Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Almost there

We had another ultrasound checkup today. Madison gave us a thumbs up to let us know everything is going good!

I am 23 weeks...almost to viability. A big milestone in my book, a major milestone. Things are going great so far. I have prayed from the day I got pregnant that I would not be put on bed rest during football season. I just could not imagine bed rest with a toddler and a husband who travels regularly. The day after the season ended I found out just how "literal" God really is. I started having contractions 3 minutes apart all-night-long. I did all the tricks I could and finally caved in and called the doctor. She had me come in immediately for a "problem" appointment, those are never fun. The Fetal fibrinectin was negative, praise GOD!, but cervix was shorter than before and funneling a little. Long story short I was put on "modified" bed rest that week on preterm labor watch. I prayed and prayed that things would turn for the better. It seemed like things were headed in EXACTLY the same direction as they did with Hunter, I was bummed, BUT I returned a week later and was given the ALL CLEAR, not just from my "take it easy" orders but from the pelvic rest from placenta previa too! A lot can happen in one week!

So we hopped on a plane and spent the next 2 weeks traveling to Dallas, Houston and Nashville visiting friends and family and getting our Houston house on the market. I had a few "episodes" while we were out of town but nothing that warranted a trip to L&D or a call to the doctor, because I know all the tricks and follow them through until I can get them under control. That's the difference between this pregnancy and last...I can actually get them under control!

My checkup today was perfect! Things are still looking good. It seems the 17P shots are really making a difference. I no longer have placenta previa and my cervix is long and closed...no more funneling. I go back in 2 weeks for another ultrasound and a repeat fetal fibrinectin. My perinatologist doesn't like the "episodes" I have had and wants to double check things when I return. It's interesting to me how different this pregnancy is this time around. With Hunter I was constantly contracting all-day-long, every-single-day anywhere from 3 minutes apart to 10 minutes apart despite the fact that I was on medicine to stop the contractions. With this one I get an "episode" maybe once a week it lasts a few hours and I don't even flinch. Maybe it's that I trust my body more since I made it so far with Hunter despite all the activity so that with this one an episode a week seems like a blessing! Either way I am counting my blessings that things are going great and most of all that Madison looks perfect and I am vertical at week 23 and feeling good!


Cassie Channell said...

I am so glad to hear that everything is going well and you are able to keep your contractions under control!

Sarah W. said...

I love the literal answer to prayer...funny....but only funny because you are doing awesome now! YAY! So excited for you, Ash.
Cannot wait to see sweet Madison. That picture is AWESOME!

Holly said...

Praising God with you that things are going well and that you are NOT on bedrest!! So happy for you!!

Jessica said...

LOVE the thumbs up :)

The Tenner Trio said...

I'm so, so thankful for answered prayers in this pregnancy!!! I love reading up on you and little Madison ~ I'm so thankful God has given you the insight and the patience you need to make it! I'm praying your Houston home gets sold soon (so you don't have to worry with it), and you continue to feel great! Enjoy the time with your boys!!