Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Different Thanksgiving

Well, we have a lot to be thankful for this year even if our Thanksgiving was a little different. As many of you know, I went on maternity bed rest at 26 weeks due to early contractions. I am thankful to say that our little miracle is doing well and we are now 29 weeks and counting. The night before Thanksgiving, Bill was having some chest pains that we thought were reflux; however after a visit to the ER, it was determined that Bill had pericarditis, an infection which caused him to be in a large amount of pain and unable to take large breaths comfortably! We are truly thankful that Maggie is now living in Houston and with my inability to get up from bed could take him to the ER. Bill is recovering very well and we both have enjoyed being together in the bed over the weekend with our meds, puppy and baby on the way! Bruce and Ellen, Bill's parents, came to help decorate the outside of our home for Christmas and we are blessed to have such wonderful family. Even though Bill and I gave thanks in bed with our turkey dinner, it was a great Thanksgiving and we are looking forward to a wonderful holiday season. God Bless!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Joy to the World!

So, I am still on bed rest, but the doctor is very happy with my progress and the baby is doing great! My Grandmother came on Wednesday to help with the nursery decor and fixed me some of the best meals! Thank you so much Gran! On Saturday, my parents came into town as Bill and I would not be able to travel for Thanksgiving. I have the most wonderful parents and amazing husband. They let me shout from the couch orders as to the Christmas decorating. WIthin 24 hours my Christmas tree was up and my home looked like a winter wonderland! Can you believe it? Bill cooked us all dinner from the grill as well. This man deserves extra under the tree this year! The decorating definitely made my day and brought tons of Joy!

Feeling a little bummed out that I would not be able to make it to Corsicana to get my maternity photos done by the lovely Charla, I suddenly remembered that my very own mommy was especially great with the camera! Talk about a fast and furious photo shoot... but does that woman take amazing photos or what? I am so pleased with how they turned out. You still have that magic touch mom... In both painting and photography!

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Birthday Surprise!

Wednesday I celebrated my 27th birthday and being 27 weeks pregnant! Plans for the day? Hanging out watching movies in bed with the baby and the dog! I have to say that I was a little bummed that this year I would be celebrating in bed, so Bill came home early and helped to wash and dry my hair and setup the sofa in living room to change my scenery. I also put on comfy clothes rather than pajamas to feel a little more normal! Little did I know that the girls were planning a birthday surprise (thanks to the master minds Alisa and Ashley for putting everything together). It truly brightened my birthday and was such a wonderful surprise. Ashley, Alisa and Jackie came running down the hall with balloons and the other girls showed up with so many wonderful gifts, food, etc. It was a really great evening! I also managed to stand up for 1 minute while Bill took a 27 week bump photo! After all the excitement, we did have a little set back on contractions, but everything is fine and we are taking it super easy this weekend! We also got our gestational diabetes test back and I passed with flying colors... take that to all you guys who thought the candy queen wouldn't pass! I know how to handle my sugar... wink!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Update from the Bed

Well, it has been about 12 days of bed rest and I think I have watched every type of show known to man! HaHa! Over the past week and a half we have had such wonderful family, friends and neighbors. We went to the doctor on Monday and I can report that she was very happy with my progress. Even though I am still having contractions, they are not as frequent and we are still managing them with procardia which is so much better than the magnesium. The best news is that my cervix is still closed and that I went from the 4th percentile in fluid to the 47th in just one week. The bad news is that I have an extra week of bed rest so that makes a total of 3 weeks from the time we went in originally, but I am willing to do anything to keep this little man put. We go in for an update on the 23rd so please keep your prayers coming as the power of prayer has done amazing things and we could not thank you enough! I have also learned throughout this entire experience that sometimes you just need to slow down, that things don't always have to be perfect, and that God is in control.

I will say that one of the best things about this experience has been being able to see our little miracle on the ultrasound more than you would normally be able to see due to the complications. Below is a facial shot. I just love that little nose!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bed Rest

Well, it has been an eventful week! Last Thursday, I was feeling a little tightness and decided to check in with my doctor to make sure that everything was normal with the pregnancy. Turns out that little William Stone was so eager to meet his mommy and daddy that I had started contractions and needed to be admitted into the hospital. After two shots and a pill, they decided to put me on magnesium and for anyone that has ever had to have a dose of that lovely stuff I have a new found sympathy for you... I could not figure out why everyone that came into my hospital room was all bundled in sweatshirts and heavy coats... well, that is because it was a freezer in my room due to how hot I was! Thank you to everyone who sent flowers, came and saw us in the hospital and those praying for our family! We have such amazing friends and family and are so thankful for each and every one of you. This was such a scary time for both Bill and I and it was really great to have all that support. We are taking it one day at a time and feel truly blessed that our little guy has been able to stay put another week. After our release from the hospital on Sunday night (a day early... yea!), I am on strict bed rest for 2 weeks until the doctor clears me. For those of you who know me... best rest? seriously? But, I will do just about anything for this baby! We have a doctor's appointment on Monday and will be sure to keep everyone posted! A special thank you to my mother for coming and helping take shifts in the hospital and for all the help around the house... I also must brag on my amazing husband who has been such a rock through all of this and has gone above and beyond... he has prepared my meals, stayed in a cold hospital room, run errands, kept everything organized, rubbed my legs so they wouldn't get sore and even washed and dried my hair... I love you baby and I promise to make it up to you!
Here I am with nurse Mia - yes, we took pictures... come on I document everything and this is going in the baby book - yet another thing on my to do list!
Bill and I with the monitoring strip! oh yuck Kate!
Look at that strong heart beat! They said that he would calm down and not to get scared if his heart rate slows because of the mag... not our little boy! Such a little fighter! Probably why the contractions! wink!
The beautiful orchid my mommy brought!
Lexis is my total favorite! Thanks Bruce, Ellen and Maggie!
Some more of the wonderful flowers... really helped keep my spirits up!