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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Sunday, March 22, 2009

She's still pregnant

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.


  1. We will be praying for a quite night for you all.
    We are going to come to visit tomorrom.
    Love you guys
    Stacy & Geoff

  2. Heavenly Father we just want to lift Kate, Mark and the boys up to you. We pray for a peaceful quiet night and for one more day of this pregnancy. We take this one day at a time. We know that you can perform miracles and that is what we ask of you. We want to thank you for looking after them and holding them in your wonderful arms. Please grant them peace through these hard times and let our Brother and Sister know that when they can not pray any longer, the rest of there family is still praying. Blessed be your name! We love you Lord!

  3. Take heart in some layperson experience. Women walk around dilated at 1-2 for MONTHS. I myself was 2 cm dilated for 6 weeks, and had intermittent contractions for that time. My son is a healthy, jolly 9 month old who is, along with the rest of our family, praying for your sweet babies!

  4. Kate, I am sitting here praying and wishing for a boredom and calm filled day tomorrow. Call me if you need a visitor (which I doubt will ever happen, but hey, I'd love to hear the day is uneventful and boring). I'm thinking about making you lemon pound cake, but not sure it would be quite like Starbucks. Maybe I'll try, eat it all and then decide. ;)
    Hugs, hugs, hugs,

  5. Kate and Mark,
    We are praying!!! God knows your story. He's watching you and holding you, loving you and carrying you. We will pray that the mag that they give you is the magic dose that does the trick and holds them in place!!! Mark, we pray that you will be able to get a little work done, and Kate, we will pray that you will have an easy day tomorrow, and all the days beyond! The power of God's people praying is unlike any other, and we are all along for the ride! God's blessings to you for a good night sleep and a good day tomorrow.
    Loving you!
    Chris, Kevin, Peyton and Addy

  6. Ok, one more...I was also dilated to 1 for four weeks then 2 for two weeks. I was walking up and down the stairs and around the block in knee deep snow, daily for those last weeks. I feel comforted knowing that.

    It proves to me God is always in control.

  7. I think it is great that you can keep a sense of humor after the past two weeks Mark (& Kate?). We are praying and will continue to pray for you all.


  8. Savior... He can move the mountains. My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save. Forever... author of salvation. He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave!!

  9. You do not know me, but I wanted to let you know that I'm praying for you. My husband and I went through the EXACT same thing you are going through now with our twins 4 1/2 years ago. I was at 4 Center on the mag also at 22 weeks for contractions and SHORT cervix. I was on bedrest a total of 15 weeks, 9 of them at 4 Center. My twins were born at 34 weeks and 5 days, defying all medical odds. Prayer DOES work! Keep your faith!

  10. Rob and I just caught up... We love you and are praying for you hourly! PLEASE let us know what we can do! Praise God for allowing these boys to develop this far!