Today has been another day filled with ups and downs. They reduced the amount of magnesium they were giving Kate from 2.5 grams/hour to 2 grams/hour, and she continued to respond well to the medication. She had a good afternoon with some visitors and a little nap. The early evening started heading in the wrong direction and her contractions have started to come closer together. They are not painful at all, which is a good change from last night, but they are starting to come every 7-10 minutes. We were (and still are) scared that labor had reared its ugly head once again. The doctors decided to check Kate's cervix again, and this doctor (different doctor from last night) felt that Kate was dilated at 1 to maybe 2 cm...which sounds a lot better to us that 2-3!! The doctor said, "good...your contractions are not changing your cervix". Where was this lady last night? The doctor last night was about 6 foot, 225 lbs and wearing an MSU Hockey sweatshirt (so you know he has made plenty of bad decisions in his life), and he thought 2-3 cm, and now a dainty little lady says 1-2 cm...and both her and the nurse that was present at tonight's exam said that the doctor we had last night is always a little "too generous". I think God used him to remind Kate and I how much we dislike anything related to MSU. Back to the point, Kate and I are ecstatic about what the doctor said. It is not a free pass for us to just hang out until the boys are ready to be born in a few months, but it was enough to give us a little shot of joy, some happy tears, and a great big "THANK-YOU LORD". They did increase Kate's mag back to 2.5 grams/hour so they can dial in the right amount that she needs to keep the contractions spaced out and the amount of mag in her blood at a safe level.
At the end of the day, we are shouting our praise to God. Glory be to God. We are exhausted and looking forward to a night without so many unknowns as we feel comforted in the arms of our Father. I am going to attempt to get back to work tomorrow...so pray that God will keep Kate on the 4th floor for observation and not the 2nd floor in a delivery room. Also, the contractions have picked up some steam while I was writing this post, so please pray that it will only be a short lived episode before the larger dose of mag kicks in...or better yet, God just intercedes and tells her uterus to be quiet.
Once again, the prayer support from God's people has been humbling for Kate and I. We cannot thank-you enough for interceding on our behalf when we could no longer pray. The support we have felt has changed our views of what it truly means to be a Christian, and has revealed to us the blessings that flow from being a member of the body of Christ.