Tuesday, May 29, 2007

More Pics

I hope you don't mind more pics. Jeremiah's mom came down yesterday and brought preemie size dresses. I was so excited to finally put a dress on Sadie! I really wanted to play dress up and take pictures of her in the other dress too, but Sadie didn't seem to be enjoying it as much as me. Special thanks to Melissa and Dana for taking care of the headband crisis ;)

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First Dress
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First attempt to capture our family of 7
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Here is the back of the quilt I made in January that I didn't show at the time (with a little extra bonus)
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Our pretty girl
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Mommy and Sadie
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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Birth Story

We had to be at the hospital 5:45 on Wed morning. I actually got four hours of sleep, which is four more hours then I expected to get. We arrived at the hospital to find a nurse all ready and waiting for us. It was her job to prep me for the surgery. This nurse gets high marks in my book because she inserted my IV in one try. She promised she would only try if she could find a good vein, and when she did find one she would only poke once before calling IV therapy (which usually happens with me). Anyway, she got it in and that was one sigh of relief. Pretty soon our room was busy. A nursing instructor came to ask if one of her students could observe, my midwife, the baby nurse, my nurse and another nurse who was training to be on the OB floor, my OB and then the anesthesiologist all arrived. Then it was time to head to the OR. I actually walked over there. Walking into the actual OR brought a moment of panic where all of a sudden it just hits you that you are about to lay on that table and be cut open. Unfortunately the part I was the most nervous about, getting the spinal, didn't go that well. He tried and tried but could not get that needle in. My back is pretty bruised up from the attempts. Finally, he had to use a bigger needle. Once the spinal was in, it works fast. They laid me down, put up the sheet, and got started. Jeremiah stood there and gave me a running commentary about my guts. Before you know it they were saying they could see a lot of dark hair. Then I could hear her cry. "It's a girl?" I asked twice but nobody heard me. "IS IT A GIRL??" I asked again before Jeremiah finally heard and confirmed that it was indeed a girl. She was handed over to the neonatologist. At this point I was trying to get a glimpse of her, and I was just happy to be alert (I wasn't at this point with Sammy). Then I got slammed with an excruciating headache, which I understand was a spinal headache due to the bigger needle. I had to tell the anesthesiologist three times before he heard me and put something in my IV that helped with the headache. Pretty soon I was all finished and ready to move to recovery where I got to be next to Sadie's warmer. They were testing her blood sugar and warming her up. After it was obvious she was able to maintain her temp and her blood sugars were fine they handed her to me so I could hold her on my chest. She was just a little tiny curled up ball and at first I wasn't even sure how to hold her but pretty soon she was all snuggled with me and we were both doing fine. Aside from getting a migraine aura (they gave me something before I got the actual migraine), recovery went fine. After a few hours they wheeled us up to my room. I had to stay flat on my back for 24 hours to prevent a spinal headache which was very frustrating. All those weeks of bedrest and now I can't even sit up! Sadie was not your typical sleeping newborn. In fact, she hardly slept at all and fussed quite a bit. On Friday we both were cleared to go home and I was ready. I know a lot of people wonder why I would want to leave ASAP after a c-section but I find the hospital to be so interruptive and intrusive that I am always ready to leave. I have gotten so much more rest at home, and thankfully Sadie is like a whole different baby then she was there. She sleeps and eats just like you would expect a newborn to do. Sadie was considered small even for being three weeks early, which is probably due to the blood pressure. They sent the placenta away to Detroit for study to see just home much it had been affected.

Here we are five days later and things are going good. Obviously, I'm pretty sore and moving slow. The pain killers they prescribe make me so dizzy and sick to my stomach that I barely use them. It's not that I don't want to, but when you have to choose between discomfort and laying on the couch for hours feeling dizzy and sick and just out of it, I would rather the discomfort. I use a lower dose of Motrin, which is all I can tolerate. Sadie has a checkup this morning and I can't wait to see how she is growing. I really can't wait to feel better so I can go shopping. Can you believe we don't even have one of those lacy little headbands for her?

Friday, May 18, 2007


We arrived home early this afternoon. Here are a couple more pics.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Here SHE Is...

Thank goodness for hospital wireless, huh? Things went pretty good this morning, I'll post a full story later on. Just wanted to share a couple pics. Sadie is doing very good, no problems at all. She was able to come right into my room, no NICU at all.

Look at the head full of BLACK hair!!
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It feels so different to have a baby wearing a pink hat.
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Sadie margaret arrived at 8:15am weighing a whopping 5 pounds 3 ounces. Doing great!

Monday, May 14, 2007

2 More Days

I can hardly believe we're only two days away from meeting our baby! I can't believe that six weeks of bedrest are almost over, I thought they would never be. I'm feeling a million different things. I am so nervous about the c-section. A couple times I have taken out her "coming home" outfit to look at, to remind me of the purpose of the surgery.

I had one last bp check and NST this morning. Friday was supposed to be my last, but my bp was high enough that they wanted me in one more time. Both the nurse and my OB mentioned how nice it will be when this baby is finally out. I totally agree. Everybody is just ready to be done worrying about this pregnancy.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Line of Risk

I just got home from my last OB visit! I won't be seeing her again until my section next Wed. I go back one more time for another bp check and NST, then that's it. I'm nervous, I would be lying if I said I wasn't.

Right now we have a line of risk. On one side, there is the risk of taking a baby at 37 weeks. Most babies do well at this time, but there is always a risk of breathing difficulties. On the other side of the line is hypertension in pregnancy. There is the risk of full blown preeclampsia developing (about 25% chance), the risk of the placenta detaching, of low amniotic fluid among other things. My brain knows that the hypertension is probably the riskier, especially as I see my pressures get worse. However, if she does have breathing problems, I'm probably not going to care what my brain "knew".

All I can do is ask for prayers that her little lungs are ready to go.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Your Basic Non Post

I know it's been over a week since I posted. I kept telling myself I was not going to post until I had something to post about that did not involve pregnancy, blood pressure or bedrest. I still don't have anything to post about, but I figured some of you might be wondering what happened to me. Everything is holding steady for me. I'm concerned about some other issues involving family and friends though.

The boys are doing great. They play outside as long as it's not raining. There are a couple much needed haircuts that need to be done before I go crazy looking at their shaggy heads. We have been managing to keep up with most of Isaac's school, and that's going good. He should still be on course to finish the school year the end of this month.

I apologize for my lack of commenting lately.