Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mama Jen @ 34 Weeks..

Weeks: 34 weeks, 3 days

Cravings: Not really anything that I can think of. However, I must share that I found the MOST DELICIOUS TREAT!!! Publix Frozen Yogurt Berry Granola. It's vanilla frozen yogurt with berry swirls (blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry) with granola bits. YUM.

Symptoms? I am getting pretty uncomfortable. Since Kinsley Anne has dropped, my sciatica has returned, I pee quite frequently, and lots of contractions.

Showing: undeniably and people think that I'm due any day.

Boy or Girl? Miss Kinsley Anne Settle

Bought anything? We bought a couple of things for her in the "newborn" size just in case she's less than 8lbs. We have a good bit of 0-3 month closing which is for ~8-12lbs. Also, the curtains that I designed & her mobile came in! So now, the nursery is complete.

Shopping for anything? We are looking for a tall lamp to put behind the glider/rocker but are in no rush if we can't find "the right one."

..And the dad to be? AMAZING. He is such a good husband & is going to be an awesome daddy, too.

Most recent appointment? I was seen a little early (33 wks) instead of my regular 34 week appointment because I had an increase in discharge & we had to make sure it wasn't leaking amniotic fluid. It was not, just the joys of pregnancy. But I was also checked and was not dilated at all despite how low I am carrying.

Next appointment? I have to call tomorrow for an appointment this week. We had a really eventful weekend. Friday around noon, I went to the bathroom to pee & noticed some blood in my underwear. This obviously freaked me out & I tried calling my OB office, knowing they close at noon. We (me and one of the doctor's I work with) had a hard time getting a hold of anyone & so the doctor I work with called one of her friends' cell phones, (who happens to be an OB in my group). I talked to her, she relaxed me, and said "if you're not having contractions, baby is moving OK, and your water hasn't broken, I feel comfortable just monitoring you. If any of those things happen, don't call us, just head to triage." So that made me take a sigh of relief. I left work shortly after this to go put my feet up since I was done seeing patients & about 30 minutes later, while driving home, I started having contractions. They were 5 minutes apart..not real uncomfortable but obviously not right. So, I called Kyle & told him that we needed to head on to the hospital. He didn't believe it, but I told him that I would go home & pack up anything that wasn't already packed & he could meet me at the house ready to go. A little more than an hour later, we were in the car & headed on. At labor & delivery triage, I was hooked up to the monitors & when I said, "I think I just had a contraction. Did you see one?" to the nurse, she said "uh huh" and left the room. A few minutes later, in she walked, but with a shot. She told me that the shot was Brethine & it should stop my contractions. I said, ok and she gave it to me. The doctor then came in & checked me...1 cm dilated. She said that we should know if the Brethine is going to work in 30 minutes. Kyle and I watched the monitor as my contractions quickly stopped.....temporarily. About 30 minutes after the shot worked, my contractions were coming back stronger. A few of them I had to breathe myself through. The nurse and doctor came back with another shot (Brethine) and a pill (Procardia) and explained that since I didn't respond too well, I had won myself an overnight stay. I quickly found myself in a room on High Risk OB. Throughout the night, I got 3 rounds of IV penicillin (for GBS prophylaxis), Procardia every 6 hours, and several bags of IV fluids. My contractions actually never stopped, but they did slow way down. My OB explained that at 34 weeks, if I delivered, Kinsley Anne would win herself bed in the NICU no matter how well she was doing. However at 35 weeks, it depended on how she did after birth that determined NICU or not. And even better, at 36 weeks, she would pretty much surely avoid NICU. So, basically, the contractions I'm having have become my "new baseline" and I have to return to the hospital if anything changes. I will continue on Procardia until 36 weeks & will come off of it at that time. From that point on, labor is fair will just be up to our sweet girl when she wants to come. If I go into labor even in the next 1.5 weeks, even on Procardia, she will probably be delivered as well since they have used all the meds that they can safely use at this point. So, needless to say, I'm now on "light duty," although this is not bedrest...praise God!! I am already a stubborn pregnant woman and I don't know if I would be able to handle laying in bed for 2 weeks.

Onto non-pregnancy things..

  • When I called Kyle to tell him about my contractions, he was over on our 10 acres training our dog with our dog breeder (and one of his dogs). Kyle was so proud of how Bowen did. He planted a quail & within 20-30 seconds, Bowen had found it and stood on point for about 1.5 minutes. Then, Peanut (the breeder's GSP) came up behind Bowen & honored his point...basically, the 1st dog to find the bird points the bird & then the 2nd dog comes up on the 1st dog & points him. It is a fairly high skill for both dogs. The 1st dog has to have the patience to stand on point even when another dog comes in "threatening his bird" and the 2nd dog has to come up slow enough to not frighten and flush the bird. Below is a picture of Peanut honoring Bowen's point...
  • Kyle bought me a great porch swing as my "push present." He knows that I love sitting out on the deck & he felt like that would be a great place to sit and swing with Kinsley Anne. I have already gotten a lot of use out of it & can't wait until our sweet girl can swing with us!
  • I will be sure to update again after my doctor's appointment this week!!

Until next time.. Love, Jen

Kinsley Anne,

We didn't know if we should be excited or scared on Friday. I cannot wait to go to the hospital without a doubt in my mind that we will be having you! The pain will all be worth it and I am sure of it. I know that you want to come out into the world to meet us, but just make sure that you are strong enough & big enough before you make your grand entrance. We will be ready & waiting when it's time. We love you so much!!

Love, your mama & daddy

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