Deja Vu…All over again

As many of you might already know, Susan is back at the hospital after just a day and a half hiatus at home. (And how glorious was that day and a half!) Susan had been resting wonderfully from the time we got home Saturday until Sunday evening. Then the contractions came more intensely and more frequently. We tried to rest through the night, hoping that they would taper off by the morning. By the morning they had not diminished in either intensity or frequency. Being more prepared this time around our bags were already packed and we went to the doctor.

On the way to the doctor’s office we found out Julie was the one who would check us. Julie had caught the Cholestasis, and was the one to send us to the hospital the first time around.  It was not a good sign. The portent proved to be true. Susan was 4cm dilated (she was 2cm the first time) and 75% effaced (she was 50% the first time).

We went through the exact steps from our first visit. First to Triage to get the full check up. Then to Labor and Delivery to get magnesium to put off the delivery. Then to Antepartum once everything had quieted down again. The room in Labor and Delivery was the same one used by our dear friends who just had their son preterm.

We are still so thankful for the time at home, however short it was. It gave me time to get the house better situated to welcome the girls home whenever that might be. We were able to process everything a little more and even allowed me time to manage more things before having to go back to the hospital. Sunday night we even watched the wonderful Christmas movie, Die Hard! Of course the non-stop action and intense plot might have precipitated the contractions. One will never know.

Admittedly it was tougher this time around, especially going through the exact same steps as before. There have been many mixed feelings of wanting to meet the girls already or just somehow going home soon. It is apparent that the former is definitely something we must avoid as much as possible and the latter is unrealistic. It has taken some time to align our hearts to staying here for the long haul, but we know this is the best possible outcome for the girls’ health. This is motivation enough and the LORD has given us so much strength and endurance to want to see this through.

Susan has been incredible throughout this whole ordeal. Her faith, perseverance, and overwhelming sweetness to everyone through everything  has been such a testimony to all the doctors and the nurses.  It has been such a testimony to me. I really hope our girls are just like her.

We are at the hospital at least until Christmas Eve if not beyond. The girls look great and Susan is holding steady for now. Our hearts are encouraged and lifted by all the prayer and support we have received. Please keep praying. Pray that we will stay encouraged through all of this. Pray that the girls will stay in for a couple of more weeks (shooting for 34!) Pray that we will feel the presence of the Good LORD all the more.

Grace and Peace

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4 Responses to Deja Vu…All over again

  1. Jennifer says:

    Graham, I feel a blog post of my own coming up because this is bringing back so many memories! Susan was taking a final at Liberty the day I burst into her classroom and yanked my husband out, tears streaming; no explanation to the students or teacher; just had him hustle down the hall as I told him we were on the way to the hospital to have our firstborn. Our little 3 pounder was born the next day! It’s a road so many of us travel, but God is there every step of the way.
    The girls could do no better than turning out like their mother! You’ve got that right! You all will absolutely be a light to those at the hospital; of that I have no doubt.
    Praying, praying, praying!

  2. Laura says:

    Dear Graham and Susan,
    Hang in there. I made many trips and stayed a total of 60 days at UAB before having my precious twin girls in 2004. I began contracting and effacing at 23 weeks, 6 days (just 1 day shy of being a “viable pregnancy”). They made us take the dreaded NICU visits to prepare us and somehow, God gave us strength to get through. The magnesium treatments were horrible and at 32 weeks, my body couldn’t take anymore. If you’ve had the rounds of steroids, you will be amazed at how strong those girls will be, along with God’s touch and many prayers. We ended up have 2 – 3 lb. girls, both yelling at the top of their lungs after a few minutes of birth. They stayed in the NICU for 17 days with a few bradys, but all ended up well. They’re as healthy as ever, and you’d never know that they were born early. I’ll be praying for your family and for your two precious blessings!

  3. Willie Scott says:

    Praying for all of you

  4. Katie says:

    Sue and Graham,
    I am so proud of you guys. You have been a great inspiration to me as you walk together through this challenging time. I pray that you both will continue to feel and receive the beautifully sufficient grace of our Lord for each moment. I love you guys and all 6 of us are praying for you 4 😉 Joy and Jack LOVE to tell everyone that “mama’s sister has 2 baby girls in her tummy and they are named Evelyn and Abigail!” And when I say everyone, I mean everyone 😉 We love you! Katie

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