I have been on the couch the last three days which has been VERY rough. Strict bed rest is so emotionally and physically draining that I don't wish it on anyone! Luckily, we have had a lot of help from family over the last few days. My mom came on Sunday to help around the house and she made us two lasagnas, one to eat and one to freeze. C was very helpful yesterday, on 4th of July, and spent the day playing domino's with me. He also BBQ'd and lit a few fireworks off in the back yard.
It was such a beautiful day yesterday too and was hard listening to so many people riding their bikes down to the beach. There was a parade downtown and then a firework show at the end of the pier. We do live in a crazy tourist town, so there were thousands of people out and about. We usually ride our bikes down to the beach and join in the festivities, but I will look forward to next year with our boys.
C's sister is here today taking care of me and helping around the house
I had my doctor appointment today! I have been pretty nervous about it because I knew that anything could happen. I knew the possibility of going back to the hospital, or having to stay on strict bed rest. When I walked in I literally began shaking and I couldn't stop. It was the weirdest thing! It happened to me at the hospital on Friday and when we had that scare back at 17 weeks. I tried to calm myself down, but it didn't work too well. When the nurse took my blood pressure I thought it might be elevated because of the nerves... it was! I NEVER have had high blood pressure in my life! 120/80 is high for me. I tend to run VERY low, sometimes 88/48 (which is when I feel lethargic).
Once Dr. I came in, he wanted to do a cervical check, not an ultrasound, but a manual one... my first one! He said that he felt that my cervix was shortening because of the natural progression of pregnancy (my body thinks there is a full term baby in there with all the weight!). The good news... My cervix is still closed and FIRM! He was very happy with that and suggested that I no longer have to be on STRICT bed rest, but modified! So basically house arrest with out doing any work. Lots of rest rest rest! But I am happy to announce that I am sitting at the computer typing and off of that dang couch! Yes, I will still be spending a lot of time in the horizontal position, but I am feeling so much better about cooking my babies longer! I am also still having to take the procardia every four hours because I'm still having contractions on and off, but now he says I don't have to WAKE UP to take it at night.
Because of my elevated blood pressure, he is having me come back on Friday. I'm sure I will be going AT LEAST once a week if not twice from here on out! If everything is still good next week, he said he will give me more privileges, which I will be looking forward too... maybe floating in the pool!
Thanks so much for all your words of encouragement, thoughts and prayers! Please continue to pray for my little boys as they still need some time to grow and things are still so touch and go right now!