Oh, I just read your story of victory and it is amazing the healing you have experienced. I will continue to pray for you in this journey as well.
Thank you so much for your wonderful intro, I feal bad it's taken me so long to catch up on you. I am also a religious person and your story was very inspireing. The Lord has a way of makeing sure we don't get it in our heads that we're in control Congrats on your little miracle, and your pictures where a lot of fun. I look forward to following your story. Try and relax and take it easy, I'm guessing they will be watching you for pre-e from here on out. Let us know what you hear from your doctor.
It's officially about 3:30 here in Georgia and I had my follow-up appointment from the 24 urine collection last Thursday.
The good news is I'm now at home... during my appointment my doc said my maternity leave needed to start immediately I didn't gain any weight this time around, and I have zero swelling or water retention.
The not so great news... my protein levels have steadily increased since my appointment last Tuesday as well as the 24 hr collection, my BP is steadily going up, and my uric acid levels are a little high for a pregnant woman.
But my kidneys are working wonderfully he said - perfectly actually. Baby is head down and ready to go, and I'm 1cm dilated.
He said I don't have any red flags for pre-e, but I do have all the yellow flags. He always asks if I'm having headaches, dizziness, or seeing spots - to which I reply none of the above. I feel fine.
So yellow flags had him talking about inducing me tonight in order to give birth tomorrow or Thursday. Of course we say... ummm, no thanks. We compromised - I'm now home on my left side taking it easy (never thought my job was exactly stressful until all this started happening), and we go back on Friday to see how things are looking. They're again running some more blood work on me to see if anything has changed since last Thursday.
I swear.... it's so heartbreaking thinking of it.... but I lost 24 pounds and got my blood pressure to perfect before we got pregnant. I haven't gained a huge amount of weight and had ZERO issues this entire pregnancy. Then we hit T-20 and it all hits the fan.
That's my update.
Hi! Just getting caught up here. Great intro! I am not religious per-say but I do believe in God and have seen in my own ways the mystery and beauty in his plans. I can't wait to follow more of your journy.
Maybe I've missed it but I'm curious, why have you chosen natural child birth?
DH Brad ~ Married 6, together 8yrs
Mom to Anthony ~ 7yrs old
"There is only one perfect child in the world, and every mother has one" Chinese Proverbs
In memory of Reed and support of those who love him...
I am choosing natural childbirth because I really want to give my daughter a fighting chance and not bring her into the world heavily medicated. I was a very sick child and was on a slew of different meds from the time I was a baby until I was in my mid 20's and addicted to pain killers and anti-depressants. I also want to experience the exhilaration natural childbirth gives.
I've talked to so many ncb and med-birth moms... the stories from the ncb mothers are so inspiring and triumphant. My entire medical life I've had doctors doing stuff to me - whether my fault or not, that's debateable... I don't want my daughter to start life out that way as well.
When I was on anti-depressants all I had to do was complain a little about something else and I got more pills for a different condition. I feel like I'd been on mute with my feelings and emotions for soooo many years - I want to experience this fully dangit!
Okay... getting off my soapbox now
I hope your yellow flags stay yellow and that your little girl will come when she is ready - healthy and alert.
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
Sounds like lots of rest and relaxation will be helpful for you, Dede. Here's hoping the red flags for pre-e stay away. From what I've read, pre-e is preventable and often treatable in its early stages through good nutrition and stress control. Good luck, I hope you can keep it from getting bad enough for induction to become necessary.
So I love being home.
Yep. First day and I already am in love with it. My AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME dh stayed up late last night getting the sofa bed ready with 2 end tables and some paperwork/ projects I need to work on ready for me. He even had my laptop geard up and ready to go. I swear I adore that man.
The only downside of me being home is our jack russell Bali had her canine dental cleaning yesterday and she's a bit of a baby today. It's quite a sight - me all pregnant and laid out on the sofa bed with a little whiney baby puppy next to me. Poor darling.
I feel great otherwise though.
Since you asked... here's Bali's flickr set. She's lost about 6 pounds since the early shots.. she was a chunky monkey. My husband takes a TON of photos, so feel free to look around at our other sets.