Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Waiting Game

The end of 2009 is here and yes, we are still waiting on our baby girl's arrival. It's true we aren't due until Jan. 22nd, but have been told it could be any time everytime we go to the doctor, because of the preeclampsia and all. So, I am still on bedrest and we are still waiting. I can't believe I could still have 22 or more days of waiting! I go back to the doctor on Monday and will hopefully find out more then. Who knows! For now I have just been laying around enjoying the rest that I have been getting and enjoying feeling her move around like crazy! I think she is kicking to get out. I can't wait to see what 2010 brings!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Baby Update...

So, I went back to the doctor yesterday, Dec. 18th, for my weekly appointment. We got to see the baby via ultrasound! Yay! That was the highlight of our day! She appeared to be head down and ready for delivery whenever the time comes! After the ultrasound we had a regular appointment to go over the ultrasound info and find out how my preeclampsia tests and labs are doing. Well, some good news, some not so good... I dunno. Megan is measuring very small for her age. She is in the 10th percentile right now, at 4 pounds and 12 ounces. I thought her weight sounded pretty good, but I guess not.. ha, they are concerned that she is not growing to the best of her ability in there. I think they are concerned about my placenta not giving her the nutrients that she needs. Her movements on the monitor were fantastic and her heart rate looked great. They just want to make sure she doesn't drop down near the 5th percentile of growth. They are going to be keeping a close watch and if her growth rate drops close to being in the 5th percentile, they are going to go ahead and introduce her to the world because at that point she will grow better out here than in there! While I was at the doctor and hooked up to the machines Matt mentioned to the doctor that my stomach had been hurting the day before... so she wanted to look further into it a little and left me on the machine longer and tightened the straps... after she did that, my minor contractions showed up about every 2 minutes! Well, she immediately sent us over to Labor & Delivery to stop the contractions and put me on an IV to hydrate me and get my blood pressure down before we left. Well, nurses flew in from everywhere, hooked me up to all the machines and check my blood pressure... well, wouldn't you know - NO CONTRACTIONS and BLOOD PRESSURE LOOKED GREAT! WHO KNOWS! I stayed and finished the IV and had to stay until my Doctor came in to check my cervix. Cervix was 0 cm dialated but, 50% effaced... so she said we would get through to week 36! She said, "We will make it to 36 weeks, I know we will get you there!" So... I guess we are good for another week! I am supposed to make an appointment with the high risk doctor for early next week, and I guess he will know more with his fancier machines and until then, that is the news, staying in and on bedrest and out of the SNOW!


So, I have been put on bedrest... until the baby comes! I went to the doctor on Dec.1st complaining of nightly headaches and my blood pressure ended up being kinda high. They said I might have the early stages of preeclampsia and they would see me again 2 days later to take my blood pressure again... well, that time it was 150/100. That was not good, so they sent me immediately over to the triage part of the Labor & Delivery unit of St. Joe to be monitored for a while. My blood pressure went down with bedrest and the baby's heartbeat and movements looked great, so bedrest is what they prescribed. So that is it for now, bedrest, no shopping for baby stuff, no going to church, no going to work, no cooking, no cleaning, no grocery shopping... pure bedrest! It really is kind of weird, I feel helpless, like everyone has to do everything for me... Matt has been taking good care of me, and Mom has been cooking for us, and cleaning up the house everyday on her lunch hour, and I, well, I have been resting. Not really in the bed, mostly on the couch. I am working from home too... and it takes up a LOT of my time, which I guess is okay, since it passes the time quickly. It really hasn't been too bad yet. It is just slowing me down a lot, I can tell I get out of breath more quickly from just resting all the time.