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Sinner saved by grace. Wife to a cute preacher. Momma to 2 precious baby boys. Blessed beyond measure. And I deserve none of it.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Unknown Path

Tuesday, I woke up feeling a little weird. I thought nothing of it and went about my day. By lunch time I was very tired and my belly was feeling crampy and tight. I rested all afternoon and then we went to D's double header softball games. Throughout the last game I began feeling the cramps and tightness pretty frequently. I then began to think maybe what I was experiencing were fact contractions. I contacted 2 of my friends who both have twins. They confirmed that they too experienced early contractions, that I needed to drink tons of water and contact my dr. I debated calling because what I was feeling didn't meet my expectation of contractions. Once home I had decided I better call because I had been experiencing these cramps long enough to be concerned. The on call nurse advised me to take tylenol, lay on my left side and monitor my condition for 30 min. If not better in 30 min then we should plan to head to the hospital to get checked out. 30 min later when the nurse called to check on me I was feeling better. Huge relief. We could go to bed and not worry.

I spoke too soon.

Not 10 min later I began to have more intense tightness and cramps. Not painful, but enough for me to know that it wasn't normal. Still I was afraid we'd go in and they'd laugh at me and say, Oh honey you just have gas or something crazy like that. Not wanting to chance it we headed to the hospital. Can I just say Baptist Womens is awesome. We show up and 5 minutes later I am hooked up to monitors where they immediately tell me 2 things: yes, I am having contractions, but both babies look great.

1. I'm not crazy or gassy.
2. My babies are healthy and ok.

The nurse starts me on an IV to quickly hydrate me to help reduce contractions. As if I wasn't already peeing enough... lets add way more fluids. Then came the scary, unexpected news. They wanted to do a test that would tell us if I was going into labor in the near future.

What?! I'm only 25 weeks! True the babies are technically viable outside the womb but they'd be tiny and sick and there are HUGE risks. Thankfully 20 minutes later the nurse informs us the test was negative.

Relief. Now hopefully these babies will bake inside a lot longer... or at least several more weeks.

They decided to keep us over night and monitor my contractions and the babies. With the IV fluids, the contractions ceased. They ordered an ultrasound to measure my cervix and make sure the contractions hadn't caused it to thin out which would lead to preterm labor. Unfortunately we discovered the contractions had caused my cervix to shorten (which leads to thinning) so my doctor consulted with the high risk specialist who decided we needed to stay and be monitored a couple of more days while they give the babies steroids and me a contraction reducing medication.

The boys and I are doing great though. I am now a "lady of leisure" per the high risk dr.'s request meaning I'm on bed rest the duration of my pregnancy... but good news is he is ok with me attending my baby showers as long as I take it easy. Sister has already graciously agreed to open my gifts as if that is too strenuous. :)

Everyone is asking what they can do to help... Please just pray. Pray for D as he now has more on his plate due to my lack of helpfulness. (He has been amazing. No shocker there, but I know he will get tired and I'm sure I won't always be the sweetest patient.)

And then continue to pray for us as we travel this crazy unknown path. We know God has brought us this far and are confident that He is still good and faithful no matter what happens.

P.S. If you get a hankering to fix a yummy dish, we won't decline.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Twin Update

These boys are growing leaps and bounds and after seeing those pics, you know what I mean. I look like I'm about to give birth (belly measuring at 30 weeks if I were to have just 1 baby in there.) And I love freaking people out when I tell them I'm only 23 weeks... before I tell them we're having twins.

Jude and Luke are moving like crazy. Any time I get still they start flipping and kicking.  So far its a pleasant feeling that I can't get enough of... def the coolest part of being pregnant. We had a doctor's visit yesterday and we watched as Luke continued to kick Jude. Jude kept putting his little hand up which looked like he was trying to protect his head. Hopefully the violence will cease. :) My doctor was very pleased with our progress. We go back in 3 weeks and then will start going every 2 weeks after that.

From the beginning, my doctor has told us to expect their arrival early to mid december. Based on how well we've done so far she guessed they'd be here sometime between December 11-25. That would be 36-38 weeks... although she said theres a good chance I might even go into labor before then though.

What we've been up to: getting the nursery together! Its by no means finished but here's a sneak peak after the walls were painted and beds were put together.

Cravings: peanut butter banana toast, crunchy raisin bran cereal, hummus/wheat thins, orange juice

Here are our latest pics of Jude and Luke. Luke was very cooperative. Jude not so much.

I'm actually going into my 25th week now so new updates coming soon!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Twin Update: Our boys have names!

21 weeks:

Cravings: oats and honey crunchy granola bars, little debbie's (any kind)

New development: Our boys finally have names!!!!!

Jude Ryan
Luke David

Naming these babies was hard! I always thought this would be easy... especially once we knew their gender. Unfortunately for us that just made it harder! We didn't agree on any names until these. We have 2 very different tastes in names which you can imagine only added to our difficulty. So how did we finally come up with these names, might you ask?

We knew we wanted non-rhyming names and different initials, but still have the names sound good together. We also wanted them to be gender specific and we wanted to name them what we were going to call them. So.... with all of those "name rules" our name journey continued and continued with no luck. We had lots of help from others, but actually came to these names on our own.

There has been a J.R.J. in every generation of the Jerkins family since the civil war so we knew we wanted to carry on that tradition, but coming up with a cute J name is hard! Most are very common names and I wanted something a little different. I was reading through the new testament and came to the book of Jude. And I couldn't get it out of my head. Jude. There was something different about this one. Then I looked up the meaning and it means, "praise." I was in love. Ryan just came naturally as the only R name that we really liked. So baby A is now Jude Ryan Jerkins.

Luke was a name we had both liked for a long time. Come to find out it means "light" and we obviously want our boys to be a light in this dark world. We never just loved it though until we put it with Jude. Then it was a no brainer. Because we went with the J.R.J (Jerkins side) for baby A, we knew we wanted to do something meaningful from my side of the family for baby B. David is my dad's middle name and it fit so well so baby B became Luke David.

I am so glad that our boys will carry on their grandfathers' names/initials. They are men that we love and respect more than words can fully express. And our prayer is that Jude and Luke will be men of integrity that love the Lord and their families like their Papa and Pop do.