Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ellie's Birth Story Part 1- My Antenatal Stay

Well she's here!  Our beautiful baby girl was born on August 3rd, 5 weeks early just like my other daughter. 

Her birth story actually has 2 parts.  My extended hospital stay and then her actual birth.  

We had been staying at my parents house for the past couple of days because our house had flooded while we were out to lunch one day.  Water was in every room in the house.  So that had been stressing us out.  On our second night staying at my parents house I woke up at 3am feeling a small trickle.  I waited for a second then thought it was probably nothing.  Then a minute later my water broke.  I jumped out of bed, ran to the bathroom, and yelled out, "oh crap!". I couldn't believe that had just happened because I was only 33 weeks and 3 days pregnant.  I had awhile to go.

My husband heard me and woke up, asking what was wrong.  Then he figured it out and said, "your water didn't break did it?!".  When I told him it had, I remember hearing him say, "I don't feel so good."  

I paged my birth center for 30 minutes but no one called me back so I finally texted my Dr telling her what happened and she called me right back and told me to head to OB Triage.  We got dressed, I kissed my daughter goodbye, and we headed to the hospital.  On the drive there I remember looking around at the empty freeway and thinking it would probably be awhile before I would be back out in the real world.  And I was right.  

Once we got to the hospital, they gave me a steroid shot to mature the baby's lungs and started me on IV antibiotics right away to prevent infection.  Needless to say, I didn't get any sleep that night. I tried to stay positive though! 


The next day, my Dr came for a visit and said she would like to keep me pregnant for awhile longer, hopeful until I hit 35 weeks.  That would hopefully prevent the baby from having so many complications and maybe even keep her out of the NICU.  The thought of being in the hospital for so long didn't sound fun to me, but it was either me be in the hospital pregnant or my baby be born too early and have to stay in the NICU without me.  So I knew this was the best option we had.

And so began my 14 day hospital stay.  After a couple of days, I was transferred from Labor and Delivery to a room in the Antenatal Unit. This unit is specifically for pregnant women who have an extended hospital stay. Some for weeks, some even for months. I counted my self fortunate that I was there for a couple of weeks, but it still was tough being there.

My dr didn't want me to have visitors, except my immediate family.  The view out the window was just of a wall.  All I could see was a tiny bit of blue sky if I got really close to the window.  And the only time I could leave the room was for a 30 minute wheelchair ride.  We would go outside for a few minutes until we were too hot, then a ride to the hospital Starbucks or the cafeteria.

The highlight of my day was when Adeline would come visit.  She got to come everyday.  I think if I wouldn't have gotten to see her everyday, I would have lost it.  We would eat lunch together, she would go thru my makeup bag, play with play dough, and color.  And lots of movies.  I also got her to take a nap a couple of times.  I treasured my time with her, and when she would leave I was so sad.  I had never been away from her for more than a couple of hours.  















Eric took time off of work and stayed with me every night at the hospital.  He would go to our house during the day to clean up after all the water damage.  Then at night we would eat dinner together, he would take me for my wheelchair ride, then we would just hang out and talk for the rest of the evening.  







I had crossword puzzles, an adult coloring book, and would journal to keep myself occupied.  But it was the hardest thing I've been through.  Being away from my daughter every night, being confined to a hospital room for an extended period of time, and worrying everyday about whether or not my baby would be ok once she was born.

It was a great day when I finally hit 35 weeks on that Monday morning.  From 33 1/2 weeks to 35 weeks!  We were so happy because we knew we had met our goal and that the baby would most likely be fine and not even need a NICU stay when she was born. 


My Dr came and talked to us and decided I would be induced that Thursday morning.  I was nervous because I remembered how painful Pitocin was but I was happy to have an end in sight and be able to meet my baby soon!  

Tuesday night my husband took me outside to see an awesome rain storm.  Then we ate lasagna in my room, and I thought about how Wednesday would be the last day I would spend in this room, I thought about being transferred to Labor and Delivery, and starting the induction process on Thursday.  I thought I had one more day of rest.  Little did I know this little pic I took of myself on Tuesday would be the last pregnant picture I took of myself...



Monday, July 11, 2016

Our annual Newport Beach family vacation! 30 weeks pregnant

I wasn't sure I would make it but I did!  Made it to our big annual Newport Beach
Family vacation!  I was 30 weeks pregnant at the time so I wasn't sure how it was all going to go down, but I'm so glad we went.  It was such a nice time with our family and awesome to get to the beach. 

We did things a little different this year due to me being pregnant and definitely did things a lot slower.  On the drive over we got a hotel near Palm Springs for the night so I wouldn't have to make the full 6 hour drive all at once.  We had a great time swimming at the hotel and taking addy to her first hibachi steakhouse experience.  She said it was "too yowd and too hot!". :)


The next day we made the rest of the 2 hour drive to our hotel in Santa Ana, only 15 minutes from Newport Beach!

One of my favorite things about our vacation was that our hotel included a cooked to order full breakfast every morning!  It felt like such a luxury to wake up and just walk to the hotel restaurant for pancakes, omelettes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, donuts, and fruit. 


My dad brought my moms wheelchair from when she had foot surgery and him and Eric took turns giving me rides between the beach houses and to the beach.  Kind of embarrassing but helped so much, especially since my midwives want me to take things super easy right now to help keep my blood pressure down.


Eric and addy had a special father/daughter day at Disneyland!  I stayed behind because I knew it would be way too much.  It made me sad to not be able to go with them, but they had such a nice time together and Eric took good care of my baby!  I don't think she even missed me. :)





The rest of the week was beach time and family time!  




















Friday, June 10, 2016

12 year anniversary staycation




Last week we celebrated our 12 year anniversary.  We went a little low key this year since I was 27 weeks pregnant and stayed at a local resort for a little staycation.  We had a great time swimming, eating, relaxing, and enjoying s little family time together. 

I just love the life we've built together in the last 12 years!  At first with just the  two of us, and now with our daughter Adeline and our baby girl on the way.  I feel very fortunate to have so much love in our lives! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Our Spring

This Spring has been interesting to say the least.  Between trying to deal with the usual pregnancy symptoms (nausea, exhaustion, food aversions), wanting to soak up the cool weather while it lasts, and enjoying the last of the time with just Addy before the baby comes, I've tried to maintain a balance of rest and fun in the last few months. 

We had my cousin's baby shower.

A day at the Fountain Hills Fair with my parents. 

A kids Hawaiian Party.




A special event that we attend every year.  It's fun to get all dressed up.  

Donut picnics.

Park time.


Starbucks dates.

Splash pads.


A picnic with friends.

And a tea party.



Of course the highlight of our Spring was finding out we are having a baby girl!  I'm so happy that Addy will grow up with a sister.  I'm 22 weeks pregnant, due September 5th!  We are all so excited and can't wait for her to arrive!