We hit 25 weeks (in utero) which is a really huge milestone. Much bigger than 24 in the NICU world. His overall viability increased to 80%.
Starting Saturday night, my contractions got painful and they stayed that way up until yesterday. They increased my Mag and gave me a bunch of Terbutaline shots, but nothing made them hurt less and nothing spaced them out further than 5 an hour. I also found out that my cervix has continued to shorten from 3 cm when I came in, to about 1 a couple of a days ago. I'm 1 cm dilated.
On Tuesday night, I was moved back from ante-partum to Labor and Delivery. I was actually really pissed because it happened right after the nurse's shift change and I think she was just feeling "busy," not that I was changing. So they moved me to a dungeon of a room (no windows) and tried to put me on a bed pan. I almost had a panic attack thinking of the bed pan and almost refused altogether. BUT...I follow authority and I tried it. When I really couldn't do it (and it was really uncomfortable and probably increased my contractions), they let me use a bedside commode (like a portable toilet).
I expressed my frustration (mostly through tears) with every aspect of that evening and in the morning got bathroom privileges back and I got moved to a room with a window. Yay.
You have no idea how much the small things, like a window, add when you are in the hospital for weeks at a time. I also have a big wall calendar that visitors sign and we mark down the days and the milestones. A little rolly-cart with random stuff and lots of plants and snacks and magazines from friends and family. When they make you move, they give you about a 10 minute notice. Luckily, Mr. GG was there at the time to pack up all of my stuff in a way that I wouldn't freak out about.
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But you probably want to hear how I am now. Well...we got the contractions under control yesterday and I am SO much more comfortable. But then, my friggin water broke. I just went to the bathroom, came back, and felt more liquid than normal, that's it. The doc confirmed 70% that it was my water, although I still have some left (it was probably a high leak).
So most people deliver within 48 hours of their water breaking. But some can make it for quite awhile, most commonly, about 2 weeks. The big risk factor now is infection, so I'm on new antibiotics.
I'm also still bleeding. It seems like a lot to me, but the doctor is not extremely concerned at this point (until it becomes more).
So we sit tight until 1) I bleed too much and need baby out 2) baby's heart-rate drops 3) I show signs of infection (elevated temp, tender belly).
We had another consult with NICU to understand what things will look like after birth and although it was mostly information I expected or knew, the doc was super calm and comforting and just seemed like an awesome guy to have around my the preemies. They also said that they already have a bed made up for Baby GG...and that hopefully it stays empty for awhile longer. (Sidenote: a brand-spanking new NICU with private rooms that we can stay in with the baby is opening at the end of the month.)
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Anyway...we've had a rough few days, but oddly enough, my water breaking was not the bad part. I feel like baby could come very soon, but I'm definitely hanging on and being thankful for every day he stays put.