Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Outta Whack

So here's what's been up with me lately...
I'll start from the top.
On Wednesday, November 17th, Emmalyn was born. We got to come home 24 hours later. Besides being obviously super sore, I was feeling great (despite no sleep). My adrenaline was running and everything was dandy. For two days. I, along with my mom, were really surprised at how mobile I was. I wasn't even taking the percocet anymore--just motrin. But by Saturday, things went downhill fast. After dinner I felt terribly nauseous and weak. To the point where I couldn't function. Things just kept getting worse so we called the Women's Center where I delivered and they said to go to the ER. So we did. They hooked me up to an IV for fluids and anti-nausea meds. All my blood work came back normal. (And in case you're wondering, my mom stayed in the car with Emmy until I had to feed her. We hated bringing her in the ER!) After a couple of hours, I went home and felt slightly better. But we still didn't know why I was nauseous.

Emmalyn had her first pediatrician appointment on Tuesday and I didn't even go because that's how crappy I was feeling! B was Super Dad and took care of it all. (I love him) We called in to my doctor and they were able to fit us in. They did more blood work, and my doctor said she didn't know where the nausea was coming from. Great... She checked me out and said everything looked fine. She gave me different anti-nausea meds and suggested I start pumping so either B or my mom could feed Emmy and I could get longer stretches of sleep instead. She was willing to bet I'd feel like a million bucks if I got 5-6 hours of consecutive sleep. So I pumped. And I pumped. And I pumped until I was dry. I had enough to get ahead two feedings. (If you're a mom you'll know this is A LOT. Especially in the first week postpartum. The pediatrician couldn't believe how much I was pumping.)

I got about four-to-five hours of solid sleep, but of course "the girls" woke me up and needed to be released. So I pumped and went back to sleep. I felt like that's all I was doing. Pumping, being nauseous, trying to eat something, drink like crazy, and sleep. Not fun. Plus, I STILL wasn't feeling any better. The nausea really had me down.

I can't even remember what day anymore, but I went back to my doctor who still didn't have any answers (we ruled out thyroid problems) and so she sent me BACK to the ER because of the nausea. I would much rather be in pain than nauseous!! At this point we were thinking, well maybe it's the breast feeding that's making me nauseous? Or maybe this is my body's reaction to child birth??

The next few days were sort of a blur... I was just nauseous.
Yesterday I went back to my OB and she still said that nausea this long isn't typical. She recommends I go see a Gastroenterologist. So that's where we're at. I've been trying to pin point when the nausea happens/what time of day, but it's not consistent. I was also thinking, well maybe it's psychological?? Was I having anxiety over my mom leaving? Well, its been several days and the nausea is STILL here. So no, that can't be it. Emmy is a super easy baby so I'm not having anxiety over her.

I've really been trying my hardest to keep a positive outlook. I've also been trying my best to get out of the house. With my in-laws here, we ran errands for two days, but I felt crappy the entire time. I've heard and read that sometimes women mimic first trimester symptoms AFTER pregnancy, sort of like a "fourth" trimester. I'm hoping that this whole things is just going to work itself out. But the waiting game sucks, yo!! I just want to feel like myself again...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanks!

Hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And if you went out for Black Friday, I hope you were safe and got everything you wanted. I, for one, do not like waking up before the sun, nor so I like big crowds. And clearly, this year I have the only gift I want ;)

My mom has been staying with us since Emmalyn was born, and my dad came for the day yesterday to spend Thanksgiving with us.
My mom's going back home today
(don't wanna think/talk about it... I'm gonna bawl my eyes out!! Even though she'll be back next weekend.)

BUT, Blake's parents are coming today and his mom is going to stay with us for several days. Thank goodness!!!

***

As for my health... I'm still trying to feel better. I was in the ER TWICE for nausea (threw up once) and dehydration, even though I've been downing water and Gatorade like I'm going to the desert! I've just been so weak that I can't even function. Like, can't even fully take care of Emmy. It's been awful. I'd much rather be in pain than nauseous. 

We're not sure if the nausea is a result of postpartum or maybe I'm just sick?? B thinks I could just possibly have the flu or a bug. Especially since now my throat is hurting. UGH! I just wish I knew what was wrong, and when it's going to STOP! Seriously! I've been miserable. I've been trying to enjoy my angel as much as possible, but it's hard when you feel like you're going to throw up almost 24/7.

Any other moms ever experience anything like this?

*P.S. This is Emmalyn's due date*

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What Does.....

2 Trips to the OB-GYN

+

2 Trips to the ER
(for Momma)


...???

1 exhausted Mommy!

But at least I have this little pretty to keep me going
^^ she's 1 week old today ^^

*I'll explain the ER trips later... typing with one hand is tricky LOL*

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Stickies

So.... Emmalyn has many nicknames...





Which one's your fav?

**I almost always write my posts the night before, like this one.
I'm going to be taking a little break from my blog (hopefully not too long) to focus on MY recovery. Emmalyn is PERFECT, sleeping through the night (with the exception of being woken up every 2 hours to nurse), but I jumped in way too quickly to thinking I can do everything. And I can't. Which led to an ER trip last night for dehydration and nausea. I have to take care of myself if I want to take care of my daughter. Please keep us in your prayers as I recover. Thank you!**

Friday, November 19, 2010

Last night, in my midst of only getting two hours of sleep, I wrote Emmalyn's birth story.

In my head. 

I was too tired to start typing it up. Plus, I've been trying to write everything in the baby book's first.


Any way... I can't leave y'all hanging without some info... and PICTURES :)

Here's a few so far...

Last belly pic:

After laboring med-free for 18 hours, I was feeling good after the epi:
Mommy & Baby: 
1st Family Pic: 
 Emmalyn Grace:
 Studying with Daddy at 3:00am:
2 days post-partum:  
 So in love:
I LOVE YOU! 

Last night was surprisingly okay. Thank goodness my mom is here. She took Emmalyn for two hours so B and I could sleep (he had class at 7:30), then she and I slept on the couch. That won't be happening tonight. Emmalyn didn't like being flat in the playard. She wanted to be held. This morning though, we put her in the bouncer and she slept for an hour and a half before I woke her to nurse. I think we're going to try to put her in there tonight (in the playard) since we think she might just prefer to be elevated some. It's worth a shot, I guess! 

More to come, I promise! :)
There's so much I want to share!! I just don't want it to be such a cluster-muck!


Oh! and P.S. Indy is doing great so far, too! (knock on wood) YAY!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

SHE'S HERE!!

Born on November 17, 2010
at 3:39pm

Weighing 6lbs 14oz and 20 inches long

With 19 hours of med-free labor, 5 hours of epidural, and just over an hour of pushing (with a lopsided working epidural)

We proudly welcome our baby girl

Emmalyn Grace

***

Story behind her name...
Emmalyn
Blake's grandmother's name is Evelyn and we've liked the name Emma since before we got pregnant, so B combined the two.
Grace
My grandmothers' names are Gussie and Georgia so we picked a "G" name we really loved and sounded pretty together.

Momma is doing well. We'll be here 48 hours because we both had fevers, although they're completely gone now. I'm crying over how in love I am, soaking it all in, and trying to document everything so I don't forget. She's a precious little miracle and I couldn't be more in love.

I can't wait to write her Birth Story and tell you all the real & fun little details ;)

Thank you again for your unconditional prayers and well wishes. I've read every single comment and am so humbled by your kindness. B and I appreciate it more than you know!!
God Bless!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

GUESS WHAT?!

We're having a baby!!


I'll say it again.... we're having a baby!!!


My contractions were very intense this morning when I woke up around 6:30. I decided to eat something then see about going back to the hospital, BUT I couldn't make it through... I ate in the car.


We get to the hospital and see my doctor in the parking lot. I had a contraction so bad that I needed to stop in the middle of the lot. He followed us into the hospital and said he'd probably just go ahead and admit me. I told him my contractions had been three minutes apart since 4pm YESTERDAY. He said we'd go ahead and break my water.


((freak out)) 


I started getting nervous!! But excited...


They almost immediately broke my water. I didn't hurt at all.


BUT THEN...


The contractions started coming much more intense!! Like, unbearable! I was proud of myself for breathing through them (because I'm normally a breath-holder), but they were getting to the point where I was doubling over and moaning. And they were one right after the next.


Cock-tail, anyone??


Yes, I got the big E. And nope, don't regret it. The atmosphere and environment in the room has done a complete 180. (I'll go into more details when I write her birth story)


Any way... so I got here at 8ish, and it's now 12:30pm. They gave me pitocin to speed things up. At the last check, not too long ago, I was 3-4 cm and 100% effaced.


SO.... There's going to be a baby very soon!!! 


My mom and B are with me, thank goodness. And B's family are on their way. My dad will be here tomorrow.


Thank you, everyone, for all your continuous prayers. I'm truly grateful!! 


Next time I post, I'll be a Mommy!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

False Alarm/Early Labor

1:30pm
Doctor's appointment
1.5 cm dilated/80% effaced
Membranes stripped
Contractions start ~10min apart

3:00pm
Blake goes to school for a meeting

4:00pm
I call him and tell him my contractions are 3-5 min apart.
Neither of us are too anxious at this point. I'm keeping cool
He tells me to call him back if things progress more

4:30pm
Lost my mucus plug. 
Call B.
He comes home in 10 minutes
Contractions are consistently 3 minutes apart.

We think about going into Labor & Delivery (L&D)
I call the nurse. She asks if I can walk/talk through my contractions. I say yes. She tells me it's up to me to come in to get checked.
We decide we'll wait another hour and see how things progress.
Contractions are still 3 minutes apart.

7:30pm
Contractions have not changed so we decide better safe than sorry... let's see what's going on down there!
We head over to L&D
My contractions stop me in my tracks in the parking lot.

8:00pm
They hook me up to monitor my contractions in triage.
Still 1.5cm/80%
Contracting consistently every 3 minutes
{we missed Glee which I'm really bummed about lol}

9:15pm
Still contracting every three minutes

9:45pm
No change in dilation so they decide to send me home!

I am terribly uncomfortable with these contractions coming every 3 minutes, but I'm a lot better off being at home, moving around, eating, drinking, updating my blog than bored out of my mind, laying on my back at the hospital.
{for my non-prego friends these contractions feel like really bad period cramps. like.really.bad.cramps}

When we first got there the nurse said I could be contracting like this for days.
When we left, she said she wouldn't be surprised if I were back tomorrow.
{gosh, I sure hope so!}

10:45pm
Lost a lot more mucus plug

11:05pm - Present Time
So for now, I'm just breathing through my contractions, saying my prayers, eating/drinking, playing with Indy and trying to rest up.

Baby Girl is just around the corner!!
{at least I hope!}

Thanks for all your comments on my last post. I love individually responding to you all, but for now, I'll just give a big shout out! Y'all are the BEST! <3


Stripped.

My membranes have officially been stripped. Let the labor begin, y'all!


I had my 39-week check-up today and I asked the doctor if she would strip my membranes to get things going. But not before I asked, "Is it gonna hurt?"


Clearly, the answer is yes. 


But honestly, it wasn't as bad as I anticipated. I just held Blake's hand and breathed. [It was just so damn hot in the room though.]


I'm now dilated 1.5 cm and 80% effaced. I doubled in the effacement department so that's great!


The doctor said sometimes stripping the membranes works and other times it doesn't. [I've heard so many mixed reviews from people, but mostly 'it works'] Immediately after she stripped me, I began cramping/contracting. Of course this is all normal and to be expected. I also have not stopped contracting for an hour now. As soon as we got home I packed a few last minute items in the hospital bag JUST! IN! CASE!


The doctor said I was a candidate for inducing NEXT TUESDAY (Nov. 23), but B and I both agree we want Little Miss to come on her own. However, if she's not here by November 30, we're inducing for sure [doctor's orders].


Back to the contractions... they've been coming frequently, and I've sort of been keeping track of them. I just don't want to sit on the couch and anticipate/obsess over them. I also sent B off to a meeting for school, then they are all getting dinner after. I told him to glue his phone to his leg! I know, too, that this could possibly be false labor, or the contractions could just stop all together [even for days].


The not-knowing-what-exactly-is-going-on-part is killing me!! I wish there was a better way to know for sure! Sheesh!


OK... so now that things are getting closer, I put up a poll on the side. GO VOTE!


For now, I'm just going to keep drinking water (because it'll make false labor go away) and alternate between sitting and standing.


This is exciting and scary all at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!


Please keep us in your prayers, and I'll try to update as much as possible!!!


Happy Tuesday, Everyone [Glee's on tonight!! ...hope I don't miss it, hehe]

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Stickies

Random Facts About Me



Kinda creepy, huh?! B and I think so! LOL



Happy Sunday, y'all!!

**UPDATE: Since I got asked about the wax thing, here are some more deets...
I was asked by Ripley's Believe it or Not to be the "model" mold for Britney's and Madonna's body for their wax exhibit. Did you think that the celebrities did their own figures? Yeah, me too. Apparently not. So for the gig I wore basically a bathing suit, then they covered me in this really pretty purple gooey-gak stuff. I had to stand or sit in the position you see in the pictures the entire time. After the purple goo was on, they covered me in casting (sort of like paper-mache lol) Then I had to wait for that to dry. It was A LOT of fun!

Friday, November 12, 2010

38 Weeks

Hopefully, this will be my last post...maybe???


How far along?
{yes, that is my substitute wedding band...tear, tear}

Total weight gain:
30 lbs

Sleep:
Not much change in this department. Still able to fall asleep easily, but am waking up probably every couple of hours (or less) to pee and switch sides. Still obsessed with loving my maternity pillow.

Symptoms:
My energy has been fluctuating. For the past week I've been cleaning and straightening up, but the last two days I've been sleepy again.

Labor Signs:
I've been having contractions throughout the day, but nothing regular or time-able. Wednesday night I was actually having a lot of contractions for a couple of hours, but they weren't consistent. {Darnit!}
**I've temporarily banned myself from babycenter.com because it drives me crazy seeing people post about having their babies when we share the same due date week. I just want MY little one already!!**

Funniest best moment this week:
At our doctor's appointment on Tuesday, I overheard the nurses talking about me behind me back. They were saying things like, "She's 38 weeks?...Katie?...In that room? What? She's 38 weeks?" B and I were holding in our laughs; then the nurse comes in and says, "You're 38 weeks? I thought I had the wrong chart! You've just started showing! How much weight have you gained? Do you even feel it?!"
{At least she wasn't saying it looked like I was about to have twins!}

What I'm looking forward to:
Having a baby any day now... hopefully!!!!

Cravings:
none... I'm still waiting for that ice cream & pickles craving!

Movement:
The movement is definitely less noticeable these days since Little Miss is so low. I have to sit down and relax to feel her since the movements are more subtle and softer. However, every once and a while I get a jab to the ribs that startles the heck out of me.

Gender:
pinkalicious

What I miss:
My abs, not gonna lie. Not only just for appearances sake, but for strength, too.

Milestones:
Two weeks {or less, please!} to go!

Favorite moments:
Seeing our little love on the big screen again. Can you believe that we've had six ultrasounds throughout this entire pregnancy??


What's that?! You haven't entered our Baby Pool Game yet?
Thanks to everyone who's already done so. I have so much fun seeing what y'all are guessing!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The one where she was almost induced

Yesterday, I had my 38 week check up. Y'all pretty much know that I've been measuring "behind" lately. {Where my fundal height has been about 2cm behind the baby's gestational age.} So at my appointment, I was measuring 36cm. No big surprise there. The doctor said it was probably because the little chickadee is so low. Next, she moved on to my cervix exam. Let me tell you that she's not as gentle as the male doctor {ouch!} I have been anticipating this exam for two weeks now, keeping my fingers cross that I made some progress.


And did I, folks? 


Nope! Still just almost halfway effaced and 1cm dilated... Son of a nutcracker!


She then went on to tell us she wanted to do another ultrasound to see if the baby was growing because at this point it might be better if she was on the outside instead of just basically hanging out in the inside. If the ultrasound showed no significant progress, we'd talk about inducing NEXT WEEK.


So, B and I go with the flow like we always do and had the ultrasound. The baby was measuring 6lbs 9oz and just under 37 weeks. Last week when we had an ultrasound done she was measuring 6lbs 6oz. Babies should be gaining about half a pound a week. The ultrasound showed Little Miss was not. On top of that, babies should mimic breathing. The tech was looking for movement in the baby's abdomen/ribs and said she should have one every thirty minutes. The tech waited thirty minutes and Baby Girl did not take a "breath." We weren't concerned at all because she was moving around quite a bit before the ultrasound, "swallowing," and her heart rate and amniotic fluid was perfect.


The tech consulted with the doctor and the doctor decided I should go over to the hospital for further monitoring. The doctor said if there wasn't a change at the hospital, then we'd REALLY be talking induction. Like.THIS.WEEK.


Fortunately I've had my bags packed for three weeks. I told B to throw in a change of clothes and we were off. 


...Oh wait, did I mention Indy was still at the puppy parlor? Fortunately, Baby Girl's godfather was able to pick him up... thanks goodness! Guess he's Indy's godfather, too ;) ...


We arrived at the hospital around 3:30ish. They hooked me up to a fetal monitor to keep an eye on the baby's heart rate, as well as movement, and my contractions. Yes, my contractions. Apparently I've been getting them more frequently than I thought. I've really just been brushing them off, but I could see them on the screen and since I was relaxed, I could feel them {versus always being on the move at home.} They were, however, irregular, so nothing to get too excited about...
Any way... I didn't get unhooked from the monitor until a few minutes before 7. {At least they fed me! And B got free food from the cafeteria since they were closing.} After the monitoring, I had another ultrasound. This particular machine didn't measure weight, but it measured gestational age. Little Miss was measuring exactly 38 weeks. Great, but what the heck? What about the other ultrasound? It didn't make sense to us. 


The tech at the hospital was 100% confident in her measurements. Plus, within less than ten minutes we saw Little Miss take three "breaths." The tech said she was probably just sleepy and very content earlier at the doctor's office. After the ultrasound, another nurse came in to have me sign a paper and leave. I was actually kind of pissed dumbfounded the doctor didn't come in to explain things herself. {she was at the hospital, too} Instead, she just wrote on the paper, "Keep doctor's appointment for Tuesday 11/16." Lovely bed-side manner skills, huh? {that's a whole other story, peeps}


Any way... apparently the ultrasound at the doctor's office was a fluke and Little Miss is right on track. Thank goodness!!!! As much as it would be nice to have a tangible due date, I really would prefer NOT to be induced. And even though I'm totally ready to have this baby like!right!now! I want her to come when she's ready to make her debut.


{I'll be interested to see what happens at next week's appointment, seeing as I know I'll be measuring behind yet again.}

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