Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Week Two

Well, modified bedrest is proving easier to do than I thought.  The only difficulty I am having is not being able to bake.  I love watching cooking shows and then trying out some of the things I see and not being able to do it this year has been a little hard. My family starts getting here today for Thanksgiving and I want to be in the kitchen baking sweet treats more than anything.  But I know what I am doing is way more important this year.  I just love making dough for homemade rolls and filling the air with that sweet, yeasty aroma.  Ahh, that's life (I tried to type that in French, but I have no idea how to spell it.)  As for the boys, they are getting bigger every day and I am able to actually feel their feet and hands with my fingers right now when they are moving. It is really neat and really strange at the same time considering there are eight of them (hands and feet that is, not babies!)  
Sydney is doing great with Mommy not being able to do very much.  She and Tony are having a great time together. He was able to take her on all the errands on Saturday, which she really loved.  And after her nap, Tony took her to see her very first movie. Her best friend, Ardyn, and her daddy (Tony's best friend), came with them and they had a father-daughter double date. What a special treat that was for all of them!  When they were leaving for church on Sunday morning, I heard her say to Tony as they were walking out the door, "We will miss Mommy." So she is understanding that I just can't do very much right now and she is okay with it.  Having family here this week will be really great for her since all our family lives at least four hours away.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Odds and Ends

Sydney had her big birthday party this weekend at the local bounce house place.  She had a fantastic time.  Most of my family and Tony's family were able to come to Amarillo for the party which was really wonderful for all of us.  The theme she picked for her party was "The Backyardigans," which is a cartoon on Nick Jr. for those of you who don't know.  The pictures are all still on the camera I think, so I will try to download some at a later date.  We also just got this super cool new camcorder that is about the size of a small digital camera and is super easy to use. I will try to put some of the video on if I can figure it out.  If you're looking for a great gift to give for Christmas, I would highly recommend this little camera.
We also purchased a new vehicle for our growing family this weekend: on Ebay.  And the whole transaction just went great!  We didn't get a great "deal," but we also didn't get ripped off by a dealer.  We paid what Edmunds said it should be worth.  Tony had to fly to Memphis, TN on Sunday to pick it up and drive it home.  It was as described and completing the paperwork went great.  So if you ever wondered what kind of person would buy a car on Ebay, we would!
At my doctor's appt. yesterday I got my movements restricted. I am officially on "modified bedrest."  This means for the next seven weeks I am only supposed to do things that are necessary- and apparently my weekly trips to Walmart are not "necessary."  I can take Sydney to school, but I can't run my usual errands after I drop her off.  I can take care of simple household tasks, but no laundry and no cooking.  I don't have to be in my bed 24/7, but I do have to lay down as much as possible.  This was prompted by some pretty serious contraction action I have been experiencing since 3:30 in the morning on Thursday.  Tony put me on restricted duty on Thursday until I saw my doctor yesterday and we heard what he had to say. And I must say, it really has helped.  I feel better, not as many contractions, and definitely less stressed and more relaxed.  So today I made a lot of lists. And a list for my lists.  If I can't do it myself, I will make lists so I can try to be sure someone else knows what needs to be done.  I think I am on my eighth list at the moment.  I am sure there are more to follow.  Hopefully this "modified bedrest" will do the trick and I will not need to be placed on full bedrest or the next step which is hospital bedrest.  We only have seven very short weeks to go before 34 weeks which is when my doctor will be okay with the boys making their debut.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Good News

Sydney did about as well as can be expected during her tests today.  I think it was pretty rough on Daddy though.  The radiologist was very pleased with her results and tells us she does not have any of the major mechanical problems we were looking for which means she will not need surgery.  She does have a small amount of reflux when she voids her bladder that comes out and then goes back in and pools in her bladder. We think this is where she is picking up the bacteria that is causing the UTIs.  We don't have a plan of action as yet because we don't see her urologist until the 11th.  We are very happy with these results and please join with us in praising our Father for Sydney's continued good health. We thank you for all the prayers you have sent Him on our behalf.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Still Boys

I had another sonogram today and they are both still boys.  They are growing like they should be and look great!  Baby B is measuring about 26 weeks 2 days and Baby A is measuring 24 weeks 5 days.  They weigh 1 lb 12 oz and 1 lb 6 oz.  My doc said if they can stay in there for at least two more weeks they have a 90% chance of being born without any health problems.  We hope they will decide to stay at least another nine weeks.  Thank the Father for us.
Sydney has had a string of recurring UTIs for the last four months and as a result, she has to have a renal sonogram and a big test at the hospital tomorrow called a VCUG. This is a lovely test where they catheter her and inject radioactive dye into her bladder and watch what is does on some type of X-ray.  Now since it is an x-ray, I am not allowed to be in the room with her; her daddy gets that privilege. Please pray for her and us as this test will not be easy on any of us.  If the test shows what we think it will show, she will probably have to be scheduled for surgery to correct the problem.  My niece had the same problem when she was a baby, but hers corrected itself.  We do not think Sydney's will if that is what she has.  I'll keep you all posted on what happens with her tomorrow.