Monday, November 29, 2010

babE Grayson: McMaster visit

After a long day at McMaster, we got GREAT news. We’ve been doing the right things, and although we’re not out of the woods, they aren’t concerned about Grayson coming early! PTL

My numbers have come back up into an okay range. I am still off work until Gray arrives, but I do have a bit more freedom. I have been staying in bed most of the time, but they did give me the freedom to get out of bed for a few hours at a time a few times a day. I still can’t go and do a full grocery shop by myself, but if we just need to run to the store for 5 or 10 things I able to do that. I’m allowed to be up and about to cook meals, and do a bit of tidying or scrapbooking. I am not allowed to clean yet, too much bending or movement, but I’m happy to be able to cook a meal once in a while! This means a bit more time at family things over the next month than we were planning, which is a huge blessing.

 They are advising that we have the steroid injections to help Grayson’s lungs, brain and bowels if he does come early, but they did not see him coming in the next 4 weeks, so advised us to wait until 28 weeks. At that point it will have the greatest effect on him, but still with no implications if he does go full term.

 We did have another full in depth ultrasound, and got to see Grayson again, some images in 3D. They did tell us that he’s measuring at about 25 ½ week rather than 23 but considering the difference in Brian and I’s size that not unexpected to us. I doubted that we would be having a little 5lb babE.

Thank you for all your prayers and support! We’ve gotten over the hardest part I hope, and now that we’re in a better place I hope that it’s relatively smooth from here on out.
 In less than 17 weeks we’ll all be meeting Mr Grayson, and forgetting how long this last bit has seemed.
 Thank you and we’ll keep you updated.
 Jac and Brian and babE Gray
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

babE Grayson: 23 Weeks

Today we’ve made it to 23 weeks, one more week and the doctors will be a bit happier. We’ve been on bed rest for just over a week now, hopefully we have 17 more week here.

 Monday we go see Dr Brennan in Hamilton. She’s the specialist that our Ob/Gyn has referred us to for Grayson’s care. We’re expecting a battery of test on Monday morning, along with another in depth ultrasound. She’ll walk us through what the next 17 weeks will hopefully look like, as well as our plan going forward. For right now everything is up in the air until we see Dr Brennan, and we know where we’re headed. We’ll find out the plan as far as steroids to help develop Gray’s lungs if he were to come early, and if we’ll be going to Hamilton or just to Guelph for that.

 We are standing firm on the belief that Grayson will have a March birthday, and not come a day too early. We’re putting our trust and hope in God. He’s the author of life, and he had Grayson’s destiny planned befoe he was conceived. The next 17 weeks may not be that enjoyable for me, but I will get through it with grace and patience if that’s what is best for Gray.

 I’m going to try and send out weekly updates to keep you all in the loop as to what’s going on and what the Dr’s are saying.

 Thank you for all your prayers and support. They mean so much to us.

 Blessings, and we love you all!

 Jac, Brian and babE Grayson
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The New Normal

Today begins week two of bed rest. We’ve fallen into a new normal it seems. At night B does his work in bed with me rather than working at the kitchen table. My in-laws come by once a week to clean the house and help with the ever growing to do list we have on the go. My mom makes us meals for the freezer; my dad stops by after his weekly treatment for coffee. My friends pop by once in a while for short visits, or to borrow some scrapping supplies. Lots of emails and a few phone calls. And lots of love.

I think the biggest change is just the amount of time I spend thinking about Grayson. What he’ll be like when he’s older, what kind of baby he’ll be, will he wait until March? The last part scares me the most, and is the thing I think about the most. But when these thoughts pop into my head, I remind myself that although God blessed us with such an amazing gift, Grayson’s life is still in God’s hands. God numbered Gray’s days before he was conceived, and I have to put my trust in God that Gray is going to get here just in perfect time.

I have to remind myself that as hard as the next 17 weeks is going to be, I’m building our family. I’m not just lazing around the house doing nothing, I have a huge job right now, yes it is partly to sit on my butt and do nothing, but that’s important.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010


I’ve been a bad blogger lately. It’s been a crazy few weeks. I had my first show for my new business, a weekend away (which was much needed) and my annual girl’s weekend with my mom and sister baking Christmas cookies.

The other big news here for babE and me, is that we’re on bed rest until babE Grayson is ready to arrive, hopefully still in March. Grayson is doing just fine, he’s a healthy babE boy, the issue is with me. So I get to hang out in my bed for 22 to 23 hours a day now.

 Today is Day 2. Started out like a normal day – went downstairs and had breakfast with B. Got some eggs boiled for a snack later on. Just because I’m on bed rest doesn’t mean that I can eat sugar and junk all day – I still have to get my body back after Mr G arrives.

So now I’m in bed, watching some tv, and blogging. I have a feeling that there might be daily posts between the two blogs. And hopefully after a few weeks I’ll be allowed to sit up and scrap a bit and then I can start updating my scrapping blog.

The journey through the next 18 weeks starts now. I can’t say that I’m not a bit scared about what might happen if Gray decides to arrive before planned, but I remind myself where I need to put my trust, and it brings a calm over me. I will do everything I can to keep Gray healthy and if that means 18 weeks flat on my back to do it, that’s what I’ll do.

So I start my job as a Mom a bit sooner than I thought.

Today is Day 2 of bed rest. Gray has been growing for 22 weeks, only 18 weeks left. 126 days left until Grayson is set to arrive.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Beginning of Bedrest


 Yesterday the Doctor sent me off for another ultrasound and the results came back.

 Grayson is doing well and growing lots, and is all round healthy. I however and having some issues. So starting this afternoon I am on bedrest for the foreseeable time. I don’t have to spend all day in bed, I can sit at my scrap desk for a few hours a day if I’m up to it, but I can’t be as active and on my feet as I usually am. No grocery shopping, or Christmas shopping at the malls, no housework. Just a lot of reading and sitting or lounging activities.

 We will be going to Hamilton in a few weeks for an apt with them. Because of what’s going on there is a chance of preterm labour, and because of that after I’m 24 weeks, they’ll start me on steroids to help Gray’s lungs develop should I go into preterm labour. We are not planning on this, and Dr Newell is confident that we’ll see the 35 week mark, but we do want to take all the precautions that we can.

 So if you have anything that needs to be done, that I can do while sitting. Please let me know. I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot of blogging and web design over the next bit.

 We all love you lots, and we’re thankful for you in our lives.
 Jac and Brian – and babE Grayson too.

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