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!