Well, have we had a pretty crazy last couple days! We went to our birth class at the hospital Wednesday night and during our tour of the labor and delivery department, I volunteered to be hooked up to the monitors that monitor contractions and baby's heartbeat. Our teacher hooked me up and continued to explain things to the class. After about 5 minutes, she looked at the tape coming out of the machine and informed me that the rest of the class was going to finish the tour while I stayed there! I thougth she was joking! Apparenlty I was having contractions that were pretty regular. Well, what we thought was going to be a couple hours in the hospital to stop the contractions using fluids and then a medication, turned into two nights in the hospital being monitored trying to get the contractions to stop. Positive things: my cervix has not been changed by the contractions which is wonderful because that means my body is not getting ready to deliver quite yet. Baby is doing awesome. He wasn't even phased by the contractions and his hearbeat was strong and everyone commented on how strong he was. Also, I could not feel any of the contractions! That is what is so crazy about it. They didn't like how constant they were so I got to experience the hospital before we were ready.
It is amazing how sudden my life is different. I am now done with work and on bed rest for awhile. For the next week or so, my bedrest is limited to 10 minutes on my feet per hour. And no, I can't stockpile minutes. :( I am on a medication called Procardia that I take every 4 hours that is a muscle relaxant that really calms down my contractions. I will go see my doctor again on Monday to see if anything has changed and if not, maybe in about a week, I will be able to be on my feet more. I went from not having much time to do anything to having all the time in the world but no permission to do anything! Peter's new work has been amazing. They sent him home on Thursday when he went in and told him to come back on Monday. What a blessing. A few of the workers there also prayed for him before he came back to the hospital.
If the baby were to come today, he would be fine but would probably have to be taken to Billings or Salt Lake City for awhile. I am going to be 33 weeks on Monday and 36 weeks is what we are shooting for. Every day he stays inside is good so I am reminding myself I would rather be bored at home then waiting in a hospital for my baby to get big enough to take home. It was a scary time but Jesus was there with us always and gave us more strenth than we could have hoped for. Peter said his fatherhood gene has definitely kicked in and he has definitely become more protective. Please pray that I will be in tune to my body and know what I should be worried about but not drive myself crazy! Please pray that I don't go crazy at home and that I let Peter love me and take care of me without feeling bad about it. Please also pray that my body does not get ready to deliver and the contractions don't change anything. We have lots of friends that have surrounded us and will take great care of me. I know I have forgotten about a million details but I have told the story many times by now and I am ready to move on. We'll update more on Monday after our doctor's appointment and hopefully not have anything new to report!