Thursday, September 30, 2010
I did ask Dr. Daniel how much he thought she weighed. He mashed and pushed on my belly, asked Jordan and I how much we weighed when we were born, and he estimated she would weigh in the mid-to-high 7lbs range. He felt right now she was in the high 6's or low 7's and we still have a little under two weeks to go. Ada's developments have pretty much slowed way down. She's basically just practicing for life outside of my womb. She's breathing, sucking, sleeping, etc.
The nesting is definitely still there. I'm pretty much as ready as I can be. Mine and Jordan's plan is just to enjoy the next 12 days together. After all, in 12 days, life as we know it will change drastically. It will never be just the two of us again.
The nursery is 99.9% finished... we waiting on one special touch... her quilt :) As soon as we get that, I will post pictures. Until next Thursday (which will be my LAST post before my sweet baby girl is here)... have a good weekend!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Last Saturday: My sweet cousin Patsy threw me my "family" baby shower. It was great! The entire theme of the shower was "Generations"... and basically, they had pictures of women throughout my family and then all the mother's took time to share with me one piece of wisdom. I enjoyed it very much, and we got so much good stuff!
Monday: Because we had our last shower on Saturday, I figured I would go ahead and start getting us ready to go to the hospital. There were a few little things we didn't get at our showers, so I used some of the gift cards and money to pick that stuff up. What I thought was just a quick trip to the Exchange in Oxford turned into an absolutely exhausting trip that landed me in the hospital :( I pushed through and finished all my errands at the exchange (even though my body was screaming at me to go home and rest)... I was driving home and couldn't make it the whole way. I stopped at my grandparents house (about halfway home) because I was in so much pain and having a lot of contractions. My pain was mainly in my lower back and my hips, but nothing I did eased the pain. I assumed I could just lay down on their couch and then I would begin to feel better... but then I started getting chills and shivering. Sure enough, I was running a low grade temp... 100.2. Once I realized I had a fever, I got scared. I know that fevers are signs of infection in your body, and I wanted to make sure Ada was alright. So... Jordan came straight from school and took me to Dr. Daniel's office. When we got there, they rushed me through to see him. I was still running a fever when I got there and I was still in a lot of pain. When Dr. Daniel walked in, he knew something was wrong. Usually when I'm there, I'm smiling and bubbly, but this time... I was crying and wasn't afraid to tell him how much pain I was in. He checked my cervix... it was closed... so he concluded that he felt I had a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) that may be making its way to my kidneys. He sent me straight to Labor and Delivery to get blood work done and fluids. I was also a tad dehydrated. Once I got to L&D, that was another experience in and of itself. Let me just preface this with the fact that ALL the nurses I came in contact with Monday evening were precious and this is not a reflection on them... I just happened to get there at the "wrong" time... We got to L&D around 5:00... the nurse did our initial paperwork, but was swamped... three people walked in at the same time and they were short staffed. It wasn't until around 7:00 that they finally began "trying" to start my IV. I say "trying", because it took them four times... yes... four. The first nurse tried in my right hand and couldn't get it... sent a nursing supervisor to try... she tried in my left hand and left arm (in the bend of my arm)... nope, couldn't get it. She then decides that she thinks it might be due to me clotting too fast (huh?)... anyway, she then tells me that I could take a rest and she was going to go get an anesthesiologist. So, around 8:00, a nurse anesthetist came in and finally got my IV started. As it turned out, all my labs came back clean... no UTI. Dr. Daniel still isn't sure why I spiked a temp, but he made me stay overnight just to make sure it didn't spike again.
Tuesday: Needless to say, Jordan and I didn't get much sleep at the hospital (they even gave me Ambien to help me sleep... it didn't really help). So, most of the day Tuesday, we napped and tried to rest from our eventful evening :) That night, I was feeling better, so I went to dinner with some ladies from church for one of their birthdays. I had fun, ate a good meal, and thought that the rest of the week was looking up... so I thought. When I got home Tuesday night, I noticed that I was a little stuffy. I thought it may be just from all the fluids I got at the hospital and that it would pass... then it got bad... fast. I couldn't breathe, couldn't swallow, chills, achy... what? I was so mad. I had been just fine the day before and even that whole day... why was I getting sick now?
Wednesday: Didn't sleep much Tuesday night... woke up yesterday feeling horrible. I called Dr. Daniel's office and they called me in some medicine (whoop! whoop!) Even though I didn't feel good, I am nesting something terrible. I got myself and Ada completely packed for the hospital and the car seat base installed! Call me crazy for packing so early, but I would rather be ready earlier than later.
That brings me to today... I'm still battling this sinus infection, but like I said... I'm nesting. The nursery is ready, the house is cleaned, and laundry is caught up. Isn't it amazing what hormones and adrenaline can do to our bodies? Needless to say, I am tired. I did take breaks yesterday and today to rest my feet and nap, but I am so thankful that whenever Ada decides to come... we're as ready as we can be.
Ada's developments this week: She is continuing to put on weight... about 1/2 pound a week. Her gums are firm with ridges that look somewhat like teeth, even though obviously she doesn't have any yet. She is becoming more alert in the womb and we can totally tell. She's responding to our voices which absolutely thrills our hearts. Ada has dropped. I'm not sure if she's totally in place, but I can definitely tell she's dropped. There's constant pressure on my bladder and cervix... it's lovely I tell you :) Because I went in on Monday, Dr. Daniel just told me to come in next Thursday for my 37 week appointment. He told me at the hospital that he would check me again (please pray something has happened with my cervix... I want to carry her until 38 weeks at least, but I know with my first baby, it may take me a while for my cervix to change... he won't let me go past my due date, I totally don't mind being induced, but I really don't want to be induced without my cervix dilating and thinning). I'm also going to ask him for another sonogram. I want to know how much he estimates her to weigh. Plus... I just want to see my baby girl. I haven't seen her since 20 weeks.
I'm pretty much going to really take it easy from here on out. Like I said earlier, we are pretty much packed and ready for whenever she comes. So, for the next four weeks, I'm just going to rest and enjoy these last weeks with my sweet Ada in my womb. Until next week...
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Now on to the "Sentiments" part of the post... I wanted to take the time this week in particular to say something about my sweet sisters and brother. Ada has no idea, I don't think Jordan and I even realize, what a blessing these four people are going to be in her life. The reason I wanted to write about them this week, is because 20 years ago, my mom carried these four babies to 35 weeks... an amazing milestone in 1990. I could talk about them all day, but I want to take the time to talk about one characteristic I love about each of them that I feel will be such a blessing to Ada. Obviously, they each posses many of the same qualities, but like I said... I'm just picking one :)
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I'm not sure why I complain. I've been so blessed during this pregnancy to not have any "major" issues or concerns to deal with. So far, this has been pretty much and "easy" pregnancy (minus a few minor problems). "So what are you complaining about?" you may ask. Well, honestly, it's just the typical pregnancy aches and pains. But, I do have to say how thankful I am for Jordan. He listens to every complaint (sometimes... several complaints that I unload on him like one big crazy hormone bomb!) but.. he actually listens. He encourages me when I complain about things that he can do nothing about (i.e. "Jordan.. can you just make her come out? I'm over this!").. and he serves me to help me with the ones he can (rubbing my swollen feet, massaging my back and hips, holding me while I cry, doing extra things around the house, etc.)... I love that man! Goodness... I LOVE that man!
So, on to a more positive note... time is ticking down, and I am slowly chipping away at my "Before Ada Arrives To-Do List". Yes, it actually has that title, and my mother, grandmother, Jordan, and I all have a copy :) (Sometimes when I'm anxious or nervous about something, I tend to go overboard, get super organized, and arrange thing into a checklist... and then distribute them.. hahaha) But... needless to say, there are things that have to be done before she gets here, and so slowly but surely, we're chipping away at the list. I'm just the type of person that would rather be prepared a little too early, then for her to come and me not have everything in order. I like to be as prepared as I can be going into a situation... I'm not a huge fan of surprises. I'm not totally freaking out about getting the list done super fast. I'm just trying to take a few tasks a week and getting them done.
So.. up until this point I've not posted any belly pics. And yes, it was intentional. I have stretch marks covering just about the entire bottom portion (belly button and below) of my stomach. Eww... gross! I knew I would get them, I just never imagined how bad they would get. I know that they are "just a part of pregnancy", and "so many women get them", or "just wait until she gets here and it will all be worth it"... I've heard every encouraging statement I think is out there, and I know that she will be TOTALLY worth it when she gets here and that I'm not the only pregnant woman out there with stretch marks... but I have to be honest... they still stink. I've tried the lotions, keeping my weight in check, etc... it was just inevitable... I was going to get stretch marks. So... that is one of the main reasons that I've been hesitant to show any belly pictures, plus, I showed so early and still look so much more pregnant than I am... that I was even hesitant to post pictures with my shirt covering my stomach. But... I gave in. I gave in big time. I decided that I refused to let my entire pregnancy pass without documenting my belly. So a sweet family friend, Abigail, met Jordan and I and we did maternity pictures. I don't have them all yet, but she has sent me a few "sneak peeks", so after I go through Ada's developments for the week... I will share those with you. :)
Ada's developments this week: Right now, Ada looks like she covered in cream cheese... it's the vernix that covers her skin so she won't prune in the amniotic fluid. Her "soft fur"... or the lanugo that covered her body is almost completely gone now, and I have to admit I'm glad... She is now developing her own immune system, instead of relying solely on the antibodies she receives through the placenta. She's probably measuring around 17 3/4 inches and weighing in at almost 5 pounds.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Okay... I've been wanting to post this, but I felt like I needed to wait until closer to time. I love to imagine what she's going to look like. Jordan and I have our ideas, but I'd love to hear yours. Here is a picture of Jordan and myself as babies... that way you can compare our newborn features to decide who Ada might favor, or what mix of features she might get from both of us :) I have to admit... I'm excited to read these :)