Saturday, June 22, 2013

Two Weeks at Home!

Saturday, June 22nd
Two weeks on bedrest so far!  30w2d!

Another Saturday has come!  Once again, the kids weren't terrible with getting us up at an unholy hour (closer to 9am, once again).  Both of them spent most of the morning with me, eating breakfast in bed and watching a few things on TV.  Mike went about doing some stuff in the yard and some cleanup around the house a little bit. Once Jared finally got down for a nap (and then got up again), all of us went swimming in the evening!

So today has been a bit crampier than usual.  I had cramping in all sorts of places and combinations, whole belly front and back (very Braxton Hicks-ish), SUPER tight on just the right side, but not so much on the left, just both sides of my lower back, and so on and so forth.  No real pattern that I could discern, and since they aren't rhythmic or consistent, I can't really tell what they are one way or the other.  Why must this be so hard!?

In other news, Jared actually went pee on the potty for the first time today!  After getting out of the pool, he hopped in the shower with me, and after he came out to dry off, he started to dribble on the floor.  I caught him and popped him right on the potty, where he finished.  A few minutes later, apparently he hadn't finished the job, and told us he had to go poo-poo, holding the potty seat insert for us to put on the toilet.  And he went some more!  I think it really clicked that time what he needed to do, so hopefully this is a good start to potty training.  Probably not the best time in the world, since I can't really chase after him to go right now, and it might be just as hard with a new baby around (and there's a risk of him regressing when that happens too).

Well, so far so good with the weekend being halfway through!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Day 14 at Home

Friday, June 21
Fourteenth day of bedrest at home

Welcome to the first day of summer!  Around here, it's felt like summer for at LEAST the past month, probably longer in my world just from carrying a bowling ball around my abdomen.  But, in all actuality, today didn't seem any hotter or more miserable than any days preceding it, and I wasn't necessarily sweating like a pig all day long.

But, I digress.  Today was definitely my forced "take it easy" day, after having spent a good chunk of the day yesterday out of bed and entertaining company.  So, in other words, it was back to business as usual.  I was a bit worn out in the afternoon, actually, and ended up taking a short nap.  I love napping, and I usually take a nap on the weekends when Jared does, so it's almost a bit surprising that I'm not really feeling the urge most days (since I've been at home) to nap.  I think it's probably good that I got one in today, as it hopefully well make me more rested for the weekend ahead.

In other news, the baby is doing her fair share of moving and shaking around quite a lot.  I can almost imagine her trying to sleep like her brothers, butt in the air (even though I have no idea how she's really positioned, aside from it being assumed that she's still head down).  A few tightenings here and there in my belly and in my back now (???), but, again, unsure if it's the baby or what, since most of them do coincide with when she's most active.

And, I suppose I shall leave things at that!  With it being almost 11pm, I am kind of worn down from the day (even though it was spent sedentary!)...and I don't particularly want to delve into some other subject that's deeper, something that I've been thinking about for a while (regarding all of the things that I "can't" do now, that I'm missing out on, and all of the things I've had to modify to adjust to the whole bedrest thing).  But that will come soon!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day 13 at Home

Thursday, June 20th
Day 13 on bedrest...30 weeks!!!

So we've made it to the big 3-0 weeks!  Making it to 32 will be a huge one, for sure, and now it's only 2 weeks off!  As I type this, the baby is doing some pretty hefty full body moves in my belly, it's kind of fun to watch.

Anyway...on to today.  I remember being woken up, or I woke up only to have the realization that two big contractions were coming on.  I'll quit calling them Braxon Hicks ones, because who really knows. They weren't painful, but they definitely made my whole belly and my lower back tight.  Time seems longer when there's something going on in the middle of the night, so I don't know how long they REALLY were, but they seemed longer than the random ones I've had this week, clocked at around 15 seconds long.  And they were also timed far enough apart that I fell asleep between them quite easily.

So we went about the morning stuff, getting the kids off to daycare and so on, and I stayed home and prepared for visitors in the afternoon!  I was fantastic to see some friends that I haven't seen for about 10 years (and their kids...only had met the oldest two, and they were quite small at the time!).  When Daniel and Jared got home, they had fun (especially Daniel, Jared was kind of quiet and kept to himself) with the bigger kids.  When you're cooped up inside the house, it really is nice to have visitors...even when your house is a stinky disaster (courtesy of naughty cats). seemed like there was so much more to talk about today, but I think I covered that in a nutshell!  And here it is...the ticker for today...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Day 12 at Home

Wednesday, June 19th
Still on bedrest at home & doctor's appointment - 29w6d!

It's hard to believe that two weeks ago today I was being admitted to the hospital for pre-term labor.  It seemed like everything happened so fast, and spiraled out of control so quickly, but in the end, the baby is safe and sound inside, where she should be!  I can't help but wonder what might have happened if I'd waited...everything from the extreme notion that I'd have been fine (ha!), to the other extreme of things going downhill to the point where they couldn't stop a baby from coming (again, extreme).

Aside from that, today is my favorite day of the week because it's doctor's appointment day!  It started off with the usual ultrasound, which is always fun and usually comforting.  It's kind of interesting that they're monitoring how much amniotic fluid the baby has...I honestly didn't imagine that would be a huge concern.  It was interesting to see the graph over time.  As I recall, the fluid has been close to normal, maybe a little higher, with last time being the levels vary and jump around.  Nothing of concern though!

Second part was seeing the doctor, Dr. Urig, the same one we saw last week.  I've lost 2lbs since last week (wha?), blood pressure was good and presumably everything pee related was too.  No cervix check, but figuring/hoping it isn't changing, and there isn't a real reason why it would, in theory.  Good news is that I can migrate to the couch, or more importantly outside to the lounge chairs by the pool.  And as an added bonus...can go IN THE POOL!

Well, that's about it!  Looking forward to seeing some visitors tomorrow, hopefully...even if I can't do a whole lot in terms of mobility.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Day 11 at Home

Tuesday, June 18th
Eleventh day of bedrest at home

I've come to the realization that I could stand to mix things up a bit (ha!) in terms of things to put on this blog.  I mean, yeah, I'm still going to blather about all of the thing going on in my confined little space, but I think it would be more interesting to read later on if I left little things to look back on laugh at, or reminders to myself or something along those lines.

Also quite random, I'm realizing that I'm losing track of the date and my number of days at home so far...sometimes it feels like a lot, sometimes not!  Is today Tuesday?  Yeah I guess it is!  Only way that I deduce that it's either Tuesday or Thursday is that Mike is at the office today and not working from home.  At least that's something.

Anyway, something that I've thought about recently is trying to prepare for the unexpected.  With the idea that there's less to scurry around for if a particular situation were to arise, and the superstitious part of me saying that if I prepare, it will keep something crazy from happening.  Wishful thinking, but I'm going to plan anyway.

Today's planning has to do with what happens if I have to go to the hospital for more monitoring/another stay before the baby is born.  I was not at ALL prepared for the last hospital stay, but I did have a mental list of things that are essential (for me, at least) to grab before heading to the hospital.  But I can improve on here goes:

Amy's Must-Haves Hospital List

Cell Phone Charger

PJ Pants and/or Shorts (for when not wearing hospital gown)
Tank top, loose shirt, or otherwise (same)
Clean underwear

Hair brush
Contacts/case/saline solution

Now, at the risk of having that "moved in" feeling at the hospital, I guess there's a few other things that might have been nice to have with the last hospital stay. And mind you, I didn't have everything on the above list with me...most notably missing were the hair brush, deodorant and toothbrush/toothpaste.  So here's the list of "if you can grab it/it's in the bag, bring it!" items.

Amy's Optional Hospital Items List

Camera (will explain later)
A movie to watch/something to watch it on
Cables to watch said movie in room
Craft interest of the day/week

Wet wipes
Nice smelling body spray
A razor

Snacks and drinks of various types (for Mike)

OK, I put the camera and batteries thing down JUST in case a hospital stay turns baby delivery.  Our cell phones have cameras that will do in a pinch, but I'd rather have the good one.  The movie's tempting to just say "oh, bring the Roku", which would be fine, but I don't know how well it works on hospital wifi.  And with too many options, and nothing in particular picked out in advance, the tendency is to spend a lot of time wondering what we should see.  If we keep in mind what we want to watch in advance, then we can!  Obviously, having the cables to hook up whatever movie we want to watch to the TV in the room is another thing.  I seem to recall the TV in the room having the standard A/V cables, but it might have an HDMI in (I never was up that close to it to see).  Figure we can watch it on the laptop if needbe too.

Crafts.  Ha!  I always think that I'm going to have loads of time to do that sort of thing, but the time I tried to do Daniel's birth information cross-stitch thing in the hospital, I didn't get very far.  Wishful thinking, but one of these times I'll get something completed!  In any case, cross stitch, crochet, and my chainmail stuff (the 3 C's!) pack pretty lightly and they're a good thing to keep occupied.

I put the toiletry things on there as not MUST haves, but in hindsight they would have been nice.  I was sweating like a pig (both this last trip, and I remember doing the same after both Daniel and Jared were born).  A few times the nurses had wet wash clothes to wipe down with, but occasionally I though it'd be handy to have baby wipes or something just to get the yuck off.  Body spray, same concept.  Razor...well...I've moved past worrying about being Sasquatch or something, and my hair doesn't really grow THAT fast.  Nice to have though.

Well, now that the lists are done, they're now handily online in case it does come down to throwing stuff in a bag (vs having it already in there).

Now onto today.  Pretty good, again (I say that all the time!).  I went kind of in and out of sleep when Mike had to get up at around 4:30, just checking to see if he had come back to bed or not.  So, I slept better than he did...hoping he gets a better sleep tonight!  Cramping really hasn't been there, but I'm noticing a few more tightening spells.  Still not a lot, definitely not more than 6 times an hour, and not as intense or frequent as they were before this whole thing started.  I do question myself, though, because the tightening happens in one of three combinations.

1.  Baby stretches and tightens the side she's on (usually right)
2.  Baby moves or stretches, and my whole belly goes tight
3.  I can't detect the baby moving, or she might move a tiny bit, but my whole belly goes tight.

So, I can't tell what is triggering it (is it the baby?  did she cause it or is she reacting to it?).

Mood is pretty even today...I'm feeling a bit productive with grading today, and I have visitors lined up for possibly tomorrow evening and on Thursday/Friday during the day.  That, and tomorrow is doctor's appointment day!  Until next time!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Day 10 at Home

Monday, June 17th
Tenth day on bedrest at home!

Well, not a whole lot to report today other than it's Monday.  The new week was definitely welcomed (for me and Mike, and probably the kids too!), and we started off on our new usual routine.  Daniel to speech, Jared lazily having breakfast while he watches Mickey Mouse.  Mike did a quick run to McDonalds for breakfast while Daniel was at speech and brought it home (yum!!!).  I think Jared enjoyed spending a little quality time cuddled up with mommy and daddy while Daniel was away...even if it was short lived and even if it was just for a quickie breakfast.

And then Mike was off to pick up Daniel so that he and Jared could get deposited at daycare.  A fantastic surprise came from the director of the daycare...some dinners for us!  Definitely made my morning at how nice and thoughtful!  So far so good!  Next on the agenda, carpets. The carpet cleaners called to see if it was OK to come earlier (which it was...definitely!), and they showed up right before 12:30, and were finished before 1:15.  Awesome.  My morning and early afternoon I decided to try the dragon chain mail (which I'm still working on...getting things right and deciding on my own "design" so to speak).

Into the afternoon, I did a little bit of grading for my class, and just took it easy.  It's kind of nice not to be rushed while grading, and not waiting around until the kids are in bed to even start it.

Physically, I'm doing pretty well I think.  Yesterday I was definitely the most "sore", but that was mostly from being a bit more contorted to avoid having the kids bumping into me.  My belly is a bit tighter than I think it was late last week, but not contraction-y.  I say it often, but it is really hard to say what each particular ache is.  In the past, I was almost certain when I was having a Braxton Hicks contraction, or any sort of overall cramping or tightening.  I think even in the hospital, I grew aware of when a contraction was coming on or when I was in the middle of one.  But, yeah, now I'm not so sure.  I almost wish I had a monitor that I could wear to see in passing what I can detect and what I can't.  Or something that would ask me "are you having a contraction" when it thinks I'm having one.

Anyway, I digress...on to the next day...

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Day 9 at Home - Father's Day!

Sunday, June 16th
Ninth day at home, Father's Day and 29w3d!

A very happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there (very generic sounding), and of course to the two father's that I know best, my own, and the father to my children, Mike!

Well, today was a bit of a draining day.  Once again, the kids got up at not a wholly unreasonable hour, but Mike had been woken up (and I, too...I turn into a light sleeper when I have issues with temperature regulation) several times for work, so we were both a little tired (him probably more so than me, since I wasn't the one answering the phone).  The kids tend to go a little stir-crazy by Sunday, and with me being stationary, that was magnified.

Mike's task was to get everything ready for the carpet cleaners tomorrow, which he did in pretty good time...but it also involved a lot of manual labor for him, and a lot of me trying to keep kids calm and prevent them from crawling all over me (literally).  So, yeah, we're both tired.

Cramping wasn't awful today, but it seems like it was more than usual today.  I don't know whether it was because of the kids (and straining myself that way) or allowing myself to become more dehydrated than usual (didn't help that the kids wanted to steal my water or whatever I was drinking whenever they got the chance).  My little belly-dweller was having fun punching or kicking pretty low down, which didn't feel really good either.  I think both Mike and I are looking forward to Monday...something you seriously wouldn't ever think we'd say!

In other news (and this is always a subject that makes me tense...and I really am trying hard not to let it get to me) is my parents are kicking things up a notch in terms of moving.  All plans are for them to close on the sale on July 11th, and tentative plan is for them to leave for Washington on July 12th.  What that means is that we'll be inheriting some week!  It's kind of stressing me out having to think about what to do with the kids when the baby comes, and even what to do if something happens between now and the 36 week mark (in the sense of, if I have another episode of contractions or if something changes and I end up hospitalized again, it puts a lot of strain there).  It seems like things have been one trigger after another for stress...but I guess at least I feel lucky that they do end up resolving after a while, if only to be replaced by a new stress.

I'm looking forward to a new week...lots of exciting things I hope!