Pregnancy Update

I wanted to share an update with everything going on with my pregnancy. Yesterday I was admitted to the hospital on bed rest, so that we can monitor our baby more closely.

This week I had another big ultrasound with the Perinatologist. I am now 24 plus weeks, and we were hoping to see more growth in this last month with our tiny baby girl.


(Loving my two little visitors, yesterday.)

The ultrasound didn’t go very well. In 4 weeks time she has only grown 2 weeks, and she was already behind 2 weeks, so now she is measuring in at about 20 gestational age at 24 weeks.

I knew we were anticipating bed rest, but not hospitalized bed rest.

The biggest concern we have along with IUGR (Intrauteran Growth Restriction) is that the blood flow through the cord has an absence of diastolic blood flow. Which is not good. They need to watch it closely, and this is why I am on bed rest at the hospital. The situation has digressed quickly enough that we need to be here to make sure we can do all we can if it looks like she will do better outside of me than in.

I think I met my crying limit yesterday. It’s shocking news to hear that you will be possibly having a baby this early (24-25 weeks) I was really hoping to get a lot farther along.

On the one hand, I have been dreading the thought of bed rest, but I know this time is not about me, I am here completely for her. It’s a scary time. 24 weeks is the week of viability with a baby, not when I would ever want to have a baby!

Everyday counts now. I do feel like I’m really in the best hands with the medical professionals monitoring our situation. They can do so much these days with premature babies, and we feel so thankful for this.

We have been through all of this before when I was pregnant with Avery 9 years ago, only not at this extreme. With everything we have been through in trying to get our family here, I feel like there is a reason this pregnancy has gotten this far. This baby girl is a fighter. We are all just praying that she will continue this fight. It breaks my heart to bring her into the world with a body that just isn’t ready.

Thank you for all the nice emails, texts, tweets…everything. We have felt so much love and support during this time, and we so appreciate it.

All your thoughts and prayers are so appreciated.

PS. Depending on how everything goes with how much down time I have, I would still love to keep my blog updated when I can, only probably in a different way. I’m thinking more updates on our situation, and more of a feature blog as I won’t be able to create content (like I love to do) at this time.

I have loved having this space and I love sharing it with you.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Hope things turn out the very best they can. Liz was saying that she just started having nightmares about delivering this early. She’s 2 weeks behind you. What a difficult thing to be living in real life. Our prayers are with your family.

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    I’m so sorry you have to go through this! I pray that they can keep her inside, as long as possible. I just wanted to say, I have a friend, that deliver both her children at 25 weeks. Today, they are healthy and thriving! Stay strong, and get the rest you need! Thoughts and prayers your way!

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    Praying!!!!

  4. 4

    Sending prayers and good thoughts your way!

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    praying for you

  6. 6

    Oh Kami, I had no idea. Sending prayers, hugs and lots of healthy energy your way. Hang in there and wishing you and your family the very best!!

  7. 7

    Sending prayers your way. I hope everything goes well. Hugs to you and your family!

  8. 8

    I know we don’t know each other, but as woman we can all relate. Sending love and prayers.

  9. 9

    Wishing you the very best. Sending up a prayer for your little one and you. Take care.

  10. 10

    I’ll keep you in my prayers

  11. 11

    Hugs and prayers to you and your family!

  12. 12

    I will be thinking about/praying for you and your family!

  13. 13

    Hi Kami, I am so sorry to hear about this. We are praying for you and your family and want you to know that we are thinking of you. We’ll be in touch to see if there is anything that we can do for your family while you are away. Best of luck to you!

  14. 14

    We’ll see you today. Why does your Fire Chief love to wear boots? Funny boy.

  15. 15

    Kami, I know you don’t know me. I’ve read your blog for months (over a year…). But I took a break from blog reading for a couple of months and was just scrolling through my reader this morning and read this. I just wanted to send an encouragement your way and let you know that I’m praying for you and your family. Little girls are fighters (I had a premie, though not this young, with my first and that’s what the nurses told me.) and I will pray that she will have a lot of fight in her. I know so many amazing stories of babies who had to fight against every odd and they didn’t just survive, they thrived. And I think you’re right, she is here for a purpose and it will be so exciting to see that purpose through! I will be watching for updates. In the meantime, I hope your bed rest isn’t boring. I had a 2 week bed rest stint with my oldest and it’s hard for do-er kind of people. So maybe there are projects you’ve been meaning to do that you can finally get done (I reorganized all my recipes…).

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    Oh Kami, what a tough time for you and your family! Your little peanut seems like a fighter and I pray that things go well for her safe arrival, whenever that may be.

    You are so loved in this blog space. Take what ever time you need to get through this. I know we’ll all be here for you when you come back.

    Hang in there!
    Amy:)

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    Just wanted to say I will be praying for you and your precious baby and your family. May the Lord protect her as He knits her together in His perfect way. May you be full of His peace and surrounded by a huge support system. God bless.

  18. 18

    Oh gosh I was so hoping you’d have good news this week. I feel so bad. Hang in there – I’m thinking of you and would love to help you guys somehow.

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    Oh, Kami. ♥ You do have a little fighter there….and you are one, too. I will be keeping you and baby in my prayers.

    Our kiddo was born early and weighed 2lb 11 oz….and he’s now a tall, perfectly healthy 12 year old who thinks he knows more than his parents. ;) We didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl and I remember the NICU nurse coming in my room before he was born and telling me to hope for a girl because girls thrive better. I was not a happy camper then…but maybe that will be some comfort to you. :)

    I love the picture above…you have such a beautiful family!

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    Kami, Bless you and your baby’s sweet little hearts. I’ll be praying for you and your family. <3

  21. 21

    I have been in a similar situation, so I know the range of emotions you’re having. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers – and sending special ones for your precious baby girl!

  22. 22
    kim-todays creative blog says:

    Kami,
    know that I’m thinking about you and your family.

  23. 23
    Carissa Wiley says:

    Kami-
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us updated as you can. Praying for big growth for Baby Girl and wisdom for all the medical staff. Also praying for your husband and children. I know this is a rough time for everyone!
    Best wishes to you my friend.
    Carissa

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    I’m praying for you & your family… May you be blessed by the truth that our Creator holds our lives in His powerful, loving hands.

  25. 25

    Thanks for this post. I’m on day 17 of hospital bed rest. My water broke at 19 weeks and I’m still leaking amniotic fluid by the day. The goal is to keep her in till 24 weeks right now, and each day gives us a little better chance. I’ve run the gamu of emotions and cried more than I ever dreamt possible. It’s frustrating to not be able to do anything to help her except lie in bed. There’s nothing the Drs can do at this point for me either, which is hard to hear. I’ll be thinking of you and if you need someone to commiserate with tweet or email me.

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    Praying for you and your baby girl! Please keep us updated as we will all surely be thinking of you.

  27. 27

    I had no idea you were going through this. I am so sorry, and I believe in miracles even in this day and age. I will pray for you daily.

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    Ashley England says:

    Kami- I love you!
    I know there is a reason & a purpose for everything! I do believe with all my heart that there is a reason your sweet baby girl continues this fight & has come so far! She’s Going to continue fighting! What a strong, determined spirit she must embody!
    I love you! You are an amazing mama that I continue to observe & learn from so much from!

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    Kami, good luck with your bedrest. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am glad to hear you are being well taken care of and are in good spirits!! I would love to help in anyway I can.

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    biglers! just wanted to say that I love you all and know that you will get through this and that baby girl will come our swinging! I’m sure you are bombarded by calls and texts so I will hold off momentarily. at least you look ultra fab in your hospital gown…….tre chic!! love you and sending rainbow and unicorn thoughts. Dave and martin send baby kitty thoughts as well…..

  31. 31

    Prayers for you and your baby girl. Fight on little one! Best always! Stay strong!!!

  32. 32

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet baby.

  33. 33

    I’m so sorry you didn’t get better news. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers. Thanks for sharing this part of your life- I love your blog! Good luck!

  34. 34

    Kami you and your family are in our prayers! It sounds like she is a fighter and so are you! Best of Luck!!!!

  35. 35

    Fight, baby girl, fight! My thoughts and prayers will be with you! I’m sorry you have to be in the hospital, but happy that they will be able to give you and your baby the best care. Hang in there and know that you and that sweet baby are loved all the way from Pennsylvania today!

  36. 36

    Thinking of you and praying for you, Kami!

  37. 37

    Sending prayers for your tiny girl!

  38. 38

    Kami, I’m so sorry. I’ve been praying you would make it further along in your pregnancy before you would have to be down. I can’t imagine having to worry about having a baby this early. My prayers are with you and your family. I love your little visitors. What a sweet picture.

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    So much love…for you…from you…
    Get Mini here as best you can!
    See you tonight!

    Yep!

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    Our prayers are with you. If you need anything let us know.

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    Looking good! Keeping you my prayers!!

  42. 42

    Thinking healthy thoughts for baby girl, Kami! Much love to you.

  43. 43

    OMWord….don’t you worry about your blog or your readers. We all love you so we’ll be hear waiting for when you are back. Just take care of yourself and that sweet little life!! Hugs to you.

  44. 44

    Sending prayers and well wishes on your behalf. We had a premie too, but she was a whopping 3lbs! She is 4 now and as big as her 6 year old sister. She caught up to her gestational age by 15 months. Girls are fighters!

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    Amy, Using Our Words says:

    Sending you lots of good thoughts. I was on bedrest for quite awhile with my #3 and I know the emotional toll it takes. My friend went through a very similar experience and thought you might want to check out her blog: http://www.harrisodum.com/. Best of luck to you and your sweet little fighter!

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    Amanda Armstrong says:

    Thinking of you and praying for strength and health! A good friend of mine went through something similar a little over a year ago. She had a sweet baby boy at barely 24 weeks. He is an amazing & happy 1 YO today! The power of prayer is real – keep the faith!

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    So scary! You take it easy and be a good patient so that little girl can grow bigger.

  48. 48

    Hang in there! Thinking of you and you tiny and growing little girl. Love the photos- your big kids are adorable and you look well rested and pretty adorable too :-)
    take care,
    maggie g.

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    Thinking of you and praying for you and the baby. Hugs.

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    Hang in there Kami–I know how crazy it can be for these little peanuts to get here! Luckily you are in great hands and have wonderful family around you. And those little ones are spunky! Prayers and thoughts your way!!

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    I’m praying for you.

  52. 52
    Jamie Lee says:

    Kami, I’ve been out if the loop for a while, but just saw this link and came by to see how you’re doing. I’m so sorry to hear about everything you, your family, and your baby girl are going through. I will be thinking if you and sending virtual hugs and growing energy your way. I cannot imagine the stress you are under or how you will find the courage and stamina to keep going, but if anyone can – it’s a mom … And you’re one hell of a mom. We’re here with you.

  53. 53

    Oh Kami – I’m so sorry. What a difficult time for your little family. I’m adding my prayers too. Hang in there!

  54. 54

    Hi Kami, Praying lots for your family and your sweet new baby girl….

  55. 55

    Oh Kami!!

    My jaw is on the floor right now! First of all I some how missed your announcement post! HOW did that happen!?? I went back through your posts and had read the posts before and after but somehow missed your big news so first of all CONGRATULATIONS on being so far along. And now to hear this – I am so so sorry you are in this situation. You will be in my thoughts and prayers constantly. I agree with you – this little girl is a fighter just like Avery was. You hang in there. Don’t stress about your kids or your blog or anything else. Just focus on taking it easy for that sweet baby girl (like you have a choice when you’re in the hospital on bed rest!). Please post what’s going on when you have time! I’m going to be a nervous wreck until I know you and that baby are ok. I would give anything to live by you so that I could come and visit and give you a hug. Please know how many people love you and are praying for you. Aside from your close family and friends you have thousands of adoring fans out there (I know because I’m at the top of that list!).

    Love you Kami. Signing off to say a prayer. :)

  56. 56

    Oh Kami, I’m so sorry. Praying for the angels to surround you and this special little one.

  57. 57

    Hang in there, Kami!! :) You have such a positive attitude about all this!

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    I’m sure that little girl is a fighter:) I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and can say that her momma is a fighter:) Many hugs and prayers for your family and especially you and your dear sweet little baby:)

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    I am so sorry for what you are going through. Thank heavens for modern medicine. I’ll be sending thoughts and prayers your way.

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    Hi from your fellow BC blogger. Wishing you and the baby all the best. (Great photo of you and your kids! There’s a lot of love in that bed!)

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    Oh goodness. I am praying for that sweet little baby girl.

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    Jill Sumsion says:

    Please continue to share! We will be praying for the best. Hang in there!

  63. 63

    I have been reading your blog for a while and wanted to send my thoughts your way. I totally understand, I went into labor with my last child at 21 weeks and was in and out of the hospital for 4 weeks. We were so blessed the carry till 34 weeks and my baby is 1 and thriving. I also had 2 older kids and had done bed rest before but like you our situation was not as bad with our second. I wish you the best and I am sure your little one will be a fighter.

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    My thoughts are with you and your family, Kami. xo

  65. 65

    Love you Kami! I am thinking about you all the time. I would love to come and see you in the hospital this week. I’ll call you.

    xoxoxo
    Jen

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    Hi Kami. Although I look at your blog every day I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment. Your blog is always so inspiring. I’m guessing you have a ton of followers, but today I felt the need to let you know I’m here too. I’m sure you also have tons of family and friends too but sometimes just knowing others care can mean so much. Having three kids of my own it pulls at my heartstrings to know what a stressful and scary situation you are in. I don’t know if my opinion counts for much but I rather you blog about whats happening. As long as its more like a healing outlet and not more stressful for you. Having guest bloggers is great but don’t forget about you. After all thats why we read it. Try hard to keep a positive attidute and to look on the bright side! All will work out like its supposed too! You and family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Thinking of you and keeping you and your baby in my prayers.

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    My heart goes out to you! I’ve been in a similar situation, I will be thinking of you and your little fighter! Julie

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    Big prayers for you….

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    Thinking and praying for you and your baby girl!

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    Love and prayers winging their way to you and yours from Virginia!

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    My friend just shared your blog with me. I wanted to let you know that my daughter also had severe IUGR. She had been extremely tiny from the beginning. I did 5.5 weeks of bedrest in the hospital and months of bedrest at home before that. For my whole hospitalization she had absent diastolic flow. She amazed everyone by not having reversed diastolic flow until later. I kept her in until 32 weeks when she completely stopped growing and her flow reversed. At 32 weeks she was born at 1 pound 11 ounces, which is tiny for a 32 weeker. She was a miracle. I won’t lie…we have challenges today, but she is here and she is progressing and she is the happiest little girl on the planet. Please visit her blog at http://1pound11ounces.blogspot.com/ You can read her story under the “our story” link. If you’d like to talk, please leave a comment and I would love to help you with any questions you might have. I understand that it is a terrifying time.

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    Praying for you and your little girl, Kami!

  74. 74

    So sorry to hear this. You and your family are in my prayers! You are such a beautiful mother! It sounds like you have a fighter on your hands, and I know you are too! Sending lots of love and prayers your way! Get lots of rest! And we’ll all be waiting here for you when you’re back. {hugs!}

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    I’m so sorry to read this Kami. I will definitely be praying for you and your baby girl!

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    I’ve never commented before but wanted to wish you and your family the best. My first child was suspected IUGR and we had a scare right at this point in the pregnancy. Ultimately she was small (5#4 oz) but not nearly and tiny as everyone had feared. She was born by scheduled c-section at 37 weeks. I will keep checking in and keep hoping for the very very best for you. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do!

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    Mandy Hague Hardman says:

    My heart and prayers go to you and your cute family! I love following our blog and I usually don’t comment but this is very personal to me also. I had a 28 week baby boy weighing 2 pounds and a 31 week old baby boy 6 years later. I know the heart ache and termoil you and your sweet husband must be going through. I feel like I have two miracles and you have to put your faith in those amazing medical professionals. With my first pregnancy we did three weeks of bed rest in and out of the hospital but I had a seizure that put me in grave danger. My oldest 2 pound baby just played his first play off little league football game at 10 years old. I was advised to not have any more children but 6 years later we were blessed to be pregnant and at 20 weeks I was on bed rest….some in and out of the hospital–but we made it to 31 weeks and I know it was the work of amazing doctors and prayers.(and a stubborn mom that wanted to give that baby all I could)…. I know it can be so hard on so many levels but you are such an amazing strong woman and this baby was meant for you :)….Know you are in our prayers and my boys will pray for your darling family tonight and everynight! Hang in there–if you need anything–I know it is a lonely road–but just know there are people who love you and are cheering for that little girl :)….

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    Kami, I have been following your blog for years and feel like I know you and your family. Your iPhone love is the reason I went with it over the droid when I was looking to upgrade last year (and LOVE it!) I just want you to know that I am thinking about you here in Indiana. I’m praying for you and your little girl, and your whole family as they rally around you and deal with the uncertainty and the difficulty of having Mama on bed rest. Thinking about you! ~~Bonnie

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    I love you darling girl. I’m thinking about you this morning.

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    Kami- You are an adorable mother and great friend- So many prayers being sent your way that you will be strengthened and your family watched over at this difficult time!
    much love!
    Amy

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    Will keep you, your family and your little one in my prayers!

  82. 82

    Oh, Kami. You and your sweet family will continue to be in my prayers. Hoping this baby girl stays put and GROWS! I’m pulling for you- please let me know if you need anything. I’ll be checking in for updates on the blog!

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    oh sweet friend! i am so sorry. i’m praying for you and your family and this precious baby girl right now. i wish i could come cuddle you in the hospital and cry and laugh with you. and we could read trashy magazines and watch hgtv. please keep us updated as you feel able. xoxoxoxo

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    Hang in there. Praying for your little girl!

  85. 85

    Kami, I am praying for you and your precious baby. I hope all goes perfectly well. I will be anxiously watching for updates. Take care!!

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    Thinking of you Kami. xo

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    I will keep you and your little one (and bigger ones) in my prayers. God speed! Keep us updated, please.

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    Hi Kami!
    Best wishes, I’m sending thoughts, prayers and love your way. I was on bedrest with my twins (who are now 7). It’s a bit tedious and a hassle, but be glad to be at the hospital actually, you are in good hands and won’t be tempted to break the bedrest rules :) Now is a great time to make some photo albums and catch up on some TV shows! oxox long-time fan, Kristin

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    Michelle {Fun On A Dime} says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you are in the hospital. No mom wants to be there, but you are a great trooper and have the right mindset. It’s all about that baby girl! I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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    HI Kam, I just heard from Staci what was going on. I will be thinking about you and hoping for the best. You have already been through so much and Heaven knows you need a ray of sunshine!!! Love you!
    Marti

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    Congrats. Prayers for you and your family. I had one a month early and that was enough for me. I look forward to positive updates.

    If I can do anything–a post to fill in your content-to help out let me know.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

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    I just wanted to express my deepest sympathy. You are an amazing woman and to be able to write in your time of grief is a gift. Praying for you and your family.

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