Shelly's feeling a little better; still thoroughly exhausted and all drugged up, but a little less so. Today she managed to sit up for a few minutes and dangle her feet. Tomorrow's big goal will be standing up and walking a bit. She was also able to keep down some food. It wasn't much; she had a 70-calories-sized package of Cheerios, plus a few nibbles here and there of bread and crackers. She still felt nauseous at times, but it all stayed down. The painkillers are still working reasonably well; her pain is usually around 4 on a 1-10 scale. And the best part is that they aren't really detecting any contractions at all anymore.
Kaitlyn is still doing great. Moving all over the place, which is great for her, annoying for the nurses (who keep having to reposition the monitors tracking her heartbeat), and not as tough on Shelly as yesterday. They've done ultrasounds each day, and she looks great; still no buildup of spinal fluid, which is fantastic.
Thanks to everyone for your phone calls, texts, flowers, and comments on this blog. We really do appreciate the kind words; Shelly keeps wanting me read them to her. She still hasn't yet felt up to any phone calls because she gets wiped out so fast every time she tries to talk (although today she did manage to speak for a few minutes with Damon and Audrey). But if you want to try to call her, she might be feeling well enough tomorrow or the next day. Kendall will cover the mouthpiece, whisper your name to her, and she'll weigh how she's feeling against how close of a friend / family member you are; if you make the cut (don't be too upset if you don't; remember, her own kids didn't until today), you might get a minute or two out of her. By the way, our wireless in our room is terrible; our land line here (at least until we're discharged, hopefully on Tuesday or Wednesday) is 415-514-5487.