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Saturday, September 09, 2006

29 Weeks 6 Days (13 weeks of bed rest, 2 left to go!!!)

Yea, you heard me!!! Two weeks left to go! We have set a delivery date for September 25th. As of today, we have a scheduled c-section the morning of the 25th. Jake and Ben will be 32 weeks and one day. Our doctors do not think it would be a good idea to go beyond this point. Ben has started to demonstrate something called a brain sparing effect. This sounds very scary but it actually is a good thing. Due to his small size and restricted blood flow, his body is sending all of his blood to his head to protect his brain. When this stops, we know his time is up! Right now he is doing exactly what he should be doing. We don’t know how much longer he will continue to do this and that is why the doctors don’t think it’s a good idea to let me keep going. They feel 32 weeks is also a good time for Jake too. A baby is done developing neurologically at 32 weeks. My doctor said long-term complications are very rare at this gestational age. We are praying we can make it two more weeks. If anything happens before then, we will go ahead and deliver but we are holding out for the big 32!!

We are very nervous and very excited at the same time. Lord knows I would sit in this bed for another three more months if it would help but I can’t deny that I am happy this part of the journey will be over soon. I have so enjoyed being pregnant but I have not enjoyed the restrictions. I will be a free woman soon!!! We still will be at the hospital 24/7 with the boys but I will actually be able to walk again!! Woo Hooooo!! The things we take for granted!

What’s nice about having a scheduled c-section is that we can actually hand pick our nurses and doctors. We also can mentally prepare for the big day. I just can’t believe we are going to be parents in two weeks!! I am so excited to meet Jake and Ben!

Tonight I am sitting at home while my entire family is celebrating my niece/God Child’s 1st birthday. I am so sad I can’t be there. My sister planned a huge party for her little girl that I am sure is going to be outstanding. Kevin is videotaping for me so I can see her eating her cake. He is also bringing me a plate of food so I don’t have to eat hospital food tonight, so that will be nice.

Oh by the way, my dedicated husband found an air mattress that he can squish between my bed and the bathroom door so he can stay the night with me. He actually said it is better then the pull out chair he has been sleeping on the last three weeks. He is so patient and never complains. He gets my vote for “father of the year!” :)

Well I better get going…I have lots to do!! :) I am in the process of planning FAD #30!!!!!

Thanks for staying in touch and we will keep you posted!
HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY SOPHIA RENEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Samantha said...

THAT IS GREAT NEWS!! I am so happy the boys are doing well. What a great day to have a baby- Ashley was born on Sept 24th so I know this month is a great month to have a baby(-: I hope your c-section goes well- I have been through it twice and I can say that you will be just fine. You will not feel a thing. I will pray you all get through everything fine and that your boys continue to be healthy. Good luck and best wishes!!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that things are going so well and I will pray for the next 2 weeks to be the same. I'll second your vote for Kevin's father of the year award!

Anonymous said...

Guess I should've written who will be sending those prayers:)
Love, Kandace

Renee said...

That was the magic number for Hannah also! 32 weeks! She needed a little bit of help breathing the first few days and then spent a month in the NICU growing. She was just under 5 lbs when she came home. I'm sure your boys will also do wonderful growing and getting fat during their stay there. Congratulations on having a date. I'm sure that helps you mentally prepare. Good luck planning your next party!
Thinking of you, Renee

Amanda B. said...

What excellent news!! It is so great to have a b-day set-up for them. I guess your Dad may have to hold off on that hunting adventure?? Hope all continues to go well.

Anonymous said...

Danielle, I am so thrilled for you and the boys! How wonderful that you can plan for the date! Like you said, then you can pick the docs and nurses. Plus, I think mentally it is good to have an exact date to shoot for. You have done so well and you and the boys have exceeded anything the doctors have told you, so I'm sure the c-section and the boys' entry into this world will be a continuation of your marvelous journey to motherhood. My prayers, as usual, will be with you. Now, continue to rest and take care of those boys!

Kara said...

Congratulations on reaching week 30. It is wonderful to be out of the 20's.

I am glad that you have a target date to look forward to. Both you and Kevin are already wonderful parents. Ben and Jake are truly lucky!!

My thoughts are prayers are with you -


Crystal Kalinowski said...

Awesome!! We can't wait to meet Ben and Jake too!!! I am so glad your journey is coming to an end, well, an end to this part anyway. Your journey is really just beginning!!! LOL!

God bless you all and we are parying for a safe delivery.

Love, Crystal, Jeff and Ian

Ashlie Smith said...

I'm so excited that Jake and Ben are still going strong! Glad to hear you have a scheduled date. Can't wait to make my way back down to UM hospital this time to meet those rowdy boys!

Love, Ashlie Smith :)

Anonymous said...

We are so happy things are on the upside for you both. 32 weeks will be here before you know it. Boost cocktails will finally be over! I'm sure you will miss them!!
What a story you'll have for Your precious miracles in the future.
Still praying for healthy babies.
Take care,
John TTTS Dad

denise said...

Way to go mom and dad still in texas but had to check to see how y'll are doing can't y'll tell were still here and praying for the magic number which I know that you will hit 32wks. Kevin how great you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
take care and it wouldn't be long now.
love denise