Oh, Happy Monday!!!

I know for most people Mondays are the worst day of the week....This pregnancy has made it so that Mondays are the definitely my favorite day of the week! So, today I'm 29 weeks!!! Huge 180 from one week ago.

Last Tuesday night they moved me from Labor and Delivery to a medical-surgical floor since I'm now "stable" and no longer contracting regularly. I still have random irregular contractions, but that's been going on since 25 weeks or so. Nothing painful, all Braxton Hicks. Now they just listen to the babies heart tones every shift, monitor my vital signs, and let me rest as much as I can. I'm so happy they're keeping me in the hospital. I feel much safer knowing that if I start contracting or anything else happens then I'm only a wheelchair ride away from the operating room and the NICU. And, now that my Mother in Law is here to help out at home with Bear, and Ellie is taking an extended Vakay in Atlanta with my little sister, Mary Frances, I can rest even easier!

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Hanging out in the LND hospital bed after Mag was turned off & I was able to shower. Very excited.

Wednesday they drew a very routine CBC {complete blood count} and it came back that my platelets and hemoglobin were super low. They then drew a bunch more labs all day long to rule out other complications that can arise in pregnancy and cause those drops (HELLP syndrome, placental abruption, etc) and everything came back negative {thank goodness}. So, they placed me on the "anemia protocol" for the rest of my stay, hoping they wouldn't have to give me a blood transfusion if it dropped any lower. For three days I had to get IV Iron at 9am and then take a million more pills all day long. PLUS they have to take my vital signs every 6 hours instead of once a shift. Oh well. Anything to avoid a blood transfusion. As many times as I have given patients blood {and believe me, it's a lot...} it still completely freaks me out!

Thursday morning I was scheduled to take my glucose tolerance test. So, lab brought me my glucola drink at 5:10am {rude} and it was hot {rude}. But I finished it. The doc came back in a few hours later to say I failed it by a LANDSLIDE. Which was weird because I took it on an empty stomach. Turns out, the steroid shots I was given Monday and Tuesday for the babies lungs elevate my blood sugar for 7-10days. Luckily, I remembered that tid-bit from nursing school and avoided going on a hospital diabetic diet. SO! Needless to say I have to redo the glucose tolerance test this upcoming Thursday or Friday. Fabbbbbulous.

Every Tuesday and Friday I get BPPs (explained on the previous blog post) to check in on the babies a little closer. Well, this Friday was my first one! Jack's heart rate was 145bpm, Clara was 150bpm, and Olivia was 146bpm. They are all pros at moving and practicing their breathing. All fluid levels look perfect. So, each baby scored an 8/8! Clara is our pro breather. You can see her membranes rolling up and down because she breathes so heavily. Cuties! All of them! Love it!

I know I say this in every single blog post, but I cannot thank everyone enough for their overwhelming support!!! So many gifts and visitors and messages and FB posts!! I'm just amazed at how awesome ya'll are!!! So grateful! Special thanks to:

Elyse for our "girls day" with mani's (as crazy as they ended up looking haha), Cathy for the lunch and treats throughout the week/weekend, David for the massive amounts of cookies, Colette for the awesome PJs that actually fit and are comfortable to wear {score!}, Caitlin for the Sunday morning Hot coco, Wanda for the Downton Abbey DVDs, and The Smedicks for my yummy Arby's lunch and girl scout cookie delivery!

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Doing my nails with Elyse 

There's so many more people to thank and brag on for being amazing and sending me hand-me-downs, movies, TV shows, and so many other goodies to keep me occupied in the hospital!!! It really is just completely overwhelming to have such an out pour of love!

Saturday they gave me my last dose of IV iron and afterwards took out my IV because it was so sore and uncomfortable. Well, I now have Cellulitis in my arm where the IV was. I'm taking antibiotics three times a day to combat the infection and alternating hot and cold packs for pain relief. It's pretty painful. Hoping in the next few days the Antibiotics will kick in. Just another hurdle to get over, but none of it is affecting the babies.

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My IV battle wound. The red part is the infection

Otherwise, Just taking everything day by day!! I heard a neat statistic {probably not the MOST scientific, but I like it}...Every Day the babies stay in is 3 less days they spend in the NICU. I really have no idea how accurate that is...But, it's a nice reminder that the longer I stay pregnant with them, the better off they'll be! And luckily they're cooperating! Here's to hoping we have 5 more weeks of pregnancy! And if I don't get all 5, maybe I can have at least 3?? We will see what's in store.

My friend sent me this photo last week as a little pick me up:

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I made it my phone background. I may or may not have gone through some panicky moments last week, haha but I'm calm now! I'm definitely where I need to be and getting the care I need to give these babies as much time and health as they can get!

The plan from here is just to make it to 30 weeks (next Monday) and they'll talk about sending me home from Cape Fear. Although, I can't see my docs from Womack letting me get too far without wanting to just readmit me there. haha But, next goal is next Monday. One goal at a time.

Otherwise, that's all the updates I have! Here are some photos from the last week of hanging out on bedrest.

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Brandon taking over the bed while I shower

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SOME of the pills I take every morning...It's missing 3 that I took before taking the picture

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Me organizing clothes in the nursery the night we went into the hospital

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29 weeks!

Yes, I feel as huge as I look. That belly right there is holding:

over 7.5lbs of baby (closer to 8lbs) & ever growing, 3 placentas, and 3 sacs of fluid.

One Word: OUCH.

But, I love my babies! As much as they are turning my world upside down right now, I know this is just a little slice of what's to come over these next crazy years! And everyone knows it's pretty hard for me to avoid the Crazies. BRING IT ON!

Until next time <3 & HAPPY FEBRUARY!