Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bed rest.

As of Monday night, I have been put on bed rest for "at least two weeks." 

After a quick trip to the park, where I sat in the shade and watched on as Beau chased Owen up and down the playground, and grocery store I started getting contractions. These weren't the random tightening ones I had been getting on Saturday and Sunday. These were crampy, achy, and coming every 15 min or sooner. What really worried me was that these felt like the contractions I had the morning Owen was born. 

I finally decided to call the nurse to see what her advice would be. After paging the Dr. and three more contractions, she told me to head over L&D to be evaluated. I had a few more contractions on the way over and after checking my vitals and hearing the baby's heart beat, the nurse asked me to let her know when I was having another contraction. I did and when she checked the monitor it turned out that I had one before that I hadn't noticed.

They started me right away on an iv of fluids, even though I had been staying very hydrated. The Dr came in and did an extremely uncomfortable pelvic exam to check my cervix and swab to test for fetal fibronectin. Thankfully, my cervix was closed and an ultrasound showed that there isn't any thinning yet. The iv didn't slow the contractions, so they gave me two shots of terbutaline which did end up stopping them. Before deciding to let me go home, the Dr told me that the results of the fFN test came back positive. This doesn't necessarily mean that I will give birth preterm, but along with the fact that Owen was born preterm it increases the chances to above 60%. 

The Dr. sent me home with a prescription for procardia to try to keep the contractions from starting back up and orders for bed rest. So far the contractions have continued, but at a much less regular rate. I have an ultrasound scheduled for Friday morning and a check-up on Monday. I'm just praying hard that Liza stays right where she is for at least 15 more weeks.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

1st Birthday Party

Owen's 1st birthday party yesterday was a success. The weather was a little cooler than I would have liked, but aside from that, the day was perfect! Owen is so blessed to have so many wonderful people in his life who love him so much. He absolutely loved being the center of attention. He got so excited when everybody sang "Happy Birthday to OWEN!" 

The best part of the day had to be when Granda arrived at the party. He wasn't sure if he was going to make it because of work, but was able to stop by for 30 min. As soon as Owen saw him, his face light up and he started bouncing up and down. I just love the love those two share!

I took a million pictures and I'm only dumping about half of them here. 

^^ His pre-smashed smash cake. It was like the leaning tower of cake. ^^

unfortunately running all over the place getting ready for the party, spending all day on my feet, packing up to move, and the stress from family issues has landed me back on bed rest. Last night I started having terrible- on the floor crying- cramps. I also had a few contractions, but nothing regular thank God! I think I'm getting to the point where I have to realize that this pregnancy is different from Owen's. I can't do all that I could last time. I'm just praying hard that Liza stays right where she is for at least 15 more weeks. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


disclaimer* because of my hatred for blog post without pictures, this one is broken up with random photos of O eating frozen berries and my parents keeping him happy at Beau's graduation

In the months of June and July:
-we made our first offer on a home
-we were out bid. But fear not! We soon realized our love affair with that house was sooo not meant to be considering the $16k + work it needed put into it.
-we made our second offer on a home
-the sellers counter offered
-we countered back
-a contract was signed!
-Owen teethed like a crazy person
-Beau graduated from the police academy! I am beyond proud of that incredible man I married and was so honored to pin on his badge at the ceremony
-Beau had shoulder surgery leaving him in a sling for 4-6 weeks and putting him on light duty for 10-12 weeks
-Owen decided that two naps is one too many and spent about 12 out of 24 hrs crying and fussing and just being generally grumpy about it for a week
-my poor one armed, drugged up, husband watched on as I tried and failed to sooth our grumpy goose
-we discovered that this pregnancy might be a little more complicated than expected
-spent a few days in tears, worrying, anxiously awaiting our next ultrasound
-lots of time in prayer and finally gained the courage to put it all in God's hands
-back and forth and back and forth get things from and giving things to the lender to keep the closing on schedule
-had a few scary symptoms
-put on bed rest until symptoms go away and pelvic rest for 3 weeks
-packing up our few possessions as the closing date quickly approaches
-prepping for Owen's first birthday party (my mom keeps telling me I shouldn't be making so much work for myself, but I've been dreaming up this party since before O was born. It has to be perfect!)
Life seems to be getting busier by the day, and I am starting to think these hectic summer days are just a preview of how crazy life is going to be with two babies under two. And to tell you the truth, although it was I-want-to-pull-my-hair-out stressful for a week or so there, I'm kinda starting to love the chaos. I guess that's really because it doesn't feel so chaotic any more.
I am very happy to share that Owen has now made the transition to one nap a day. We have a lovely routine going. Diaper change, saying night-night to the world as we close the blinds, nursing, laying down with blankie and piggy, sitting up to watch mommy leave, "nigh-night, I love you"s, and blowing kisses. He doesn't make a peep! Those days when I dreaded nap time seem so far in the past and I love it.
We hopefully *fingers crossed* close on Friday. We drove by the house after our date last night {I know, we're creepy :)} and it was empty! The previous owners were moving things out and the sign was out of the yard. This is forreal ya'll! We're going to be homeowners!!!
Owen's party is Saturday and everything is slowly falling into place. I spent 4+ hours on rainbow jello on Monday night and spent about the same amount of time baking his 6 layer cakes yesterday. I'll wake up early on Saturday to ice it. It is so worth it though. Everything is turning out just how I wanted it.  
I hope I remember to take (or have someone take) lots of photos and I'll be back to post them next week!
^^ P.S. How gorgeous are my parents? ^^

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