My preeclampsia is taking it's natural course: my blood pressures fluctuate from normal to high; my proteinuria is slowly creeping upward, but still hasn't hit alarming levels; my headaches are daily, but still considered benign. I may be more optimistic than my doctors, as they're all taking things a day at a time, but ah well.
Of course, delivery may not be determined by the preeclampsia, but rather labor. My contractions are becoming more regular and though they're oh-so-gradually getting more uncomfortable, the biggest difference is that they're palpating firmer. Again, nothing to be overly concerned about - I'm still able to sleep through them and they're still not always in any discernible pattern - but it's a change and something the doctors again are looking at day-by-day.
What I am taking a day at a time is just being in the hospital. It's been nearly two weeks and it's sometimes a bit of a struggle to keep my spirits up. I miss all the little things Momma B and I used to do together. I'm sad I'm not able to help her finish the nursery, or organize the rest of the baby stuff, or just take part in any of the preparations for the babies. I'm so very grateful for her - she has been so strong for me and has taken on so much. I can't imagine how difficult this must be for her, but she never lets me see it. She's amazing, truly. I'm so grateful for my family - my mom is helping with some of the crafts we want to get done and keep things around our house in order, while still visiting and keeping me company; my sister came often to keep me company as well, though I miss her now since she got a new job in the city. I'm so grateful for our friends - they've given me a break from the hospital food by bringing me lunch, they keep me company, listen to me gripe, and provide a relief from the monotony of hospital life ... and keep me from missing home and Momma B so much! I don't think I would be holding onto my sanity so well if it weren't for all of you that have supported me so much through all of this. Thank you, sincerely.
Want to see some belly pics? Okay!
|You may not see it, but my belly is a bit lopsided here since J just loves to live up in my rib cage!|
|Big belly, little head! Funny thing is, this is how I found out nearly all my stretch marks are on the right side of the linea nigra. How weird is that?! LOL|