Jacob and his brother put the remaining three cribs together yesterday and managed to squeeze them all in the baby room. With each project that gets completed it starts to feel more and more real! Its safe to say that we are all anxious for the big day to get here!!
I also feel bad because Jacob worked so hard on getting the chair rail up, straight, and perfect and you can hardly see it with all the furniture jam packed in there! I'm not even sure you can tell the bottom half of the room is blue!
I have to admit that I was very skeptical of reike when I first heard of it. It is a relaxation technique that uses your own body energy to actually calm your mind and body. I think it's considered a type of massage even though you are never actually touched by the person performing reike.
As everyone knows-because I have complained so much- I have been extremely uncomfortable lately. The Chaplin here at the hospital introduced me to Reike and I have been a believer ever since.
Within 10 minutes she has me completely relaxed, my mind at ease, the babies calm and me seconds from dozing off to sleep. It has been such a great resource and it not only allows me to get some sleep but also relax mentally. If you have never heard of it I strongly encourage you to have an open mind and give it a try. I have already looked up places in Medina that offer Reike massage so that I can continue to go once I'm home. I think there will definitely be days when I need it! Haha...
It's no wonder I'm going crazy...its been 6 weeks since I've been out in the real world!
They performed another non-stress test yesterday and everything came back normal...they also noticed that I had a contraction during that time however said it was nothing to worry over quite yet.
This morning I had to take a glucose test as well to measure my body's ability to process sugar and hopefully rule out any signs of gestational diabetes. The last time I took this test (before I was admitted) the results were fine but a lot has changed since then so I'm hoping it still comes back alright so that my diet doesn't need to be restricted.
Lexi is still loving her new school. The teachers and principal have been so nice and she even called a friend yesterday!! No play dates or sleep overs yet but we are finally headed that direction I think!
Jacob is coming out this weekend to spend the night with me. I am so looking forward to having someone rub my back at 3 AM when I can't get to sleep!! Haha...I do miss him for more than that reason but I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to actually being comfortable during the night.
Jacob brought me a couple of his shirts last week for me to wear since I had grown out of everything I bought before coming into the hospital. It felt great to have something that finally fit but it didn't last long! Today my belly hangs out the bottom!! The last time I went into school over the summer Carol (my principal) jokingly gave me a 2XL and I'm afraid that shirt is going to get a lot of wear these next two weeks! Haha.
My next appointment is Tuesday morning as well as the much awaited 28 week mark. It's funny to think how unsure we were that we would even make it this far but here we are with no signs of delivery!
I'm really hoping we can schedule a tentative date for delivery at this next appointment. I know the ultimate goal is to make it as far as possible but like I said before... I'm at a breaking point!
The non-stress test went really well as you probably read in appointment updates however it was quite the process--hooking five babies up to monitors proved to be quite the challenge!
My mom and dad were up yesterday and brought the nurses and doctors cupcakes and muffins that they and my aunt had made. They also were able to come down with me and get a glimpse of the babies during the ultrasound. It wasn't one of the detailed ones where they take all the measurements but they got to see them at least.
Today they (my parents) are in Amish Country which only makes me jealous! Jacob and I go there every year at the beginning of October. The day he proposed to me was one of our trips to Amish Country so it has even more sentimental value since then. I thought it would be cute to at least replace the day he proposed with the babies birthday:)...that would be October 1st so we'll see if they are ready then or not.
I know I haven't posted in a while...things are starting to get pretty uncomfortable! I have had really bad back and stomach pain for the past few days with heartburn to top it all off. It has been pretty consistent throughout both the day and night. I haven't been able to get much sleep since I've been so uncomfortable so to say the least I haven't been in the best of moods. I'm able to sleep in about one hour spans before either pain or babies moving wake me up. The good news though is that we are finally on the down side of the mountain!! At the most I have 3 more weeks before scheduling delivery. Knowing the day is so close brings back all the mixed emotions of anxiety and excitement. I just can not wait to look them all in their beautiful little eyes!
Tomorrow they will be checking my cervix and doing a non-stress test on the babies. I hope they do it sometime in the morning but I will have updates posted as soon as I am done- hoping to share more good news with everyone!
Cross one more week off the calendar! To make a long story short, I can not wait to be home, babies are still doing great and I am so sick of hospital food! Haha...
Next week I may be moving rooms. I will still be in the high risk OB wing just one room over. My doctor wants to start doing non-stress tests to monitor the babies however the machines which do that are only equipped to handle two babies. Therefore I need three machines in my room; the room I am in is not big enough nor do I think it has enough plugs! I am really starting to feel like an exception to the norm more and more around here.
Jacob came in tonight and I was able to escape my room but only for a half hour- how depressing right??! We went down to the cafeteria and you would have thought he had taken me to a five star restaurant. It was just so nice to be out of my room with him and eating different food. I don't think we had ever had a date at a hospital before! Haha.
We made it to another milestone-26 weeks!! I could not be happier to have made it this far without any complications! I have my appointment around 11 today to check their growth- so anxious for that!
I definitely feel as though they have gotten bigger-I haven't gotten much sleep the past few days because their kick are getting stronger and their time spent awake and active is getting longer! Last night while Jacob was here he got to see and feel the distinct kicks and see how tiny their little legs are when they push against my belly. I had been trying to explain how amazing it was to him to see a little foot and leg so I'm glad he finally got to experience it for himself!
Today is Jacob's birthday...how old he is doesn';t matter because he is still way younger than I am! He is going to the Ohio State game today with his friend Roger. I hope the weather stays somewhat decent for them today. Tomorrow he has the Browns game that he is going to with his dad. Since we couldn't do our season tickets he is trying to get a couple games in before the quints arrive-once that happens weekends like this will be a thing of the past!!!
Denny is bringing Lexi up after her basketball camp this morning to spend the day with me. I really like spending the one-on-one time with her-especially since there are not distractions like cleaning and laundry to interrupt us right now!
Only 3 more days and we are at the 26 week mark!!!
Today marks three weeks that I have been in the hospital! I can tell it's been a while that I've been here because I'm starting to get used to crazy things - like showering with flip-flops on.
I can not tell you how much I look forward to being able to walk in my house barefoot, sit on our couch, lie in a bed that doesnt have a "call nurse" button on it, drive my car, see Jacob and Lexi without waiting for them to drive here and just feel like I have a life!! Haha.
3 weeks down-4 to go??
See these pictures larger on the page titled Looking Back.