Contractions

3 Jun

Very first of all, you should know that the whole reason for this blog has more to do with the comments section than anything I could possibly have to say.  We’ve been brought to tears again and again throughout yesterday and this morning by your wisdom, thoughtfulness, faithfulness and amazing autobios in the comments of previous entries (not to mention notes on Facebook and Twitter).  Carey was having a particularly difficult morning and it was your beautiful sentiments, read aloud to her by me, that carried her through.  Content yourself in knowing I used all my oral interp skills to represent you and I apologize for any mispronunciations.

I’ve said it before and I have to say it again: thank you.  We covet every message and I mean it. If we could reply to you individually right now, we surely would.

By way of updates, though:

Last night began on a positive note.  Carey was moved to a much nicer room, complete with windows and other amenities, which lightened the mood considerably.  The “Rain Man Suite”.  Dr. Chao stopped by with an ultrasound device and showed us Baby A.  To our delight, we saw that not only had he partially replenished some of his fluids, but he actually had enough room to move around a bit.  Carey was still losing water, but apparently not as fast as it was being replaced.  “He’s bouncing,” Chao told us.  “You can’t bounce without fluid.”

This was good news.

And the hits kept on coming.  We enjoyed a little dinner and a nurse brought in a cot for me, so that I wouldn’t need to ride a chair for the third night in a row.  Carey popped a sleeping pill and we began to drift off to dreamland.  We weren’t out of the woods, but, for the first time in days, things were looking a little better.

Matters took a turn, though, around 2:45 AM.

An uncomfortable itching and some cramps were keeping Carey awake and we called in a nurse.  She hooked up a monitor and confirmed it: some minor contractions.  Temperature was fine, fluid leakage was next to none… everything was looking good except for that little wavy line on the contraction printout.

Over the course of the next several hours, what began as a mild irritation turned int0 what appeared to be full-blown labor pains.  We ordered up the contraction medication and no effect.  Hours later, Carey wound up calling Dr. Chao on her personal cell to petition for a different contraction medication and Chao relented.  This one helped, but by no means fixed it.

Everyone was getting concerned that Carey might be going into labor.  The pain had intensified to a startling degree and even though it was the last thing anyone wanted, we were forced to order up Morphine.  It helped for a half hour or so, but wore off quickly.  We were doing our best to avoid being shipped off to Labor and Delivery.  Delivering these babies at 22 weeks (as of yesterday), as the doctors keep reminding us, more or less means Game Over.

A NICU doctor paid us a visit for a quick consult, wearing a “I lost the rock-paper-scissors tourney in the hall, so it looks like I have to break the bad news” expression the whole time.  He gave us a lot of odds and statistics and some genuinely helpful insights on our post-partum infants.  Most of it we’d heard before, but I suppose the medical community isn’t really doing their job if somebody doesn’t come in at some point each day and remind us our kids are a cough away from the Grim Reaper.  And likely brain damaged or disordered if they do happen to hang in there.

It wasn’t an all-bad-news day, though.  Fluid and blood leakage: next to none.  Blood work: good.  Temp: normal.

Dr. Chao eventually came in with a much-needed post game on the day.  The contractions are real, but it’s Baby A that’s amplifying them.  Specifically, his lack of a filled sac is causing him and the other two to apply pressure to the pelvic nerve and uterine ligaments, which is excruciating.  Also, the issue was keeping Carey from emptying her bladder.  A catheter meant more infection risk, but what had to be done had to be done.  After the catheter, she’s feeling significantly better.  And no, she doesn’t seem to be in labor.

So, we’re at 22 +1.  I wish I could say our odds are better than yesterday, but they’re not.  In fact, the only difference between our situation today and our situation yesterday is we’re a day closer to 24 weeks, without infection.  So far, anyway.

Which is something.

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90 Responses to “Contractions”

  1. Helen June 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    “Which is something.” That sums it up perfectly right now. We’ll keep praying for more “somethings”!

  2. pam June 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Every day is huge! That is great news! Praying for more of these!

  3. Rich June 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Everything is a day at a time. One day closer. Tomorrow another day, and so on. Still praying for all of you.

    -Rich Stahnke

  4. cori June 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    my heart just breaks for you and Carey. I keep praying, and praying, and praying…mostly praying for miracle upon miracle.

  5. Sarah June 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    Hang in there – one day at a time if that’s what it takes! One day closer is one day closer after all! I keep praying that Baby A will hang in there and that the other two will be kept safe. I will pray that Carey gets to keep all three babies under her heart for many, many more days!

  6. lis June 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    wishing you all nothing but luck and love. hang in there, you guys can do this! we can be stronger than we know for our children! thinking of you and the babes.
    xoxo
    lis

  7. A June 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Terbutaline? Nifetapine? Mag drip? Anything…please keep those babes in!! So glad to hear about baby A’s fluid rebound! I consider myself spiritual but not very religious…but I’ve been praying since I first read your story. More going up for no infection, resilience for Carey, and support for all of you. Bless you both, and A, B, and C.

  8. Kerri June 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I don’t know you and I can’t even remember how I found your blog, but I’ll keep praying for you, your wife, and of course your 3 little ones!

  9. Claire June 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    “Which is something”…yes it is. One day closer is one day closer. Keep your eye on 24 weeks, have Carey stay COMPLETELY LYING FLAT and as relaxed as possible.

    Meditation might help. I had Enya playing in the background…ANY and I do mean ANY negativity was not allowed in my room. I had a firm policy that ANYONE who did not believe in my babies’ ability to survive and thrive was to either not enter my room (this included the “expert” doctors) or to check their negativity at the door and join the bandwagon of hope (if only to fake it for my sake).

    Keep drinking water. That Baby A has replenished fluid is *great* news. The risk of infection is greatest in these first few days…after that, it does go down somewhat.

    Keep talking to those precious babies. I’ll keep your family in my prayers. Hang in there Baby A…

    Claire

    • Angela Dephouse June 4, 2011 at 7:15 am #

      We’ve all “checked our negativity at the door and joined the bandwagon of hope”. I love that! Still hoping and praying!

  10. April June 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Carey is my hero. I am so proud of her and honored to call her my friend. I can not imagine the courage and strength and perseverance that she has had to call upon. I know that it is a great gift from God. I pray He will fill up her reserves and give her more and more so that day will be added upon day. Jer, you are doing amazing work right now keeping strong and bringing encouragement to sweet Carey and your little ones. I know they are so happy when they hear your voice and know how much you love them. We are praying and praying. Day and night and our little Schweitzers too are praying for you. We love you so much and wish we were there with you to help lighten your burden.

  11. RoseAnneH June 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    I am the mother of Helen (commented above) and the grandmother of her triplets. I have not been able to get you and your wife and your babies out of my mind and heart. I have been a fanatic about checking the Twitter feed watching for updates. I praise God for the increase in amniotic fluid and for the relief of pain Carey is now feeling. Know that people in Maine (where I live) are praying for you.

  12. Staciet June 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Praying for weeks and weeks more “somethings” to you and Carey. Keep taking things day by day. You have the Internet hoping your three littles ones stay put. Much love!

    (twins-PProMed at 26 weeks. Delivered at 28w3d-if I can get 17 days after my rupture, surely you can do more! :-))

  13. lorraine June 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    I have been unable to stop thinking about you guys for days now! i have everyone praying! god bless you and those babies!

  14. Daisy Austin June 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    What a day! As an encouragement, a friend of mine had her baby at 23 weeks and he is going to be two soon! Hang in there, celebrate every hour they are still in there “cooking”, in all things God is good!

    • amanda havener June 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

      OK, Jeremy and Most Wonderful Wife/Mother Carey, I have to tell ya that today I consider my prayers answered. For today. Which is something. I know I’m not alone in having prayed specifically for fluids to replenish, miraculously, so that God could be glorified and your (Jeremy and Most Wonderful Carey) faith would be strengthened. Maybe tomorrow will bring more answers to prayer – you mentioned hundreds, but I’d venture thousands of people are now praying for you and your babies. God is faithful. God is mighty. I wish that He always made sense to us and I’m so sorry that this just seems senseless. We love you and we continue to share your story and unabashedly beg for everyone with an ear to pray for you all.

  15. Devon June 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Hi there,
    You may not remember me, I’m one of the Schweitzer’s friends and I met you one night when you came to NC to visit and I was watching their kids when yall went out.

    Anywho, I saw April’s call for prayers for you both on Facebook and linked over to your blog where I’ve spent the last two days reading all the posts and “catching up”.

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m sending as many happy thoughts and prayers your way as possible. From a near-stranger in NC, to you.

  16. Heather June 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Hang in there. I am an OBGYN doc myself, and was hospitalized with my twins from 21 weeks to 31+3 when they finally were delivered. You are facing some very scary challenges, and my thoughts & prayers will be with all five of you as you navigate this. I remember facing many of the same decisions at 22 weeks, but things worked out in the end (my twins are 7 y/o healthy kids now). (I didn’t have PPROM, but other serious preterm labor & other probs)
    Whatever happens, love each other and try to keep Carey’s spirits up!!! In hospital bedrest on Magnesium was about the hardest thing I’ve ever done, you feel so out of control. It’s a real mental struggle for mom AND dad. We’ll be praying for you all. 🙂

  17. kate June 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I only found your blog at the beginning of this crisis and your family is all I’ve been able to think about. I am praying harder than ever that God brings you a much needed miracle (or three!) I hope that our prayers continue to bring you much needed comfort.
    With love,
    Kate in Sacramento

  18. lauren June 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    Many thanks for the update. After reading it, I felt like I exhaled for the first time today. What amazing parents you both are. Jer,you have amazed me for 32 years now and continue to every day. Carey, I am in awe. I am honored that you are part of our family. YOU, Jer and Carey, are exactly what and WHO your boys need. We’ll be praying you through the night tonight.

  19. akismet-45005ca12871fba85e78f238bf3f3357 June 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    One day at a time – thinking of you and knowing how hard it is, especially as you pass through this critical gestation time. Every day brings you closer to a good outcome, and I’m SO glad that you made it through last night still pregnant. Hang in there. You sound in good hands, both with the doctors, with your love for each other and your babies, and with your extended network. I’ll check back soon. Here’s hoping for many more weeks of pregnancy for your little ones to grow.

  20. Lindsey June 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Big prayers for all 5 of you from Houston, Texas! I wish I could give you each a big hug (but of course we don’t know each other so it might be thought of as weird)!!

    Looking forward to the next positive update!!

  21. kirsten June 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    very grateful for the update. continuing to pray. loving you guys from back home.

  22. Nicole June 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Carey & Jeremy, Thank you for the update. It helps to know what to pray for. Your boys are so well loved! May God give you both peace and rest tonight.
    It is strange to think of the cot as a “step up” as bedding. My prayers continue.-Nicole

  23. lenarivers June 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    thinking so hard about you guys and imagining how harrowing everything must seem, and how helpless you must feel.

    don’t give up. don’t give up. don’t give up.

    one more day.

  24. Erin Burtoft June 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Jer & Care–
    Thank you for your diligence in sharing the intimate details of this journey with family, friends, and total strangers.

    Carey–you are an amazing woman. I don’t know how you had the strength to keep fighting today in light of such physical and emotional pain. I hope you are able to get physical sleep, and rest for your spirit. I wish I could trade places with you for one day right now so you could rest. I’m sorry that I can’t be there for you. You are a wonderful mothter. I hope you know that.

    Jer–your support of Carey and concern for keeping us all in the loop is incredible. I am inspired that you are still able to find solace, even hope, in the things that are going right–however small they may be. You are an amazing father already. I am proud that you’re my brother.

    Babies A, B, C–Know that your Aunt Erin is proud of your fighting spirits, those strong heartbeats, and your resilience. You are so loved by your mom, dad, aunt, family, and indeed people spread across the globe. I am praying for all three of you with every once of my heart and soul. I desperately want to meet you.

  25. Valerie June 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    I’ll keep praying that those kiddos keep baking for at least a few more weeks. Hang in there. You have so many prayers coming your way.

  26. Tarasview June 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    praying for healthy babies and a healthy mama too!

  27. Carrie June 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    I have never met you, but I have found your blog through mutual friends via FB. I am praying and remain hopeful for you.
    When my husband was in the womb, his sac ruptured at 5 months gestation. He is now a healthy and ornery 36 year old.
    I hope that helps.
    Love and prayers your way.

  28. Barbara June 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    I don’t know you guys, but found your Twitter and subsequently, your blog through another person that I follow. I don’t have stories of pre-term labor success stories or even have kids myself. I do have prayers, but that’s all I have to offer you. I’ll continue to hope for your miracle. Hang in there.

  29. Jess June 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    Jer,

    You and Carey keep hanging in there. Every day is one day closer! Your situation is dear to my heart and I’m praying for you through out each day!

  30. Lori Beth June 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Praying for you, Carey, and those 3 precious boys!

  31. Debbie June 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Thanks to a link from a friend, I have been following your story the past few days. I can not begin to imagine what you’re experiencing personally but I do want you to know that I’m praying for you and your family. I’m the mother of identical twin girls who were born at 29 weeks (which I know seems so much farther away than 24). One of my precious girls does have cerebral palsy which effects her motor skills. She is a brilliant little girl and an absolute miracle. I do not doubt the power of prayer as we have truly seen what God can do through such a hard time in our lives. The NICU is a tough place to be, but please know that we will be remembering you and praying for those precious babies throughout these next very important weeks.

  32. amanda June 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    I’m inspired by your braveness- I have a 6 wk old and am an old friend of your friend April. I don’t have anything magical to say but that will be following your blog and sending happy baby vibes your way!!!

  33. amanda June 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    I’m inspired by your braveness- I have a 6 wk old and am an old friend of your friend April. I don’t have anything magical to say but that will be following your blog and sending happy baby vibes your way!!!

  34. Melissa June 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Thanks for the update! You’ll be in our family prayers tonight. Hope you’re able to get some rest tonight.

  35. Aubri June 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Jer- what a roller coaster! Prayers are pouring in, I pray the two of you can also use this time to just be together. I know that sounds a little odd, since you are totally there. But away from all the monitors, and nurse and doctor checks- its the two of you with the babies. I hope in the moments you aren’t stealing some rest, you can steal some quality time drifting off to a better place, even if its for a few moments… Take care!!! Our love is with you both!

  36. Diana June 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I’ve been thinking and praying for you and the babies constantly the last few days! I’m glad there was some good news and I’ll keep praying.

  37. Stephanie June 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I will keep praying for you guys!! Minute by minute become hour by hour become day by day!

  38. Aaron and Sarah June 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Still praying for you all. Thanks for the updates and ways we can specifically be praying for these little dudes.

    The Crabtrees

  39. debdunlevy June 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    There is nothing to say that hasn’t been said, but we want you to know that we are standing behind you in prayer, day and night. One day at a time.

  40. Cindy June 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Another complete stranger 🙂 loving on your babies! Praying like mad for you entire family – asking God for His healing, peace, and comfort as you travel this journey.

  41. Geoff Slabaugh June 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    Jeremy you and Carey are in our prayers. 5 years ago I was in that chair (and cot) fearing the worst and holding onto slim hopes. The baby’s fluid was leaking and Nuray endured 4 weeks of battling contractions before giving birth. In the middle of this crisis keep hanging on to God and He will give you the strength that you need exactly when you need it.

  42. Sarah Cox June 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Hello Carey and Jeremy. I’m a friend of Molly Detweiler and she has been posting updates on facebook about your triplets. I want you both to know I’m praying for your family and wish the best outcome to come true. God can work miracles – this is for sure. Hang in there. 🙂

  43. ashleigh dean June 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Praise the Lord! I am so glad that things are going well right now. And of course, I will keep praying for all 5 of you. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but I firmly believe that God gives us the exact amount of strength we need for every situation we are in. I will keep praying for you to feel that strength and His comfort. Reading that the comments here help you encourages me to actually type out everything that I am thinking while reading your post. I know it must be hard to sit down and type it all out, but I am so thankful that you have done that. I linked to your blog from Molly Detweiler’s facebook page. Her and Myron were friends with my parents when they lived in Grand Rapids. I look forward to more answered prayers.

  44. Barb June 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Praying that Carey’s fluid keeps replenishing and the contractions stop. Baby A bouncing sounds like a beautiful sight, I hope you see a lot more of that. Thanks for the updates, your family has been in my thoughts all day. I delivered my 3 there, and have all confidence that you are in excellent hands. Stay strong!

  45. Chloe June 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    No labor and no infection – so far so good. Moment by moment is the only way to go. Still wishing you the absolute best.

  46. Christine & Ern June 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    We are thinking of you guys every waking minute. Sending all our love your way.

  47. Christy Bowersox June 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    You 5 have been on my mind and heart constantly in the past few days. I so appreciate your updates. It is wonderful to hear that there is little fluid loss today. Glad to hear that baby boy is bouncing!!

    The number of people following your story and praying for you is amazing! I found myself checking back on the blog and reading all of the comments. The stories, prayers and well-wishes are just incredible!

    We are still praying here. Hoping for more good news!

  48. Lauren June 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    I pray for the best possible outcome for you, Carey, and the boys. Just keep hanging in there, you guys are doing an amazing job!

  49. Vaughn Martin June 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    I am having faith that through this all, all five of you at some point will be happy and healthy and at home.
    It may take a while but hold on. God will get you through this. Remind those three that they are here with great purpose. You will get to tell them.
    We are all miracles. These three are here for God’s honor and glory. Just like we all should be. God healing them is because of His Love for You two and those three. He also wants to show off. We walk by faith not by sight.
    God’s got you covered. Shannon and I love you guys.
    You are in our prayers.

  50. Larissa June 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    I came across your blog from another blog I read and I want to let you know your little family is being lifted up in my prayers. I’m praying for a little good news to lift your spirits and that God would continue to pour his blessings out on you. Praying for the doctors and nurses as well, that their hands would be moved by God, and that they would speak with kind words and cause less worry. All in all, just praying for more miracles. God bless.

    Larissa

  51. Lindsey June 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    I was sen your blog from my friend Marilyn Tseed. I’ll be praying for all of you. I went into labor at 22 weeks with my twin boys. With the help of mag, indocen, and procardia, we made it to 25.4. We dealt with all the bad grim news and choices and it was something no family should ever face. Both of our sons had brain bleeds, one had severe grade IV and we were told would be severely disabled with little quality of life if he lived, However today you’d almost hardly notice his very mild cp. They are 4 now.

    With God, all things are possible.

    Hang in there and God bless you all.

    Lindsey

  52. Michael J Michaud June 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Hi I am a friend of Kent Curie’s and I have been getting ur info from him. My thoughts and prayers r with u every step of the way. God Blees u and ur unborn children. U truly r courageous people, don’t give up the fight or ur hope.

  53. Sharon June 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Just learned of this crisis tonight. Please know that I am praying fervently for each and every one of you. Those poor little guys could not have better, more loving, wonderful parents – and God loves them even more than we can!! My tears are for you and the boys in this struggle. But Christ says, “Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” God bless each of you. I will have my church and other prayer groups join us. Praying, praying, praying with you…… xoxo

  54. Rachel Joiner June 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    I feel like we’ve been pacing in the waiting room all day to hear the update. We will take each piece of miracle we can get…one day at a time if we have to and James and I will certainly continue to pray!!!! I’m also so glad to hear that you were able to put those oral interp skills to good use…only you Jer…only you 🙂

  55. Keri Larned June 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Miracles happen. We saw it with our little guy. Spontaneous triplets happen very rarely too…so odds mean nothing in the eyes of the one who made us.

    I know its nerve racking not to know what tomorrow will hold…we are praying for peace, strength and restful sleep.

    Praying for your continued health, encouraging thoughts and wisdom of those who have you in their care.

  56. nikandthetrip June 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    well, that sounds quite good! I like to see the glass “half full”! if they only could stop those contraction for ever! always in my thoughts! hang in there! one day at the time

    Valeria, Italy

  57. amanda smith June 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    my entire family continues to pray fervently!!! if ever a couple has what it takes to do this…it is you two. continued love, light, hope, and strength. xoxo

  58. Ellie June 4, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    Hi,
    I just discovered your blog and I really want you to know you’re in my thoughts now.
    I’ll be praying for all 5 of you. I hope you can find some rest soon and your boys will be allright.
    With love,
    Ellen from Germany

  59. Jessica June 4, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    I pray for you guys through the night as I get up with Sam. I’m praying for deep rest for you at this moment to give you strength for today. How loved are these babies already!

  60. charitylynne June 4, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    Prayed for you throughout the night and this morning, that you both will know God’s perfect love and His peace that defies understanding. I wanted to share a verse I have clung to in turbulent times . . .

    “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not look anxiously about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10)

    With love and tears – and great hope!,
    Charity

    • Brooke June 4, 2011 at 4:58 am #

      Hi Jeremy and Carey,

      I was just introduced to your blog by my friend Pam, and I wanted to let you know that you’ve been in my thoughts. I was in the exact same situation as Carey 2 years ago – I was pregnant with triplets and baby A’s water broke at 24 weeks 1 day. I was admitted to the hospital and hung on for 9 days before going into labor and delivering at 25w5d. I truly feel I could have hung on longer, but my contractions did not register on the monitor – if they had they most likely could have been stopped the way Carey’s were. So have faith. I know how HARD and scary this is, but you’re doing all you can. Stay strong and take it one day at a time.

      Brooke
      http://www.threecheersforbabies.blogspot.com

  61. Daron Smith June 4, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    Praying for you guys. Hang in there.

  62. Jamie (Benjamin) and Dan O'Hare June 4, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    Dan is on the faculty of a small Catholic university in Wheeling WV, and we have a lot of contacts in the pro-life community here because of that connection. I posted a link to your blog asking for prayers as many, many fellow Grace people have done, and many people who are strangers to you posted it in turn and are lifting you up in prayer. My heart hurts to know what you’re going through, and we keep your name on our fridge and prayers for you on our lips and in our hearts.

  63. Lauren Martin June 4, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    I was searching my bible this morning for something encouraging, since I am starting to feel like my own words fail me. I stumbled across this–
    “I lift up my eyes to the hills–
    where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
    He will not let your foot slip–
    he who watches over you will not slumber nor sleep.
    The Lord watches over you–
    The Lord is your shade at your right hand;
    the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
    The Lord will keep you from all harm–
    He will watch over your life;
    the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.”
    Psalm 121

    I know this does not promise everthing will be as we want it to be, but it reminded me that He is our protector, and has a plan for you both, and the babies.

    Love to you both today.

    • Erin Burtoft June 4, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      Thanks, Laur. This encouraged me too today. Love ya!

  64. Mominin June 4, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you both and those precious babies.

  65. Joshua Petrillo June 4, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    I speak life and healing in the name of Jesus! Praying for you all! May the Lord give you peace.

  66. andy o. June 4, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    Hey there! I know the situation is largely out of your control right now, and the only things that you both can do are pray, and simply wait, but there are many, many people pulling for the five of you. A friend of mine who suffered a terrible tragedy as a parent once told me that we would never receive any trial that couldn’t be endured. I know that these are just words from a stranger, and won’t make things any easier for you right now, but there will be brighter days ahead. Hang in there!

  67. Becca (Harstine) Braham June 4, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I just read on your twitter feed that you guys are back in L&D. This has the be one of the hardest (or THE hardest) thing you guys have ever had to endure. But you both are so strong. Stronger than you think. Stronger than you feel right now. And no matter what happens, we are all very, very proud of you.

  68. Katie June 4, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    We are strangers but I posted yesterday that I had ruptured membranes with my son Ian (now three and healthy). I was on bed rest for three months and I was rereading my journal from that time this morning. This might be familiar to you but I wrote it in my journal as it comforted me as to God’s sovereignty towards my son:

    “For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb
    I praise you because I am fearfully and
    wonderfully made
    your works are wonderful
    I know that full well.
    My frame was not hidden from you when
    I was made in the secret place
    When I was woven together in depths of the earth
    your eyes saw my unformed body.
    All the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.”

    Psalm 139:13-16

    I wish words could change the emotional/spiritual roller coaster you are both going through. However, my words are sent as a prayer that God’s love and peace would loom large and fierce more times than not.

  69. Cindy June 4, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Praying for your family.

  70. Angela Dephouse June 4, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Oh, you guys! I am weeping right now reading all these beautiful, uplifting comments from dear friends and perfect strangers. How fantastic to be so loved! How cool to know there are probably more prayers going up on your behalf each day than you’ve had in your whole lives. We continue to bathe the boys in prayer, that miracles will wash over them like water, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion”. (Phil 1:6) Hang in there!

  71. Randy Bear June 4, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    This is encouraging, Jer. And I know in my heart that this bit of encouragement and possible healing of the ruptured sac is nothing short of the Lord’s hand and the prayers of so many hundreds now that are praying fervently for you and Carey and those precious boys. They are indeed precious in His sight. And as I’ve watched the outpouring of love and prayers from so many as a result of this, I’ve seen so many many people turn to the Lord and draw upon His strength and power and petition Him fervently. You and Carey and the boys have had such an impact on the whole Christian community through this as I’m seeing how God is using this to demonstrate His power and grace. And the great news is… He’s not done by any means. What a miracle that the ruptured sac would heal and begin to build up more fluid. That less than 1% chance as they put it is just what the Lord uses to show His power and grace. I love the passage in Numbers 11:23 where the people were grumbling against the Lord and Moses thinking the situation was all but impossible and they saw no way to be fed and expected to starve. Then the Lord responsed in that verse: “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Has the Lord’s arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether My word will befall you or not.'” And I have to say that I do believe with all my heart that the Lord can do this. And when He does, I will not be surprised in the least. But I, like the rest of us on here, need to continue to pray and petition the Lord and believe He is able. So keep fighting for Carey and those boys. Don’t give up. Let the hospital staff know that you will fight tooth and nail for those boys and you want them to act and treat the situation in a manner that facilitates a good and normal/healthy outcome. You’ve been such a tower of strength and encouragement to me, Jer. You and Carey “have it” to be great parents. And I love it that the world is seeing that in you both. Your dad loves you and Carey and those boys… a lot.

  72. Cary June 4, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Still sending positive vibes and good thoughts your way via cyberspace.

  73. Delaney June 4, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I can certainly not add any other comment than, “Ditto what everyone else has said.” But I can add more prayers.

  74. Phyllis Scitt June 4, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Jeremy and Carey we have not met but we are friends of your friends. We just wanted you to know that we have been praying and praying since reading your story yesterday morning. Our online women’s study prayed together this morning for healing. We are trusting the Lord with you all!!! Carey praying that today you will be able to rest!!!!

  75. Jodi (Fuller) Rodda June 4, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Jeremy and Carey,

    I just found out that you are having triplets! Congratulations! I will be praying that labor holds off and the pregnancy can continue longer. Every day does count. I have heard of people who didn’t think they’d be able to make it past an early delivery like that and ended up making it well into 30+ weeks.

    My husband, Jon, and I were also blessed with triplets who are now 3. I highly recommend drinking protein shakes. Every little bit helps to get more weight on them. Please let me know if I can offer any triplet help to you from afar. jodirodda@yahoo.com

  76. Stephanie June 4, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    You’ve been on my mind and heart almost constantly over the past several days. Our family is praying and hoping for you, Carey and your three little bear cubs. When my son was at boot camp, a dear friend sent me a card with the following quote : “Safety is not the absence of danger. Safety is in the presence of the Lord.” HE IS MIGHTY TO SAVE. Much love to you all.

  77. Jenny Lovette June 4, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I just LOVE what you said in the other post…”someone has to be the 1%, why not us?!” That is awesome…and so true! Every minute, every hour, every day is an answered prayer. Praying much! Believing God.

  78. Barb June 4, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Hi there, I don’t know you guys… but I saw your story on Gary Underwood’s facebook page. Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your family. For some strange reason, God has placed you guys on my heart and I am passionately petitioning that God will be present with you all in the midst of this unknown event. May the peace of God which transcends all understanding be with you and your wife. I continue to look for updates and pray for you constantly throughout the day. (My daughter was up at 5:30am this morning and you guys came to mind!) So, please know that people you don’t know and will probably never meet are concerned for your situation and are hopeful for a miracle. God bless all five of you!!!

  79. Jacki June 4, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    I do not know either of you, but i have been following this blog for some time now. I, too, and pregnant with triplets. 3 boys. I went into preterm labor (though completely unaware of it) at 25 weeks, and if not for my dr. appt that day, my water would have certainly broken early just like yours. it is not easy by any means. Carey, I just wanted to let you know that you are one of the strongest people i never met, and Jeremy, you seem like a wonderful husband. Hang in there, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your little men!

  80. Christa Manahan June 4, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    The Manahans are praying constantly. As Becca said, all of us who have ever had the pleasure of knowing you are so proud, inspired to hope, and moved to tears.

  81. Brooke June 4, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Hi Jeremy and Carey,

    I was just introduced to your blog by my friend Pam. Two years ago I was in the exact same situation as you are now. Pregnant with triplets, baby A’s water broke when I was 24 weeks 1 day. I was admitted to the hospital and made it 9 days before I went into labor and delivered at 25 weeks 5 days. I most likely could have hung on longer if the contractions had been stopped, but they were not showing up on the monitor and no one realized I was in labor until it was too late. I know how hard and scary it is now. Just try to take it one day at a time and stay strong. I’m thinking of you and your babies!

    Brooke
    http://www.threecheersforbabies.blogspot.com

  82. D&J Matheny June 4, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    We just wanted to let you both know that we are also continually praying for you and the boys. We can’t fathom what you are going through, but we truly believe the boys will make it despite all the statistics in the world. Know that you are deeply loved by all of us and we will continue to lift all of you up to Jesus.

  83. Nancy June 4, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    You can count me as one more stranger who does not know you, but heard about you through the Twitter grapevine and is praying for all 5 of you. Rest as you can, keep asking questions of your doctors- the medical world really is amazing, but as you have already discovered- you are the best advocates for mama and those precious babies, so keep pushing for answers when you have questions, and options when a doc shakes his/her head.

  84. carole June 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    I just heard the news that your babies were born and are with Jesus. I’m praying for you two as you rest in the arms of God and as He dries your tears and comforts your broken hearts. Cling to each other for support and cling to the knowledge that even though this pain is probably almost more than you can bear, God loves you both and your 3 precious babies.

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