Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

The Good:

The boys are great! Eli weighs 2 pounds, 3 ounces and Landon weighs 2 pounds 7 ounces. They are closer in size than they have ever been and they both are doing really well. She spent quite a bit of time looking very closely at their hearts and they look perfect, so no problems there.

They went ahead and gave me shots to help the babies lungs mature more quickly, so that if we run into a situation where they come a little early, they aren't as bad off.

They also ran a test to determine whether or not I was had a high risk of going into preterm labor in the next two weeks and it came back negative, so we are thankful for that.


However...


The Bad:

It doesn't seem like my body is handling everything as well as it has been. They monitored me for about 30-45 minutes and determined that I was having quite a few contractions, some that were bigger than others. They gave me a shot to stop the contractions I was having right then and gave me a perscription to help control them from here on out. As long as the medication keeps everything under control, I'll be able to stay home and just take it easy. I went back 24 hours later to be monitored again and things were much better, so I'm thankful for that! I guess I better just get really comfortable on the couch and try to keep these babies in as long as possible.


The Ugly:

I don't generally do very well with medicine. I think I'm just really sensitive to it and a little bit goes a long way. I can take one benedryl and be in a coma for 48 hours. So...it's no surprise that this medicine they have me on makes crazy. It makes my heart race and my blood pressure and body temperature go up and it's almost impossible to sleep. It's a small price to pay, but it's going to be a long two months.



Speaking of two months... 36 weeks is our long-term goal which was exactly two months from yesterday. It is so hard to believe! I sure can't wait to meet these boys! Here are a couple of pictures from Monday - they weren't being overly cooperative, but I still think they are mighty handsome.

Eli actually let us get a picture of his face for once!


And Landon was being camera shy. He got his big muscular arms from me, just so everyone knows.

Thanks for checking in on us! And a big congratulations to Lane and Page on the birth of their 3rd little girl... Emma Claire. She's precious!

Love,

The Grigsbys

Friday, August 22, 2008

Family Vacation

Last weekend we traveled to Hunt, Tx to a quaint little "ranch" on the Guadalupe river for family time, food, shopping, and relaxation. Here are a few pictures:



Brothers

What I really wish you could have seen is Kevin and Lance in the boat by themselves. Kevin was paddling with all his might and the boat was just going in circles. I also wish I could show you how many different positions those three were in before they finally put Lance up front by himself and how everytime they tried to switch places with each other they boat almost tipped over. Maybe the flat bottom boat wasn't the best choice for these three. I think Dustin and Kevin got their workout and Lance sure did enjoy the ride.




My Mother-In-Law
She's crazy and a lot of fun and I love her. I hope she doesn't kill me for putting this picture on the internet.



And here is some canoe fun:





And for everyone's viewing pleasure, here are a couple of videos from King of the Mountain. I love Ryder's perserverence and how Seth gets painfully raked off the corner every time and how Lance just sits there without moving ensuring no one could possible get him off and how Dustin tries to grab onto Lance as an anchor. What a brutal game.




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And the whole trip was made even better because I got to travel with this sweet little girl who just celebrated her first birthday this week. Happy Birthday D'Laney!


No baby news other than the constant wrestling match going on inside of me. I don't think these babies ever sleep and they are conspiring against me to keep me up as much as possible as well. It's a great feeling though - a constant reminder of how blessed we are that they are both healthy. I go back to the doctor Monday and I'm anxious to see how big these boys are!

Happy Weekend!

The Grigsbys

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Happenings

I can't believe the end of summer is almost here - not that it has a large effect on my actions and schedule (or lack thereof), but it feels like it just flew by. I love the fall, so I'm ready for the change. The start of school always excited me, the cooler weather, football season, Thanksgiving... what other season has that much to offer? We've been spending our time slowly making progress on the house and visiting with friends and family. Dustin almost has the kitchen all painted and he even put up new trim and base which looks great! It's so nice to live with such a talented man!

I went to the doctor Friday and the current stats on the boys are: Eli weighed in at 1 pound, 7 ounces and Landon a whopping 1 pound, 11 ounces putting him in the 78th percentile. He's a big boy. After such a large difference in weight between the two of them at the last checkup, I was afraid of it being even bigger this time, but it seems like Eli is holding his own.

I am exactly 25 weeks along today, which means that I could deliver now and the babies would actually have a chance of survival (with major complications and a long hospital stay). It is amazing to me to think that is even a possibility. I go back two weeks from tomorrow and at that point, we will talk about more frequent monitoring, getting shots to help the babies' lungs develop more quickly, and the possibility of a hospital stay on down the road :(
Right now though...things are going great!

We are taking a trip to Hunt, Tx this next weekend for Dustin's family's annual summer trip that always involves water, cabins, lots of food, antique shopping, and dominoes. I'm so excited!

One prayer request before I go: our dear friends Doug and Tisha Young are traveling along with their family to Palo Alto, CA in preparation for Tisha to donate a kidney to a very young boy who could not survive without it. The surgery is scheduled for August 12th and I ask that you keep her and this little boy in your prayers, most specifically that his body will not reject the new organ. Thank you so much! I know what a blessing it is to have the prayers of friends, family, and even strangers during difficult times!

I'll leave you with a few pregnancy pictures (against my better judgement). I have been terrible about taking pictures, so these are the only ones I have:

18 Weeks at Camp


19 Weeks at Britt and Autumn's Wedding

Today, 25 Weeks

You can tell a little more in this one

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