16 September 2013

33 Weeks


{have I mentioned how sweet my nurses are? Its a mini celebration and praise every time I hit a new week in my pregnancy. I am hoping to stay on this floor with the littles after my C-section, I'm not sure what I would do without these women}

How far along: 33 weeks, 6 days

Weight gain/loss: last post said they hadn’t weighed me since I’d been here. Apparently they did the first day I was here, but I was too much of a train wreck to remember. Whoops. When I checked in they had me at 164, this week they weighed me and I was 161. Lost 3 pounds, didn’t even know that was possible.

Maternity clothes: Wearing lots of yoga pants and sweaters here in the hospital

Sleep: not good, at all. The boys are getting so big that they are fighting for space. I spend a few nights a week sleeping sitting up. Otherwise whichever side I am laying on, pisses off that baby and they let me have it.

Best moment this week: Hubby getting to stay they whole weekend with me (even nights) Thank God for my brother staying at my house with Campbell. He’s been such a huge help!
We also got to tour the NICU since we had so many "what if" questions. It's an amazing unit here. I feel much better if my boys have to go there. I also got to meet with a neonatologist this morning, who went through a lot with me. He gave me scenarios if the boys were to come tomorrow, or 35 weeks or 36 weeks. He was extremely helpful. He also told me about the circus that will be in my operating room during my C-section. The boys alone each have their own team, consisting of a Neonatologist, a nurse practioner and 2-3 nurses.... PER BABY! Place that on top of my two surgeons, anesthesiologist, and how ever many nurses I get. That's at least 15 people... hopefully less room for error.

Food cravings: Nothing really. I am starting to eat smaller snacks now instead of meals since I am running out of room.

Food aversions: none.

Movement: Lots of movement. My nurses laugh at them all the time, especially during monitoring because they are wiggle worms.

Gender: MY BOYS!

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, really uncomfortable, anxiety, and stress.

Miss anything: My house, dog, bed and time with hubby.

Looking forward to: October. Every time a nurse changes the date on my white board, it’s a day closer to seeing my boys! And I get to go home!!!!

  Baby/Momma Update:

  Baby update

 We had a sono on Thursday. My cervix was t a 2.6 which is better but went down to a 2.4/2.5 with pressure.

The boys look awesome though. They are both growing, have great heart rates and their fluid levels are both great! Excited to see what they weigh in less than 2 weeks, on their measurement sono.

 Momma update

Momma had a rough week. I was super anxious all week. I kept/keep having these thoughts that something is going to happen to me. I hear so much about previa patients bleeding out or hemorrhaging, which scares the shit out of me.

I talked to one of my OB’s that came in the day after a really bad night. He started talking about putting me on something to ease the anxiety. I told him I got off my anxiety medicine a year before I got pregnant and worked really hard to get off of it, and that the last thing I wanted to do was get back on something. Then I told him I just needed to hear that what I was feeling was normal and he said “absolutely, with as much as you have on your plate” He then went into his wife having to be on hospital bed rest for 10 weeks and that he understands the only thing to do in this room is think, and that can be hard as you can start thinking of anything.

The next morning my fave female OB came in and mentioned she saw I was having a little anxiety and I went through the whole thing with her. She was maternal about the whole thing and gave me the extra love I needed, and told me it was completely normal and that I was in extremely good hands and had next to nothing to worry about. (as she rubbed my legs and my belly) she’s the sweetest.

Tonight (Monday) had a pain behind my knee and got extremely flush and hot. My night nurse, sweet Ms. Rita, assessed me and then called my on call OB. They sent me down for an ultrasound on my leg but everything came back normal, no blood clots. Needless to say, I’ll be sleeping better tonight. { Blood clots are a huge concern with multiples pregnancies and bed rest, you go from walking round a good bit to hardly walking at all, with about 10+ pounds of human in your belly}

 Sorry this post is so late. I was enjoying the weekend with my hubby being here that I completely forgot!


07 September 2013

32 weeks {Week one in the hospital, done}

How silly is he? He came in with this big grin on his face last weekend and my camera in hand and told me did a photo shoot for me. This is what was on the camera. He keeps me on my toes for sure. It did make my day.

How far along: 32 weeks, 4 days

Weight gain/loss: this I’m not sure on. They haven’t weighted me since my first day here. But I bet I’m heavier than usual as I’ve had lots of treats sent my way and the hospital chocolate chip cookies are to die for.  

Maternity clothes: Wearing lots of yoga pants and sweaters here in the hospital

Sleep: not good, at all. I don’t sleep well in strange places anyway, and going from a King size bed to a hospital twin has been quite an adjustment. I maybe get 5 hours of sleep a night.

Best moment this week: the out pouring of love we have received from everyone with our stay here. Family, friends and even the nurses here have all made this a little bit easier.

Food cravings: Still loving fruit, lemonade, the hospital cookies (and their grilled cheese)

Food aversions: none.

Movement: Lots of movement.

Gender: MY BOYS!

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, really uncomfortable, trouble breathing sometimes, anxiety, and stress.

Miss anything: My house, dog, bed and time with hubby.

Looking forward to: October. Every time a nurse changes the date on my white board, it’s a day closer to seeing my boys!

  Baby/Momma Update:

  Baby update

 We had a sono on Thursday. All was still the same. Cervix was still at a 2.3, which left me feeling a little defeated. I had heard so many stories of people going into hospital bed rest, their condition improving and them getting to go home. I didn’t have my hopes up (well maybe just a little) but when I got back to my room I had a major breakdown.

The boys still looked awesome, Greer flipped, again, to being a head down so now they are snuggled up next to each other. We won’t get weights on them again, until 3 weeks, which I guess will be right before they make their appearance.

 Momma update

I came into this whole deal kicking and screaming. My husband and nurses made the transition as pleasant as it could be. It was wonderful having Adam here Friday-Monday while I adjusted and got settled in. Monday night was hard knowing he wouldn’t be here in the morning. But he has come every lunch and every dinner, after work to sit with me.

I’ve had visitors in and out, almost daily, and while I love seeing everyone and it takes up part of my day, my nurses and I quickly realized its physically hard on me as it takes a little bit of time to recover afterwards (soreness from sitting, and breathing is super tough). I ended up losing my voice and getting bad headaches. So we’ve discussed limiting time on visitors and doing them a certain time of the day.

Monday night when Adam left I had a talk with myself to be as positive as possible about my situation since there was nothing I could do about it. Tuesday and Wednesday I was great, in a good mood and did things to keep me busy. (thank goodness I can still work from the hospital and that my co-workers are giving me things to do. I’m not sure what I would do without that) Thursday and Friday were rough again, emotionally. So I am excited the weekend is here and that Adam will be here the majority of the day and I can rest while still having him here.

Bed rest sounds glamorous to a lot of people. I’ve had loads of people telling me to “enjoy it” and how they would love to be told to be in bed for 4 weeks. But it’s everything far from that, especially when you don’t feel good and just want to be in your own bed with your own stuff.

I will however say, my anxiety about the boys has gone way down. Anytime I feel something funny or have a question, I have a nurse at the push of a button to help me and answer my questions.

My nurses have been nothing short of amazing. They’ve calmed me, reassured me and just chatted with me about the boys all to make me feel better and know what I am doing here is the best thing for all three of us.

 Here is how my day typically goes:

Mornings around here are the busiest. Between 6am and 11 am here is what takes place:

5:30-6 I get woken up to have vitals done.

7am – my new nurse comes in

Somewhere between 7am-8am every 3 days I have blood drawn

Somewhere between 8-9:30 : One of my OB’s stops by to see how I am, everyday (sometimes this is really early, think 5:45am, if that doc has a surgery here)

Every 2 days : someone from my Peri’s office stops by

After I eat breakfast, we do a NST (Non Stress Test) to track the littles heartbeats and my contractions for 25 minutes. I love being able to hear them for that long (and if they get hiccups, it’s a plus)
Then by the time I know it, its noon and Adam is on his way to see me for lunch.

 Then my nurse checks in on me a few times, I get Vitals read around 2pm again. Adam comes back after work (works out well since he can let traffic die down) My new night nurse appears at 7pm, I usually order dinner, Adam waits until it arrives and tests it for me, and then he goes back home.

After dinner my nurse comes back in and listens to the boys heart beats, gives me my vitamin and then leaves me alone unless I call. I get vitals done again around 9pm and then I shower and try to sleep.

Wash, rinse, repeat the next day.

 Thank you all for your sweet e-mails, comments and thoughts!

Enjoy your weekend!