Saturday, December 27, 2008

Weeks 20 & 21 - CRAZINESS!!!

Wow! So, I haven't written in a long time but I have many valid excuses! Where do I even begin?! This will probably be a long post, read at your own interest level!

Last weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun), Hannah and I went back to Western Kentucky to visit family and friends. Unfortunately James had to work as usual. Right before we left I started to get a little bit of a cough and Hannah began with a runny nose. I didn't think much about it, we both tend to get colds alot. Well, by Saturday, Hannah was running a temperature of 103.3. With the help of some acetaminophen and other techniques, we got the fever down within a couple of hours. Little did I know the fever would continue to rise and fall for FIVE more days.

All that being said, I took her to the doctor on Monday. I was told it was likely just a viral thing and the fever should break by Wednesday if so. If she was to get any more symptoms, I should call the office. Well... Tuesday morning, I went to the doctor (for myself) and was put on a Zpack to deal with my cough/cold and for prevention considering I'm pregnant. Later that same afternoon, Hannah woke from her nap shivering uncontrollably, breathing short breaths and with purple lips. One call to the doctor and we were on our way to the ER. After all kinds of tests and a chest Xray, once Hannah was stabilized, we were sent home with antibiotics (just in case there was an infection) and a nebulizer to help her breathing. We were told she may be in the beginning stages of pneumonia, again, likely viral. If her symptoms came back, we should take her to the ER at the Children's Hospital downtown because they may need to admit her.

1:30 am, same night. Hannah woke up screaming. Chills, fever, short breath and purple lips had all returned. Off to Kosairs ER we went. We spent the entire evening there (left at 7am) and with no more info. Again, test-wise, she had no symptoms of low oxygen or even the previous possibility of pneumonia. Just a really nasty virus. Christmas Eve morning, we went home and were told to stay on the original course of action with antibiotics and nebulizer, fever reducers as needed. Yesterday (Friday), we checked in a the pediatrician's office for a post ER visit. She did manage to get an ear infection on top of it all but by God's grace, she's been fever-less for about 36 hours!

Today we started a new antibiotic (to treat the ear infection) and are continuing with the occasional breathing treatments over the weekend. She slept a whopping 13 hours last night without getting up (praise the Lord!) and seems to be doing a great deal better. Personally, my cough has slowed tremendously and I'm on my last day of the Zpack. I'm also feeling a world better. In addition, God has been so gracious in keeping James from getting sick this entire time. That has been a tremendous blessing as he's had to pull a great deal of the weight this week (on top of working).

Overall, it's been a crazy few weeks. In addition to the sickness, the busyness of the Christmas season kept us going. James' family was here for 2 weeks and then as I mentioned earlier, we visited my family for a few days. Tomorrow, we'll be going back to W.Ky for a few more days (James included) to visit a bit more. You can pray for my mom as she's also been incredibly sick. As a matter of fact, not only our daughter but both of our mom's were all at separate ERs in about a 36 hour time frame. It was crazy!

Hannah enjoyed opening her Christmas presents and seems to enjoy most of them so far. She's really enjoyed her new toy kitchen. I'll try to get pictures up later.

Baby Benjamin has been doing well as much as we know. He's still kicking around enough to let me know he's okay. That has been reassuring. My next OB appointment will be January 8th. We'll have another ultrasound because they didn't get a good visual of the heart last time. So that should be exciting... I love peaking in at the baby!

If you're still reading with me, I'm impressed! Please continue to pray for our family and healing. Also, let us know if there is any way we can pray for you!

Take care,
Terra

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sick... sick... sick...

Yeah... so ignore the "alive and 'well'" part of the last post. We're alive but definitely not well. Hannah and I (Terra) are not doing so hot. Went to the doc with Hannah today... appears to be viral, we'll see. She's been running up to 104 degree temp (at it's peak) while I've been hovering just under 100. I think we have two different things going on though, as we have many different symptoms.

Anyway... all that being said, I don't know when I'll get a real post on here but I'll do it whenever I can. Please pray James doesn't get sick again (he just got over a cold not too long ago) and that the rest of us get better soon.

Take care,
Terra

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Not Ignoring You!

Just want to let you all know we're alive and well... Just crazy busy with this season. I'll try to post my pregnancy updates as soon as possible! I'll be out of town tomorrow through Sunday so I'll do my best whenever I can.

Take care,
Terra

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pre-Christmas Pics

Click the pic below to view some pictures from miscellanous pre-Christmas events (this particular picture set will grow as more pics are taken).

In Christ,

Terra

Weeks 18 & 19: Lots of excitement!

Okay everyone, I'm finally taking the time to write a real post about the last 2 weeks. ;) The two weeks have blurred a bit because of busyness so I'll just combine the two.

Yesterday was the super exciting day. I woke to birthday wishes and a sweet card from my husband. Later in the morning, I noticed he'd also sent me an email about my gift (which was still to come). Can I brag on my hubby for a moment? He is really growing in the listening department. :) About a month or so ago, a guy from our community group (Ryan) and I were reminiscing on high school marching band (go ahead...I know what you're thinking). Anyway, that conversation went into a conversation about DCI, or Drum Corp International. Ryan and I were discussing how awesome the shows were and trying to express our excitement to all of the non-band nerds in the room. Well, that conversation eventually ended of course and like most random conversations, I didn't really think about it any more. But my husband listened. For my birthday, he ordered me the 2008 World DCI Championship DVD and the promise to take me to a show this summer (which I haven't been to in at least 10 years). It is a random gift but one that I am completely excited about! What a good listener he was being! I'll be sure to have a DCI championship night for anyone interested in attending... hehehe I'm sure there will be a great turn out surrounding my computer as we watch it!

Well, the morning continued. I took Hannah to the doctor (she has a cold) and did a little small grocery shopping. A few hours later, we were heading to the OB to find out the sex of the baby. ;)

We entered the office and were sent straight back to the ultrasound (U/S) waiting area. Our dear bro-in-law, Todd, took care of Hannah in the lobby while we were in the back. Thanks again Todd! I have to admit, while we waited I was paying attention to the few U/S techs and wondering which one we'd get. Would it be the quieter looking older lady? Would it be the tall, bouncy lady? Maybe the nice brunette who kept walking past us? And it was.... the brunette. She was a very pleasant personality and I enjoyed our conversation throughout the whole ordeal. I got seated in the chair (which was way more comfy then the one I had with Hannah) and prepped for the excitement. A boy? A girl? Which would it be?

The baby not only had it's back facing us but it's legs tucked up to it's chest. Great. The U/S tech mentioned the baby being awfully shy so far but we wouldn't give up quite so quickly. She did many of her measurements while it was in this position. Like Hannah, it appears this one is also going to have a big ol' noggin' (aka head). The head measured 21 weeks while the rest of the body measured right on target at 19wks, 2 days. hehe We're just a big headed family I guess! After some prodding around on my belly, turning me sideways and back, the U/S tech got a quick shot of the baby's "area." "Oh," she said. "There it is! It's a boy!" I quickly and enthusiastically responded, "Are you SERIOUS?!" She said yes but she'd like to get a better picture. I took that to mean she wasn't 100% sure. So then I asked her how sure she was. She confidently said, "Oh, I'm a 100% sure, I just want a better picture."

Well, this post is already getting incredibly long so I'll try to keep the rest short and sweet. As much as she could tell, the baby (who we're going to name Benjamin James) appeared normal and healthy. Because of his position, she wasn't able to get a good picture of the heart so we'll have another ultrasound on January 8th for that. The actual OB visit went well with no big news. Blood pressure still 110/60. Gained another 4lbs (for a total of 12 so far at 19 weeks). I feel the baby move around quite a bit these days and James actually felt him the night before last as well. Apparently my placenta is on the back wall of my uterus (nearest to my spine) and that is likely another reason why I can feel him so easily in the front.

"Him." That is so cool to say! The baby is no longer an "it." The baby is a "he!" Whoo hoo. After this one, they can be whatever: boy, girl, girl, boy, it doesn't matter! ;)

One physical issue I've been struggling with again this pregnancy is a pinched nerve just above my right hip. Occasionally, I get the same pain on the left. I'm seeing a chiropractor still so hopefully the pain won't last the entire pregnancy. It's fairly bearable most of the time but sometimes I seriously have to just sit because it hurts so much. But I'm not complaining... we have another baby on the way... :)

Until next time...
Terra

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's a ........................................

BOY!
Benjamin James Santos: we can't wait to meet you!

27 Years of God's Grace!

“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." 3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

“9 Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" 10 Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” -John 3:1-15 (ESV)
Today, I celebrate my 27th birthday. Twenty-seven years of God’s grace! I praise God for the gift of life. I praise Him for the gift of family. I praise Him for the gift of friends. Most importantly, I praise Him for Jesus Christ!

The passage I quoted above was not by accident. At the age of 21, God radically changed my life. I finally understood that I could not make myself happy with relationships, parties, alcohol, good grades and so forth. The Holy Spirit convicted me of the sin in my life. I understood that Jesus Christ died the death I deserved. As both God and man, He could do just that. He rose on the third day and ascended into heaven. I placed my entire life in His hands. I was His. I had no idea what this would mean for me, but I was ready to find out. I was “born again.”

I thank the Lord for His grace in my life. He provided me with a wonderful mother (who chose to give birth to me in the first place). His safety net has surrounded me through spinal meningitis, a horrible car accident in ’94, a dangerously high fever in a 3rd world country, pregnancies and so forth. His love has surrounded me with His every day patience, encouragement, provisions, etc. His comforting arms held me during the death of my father in 2000, the loss of our second child to miscarriage, and numerous family issues. His joy has lifted me in praise as I think of who He is, witness His kindness, see His miracles, and thank Him for a wonderful, godly husband and our sweet daughter Hannah.

Am I getting older? Of course… Does it bother me? Only momentarily. When I think on the things the Lord has done in my life over the last 27 years, I have nothing but praise to offer. I once read another lady reflecting over her 50 somethingth birthday. She rejoiced at each birthday for the same reason I rejoice today – God’s grace!

Praise the Lord – I’m another year older and another day closer to seeing Christ in His glory!

In Him,
Terra

Calling all Prayer Warriors!

Hello everyone! I know you're probably expecting my Week 18 & 19 posts (as well as the sex of the baby) but that will come later. Our appointment is late this afternoon and I'll update you all when I can after that.

Right now I come to you seeking your prayers for a friend and neighbor of mine. Her name is Tracy (husband Brett, 1st child Sam) and Thursday she gave birth to her second child, Noah. Although Noah was full-term, he's having some significant unexpected medical issues. Here are some of the details sent out in an email from my friend (and another neighbor) Amanda:


Noah is thought to have pneumonia. He is currently on a ventilator and though he is on antibiotics and the ventilator is doing the work of breathing for him, he's still having trouble oxygenating his blood (so, if you're looking for something specific to pray for, pray that he will begin to consistently oxygenate his blood well, in addition to all the other things!). This is making him very sick (there have been other issues contributing to this, like pulmonary hypertension, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, but not sure I'll remember or explain everything she told me correctly) and the doctors have told her that the first 5-7 days are very critical and he could get worse before getting better. He is still at Norton, but he could be transferred to Kosair if his condition worsens.

Tracy said it's been a constant roller coaster of him doing a little better and then worse, and she, of course, feels pretty helpless, since he's on no stimulation (meaning his eyes and ears are covered and she can't hold or touch him) and sedated (to help him rest) but is keeping a constant vigil by his side. Though we haven't been in this situation, as moms, we can all certainly imagine how heart-wrenching this experience is, and I know she appreciates all the prayers.

Please keep baby Noah in your prayers. I was also told by another friend that a baby in this condition has a 40% mortality rate. As a mother, my heart aches for Tracy and her family. I plead with you to at least pray as you finish reading this blog. May the Lord show mercy and healing to her family.

In Christ,
Terra