Back again...

YEAHHHH! This is my first post since getting the blog back and I'm SO excited and thankful to be able to update again.

I was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday the 10th, just in time to be home for Hurricane Ike.  We did all we knew how to do to prepare- my mom and Dusty getting the essentials- and then braced for some pretty bad wind and rain during the night.  We told Deacon we were having a little "camp out" on the floor in our room and he went to sleep without problem.  During the night we awoke several times to some pretty scary wind gusts, a few power surges, and driving rain.  However, when daylight broke and we were able to look outside, it was mostly wind damage that was noticeable.

We were one of the few families we know of that never lost power for a significant amount of time.  Many thousands are still without power, water or sewer in Houston, so we are so extremely grateful for God's provision for us this past week.  The weather here has been much cooler than normal so that is another huge blessing for all of those experiencing power outages in this usually unbearable heat.  We did lose internet service until late last night, which is why I haven't been able to email or update since the blog has been restored... Now, however, I have limitless internet due to my new Mac laptop and... yep, being back in the hospital.

My appointment on Tuesday was good and things still looked quiet so there was no exam.  I finally did my one hour glucose test, which I instinctively knew I wasn't going to pass, and went home.  Yesterday after some questionable symptoms, I went back to the doctor to be checked out.  I was able to go home without incident and without any major changes.  Then this morning, right after I woke up, I had a significant amount of bleeding.  I had several moments of panic as I called the doctor's office and told them we were again on our way.  They directed me straight to the hospital and I am now back in the same room I camped out in a week ago.  

Faith Clare still looks perfectly sweet and feisty and her heartbeat is strong.  After an ultrasound about an hour ago and starting an IV, we are waiting to see what the plan is.  They didn't see any noticeable reason for the bleeding, but contractions have been pretty steady so they are thinking about putting me back on the magnesium sulfate. UGH!  

Of course we covet your prayers and are SO THANKFUL for everyone checking in on us again.  Deacon had a really hard time last time I came home (very emotional!) and only wanted me to do things for him, which I of course couldn't do.  The last three days have been great and he was really adjusting to me being at home and being limited.  When my mom brought me to the office appointment yesterday, which is just a few floors above where I was admitted when in the hospital, he asked why I was going back to the hospital.  I told him I was just going to the doctor to make sure everything was fine with my body.  He said "but you aren't going to stay right?  You are coming home?"  Now that I am back, we haven't yet told him anything except that I'm seeing the doctor.  Thankfully my dad arrived in town this morning so my mom has some help and Deacon will stay busy with Mimi & Papa.  I just ask that you pray for him as we continue on this roller coaster... 

I will update soon with any news.  Hopefully we'll discover that this is "nothing" to be concerned over and I will be able to go home and lay low for several more weeks.  

Thank you again for praying for our family and all of the families that have been affected by Hurricane Ike.  God is good... through ALL of our storms!

"Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth.  He never grows weak or weary.  No one can measure the depths of his understanding.  He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.  Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.  But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:28-31

Comments

Jackie said…
Thanks for the update, Kenzie.
So good to hear from you.
I will continue to pray for you & Baby Faith.
Will also keep Deacon in my prayers. So much for a little guy to understand. But, we know God can help his little mind to soothe his little questions & fears.
Praying in IN.
Jackie (Marion, IN)
Corie said…
Continuing to pray for you and your family. For strength and peace during this time and for baby Faith to grow, grow, grow and be strong. She will be a strong little girl I am sure. Hoping you all get some rest.
Elaine said…
Praying here in California for all of you. I pray that baby Faith can stay in longer and grow. I pray that Deacon feels some peace while he has to adjust during this time. I pray that you and Dusty feel the peace of the Lord wrapping his arms around you.
Anonymous said…
Kenzie,

Russell and I have been thinking about you guys and praying for you throughout the past couple of weeks and months. Thank you for the updates!

Kristen Benke
Mommy2QTPies said…
Will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers! Hang in there Momma! :)
Indiana Mommy
the Stone family said…
We keep you in our prayers daily, especially your sweet Deacon. We know God's mighty hand is upon all of you. Love, Scott and Michelle
MamaBear said…
Praying for you in Arkansas. What a rollercoaster ride beween all the baby action and the hurricaine action. Just think of all the stories of God's faithfulness you'll have to tell baby Faith in years to come!

Be still and know that He is God!
Just Me said…
Sorry you are back in the hospital, but nice to "hear" from you again. That is great that you didn't lose power for long. I was without it for four days back in June and it was not fun, but I couldn't imagine going through it while trying to care for a family! Praying for a short stay in the hospital for you and Faith.

Take care,
Amanda
Laurie said…
I've been praying like crazy for you Kenzie and asking God to keep it all in His control. Poor Deacon, I will definitely be praying for his little heart to be able to take this all in and have fun with Grandma and Grandpa. It is so wonderful to see you back here (you and your blog). If you have a counter, I ran it up at least 1,000 hits checking in and finding it down. Sorry. I love you girl and am praying in this storm that He calms the waters for you and your family and keeps Faith Claire right where she is.

Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.
conniem-t said…
I hope you don't have to be on the magnesium for long this time, and that you are home to cuddle with Deacon this evening. Praying for you, Kenzie.
love, connie
mrsrubly said…
oh kenzie~i pray this is nothing. bless your heart..i i pray that your cervix be tight w/ no softening. i pray that god gives your body strength to make it several more weeks. i pray for deacon as this is hard on him and daddy too! dads needs lots of prayers. take care of yourself. lots of net hugs! bonny
Lezlie said…
So sorry you are having to go down this road but still celebrating that Faith Clare is being tough. Hope they are able to get you settled without mag and its yucky side effects. Let me know what we can do for you. Love you all.
boltefamily said…
PRAYING! Love you!
mama said…
Oh Kenzie... I am so sorry and upset to hear about you being in the hospital again..I too rejoice that baby Faith Clare is doing well... I will continue to pray for you and especially for deacon..I can't even imagine what toll this has on him, and yet I know that God's grace is sufficient...

glad to hear about your mac..you will love it!!! (I can count on it)

Praying...Hetal
Jen in Al said…
Praying!!!! Wonderful to get an update! know that you must be thrilled to hopefully have the internet woes behind you! Praying Faith stays put for awhile longer.:)
love and prayers, jen in al
Jill said…
praying for sweet deacon and for your mommy's heart to have peace while you are separated again!

praying for baby faith and God's perfect timing for her arrival!

praising Him that He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow!

in His amazing grace,
jill
Anonymous said…
Kenzie- so good to see you guys and Deacon on Monday! I am glad to that they don't think it is anything serious, but sorry that you are in the hospital again. I am so happy to hear that your dad came! We will continue to pray for Faith's growth and your comfort. Love you all! Jess
Mandi said…
Continuing to pray for little Faith Clare and will also remember Deacon...everything your family is going through must be so hard for him to process. Hugs to you from Florida!
Laura said…
Dear Kenzie,
I've been following your blog since a few weeks before Maddox was born, but don't think I've ever commented. I just have to tell you what a blessing your blog has been to me. Your words, your faith, your courage, and your hope in God have been such a shining example to me as I've been going through my own, however different, storm. My heart aches for you as you are back in the hospital, but praying that God will protect little Faith until the day He has ordained for her to make her debut. I found this in my "Streams in the Desert" devotional the other day and was so touched by the words. I pray it will encourage you too.

"Child of My love, lean hard,
And let Me feel the pressure of thy care;
I know thy burden child. I shaped it;
Poised it in Mine Own hand; made no proportion
In its weight to thine unaided strength,
For even as I laid it on, I said,
"I shall be near, and while she leans on Me,
This burden shall be Mine, not hers;
So shall I keep My child within the circling arms
Of My Own love." Here lay it down, nor fear
To impose it on a shoulder which upholds
The government of worlds. Yet closer come;
Thou art not near enough. I would embrace thy care;
So I might feel My child reposing on My breast.
Thou lovest Me? I knew it. Doubt not then;
But loving Me, lean hard."
Laura in SC
Tabatha said…
I'm a lurker...I think I have left a comment before. I hade a mid pregnancy loss and then a very hard pregnancy right after that. First I am so glad that your blog is back up. You, your husband and your sweet boy are all in my prayers! www.minishfamil.blogspot.com
awaltons said…
Kenzie,
Glad to "hear" from you again,just wish it wasn't from the hospital! Praying for you all. I continue to marvel at your strength and steadfastness in the Lord. You are a beautiful family.

Autumn
Kenzie,
Sweet friend, I am sorry you are back and am praying for this to just be another one of "those things". I am sure you guys are exhausted, sure wish I could help. I am so glad to hear both your parents are with Deacon, which is helping you and Dusty. You are precious in His sight and in mine. I love you and will keep praying. Call when you can and feel like it.
Love,
Kim
Drew and Nancy said…
Praying for your family, especially Deacon and Faith Clare.

Nancy in SC
I remember when i had some thing going on pregnant with Alex and they kept me i the hopsital, it was so hard being away from Noah and Joel. I pray you and Deacon both have peace.
Do you have your bracelet on?
Love you.
Debbie said…
We will continue to pray for you and for Deacon. Glad you all survived Ike's power. Glad you did get to enjoy the time at home and hopefully you will get more time soon.

Debbie
Anonymous said…
Welcome back! Have been checking daily (sometimes more than once) and it is so good to have you back, your blog restored, and to know that you and Faith and your sweet family are safe and well.

God bless. Will continue to pray and anticipate good news.

Deb D.
Sonja said…
Kenzie,
My prayers are with you during this time. I remember vividly the "frustration, aggrivation" of the Magnesium Sulfate. The Drip made me "ACT" like a drip. Not steady handed at all, couldn't watch TV or read because you can't focus I don't know about the blogging thing, I didn't have a computer then.

It is such a blessing that you and your family weathered Hurricane Ike. That in itself is reason to rejoice.

As for little Deacon... I remember my daughter was not even 2 when I was in the hospital with my son. Grandma and Grandpa tried to keep her busy until mommy could bring her a present home. I just made sure that I had a "little something" for her when I came home each time. (6 hospital stays before I figured out how it was REALLY done) as my husband said. I will keep him in a special place in my prayers asking that God give him the security he needs to know you will come home and all will be fine.

God Bless and I will check in on you tomorrow.

Sonja - Fl
Cathy said…
Kenzie, we will surely pray for Deacon and Baby Faith. It is so hard for him to understand all that is going on and has gone on. Praying that they will let you come home.
Carla said…
I'm praying that baby Faith Clare stays put for many more weeks. I don't know you personally, but I have thought about you often and have worried about baby Faith. I came across your Blog several weeks ago after a friend of mine started a blog on her daughter, Molly, born July 30th and diagnosed with Trisomy 18. Know that someone in St. Louis, Missouri is praying for you and your family.
Kelly said…
Thinking of you and praying for you and your family often. This may be hard on Deacon for the short term, but kids are so tough...it's obvious the love your family shares and he will make it through this, just like you all will. God bless, get some rest, and keep those prayer requests coming!
Best,
Kelly
Anonymous said…
I am so thankful your parents can be there to help with little Deacon. He will greatly enjoy the time of attention. I will keep praying for you & your family & especially your body, for healing & God's hand over all of it to make sure Faith has a place to keep growing. Continue your trust in the Lord, He is definatley growing you!!
Love,
Beccy
Shari said…
Praying for all of you in NC--Great Bible verse today, one of my favorites. I had bleeding early in my second pregnancy--I realize this is your third--but my child was born healthy and happy and is now 33!! Grandparents are always a good distraction for a little one!!

Take care, Shari
Walker said…
So good to hear from you!! I'll be praying that everything is fine & you can be back home in no time.. spending time with your little man... I know he's little and doesn't understand. That's what makes it hard! :(
Praying 4 u,
Keisha In Ga.
Devin said…
So glad you're back again, Kenz-but I almost died when I read that you're back in the hospital! Ugh. I have missed you, and have been praying hard. I will continue to, of course, and will add a few extra for sweet little Deacon. I can only imagine how hard this is, not only for him, but for you as well.

The Lord is right there by your side!
Karen Z said…
I'm so sorry to hear you are back in the hospital again. I'm still praying for you guys. I know Deacon will be well taken care of by his grandparents, but I will continue to pray for the Lord to protect him and give him comfort knowing that Mommy will be home soon.
Erin said…
Praying for you and your entire family that God will give you all His perfect peace and keep your sweet baby girl safe and healthy!
Darlene said…
We are continuing to pray for you and for your family, Kenzie! It sounds like Deacon is being a trouper, considering!
Darlene
Christy said…
Kenzie...been there done that! My bleeding/contraction episodes started December 26th, and my son wasn't born until March 3rd. I did the Magnesium too. It did pretty well getting my contractions under control. I had 3 bleeding/contraction episodes which put me in the hospital for a few days at a time. Hang in there! I enjoyed getting weekly ultrasounds! We had proof positive he was a boy before he was born with all those scans. I hope that you can go home, and relax for the remainder of your pregnancy. I'm praying for you.
Iric said…
so haooy to see you on your blog. I have been worried about these days and wonder what happened to you . is everything OK?are you doing well? how about the life in the hospital?....

have a good weekend! I miss you so much!
Allmykids123 said…
Kenzie..I'm so glad that you are back. I've been worried about you. Still praying....
Stacy said…
So good to hear an update! I've been checking in each day to see how you and Faith were doing. I continue praying for strength and peace for you all during this time. Praying that God will take the contractions away, give Faith many more days inside your womb. But rest in the fact that He has every detail in the palm of His hands. I'll be praying for Deacon and his adjustment, as well.

Hang in there...your Faith is a testimony to so many! Keep shining!

In Christ,
Stacy
Kenzie,
I have never commented before but figured it was probably time that I let you know that there is another person out there praying for you and your family even though I have never met you:) I don't remember how I found your blog but it was sometime last January when you were waiting for Maddox's arrival. Since then I have kept you in my prayers and have asked others in my growth group to pray for you! When I heard that you had been put in the hospital for pre-term labor I spent much of my evening down on my knees praying for you and Faith. Its amazing how the power of God pulls people together who have never met yet after reading your blog and seeing your faith and trust in God I know that if we were to ever meet we would be friends:) I don't comment often but I do check back here regularly. Just know that there are people in Walla Walla, Washington praying for you!!

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