Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Cooper is playing with his feet in this one! It was so cute to watch his little fingers wiggle and play with his toes...
He's looking right at you in this one~ can you see the chubby cheeks?
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Today is national cat day! Mommy can't be there to spoil you but I've given daddy orders to give you the "good stuff" for dinner tonight. Thank you for being loving and loyal.
**For those of you that missed reading a comment that I had made on Lily's blog regarding my cat's super genius status~ Please, know that one of her talents is that she can read! She reads mommy's blogs everyday. Actually, she's my biggest fan :) ** Oh, and I wish that I could tell you that this craziness is b/c I've in the hospital for 48 days, its not, I just REALLY love my cat**
Delilah taking a nap with Daddy~
Delilah doing what she does best...but, isn't she sweet?
She owns our house actually, we just kinda live with her...
Monday, October 26, 2009
Here are just a few pictures of the baby shower~
Here are Cooper's goodies...I just can't wait to use all these things with him!
My sis got this frame...An angel looking over a baby...just like Lily is watching over Cooper~
Lily was there at the shower in spirit and we all continue to love her and miss her everyday!
The cake and the little cradles filled with candy that my sis did for our guests~
Friday, October 23, 2009
I'll be 30 weeks tomorrow! I just cannot believe that we have made it this far! I remember my ob-gyn talking about "if you're still pregnant at 28 weeks..." and here we are at 30 weeks!!!
Everything continues to look stable by the grace of God. They check his fluid level and if there is any fluid behind the placenta (which would indicate that the uterine wall is starting to thin) and both look great. It looks like we'll do a second round of steriods at 32 weeks and they're most likely also going to move me to a room closer to the O.R. I've kinda gotten used to this room and I'll miss (almost) everyone up here but will do whatever they recommend.
Just for kicks I have to add this "package" picture...Cooper is already an exhibitionist :) He'll be so embarassed one day to know that his goods were on the internet...
Friday, October 16, 2009
We had our weekly ultrasound this morning and my peri wasn't there so we met with another peri in the group. This peri is rather familiar with our case because he's rounded on me several times in the hospital but I just really love in my regular peri...But, he did a very thorough u/s and everything continues to look stable. Cooper looks great! He weighs 3 lb. 2 oz. which is funny because my hubby and I were taking bets on what his weight would be today. I said 3.1 and he said 3.3...so, if we had put money on it than we would both be good :)
They've put me on Glyburide for my gestational diabetes because I just can't seem to key in my fasting blood sugars. I control my blood sugars through the day with diet but my fasting just won't cooperate! I came in here completely medicine free and was just taking prenatals. Since I've been here I've been on Tamiflu for 10 days, on Protonix in the morning because of TERRIBLE heartburn (water was giving me heartburn if that tells you anything!) and now I'm on Glyburide for my gestational diabetes. The only drug that I feel guilty for taking is the Tamiflu because the effects on the baby are unknown and that terrifies me. I almost felt like my arm was twisted in taking it because my ob was telling me all these terrible stories about these pregnant women in the ICU on ventilators and I have to tell you that the scare tactic worked! I've been on a ventilator before and will do almost anything if threatened with the remote possiblity of being on one again.
Otherwise, things are going rather smoothly. My spirits are up and down. Sometimes I feel like I can do anything and other days are spent in private pity-parties. I actually started crying in front of my nurse yesterday which if you know me IRL than you know that my tears are something that are kept private and only truly shared IRL with a very few people. Here I am crying in front of a virtual stranger. I didn't know her before this and chances are that our contact after this will be minimal (I do plan on bringing Cooper to visit after flu season is over) and I'm crying without hesitation. You begin to feel very vulnerable here and vulnerability isn't a quality that I'm in the mood for these days. I'm a rather opinionated and blunt person but find myself being rather weak inside this room.
I don't know if I've mentioned this yet and am too lazy to go through old posts, but the c-section has been scheduled for November 23rd so we'll have our little blessing on the week on Thanksgiving. I can't think of anything more wonderful to happen at a time of the year where people focus on their blessings...and,what a wonderful blessing he will be for our family.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This was really funny to me...or either I really am losing my mind from being here too long!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I've been reading a great book called "What to do when your baby is premature" by Joseph Garcia-Prats, M.D. and Sharon Simmons Hornfishcher, R.N., B.S.N. Which is a great handbook that deals with high-risk pregnancy and caring for the preterm infant. I've learned some really useful and sometimes scary things from this book. Babies born at 28 to 32 weeks gestation have a survival rate in excess of 90 percent which is a huge relief. A baby born during this time frame will most likely spend 8 to 12 weeks in the NICU which is sad because that would mean we would have to leave our little man here :( This book goes over everything that a 28 weeker to 32 weeker must face on the outside and a great look into how life in a NICU could be for Cooper and for mommy and Daddy. Again, I'm in a frame of mind that I can do this but the type A in me wants to be prepared for the possiblities! I would highly recommend this book to any parents that maybe walking down this very same road. I know that I didn't understand how stressful a high-risk pregnancy could be~ boy, was I naive?
We met with my peri yesterday and everything continues to look stable with my uterus. Actually, he hasn't seen any changes with my uterus in the last 2 months! My peri is completely confident that we'll make it to 34 weeks and the c-section has actually been scheduled for November 23rd...which is literally only 6 weeks away!
So, on a lighter note~ October is Pregnancy and Infant loss awareness month and breast cancer awareness month BUT did you know that October 29th is national cat day? Giving a shout out to all my cat lovers out there! Please visit your local shelter on October 29th, offering love and life by adopting a homeless cat. The goal of National Cat Day is to facilitate the adoption of 10,000 shelter cats nationwide on October 29th.
Delilah is such a good sport :)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here's the best part of my day (please, note sarcasm) . The doctor that did rounds on me on Monday has tested positive for the swine flu. I'm now on isolation precautions so the wheelchair rides that were the highlight of my day are a no go for the next 10 days. Anyone that enters my room must wear a mask and I'll be on prophylactic Tamaflu for 10 days, also.
And, run over to Lily's blog to see another reason why I'm just over this day....
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
*Turn off player before watching video*
This has always been one of my favorite songs but has become even more special to me since I've been in the hospital. My hubby, family and friends have been wonderful with all of their visits but I'm mostly alone during the day. The alone time gives you a lot of time to dream up all the bad things that could happen.
I've amped up my bible time, praying, and listening to only positive music. This song reminds me though that I'm never alone and God is always there...Like the lyrics of the song say "I'll trust the unseen."
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I'm pretty sure that she's going to love my hubby more than me by the time that Cooper and I come home...I should get a dog! More loyalty!
Friday, October 2, 2009
We had a great ultrasound this morning which showed a very happy and healthy Cooper and a very stable uterus. I talked with my peri about the two episodes of contractions this week (had 2 last night during NST) and he blew them off completely. He's not worried in the slightest. I expressed to him that I'm more paranoid because of some of the comments and looks I get from the nurses when I have contractions. One of those comments was that I'm the ticking time bomb on the hall. I mean, how would you feel? He was pissed that someone would say that and wanted to know what nurse it was and I told him that I would tell him on the day I left the hospital. I don't want to be treated any differently for being a rat...My peri is super encouraging and thinks that I'm doing a good job and everything is going great.
Anyhow moving on...Cooper is now weighing 2 lb 5 oz and is doing beautifully. My uterus is stable and nothing has changed since last week. I feel much more grounded today and will remind myself of all my peri's words when I start to have a freak out :) Here are the pics from this morning~ please, forgive the quality because I'm having to do wierd things to upload pics without my scanner....