Mommy Monday: 28 Weeks and another big update!

Wow, so much has happened since my last Mommy Monday update! Last Monday I was just feeling off, and I didn’t get around to doing my 27 week update. That whole weekend I was having a TON more Braxton Hicks contractions than normal. Monday night I woke up with period-like cramps that lasted about an hour and a half or so. I had my weekly ultrasound and appointment with our perinatologist scheduled for Tuesday morning, so I decided that I would definitely mention those cramps and the increased Braxton Hicks when I saw the doctor. 

 

At the appointment, they checked my cervix as usual and it was still stable. They checked the baby as well and he was perfect as usual and weighing in at 2 lbs 13 oz - right on track! :) I also got another round of the steroid injections to help the baby’s lungs develop quickly. 

 

When I mentioned the increased Braxton Hicks and the cramps, the doctor hooked me up to a monitor for about an hour or so. Low and behold I was having contractions, and a lot of them. The weird thing was that I couldn’t feel most of them. Only the big ones, and even then they didn’t hurt, they just felt like my abdomen getting tight for a bit, which is why I assumed they were just Braxton Hicks. The doctor sent me straight to labor and delivery at the hospital down the street and told me that I could expect to stay there at least until the weekend. Ben and I were SO worried, scared, and shocked.

 

We headed over to the hospital and they hooked me up to an IV (my least favorite thing EVER!!!!) with a magnesium drip to help stop contractions. I had to be on a fluid restriction while I was on the magnesium because magnesium can make your body retain fluid, specifically in your lungs which can cause pneumonia. So I could only drink little sips of water and only have a very limited amount each day. I was SO THIRSTY. 

 

I was on the magnesium from Tuesday through Thursday afternoon. They unhooked me from the IV, but left the IV needle in my arm with a saline lock in case they needed to use it again in an emergency. They started me on Nifedipine, an oral medication that stops contractions. I’ll be on that medication until l am 36 weeks. I have to take that every four hours, even at night! Which is a bit of a pain in the butt, but TOTALLY worth it! 

I got so many beautiful flowers while I was in the hospital! Thank you!!

 

I FINALLY got to go home on Sunday! The doctor checked my cervix and it hadn’t opened at all, so that was good. I am SO HAPPY TO BE HOME!! 5 nights in the hospital was really really hard and miserable, but obviously so worth it to make sure everything was ok and to keep the baby safe.

 

My sweet Ben spent every single night in the hospital with me. He slept on this awful, saggy cot next to my hospital bed. He only went home for a couple of hours each day to shower and walk Gunner, and then he was right back with me. I was seriously SO blown away by him - I couldn’t believe how sweet and caring he was and how he hardly ever left my side the entire time… I fell even more in love with him during that hospital stay. I never ever think it’s possible to love or appreciate him more, but somehow it just keeps happening. I’m such a lucky girl. I could go on and on and on, but I just thank God every day for giving me such an incredible life partner. 

 

My parents also flew down and came to visit me in the hospital every day, which was so sweet of them. They stayed at our house and took care of Gunner for us, cleaned, and prepared a bunch of frozen meals for us. They are the best!

 

Anyways, long story short, that’s the gist of it. We’re home now and I’m on even stricter bed rest and on this new medication, but all is going well! Tomorrow I’m 29 weeks pregnant! Woohoo! And tomorrow we go in for our weekly appointment and ultrasound with our perinatologist, so it will be nice to have her check my cervix and check the baby again after having been out of the hospital for a whole day and a half. It will be so nice to make sure everything is still stable and hangin’ in there! I am SO thankful that our baby boy is doing so well and that we are HOME. And I am really thankful that I didn’t have to stay in the hospital until I deliver, which is what a lot of girls in my situation have to do. Hospitals are NO FUN. 

 

All of your continued prayers, well-wishes, positive thoughts, and good vibes are SO SO SO appreciated! Please pray that I don’t have to go back to the hospital and that we have smooth sailing from here on out and that our little one stays in until at least 35 weeks (which is only 6 weeks away … crazy!! And exciting!!!). 

This is my 27 week picture - I didn't take a 28 week one because, well, i was busy. haha

 

How far along: 28 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 20 lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes!

Stretch marks? No!

Sleep: Not great, between the constant trips to the restroom and having to wake up every four hours for my medicine! haha

Best moment this week: Getting to come home from the hospital!!!!!!!!

Have you told family and friends: Yes! 

Movement: A lot! He’s getting SO strong!!

Food cravings: Fruit, salads, protein

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: Ooohh yes!

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Contractions. 

Belly Button in or out? Part in, part out still. haha

Wedding rings on or off? On!

Happy or Moody most of the time: So so emotional, but happy!

Symptoms: Contractions, peeing all the time.

Thank you for reading!! 

xo, Anna