Imagine that phrase slightly louder & accompanied with ‘my water broke!’. That’s what my husband woke to from an afternoon nap Monday. What started off feeling like a tiny trickle while sitting at my desk at 3p, quickly became a gush in the bathroom that continued to gush everytime I stood horizontally. Coworkers grabbed a blanket, I called husband (sleeping) & reached the nurse who told me to come to L&D.
Remember that hospital bag that’s been unchecked off on our prebabies to do list; Jason packed it in record time while I sat on the toilet gushing. A quick goodbye to Moekitty, water bottle banana & Where She Went thrown in my purse & a hand towel between my legs, we were on our way.
We arrived at UNC around 430; I was wheelchaired right up to L&D triage (Id been there before remember). They went to do the same ‘is her water broke’ test & it was such an obvious yes they didn’t test further. The on call ob noted my cervix was still closed. I was hooked up to heartbeat monitors (babies sounded great), contraction monitor (nothing there) & they did a quick, basic ultrasound which showed Lucy still living large transverse up top with tons of fluid while Zachary was super head down with less water. Aka he started this party! I hadn’t been tested for group B Step yet so they did that in triage too.
Since I wasn’t in labor, I was admitted as a PPROM patient & have been making growing & keep inside babies my priority for the last few days. I’m not on strict bedrest; I can get up to use the bathroom, walk the room, shower (which I interestingly did yesterday) & have been encouraged to get wheelchaired off the floor. Yesterday afternoon Jason wheeled me down to Starbucks where we enjoyed drinking coffee & tea under an overhang tip it started raining (maybe our last one-on-one prebabies date?).
So far Tuesday & Wednesday went by uneventfully medically. Another MFM from mines’ group stops by around 8a. Our current goal is for me to try to grow these babies inside until 34 weeks (10 days from today). The risk of infection from ruputured sac vs born in the 32/33 week mark is better for them to stay inside til 34w. If I’m still pregnant next weekend, they’ll induce labor. I’ve signed the consent forms & thankfully all the MFMs are on board to try vaginal delivery of Z & what’s called a secondary breech extraction for L. My MFM happened to be at hospital yesterday so he stopped by. He said in his experience, once water is broken, babies typically arrive within 4-5 days which would be this weekend! Hes the MFM making rounds. & on call beginning fri night so that works out really well.
The routine since Mon night became IV of penicillin every four hours (just in case I do have GBS), as well as other antibiotics every eight hours to ward off infection to me &/or the babes. I’m also keeping on heartburn meds, iron & prenatal supplements & after getting less than 2 hours sleep Monday, they’ve given me ambian which works like a charm. I’m now done with the penicillin so no more IV. The do heartbeat & contraction monitoring twice a day (usually 9a & 9p) for 30 minutes. But our wiggle worm Z likes to make things interesting. So he’ll frequently roll or kick off the monitor & the sessions become more like an hour. I don’t mind though; their heartbeats are music to my ears.
My parents drove down Tuesday after mom leaving work a little early. My dad ended up staying & has been occupying the pull out chair/bed at nights so Jason can spend day here with me but sleep well at night (& try to clean our house some since were now very soon expecting guests & babies!
That’s the latest news for now. I’m trying to keep up on twitter when I can & have been sharing photos of the seriously fabulous food via instagram. I’m feeling very well taken care of my all the hospital staff. Thanks for the e-love & encouragement & prayers. We’ve been feeling them & I think its at least part of why I’ve been able to stay so calm.