Sunday, March 23, 2014

I'm All Ears

Yesterday I noticed that C had what I like to call "eye boogies". In his case though it was really "eye boogie" since it was just his right eye. My husband took him to the ped and he has an ear infection!  I wasn't able to go so I didn't get the full situation until later but I immediately felt bad, like I failed him in some way. I know, I know. That's a little extreme considering he wasn't fussy or crying excessively. Or even acting like he felt bad at all. Then my husband told me the doctor thinks it just started.  Whew, bad feelings over.  We started amoxicillin so hopefully it goes right away. At least he likes the medicine :).

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hello Again

Well, it's certainly been awhile hasn't it?  If any of my followers are still out there, you might have wondered what happened so I'll give you the short version.  The day after my last post, my water broke.  Four days later I started to show signs of infection and baby's heartbeat was raised so I had an emergency C-section.  I was twenty-six weeks exactly.
While on hospital bed rest and immediately following, I was just sure something bad was going to happen.  I couldn't stand it.  Luckily I was wrong (as I often am) and I am proud to say that after two and half months in the NICU, C came home.  We had what I think of as normal NICU scares: plenty of blood transfusions due to anemia, many desats, two surgeries, one tiny brush with a mystery infection but now he's doing amazingly well.  I do worry that maybe some of this will have a lasting effect.  Developmental delays, possible learning disabilities, etc.  But he is such a joy and the light of our lives.  I thank God every day for this precious miracle.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Day 9 of Hospital Bedrest

Last Wednesday, my doctor decided to send me home.  I had had cramping and infrequent contractions all day.  I told them this and said I was uncomfortable going home.  The doctor that was on call basically was like, well you're going home.  I was pretty upset that she wasn't listening to me and sending me home with nothing.  I told the nurse I wanted to talk to the doctor in charge.  After a long wait, the doctor came in and I told her what was going on and how I was uncomfortable.  She offered to check me again and I wasn't going to but decided to let her.  It's a good thing I did because my dilation had progressed a little and she said she could feel my water bag bulging.
They put me back on magnesium temporarily to get the contractions to stop and now I'm back on medicine to keep the contractions at bay.  It has worked so far and things are ok for now.  I worry that my water will break but I just try to take each day as it comes.  It's hard being here because I'm alone a lot.  We live far enough away from the hospital that my husband and daughter can't come see me every day.  I'm trying to remain hopeful and just wait. 

25 Weeks

This week the baby is the size of a cauliflower.

How far along: 25 weeks

Total weight gain: 17 lbs

Stretch marks: Nada

Sleep: Here and there
Best moment of this week: That I made it to 25 weeks
Miss anything: Being at home
Movement: Baby is moving and moving
Food cravings: Olive Garden
Gender: Definitely boy!
Labor signs: Infrequent contractions
Belly button in or out: Still in
Wedding rings on or off: On
Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly worried
Looking forward to: 26 weeks

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Preterm Labor

My OB was monitoring my cervix since I had a LEEP several years ago. I was glad that she wanted to do that but since it is not overly common for issues to occur, I was hoping that I'd be in the majority not the minority.  My cervix measured 3.5 cm at 19 weeks.  Check.  Measurement at 22 weeks was 2.5 cm.  Pause.  I became very concerned because it changed so much in just three weeks.  I told my doctor that I was worried and she said that it was still within range for my gestational age and to try not to worry.
Tuesday after my anatomy scan, I started spotting.  Since spotting is not as common in the second trimester vs. the first and I hadn't committed any of the spotting sins (sex, straining, exercise, etc) I was very very scared.  I called my doctor and went in but by the time I got there the spotting had mostly abated.  She looked at my cervix and checked for dilation and said it all looked ok.  I left feeling marginally better. The week went on and I tried not to worry but on Saturday I started spotting again.  I called the on call midwife and she said that since I wasn't contracting and it wasn't red, that I was probably ok.  The following Tuesday I start spotting again and I called and told them I wanted to be seen.  They told me just to keep my ultrasound appointment for Thursday.  I was so nervous I took Wednesday and Thursday off just so I could lay around and rest.
At my ultrasound appointment, baby looked great but my cervix did not.  She measured it at 1.6 then 0.7.  I met with a MFM and he gave me progesterone and told me to take that.  I was concerned since I had read so many women go on bed rest sometimes in the hospital with cervix measurements that short.  I mentioned it to the doctor and he said that bed rest is not proven to help.  I went home feeling very uneasy.  Later that night, I was contracting for a while but it stopped. The next day I had light red bleeding so I went to labor and delivery.  The doctor checked me and said I was dilated to a 1 and she was transferring me to another hospital with a level 3 NICU.  She wanted to send me by ambulance but agreed to just let us drive over.  I got to the hospital and after a wait, was examined again and told that I was now dilated to a 3.  They started me on magnesium, fluid and antibiotics.  They wouldn't let me eat or drink anything.  They monitored me and baby all night and we were both ok so they let me start eating and drinking. 
So here I am, on day 3 of hospital bed rest.  I did have light bleeding again last night but the doctor checked me and I was ok, no change.  Baby is still looking good too.  I did 48 hours of magnesium and got both sets of steroid shots.  Now I am doing 48 hours of indomethacin while they continue to monitor me.  At this point, I have no idea how long I will be here or what will happen.  My hope is that I can get to 28 weeks minimum before he comes.  Things are looking ok so far but it can change so fast.  I would appreciate any and all prayers for my unborn son. 

24 Weeks

This week the baby is roughly the size of a cantaloupe.

This week baby's skin is taking on a red appearance from the forming capillaries.  Baby is also putting on fat and will start gaining approximately 6 oz per week. Baby's face is almost fully formed and has hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes although the hair is still white.  Baby is now officially viable.

How far along: 24 weeks
Total weight gain: 17 lbs

Stretch marks: Nada

Sleep: Not Good
Best moment of this week: There wasn't one
Miss anything: N/A
Movement: Baby is moving pretty frequently
Food cravings: Not this week
Gender: Definitely boy!
Labor signs: Had spotting and contractions
Belly button in or out: Still in
Wedding rings on or off: On
Happy or moody most of the time: Officially worried
Looking forward to: 25 weeks

Sunday, September 29, 2013

23 weeks!

This week the baby is roughly the size of a grapefruit.

Baby's skin is translucent right now but since baby is about to start packing on fat, that will soon change.  Baby's systems are continuing development preparing for life outside the womb.  Baby's sense of hearing is also becoming more advanced and he may be able to hear loud sounds like a dog barking. 

How far along: 23 weeks
Total weight gain: 17 lbs

Stretch marks: Nada

Sleep: Normal
Best moment of this week: Can't think of one right now
Miss anything: Being able to exercise
Movement: Baby is definitely stepping it up
Food cravings: Does tea count?
Gender: Definitely boy!
Labor signs: N/A
Belly button in or out: Still in
Wedding rings on or off: On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy if I'm not worrying
Looking forward to: still 24 weeks