Monday, 6 Feb 2006,
Hello Sweet Lauren!
I know that you are well today. How do I know this....well....
I had a rather sleepless night last night. Just could not get comfy. As I layed in bed, I kept thinking that, you have not really been kicking or punching me lately. I feel you move, but it seems that you are really slowing down.
So, I went to work today. Turns out, the clinic was closed for the first half of the day, so that those who stayed up way late here watching the stupid (uh-er) super bowl could recover. Anyhow, the only Dr. in this morning, was Dr. Bergmann...who saw me last Friday. She asked me how I was doing/feeling...and I relayed that I knew all was well, but that I think you are running out of room and slowing down.
Long story short, she insisted that I get on the NST (non-stress test) machine, and have them monitor you for a bit. So...for twenty minutes I layed in a recliner, listened to your sweet heartbeat, and felt you kicking away. You are a stinker....and do NOT like the monitors.
I also told her that, I feel like I constantly have to go pee. How unusual is this towards the end of a pregnancy....NOT....lol. But, Dr. Bergmann insisted I go pee in a cup and check for a bladder infection.
Turns out, it's just you dancing on my bladder...LOL!!!!
As I was leaving and thanking Dr. Bergmann, she told me "well, we love you here....and want to take the best care of you." I know that they treat all their patients like this, but, I am just so, so lucky to be here for this pregnancy. I simply pray that, I find similar care for the next pregnancy. (Yes, we would like to have 1 or 2 more kids....)
Well....there's more news today: Your Aunt Suzie is going to have a healthy, baby girl in early August. She had some testing done, to rule out Downs (and other stuff, I think), and the results came back that all is well! I am so excited that, you will have a girl cousin close in age. Your aunt Karen and I are only 6 months apart...and we are great friends! I hope that your Aunt will now be able to relax a bit for the rest of the pregnancy...although I understand the feeling of being concerned until the end.
Let's see....I think that I am finally finished adding things to your baby registry. It is on Babiesrus.com. I am thinking that I will just order your baby Memory album soon though, as I want to get that started before you come.
So....this evening, Jacob and I had a playdate with Joshua. He and Beth are leaving to go stateside on Thursday. They'll be gone for 6 weeks...and we will miss them.
Tonight, I had a burst of energy...funny how this happens....and scrubbed out the entire refrigerator. I guess you can chalk this up to nesting, huh?!?!
Tomorrow, your brother is at Ms. Nikki's. I am going to lunch with Beth and her mom, and grocery shopping in the late afternoon. Maybe I'll take some time in between to just sit my tush on the couch....LMAO!!! HA ha ha...
Well sweet one, I am going to catch up here on Preg.org....and go to sleep (Well, try)....
I love you!
Tues, 7 Feb 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today.
Today was a busy day here. Thankfully, I had enough energy to do all the things I had planned to do.
I dropped your brother off at Ms. Nikki's, and came home and got busy.
I spot-cleaned the carpet in the living room; I washed grime and markings off the walls; I spackled over several holes. I switched all your brother's clothing out of the dresser we will use for you, and into the other dresser in his room. I made your bed up with the new bedding (it looks soooo pretty) ....and then, I had lunch. After lunch, I made myself lay on the couch for an hour...not to get up until the buzzer went off. I guess you could call it a mommy time-out ha ha ha. I made it a whole 40 minutes...sheesh!
This afternoon, I threw out all the garbage, picked up the mail, got gas in the van, and went grocery shopping.
I made dinner for Giedre tonight....shrimp with veggies in a garlic sauce. It was yummmmmmy!!!!
Then, when she left, I showered, and cleaned out the freezer.
I am simply amazed at how grimy the inside of the fridge/freezer can get! Yuck!!! And, to think that there are people who never clean them out....ewwwww!!!
Ok, here is the picture of the doll Stephanie bought for you. I just love this!
Guess that is about all for now....this tired mom is going to sleep!
Wed, 8 Feb 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today....
You woke me up early this morning with your kicking. It's ok though, as I was up frequently during the night, to change sleep positions. I know that we are on the homestretch now!
Today was a slow day here. We went to First Steps this morning. Spent the afternoon playing....and then out for Chinese food with Beth, her mom, and Joshua. They leave tomorrow to go back to the states for a while. Must say, the food was horrid. We went to a different Chinese place than usual...and it was so tasteless. I think I will just stick with the Pavillion from now on.
Tomorrow, should be an even quieter day. I have laundry to get done...but, that is about it. We are supposed to be getting some snow...so, just as well.
Oh...something in the "it's always something" dept. The Heidelberg municipal trash company starts it's strike tomorrow. This means, no trash pick-up by them. The Army is supposed to place central garbage dumpsters around....but likely only one down the street. So, I will probably have to load our garbage into the van and dump it...ewwww!!! And since the Army is using the personnel who normally do snow removal to collect this trash...no snow removal for us until the strike is over. Sheesh! I hope this ends quickly....but, ya never know...
Ok little miss...off to do a few more things and then bed!
Thursday, 9 Feb 2006,
Today was a nice and easy day here in H'berg. Didn't do too much, other than laundry and some errands. I did take a nice long walk with your brother, as we had some great sunshine this afternoon.
Tonight, I made Mexican for dinner, and Giedre joined us.
Well...will keep this entry short....as I am tired....and going to go to sleep.
Friday, 10 Jan 2006,
I am feeling more and more tired as the time for you to arrive draws nearer and nearer. I remember this with your brother. You woke me several times last night with your movements. Fortunately, I was able to go back to sleep. I know that we are on the homestretch...and "exhaustion" will be my middle name again for a while after your birth, especially with your dad being away.
Today was a pretty slow day in H'berg. Your brother was restricted from any TV and computer use today, so it was a looooong day for him. He went to bed pretty well for me tonight, so, hopefully he is learning that bedtime is not play time. I know that, some reading this might say "geez" he's only two. Still he understands what he is doing is wrong...
So....we went to the PX this morning...ran a few other errands....and I did some more laundry. This sums up the day.
I am off to watch at least the beginning of a movie, and then off to bed...
Sat, 11 Feb 2006,
I hope you had a good day today. You feel very, very low...and something is resting right on my cervix...maybe one of your feet. Anyhow, it's quite uncomfy...feels like I always have to use the potty.
Yesterday was a pretty good day here. In the morning, I took your brother to get a "piano" at the Toy R' Us here. He's been asking for one, ever since he played the real one at Denise's house. I found a really nice table top one, that plays many instruments and has animal sounds, and a working mike. The best of all...it has a nice volume control. So far, it is not driving me up the wall....ha ha ha. It felt good to be able to spoil him like this. I don't usually buy him toys, unless it's a special occassion.
In the afternoon, Oma Sherie and Opa John came over. Opa John put together the jungle jim (with slide and tunnel) that we bought your brother for his b-day. He also finished putting together the art desk that Jacob got from Grandpa Ron and Grandma Elaine. As a bonus, we found an abandoned old (circa 1970's) rocking horse on springs. With a new dowel for handle bars...it is brand new! Oma Sherie helped me figure out how to make your window valances out of the gingham dustruffle that I bought. Now, I just have to make them. After these projects, Oma and Opa took your brother out to the park...and gave me a rest for a while. Jacob just loves his Oma and his Opa!!! We are so very lucky that they are here with us!!!!
Oma took these 32 week belly pics. I am getting big!:
For dinner, we all went to the Pavillion for Chinese. We had a table right next to the indoor pond, enjoyed a yummy dinner, and of course, enjoyed seeing all of our "Pavillion" friends/employees.
Well....that's about all for this post...
I love you, sweet girl!
Sunday, 12 Jan 2006,
Can you say achey and sleepless...that is how I felt last night. My hips are so sore in the morning...I don't remember this much achiness (sp?) with your brother.
This morning, Jacob and I took a long walk over to the high school. We miandered through the antique show going on, and then walked some more. The sun was out, the temps were nice, and it felt sooooo good to just walk, walk, walk. This is definetely a luxury with your pregnancy!
While Jacob napped, I made a few batches of cookies to send to your papa. Oh, I managed about a 1/2 hour snooze myself.
This afternoon, we played--including downstairs on jungle gym--and just took it easy.
I called your Aunt Meg tonight to say hi. She and Frank are doing well, and were going to your Aunt Deirdre's & Uncle Kent's house for brunch to celebrate your cousin Sam's confirmation. It was nice catching up with her!
Tomorrow, we have your brother's two year well-baby (or should I say, big boy) check up. I am anxious to see what his stats are. My baby bird no longer...LOL!!!
Well....I am off to practice some more with my new Photo Editor Software, do my nails, and the go to sleep.
I love you, sweet one!
Monday, 13 Feb 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today. I felt pretty good today, except still quite achey around the hips.
This morning, I took your brother for his two year check. He weighed 30 lbs., 4 ozs., and is almost 35" tall. Dr. said that he is doing very, very well....and that he is bright. He was quite talkative for the Dr., and even pointed out several numbers for him on a clock. I was impressed....he's really learning things quickly!
This afternoon, I made cupcakes to take to Ms. Nikki's tomorrow. We will celebrate your brother's b-day there. I also shipped a package out to your papa. Amy (a babysitter I use once in a while) watched Jake at the park while I ran that errand.
I just finished pre-ordering the envelopes for your birth announcement. This makes it so, so real for me! I want to get them and start addressing them, as I know how busy I will be once you are here.
Your dad called this evening...we had a bad connection, so it was a choppy few minute phone call. It was good to hear his voice....just wish he weren't so tired.
Well...I am off to do a few more things before bed....
Tues, 14 Feb 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today....Happy Valentine's Day, sweet girl....
Today was a super busy day here in H'berg.
I dropped off your brother at Ms. Nikki's and then headed straight to the grocery store. Fortunately, with my list, I was able to finish there in good time. I ran home, unloaded the car, and then headed back to Nikki's with J's cupcakes.
Jacob had a nice time...and each child brought him a gift. It was very simple, sweet...and not a lot of work for me! I got a really cute pic of him eating his cupcake....with chocolate all over his face. The kids ate pizza, doritos, cheese curls, and apple juice...great junk food (minus the pizza) that he just doesn't get at home. Hey, what's a birthday for...if you can't go all out....LOL!
I then came home and got down to business. Or, shall I say up and down. I removed the remaining items from the changing station/dresser, in preparation to move the dresser (hopefully) tomorrow into your room. I also packed some more books up in the office, and reorganized some of the storage cubbies, so that I can access things later, that the dresser might block.
Your room happens to be the largest in the apt, but, sharing it with the futon and office stuff....it is going to be cramped. Ah well, only one more year of this place...I pray that I never live in another apt again, at least not for 50 years or so...
I then took about 1/2 to lay down, before prepping dinner, getting the mail...and picking up your brother.
Needless to say, I am pooped tonight. Oh well, I am not one to just sit on my bum....
Your papa called again tonight. This time, early enough to talk with Jacob. It was good hearing his voice, and he sounded a bit less distracted tonight. I can't wait to see him in April...but, I really can't wait for this year to end.
Ok...off to do a few more things and then bed!
Wed, 15 Feb 2006,
I think that I am now having Braxton Hicks contrax. There are times when my tummy just feels too hard to not be anything else. I have expected this for a while now...it's normal for some women at this stage in pregnancy.
Today was a good day....
I took your brother to First Steps....and we had fun there.
This afternoon, we just kind of hung out here in the apt. I attempted to start cleaning your clothing, but, didn't want to compete with the neighbor upstairs, who was doing her laundry, for the machines. She is less than respectful when it comes to emptying the machines....so, I will try again tomorrow.
Tonight, Geidre came for dinner. She also stayed and moved your dresser/changing station into the nursery. I feel so relieved that this is now done! Finally, I feel like I can really start to complete the look.
Tomorrow, your brother will be at Ms. Nikki's. I hope to make some progress on both getting your clothes clean, and getting the valances made.
Ok, sweet girl...I am tired!
Thursday, 16 Feb 2006,
Today was a super busy day for me...and I am pooped!
After dropping your brother at Ms. Nikki's, I came home and got to work on making your valances from a dust ruffle. All is said and done, and I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.
I then met Mindy for lunch. It was nice to catch up with her.
I then headed over to pick up the maternity pictures. What a disappointment. Over half of them were not there. I called Lisa--the photographer--and she is going to finish the order, I guess. So, it will likely be another few weeks before we have these pics....grrrrr. I am not a happy camper!
Then, I went over to finalize the e-tickets for your grandparent's trip here. Lucky for Grandpa Ron, he will be able to go home on the same flight as Grandma Elaine. I am glad that this is a "done deal". So, Grandma arrives on 11 March. It will be nice to have her here this time....and I know that she will be a big help, especially with your brother!
I then ran to get the mail before coming home. The canvas letters that spell your name arrived today. I was so disappointed. They are an ugly pick (very muted) and very small. So, I will try and return them via mail, and try my luck with others....
Once home, I threw in 3 loads of your laundry, finished ironing the valances, and prepped dinner. This gave me 5 minutes before I went to get your brother from Ms. Nikki....hhaaa haaa.....so much for sitting around and eating bon bons.
When we got home, I sorted and folded your laundry and then played with your brother for a bit before dinner.
Ok...won't bore you with the other minutia...let's just say, it's 10:30 p.m., and I am still not done for the night....sheesh. At least I don't have to get up at 5 a.m. like your papa!
Ok sweet girl....that's it for now...
Friday, 17 Feb 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today! Happy 33 weeks....gosh, this is going by so quickly! I am feeling good....but tired tonight. My hips are achey....but, hey....we are really on the home stretch now!
This morning, your brother and I met a mom and daughter from First Steps class at Ikea. The little girl, Isabelle, usually attends the class with an aunt. The mom is American....and the father is German. Anyhow, Dietland (an old German name....her mom is German, too) and I and the kids walked around Ikea a bit, and then had a quick lunch. Dietland seems nice, but also sounds like she wants someone American to pal around with all the time. I just don't have the time to do things that often, and will have even less after you come. Anyhow, I would like to get together with her on occassion....
This afternoon, I did more laundry. All of your brothers and some more of yours. Your brother and I also ran a few errands....
I am getting ready to unpair your already paired-up socks....so that they can be washed too.
Ok...I am off to do this and few more things...and then bed....
Sat, 18 February 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today. I know that you are running out of room...I can really tell that you are uncomfy. Today, it felt like your head was going to pop out of my right side...sigh, a few more weeks pretty girl...hang in there!
Today was a good day, despite the fact that, your brother has yet another cold. I must say though, he was an absolute angel. I literally had a tissue to his nose most of the day (he even hands them too me!)...he still had smiles, he still played and cleaned up, he napped well...he ate well, he went to sleep like a newborn. How, oh how, did I get so lucky with him? I pray that you are similar....
In between playing with Jacob, I managed 6 loads of laundry and made his birthday cake. Last year it was just the two of us sharing the cake. It looks like it may be the same this year...with your brother being sick. That's the way the cake--er, cookie--crumbles.
Ok...enough about your brother. I washed all of your little socks today. I think we must have 60 pair, between hand-me-downs and what I used for your brother! Guess I can stop doing laundry for a bit...haa haaa...
Oh, when we went to the Mini Mal to pick up a few groceries, I eyed the cute hair accessories. Almost bought some, but they were not for newborns. Sigh, I am really getting excited to meet you!!!!
Well....I am off to do a few more things, and maybe watch a movie before I turn in....
Sunday, 19 Feb 2006,
Today, your brother turned two! I can hardly believe how quickly this happened. It seems like yesterday that, I became a mom of a child here on earth. And, in a few short weeks, when you arrive, this will happen again. I am truly blessed!
I couldn't help but think about your sister Rachael today. She would have enjoyed helping her brother turn two...I just know it! Your brother heard and said "birds" this morning, as I put a fresh diaper on him. Maybe this was her, letting me know that she was near. At least I like to think so....
This morning, your brother and I went to a small bazaar here. It was much ado about nothing, and we came home in record time. We played for a bit and then he took a good nap; he has a cold.
This afternoon, Oma Sherie came over to help celebrate Jacob's birthday. We went to the park, took a walk, shared birthday cake, and opened presents. It was a good day!
There were many phone calls from your family throughout the day, and it was great hearing from everyone. Your dad finally got through around 9:30 or so...and was able to have a short conversation with your brother. This really made my day, for sure!
I am feeling pretty good right now....except I am definetely feeling your weight on my hips.
Can you imagine, in just 5 weeks or so....you will most likely be here! I can not wait to meet you, sweet girl.
Well...I am off to sleep....
I love you...with all of my heart!
Monday, 20 Feb 2006,
This morning started out very interesting! I woke around 7is, with menstrual-like cramps. I had them off and on for about an hour. I really started to wonder. No fluids were exiting though, and nothing consistent. I got up, called the Mother/Baby unit, and spoke with a nurse. She advised me to keep doing what I was doing....drinking water and resting.
So....the rest of the day, this is what I did. I played with your brother....mainly puzzles, and guzzled water. No more cramping....but definite Braxton Hicks. I am so glad that my next appt. is tomorrow.
I am really beginning to wonder if we will make it to 37 weeks this time. We shall see.
Giedre cleaned the apt. today, so it now sparkles! Makes me so happy. While she was here, she put up the valances in your room. Oooooh, I think they look soooooo pretty!
Tomorrow, your brother goes to Nikki's. I have my Dr. appt., and then will come home and wash your bedding and cradle bedding. I may also bring down your cradle itself, and put it in our room. For being prepared-sake, I plan to pack a small hospital bag this weekend. One for me, and one for your brother....just in case.
Ok...off to slumber....
I love you, princess!
Tues, 21 Feb 2006,
I know you are well today.
I am feeling good today...not icky, like yesterday. Guess I will have on and off days until you arrive.
I dropped your brother at Ms. Nikki's and then spent quite a bit of time at the Drs. Mostly, because they were very busy today.
All is well with both you and I. Dr. Preen did another culture to make sure no infection...and there is none....yeah!
She also did an internal check with her fingers. Cervix is shut tight, and you seem pretty high up. She said not to worry about contrax, unless they start to get regular....which they are not. I was then hooked up for a non-stress test, where they check for contrax and record your heartbeat. All is well. I will start to have these weekly, from now on.
My next appt. is Friday, with the german dr., to check and see how your physical growth is doing. We will also see if you are still breech or head down, since I didn't find out today. Dr. Preen is very optimistic that, you are head down. I think she really, really wants to see me get my wish and have a VBAC.
I start going for check ups once a week now...starting next Monday.
Regardless of how you are positioned, you will be here by the third week in March.....likely anywhere from the 22-25th. Geesh, that's just a bit more than a month away! I am really getting excited!
I spent the rest of the afternoon doing errands, including grocery shopping.
When I picked your brother up at Ms. Nikki's, we went to the park outside her building for a bit....as the weather was gorgeous today. It is soooo heartwarming to see how your brother interacts with Nikki's daughter's, Lindzy and Mackenzie....they just adore him and vice versa.
Well I am off to do a few more things and then bed....
Wed, 22 Feb 2006,
Today was a good day, and I am feeling great! As I sit here and type this, you are just thumping away inside of me. I wish I could describe this feeling to you. I pray that, if it is your desire, you will some day experience this too. Pregnancy and motherhood is such a wonderous thing!
Today, your brother and I went to First Steps. We had a blast...as Jacob is really starting to get into the music, storytime and craft making. He is so funny these days! And, guess what!?!? He now knows several of his numbers in German....have I said how amazed I am?!!?!?!
This afternoon, we ran several errands. One was to pick up the first batch of maternity pictures from the Craft Center. We also went to the car wash.
Other than this....we stayed inside and played, played, played. It is very cold here again. Oh, I hung the quilt that matches your bedding. I hope to have the nursery ready to take pics soon.
Ok...here are some of the maternity pics. I hope you can see how happy I feel. I truly enjoy being pregnant...
I love you so much, sweet girl!
Thursday, Feb 23 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today. I am tired tonight....as I had a crappy sleep night last night. Guess the days of sleeping soundly are over for a while. I woke up to your thumping at 5:30....and then your brother woke up at 7:30. Oh well, this is all part of motherhood.
Your brother crawled in to bed with me for a bit. I started to think that, in a few short weeks...he will no longer be an only child. As the eldest, I kind of felt remorse for him. He is going to have to share me with you. Having two sisters...I understand this well. And, while I have much love for both of you....I am really going to concentrate hard at making sure that you both get equal attention. So, little miss...you will have to wait your turn some times. I know things will work out....but the sibling thing can be rough. Maybe the fact that you are different genders will help....we'll see.
Today we had lunch with our German friends from First Steps....Corinna, her kiddos Dennis and Bianca, and her mom, Inga. We had a nice time....but Jacob was in rare form. I think it had to do with his rising early. Anyhow, they brought a b-day gift for Jacob, and a really nice card.
This afternoon, I did laundry and we hung out here in the apt.
Tonight, Giedre came for dinner...I made a Greek meal....yummy! She then stayed to watch your brother while I went to play Bunko.
Well..I am off to sleep in a bit....hopefully, better sleep tonight.
I have my Drs. appt. with Dr. Hanke tomorrow. I am anxious to see you again...to see what position you are in, and to see how much he thinks you weigh.
Friday, 24 Feb 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today!
Actually, I know that you are!!!
I did a million things between 10 and 1 today, I was almost spinning myself. I had a huge burst of energy. Too much stuff to write down...but, your nursery is really, really coming along.
I went to see Dr. Hanke today. You are doing sooooo well, and a growing big and stong. We got to watch you take several "practice breaths"...truly amazing! You are measuring right on target for 34 weeks, and you are almost 5 lbs. Dr. Hanke thinks that, you will be around 7 lbs. at birth...but, we'll see. I am thrilled with where you are now...anything more is icing on the cake!
On the not so good side, you remain in Breach position. You are in the shape of a letter "C"...extending from just under my right rib cage, down my right side, and your feet are just on top of my cervix. Interestingly enough, this is exactly how I feel you inside of me. I just wasn't sure if you were the other way around.
I have to admit, I am somewhat disappointed that you are Breach...but, not terribly surprised. I am just excited that you will be here in about a month from today!!!
My next OB appt. with Dr. Preen is Monday. I am fairly certain that, we will discuss and schedule your delivery date. This is good in the sense that, hopefully, your dad can start the ball rolling to be here for your birth. He's in the Army, so, I won't hold my breath until I see him....
Grandma Elaine will be here in a few weeks. I am excited that, she will be here for your birth, and to help with you and your brother. I know that she is excited to be here, too!
Ok....going to go fold some more receiving blankets and burp cloths....nesting is in full swing.
Sat, 25 Feb 2006,
As I sit here and type this, it feels like you are going to pop out from my right rib....sheesh....you must be running out of room. I am uncomfy...and I hope you can find a way to move south, and be comfy too.
Today was a pretty slow day here. Jacob and I went to the PX to get a few things, including 13 April b-day cards. I am kind of glad that you are going to be born in March. I know it's early for the other cards, but, I like to be prepared, and will send them out early this year.
While your brother napped, I had plans to install your carseat base in the van. Before I did so, I looked up the recalls....and....sure enough....the model we used for your brother--and plan to use for you--is on the list. Sheesh! So....I plan to call the manufacturer on Monday and see if they can help me with this. Either send me the parts that may be missing, or a refund, or a new seat...whatever. If not, then your grandparents in VA are on standby to ship one over ASAP. I really wish that I had done this earlier....geesh! Talk about NOT being prepared...
Instead, I did all of my laundry...fun, fun!
This afternoon, we hung out here and did arts and crafts. Your brother really enjoys the play dough that Oma bought him for his b-day.
Well...I am off to put about 100 pics into your brother's photo album. I was way behind with ordering hard copies, and finally did so.
Sunday, 26 Feb 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today. I felt really good today...lots of energy.
For the most part, Jacob and I hung out here. I did do a few loads of laundry....yes, more so lately than before.
I also ordered your Baby Record Album from your registry, as I really want to get started on it.
Giedre helped me bring down the cradle tonight. This really, really makes it seem real for me! Jacob had fun rocking the cradle. He will have to practice doing it gently though...or you may just have your first amusement park-type ride in it....hee hee
I went to a neighbor's for dinner tonight. I had a nice time...but, she and I are very different. She is due a week behind me...so, maybe we will have more in common once the babies are here.
I had a nice long chat tonight with your Aunt Meg tonight. She and Uncle Frank are doing well. It was good to catch up with her!
I hope that I get to "see" you again tomorrow with Dr. Preen. I am also guessing that, we will set your birth date!!!
Ok sweet little girl, I am off to bed.
Monday 27 Feb 2006,
I know that you are well today. After a restless/sleepless night (due to insomnia and potty trips), I went in to RC work today.
While there, I was hooked up to the NST machine, and also saw Dr. Preen. All is well with you...plenty of fluid, etc. You are, much to our dissappointment, still breach.
Dr. Preen scheduled the OR for a section on.....Tuesday, 28 March. I will just be going into my 39th week.
However........she really wanted to (and I totally agreed) send Dr. Faucett an e-mail and discuss trying a version to turn you. She feels that, because you are not "Frank" breach like Jacob, and you have more fluid than he did....you might stand a better chance to be turned. The only stipulation that I have, is no terbutiline....which I had with your brother...as I had begun to labor the night before his version attempt. Terb and I don't agree at all!
Anyhow, a major decision potentially lies ahead. If we decide to do the version, then the cerclage would be removed just after...and we let nature take its course...up to the 28th of March. If you aren't ready...than we induce. If we decide to do the section..then, March 28th is the date.
We will wait to get Dr. Faucett's response--likely later this week--and then get the Red Cross message rolling for your papa to come home.
I also had a serious discussion with Dr. Preen regarding after your birth--especially if it is a c-section. One of the things that I felt terrible about (and still feel terrible about....like it makes me cry when I think about it) was not getting to bond with your brother, save for a quick kiss, for over 3 hours after his birth! This is just not right, in my mind. It is an experience that should be a given...and not just taken...like it was for me.
Dr. Preen agreed with me, and explained that, it has to do with how much personnel is available when you arrive. If there is someone to monitor you and someone to monitor me...which rarely happens...then we can be together.
She did promise me though, that this time, after you are weighed and the
Ped. is done, she will make sure that you are with me on my chest until she is completely done in the OR. This could be up to 1/2 hour. So, while I might not get the opportunity to nurse you right away (which makes me soooo sad) I will at least get to hold you and kiss you. Uggggh! I hate to even think about not being with you....makes me ill.
After work, I went to the Commissary..and then home....
This evening Jacob and I hung out here.
I made several calls. One was to Graco. I found out that, only the infant carriers manufactured on 2 days in 2003, are a part of the recall. Fortunately, the one we plan to use for you is just fine.
I also made calls to reserve a van seat for Grandma Elaine, for her trip from the airport to Heidelberg.
Ok sweet girl....I am off to sleep....
Tues, 28 Feb 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today. Goodness, one month max...and I will be holding you in my arms...I just can't wait!!!!
Today was an extremely slow day for me...almost drove me nuts...lol. I just hate to sit still.
The big event was making cookies for your dad...and waiting for the new dishwasher to arrive.
Oh, and a neighbor and I install the base for your carseat in the van. I will have it checked tomorrow, by someone here who is certified.
Other than this, Jacob and I played and read, danced, made a playdough cake, did his computer programs, and watched his "Potty" video. Actually, he requested to watch his potty video at least 5 times today....too funny. By nights end, he was ready to sit on his potty naked and try to poop. I know we are a looooooong way off...but, at least some interest is there.
That's about it from H'berg....
Wed, 1 March 2006,
Hello Sweet Lauren,
Today was a super busy day for me. Didn't stop until just a while ago...and, so....I am TIRED.
Started off my morning, clearing snow off the van....sheesh. Then, I dropped Jacob off at Nikki's, went to the Post Office, and went to the Wives Luncheon.
On the way home, I went to ADAC (like AAA), and bought Grandma some extra health insurance to cover the time that she is here. Then, to the mail room....then home.
By the time I schleped two boxes up and unpacked them, I had 15 minutes to read e-mail and sit.
I then went to have your infant carrier/base certified. To make a long story short, the Snug Ride isn't so snug when using the base with just the LATCH system. So, it is now in place using the van's seatbelt and a locking clip. I will more than likely have my neighbor Lisa help me reinstall it again, as this was the best and tightest fit.
So....I then ran home, prepped dinner, and ran back out to get J.
I don't even want to think about what it would be like if I had to work a full-time job on top of all of this....especially with your papa gone. I am quickly getting the impression that my life is going to be more circus-like after you arrive! Good thing I like to keep busy...and don't like to just sit in front of the TV. I'd be in super duper big trouble then! I think that our big TV may be on it's way out...and frankly, I don't give a crap.
Ok....can you hear the grumpiness in my typing..hee hee....
The bad news of the day...Ms. Nikki will be ending her in-home care on 1 April. She is going to go back to school. So, in the next two weeks, I hope to find someone compatible to watch your brother like she did. I really think we are both going to need this the first few months that you are here. Especially since your dad will be gone.
Speaking of, I haven't really heard from Dad in the past few days. Wish he'd write or call....even if either were brief.
Ok...off to get some sleep.....
Thursday, 2 March 2006,
Today was a pretty slow and easy day here in H'berg. We had weather of all sorts....from Sunshine to snow showers...it was actually very pretty!
We mainly stayed indoors today. I did the laundry and just rested.
This afternoon, we took a wonderous walk as the snow came down...I just had to get out and stretch. It feels so much better to be standing or walking these days.
I guess the best news of the day: I spoke with the head of the In-home care here this morning. She informed me that, my friend Tynia, is going to re-open her in-home care (hopefully on 15 March), and that Jacob would most likely be able to go to her twice a week. I spoke with Tynia last night...she's recovering from pneumonia...and will call her next week to see if she'd be willing to watch Jacob like Nikki does now. I just know she will...so, I am happy about this.
And, your papa and I talked via phone tonight for almost a half hour!!! It was so nice hearing his voice, and catching up. I miss him sooooo much, and pray that he is here in time for your birth. He sounded good...but, of course, tired.
Well...that's about all for this post....
Friday, 3 March 2006,
Hello sweet Lauren!
I just typed a nice long entry....and then poof, it was gone before it was saved...sheesh!
So, this will be on the short side....
I had a pretty good day today. We had lots of snow here in H'berg. I went to get my hair done...and then Commissary.
I decided to pick your brother up, and can the rest of my plans for the afternoon.
We got home, and I got your brother situated. I then cleared snow off the front stoop, steps, and walk way, and put salt down. Hey, someone has to do it...and the only other apt. in the stairwell has a bunch of laaaaaazy people. Enough said!
About an hour later, the snow had turned into mush...LOl...glad I did the clearning...it was good stretching....cause sitting hurts these days.
I took your brother to go get the haircut he's been requesting for days now. He is sooooo cute to watch at the barber shop!
Tonight, I opened up the Secret Sister Exchange gifts that I received from my secret sister on the April 06' Birth Board here.
I also got a phone call from my dear friend Elyann. It is always so nice to chat with her!
I received a response from Dr. Faucett regarding doing the Version. He is willing to do it without the Terbutiline...but, according to Dr. Preen, didn't add much more in his note to her. I will wait and discuss this again with Dr. Preen on Monday. We/I need to make a decision soon....
Ok, I am tired....so, will post the pics and go rest before bed.
Your brother after his hair cut today....
My Secret Sister gifts
Sat, 4 March 2006,
I had some fitfull sleep last night. Your head gets caught way up under (it sure feels like it, anyhow) my right rib...and it actually hurts. It wakes me up...for sure. Hang in there, sweet girl...I know you're running out of room.
We awoke to another winter wonderland here in H'berg. I had to go another round cleaning off the cars and the steps/walkway. No one else will do it, and I don't want to risk falling on ice when/if it freezes over.
Jacob and I went to the Post Office and to the Mail Room...and then home.
This afternoon, we went to celebrate the 2nd Birthday of Dennis, Jacob's buddy from swim and First Steps. It was fun...and even though everyone there but us were German, I felt very welcome. Jacob got to feed some fish...and impressed everyone with saying some of his numbers in German. Geeeeez, can you say proud mom!
This evening, we called your Mama Ann and Pappa Joe in Brooking, Oregon. They are doing well, and getting ready to travel again. They said to give you a "hug"...and I know that they can't wait to meet you.
Tonight, I started prepping/packing for our hospital stay. I took inventory of the toiletries I already have, and made mental note of the clothes I want to pack. I think that I will pack your bag (and an overnight or two bag for Jacob) this week. I also made a list of things that I want to do before your Grandma arrives next Sat.
I am getting excited about your baby shower next Sunday. I honestly didn't think that I was going to have one way back when. I am so lucky to have your Oma and Mindy (a neighbor and friend) throwing us one. I know it is going to be a lot of fun!
Ok sweet girl, I am off to write a few thank you notes for gifts we've already received...and then finish a movie.
Sunday, 5 March 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today. Goodness, another restless, nearly sleepless night. I think you and I are both quite uncomfy these days. I keep having to empty my bladder...even though there may only be a little bit. Something is sitting right on top of my bladder...geesh. Oh, well, three more weeks at the most!
Today was a bright, sun shiny day here in H'berg. Your brother and I made a trip to the PX....and picked up a few gifts. He picked out an adorable blue teddy bear, hugging a smaller teddy bear to give to you in the hospital. It plays Brahm's Lullaby. I also have several things stored for you to give him. Kind of an initial sibling peace offering...ha ha. I understand from others that this is a good practice.
I did laundry in the afternoon; we went for a short walk; and played our hearts out. I enjoy playing with your brother soooo much. I know that it is going to be challenging for him to have to "wait his turn"....but, he is so laid back, that I honestly think he will be just fine. And, there will be plenty of times when you will just have to wait your turn.
Your dad called tonight!!! Hooray....it was so nice hearing his voice again. He said that he feels like a "pinata" these days...someone always hitting him for some reason. Meaning, he is having a hard time juggling all the mtgs and job duties in the 18 or 19 hour days he is working each day...and people actually have the nerve to say something about it! Ugh!!!!!
Ok...off to unload the dishes, and head off to sleep.
Tomorrow I have work and an OB appt. I know that I will get to hear your heart beating tomorrow...during the NST. Maybe we will get to "see" you, too!
Monday, 6 March 2006,
I know that you are well today!
I had my OB appt. and NST this morning. Both went very well. I started the appt. with Dr. Preen, who did a culture for Group B Strep (standard procedure) and a wet prep to check for any infection (just a for insurance purposes). She took a look at my cervix and the stitch...all is shut tight. We also took a look at you on the U/S machine...holy, moly are you getting big. Dr. Preen was just thrilled with the amount of fluid!!!
We also started our discussion about doing a Version. (More details below).
Then, I did the NST. All sounded and looks great with you!
So....we discussed the Version. I told her that, I feel strongly that I don't want to go forward ever thinking "if only I had tried the Version". She also said that, if I opt for the c-section straight off...I will not be able to ever have a VBAC. Essentially, after two sections...no one will let me even try it. She said that, if I feel this strongly about doing all I can to turn you, then we should proceed with trying to turn you.
So....the next step is timing...and getting on Dr. Faucett's calendar.
Dr. Preen sent an e-mail to Dr. Faucett, requesting that we do the Version on 20 March. I will be 37 weeks and 3 days. At the same time, he would do an amnio to check your lung maturation. We did the same thing with your brother.
If the version is successful, then I will return to H'berg and have the cerclage removed and be induced on the 21st of March.
If the version is NOT successful, then I will return to H'berg and have the section on 21 March.
Either way, if Dr. Faucett is available on 20 March, then, we will get a RC message off to your dad, to try and have him arrive home before the 20th.
I feel good about this plan. However, during my shower tonight, I couldn't for the life of me remember why we said we would do this in my 37th week....vice 38th week. So, tomorrow I am going to call Dr. Preen and ask her just this. I know for sure that, she does not want me to be pregnant beyond my 38th week...
Also, if I should go into labor before we attempt the version, then I will go straight for the section, and not try and turn you.
Anyhow, this is where things stand right now....you will be in my arms soon....sweet girl!
This afternoon, I ran to the Commissary and then home.
Jacob and I went for a walk and then to the park. I am really beginning to feel that I want to do so much with him before you come along. I know that his time as an only child is short. I don't quite know if I am explaining how I feel correctly. I just know that, even though he is young...your birth is going to have a super huge impact on his life. I know having sisters did for me. Maybe when you are a mom someday, you will understand what I am feeling.
Tonight, I began the process of giving myself one last pedicure before you arrive. Sheesh....it's not easy doing this at 35 plus weeks! I sure wish your father were here to help. Anyhow, nails are prepped...and I will polish them tomorrow...
Ok...off to do a few more things before bed..
Wed, 8 March 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today. You've been kicking the C..P out of me today. A very busy day for you...I guess you are getting as ansy as me...ha ha.
I am still very uncomfy at night, and not sleeping well...but, it's ok...you will be here soon!
Today was a good day. Jacob was at Nikki's, and I ran several errands, and got things done around the apt.
The biggest news of the day.....
We are now on Dr. Faucett's calendar for the Version on Tuesday, 21 March. I am getting soooo excited. We will also do amnio to check your lung maturation.
If all goes well, we come back here, and are induced the next day.
If the Version fails, we come back to H'berg, and you are born via c-section on the 22nd.
They like to do the version at 37 weeks...as this is usually the optimal time, as far as being ready to face the world....and not being too big, and not too small.
In any event, by the time you arrive....I will be nearly 38 weeks.
So..first thing tomorrow, I call the Red Cross to get the ball rolling for dad to be here.
Today, I spoke with your dad's Rear Detachment Commander..and he is prepared to pick your dad up at the airbase....any time of the day or night! This gives me great relief!!!
Well....I am tired....so, off to sleep I go...
Thursday, 9 March 2006,
I sure hope that you are well today.
All is good here. I am just tired, and more uncomfy by the day. But, hey, we are almost at the finish line.
Today, your brother and I stayed in. I did laundry and we played. I also did a few more things in preparation for your Grandma's arrival on Saturday. That about sums it up.
The most exciting thing that happened....your dad received the Red Cross message we sent. Now, we just hope that he can get the transport out in time, to be here for the Version and your birth. He's in the Army though, so, I won't hold my breath until he walks through the door....
Ok...off to bed...
Yes, Lauren Grace and I are home, after a few extended days in the hospital. I promise to get pics loaded and on here soon.
We are tired, as we are finger feeding breast milk and pumping like crazy. She does take to the breast well, but, the Drs. want us to do this for now, so that we can be assured that she is getting a certain amount to put on weight. Just the process of nursing itself, tuckers my little china doll out.
So....this is what happened:
Lauren arrived quite unexpectedly early last Sat morning. I awoke Friday morning to contrax and cramping. The Drs. attempted to stop them....with no real luck. The Drs. thought that the contrax were the result of a bladder infection. They admitted me that evening to "watch" me. By midnight, the contrax were fairly strong, but my cervix was shut tight. I turned to reach for the nurse call button to use the rest room while I still could, and splash....my water broke.
Having a cerclage in and a breach baby....and a broken bags of water means....showtime.
So, at 2:49 a.m., Lauren entered the world. I am so glad that things happened the way they did, as her chord was twice wrapped....loosely....around her neck. My uterus was so thin that, the Dr. could see her wriggling beneath it. I can't even begin to think what may have happened if we had attempted the version. In our case, things really did happen for a reason.
If you've read this far...thank you!
I promise pictures of my little china doll soon...
I hope all is well with each of you!
The Birth Story of Lauren Grace Boyett
Goodness! Where do I begin? You entered this world so very quickly, I am still amazed that you are here. I guess I will begin with Thursday night, March 9, 2006. I went to bed feeling very uncomfortable. I had to get up every hour to use the bathroom, and you felt soooo very heavy inside of me.
Around 4 a.m., I started to feel very crampy, and thought hmmmm "are these contractions.?" I laid in bed for about an hour, and the contractions kept coming and going...some close together. At this point, I didn't clock them, but they were definetely the real deal. Something in the back of my head told me to get up and start packing my suitcase for the hospital. I eerily felt the same feelings that I had when your sister Rachael Ann was born. I didn't know what was going on...but I wasn't coming home today.
So...at 5 a.m., I ran around the apt. getting everything together. Fortunately, I had organized what I would pack in the closets, so, it was just a matter of putting it in the suitcase. Grandma Elaine was due to arrive on Saturday, 11 March, and I had planned to have all my bags packed and ready to go before she arrived.
I woke your brother up, changed him, got him dressed, and then called your Oma Sherie to come and stay with him. When she arrived, I grabbed a bag, threw in my robe and camera, and flew out the door to the Heidelberg US Army hospital, about 5 minutes down the road.
When I arrived at the hospital, the contrax were bearable and about 5 minutes apart. My vitals were taken and I was settled into the Triage Ward. Dr. Bergmann came in to check on us. My cervix was shut tight, but it appeared that I was loosing my mucous plug. You looked great, but still in breach position. I was so happy that Dr. Bergmann was just coming on call, as she also followed me closely during this pregnancy.
Dr. Bergmann decided to try hydration to stop the contractions. A urine sample was sent in for testing, to make sure that there were no infections. About an hour later, the contractions picked up to every 2 to 3 minutes, and were a bit stronger. So, we decided to try the medicine Procardia to try and stop the contractions. The Procardia seemed to slow them down a bit, but not stop them completely. A bit later, my urine sample came back showing that I had a bladder infection. Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Preen (who was on board with the situation) thought that this infection was likely causing my contractions.
At this point, the Drs. decided to admit me for overnight observation. They gave me a heavy duty anti-biodic, hoping that this would attack the bladder infection, and stop the contrax.
Your Oma Sherie sat with me for several hours at this point. We continued to watch the monitor pick up more contractions, some fairly painful. There were periods when they weren't as strong or close together, but, they never ceased. By 7 p.m. or so, the contractions were further apart and weaker, so Oma Sherie went home. The same with Dr. Bergmann. We really thought that, all was well, and that I would be discharged in the morning.
For the next several hours, I layed in bed...and the contractions continued. Around 11:30, I had 3 very strong ones, and thought "Here we go again..." So, I rang for the nurses to help me use the bathroom. Just as I hit the buzzer, I felt a huge gush of fluid. For a moment I thought, "too late, I'd already gone". Then another gush, and then another...So, instead of asking for help to use the bathroom, I told the nurses that I was pretty sure that my water broke.
Three nurses came running, and checked me out. Sure enough, my water had broken. In the words of one of the nurses, it was showtime!
I tried, for what seemed like 50 times, to call Oma Sherie. She didn't want to miss this "show". No one answered there. I called Giedre, who was watching your brother, and Aunt Kristen in V.A. to alert others. I also asked the staff to try and phone your dad.
I was quickly prepped, (poked and prodded), and Dr. Bergmann was called to come in to deliver you. When she arrived, Dr. Bergmann attempted to call Dr. Preen, who had asked to be kept informed if things changed.
By 1:30 a.m., we were being wheeled into the OR and getting settled. I didn't think that I was nervous, but, I guess my body was. I remember that, after the anethesia was administered, my hands started shaking and my teeth chattered uncontrollably. I did know one thing, I was in very good hands, and that you would be just fine.
Dr. Bergmann described some of the procedure, and the anethesiologist made sure I was doing ok. Around 2:45, Dr. Bergmann told me that we were getting very close to bringing you into the world. She did say that, your ambilical chord was twice wrapped (loosely) around your neck. She also shared with me that, my uterus was so thin, she could see you squirming around inside. This is not normal.
There is no doubt in my mind...we had guardian angels watching over us this night.
***Fortunately, we didn't try the version to turn you. I don't even like to think about what the outcome could have been.
***My uterus was thin during this pregnancy (at least the latter part), but, according to Dr. Bergmann, this has no bearing on whether my uterus will be thin during any subsequent pregnancy.
So, at 2:49, Dr. Bergmann prounounced your arrival. The sound of your cute little cry (with a sqeak) was/is music to my ears. I waited about 20 minutes or so, while the pediatrician checked you over. Your Apgar scores were 8 and 9. You weighed in at 5 lbs. and 9 ozs. and were 18 inches in length. You were a full month early.
Then, you were brought to me and placed on my chest. There you stayed for at least 10 minutes. I remember both the tears and smiles as I looked at you and felt you for the first time. Such a beautiful little girl! You looked like a tiny, tiny doll....but a perfect one to me!
And so, Lauren Grace, this is the story of your entrance into the world. I wish for you good health, happiness, laughter, and love. May you always walk in sunshine, and feel the love that your father and I have for you. May your sister in heaven continue to look out for you here on earth. May you always know how very special you are!
I love you...and I always and forever will...
I don't know if you remember me...we chatted on-line several months ago...i used to be stationed at Aviano and Dr. Fausett placed a rescue cerclage for me. Anyway, I just read about the arrival of your little girl and wanted to tell you congratulations! It sounds like you truly did have guardian angels watching over her birth. I'm glad everything turned out well. i hope your husband was able to come home shortly after. With all the pregnancy complications that come up you realize what a miracle it is that any baby arrives safe and healthy into the world. Congratulations and best wishes!! Amy C.