Tuesday, July 16, 2013

pre-labor woes

Well this last weekend was one for the books. 

It all started Wednesday night around 9 pm. I started having contractions that weren't just braxton hicks. They were timeable, about 7 minutes apart and hurting. They weren't super close but were getting stronger and stronger. I didnt sleep all night. I kind of thought I was going to go into labor that night, but kept praying I wouldn't.. I was not ready yet. It was one of those nights when I can't wait for the sun to come up. Luckily, I woke up and wasn't having any contractions! They had stopped. Thank goodness. I took it super easy that day and hardly did anything. 

Well, same thing happened the next night. (Thursday) These contractions though were 5-7 minutes apart, and some were closer. They were really strong and I was feeling tons of pressure. My water hadn't broken so I just tried not to worry. Also, my OB happened to be out of town all week and wouldnt be back till 2 days later. I prayed lots and lots that night just trying to get some sleep! 

The next morning- Friday, I stopped having contractions again. At least for an hour or two. Around the early afternoon, they returned. Kevin had to work, and I was getting worried that all these contractions were actually progressing me. My biggest fear is going into labor at home and not getting an epidural. I know it sounds silly but I know my body and there is no way I could (or would want) to do it naturally. I didnt want to labor too much at home and then get to the hospital too late for an epidural. I told Kevin about all the pain I had and all the contractions. I told him I was going to go to the hospital to get checked. I didnt choose to go to my doctor in payson because he was out of town, and so was his partner. Plus, the hospital is closer.. what was the worst they could do, send me home? 

I had noticed something else too. I had just been so short of breath and light headed the past month. I thought it was because of the braxton hicks causing that, or just the position of the baby, or low iron or sugar intake... (At least thats what the doctor thought too. He didnt seem worried.) I went to target one day a few weeks ago with my friend Ally and literally almost passed out 4 different times. I had eaten and gotten plenty of water that day so I had no idea why I was feeling that way. I ended up having to sit down in a bunch of the aisles so I wouldnt pass out. I It was really really weird... 

So I told Kevin if I really was in labor I would call him and have him come with me. He kept telling me I was talking myself into labor and that I needed to just relax but I just had this feeling like something was up. So, off I went. Mia in hand. I called my mother in law to come walk around the hospital with Mia while I was getting checked. Bless her heart, she was there and dropped everything for us. She always does. I got checked in, and sure enough, I was contracting every 5-7 minutes. When I got there, I was dilated to a 2 1/2 and 70% effaced.  While hooked up, I got really light headed. I thought I was going to pass out. Luckily the nurse was in there, she looked at my pulse, and it read 180. She asked if I could feel my heart racing. I said I just mostly felt short of breath. She wasn't believing the machine was reading that fast so she listened to me on her own, and had another nurse do so. Looked like the machine was right. Then, it spiked up to 220. It was all over the place. That alarmed the nurse, so she stepped out to call the OB on call- Dr. Dewey. (BTW, I REALLY dislike him. More on that later.) The nurse promptly came back in and said they were concerned with the rapid pulse rate. They wanted me to go through all these tests. Their first thought was that I had a blood clot in my lung. (WHAT?!) So I started freaking out, knowing how serious those are, and Kevin wasn't there. I called Kevins mom in the room and had her call Kevin to get to the hospital. 

They immediately rolled me down to the CT scan room to get an angio with contrast. Getting a CT is possibly one of the worst tests you can get while pregnant because you have to lay flat on your back, and that put so much pressure on my back that I got really sick and they had to pull me out half way through before I threw up everywhere. It was awful. 

Finally, the test was over and I was headed back up to my room for an ECG and some blood tests to check my thyroid and CBC and iron. All the blood tests came back normal (thank goodness.) and the ECG showed really rapid heart rate but nothing abnormal in the patterns. (Thank goodness again!) So then, I was really worried that it really could be the blood clot. I waited another half hour and the test came back negative! Thank goodness once again, no blood clot! I had gotten a blessing right before all my tests from Kevin and my father in law Carl and I know that blessing helped! 

But, my heart rate/pulse was still all over the place. At this point it was probably 6 and I had been at the hospital since 3. They checked me again, and I hadn't dilated more than what I was before. So although I was having painful contractions and they were consistent, they weren't changing me. But, they still didnt want me to come home. The nurses moved me into another room to hook me up to this heart monitor while still checking my contractions. I was starving and thirsty but they wouldnt let me eat or drink. I had one nurse who was convinced I was going to go into labor. The doctors then sent in a hospitalist (or internal medicine specialist or something) who happened to be Dr. Colver! (He is in my parents ward). He came in and talked with me for a while. By that time my heart rate had slowed down to about 116 and was staying around there. So it was still high but not spiking like it was. He asked me if I was under a lot of stress, and obviously being pregnant has been a stress (yet a blessing) in the past 9 months but I didnt feel any certain stress pressing in my life.. He decided he wanted to send me home with a Holter Monitor (heart monitor) for 24 hours so they could detect if I had a short circuit in my heart. If I did have a short circuit, I would either have to go on medicine, or get a catheter ablation procedure (http://www.hrsonline.org/Patient-Resources/Treatment/Catheter-Ablation#axzz2ZGX65eiz)

At this point I was really grateful I went into the hospital because if I hadn't, I may never would have known about this potentially dangerous heart thing! After Dr. Colver talked to us, it was around 9 pm, and Kevin had to return to work. My darling friend Kenna showed up and took care of me from there. I have a friend who works in the NICU and happened to be working so she also came to visit! It was such a nice thing to have Justina and Kenna there keeping me calm. The nurse informed me that I had to wait a while before the people could bring me up the holter monitor to hook it up so she said since I wasn't dilating, I was probably not in true labor and was welcome to go get food and come back up to wait for the people to bring my monitor. So, I sat up, and BAM, had a HUGE contraction and told kenna to grab me the garbage and I threw up. She held my hair and rubbed my back. Poor girl had to see my barf.. lol luckily it wasn't food! Just bile since I basically hadn't eaten all day. The nurse then was convinced I was going to go into labor in the next 24 hours because nausea is a sign of labor. By then I didnt dare eat any real food so she brought me some juice and crackers. 

Kenna and I sat in the room and visited until the people came up. Finally, at 10:15, they showed up, gave me the run down on the test, and we got discharged around 11:15 pm. We went down to the cafe and I attempted to eat something and felt alot better after. I got home around midnight still having contractions but they had slowed down by this point. Mia  ended up sleeping over at my mother in laws since we didnt know when we would get out of the hospital that day, so we came home and went to sleep- hoping on a nice quiet rest.. but that stupid monitor on my chest was so bothersome. I had 7 probes hooked up to me, and three of them were really close together that every time I layed on my side they pinched my skin. But I can't lay on my back with how big I am now. So I didnt sleep much. 

When we woke up, I felt like a train hit me. I was so beyond tired and my whole body was aching. Contractions slowed down to about every 8-10 minutes luckily. It was my family baby shower so I headed over to that and Kevin went to pick up Mia. While at the shower I was so tired and having some rapid pulse and contractions and I just felt like crap. It was a super fun shower with amazing food and I got some really cute stuff! I was really sad that no one from my family came except for Kaitlin. :( But, grateful for the fun time and grateful for all the effort put into it by Kevins family. Love you all! 

The rest of that day, we took it easy and I took a loooong nap. Once 10 pm came around, we had Kaitlin and Chad come sit with Mia while she was sleeping so we could return the monitor to the hospital. When we got there, I had decided we should get me checked again since I had still had contractions that day, and just for curiosity since I was there anyway. Around dinner time that night I had contractions like 3 mins apart for a whole hour so I thought they were really doing something. I got checked and indeed I had changed but only to a 3 from the day before... So not by much. After sitting there for over an hour and no more changes, we decided to go home and were so grateful that I wasn't in active labor because I just wanted to go home and SLEEP. 

We went home and I slept really well that night. :) The next day, (Sunday) I went to church, only made it an hour but at least I went. Luckily, the contractions had pretty much stopped all day! Yay! And, good news, if I did go into labor, at least my doc was back in town! 

Monday was good as well with close to no contractions. Just a waiting game to get my heart results back. 

Now, up to speed to today, I had my OB appointment. When I got there, my doc had been filled in and had my test results back from my heart test. I was having a few tachycardia episodes in the 24 hours, but not enough to make them worried that it was actually a problem! That was good news to me, but also troubling because I guess now its just a waiting game for them to go away or I will have to visit this issue again in the future. Hopefully its only something I will have while pregnant (since I cant see myself getting pregnant again lol) and I wont have to deal with it after this baby is out. 

He didnt check my cervix today because he didnt want to stir anything up- as he is leaving to go out of town AGAIN tomorrow until the 23rd! I was measuring 6 weeks ahead, so they did a fetal weight ultrasound and looks like right now the baby weighs roughly 7 lbs 8 oz. So im doomed to a huge baby. Dang it. Now I REALLY want that epidural... :) At least he looks perfectly healthy. And my fluid is about 22. 23 is the cut off.. so lets hope it doesnt get higher in the next week. 

Next week the doc plans to strip my membranes to see if I will go into labor on my own before he induces me Aug. 1st. 

Now that I know my heart isn't a huge issue, and I am past 37 weeks, I feel ok about the baby coming now. 

As long as my doc is in town at least. 

My next appointment is the 25th, so lets hope he stays cookin till then, and then I am ALL For him coming that day even :) 

Thanks for all the prayers- we are hoping everything is smoother from here on out! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

3 weeks till baby!

Man this baby is coming soon!! 

I went to my OB appointment on Wednesday and I am actually measuring 6 weeks ahead now. I have managed to finally get back up to my pre-pregnancy weight, meaning I haven't gained anything over what I started at. Thats good I guess. The baby is measuring right where he should though, so I just have a big placenta, and extra amniotic fluid. 

The doc checked me and said I was dilated to a 2. The week before I was a 1. So if I keep going at that rate, I may deliver sooner than when he decided to induce me- which is August 1st! He wanted to induce me the 31st of July but thats our anniversary. So I thought I better choose the next day. 

He said he will give me the epidural whenever I want it- which is different than my last delivery because they wouldn't give it to me till I reached a 4 1/2. It took me 6 hours to go from a 2 to a 4 1/2 last time and I think its because I couldnt relax from the pain of the contractions. Once I got the epidural I was able to relax and finally dilate the rest of the way. I am hoping this labor and delivery goes faster than last time, and that the epidural lasts :) 

I am actually more nervous for labor and delivery this time than I was with Mia. I think because I know not every birth is the same, although I can imagine what it will be like now. What if my water breaks in public? What if I go too fast to get an epidural? What if I cant make it to the hospital in time? What if I tear really bad? What if he has to go to the NICU like Mia did? What if I go into labor in the middle of the night- who will take Mia? I have all these questions and fears although I have complete confidence in my doctor. You just never know what to expect. 

I still have a huge list of things to do before the baby comes. I want to make sure my house is spotless so that we dont have to worry about cleaning it when we come home with a new baby. I have lots of things to buy still for the baby. We dont have any newborn diapers.. and Mia was in newborn forever. So we will just have to see how big this baby is! I do have size 1 diapers though thankfully! I need to start working on my list of things to do day by day so I dont get stuck with it all the day before I get induced (that is if he doesnt come before then). 

I am feeling so huge and having so many braxton hicks, and some real contractions mixed in there too. I have been trying to drink water like crazy. LUCKILY- I am not swollen anywhere. I really thought my feet or legs or fingers would get huge with the heat and pregnancy but I dont think I look pregnant anywhere but my belly. That- I am grateful for! 

I am waiting to hear back to see if I have the strep b. hopefully I dont. I didnt have it with Mia. And I am hoping I dont get a bad cold before this delivery either! I had one with Mia and it was really hard to push and find the air I needed.. thus the need for oxygen last time. I still need to pre-register at the hospital before I deliver. I probably better do that tomorrow.. 

We are getting really excited. Kevin has been my life savor this pregnancy. He has been home every day this summer until 2:30 pm because he decided not to take classes this summer semester. So, he gets up with Mia every day, changes her diaper, usually takes her on a jog with him, makes us all breakfast, and lets me sleep in! He has been forcing me to take it easy so that the baby doesnt come early. He sometimes talks to my belly (he would be embarrassed if he knew I wrote that haha) and kisses my belly. I think he cant wait to have a little boy to teach him all he knows. Mia is totally a daddy's girl too though. She loves her daddy so much! When he leaves for work she goes to him and gets a kiss and waves while saying "bye daddy!". Its really cute. 

We still cant decide on a name. And its driving me insane. EVERY name I like, he hates. and he will say he likes a name, then I will decide I like it too, so we stick with it for a week and he decides he hates it. UGH. I have never met someone so picky with names before like he is. 

Wish us luck, its only 3 weeks away from Thursday! 

Monday, July 1, 2013

our apartment

I dont remember if I posted pictures of our apartment or not, so I decided to take a few today. Luckily it's semi-clean. I need to deep clean it before the baby comes in 5 weeks or less. 

Here is our bathroom. I love having a bathroom without the laundry in it. Only bad thing about this bathroom is that it gets really hot for some reason, and we can't keep the door open unless Mia is asleep. (she likes to play with the trash and toilet.)

My favorite thing about the bathroom is the trifold mirrors!! Makes doing my hair so much easier. There is a lot more storage in this bathroom than the one we had before. 

We need to install some towel rack hooks or something because our rack is really small. 

 This is our front room. Its actually a huge room. The pictures don't do it justice. We have to use our coffee table as the TV stand because Mia kept falling and hitting her head on it. So we moved it to the wall and now she never falls on it. Favorite things about this room- its huge, the window is massive so it gets so much light. (we never have to turn on the light!)

The things I hate about this room is that it gets EXTREMELY hot from all the sunlight that comes in. And the ceiling fan is ugly. But we have new carpet so I dont mind. :) The closets along the back wall are so so so big. I cant believe how much storage I have!!!

One closet is all my craft stuff and decorations. I REALLY need to organize it but I love how much space it has. The other closet is Kevins man closet. Bike, snowboard, tools, camping stuff.. etc. 

Here is the corner of our front room. See our tiny ac window unit? ya, doesnt even cool this room off. im dying of heat. The mirror is eventually going to be hung in our kitchen on this huge empty wall we have above the table but Mia loves to look at her self, and we dont have screws for the mirror yet.

Here is the nursery as of today! I need to still get a bumper, a lamp, an IKEA cubby/storage thing, and a blanket for Mia's bed. But so far its coming along. 

She now sleeps in a toddler bed and when I was taking pictures of her room she jumped up on her bed and said "cheese!" She loves to be in pictures. :)

Here is her closet. We only have some size one diapers, I need to hurry and get newborn ones. Mia was in them forever.. I bet he will be too. 

I put his clothes in those white bins (although they are not even half way full at all) because they will eventually go in the IKEA cubby thing we are getting. And then hung all Mia's dresses/jackets

We got a bed frame for our mattress. Love it so far.

I have a few pics to upload later and more blog posts, but I am going to take Mia to the pool first. Its too hot in our apartment to sit here. 

peace out


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