Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Randomness

This might be a scattered post....if you have read this long or have known me for any length of time, this should not be anything out of the ordinary!

First of all, I don't normally watch commercials because of the invention of the DVR (which I love and totally missed while in the hospital) but I do catch some occasionally. I HATE this commercial...



I understand that the commercial is supposed to be cute because the little girl is sassy but I think she is completely disrespectful and if my child ever talks to me that way she won't eat!!! Okay, maybe that's a little drastic, but really....does anyone else agree???!!! The commercial just bothers me...a lot!

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TV Shows:

grey's anatomy Pictures, Images and Photos
Totally LOVED Grey's Anatomy last week...I know I am a little late on this. I have been watching the show and sometimes I am disgusted with it but I really liked it last week....good quality television for once!


Amazing Race 14 Pictures, Images and Photos
I am really into Amazing Race this season. It all started when I was in the hospital and it came on one Sunday night...I was hooked. Brice and I used to watch it a couple of seasons ago but kinda got away from it. Well, I am all about it now. I think I like the mother son duo...the boy that is deaf. I kinda like Tammy and her brother too (names aren't coming to me) but they are kinda ruthless. Anyway, love it!

American Idol Season 8 Pictures, Images and Photos

American Idol...my favorite is Danny Gokey. Adam is creepy and weird but talented...gotta give him that. I think that Megan did HORRIBLE last week and she is just awkward. Kris Allen...I like him and he is from Conway, Arkansas!!! GO ARKANSAS GO!!!! I went to college in Conway...lived there for 5 years! I SO don't get all the hype about Matt...I don't like him...AT ALL!

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Family:

We pretty much still just hang out at home. I did venture out yesterday with Lauren to go to her 2 week checkup. She weighed 9 lbs, 5.5 oz and was 22 inches long!! She still isn't up to her birth weight of 9 lbs, 9 oz yet but the doctor said bigger babies take a little longer sometimes and she wasn't concerned. She was .75 inches longer than at birth though!! She is 95th %tile for length!!! She is long...I knew that already...I had those feet in my ribs for awhile!!! =)

I took the girls walking yesterday around the block in the double stroller...first time using it. Rachel LOVED it and Lauren could have cared less...she snoozed the entire time!







That's about it. Still working on Lauren's birth story and I am going to post something later regarding a new thing at the hospital that I have an opinion about....later!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friday

Yesterday was the worst day we have had so far. It was a VERY VERY trying day. I have a toddler who realizes that when I am feeding the baby that I have very limited mobility and I have a hard time getting up and doing anything, including following through with discipline...i.e. spanking. She is having a difficult time adjusting. She is very good with the baby and wants to talk to her and kiss her all of the time but she just is having some serious discipline issues. It didn't help that Brice didn't come home until almost 8:30 last night. At one point, I went and locked myself in my room and cried as I nursed the baby. I was definitely at my wits' end. But...that too, passed....

I had to make a quick trip to the OB/GYN yesterday...complications with my episiotomy....I won't go into details but all is fine and will heal on its own. I go back to see her again in 2 weeks. My blood pressure was high at the office - 145/96. It has been running okay for a few days now at home....she said we will just see what it is at my next appointment and talk about the possibility of medication at that point.

Yesterday was my official due date...March 27th. The day I had talked about for 9 months and when I got that frequent question of "When are you due" that's what I would say, March 27th. It will always be a day etched in my brain. I am working on typing up Lauren's birth story from beginning to end like I did Rachel's when she was born. It helps me to remember every detail and I want to because it is such a special time.

I am officially missing being pregnant. There, I said it. I miss feeling baby movements inside. I miss having that little, okay, BIG, belly. I miss people looking at me and smiling. I knew I would miss it after it was over - that's why I cherished this pregnancy so much more than last. This one went by so fast. Will there be another? Let's just say I am not opposed to it....not nearly as adamant against it as I was after I had Rachel. I would love to have another baby..perhaps a little boy, someday. What I have said is that if we have another girl we are definitely finished!!! =) Brice agreed.

I have completed one project....Lauren's birth announcement. I actually created it before the birth and entered in the correct information and pictures after she was born. I decided to send them to Shutterfly to be printed....total price for birth announcements....$25.00...for 150!! I am pretty proud of it. I will post it here after I get them in the mail and send them out.

We have Lauren's 2 week check up on Monday....the little piglet HAS to be back to her birth weight...she eats CONSTANTLY!!!

Look for Lauren's birth story to come......

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I'm Still Here


It's been a few days since I have posted....I am sure you know why.

Monday was an adventure. It was my first time to get all 3 of us (me and the girls) ready and out the door on a schedule by myself. Well, we were supposed to be at Rachel's school at 9:00 and we got there at 9:20...not too bad, I don't suppose! Then Lauren and I headed up to the hospital for her PKU and to visit my co-workers. We were there for a little while and BLD was nice enough to let me feed her in the office...with the door locked! =) We made it back home in time to have the air conditioner man come and fix the upstairs unit...ahh....cool air again! Then it was time to get Rachel. The day seemed to go by way too fast....and without a nap!

Tuesday was lazy day and Rachel did really well. Let me just say that a lot of TV watching went on! Brice came home early to cook dinner and again...no nap.

Wednesday I actually got Rachel to school on time. Lauren and I came back home and my aunt came to clean the house. I had planned on taking a nap but after Aunt Donna left and I ate lunch it was time to go get Rachel...where did the time go!!!??? Heather and Josiah came over to see us before going to church and Rachel didn't play real well with him...she was very territorial. I hate that.

Thursday...and here we are today...I think the week of no naps has caught up to me. Everytime I sit down I just about fall asleep. I HAVE to take a nap today when Rachel does...hopefully Lauren will eat and go to sleep too. Last night Lauren did not want to go back to sleep after her 2:00 feeding and I was so frustrated....in my bed she went. I KNOW...please don't lecture me. I don't make a habit of this and I know how dangerous it is. The only thing I am going to say is I am EXTREMELY careful and I HAD to get some sleep....end of that.

Lauren is 2 weeks old today and tomorrow was my original due date. In a way, it seems like I have had this precious baby for so much longer than this and still the day she was born is so vivid in my mind it seems like yesterday. Strange....

We go for her 2 week well baby visit on Monday. I can't wait to see what she weighs and if she has grown any in length. I am hoping that her weight gain is right on track so eventually I can stop waking her up at night to feed her and she can just let me know when she is hungry.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Back to Reality

There is a song that comes to mind...I don't remember who sings it....

"Back to life, back to reality...."

Okay, so everyone is gone...except...US!! Our little family of 4 is tied nicely with a ribbon. We are here. Everyone is napping but me...that seems odd since I am up at all hours of the night. Honestly, I feel really well today and it is the first time in several days that I don't have a headache so the alone time is kinda nice...until Lauren needs to eat again....oh okay, I have an hour or so! =) What have I done with the alone time??? Let's see, I cleaned the kitchen, did the dishes, and I am washing a load of clothes!!! Let me just assure you, I am not complaining. These are things that I wish I could have done for the past month or so but was unable to. There is something to be said for routine and getting back in the habit of doing "normal" mommy and wifey things. The help that we had the past several weeks was absolutely AMAZING!!! I cannot go on and on enough about how wonderful my in-laws have been and then my mom for the short time she was here. And, not only them but all of my friends who helped in the beginning and all who came to the hospital to see me and then Lauren when she was born. My heart is full and I just can't explain how awesome it feels to be loved and cared for by so many.

Tomorrow it will be just me and my girls. (I just grinned when I typed "my girls." I have 2 sweet baby girls!!!!) Rachel will go to Parent's Day Out and then I will venture out with Lauren to the hospital to get her 2nd newborn screen done. I will go upstairs to let her meet my co-workers too....antiseptic gel in hand, of course! My main concern....timing all of this around Lauren's feeding schedule. I guess I could always go in the bathroom at the hospital and feed her if need be....or someone's office. I don't know...let's not stress about that now! Speaking of....breastfeeding is going GREAT!!!! She is eating like a pro and we have even introduced the bottle. She doesn't have a problem AT ALL with nipple confusion! That's my girl! She is still a little yellow but I think she looks better everyday. She is sleeping about 3 1/2 - 4 hour stretches at night which is SO nice for me!!!

Rachel....my Rachel! What a sweet big sister she is!! I missed her so much when I was in the hospital and I think she grew and matured so much while I was away. She just acts like such a big girl. She is throwing more and more tantrums and I can't decide if it is because she was away from me for so long or because there is a new baby...I am coming to think it is a combination of both. I think it will be somewhat of a challenge but she really is sweet with Lauren. She kisses her all of the time and insists that she needs her paci at all times! I love having two girls and I cannot wait to see how they grow together.

Oops...I heard a little wail from Baby Sister....better go check things out....she is in the living room with a sleeping Daddy!

Belly Button Scare

Last night I was feeding Miss Lauren and we were belly to belly. When I moved her to change positions, I noticed that I had blood on me and she was bleeding from her belly button...pretty significant amount of blood. Let me start by saying that I feel I am much calmer with this baby than I was with Rachel. BUT...this kinda freaked me out a little! I ran upstairs and asked Brice what to do and he said that he doesn't think we should rush and call the doctor until we find out a little more information about it....the internet, of course, our only source of information however legit it might be. Anyway, I thought about it for a second and called our friend, Kristin, who used to work in the NICU and is an RN. She told me that it might be because it got snagged (which is probably what happened). Lauren's little stump isn't gone yet and it is has a little piece that tends to get caught on things...she actually pulled a piece of it off the other day. Kristin said to just watch it and if it continues to bleed that I should contact the doctor.

It was a little bloody this morning but nothing major. We go for 2 week old checkup on Friday so we will discuss it then.

Mommy is entitled to flip out a little when I see blood coming from my 8 day old infant! =)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday

I couldn't really think of a title for today's blog...so, it's just Wednesday...you know, today.

We went, yet again to the pediatrician's office this morning for them to continue using my youngest child as a pin cushion. She has about 5 pokes on her right foot and 4 or so on her left. It's pitiful. But the good news....WE ARE FINISHED!!! Her levels came back okay today. I don't know really what that all means but they said not to bring her back until her 2 week appointment which is next Friday! YAY!!! I can tell that her color is looking better....especially in her arms and legs. She is just too sweet!!!

My blood pressure has been fair. I will have okay ones (130's/80's) and then I will have high ones with the diastolic in the 90's. I normally have pretty low blood pressure so these are pretty high for me. It hasn't been so bad that I feel like I need to contact the doctor yet but I am keeping an eye on it. Somedays I feel better than others, that's for sure. Still not getting a ton of sleep but...I have a newborn. I am exhausted all of the time. My weepiness hasn't been near as bad with this baby as it was with Rachel but I can still cry very easily.

Here are some pictures from today....



Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Getting Adjusted

Sorry I haven't posted in a couple of days. We are still trying to get adjusted to life with 2 children. Although, I have to admit - I don't really feel like it is as hard as it will get yet - Brice's mom has pretty much taken charge of Rachel which has been a TREMENDOUS blessing!!! She gets up with her in the morning and while I am able to take a nap with Lauren, she entertains my toddler. I am so thankful!

Things are getting a little more routine ....a little....Lauren is feeding better and definitely sleeping better. Our first night was very very difficult. She was awake the entire night, giving me about 2 hours of sleep. I was exhausted, my hormones kicked in and I was needless to say, a wreck. The next night, she was on a 2-3 hour schedule which was much better. Last night I actually had to wake her one time after a 4 hour stretch so we are making a little progress.

We had to go to the doctor yesterday and this morning for bilirubin checks. Lauren is a little jaundice and it seems to be rising. We haven't gotten results from today's yet but may have to go back again tomorrow. She weighed 8 lbs, 14 oz yesterday and 8 lbs, 15 oz today so she is gaining weight. She has lost down from her birth weight of 9 lbs, 9 oz but they give them a little more time to reach back to their birth weight..I think the goal is 2 weeks. Other than being jaundice, she is doing great! I think we are also having some tummy troubles but I am not too concerned...the doctor wasn't either.

My milk has come in so Lauren seems WAY more satisfied and I have to keep her on a schedule or it is painful for me! =) Things are going well.

I will take some pictures today because it is Brice's birthday and St. Patrick's Day and I have a little outfit for Lauren (thanks, Heather)!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Little Better


Well, I still don't think that my milk has come in but when I nurse now at least I hear her gulping something. I thought it might be my milk but I tried pumping and it was only clearish. Anyway, she gulps for a long while on each side so I think she is getting more satisfied. She is calmer afterwards and seems to be less hungry.

With Rachel....I hardly nursed at all at first since she was in NICU and I didn't pump until my milk actually came in. I had her on Tuesday around 8:00 and on Wednesday night I woke up with incredibly wet clothes.....it was so super fast. I think that's why I am frustrated.

Here are some more pictures:





Feeding Difficulties

It is 2:35 on Saturday morning. I have had a good stretch of about 4 hours of sleep. I dropped Lauren off in the nursery at about 9:00 after I fed her for what, again, seemed like an eternity. She was screaming when I dropped her off and they said she calmed down and slept until 1:00 when they brought her to me to eat. She nursed on one side for 25 minutes and the other for 20. She continued to scream because she was still hungry. My milk has not come in yet and she is so frustrated! She is starving. The nurse said she weighed 9 lbs this morning so she has lost 9 oz which they say is perfectly normal for breastfed babies.

She is latching on great! I am so thankful but I am not sure what to do about her being hungry and me not being able to help much. I know things will get better after my milk comes in. I talked with the nurse a little and she said that they could give her a little formula in a syringe. I am a little nervous about supplementing because I dont want her to get used to formula but she is hungry and I can't feed her 24 hrs a day which seems like what she wants!! So, she is now in the nursery and they were going to give her about 1/2 oz of formula to see if that calms her down. I guess we will see....they will bring her to me if she is still screaming like she was when I took her.

I really really really want this breastfeeding thing to work but this is hard. Like I said, she is latching on so I am THRILLED about that after the trouble I had with Rachel but any suggestions, hints, tips for my getting my milk to come in (it came in already at this point with Rachel), ANYTHING you have is welcome. Please feel free to share!

I am wide awake as was Lauren when she was in here earlier. I love it when she looks at me!! Melts my heart!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Couldn't Be More Proud!!

I am officially the proud mommy of two beautiful girls!!!! I will write more details later but for now I will just give you the important stuff. =) I am very sleepy after waking up at 3:30 to get ready for a 5:00 AM induction. Not to mention I took an Ambien last night at 11:30 and it didn't have time to fully get out of my system. SO...

Lauren Elizabeth Hester was born at 3:28 PM on March 12th, 2009. She weighed 9 lbs, 9 oz and was 21 1/4 inches long!!!!! She is a big girl! I cannot tell you how much better my experience was with this labor. I was about 9 hours long and I only pushed for 1 hour. I was tired but nearly as exhausted as I was with Rachel. I immediately got to hold her on my tummy when she was born and she is in regular newborn nursery so I can have her whenever I want!!! We are both doing well. If you were expecting a phone call today and didn't get it, I am sorry. My phone was not cooperating and then it ran out of battery. I also don't have pictures yet because my camera cord is at home. Maybe I can get it tomorrow and post some pictures.

Gonna try and get some rest. Thank you everyone for your prayers...they were felt today.

By the Way....

The time is off on my posts....that last on was posted at 5:48, not 3:48.

Getting Started

Here I sit/lie in a semi-comatose state compliments of not allowing a good 8 hours of sleep to Ambien. It's good stuff but not to take at 11:00 and then awake at 3. I have an IV, I am in a labor bed, and Pitocin has been started. Hopefully we will have a little sister before too terribly long. As things progress, I will try to update as I feel up to it. Either way, you will know when the baby comes!!!!

Please continue to pray!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Update

Doctor checked my cervix...I am dilated to 3. No need for cervical ripening so I should not have anything exciting today. MY DOCTOR will come in the morning and start pitocin and hopefully I will have a baby soon thereafter! =)

Wednesday

The countdown is almost over!!!! Tomorrow is the big day. I am so glad. I am now MORE than ready. I think that Baby Girl is too. I can tell that she is really running out of room and she is making me pay for it! Yesterday she kicked me so hard in the ribs that I had tears in my eyes. She doesn't move a great deal anymore because, really, where is she gonna go? When she does move, it hurts a lot.

I am waiting right now for the doctor to come in to visit. She will likely do a cervical exam to see if there needs to be any prep tonight for delivery tomorrow. Honestly, I can't believe that we have made it to this point. Almost 2 weeks ago, I was certain we would have a baby sooner rather than later but to have her still in my belly, growing and getting stronger is what is best for everyone. I can't wait to see her chubby cheeks and sweet little face.

After the nurse came in last night at midnight, I could not go back to sleep. I didn't go back to sleep until about 2:40! I assume that I will have a hard time sleeping tonight too...in anticipation of what is to come. The unknown is always hard to think about.

I will update again later after I find out more information regarding the tentative schedule of events.

Monday, March 9, 2009

What A Day!

It has been a strange day to say the least. Some stuff went down at work that I won't go into but I will just say that it was not good for some people and disappointing as a whole. The highlight of my day...

I GOT TO SEE MY SWEET LITTLE GIRL!!!!!!

I missed her so much but I know she has so much fun in Arkansas. She just talked to me and kissed my face and messed with my cheeks. She was very sweet.

I have an update from the previous couple of posts regarding the insurance covering the heart monitoring. I spoke with the nurse at the office and she said that the company should not make me pay for the remainder. She said she would call them to make sure but she advised that I wait to see if they send a bill since all we have received is the EOB. Fair enough!

As the big day approaches, I am finding that there are so many things that still need to be brought to the hospital. I am getting a little anxious and I know it is because I haven't been able to get things together on my own. I have started making a list of things that me and the baby will need and hopefully I won't forget anything.

Things are still the same here...my blood pressures have been a little higher today and I have been very puffy for the past couple of days. Guess that just means that I need to have a baby soon...good thing I am!!!!

Visitors today:

Ryan - worship pastor at church
Krista and Chelsea - my friend and her sweet little girl (and just happen to be Ryan's wife and daughter)
BLD
Merlin and Louise - from church
Brice's parents and Rachel!!!!!!!
of course, Brice

More tomorrow but don't look for monumental information!!! =)

Stinky Trees

Bradford Pear Tree Pictures, Images and Photos

This is a Bradford Pear or Fruitless Pear tree!!!!! They are beautiful but they smell TERRIBLE!!! Who has a huge one of these in the middle of her front yard???? Yes, that would be ME! I haven't been at home in awhile but the hospital has them outside right where I go and sit once a day....I am sure that they did it for me! =) The closest thing that I can come up with that I think these trees smell like is a perm! It just doesn't smell good. But....like I said, they are beautiful!!!

In other news, I just got off the phone with the heart doctor's office.....they are having a nurse call me back. STUPID!!! The nurse isn't going to know what to do. I told them I wanted to talk to someone about my BILL....the girl on the phone said that they don't have any information on bills that come from 3rd parties....AHH....I can already see where this is going. Here is my gripe...among others....

They should have informed me that this company was either a)not in network with my insurance company PRIOR to the service or b)at least given me an indication that there was this possibility. It is just frustrating. When I go to a doctor's office and the physician and staff there refer me to a 3rd party, WITHOUT ANY FURTHER EXPLANATION, it is my assumption that all services will be covered under my insurance since the doctor's office is. I think that is a fair assumption. Let the saga continue......

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Frustration!!!

I just received a phone call from my husband who just went home from sitting with me. He said that he received an EOB from our insurance company with an amount of $1600 that we needed to pay as a result of services rendered not in network with our insurance. It was for the heart monitoring that I had done in December when I was having all of those heart palpitations. Apparently, the heart doctor's office set me up with a monitoring company that was not in network with our insurance company so now we are having to pay for the remainder of what our insurance didn't pay. I am frustrated. I don't know what to do about it. I guess I will call the heart doctor's office on Monday to see what, if anything, they can do. I just don't know...that's a big chunk of money that we shouldn't have to pay....we already pay a ton of money each month for very good insurance...surely they could have either told us that the monitoring company wasn't in network with our insurance or found someone that was!!!!

Not good for someone who is in the hospital for blood pressure problems.......

UGH!

A New Day

Still here...still pregnant...nothing exciting happened yesterday.

Blood pressure seems to be good still. I had some friends come and eat lunch with me....a hospital hamburger and then BLD had some chicken strips that she was finished with...I ate them too! I was hungry! =) I got to see this little guy who is only 2 months old....so super sweet...I think he has more hair than I do!

Last night....didn't sleep well. I tossed and turned all night long and people in the hallway felt the need to be loud again. I had a big o contraction that woke me up early this morning and then for whatever reason my nurse as she was in my room at 4:30 this morning taking my vital signs, weighing me, etc thought that she needed to have this full blown conversation about something that I don't even remember. Okay, woman, do what you gotta do and LEAVE!!!! I am going back to sleep! She did, eventually and I did go back to sleep...until 8:00 when the day shift nurse came in and introduced herself. No biggie but she acted like this was my first day here...asking me questions and telling me things that I already know!!!

Okay, I admit it....I am grumpy today. I didn't sleep well, I am pretty swollen today and I don't really feel that well this morning. I am back to wanting to have a baby. I am officially now more pregnant than I ever have been before....37 weeks, 1 day! I think, for whatever reason, I am frustrated. I'm entitled...I am 9 months pregnant!!!

Good news...I get to see my sweet girl on Monday! She is coming home from Little Rock and I want to love on her...although I am sure she will only want to love on me for a split second...o'well!!!

Visitors from yesterday:
Gordon and Charlene - friends from church...brought me some yummy homemade cookies!!!

Here are pictures from my hospital outing on Thursday...


Look how NOT beautiful I am!!!! Swollen face and my hair!!!! UGH!


Me and BLD!!! Isn't she adorable??!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Little Taste of Freedom

I GOT TO GO OUTSIDE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, so I was very excited about that! Can you tell? The weather here was 86 degrees here today and I was itching to go out. Everything has been looking good with me and baby and so I asked the nurse about going outside. She talked to the doctor on call and she gave the OK for me to go out of my room for 15 minutes a day. I was so excited! I called my friend and coworker who has been SUPER to me the entire time I have been here and she wheeled me downstairs in the wheelchair. It was nice to have fresh air and we made a stroll through the ER to see all of my friends there. It was a nice change of scenery. BLD took pictures and I will steal them from her blog and post them here after she posts them!!

Got to see my best friend today so it was an all around GREAT day!

I made a little mistake today....to make a long story short, my husband was supposed to take our dog to the vet tonight to be boarded so that she can get a haircut. Well, we decided that since it is hard for him to get home, let her out, and then come back here to me, that we would just board her for the weekend and then she would be groomed on Monday. I told him that the vet closed at 7:30. He fought traffic home from work, got the dog, drove all the way to the vet and called me because they actually close at 6:30! I felt so bad!!!!! SO bad! Anyway, he had to take the dog back to the house and will have to take her in the morning. I just felt terrible.

Visitors today:

BLD...my faithful friend
Krista - so glad I got to see her!!!! It's been a long time!
Angie - SO super sorry that I only got to visit with her for about 5 minutes! I felt bad about that too

Tomorrow I will be 37 weeks! I delivered Rachel at 37 weeks. I originally had the option of delivering tomorrow but I am really going to try and wait until next Thursday....let the countdown begin...it is less than a week!

Nothing New

Still just hanging out. I got some blood drawn this morning to make sure everything is still good. I slept better last night despite the fact that there was so much going on out in the halls. I suppose that people that are here visiting think that everyone on this floor is delivering a baby. It was loud and woke me up around 3:00 this morning. I heard a nurse say, "Just stay positive. They would be already working on her if it is was really serious." I went right back to sleep.

So, yesterday I didn't feel well. I was nauseated pretty much all day and I just found myself tired and worn out and ready for this baby to be born. I am feeling better....just had a little break down for a minute.

Nothing new, really.

Yesterday's visitors:
Paulie - friend from church who brought tons of goodies for me!! THANKS!
Vicki - coworker was only able to stay for a few minutes.

It was a slow day but I got a nap so it was good.

Pressing on.....

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Human Incubator

Bed Rest Pink Pictures, Images and Photos

So, I am the humnan incubator! SWEET! I would do just about anything to keep this baby snug and safe until she is ready to join us outside of her current environment.

I am still feeling great. My blood pressures are still good, baby looks GREAT, and I am not going insane just yet. It is actually kinda strange that I am starting day 6 and it really doesn't feel like I have been there all that long. I have just about cycled through all of the doctors and all have been great. A week from tomorrow!!!!

Yesterday was a GREAT day! I had several visitors and many sweet people who brought me things to help pass the time and fulfill my chocolate cravings! =) If only I had a freezer for ice cream!!! Funny thing...I have lost about 5 lbs since I have been in the hospital. Maybe if I had been in here earlier I wouldn't have gained 60 lbs during the pregnancy!!

Visitors for yesterday:
Marilyn - brought chocolate (LOTS of it!!!!) and chips! THANK YOU!!!
Nancy
Sedella
Jerry - all sweet sweet ladies from church
Ruth and Baby John!!!!!!! - I got to see Baby John!!! I LovE him!!!! and Ruth too!
Heather and Josiah - one of my best friends and her little boy - thanks for Sonic!


This might sound completely shallow, but look how shiny my hair is! Hey, I have to take what I can get these days! I am large and have to wear the oh so glamourous hospital gowns!!!

Didn't sleep well last night. I am not all about taking Ambien to sleep but I might have to try it because that is two nights in a row that I tossed and turned and woke up every hour or so.

Well, I am ready to get on the baby monitor so I can take a shower...hopefully the nurse will come soon.....

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Real Friend...

Definition of a real friend:
"One who brings you snacks and a Dr. Pepper during her shift at the hospital. Then, after her shift, comes with fingernail file and polish to do her friend's toes...simply because her friend cannot reach her toes due to a protruding pregnant belly!"

Smiley :D Pictures, Images and Photos

I have many friends who do other things for me but I had to shout out to BLD today!!

Okay, another random thought...I am SO thankful that I do not watch the Bachelor. I was on facebook last night and tonight and could not get over the amount of comments about the Bachelor and most seemed to be pretty angry about it. So...I have my shows which include House, Grey's Anatomy (although I am thinking about boycotting this one), Days of Our Lives (I know, trashy), and definitely American Idol. I also enjoy Amazing Race. Anyway, Bachelor has never been a favorite of mine. And...I am glad.

I had pretty strong contractions last night. They were about 5 minutes apart but never excruciating. They said that if the contractions are extremely painful to let them know. Today, had more. They are getting more uncomfortable with every day.

I am really liking the doctor that is here today. Her name is Dr. Steidl and she is new to the practice and a new doctor. She did a sonogram today for her practice and to check baby's amniotic fluid. Baby's fluid looked good and there was evidence of practice breathing. Her BPP (biophysical profile) was a 10/10. That basically means that baby is doing really well. She is still big but the doctor was unable to get exact measurements so it was hard to tell just how large. Anyway, things look good with baby.

I am still doing okay. My systolic numbers in my pressures have been elevated the last two days but diastolic is still looking good.

Visitors from yesterday:
Brandy - coworker
Peggy - boss
Peggy and friends - sweet sweet ladies from church
Rheta - nurse from ER (coworker)
Brice - husband
Erika - friend from church

I think that was all. It was a good day! It passed quickly and tonight is AMERICAN IDOL!!!! YAY!!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Quiet Day and Night

Yesterday was low key. I had my husband here for the afternoon which was nice. My baby girl came and visited me with Brice's mom which I love seeing my little monkey. Kaydi, Josh and Ms. Lori came to visit and it was nice to see some friends' faces. I haven't been to church in so long and I miss my friends. OH....and Brice brought me Girl Scout cookies! YIPPEE! The tagalongs are GONE! =)

My Rachel is leaving this morning and I am just trying not to think about it. Arkansas is a long way!!!! I know several parents that won't let their kids spend the night with anyone...much less another state! She will be fine and I will see her again next Monday.

I got to see another doctor this morning. Dr. Atkins came in and let me just say...TALL version of Doogie Houser! That's him! Anyway, he is on board with me staying here until delivery. He did say that the chances of me being able to wait until March 12th is fair at best. He just said that even though things look great now that it could change at any moment. That's still what I am hoping for.

It's back to the weekday. Hope everyone's Monday is good. I am thinking that I might have more visitors today as people are back at work here and my friends are back into their weekly routine. I am listening to the thump of my baby's heartbeat at the moment and after that is finished (well, the monitoring, not the heartbeat) I will go take a shower.

Toodles!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Plan

Here is what the doctor said this morning:

Since I failed home bed rest, I will be in the hospital until I deliver. All of my tests have come back fine and my blood pressure has been really good since I have been here. SO....we are back on for March 12th!!! He said if something happens before then, our next goal will be 37 weeks which will be March 6th but I am hoping we can push it until he 12th! That made me happy! Happy that I will be in he hospital bored out of my mind for the next 12 days...not so much, but happy that I am well enough for the moment to chill out and keep cooking this little girl!

Name update:

We have chosen two names but will still not reveal until she is born!!! Sorry!

Rachel is going home with my mother-in-law tomorrow for a week. I am sad.....I am going to miss her and she won't be able to just come see me during the day this week. I get a little tearful when I think about it. That's my baby!!!! Please pray that with all of this time on my hands I won't sit around and think about it all day.

More later, I am sure....

Night 2

My second night of sleep was AWESOME!! The nurse said that the doctor had some Ambien on order but I didn't even need it. I was so tired last night and I wanted to go to bed early....but that didn't happen. Here is the most exciting thing that happened last night....the story of the spastic nurse!!!

dancing nurse Pictures, Images and Photos

Okay, so when you are in the hospital as an antepartum patient they do daily non-stress tests on baby each shift, so actually twice daily. On 2nd shift they have been putting me on pretty close after shift change...about 8:00 or so. Well, last night she didn't come put me on until around 9:30 or so. They keep you on for about 30 minutes or until baby is considered reactive. So, the nurse came back in and said, "I am going next door to give that patient meds and will be back to take you off the monitor." She came back a few minutes later and looked at my strip and said she couldn't take me off yet because the baby had some decelerations in her heartbeat. As she stood there looking at the monitor she said that the baby had a couple of decels. Well, she put the pulse oximeter on my finger, rushed to the side of my bed, put oxygen on me, made me go to my left side, and called frantically for the charge nurse to come down. I was not concerned really but she was kinda stressing me out a little. Anyway, when the charge nurse came in she was a little calmer and after being on the monitor for about an hour and a half they decided that the baby looked really good. The reason why I wasn't really concerned is because I could feel her moving and I think that they just kept losing her on the monitor. Whatever...but she is fine, I am fine and the nurse got all crazy. Glad that is over!



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