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I'm finally here and have a little access to the blog right now. Thank you SO MUCH for all of your prayers for our family. Faith Clare seems to be doing well with a steady heartbeat and she is moving quite a bit, aside from when I'm having regular contractions.

They have moved my magnesium sulfate levels up and down several times trying to find the right balance of effectiveness and the least amount of nausea. Right now I'm at a level that is causing me some difficulty breathing and they are thinking about changing the medication altogether soon. Thankfully the doctors and nurses have been wonderful and they've all been really informative.

Right now I would ask you to PLEASE be praying that the test they just ran will be negative. It's called a fetal fibronectin test. It basically checks the cervical cells and lining and will give an indication as to if they expect Faith to arrive in the next 2-3 weeks. If it is negative, there is virtually no chance she will come in that time frame, but if it's positive, there is a 20% or higher that she will. Today we are thinking negative! : ) Hopefully we'll have some initial results in about 3 hours.

Right now we aren't sure how long we'll be in the hospital. My doctor isn't on call this weekend so when I talked to her yesterday she said I will at least be here through Monday. Please continue praying that my body will stay calm and give Faith Clare more time to grow. Also, pray for logistical stuff for our family, Deacon's understanding of what is going on, and for all the extra burden this places on Dusty. We are so blessed by your prayers, love, friendship & service!

"Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised."- Romans 4:20


Comments

Jenn said…
Kenzie, Your steady faith has been an inspiration to me for months. I am praying for you now and believing with you!

~Jenn
Andrea said…
Hi Kenzie-
I'm praising God for every moment He keeps Faith safe inside of you. Praying for unwaivering belief that every fiery dart the enemy launches your way is extinguished by your sheild of faith. Praying for God's peace to fill your body and spirit as you rest in His faithful promises. He is doing a mighty work in you! Praise His name! :)

Faithfully,
Andrea
Oksana said…
I found your blog through another one, and wanted to let you know that I'm praying. :)
Anonymous said…
Kenzie-we are praying for Faith's continued growth and for God's peace to be with you and Dusty. Your strength never ceases to amaze us! Love, Jess and Brent
Melony said…
Praying that God will give you peace in this very stressful time..Praying that the medical team will find the perfect dosage and medication to keep that sweet baby inside of you...Praying your test comes back negative. God is in complete control!!
Jenn said…
Praying for you and your family!
Lizze said…
I am praying for you and your family. And sending negative thoughts your way. ;) lol

I have a history of preterm labor with my last two boys so I have an understanding of how scary the whole situation can be. Please feel free to email me if you'd like. Also there is a community of absolutely amazing women at www.sidelines.org - they are all on varying forms of bedrest for different reasons. They literally kept me sane at times during my last pregnancy.

I hope you can find a balance during this difficult time. Good luck and God bless! *hugs*
Misi said…
Hi there-found you thru the WWW, I am praying for a miracle.
God is Faithful.
May you have Peace and Comfort while knowing He is in control!!!
Twinkletoes said…
Jumped over from CF Husband...you are in my thoughts and prayers, specifically for the contractions to slow and for the test to come back as negative so Faith can continue to stay inside.
I've been a lurker for a while but wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and praying for you and your family!!! ***Hugs*** Jami
Karlie said…
I've been following your blog since nearly the beginning. I can't even remember how I found it, but it's been such an inspiration to me, so I've continued reading.

You and baby Faith are in my prayers. I pray God's grace and covering will be with you(and the rest of your family) and that he strengthens and brings the peace that passes all understanding.
buhtafly said…
Sending my prayers..I have dealt with preterm labor twice and spent a month on bedrest in the hospital on mag sulfate(extremely high levels) all but two of those days with my first pg. It was horrible stuff- I will be praying for the FFT to be negative! Have they given you steroids for Baby Faith yet? if you have any questions, please email me. buhtafly@gmail.com sending my prayers!
Mary said…
Praying for your family....

Mary
Florida
Mandi said…
Lord, work in a mighty way on behalf of this sweet family. Wrap Baby Faith in your arms and keep her safe from all harm. Allow your spirit of peace to rest on Kenzie, Dusty, and Deacon and the rest of their family. Give them negative test results today!!! God, you already know the results and we trust You and Your ways. Amen
Rebecca said…
as the mom of a preemie i know how scared you are right now. hang in there, Gods watching over you. As for the Mag drip, if you get too nauseated ask for Zofran, that stuff works great.
K said…
Praying for you and your family and your precious baby girl.

May you find peace with God.

Kathaleen
Kim said…
Saying a special prayer for Faith Claire!
Beth said…
Kenzie,

on my knees praying for you, sweet baby Faith, Dusty & Deacon. May our gracious Lord continue to be with you all during this time of so many "unknowns". Remember that you are in the hands of the Great Physician.

I stand in awe of the God we serve; his blessings are pouring forth as the gates of Heaven are being stormed with prayers for you from all over the world!

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" - Matthew 18:20

With love from Michigan!
Found you on MckMama's site. I'm praying for your health, and the health of baby Faith! Prayers also for her continued stay in your womb!
GG and Paw Paw said…
Kenzie and Dusty,
You are in our thoughts often and in our prayers regularly.
Baby Faith is just a little anxious, isn't she. We pray that the docs can find the right combination to keep her steady.
And we know that God is by your side.
Let us know if we can help in any way...food, Deacon sitting,..whatever.
Love all four of you....
Dawn said…
Prayers for Kenzie & baby Faith.

UNC NICU RN
Corie said…
Praying for all of you
Laurie said…
Praying for you non stop Kenzie and for baby Faith to be safe and calm. I will be praying for negative results for the test and for Dusty and the burden I know he is so willing to carry with you. Our God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. He holds you all close to His heart and will bring you through. I love you guys and my prayers won't stop.

Love and Blessings, Laurie in Ca.
Laurie said…
PS. Kenzie,

I forgot to mention that you guys are absolutely covered in prayer as you are on every blog I have gone to. God is so good in gathering your prayer warriors together on your behalf. You are SO LOVED!!!

Love, Laurie in Ca.
So glad to hear from you. You seem calm.
Praying.
Melody said…
I'm thankful that the contractions have at least slowed, and the doctors are continuing to monitor you and baby Faith so closely. I'm praying that God breathes His peace over you and your family, allowing Faith to grow safe and sound in Mama's tummy.

Thanks for the updates, and we'll continue to pray!!
Hailey said…
I am praying for you and your family. Stay strong.
Hi,

I just happened upon your blog yesterday but I'm praying for you and your daughter and family.
Anonymous said…
Praying for your family....

Tracy
South Dakota
Anonymous said…
I am praying for your family.

Caren
Jes Tidwell said…
I am a new reader but I wanted you to know that I am praying for you guys.
Rebecca said…
i have followed your blog since before the birth of your son maddox... you and your family have such a wonderful testimony and are an encouragment to so many! i am on my knees praying for you, baby faith, and your family...

in Him
rebecca from
www.shawnandrebecca.blogspot.com
Anonymous said…
Kenzie,
I have never met you but you must be an amazing friend and prayer warrior to so many! I have lost count now, how many other people have asked for prayer for you this week on their blogs! I mean, I wasn't surprised to see one or two, especially the ones you went to Atlanta with but I have seen 10 or 15 blogs asking for prayer for you the past couple of days. And I'm sure there are plenty more. I hope that is an encouragement to you, not only that many, many people are praying for you and Faith but also that you are VERY much loved by VERY many people. You obviously have made a huge impact on the people you've come in contact with! That really says something about your heart and what an amazing person you are. Thank you for letting God use you to touch so many.
Of course my family is praying for you like crazy too:-)
Nicole
Adam and Hayley said…
Lord God, please protect the hearts and minds of your children here during this difficult time. Give them strength and peace, and make their lives a testimony of your power, love, and grace. I pray this is Jesus name.
Beth said…
I am praying for you and your precious Faith. Our God will not let you down. I pray that Faith will stay put a little while longer and that Deacon will handle this situation with flying colors. May God give all of you the peace and rest you need!
Anonymous said…
Praying for you all!
Yvette said…
Kenzie,

I've been thinking about you all day. I just got home and ran in to check on you before I headed out again - I will be praying for NEGATIVE results. You know that we (the brown t-shirt club) are "carrying your mat" right??? We are sweet friend. Keep trusting in our Lord, we have certainly learned this past year that even though things are not going as we think they should that He is in control and will never leave you. Praying for you constantly.

I love you, Yvette
izzo-mclernon said…
Kenzie....I really hope your test turns out negative. I am praying for you and your family!
Lisa
This is Laura from Babybeblesseddolls.com I just wanted to let you know that we are lifting you all up in prayer! My kids were all born early, the first at 25 weeks and he is perfect today! I am also a NICU nurse who is currently being a mom =) let me tell it's a struggle, but these little ones do so well these days!

"Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you." 1 Peter 5:7
Tamara said…
I just wanted to let you know I was on MAG for 5 1/2 weeks and it STUNK but boy were those twins worth it! I will be praying for you!!! I wish I could say I knew what you are going through but I cannot make my situation, yours...but know I am thinking and praying for you!!
Dear Kenzie,
Praying for negative results!! I know it's hard while in the hospital but thank you so much for the updates. I have been on pins and needles, keep checking my cell phone and every chance I get I come to the computer to check on you and sweet Faith! I said all that not to put any pressure on you but to hopefully let you know how very much I care about you, how much I love you and how much we are praying!
My thoughts are constantly with you!
Love,
Kim
Michelle Jamie said…
I am praying always for you Kenzie
Amy said…
Praying for you and your baby girl..found your link on another blog. Wish the best for your family.

Sincerely,

Amy
Julie Koppelman said…
My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your doctors right now. I too was hospitalized for pre-term labor 26 weeks and had a 4 year old daughter at home. It is an emotional roller coaster but with the strength of your family, your caregivers and The Greatest Caregiver you will look back at this one day and realize He has a plan. Be strong, be patient and take it one day at a time.
Emily's Blog said…
Praying for a miracle!
Maren Trammell said…
Kenzie,

I'm keeping you in my family in my thoughts and prayers. I went into labor at 25 weeks with my now 16 year old son. I too had Magnesium Sulfate and had some issues with my breathing because of it- but once they straightened that out and stopped the preterm labor, they sent me home on bed rest. My son was born 1 day early, early in the morning on Christmas Eve in 1991. Today he is a 16 year old strong, healthy, happy young man.

Hang in there, and like others have said - take it one day at a time.

Hugs from Maryland
Maren Trammell
mar6732@comcast.net
Natalie said…
Kenzie, your blog is beautifl. I will be praying for you and your family and your sweet baby Faith. God bless. Natalie in Chicago.
sumi said…
Thanks for the update, Kenzie!

Still praying...
Shari said…
praying for you and your family!!

Shari NC
Heather said…
Praying for you and your baby. My the God of comfort bring you peace at this time.
Praying in Maryland.
Heather
Faith said…
I'm still praying. I am praying that God will give the doctors wisdom to regulate your meds and peace and rest for you. I will also be praying for your family. I know how difficult it is to juggle a little one while all of this is going on. As Romans 4:20 says, God has all the power needed for Faith Clare to arrive safe and healthy.
Hugs,
Faith Mahoney
K said…
Crossing my fingers for you guys!

Don't rely on that test 100% if they are negative. My test came up negative and 2 days later I delivered at 30 weeks. All turned out well in the end but too much weight was put on that test. When I called my doctor to tell her I was in labor even she didn't believe it because I had just tested positive :(
Kim said…
Hi Kenzie: I've never commented here before but, I've been reading your blog for quite some time.

Please don't put all your faith in this test they just gave you. I had that same test, the results came back negative and I gave birth 2 days later--at 27 weeks. I'm proud to say that my "27 weeker" will be turning 6 years old in a few weeks though :)

You are in my prayers, I'm so worried about you.

Kim
Alex said…
Hi! I came by your blog through MckMama, and I just wanted to let you know that I'm praying for you and your whole family... Stay strong! God bless!
alex
We are continuing to pray for you and your precious family!
Allmykids123 said…
Dear Kenzie:
MckMama asked us to pop on over to your blog. We are here for you too! I am praying for you and your family. The power of prayer is awesome!
Shanan
Caroline said…
Just found your Blog via CFHusband. Praying very much for you at this time - praise God that HE knows how you are feeling and gives you all the strength and grace you need for today. He can do all things. Will continue to follow you and pray for you.
x
Meaghan said…
Sending many prayers for you, your baby girl and your family.

Be strong!
Stephanie said…
Stanfield family,
I was directed to your blog from a message left on CFHusband. Over the past couple of hours I have been reading as much as I can about your story and just wanted you to know I am praying for you. A sweet coincidence that we were both married on July 19th, though my husband and I were just married this year. You are in our thoughts.
Stephanie & Nick
robertslove.blogspot.com
conniem-t said…
Kenzie,
I had to go back to Chrissy's blog to be sure I was remembering correctly, but since she had that test with Eva and it was positive AND Eva stayed inside much longer than the test predicted, ....OK, so we'll pray about that test, but mostly I'm praying and resting in the fact that all the testing in the world just cannot tell us how God is gonna surprise us with His best. So I'm praying for the peace you need, and for the labor to stop (who needs a labor that goes on for days and they keep trying to stop it?), and for some nice, probably much-needed time for YOU to rest in bed and allow the body of Christ to minister to you.

Knowing how hard Mallorie's hospitalizations were on our other children, I am especially praying for your sweet Deacon, that he will have such an abundance of attention and love from all areas, and chances to cuddle with you, and maybe some sweet presents that make him smile (I have a little idea how the Body works!).

I love you, and wish I could be there doing something.

love, connie
Anonymous said…
Praying for you tonight!
God Bless
Rebecca said…
Hi, Kenzie... perhaps you've heard more by now... but I'll keep thinking "negative thoughts" about your test.

Remember that every day she' on the "inside" is a victory.

I'm still praying.
Shea said…
I am praying for you!
Tanya said…
I am just thinking of your situation constantly and praying for you. Stay strong and calm.
Sandie said…
Sending many prayers for you and your sweet family.
I have followed your blog for quite some time, prayed for you often but have never posted. Wanted to let you know that I have been uplifted and amazed by your blog and you have been a big encouragment in my walk with God.
thanks...
Twinmommy2boys said…
Hi I found you from CF Husband. I just wanted to let you know that I will be thinking and praying for you. I went into preterm labor with my twins at 26wks3days. My first FFT came back neg. I spent 1 month on hosp. bedrest, the next test came back Pos. my twins were born two days later at 30wks. They are two now and doing good. Hang in there.
Anonymous said…
Continuously praying for you all. God is right by your side and will see you all through this.

I’m sure that Faith Clare is overly anxious to meet the world; we pray that she will hold tight for a while longer.

Our love and hugs to you all!
Amanda A.

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