9.22.2014

Bed Rest Still Stinks and Update On Baby - 34 Weeks

So last Thursday we went in for the check-up that I mentioned in my previous post.  It was a check-up to check my blood pressure.  But that wasn't it....we also got to see our baby!  That was the best part of the whole week.  We hadn't had a sonogram and seen our baby since week 20 so it was pretty dang awesome to get to see it and how big it had grown.  

My blood pressure wasn't too bad when they checked it but it wasn't good enough for me to end my bed rest stint.  So I'm still stuck on bed rest until my next appointment this coming Friday.  However, I'm so thankful it wasn't high because that would have caused her to immediately admit me into the hospital.  So I get to stay on bed rest at home which is better than last time.  Being home with Bossy and Jer helps so much.  I remember last time being on bed rest in the hospital and even though we didn't have a toddler and Jer worked from the hospital 24/7, he often had to leave to get a change of clothes and let our dog out to pee.  Each and every time I would cry like a baby because he was leaving.  I was a total ball of emotional hormones (or you could say I was a "basket case.")  And if you know anything about blood pressure, crying doesn't it help go down at all!  Soo, I'm so very thankful that I get to spend my time here in my own home where I'm most comfortable and I don't have a nurse coming in every 2 hours poking and prodding and taking my blood pressure.  I remember constantly being woken up in the middle of the night to get blood drawn (to make sure that my liver was functioning properly) and getting my bp taken.  It was the pits.  

During the sonogram, they did what was called a biophysical test on the baby.  Checking all of the organs, measuring it and the fluid to make sure it was A-ok.  And it was!  It got a perfect score of 8/8.  They told us that the baby was weighing in a 5lbs 4oz already which put as at ease because we now know that if it came early (even within the next week) that it would be big enough to do very well in the NICU.  Doctor said that by next Friday's appointment it should be right at 6lbs if everything is still functioning properly.  Preeclampsia can often cause a delay in fetal growth because of the restricted blood flow to the baby.  

Bossy was 5lbs 12oz when he was born at 34.5 weeks and he was perfectly healthy.  He went to the NICU for 3 days under what was called a "feeder grower" baby.  All he needed to do was eat to grow more.  We were beyond blessed that he didn't need any tubes, incubator or oxygen during his stay in the NICU and we are hoping baby #2 will have the same experience since it's on the bigger side already.  
As I sit here and lay in bed, I start thinking about how fun and excited I am to see what this baby is.  Boy or Girl.  It's gonna be so fun to hear Jer announce the gender when its born.  I remember so vividly when he did that when Bossy was born and I'll never forget the emotions that ran over me.  Not only did I have this amazing baby but I got to hear from my hubby what we had made.  Talk about one of the very best moment of our lives as parents.

And, of course, we are thrilled to get to see our baby again on Friday for another sonogram.  Each week the doctor wants to check its growth which is the only "good" thing out of this whole situation.

Since Thursday, so far my blood pressure has been staying about the same juuust under the 140/90 mark so I'm having to stay super careful.  My parents came over last night which made it sky rocket over 150/90 so the doctor said I needed to avoid all visitors!  She also mentioned that I shouldn't be surprised my bp ends up rising even if I stay in bed all day because this disease does/can end up progressing no matter what.  So we are continuously praying that I can make it to at least 35 or 36 weeks before that starts to happen.  :)

To be continued....

9.17.2014

33.5 Weeks and Bed Rest - Day 1

The time has come once again. The familiar bed rest orders from the doctor.  It's rather unfortunate for this hormonal, emotional, baby-carrying mama.  I remember last time I was put on bed rest (at 33 weeks) crying all-the-stinkin-time.  I couldn't gather myself.  I don't know, but maybe it was because I was put on immediate hospital bed rest instead of "home" bed rest like this time.  Which I am very thankful for.

Thankfully, my bp hasn't elevated to the point of hospital bed rest and we are praying like warriors that it doesn't.  Praying I can keep it down long enough to keep this baby cooking a lot longer than Bossy did.  The worst part of it all is that I again wasn't prepared for this.  I literally keep thinking of every thing I should be getting done, cleaning, packing, laundry, packaging orders, etc. before this baby arrives.  My hospital bag isn't even packed.

So how this started....last Friday I went to my doctor appointment and noticed that my blood pressure had elevated a little.  So she told me to go home and monitor it all weekend and if it went above the 140/90 mark to call her on Monday.  It did twice over the weekend so we made the call Monday morning.  However, we didn't get a call back on Monday so I called first thing Tuesday morning and got a call back from the nurse about an hour later telling me that Dr. K wanted me to come in later that day to check my bp and get some blood work taken.  At the appointment, it wasn't too high, it wasn't high enough for her to admit me into the hospital, but it was high enough for her to order me on bed rest at home until Thursday (tomorrow).  However, she did mention that if "home" bed rest doesn't work, it will be an automatic "go check yourself into the hospital" kinda day on Thursday.  What does bed rest mean?  It means I can only get up to shower and use the bathroom.  That's it.  And boy does it kill me.  I'm always on the go doing something and this is just the pits!  All of my motherly duties have been striped away and are now on the shoulders of my amazing husband.  I have 100% confidence in him but gosh darn it, I want to be doing it all.  Not to mention, he now has to work from home as much as he can with a toddler around until this baby is born.

All the while I'm laid up in the bed relaxing, watching daytime shows (which hasn't happened since the early months of Boston being born, tv is just something we never turn on during the day unless I let him watch a show or movie), responding to emails, blogging, editing pictures, checking my Facebook/instagram and sleeping.  Even though this was my first full day, there's been tons of guilt creeping up on me even though I'm constantly reminded by the hubby that I need to enjoy/take advantage of this down time before I have 2 kids that will be depending on me 24/7.    Easier said than done for this mama.  

To be continued....


9.09.2014

backyard digging

Bossy has found his new hobby.  Digging.  He digs several times throughout the day.  I must say it's the cutest thing.  He'll tell me, "I'm going out to dig a little." And there he goes out the back door.  He keeps his rain boots next to the door, puts them on and heads out to his corner of the yard.  His daddy told him he could dig in that corner since it's the corner where we have the most dirt (for some reason our saint augustine grass won't grow in that region).  

I have to say, when I look out the back door windows and see him out there, it's the cutest sight.  Makes me smile every time.  He doesn't need some fancy smancy toy all he needs is a few tractors, a dump truck and dirt.  I can tell his imagination is exploding out there.  #forthememorybook
 

xo

9.01.2014

31 weeks

It's so fun being pregnant.  Probably because I've had it pretty easy.  If I'd experienced all the bad things like nausea and tiredness I wouldn't feel the same, but I have to say these two pregnancies have been very similar but yet different in their own ways.  Like, I feel like this baby is bigger.  And with bigger comes lots of uterus stretching.  And skin stretching.  And feeling very heavy.  This week that's exactly what I've been feeling.  Oh and braxton hicks contractions twice.  

We went in for our bi-weekly appointment last Friday and got to hear baby's heartbeat beating at 146bpm.  It always gives me such a sigh of relief.  Going a month or even two weeks not getting to hear it can always be a little worry-some but as soon as they put that dopplar to my belly and a loud thumping noise starts to fill the room, all worries fly out the window.  I can breathe knowing that baby girl/boy is still growing right along.  

I've had lots of swelling lately.  Mainly at night when I've been on my feet all day.  I'm at the stage where my face, nose and lips get big.  Not all women get puffy in the face but I get to be one of the lucky ones that gets the swollen face look.  So beware.  Not to mention, I get to experience "pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome" in my right wrist.  It happened with Boston, too.  When it happened the first time my doctor told me to get a brace to wear on that wrist to help with the symptoms.  So I pulled that baby out again this pregnancy and only wear it while I sleep.  And let me tell ya, it's real sexy.  :)  The sweetest, though, is in the mornings when Boston comes walking downstairs to wake me up he always asks, "Mama, may I take this off now?" So he does.  That's kinda his "thing" to do now when he sees me wearing it.

xo

8.30.2014

August Random Happenings

August has flown by.  I can't even believe we are approaching September....and the fall season.  However, it is a exciting since fall means baby. :)  Here's a peek at a little of the things that we've been up to.

Pei Wei lunch after church.  Most times we go to church on Saturday evenings which we love so much.  By the time we get out of church its perfect timing for dinner.  But this one weekend, life happened, so we ended up going on Sunday and had a family lunch with some yummy Asian food.  
Our go-to snack is still yogurt and granola.  It's Bossy's breakfast every-single-morning, too.  But since I've been craving protein and dairy I've joined in on the action each day.
 Sometime during the 27th week (in a $9 walmart dress).
 During the 28th week.
Another one of my walmart dresses that I got a few weeks back for only $9!  I bought them, tried them on and surprisingly they fit perfectly and so comfy.  The perfect summer/pregnancy dress.
 A weekend outing for dinner to Spring Creek Barbeque.
 Soccer practice for B-man.  He loves it....a lot.
 Looking like such a big boy.  Quit growing, please.  Please!
xo
Jen

8.21.2014

First Soccer Season For The B-Man

That's right....little man is playing SOCCER!!  What what!!  We are thrilled...actually beyond thrilled for him.  He's about to turn 4 in October so he's now eligible to get on a 3 and under team.  This season is going to be so much fun.  A few weeks ago we signed him up, paid our money and the next weekend, we headed out to the local sports store for all of his "gear."  And, of course, we made it a big deal. It was definitely a family affair.
The soccer cleats and the shin guards were ah-dorable!!  I couldn't get over how cute and little they were.  His cleats were a size 12 and his shin guards were size xs small, you know, for 3-4 four year olds.  Buuutt, the shin guards unfortunately ended up being way too small.  Mister has some thick calves, apparently.  Ha.  
Two weeks ago we got our first email from his coach introducing himself and giving us all of the information about the team.  And one of the things he mentioned was the their team name.  The Sidekicks.  What's cool, is that's the exact same name of the team that I grew up playing on from 4th grade to 9th grade (until I reached high school)!  I could't believe it.  Since my dad was my soccer coach growing up, I immediately text my dad telling him.  It was too cool.

So, like any other "firsts," we had to document his first soccer practice last Friday.  I'm sure to be that mom at the practices and games that are taking loads of pictures and videos on the sidelines.  Ha.  But I'm okay with that.  Oh and at one point, I went onto the field to get a closer picture, Boston saw me and yelled, "Get out of the game, mama!"  Haha.  I couldn't stop laughing!!  :)

We got a little headband for him to wear for his games so that his hair stays out of his face while he's playing.  You know, so he can focus on making those goals.  :)
We are so happy with his coach.  He's so calm and patient with the kids.  We couldn't have gotten a better one.

Our little soccer stud.  This would be a great "wedding day" slideshow picture....his first season of soccer at the age of 3.  Ha.
We are so excited for this season and can't wait to watch him grow as a soccer player!

xo

8.18.2014

My New Baby/Mom Mobile

After 10 years, I finally got a new car!!  Or as I like to call it my "baby mobile."  I know, I had been driving in the stone ages.  My Mercedes did me well for the last 10 years.  And she's still running strong (she will now be Jer's car now...he'll drive it to work every day).  :)  But it was time, time to get something bigger to fit another baby in.

As soon as we got pregnant again we knew we would have to end up getting a new and bigger car.  We just weren't sure exactly what we wanted.  But over the past several months our new car criteria started to get narrowed down.  It got narrowed down to 2 main things: it couldn't be big and bulky (since I was so used to driving a car) and it had to have 3 rows so that we could grow into it if we ever decided to have a 3rd child mainly because I will likely drive this new car until the wheels fall off, we wanted to make sure it had 3 rows so we didn't have to eventually buy a new one in 3-4 years.

The only two SUV's that we liked, looked at and test drove were the Mercedes GL and the Lexus GX. They both had exactly what we wanted.  But the Lexus won due to the 20K price difference.

And as of last Monday (exactly a week ago) we are new owners of a Lexus GX 460 Luxury and couldn't be happier.  Although....we were LOVING not having a single car payment for several years. Ha.  
Last Saturday, while my parents watched Boston, we did most of the "car shopping" and decision making.  Then on Monday morning we headed back over to sign the papers and drive our car home.  But since we didn't have a sitter on Monday we brought the little guy with us.  We signed our life away...I mean, our paperwork, while he played his learning apps on the iPad.  
Ahhh keys in my hand and she's officially mine!!
She has so many bells and whistles that I'm still having to get used to.  I've never even had navigation. Ha.  I knowwww....I've been missing out big time.  I'm loving driving her and the best part....we are now ready for baby #2 since we now have a vehicle for baby to come home in!  We can now check that off our "to-do before baby comes" list.  :)

xo
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