Sunday, February 27, 2011

28 weeks!

Last Sunday, my Dr. told my husband that it was time for me to start resting. Dr. Rawson wants me "horizontal" as much as possible as a precaution to prevent preeclampsia. This news came the day after getting out of the hospital for the second time for iv hydration due to a stomach bug. I have been monitoring my blood pressure at home & it has been good, so I didn't think I was going to have to do bed rest although my Dr. has been preparing me for the possibility all along. When James told me that Dr. Rawson wants me on bed rest now, I immediately started crying & freaking out about how this bed rest was going to work. I am an independent person who likes to be on the go & be in control of the situation. I felt like everything was being ripped out from under me. I know that's an exaggeration, but I was struggling with letting go of being able to take care of my family. I spent the rest of the day stressing out about it.

On Monday, I went with my Mom to take Abigail to school to show her where to go & to introduce her to Abigail's teacher. When I explained to Abigail's teacher that I would no longer be dropping off Abigail & picking her up because I was put on bed rest, I started crying. I regained my composure only long enough to drop my Mom back off. Then, I came back home where I'd be spending my days from now on & cried my eyes out. I am so thankful that my parents live close by & that my Mom is able to help out with Abigail. My Mom has been shuttling Abigail around & running errands for me. She's also been helping with grocery shopping & making sure we have food for dinner. Monday night after dinner, James started getting sick. It was obvious that he had the stomach bug because he couldn't keep anything down. It was difficult not to help my husband when he needed me, but I couldn't afford to get sick again & I was supposed to be resting. So, I took him ice chips & gaterade & checked on him just to make sure he was okay. I slept in the playroom to keep my distance from all the germs. James stayed home from work on Tuesday because he was still feeling sick. James had to clean & sanitize the bathroom himself since I couldn't help. Although, I hate that James got sick, he does appreciate now how hard it is to clean when you're sick.
I went to the Dr. on Thurs. & everything is going well. My blood pressure is good & I still haven't gained any weight. I'm actually still down 6 lbs. from the beginning when I was so sick. I went into the Dr wanting to ask him what I can/can not do & what his expectations are of me. Again, he stated he wants me laying down or reclining as much as possible. My Dr. stated he was hesitant to say, but that "I was a more normal patient than he was giving me credit for." However, we all remember how scary it was when Abigail was born so early. I literally developed severe preeclampsia overnight. Dr. Rawson remembers pulling Abigail out & her being blue and close to death, he doesn't want that to happen again. So, as a precaution & to prevent my blood pressure from getting high, he wants me on bed rest. The selfish part of me is still having a hard time listening to Dr's orders, but I want a healthy baby.
So, my first week on bed rest was a little crazy due to James getting sick. I have had a few melt downs struggling with being stir crazy, bored, lonely, hormonal, & not being able to do things myself the way I like to do them. I'm OCD about some things & I'm having to learn to let things go. I have my own way of doing dishes, unloading & loading the dishwasher, folding clothes, picking up toys, etc., to me it makes perfect sense & yes I'm picky about it. However, I'm having to learn to accept help from others & let them do it their way. My poor husband has been very patient with me this week.
I am 28 weeks pregnant today! I have officially carried this baby longer than I did Abigail. I am so thankful for each day I continue to carry Jacob inside my womb where he is safe & can continue to grow strong & healthy. I know that he looks like a perfect little baby boy, but he still has some developing to do & he needs to put some fat on those little bones. He is measuring 2 lbs. 8 oz. at this point, which is bigger than Abigail was when she was born. As long as I continue to do well & my blood pressure doesn't get high, then I'll be able to get off bed rest at 34 weeks. My Dr. just wants to be sure we get through this critical time period. I know that although being on bed rest is difficult for me, I'm doing this for my son & that makes it totally worth every minute even if it's only a precaution. I pray that I allow God to use this opportunity to grow & mature in me the weaknesses that are being exposed. I need to learn to ask for help & accept help from others. I have been blessed with an amazing husband, family, & numerous friends who have been praying for me & asking how they can help.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Valentine's Day

We don't usually do anything too elaborate to celebrate Valentine's Day, but we do make the day special. Since Valentine's Day was on a Monday, Abigail had school. So, James & I got to enjoy a lunch date at Landry's. It was nice because we got to enjoy a meal alone, but didn't have to deal with the crowds. Abigail had a little party at school & exchanged Valentine's with her friends. I cooked tacos for dinner because that's James's favorite & I rarely make them. We just enjoyed the evening at home as a family. Of course, we ate way too much chocolate!
All our Valentines! The small tulips are for Abigail from James!

Abigail loved her unicorn pillow pet that Daddy bought for her.

Opening Daddy's Valentine card.

What little girl doesn't love tinkerbell?

Daddy stealing a hug & a kiss from his little princess!

Opening Mommy's Valentine card.

Abigail checking out all her Valentine's she got from her classmates & teachers at school.

Mimi & Honey came by to deliver Valentine's too!

James took this picture using the timer on our camera. There are very few pictures of me from when I was pregnant with Abigail. So, James is determined to get more pictures this time around.

Abigail drew another picture of me with baby Jacob in my tummy. Only this time she told me it doesn't look like a snowman. LOL!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sibling Class

Last Sunday, we took Abigail to a "Sibling Class" that's offered at the hospital. I wasn't sure what to expect from the class, but I was impressed. The nurses talked with the children about not sharing their food with the baby because the babies drink special milk. They also showed the children how to test their toys to see if they were safe for the baby or not by seeing if toys fell through a toilet paper roll. Of course, I've already gone through Abigail's toys & gotten rid of everything that a baby could choke on. Then, the children practiced how to change a diaper using babies that looked so real. Abigail got to practice how to hold a baby, but also learned that she needs to ask Mom & Dad for permission to hold the baby first & wash her hands. Then, the children got a tour of the labor & delivery room where they would be visiting Mommy when she has the new baby.

Abigail had so much fun! She's going to be such a good big sister! The class was definitely worth the time & money!
Getting ready to practice changing a diaper

Admiring the baby

Listening to the teacher

Ready to go

Abigail noticed that the baby was a "boy!"

She's doing such a good job!

Check out the hospital bracelet on the baby, Abigail noticed & asked what it was for.

Loving on the baby

Abigail had to cover the baby with a blanket before we walked off.

Abigail practicing holding a baby! She's going to be such a good big sister!

A picture Abigail drew of me with baby Jacob in my tummy! I think it's funny because it looks like a snowman!

Monday, February 07, 2011

Jacob's Nursery

We are decorating Jacob's nursery in a farm theme. The funny thing about this bedding is that I'm pretty sure it's the same bedding I had picked out for a boy before I knew I was pregnant with Abigail. James wanted a farm nursery for a boy. I'm okay with decorating the nursery in a farm theme, I just didn't want John Deere or primary colors. So, below are pictures of the bedding that I found. I love it! I still need to decide on paint colors for the room, art work for the walls, & knick knacks for the dresser. However, for now I'll have to settle for having the bedding ready to go.

We're planning on moving in July, so I'm having to wait to decorate the nursery. We're moving into our larger rental property. Our tenants lease ends June 30th, so we'll need to replace the carpet & paint before we move in. I know it's crazy to be having a baby & move soon after, but I figure it's easier to move with a newborn than a toddler. I'm excited about having more room, but I'm DREADING the actual move. It's going to be bitter sweet leaving the home we live in now because it's the 1st home James & I bought together & filled with so many memories. Hopefully I won't go crazy not being able to "nest." I guess my nesting will have to be cleaning & organizing in preparation for the move.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Adventures with Abigail

Last week, Abigail came down with a stomach bug. We went to a KSBJ brown bag concert at Chick-fil-a & as soon as we finished eating Abigail threw up all over James's back. Needless to say it was time to go home. The next day she continued to be sick & developed a fever. Several of her friends from church were sick with the same stomach bug. So, we spent lots of time hanging out at home. It's always hard seeing your little one sick. Abigail & I were both getting a little stir crazy.

Saturday morning, I started throwing up & literally could not get out of bed. Of course, James was at the farm like every Saturday. Abigail was playing very well by herself, but I felt bad for ignoring her. I told Abigail Mommy was sick, so she came in with her doctor kit to examine me. I have never felt so weak before & my stomach was so sore. I started cramping, which really scared me because I wasn't sure what was going on. I was hunched over in tears I was in so much pain. James came home & we called my Dr. who asked us to start counting what I thought could have been contractions. I was having about 5 contractions in an hour for 2 hours, so my Dr. wanted me to go to the hospital to get checked out. I was so scared even though I knew I was just dehydrated. However, it brought back all the memories of getting sent to the hospital early when I was pregnant with Abigail. We dropped Abigail off with my in-laws & headed to the hospital. James told Abigail that he was taking Mommy to the Dr. I was hooked up to the baby monitor as soon as I got to the hospital. It's always reassuring to hear the baby's heart beating even though I feel him moving around like crazy all the time. I was hooked up to a contraction monitor, which showed I wasn't having contractions after all. However, I was dehydrated so my Dr decided to admit me overnight for hydration & observation. I started feeling better pretty quick once I start getting iv fluids. James stayed with me at the hospital & Abigail stayed overnight with my in-laws. This was only the 2nd night for her to be away from us overnight. I was discharged on Sunday & spent the rest of the day napping & taking it easy. Abigail was exhausted too because she didn't sleep very well away from home. So, she slept for 3 1/2 hours. When Abigail woke up she was not her usual happy self, she was throwing one fit after another.
Monday morning, I had a difficult time with Abigail getting her ready for school. I explained to her teacher when I dropped her off that she was a little out of sorts because of the weekend. When I picked Abigail up from school, her teacher told me that she had to go to the "office" because she was hitting & pushing. What? I was in shock! Her teacher explained that she was hitting & they corrected her, but then Abigail started pushing so they sent her to the office to see if that would get her attention. Abigail was sent to the office for a little while & when she went back to the classroom apologized to the little girl. James & I both realized that Abigail was acting out because of the crazy weekend & she was worried about me. We were sure to give her extra attention on Monday night despite several melt downs. I'm sure this is only a taste of what's to come when the new baby gets here.
Abigail seems to be back to her usual happy self! I know all of this is normal for children because they don't know how to express their emotions, so they act out. However, it's so challenging for the parent.
Abigail in her rain gear with her princess crown! Oh, and we had to take her white horse to Mimi's house too! I couldn't get her to smile for me!
Abigail loves dressing up in this red tutu with her dress-up shoes & princess crown!