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Friday, May 28, 2010

Are you SERIOUS????

Well....yesterday was another day of "are you serious?" I went to bed Wednesday with some cramping and back pain. I thought if it wasn't any better by the morning I would call the doc and ask. I woke up Thursday morning and the pain was much worse!!

I went to the doctor and the midwife said I was "in limbo", she couldn't tell if I was actually in labor or not, because I had dilated some but it was only a little! She sent me to the hospital to get monitored and left me with the thought that "you may have a baby today". When I got there I was having contractions about every 4 minutes. They were consistent and regular, I had dilated to 3 cm. The doctor came in and told me since I was only 36 weeks they wouldn't help me along. They won't break my water until 37 weeks--so this doctor says! I wonder if I had my regular doctor if the answer would have been different!?!

They sent me home, with contractions every 5 minutes or so, gave me a shot for pain and said to come back when my water breaks or they are 2-3 minutes apart!!

So.....where are we now, you ask?? I am home, having contractions about every 5 minutes or so, some are more painful than others, having back labor, and cramping (for you ladies, like the worst menstrual cramps ever). We are waiting, trying EVERYTHING to get this baby to come!! I have an appointment on Tuesday, where we will have to have a discussion about how I can't have contractions every 5 minutes with back labor for another week!! It is hard to walk at points and definitely hard to accomplish anything!!

Well...that's about it. Yesterday was a CRAZY day to say the least!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The light at the end of the tunnel....

WOO-HOO....I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

We went back to the doctor today and got some good news!! He wanted to get another ultrasound, he said he trusted theirs a little more than the hospitals since they do them all day, everyday on just babies! I'm so glad they did one!! The wonderful thing is they could see that his lungs are doing well and he is breathing well on his own!! The steroids did their job!! They also know his bladder is developed and working (he had to pee while she was looking at him). He is actually measuring on target with my due date, not two weeks ahead. I know that seems to be a bad thing, but it's a good thing! It means we don't have a gigantic baby and we don't have to worry about the things that could be wrong when your baby measures big! He has gained weight so they know he is growing (not shrinking). He's weighing in at 5 lbs. 5 oz.

I, on the other hand, have lost 3 more pounds! I am now only 3 lbs. heavier than when I got pregnant!! They aren't worried because the little nugget is growing and gaining weight, it's just me. That seems like an awesome thing, and it is to a point. He is running out of room to move and grow, so I need to gain weight. Here is the awesome thing...I have to consume more calories and gain weight!! That means all those fattening foods most pregnant women avoid....I get to indulge in them!!! That's pretty exciting! My wonderful Mr. Goodbar has promised milkshakes at night!!

I asked about coming off the medication and he said one more week....ONLY ONE MORE WEEK!! I get to stop taking the meds next Monday! It makes me hot, dizzy and sleepy so I am SO excited! Not to mention, I have to set an alarm at night to take it, so I will get to sleep through the night! I know it's preparation for the next couple of months, but I would like to get a few full nights sleep before he gets here!! He also seemed optimistic that I could come off strict bed rest on Monday too!! That's great!! It's exciting to know that in just a couple of weeks he could be here, safe and healthy!!!

We got some great news today!! I'm much more upbeat now! It makes it a lot easier to handle when you know it's only one more week of bed rest and meds!!

Please continue to pray for our little nugget and his growth!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Not much to report...

Well, there isn't a lot in the way of new news. I went to the doc this morning to check on the little nugget! I haven't dilated anymore, which is GOOD!! I had a test called a fetal fibronectin test. It is supposed to predict premature labor in the next two weeks or so (medicine is amazing)! The test won't come back until tomorrow (which we knew that).

Outcome of today: I am still on bedrest, I am still on my medicine and I have lost almost 2 more pounds! He isn't worried about the weight, as long as it starts to come up soon!! I have to go back in a week for another check-up.

Still waiting....and waiting....and waiting, but that's a good thing right now, he needs to stay put for a little while!

Please pray that the little nuggets stays put until he's fully developed, that my contractions/pains don't come back, my family who is watching Junior Mint and our two dogs and for my poor hubby that has to put up with me while working and doing EVERYTHING around here (all while I freeze him out cause my medicine makes me incredibly HOT)!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

This week has been a roller coaster!!

Let's see if I can even remember all that has happened to us in the past few days!!

First, Monday Junior Mint has a little stomach bug but it seemed much better and gone by Tuesday. Wednesday morning we all 3 woke up with it. Mr. Goodbar stayed home from work (which he has to be VERY sick to do). We realized that Junior Mint hadn't peed in about 13 hours, so we called the doc and of course they wanted to see him. By the time we got there he was throwing up every 20 minutes or so and couldn't keep anything down. They sent us to the children's hospital for dehydration to try to make sure he wouldn't get any worse. He was so tired and sick when we got there they decided to try oral meds first. That seemed to do the trick (they were very strong). We had to wait until he could keep down fluids and solids before we could leave. Eventually, everything was good and he seems to be back to about 99% now!!

That's the easy part to explain!! Now, for me!!! I've been having contractions since week before last and the doc was going to do a test this coming Monday to try to predict if anything was going to happen soon. We didn't make it that far! When I got sick Wednesday I couldn't stop throwing up either. I hadn't kept anything down, including liquids. So, I began to get dehydrated, which I called my doc to go see them but I wanted to get Junior Mint taken care of first, we thought he was worse! While at the children's hospital, I started having bad contractions, the kind I couldn't talk through. Off to the doc I went!! When I got there they checked the baby's heartbeat and told me I had to get to the hospital NOW! The ketones in my urine were incredibly bad, which meant my body was eating stored fat. If you read my last post you will see that I have only gained 8 lbs...well, by the time I got to the doc I had lost 1.4 of that. I thought I would be going in for some IV fluids then home. They hooked me up to the monitors and ran some tests. I was definitely in pre-term labor! My contractions were rather strong. They gave me some medicine for the nausea and pain killer which helped me sleep. I had started to dilate and they were concerned. They also gave me steroid shots to help the baby develop faster. They admitted me and I had to stay to get fluids and to monitor my contractions, which at that point seemed to be diminishing with the fluids (or so we thought). About 2 AM they came in and woke me up (they gave me something to help me sleep) and said my contractions had picked up and they needed to advance to the medicine to make them stop.

Thursday morning, I woke up and the doc came in and ordered an ultrasound to check on the baby and my progress. The baby is actually measuring two weeks ahead so that's good! Everything looked good. I had two more shots to stop contractions and they had to change my nausea medicine to something stronger. I then had the medicine orally to stop contractions and one more steroid shot (they REALLY hurt by the way). They said I could go home if I kept something down and my contractions slowed. Thankfully, both of those happened! They sent me home last night with some strong nausea medicine and Tributeline (to stop contractions) by mouth. I take that every 4 hours...EVERY 4 hours so I have to set an alarm to get up and take it at night, but it seems to be helping...I WILL NOT complain about that! I did get sick again last night but so far so good today. I kept half a bagel down so far! So what does all this mean....

Well, the baby needs to stay put for a couple more weeks at the earliest!! So, I am on the medicine (one of which is not normally covered by insurance and it is VERY expensive, but thankfully our insurance covers it) and I go back Monday to check on everything. I have been put on bed rest! Seeing that Junior Mint is a two year old...that's difficult! But God has a way of working everything out!! Unfortunately, my sister lost her job last week, however that is the ONLY way this is possible for us! She is going to keep him for me until we know more. Then, hopefully she will be able to come to our house for a little while to keep him too (they live 4 1/2 hours away). My mom came down to care for him and me for now. God has a way of working everything out!!

Right now, we are just waiting and I am resting! Hoping this baby decides to stay put for a while!!!