Saturday, October 31, 2009
Saturday (the day after we got home from the hospital) I woke up with difficulty breathing and chest pain. We went in to Urgent Care and they sent us directly over to the hospital for a CT scan to see if I had a Pulmonary Embolism. Fortunately they determined that my shortness of breath was due to fluid on both sides of my lungs and air pressing on my diaphragm. I was told to just go home and wait for the fluid to subside. I was definitely very uncomfortable for a few days but it did get better.
Then on Wednesday I stood up and felt a warm gush. I put my hand over my side and saw that I was bleeding. My incision had opened up so we ended up back at the Dr. again later that afternoon. We had to do an ultrasound to confirm that there was fluid between my incisions by doing this so Thursday we went back for that. This was confirmed so we were yet again headed back on Friday morning. Dr. G. was going to drain the excess fluid but fortunately it had continued to drain on it's own so he didn't have to do anything. I have to keep an eye on it for awhile and hopefully it will go down on it's own.
So......... that is why I have been a little lacks in the update department. I am beginning to feel much better. (losing over 20 lbs since last Saturday has been quite amazing!!) As you can see from a lot of the early pictures I had ballooned up due to all of the fluids they were pumping into me during labor. Thankfully it is finally starting to work it's way out and I am getting back to normal!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday morning we got to come home! Maddox has been enjoying his first few days at home and seems to have adjusted pretty well. Bear welcomed us all home with open arms and has been wonderful with him thus far. He loves to run up and lick him but then goes about his business. He doesn't like when Maddox is screaming though... he either wants to lick him to death or he runs away and hides.
Let me just say that it is definitely not all that it is cracked up to be! Ha ha.... As I had written earlier we ended up going in to the hospital on Sunday, October 18th around 6:00 pm. They started Cervadil (a hormone to help my cervix to dilate) and I had that in till 5:00 am Monday morning. When we went in I was about 1 cm dilated and unfortunately the Cervadil didn't do its job and get me moving and I pretty much maintained at 1 cm.
Getting an IV was awesome too. My veins roll so it took them 3 times (and DIGGING) to get one finally started, that was totally awesome!
At 6:00 am we started Pitocin and my contractions began at 7:00 am. Obviously they started out "pretty easy" but quickly they began to kick my a$$! They were upping the anti every 20 minutes so just about the time I was getting the hang of it they were increasing by the minute.
My goal going in was was to try and do labor as naturally as possible... My hope was that I could work through it and be just fine. Around 1:00 I got to the point where breathing through them wasn't working so I gave in and took some Nubain which did help a ton! I was still feeling the contractions but they definitely weren't as painful. Justin said I was rather loopy with this but that hour and forty five minutes was AMAZING! When it started to wear off I decided to take another dose since I still wasn't really progressing. I was only to about 3 cm and had been at the whole contracting thing for about 8 hours. Unfortunately the second dose worked for only about 30 minutes so it was rather worthless....
I got up and did some walking, rocking, moving.... whatever I could to try and relieve some pain. The birthing ball wasn't really something that helped me but I kept trying it just to see if it would do something. The contractions were coming every 2 minutes lasting a minute and a half so I was getting about 30 seconds to re-coop. Finally, after I had crawled up the bed rails about 30-40 times and couldn't stop bawling uncontrollably, I opted for the epidural. I think Justin was really happy about this cuz he couldn't do anything right at that point. Bless his heart he was super awesome and very supportive but I couldn't really express what I wanted/needed through my clenched teeth and heavy breathing.
They brought in the Epidural and got it placed. I was surprised at how much it didn't hurt so that was pretty positive experience. From about 4:00-6:00 pm I didn't feel much pain but around 6:30 I began to feel contractions though they weren't overly painful. I had always been able pretty much everything below my waist. Around 7:00 I finally hit 5 cm and it was decided that I could continue to labor instead of being taken for a c-section at that point. (I SO did not want one of those!)
So we continued on..... After 7:45 pm there was nothing left to the Epidural and I was on my own. Around 1:00 am I could finally start pushing! We pushed for 3 HOURS and Maddox wasn't really budging. We found out later that he was wedged pretty far down in my pelvis but he wasn't going anywhere. (Apparently Maddox was so wedged in my pelvis they actually had to push from the bottom and pull from the top to get him out. He wasn't going ANYWHERE so thankfully we opted for the c-section.) At this point it is about 4:00 am and Justin and I had been up for almost 24 hour so we were beat. The Dr's decided to go ahead and do a c-section and I couldn't have been happier. We were SO tired that we could hardly focus. They called in all the necessary people and things finally got rolling.
I was rolled into the OR at 4:54 am and they started trying to get me medicated. They tried to use my Epidural line for the spinal block but it wasn't working. As it turns out the Epidural had not been in right, or had come out too far, so the medicine was actually leaking out the entire time... Awesome! I was getting some of the medicine but not enough. The Anesthesiologist tried 5 times to get the medicine in and it never really worked. The OB Dr. pinched me and I swore he had cut already so when they asked me if I could feel it and I made sure they knew I could! I kept moving my legs JUST IN CASE I fell asleep from exhaustion so they knew not to cut. Finally they decided to just put me out and I was completely fine with that. The only bad thing was that Justin couldn't be in there with me so he wasn't there when Maddox was born.
At 5:31 am Maddox was born and you've heard the rest. Thankfully Justin and my sister were there so there is video and pictures of everything in the nursery and Justin's reaction to meeting Maddox. Labor and delivery was the hardest but most rewarding thing that I have ever done. It was definitely the longest 19 hours of labor, 3 hours of pushing and 34 hours of no sleep, Justin and I wouldn't trade our son for anything. :) He is our miracle and we couldn't be happier to finally have him with us!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
This is your officially your last weekend that you are allowed to stay comfy..... aka: in Mommy's tummy. Don't get me wrong I love feeling you squirm and roll however, I am thinking you are WAY past over done. Daddy and I are very ready to meet you and are not feeling overly great about the fact that you have decided to show your stubbornness so soon. I guess we appreciate your allowing us to get to know your personality so we aren't surprised when you finally do make your appearance but seriously! I know it is fun to test your parents' patience (Lord knows Mommy did this quite often with Nana and Papa) but I think we could handle it a lot better if we could hug, kiss, and squeeze you in the meantime.
We know that no matter what we will get to meet you Monday or Tuesday but that just doesn't seem soon enough. Please feel free to come sooner as we are more than ready to meet you.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sometime today we are going to be putting up curtains in the living room as well as winterizing all the windows.... How long have we lived at this place might you ask..... way to long to not have curtains hung but we are picky! Next goal, carving pumpkins AND walking my little heart out. I think Bear would love to go play at the park down the road.....
Last night we went to the movie "Couples Retreat" which I thought was hilarious. Justin didn't think it was "Wedding Crashers" funny but he enjoyed it. Definitely worth the time and money!! It will most likely be our last date for awhile so I am glad we both enjoyed it.
We are hanging in and don't worry, we will keep everyone posted if things change. Keep us in your thoughts and pray that we can do this naturally.... I am really hoping we don't have to be induced.... Have a great day!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Justin and I are going to go run some final errands today and walk our little hearts out. We will keep you posted on any changes!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Anyone ever have any crazy dreams they can share with me so I don't feel so crazy?!?!?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I have been having some contractions, even timeable ones, but they fade away after awhile. On a positive note they are getting a bit stronger which I am told is a good sign! My lower back is in constant pain too which definitely isn't fun.... hard to find a position that is comfortable. I am "approx. 2 cm" dilated according to the Dr. so that is encouraging (I think). Now if I could just get some descent sleep.... that would feel WONDERFUL!
I guess it is just up to Peanut as to where we go from here. Wish us luck! :)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Fall is my favorite time of years for lots of reasons but I think what I love the most is the harvesting that is happening back home (or will be soon). I always get pretty homesick during September- end of November. It definitely is the farm girl in me that can’t let go of her roots. Justin gets excited about this time of year too because some of his favorite things to do start now as well. He is really anticipating Pheasant Opener in Iowa and looks forward to it all year long. This also means that ice fishing is just around the corner which he also happens to be a big fan of so he has lots of things to look forward to. He is just like a kid in the candy store when he gets to do his "outdoorsman things" and I can't blame him. I just get giddy this time of year as well!
Hawkeye Football comes around again
Packer football is back! I am even learning to love Aaron Rogers (sort of) which is a huge step for me accepting the new wave of Packer football!
All of my favorite colors are EVERYWHERE! I love watching the colors change and it makes me really want to get out and take pictures. I am really excited about the future pictures of Peanut since every year their birthday will be during some of the prime photo taking! I can't wait to get to take those!
Going for rides in a Big Green Combine! I love everything that has to do with harvest and will miss not getting to do it this year. I really enjoy driving the tractor and working the ground. Something about it is very calming and relaxing.
There are so many other things that I love about fall but I don't want to bore you anymore than I already have. Happy fall everyone!