Can you guess where we are?

Yep... you probably guessed it... back in the hospital. There were some more "issues" last night and as they continued this morning we decided to check in with the on-call doctor, who told us to check in to the hospital. I have been admitted, which means I'll be here at least tonight and then will talk with my doctor in the morning to see what the plan is.

News? Faith Clare now seems to be weighing in around 5lbs 11ozs which is great for 34 1/2 weeks. The ultrasound again looked good and they didn't see any reason for the issues that keep arising. I have progressed further, both dilated and effaced, and the contractions are coming. At this point I am on IV fluids to see if the fluid and the shot of breathine will slow things down. Today was supposed to be my last day on the procardia so that will be discontinued this evening as planned and we'll see what happens.

Right now I feel good about making it this far. Of course a few more weeks would be great, but I know that the Lord has a perfect plan for us and will make that known. If things slow down, we'll see what she says tomorrow about me going home or just staying in the hospital until Faith Clare arrives. If things continue or progress, our little bundle might be here sooner than we thought.

As I mentioned, I am so thankful that we are at this stage... knowing that our baby should be healthy and strong if she arrives on this hospital stay. But I also can't help but think about some of the "smaller" issues right now, such as her breathing on her own and also her ability to nurse. I knew with Maddox that nursing wasn't going to be possible, whatever the outcome, but what I didn't realize was that not being able to breastfeed would be one of the hardest things, both emotionally and physically, after losing him.

Please, if you would be praying for several things right now, we would be so grateful! Please pray for wisdom for our doctors, for strength and health for our baby girl, for her lungs to be developed and her ability to breath on her own, for no overnight stay in the NICU, for our peace of mind, and for her ability to nurse. I know that is a lot of requests and that God will chose to answer each one as He sees fit... Thank you for praying for us through this emotional time... through this very emotional year!

I will be sure to update with any news soon!

Love & blessings.

David's Prayer- "Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?"- 2 Samuel 7:18

Comments

connie said…
Of course, you know that I will be praying for every single one of these. I can completely understand the importance of each of them; no, they are not such a large list of requests. And I know God wants you asking Him for each of them.

I love you, Kenzie!
connie
PletcherFamily said…
We are thinking and praying for you in our house. I know you don't know us, but I follow your blog faithfully and hope for a good outcome for you and your baby.
Rebecca said…
Hi, Kenzie... I'll be praying, particularly about the breast feeding. Yes, you can pump if she can't nurse right away and yes, she'll likely be able to take your pumped milk via ng tube... but especially because of Maddox I can totally see why you feel the need to nurse from the start...

I'm so thankful you've made it this far... every day helps...
zanesmommy said…
Kenzie,
I have been in your shoes for both the issues that you mentioned. I will pray for ALL of them, but especially for strength for you. I was reminded today of a great verses that I hope give you comfort. I am sure you do repeat the promise to yourself and listen to the song that mentions it.
Psamls 121 I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made the heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
Brittney said…
I'll be praying for you, especially for the breathing and breastfeeding. My daughter was born at 39 weeks with underdeveloped lungs...with no explanation. She needed help breathing for the first 9 days, but she was ready to breastfeed the second we were able to try and hasn't stopped since! Just pump, pump, pump!
Elaine said…
Praying in CA for you and your family....
Jess said…
Kenz- Brent and are praying for all of you! We will be lifting up those specific prayer requests. Love, Jess
Laurie said…
Kenzie Girl,

I am praying for you and no amount of requests are too much for our Lord. He knows exactly what is to come here and I know He will remain faithful. Especially praying about you nursing, I know how important this is for you and for baby Faith. I love you Kenzie and am right beside you in prayer.

Hugs and Many Prayers, Laurie in Ca.
Jill said…
Kenzie,

Rest well knowing He is holding you and precious Faith in His hands.

Praying for all of your requests.

Love,
Jill
Finding Normal said…
Many many prayers for all of you.
Jenna said…
We will be praying for you all
Juliana said…
Kenzie, Goosh i love your name:)
I have been reading for sometime but this is the first time commenting.
I have been praying for you for sometime and will pray fervently for you now and your sweet Faith Claire, your hubby and son.
Hang in there and please keep us posted.
I will also pray that you are able to nurse. I know that feelng. I was not sure i would be able to nurse my third due to heart trouble of my own and meds.
Love in Christ,
Juliana
www.positivechaos.wordpress.com
I will be praying for peace,and of course for the wellness of little Faith Claire...
Anonymous said…
Praying from North Texas! My baby girl arrived at 34 weeks as a 5lber with no issues! Girls are usually stronger in all areas than a boy would be if born early. I had a boy at 34 weeks and at 5lbs and he was in the NICU for 2 weeks.
Thanks for sharing your Maddox whose life deeply touched my soul.
Me said…
Kenzie- Prayers going up from me. I will pray them all and a few more--- just to be safe. I still look forward to our "chat" when you have less pressing issues in front of you!! LOL
Yamma Mamma said…
I'll be praying for each of your requests! God cares about every one of them, and it's an honor to pray for you and beautiful family. Nursing is a beautiful and precious thing, and I'll pray that Faith Clare has no issues at all!
Anonymous said…
I am coming out of lurking mode to tell you my son was born at 35 weeks, 5 lbs. 10 ozs. He spent 8 days in the NICU learning how to eat and maintain his body temperature. While I couldn't nurse him right away, I pumped and gave him breastmilk in his bottles -- in the early days he was only taking 5 ml at a time (one teaspoon). By the 5th or 6th day, he was ready to try breastfeeding and took to it like a champ. As someone else said, girls seem to do better than boys who are born this early. Hopefully, Faith will hold off a little longer, but if arrives now, she should do just fine. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.
AmandaHoyt said…
We will be praying for you and Faith. Take it easy and may you feel our Lord's loving arms wrapping themselves around you tonight.
Hugs and prayers,
Amanda
elizabeth said…
Like everyone's said... pump pump pump. My last was born 10wks early and I couldn't nurse her until she was around 4 weeks old. She eventually took to it like a champ. 9 months later and I'm almost finishing up my frozen surplus :)
Thinking of you. Loving you!
So Blessed said…
Praying for God's perfect timing for Faith's birth...and also for the other things you listed.
Emily said…
Oh Kenzie. I am so excited for the blessings that await your family. I, too, know that intense longing to just draw your new baby to you and nurse for the first time. I am praying that gift is your reality soon. I'm praying for God's perfect plan, thanking Him for the time He's given, and asking Him to grant the doctors wisdom and to fill you with peace.

I LOVE YOU!!!
Anonymous said…
My sister recently had her baby girl at 33 1/2 weeks. She was about 5 1/2 pounds - and never went to NICU and was able to come home with them!! My sister was in the hospital a few days prior to delivery, so she did receive steroids. She nursed immediately. Every story is different. Just try not to worry - and keep praying.
bri said…
I am in prayer this moment and any in the future that God leads me to. Blessings!

bri TX
Cathy said…
Kenzie, Praying for all your petitions. Hoping that God timing will find Faith healthy and able to do what is His will. Will be looking for next post and prayer petitions.
Angie said…
I am praying for you right now! I am so excited that Faith Clare's time might be soon, and I will be praying for God's timing in all of it. Can't wait to see your beautiful girl!!!
kari j said…
PRAYING for you mama, and for little Faith!!
Love, kari
Vanessa said…
I'm lifting you in my prayers that the Lord answers each request you have and that you're able to get a good night's rest with great news in the morning!! Blessings to you and your family!
Molly said…
Kenzie,

Praying for each and every thing right now.

I love King David's prayer.

How true.

Aren't our families everything to God?

And HE brings us FAR.

Molly
babyrndeb said…
I am so glad that you have made it this far...and at this gestation she will be ok...maybe a "late preterm" but she is a girl amd you've had celestone. Just celebrate today that you are pregnant yet today and when that little girl gets here - kiss her and tell her how much you love her. Pump lots!
Thinking of you!
Debbie
Anonymous said…
My son was born at 33 weeks. He just needed to put on weight- he was 3lb 14 1/2 ozs. He did not nurse for a week and then could only handle 1 feed a day- the rest of the time he was tube fed breast milk- yes- pump, pump, pump! I felt like I was milking a cow several times a day- but he nursed really well when he was strong enough to and kept on til about 13 months- he stopped of his own accord- much to my disappointment. Anxiety at the moment is understandable but hope and prayers are with you. My son is 17 now- and perfectly healthy- and full of attitude!
Blessings- Donna from Australia
Iric said…
Kenzie,
I want to you know I always pray for you. Everyday,every time I think of you,I do pray for Stanfield especially for baby Faith. I pray for her health. It's the most important thing for a baby. I loving you so much. She will
be healthy enough!!!!!
Thinking of you and praying for you!
Iric
Jen in Al said…
PRAYING, PRAYING, PRAYING over all your precious requests! Know you and your sweet family are being lifted high before the throne of grace! Love and Blessings, jen in al
Madaline Jane said…
Good luck today Kenzie. I'm sure everything will work out. I'm so overjoyed to see you at this point.
Anonymous said…
Kenzie & family,
We are praying for you all and know that God has everything in place. Continue keeping your amazing spirits high. We look forward to meeting Baby Faith when the special day comes.

Love ya,
Amanda A. & family
angela said…
praying for you both!
Melody said…
Praying for each of your requests. I hope you were able to get some rest last night and meet with your doctor this morning.

I know you are getting excited about meeting Miss Faith...I think we all are!! =)
Kathy said…
Praying, praying, praying!!!

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Love,
Kathy
Wanted you to know that I am praying for you...I delivered (emer C-section) my son Taylor at 35.4 weeks, he was 5.1lbs, and never saw the NICU. He nursed right away. God showed us such grace that day and I am praying the same for you!
mrsrubly said…
kenzie,
i hope everything is ok. i will continue to pray for the 4 of ya'll.
Karen Z said…
Kenzie,

I am praying you through this tough time - asking God to grant all of your requests and give you peace that His plan for your family is a perfect one. 2 Samuel 7:18 is so perfect and a verse I have come to love over the past few months. God has brought you so far to do a good work in you, and He will see you through. Can't wait to meet your new bundle of joy!

Hugs and prayers,
Karen
Darlene said…
I love your scripture at the end. I am just now seeing this post, but I will begin praying, now!

Darlene

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