Monday, March 7, 2011

34 and 35 weeks

Sorry I have been slacking some, but I will try and get all caught up. Last week Baby's fluid was up and down. It actually dropped down to 6.58 and I was worried that they were going to be admitting me to the hospital. Luckily by Thursday it was back up to just under 10. She passed both of her NST's with flying colors and I was told she was looking great!. This week has started off pretty good. Her fluid is now up into a normal range which is awesome! She passed her NST and was very active the whole time. However she has decide that it would be much more comfortable to go back to the transverse position. Her head is on my right side and her back is along my diaphragm with her little feet dangling down my left. When I went to bed last night I know she was head down. I have been so uncomfortable and the pressure down there is almost unbearable by bedtime. I felt her moving a lot durning the night and when I woke up this morning the pain and pressure was gone. The little stinker!!! So I am hoping she will do all of this on her own and I will not have to even worry about anything. After the NST/AFI I had a OB appt. We set her induction date for March 21st! That is exactly 14 days from today! I am so excited!!! My doc said he would try and slide her back down if she hasn't done it on her own the morning of the induction. If that is not successful I will have a c-section. I honestly do not care how she gets here as long as she is healthy and ALIVE!!! I have actually experienced every kind of normal vag delivery you can have, so I guess a c-section would just add one more type to my list. I am going to just stay positive and hope that by Thursday when I go back she has slid back to head down.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Amazing people!

I have really been down in the dumps the past couple of days. I am not used to being in bed and not having control over things. Being a teacher you come to enjoy the control. I have had a hard time letting go and in return I have become somewhat depressed.

Over the past few days however I have had some amazing things happen and they have shown me that I do not always need to be in control because God will provide me what I need. This whole pregnancy has been very scary for me. I have not been able to go out and by for this little girl like maybe I should have. She has 7 whole outfits hanging in her closet (most have been gifts) and her nursery is far from finished. I kept just telling myself I will do it just before she arrives. Well as you know I was put on bed rest 2 weeks ago and I have been in panic mode every since. I had no idea how I was going to be able to get everything ready in time.

Then God stepped in..... I received a package in the mail yesterday containing hundreds of dollars worth of baby girl clothes from a very sweet and amazing BLM. All of these clothes are in perfect condition and everything she sent I was in desperate need of! It was almost as if she knew. Then today a dear friend from church who had a falling out with her daughter wants to furnish our nursery with everything she bought for her granddaughter. She has asked that we come by her house and take anything and everything we need for this little girl. She has it all! God is so good and he knows how much I have been struggling. He has sent so many wonderful people into my life to help me through all of this. I am so thankful for each and everyone of you here and those supporting me IRL. I honestly do not think I would have made it this far with out you. I am going to suck it up and do whatever I need to for this little girl and I hope once she is here I too can be a support and pay it forward to others!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

33 weeks.... The bed rest has begun!

This week has been a rough one to say the least. Baby girl's fluid dropped. Just a little over a month ago it measured at 14.8. Between 10-15 is considered normal. We were so excited because I have always had issues with fluid levels. At 31 weeks I went in and her fluid was still normal at 13. I was still very happy! At exactly 32 weeks I started my weekly NST (non-stress test) and AFI (Amniotic fluid index) checks. Her fluid on that day was down to 8-9. They didn't seem too worried and told me to just increase my fluid intake. I went back 4 days later and her fluid was down to 7. I was really bummed. I just wanted so badly for everything to be OK and not have to worry. I was told I could no longer work and I had to go to bed. I thought for sure the bed rest would help. Again I went back 4 days later and nope there was NO improvement. Her fluid still measured at 7. On top of that baby's heart rate stayed at 200 for almost an hour and around 180 for even longer then that. Anything over 160 for an extended period of time can mean that the baby is in distress. Eventually her heart rate came down into a normal range and we were able to go home for the weekend. I go back again tomorrow. I pray there has been improvement, but my gut is telling me that I will be admitted to the hospital. I honestly do not know why I feel this way, but I guess you can call it motherly intuition. I sure hope we don't have to be admitted, but the increased monitoring and IV fluids will help to put my heart at ease. At least I knew the doctors are doing everything they can to get this baby as close to term as possible.

Here we are at 33 weeks. I am trying to take my pictures with the same shirt, so you can see the difference from week to week. My stomach is def. smaller than it was 6 weeks ago. I wonder if it will continue to get smaller rather than bigger???

Saturday, February 12, 2011

32 weeks

Wow can I say this last week has been horrible!!! I was so sick I could hardly get out of bed. I think I am finally getting over it, but I am still staying down as much as possible. I went in yesterday for my 1st Non-stress Test and AFI (Fluid measurement). Baby girl passed the NST with flying colors. She looked great on the monitor. Her fluid on the other hand has dropped. It was 13 last Friday and yesterday it was down to an 8. The nurse tried to reassure me that it was due to me being so sick and it will come back up, but I wasn't and still am not convinced. I called my doc and then went into L&D to be checked for leaking fluid. Everything checked out perfectly and I went home after about an hour and a half. I have to do kick counts every 2 hours and if there are any changes with her movement I am to go back to L&D. I will go back Tuesday to re-evaluate her fluid levels and do another NST. If her levels drop down to 5-6 My doc will be admitting me tot he hospital until her fluid levels rise or I reach a safe time to deliver. I pray that the fluid comes up pretty quickly!
Here we are at 32 weeks. I woke up that morning and noticed my belly was much smaller than it had been. It guess it's a combo of my fluid dropping and her dropping. Don't you just love the Michael Jackson glove? That is my lovely IV I have been sporting for almost 3 weeks now. 17 days to be exact!

Friday, February 4, 2011

31 weeks, 3hr glucose and more IVs

Today was yet another busy day! It started out with my 3 hr. glucose which turned out to be about 5 hours because Juan accidentally took the orders with him to work and I had to wait to get orders from my doctor. They finally finished it up around 12:45pm. The tech was very sweet and showed me all the results except the last one because it wasn't done running. From the looks of things I will pass and this Chica will not have to deal with Gestational Diabetes.

At 3:00pm I had my 31 week appt with the MFM doc. Baby girls is weighing in at 3 lbs 10 oz witch puts her exactly in the 50th percentile for her gestational age. Four weeks ago she was in the 71st percentile, so I guess she is slowing down some. Her fluid was down slightly too at 13, but still normal! Overall the doctor felt good about how things are going. He wants to start my weekly NST's and AFI's (fluid measurements) starting next Friday. Brisa didn't cooperate like I wanted her to. The little stinker. They wanted to do some 3D pics for us but she was sucking on her cord and the tech said there was no way to get a face shot =( Hopefully next time!!!

On a little sadder note. I have to do 1 more week of IV antibiotics. I have not completely kicked the infection and my doc is a little worried. They do not know why I am not fighting infections the way I should. He thinks it might be pregnancy related. So a nurse should be here any minute to place another IV. This med is supposed to be strong and I am hoping that I am able to kick it this time around!

Monday, January 31, 2011

30 weeks

I have met another goal! Only a few more left before She came make her grand appearance without too much worry. This last week went buy really well. I had very few contractions and I have started feeling better. I was able to take my IV out on Friday and I am "drug" free other than my regular meds!!! Baby girl as found a good position and is kicking up a storm. She loves to push up on my ribs while bouncing off my bladder. I have had to make mad dashes to the bathroom just so I didn't pee my pants. She is such a stinker! I guess she will fit in perfectly at our house.

We finally got up the courage to clean out the computer room and set up her crib. We also washed all the baby clothes we had tucked away from her bothers and sister. They are neatly folded and sitting in her bassinet. My mom has been bust making receiving blankets, burp cloths and quilts for her. This will be the last grand baby for my parents, so I guess she will be extra spoiled! I have yet to pull out the sewing machine to do anything for her. I just haven't built up the courage yet. I hope to find it very soon.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A rough week!!!

This week has been a rough week to say the least! All weekend I experienced weird surges in my back and down my legs. They wrapped around my sides but never went all the way around my stomach. They would last for hours and I even had to go in to get a couple of shots of Brethine to get them to stop. Tuesday morning I woke up to a raging ear ache in my left ear. The canal had swollen shut. I decided to call in for a sub and I was just so thankful I had my student teacher who could plan most of the day for me. I had to go over just to get a few things ready, but I was able to go home and try and rest. The pain was so intense that I didn't do much sleeping, but at least I didn't have to work!
I was able to get a doctor's appt with my family practice doc that morning and it was all down hill from there. I had a major breakdown in the office and told him how scared I was to be dealing with ear issues again. I dealt with them all through Juanito's pregnancy and I lost him. How was I going to get through this again. I just love my doc! He understood me completely and was so compasionate! He took one look at my ear and said that he didn't want to play around with this. he got right on the phone and ordered IV antibiotics. He knows my history and he didn't want to risk anything with this baby girl!!!
After I left his office I felt better, but I was still very scared and I wanted to talk to my OB about all of it. I called and spoke to his nurse who was a complete jerk. She didn't feel like I needed to be seen and that I was overreacting. She had the nerve to tell me everything was going to be fine. Does she not remember that she said the same thing to me with Juanito and it wasn't fine. I was livid and asked her to please talk to the doctor and call me back. She called back a couple of hours later and made sure to tell me that THEY didn't feel it was necessary to see me, but if I wanted to come in I could.
At 1:40 I went in and when she took me back she told me to quit my crying. I wasn't even crying. I looked at her and told her that if she was in this much pain and this sick she would look this way too. When the doctor came in I made sure to tell him how she made me feel and that they were working for me. I didn't deserve to be treated that way. I had lost a son and she needed to be sensitive towards that!
He was amazing and listened. He spent a good 30 minutes with me explaining the antibiotics I was going to be on and talking about the next few weeks. He checked my cervix and I was so happy to hear that I hadn't changed. Still only a fingertip!!! I left the appt feeling better! I even got an apology from his nurse. She tried to give me a hug, but I wouldn't hug her back. I just explained to her that there are certain ways to treat a BLM and she needed to be careful with her patients who have suffered a loss. I also mentioned that some of the things she said to me she should never say to a patient in general. We are all looking for support through this and that I didn't need opinions!
After all of that I was exhausted and went home to bed. I broke down and took a loratab because the pain was so intense. Around 5:00pm a home health nurse came and placed my IV. It was nice to be able to tell her which vein to use because it is the best. The IV slipped in very easily and I will be giving myself Rocefin for the next week. I just pray this is the last time I have to go through all of this!!!
Here is a pic of the IV I get to sport for the week. Sorry no face shots, cuz I look horrible!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A busy week

Monday after work I went over to my doctor's office to get my progesterone shot, find out my results from the 1hr glucose and find out when he wanted me to start my steroid shots. Unfortunately I failed my glucose test, so I get to go have the 3hr test this Saturday. I wasn't too far off (153 and I should have been 135) so I am confident that I will pass the 3hr. He sent me right over to L&D to be monitored, checked and to get get my Rhogam and steroid shot. Of course Brisa had to be in a funky transverse position and they couldn't find her heartbeat. They had to get out their little US machine to find it and then they were able to hook me up. She passed her NST with flying colors... GOOD GIRL!!! I had zero contractions. Thank goodness or I'm afraid they would have kept me longer. However I have started to dilate =( I am only a fingertip, but with Brisa being Transverse or sideways I have no pressure on my cervix. Both the doctor and I think I will start into preterm labor as soon as she turns head down. My goal for her for is to stay the way she is or turn back breech for the next little while. I really need her to stay in for at least 6 more weeks! I think she will with rest and help from drugs!!! I have managed to keep my others in till 36 and 37 weeks this way, so I know we can do it! I have Procardia that I take every 6 hrs to help ward off contractions and it seems to be helping! We shall see what the next couple of weeks bring for us!

This week has def. been a very busy week in the baby department!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

27 week US and MFM appointment

I had my 27 week MFM appt and ultrasound on Friday. Baby girl is measuring in at a hefty 2 pounds 9 ounces and that lands her in the 71st percentile. My fluid levels were at 14.8 which is within normal limits!!! I was so excited to hear that. She is laying transverse (sideways) right now. That has made my belly really go lopsided...LOL I will post a pic and you can see for yourself. The Peri thought that my preterm labor will increase as soon as she is head down, so I will be having steroid shots this week and if I haven't delivered by 32 weeks we will do them again. Today I feel optimistic that I will be able to hold off labor for awhile and I want to be ablt to make it to 37 weeks or more if I can.

Here is her little profile. Her knee is sitting right in front of her nose!!!
He we both are at 27 weeks.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dr. Appointment and Paranoia

I had a regular OB appt. yesterday. All was well. My Bp was 110/84. The diastolic was a little high for me, but it is still within the normal limits. My pee looked good. Nothing to report there and Brisa's HB was in the upper 140's/lower 150's. We scheduled my 1 hour glucose for this Friday and he talked to me about the steroid shots yet again because the I am on the Procardia and I am still cramping, contracting. I asked if we could wait until after my MFM appt and ultrasound on Friday, so I could discuss it all with them and see how my fluid levels were doing. He thought that was a great idea. I think the biggest thing he was concerned with is the fact that I have been sick for the past 2 1/2 weeks. He feels like it has become bronchitis and he put me on a Z pak. I am hoping by tomorrow that I will feel a lot better.

After my appt. I couldn't shake this feeling that something was wrong. I had no reason for it and I have been pretty good and keeping that feeling at bay, but I guess my paranoia is back and I am not going to get rid of it until this little girl is safe in my arms. She has been less active the past few days and I am sure that has a lot to do with my worries. I also have been sick and when I don't feel good my emotions and imagination run wild. I just wish I knew everything was OK and will be OK. I know my ultrasound on Friday will help tons with knowing she is still growing and developing they way she should. I am praying that my fluid levels are still in a normal range. Maybe it's the whole fact that I have a US this week that is freaking me out. Hmmm... I don't know, but I don't like the feeling one bit and I think I may just use the doppler a lot more this week!!!

Baby Girl, you need to be a good girl this week for mommy! She isn't feeling good and she is a little stressed. Make sure you are giving me some extra kicks and punches so I can feel better about things!!!

If you read this before I realized I posted part of her name, you are very lucky!!! I didn't want to do her big name revile quite yet...ooops on my part.