Still the husband posting.
After a long weekend -- plenty of visits from a small cluster of family and friends, and a clandestine meeting with our puppy outside of the hospital -- Nikole went back for another ultrasound this morning. The specialist wasn't working at the hospital today, so we spent some time chatting with our favorite OB, Vienne Murray (who was ranked as one of the top OB's in town on account of her awesomeness).
Dr. Murray said she polled some of the other doctors in the practice about whether to release Nikole to bed rest at home or to keep her in the hospital. The verdict: Three more days and then we'll reassess. She said everything looked good. The baby is doing great, and all of the ultrasound readings were good. If she goes home on Wednesday or Thursday, it'll be under strict orders to do nothing but rest. We'll probably start planning for her to head home, but wait until we meet with Dr. Murray midweek.
When we got back, the nurse helped us relocate to a much larger room and Nikole has settled into bed. The nurse is trying to track down the wiggle worm's heartbeat, but she keeps squirming away from the monitor. For the next few days, Nikole will take it easy -- she has the Internet, plenty of books and magazines, her cellphone and visits from assorted nurses to keep her distracted. I'll head back to work tomorrow, and stop by for breakfast, lunch and our evening movie dates until she gets sent home.
Thanks again to everyone for the support, the emails, the offers to take the dog off our hands (you people have no idea what you'd be getting into) and the flowers, gifts and food. Since our situation is so fluid right now, we're going to hold off on any organized airlift or super-schedules. After our next chat with Dr. Murray later this week, we'll assess what we need and how people can help us out. Thanks again. It means a lot to be surrounded by so many caring people.