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    June 14, 2010
    33 weeks 3 days


    So, I was thinking in terms of days this morning, and I've got 39 days left Holy Smokes!! Where has the time gone? As miserable as I'm starting to feel, I'm also starting to feel sad. This is the last time I will get to eperience the miracle of growing a life inside me, and it makes me sad. I want to cherish this time that I have with Cameron before having to share him. I know that sounds selfish, but still...I love this closeness that I feel to him...how I'm the only one who can take care of him right now.

    We had a busy weekend. Saturday we got our furniture, although part of the couch was on loan. We were supposed to get all of our furniture on Saturday and the delivery guy left part of our couch in another city...ding dong!! So we got everything delivered Saturday morning and then Daddy decided to clean out part of the garage and that took forever! We got a load of things taken to the dump, which we've put off for nearly a year, so I was happy to get that stuff out of the house.

    After that, we went shopping so I could get a bridal shower gift. I spent forever at Target looking for something, and finally found something. I ended up going to the shower by myself as the girls fell asleep right when I got home and I didn't want to wake them. The shower was 3 hours....too long in my opinion, but I stayed to support the bride.

    Yesterday was a stressful day. Baby was not active at all. I noticed Saturday that he wasn't moving much either, but chalked it up to me being super busy with running around and getting things done at home. However, it really started to concern me. I do kick counts often throughout the day and I couldn't get 10 kicks out of him within an hour. I tried everything...eating something sweet, drinking water, drinking pop, laying on my left side, taking a nap...and nothing. I finally called the on-call doctor because I was worried and she had me go to L&D for a NST. I've never had one before, and figured I was probably overreacting, but I'd rather be safe than sorry...

    I got to the hospital and they had me drink some OJ and then hooked me up to the machine. She couldn't find his hb at first, which totally scared me, but she was looking on the left side of my belly, and he is apparently curled up on my right side. As soon as she hooked me up and left, he started moving like crazy. I was very happy!! The OB came in about 40 minutes later and scolded me for not going on. I felt like I was in trouble. She said I should have gone in the day before if I had noticed a decrease in movement. Cameron is usually so active that this was really bizzare for him! I was instructed that any time I do not get 10 kicks in an hour, I need to get my behind up to L&D. I felt silly since he was moving so much when I got there, but am thankful that I went and he is ok for now. Little stinker sure knows how to scare the crap out of me!!

    Today I've just been relaxing around the house. I'm going to work on some school stuff. I've been putting it off, but realized that time is not on my side and I better get some stuff done now, or I may be in trouble. I actually better get back to work. Oh the joys of writing lesson plans!

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    June 17, 2010
    33 weeks 6 days


    I feel like poop today. I have no motivation to do anything, which is pretty sad considering the way the house looks. It's a mess in here. I had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday and everything was good. BP was fine, urine was clear, Cam's hb was in the 140s, and I only gained 1 lb She did ask me twice how far along I was and measured my belly twice. She didn't say why, so I don't know if he's measuring bigger, smaller, or she was just off on my dates. I'll have to ask next time I'm there. My usual doctor was on vacation, and he typically tells me if I'm measuring right on, ahead, or behind.

    I've been really restless the last few nights too. I just can't seem to find a comfortable position. It doesn't help that my stomach hurts, and Cameron thinks my insides are a playground when it's supposed to be time to sleep. If this is any indication of what it will be like when he's here, I'm in for a lot of LATE nights!

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    June 20, 2010
    34 weeks 2 days


    Happy Father's Day! Your daddy is so stinkin' excited for you to be here...he'll be happy when you get to celebrate the holiday with us too! This weekend was busy, but today has been a very unproductive day Friday night was our 5 yr. anniversary so Daddy and I went out for a date. We ate dinner at The Olive Garden. Oh my goodness!! I forgot how yummy that place is, but it's so expensive. We splurged though...we got appetizers, dinners, and cheesecake for desert...yum! After that we went to a movie. We had originally planned on seeing a new movie, but we saw that the "cheap seats" were playing a movie we both wanted to see. It was hilarious! I think I laughed my way through most of the movie. It was nice to go out and have some adult time.

    Yesterday we had a wedding reception to go to. Addison had a tough time. She loves to follow the brides around...she thinks of them as princesses in their pretty dresses. However, she's not old enough to understand that the bride has priorities at a wedding, and those priorities don't include spending the entire evening with Addison. She cried a lot, but she did dance a lot too with Lauryn and a few of the other kids. In fact, the kids were the only ones dancing. All of the adults were outside in the batting cages and the go karts.

    Today has just been a lazy day. We baby-sit this morning for my sister, and then my sister and I went to the party store and got stuff for the baby "sprinkle" that's happening on Sunday. After that, I took Daddy out for lunch for Father's Day. We also ran a few errands and Daddy wanted a haircut. While we were there, Addison asked to get a haircut, so we let her. She's been asking for a while now. Then we came home and just lounged around. I did some work on school stuff. I got all of my lesson plans done for the first 2 weeks of school except for Science, and that's only because I left my Science stuff at school. I'm going to go down tomorrow and put things away in my room since I had to switch rooms. Then on Saturday Daddy is going to go down with me and help me move furniture in my room. I'll also get books laid out and piles of worksheets ready to go for the sub. I'll have to go down one more time before school starts, but I figure that I can do that the week before I have Cameron. I've got to get little goody bags ready for Open House and last minute things put together. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders just by getting lesson plans done, but I know there's a lot more to do before I'll be completely off the hook Alright, I am off to bed. I have a busy day tomorrow. Night hunny!! Mommy loves you!

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    June 28, 2010
    35 weeks 3 days


    What a busy week I had last week. It was nice, and it actually made the week go by pretty fast. Monday I went down to work in my room, and when I got there I was really upset. I spent a great deal of time cleaning out my old room. I cleaned every nook and cranny and made sure I got ALL of my things out, and what I didn't want, I made sure to throw away. Well, the lady I switched rooms with didn't bother to clean her room out at all. I was really upset. I spent the entire time Monday going through her things trying to weed out things I absolutely didn't want, and things that I might want to use. I tried making room for all of my things, but there isn't any room. I spent 5 hours down there and hardly made a dent in anything. Actually, the only thing I think I managed to do was give myself some pretty strong BH contractions

    Tuesday was pretty mellow. The girls and I just hung out around the house. Wednesday and Thursday I had class, so I learned a lot of new strategies to try out with Math this year. Hopefully they will be beneficial to the kids. I had a hard time sitting still in class though. Those chairs were uncomfortable and so was I. I think I've figured out what my problem is though....since Cameron is all stretched out in there, he's pushed all my organs up and out of his way, so my digestive track is screwy. If my food hasn't processed very well, then I'm miserable and need to change positions literally every 2 minutes or so to be comfortable. I'm hoping he drops, but if I remember, he won't drop until labor begins, and I doubt I'll be going into labor on my own.

    I ended up going back down to my room Thursday after class and I got a lot of things done. My room is starting to look like a room and I've gotten some things put away. I've still got a lot of work to do, but I'm getting there. Daddy has Monday off for the 4th of July, so we're going to go back down then and hope that we can get everything done. I've got a list and I'm slowly working through it.

    Saturday we hung out with family, and then yesterday was my baby sprinkle! It was so much fun and I got to spend time with friends that I haven't seen in a while. We got a lot of great things for Cameron that we still needed, and the baby will definately be clothed until he's 20 He got a lot of adorable outfits, and even some that Daddy LOVES! He got some ISU bibs, an ISU hat, and a onesie that says AC/DC (Daddy's fav band). It was so much fun and I'm thankful that my friends and family helped me celebrate his upcoming arrival.

    There isn't much going on this week. I'm hoping to just relax and enjoy the next few weeks. 25 days left, and I know it's going to go quickly. I can't wait!!

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    July 2, 2010
    36 weeks


    I can officially say that by the end of this month, I will have a baby I can't believe it. I'm still shocked that the time is finally here. I've complained and complained and complained about how long it was taking and poof! He'll be here in 3 weeks or less.

    I had my 36 week appointment yesterday. Everything looked good: BP was fine, urine looked good, Cam's hb was in the 140's, and I'm up another 4 lbs That makes 35 lbs total, which isn't terrible, but it's more than I would have liked to have gained. I'm just going to have to work my arse off to lose it all!! The doctor checked and Cameron is head down (although that doesn't matter since I'm a schedule c-section) and guessed that he's about 6 lbs. I also mentioned that I had had a tiny bit of spotting Monday, and he said at this point in pregnancy that can mean there are cervical changes going on, so he checked me...Oh My Gosh!! I forgot how painful that was. I'm not dialated, but my cervix is starting to thin out and soften. I think that's a good sign, although again, it really doesn't matter to me. I think if I start dialating though, they may do the c/s early, so I guess that's why they check.

    We put Cameron's carseat in the car and have all of his clothes put away. His bag is packed, and mine is nearly packed. My outfit that I want to wear home is in the wash, so when it gets out, I'll go ahead and put it in there. Then I'm ready if he decides to make an early debut. My BH contractions have definately become more noticable, and I don't think I've had any real ones. I still say that I wouldn't know what a real one felt like if it hit me in the face. I remember w/my labor with Addison that they felt like terrible menstrual cramps, so I guess that's what I'm assuming they will feel like again if they're the real deal. We'll see. Alright off to get the girlies their lunch. Then maybe a nap for all of us

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    July 6, 2010
    36 weeks 4 days


    I had another appointment yesterday. Everything was good except I tested + for GBS. I was negative with both girls, so this was a shock at first, and then I realized everything about this pregnancy has been different. It's no shock that this is too! I'm not sure if I'll have to have antibiotics since I'm a c/s, but I'll be sure to ask at my appointment next week. I didn't see my regular doctor because they were so busy, so I forgot to ask. Other than that, everything was good. Cam's hb was in the 150s, my BP was 122/80, and my urine was clear. I gained another lb. so I'm up 36 lbs...boo!! Overall, I can't complain. I've got one appointment left before little man arrives and I'm so super excited. I can almost count the days on my hands!

    Not much else is going on. Just trying to stay busy and not think about how many more days I have left. We are still looking for a new crib for Cameron, but I'm not in a huge hurry. He won't need it for at least 2 months, so we'll get it as soon as we need it. We know the one we want, we just need the money for it. Alright, off to do some housework
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    July 8, 2010
    36 weeks 6 days


    Last night was just terrible!! I am pretty certain that I had the real deal contractions going on. I was sitting in the recliner reading a book and they seemed to be coming fairly consistantly. I didn't time them because I'm not 100% sure they were real, but they felt different than the BH contractions, and some of them were a tad bit painful.

    I ended up trying to go to bed at midnight and all I did was toss and turn. The contractions were keeping me awake along with a horrible backache. I couldn't get any sleep. I faded in and out, but in between all of that Addison was having nightmares, so DH would push me out of bed to go check on her. I'd finally get her back to sleep and lay down and the backache would start all over again.

    Finally at 4:30 I got up and sat in the recliner again. I was able to get a couple of hours of sleep and the contractions have since gone away. I did drink some water when I got up at 4:30, so I'm not sure if they were caused from dehydration, or if Cameron is deciding to make a break a little earlier than planned? I'm ready to meet him, but if he does come early it will really screw with all of my help for the girls. They've planned their vacation around the c/s date.

    I just wish there was an easier way to tell the difference between a BH and a real contraction other than the fact that they come at regular intervals. I would push on my belly last night when I had one, and it was rock hard. I remember from my prenatal class that the nurse said that was one way to tell if it was a contraction, but how else do you tell the difference? I still don't get it, and I know it's different for everyone. I guess it's a good thing I only live 5 minutes from the hospital

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    July 10, 2010
    37 weeks 1 day


    Sleep is something that seems to be few and far between these days. I was able to get a good stretch of sleep on Thursday night, but other than that, nothing. I haven't been able to rest during the day either because Lauryn has decided to give up napping. Boo! Addison will still nap and Lauryn wants nothing to do with it. You'd think it'd be the other way around since Addison is older, but no. I'm so sad

    I'm still not 100% sure I was experiencing real contractions the other day, but the past 2 nights, and tonight as well, I've had a horrible backache and cramps in my back. I feel like I'm gearing up for my period Is that normal? I have no idea...I never went into labor on my own with Addison, and Lauryn was a scheduled c/s. I'm anxious for my appointment to get here, but it's not till Thursday. That's so far away. If I get really concerned I can always call, and I'm sure I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but it's frustrating feeling like this. Hopefully the doctor will be able to give me some answers as to whether this is normal or not and how to tell the difference between real contractions and BH.

    I did hit a nesting surge today I cleaned up the living room and moved a few things around. I also moved the computer to the island in the kitchen and I sorted out our filing cabinet That hadn't been done since right before Lauryn was born..haha! Now I'm tired and hoping to get a little bit of sleep. I don't know how successful I'll be, but I guess a little is better than nothing. Here we go!

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    July 16, 2010
    38 weeks


    Well, down to the final stretch...7 days to go and I cannot believe the time is almost here. I have prayed for this day to get here, and I've stressed about it so much. I'm just amazed that the time is literally right around the corner.

    I've been thinking that Cameron may come early as I have been having contractions and back pain on and off throughout the past week, but the doctor didn't seem to think it was anything about. I had my 38 week appointment yesterday, and for the most part, it was a good appointment. I gained another 2 lbs (up 38 total ), bp was 110/80, and Cam's hb was 126. His hb has never been that low, but the doctor said it was normal to get lower the closer I got to deliver I'll take his word for it. We talked about what time I need to be at the hospital Friday and he signed some papers so that Daddy could have the day off. I think we're all set now, so I'm anxiously awaiting Friday!! Thankfully my birthday is tomorrow, so that will help pass some time, and then I am going to try to find some things to keep me busy these last few days. Thursday will be the worst, but I'll get through it

    Alright, off to put the girls to bed and try to get some rest myself.

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    August 6, 2010
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    Little Man is finally here!! He is 2 weeks old today and I'm so in love with him!! Here is his birth story:


    Cameron Keith J.
    July 23, 2010
    7 lbs 9.5 oz
    20.5 in long
    Apgars of 9 and 9

    On Friday, July 30, Daddy and I arrived at the hospital at 6:00 AM. We were told to be there 2 hours prior to the c-section so that paperwork could be filled out and you could be monitored. We got to the hospital, and went up to Labor and Delivery. We checked in, and the first thing the nurse did was have me use the restroom and Daddy change into his scrubs.

    We went back into the room, and the nurse then sterilized my belly, shaved me, and put the fetal heart monitor on. Instantly we were able to hear your heartbeat, and the nurse was able to tell if Mommy was having any contractions. At first, there didn’t appear to be any contractions, but about 30 minutes later, the monitor was picking up random contractions. After the fetal monitor had been hooked up, Mommy had to fill out a bunch of paperwork. When that was finished, I showed the nurse my birth plan. Most of the items she thought would be doable, but they “forgot” to do quite a few of them.

    Once paperwork and everything was in order Mommy realized that it was already 7:00 AM, only one more hour until your birth!! Daddy and I tried to relax and watch some television, but soon there were people coming in and out of the room. The nurse hooked me up to some antibiotics for Group B Strep around 7:15, anesthesia came in to talk to me at 7:30, Dr. Hamburger came in to say hi followed by Grandma and Grandpa Burnham and your sisters. At 7:45 they wheeled me back to the OR and moved me to the operating table.

    The nurse helped me sit up and then the doctor was able to give me a spinal. The nurse was great about keeping Mommy talking so that she wasn’t paying attention to the anesthesia. Suddenly I felt a small poke and they laid me slowly back down on the table. They then hooked up some other monitors and started prepping for surgery. Shortly after, Daddy was allowed to come into the room. Then they poked my belly (which was now numb), and started the surgery at 8:00 AM.

    It felt like forever, but at 8:10 I heard that first beautiful cry. The doctor said that after he made the first incision you stuck your hand out. I guess you were ready to get out and explore the world!! Once you were finally out everyone kept commenting on how much hair you had and how dark it was. I was anxious to see it, but they took you over to the warmer to get you cleaned up. Daddy followed and took pictures, and shortly after, Daddy walked you down to the nursery to weigh you. The nurse came back in and told me you were 7 lbs 9.5 oz and 20.5 in long. I was shocked at how tiny you were because I was expecting you to be bigger like your sisters.

    I was stitched up and moved back into recovery. Unfortunately, my body temp was not coming back up as it should, so I had to wear a bear blanket to help bring it up. The blanket alone was not helping, so they had to wrap infant blankets around my head too. After about 2 hours, my temp was stable, although not really high, so they moved me back to my postpartum room. I was able to hold you for the first time and relief was all I felt. It has been a long, hard, sometimes scary journey to get to this point, but I am so thankful to have you here, happy and healthy!

    Here are some pics:
    My last belly pic


    Getting Cleaned Up


    Brr...It's Cold!


    So Happy


    First Family Pic


    I am so thankful that he is here safe and sound. It was a hard, tough journey, but I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. I love my little boy!!

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