Wiersma Family Blog

A glimpse into our lives as a family with micro-preemies. Our twins boys (Lovingly referred to as our Miracle Men) were born almost 16 weeks early.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Another day, still pregnant

Today has been a good day overall. The doctors have reviewed all the information from the contraction and heart rate monitors from last night. They have determined that she is once again stable and they moved us back up to the 4th floor to OB Special Care. That was an enormous relief because if they thought delivery was eminent, they would not have done that. Kate's contractions have not gone away, but they are spaced out. We cannot seem to get a real good read on what the doctors are looking for to determine "stable" condition. They have told us that some women have contractions their whole pregnancy, but as long as their cervix does not change (thin or dilate), it is not a big issue. Kate has had some thinning of her cervix, but no change in dilation since last week Tuesday, so we are holding on to that as a source of encouragement that the contractions are not heading towards delivering the babies just yet. Kate is still trying to determine what a contraction is and what is not. We had some times where it looks like she is having contractions and the nurse says it is just an "irritable uterus", and others where we thought the graph looked good and the first question the nurse asks is "can you feel those?". By in large, Kate cannot feel most of the contractions, apart from feeling her belly to see if it hardens or tightens. This is a huge source of frustration for Kate, as you can imagine.

Please pray that the doctors can find the right mix of treatments to keep Kate's contractions at bay. We praise God for another day that our boys have had to grow and develop in the place that their Creator has designed them to. We trust that His plan is good and perfect. We pray not for an easy path, but that God will give us the feet to walk the path, where ever it may lead.


  1. Praying for the four of you!
    Love, The Schrotenboers

  2. May you feel God's comfort and try to get some sleep tonight!
    Praying for you!

    "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles..."
    2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

  3. Trusting God to give protection, health, & strength to your precious boys, and to both of you as well. With lots & lots of prayers, The Sluiters

  4. Mark and Kate, so glad for all the great news! You are in our prayers every day!
    Matt&Beth + family

  5. Thanks for starting this blog..what a great way for us to know what to pray for:) We will continue to pray those babies stay nice and comfy and continue to grow stronger.

  6. Praying and trusting that God has a beautiful plan for your family of 4. Let me know if you need anything.

  7. Cassdiy and I sat and said a nice long prayer for this good news to continue...We love you all.

  8. Our prayers are with you and your babies!

    Jim and Lori

  9. Still praying!
    Praising God for a better day for all four of you!

  10. Almost another day down! The more good days that pass will only make the next ones calmer. I am praying really hard that you (Kate) feel an incredible sense of calm. God is in control and you don't have to be!!