look at a repeat c-section sometime around 38/39 weeks! Stay put little girl! We know you can do it. After all, there will be plenty of time for sibling rivalry when you get here. No need to start trying to show up your brother now. ;)

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-Tami

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