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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Elizabeth on the Mend & the Ultrasound Update

Great News First:
  • Elizabeth is doing great after 7 days on heavy duty antibiotics. Her ear infection better and her cough is much improved. We think she's well enough to finally get back to preschool! (the picture is one from last fall, but it's one I love!)
  • We're having a wonderful time with my mom here for the last week. While all the girls battled "the plague," I tried to stay off my feet and Matt worked crazy hours at work, she's been super helpful, and exactly the support we needed. We get to keep her until Friday, so we're incredibly thankful.
  • We found out today that we are being blessed with another baby girl and she's growing perfectly! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

The Latest on the Girls:
  • Elizabeth's ear infection was a result of her tube falling out, so on April 5th she'll go under anesthesia and have the tubes in both ears replaced.
  • After 4 days of no improvement and the onset of fevers, we discovered our sweet Hannah Mae had ruptured one eardrum and had an infection in the other! The poor thing was also having lots of wheezing along with her cough, so while at the pediatrician she got a nebulizer treatment (the photo)...unfortunately, it didn't have an effect, but she was a great sport about the whole thing. After just 3 days on antibiotics she's a new baby! We're glad to have our little one happy again.

  • Ruby's recovering from the plague as well and Granna's keeping her busy with her smart phone...apparently Angry Birds is addicting...who knew??

Here's my favorite quote from the week so far:

Ruby was making an extremely loud and annoying noise for about 20 seconds. Finally, Granna said, "Ruby! I'm going to go insane!" When I asked Ruby if she knew what "insane" meant, she replied, "Yes....No....Does it mean 'Stop?'" That child is brilliant.

The Ultrasound Report:
  • Unfortunately, the clot hasn't changed in size or position. As of right now, since the baby seems to have all the room it needs to grow, the biggest risk is that I might start to bleed and the void left by the clot (the size of an orange) would cause me to go into pre-term labor. Obviously that's something that we want to avoid.
  • We were seen by my new high-risk OB today. As I'd hoped, he was able to give us lots of information and options, and in addition to a few prescriptions for medications which should help decrease the pre-term labor risk, he lightened my bed-rest restrictions. He felt comfortable with me getting out of bed more, and returning to mild activity levels. This means I probably won't need full-time help once my mom leaves and instead we can work to find part time help with housework & for the parts of my day that require the most lifting and activity. Obviously, this is really great news!
  • Lastly, Baby Girl had an abnormal finding called an echogenic bowel (it glows a bit on the ultrasound), which is most likely the result of swallowing some blood that leaked into the amniotic fluid from my clot. It's also considered a soft marker for Down's Syndrome and a few other things, but with no other hard or soft markers showing up on the ultrasound and a perfectly good explanation since I have a whole lotta blood hanging out near our sweet girl, we agreed with our OB that we'd skip the amnio. We're not worried...but having experienced an "abnormal finding" or two in our lives, we'd appreciate prayers that Baby Girl continues to be healthy and grow well.
That's the report for tonight! Thanks for coming along on our crazy ride. We so appreciate you.


Elissa said...

Loving the good news about EJ and Ruby's funny comment. When in doubt, it probably means stop :) Reminds me of the default "Jesus!" answer Lily always gives to Bible questions.

So excited that you are having another girl, and praying for the glowing bowel to resolve on its own and for the clot to remain stable enough for you to carry little Quattro until she's fully baked! Rejoicing with you that your restrictions are decreased but that you get to keep some help. (I'd be making that help permanent, btw...)

Love you guys!!

Anonymous said...

I continue to enjoy reading your articulate and exciting blog. Bless you as you prepare to welcome your 4th little one.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I had lots of bleeding (in most of my pregnancies) particularly in my 4th preg, and I, too, had an echogenic bowel show up in an ultrasound on my little Gigi. So, we of course prepared for the worst, but it was only the blood.

I'll continue to pray for you all. Bless, bless, bless you and all of yours.