Monday, April 29, 2013

The birth story ❤

Tuesday the 15th right before bedtime Zach checked my blood pressure, it was 170/103...we waited a little while and checked it again and now it was 190/110. We threw our clothes on and off we went to labor & delivery.

Once we were there they monitored me for a couple hours before they decided I would be staying overnight to do a 24 hour protein test, Thursday morning we got the news that there was a sufficient amount of protein in my urine and I needed to be induced.

Thursday evening my Dr came in and put a balloon in my cervix to help me dilate, by Friday morning I was dilated to a 4...they started pitocin as well as magnesium to prevent seizures during labor since my blood pressure was so high. ((Let me just say magnesium is awful!! I saw about 3 of everything and my whole labor and 24 hours after was such a blur because of this))

I dilated to a 6 pretty fast, however stayed there for a long long I was begging for a c-section the next time he checked me if he didn't have good news. I did get the epidural, however it stopped working on me-so I was starting to feel my bottom half again (no Bueno!!!!). Thankfully when my Dr came in around 6:30 I was 9.2 and 30 minutes later I was a 10!!

Pushing was hard, I had absolutely no energy due to the magnesium drip...I truly thought I would be pushing for hours. However 40ish minutes later here he can , perfect as ever at 7:58pm weighing 7lbs 5oz and 20.5 inches long. I had a 3rd degree tear and had to be cut so recovery was rough, but all the pain in the world would have been worth seeing that precious face!!

Miles lost over 10% of his body weight so we had to stay in the hospital an extra night. We finally got Mr Miles back up to 7lbs even and I'm anxious to see what he weighs at his 2 weeks checkup this Friday!

Being a mother is more than I could have ever imagined. I could sit and stare at him all day long. I absolutely adore him, and watching my husband be a father melts my heart. ❤

Here are a couple pictures taken in the hospital ❤

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Miles Thomas

Miles Thomas arrived at 7:58pm on 4/19/13. Weighed 7.5lbs and 20.5 inches long.

Mommy and baby are doing great :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Post...mix up.

Please flip flop the last two post...

Labor and delivery was written but somehow not posted on Wednesday.

4/19/13 was written on Thursday.

Sorry for the mix up. I'd fix it if I could but my phones not letting me :)

Labor & Delivery

Late last night my blood pressure got extremely high, so off we went to labor & delivery.

Long story short they kept me over night to have me pee in a jug for 24 hours to test my protein. I will not know any answers until tomorrow.

Inducing has been talked about if protein is in my urine and possibly if not. We will see.

I will keep you posted. Please say a prayer for my sweet Miles ❤


Will be the day we meet out baby boy!

I will be induced tomorrow. 36 weeks and 3 days. I have a significant amount of protein in my urine and my blood pressure is unsteady. We came to l&d Tuesday night because my BP was around 190/103, it leveled off around 150/90 but still remained high. So after being here for two nights my Dr decided that inducing is the best option.

I've been reassured by many that 36 week babies are normally very healthy. He isn't consider 'preterm' anymore, just 'near term'. However I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. His health is my priority, once I see he is ok I will be able to breath a sigh of relief.

All prayers are appreciated.

We've waited 7 years for this moment-hard to believe it will be here TOMORROW ❤

Monday, April 15, 2013

36 weeks :)

I'm almost there, almost to the moment I've dreamt about for so long, my baby boy is so close to being in my arms.

I'm still on strict bed rest, and I found out today this bed rest will remain throughout the remainder of my pregnancy. Although I kind of figured that much, I didn't know for sure and was hoping I would be released to go back to work (however given all of my swelling I know what's best for me and that's for me to stay in this bed).

At my last visit he said I 'may' have the beginning stages of preeclampsia, well today I found out I do. My blood pressure is still high-but not high enough for him to take Miles yet. If my other symptoms where higher (such as protein in the urine and my liver levels he would take him now, but thankfully my liver looks fine and I only have a small bit of protein in my urine). He is monitoring me very closely. I am swelling pretty bad, and that is being monitored as well.

His goal is to keep me pregnant until week 38, however he is prepared to take Miles at any moment. It all hinges on my blood pressure, urine, swelling, & liver levels. I'm only to get up out of bed to potty and bath-and only able to be in the car when I'm going to an appt. (and yes I am being good and doing what I'm told, I didn't come this far to mess around and risk anything).

IF I am still pregnant come 38 weeks he will induce me on May 1st. I will go in the evening before and we will start pitocin first thing in the morning on the 1st. I'm so happy to at least have a for sure date to count down too. Yes, I may not make it that far-but knowing a date makes bed rest alot easier :)

I'm not going to lie, bed rest hasn't been fun-at all! There's something about forced relaxation that's far from relaxing. Not to mention sleep is non existent and my body hurts for laying down. There's only so much on TV, and after awhile the headaches I've been having due to my high blood pressure make surfing the Internet or reading near impossible. I know everyone tells me to enjoy this free time, but to be honest there's nothing enjoyable about it...maybe if my body wasn't in as much pain it would be a different picture. I'm looking forward to my sleepless nights with Miles next to me, at least then-maybe-hopefully-my body isn't in pain anymore. But if you were to ask me if I would do this again knowing all of THIS....yes! I sure would. In a heartbeat. It's nothing like I envisioned pregnancy, but it's worth every heartache it took us to get here throughout the 7 years, it's worth all the countless bloodwork, injections, tears, anger...all the miles we had to drive back and forth to and from the fertility clinic, all the money we have spent throughout the's worth all those 17 weeks of morning sickness I had, all of the aches and pains and trips to labor and's worth these 3 weeks I will be on bed rest and these awful swollen's worth the headaches. It's worth it ALL!!! With everything we have gone through I couldn't feel more blessed. I couldn't be more happy, or excited. We are DAYS away from meeting our son. It doesn't get much better than that!! I've waited 7 years for this moment, 2 more weeks on bed rest is more than manageable. :-)

Thank you for all the prayers and sweet emails/comments. Keep em' coming ❤

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

35 weeks

Well-there won't be a picture of me this week...why you ask? Because I'm on bed rest :-/

I went into my regular checkup yesterday and my blood pressure was 150/100. I gained 7lbs in two weeks, my body is retaining too much fluid. I however do not have protein in my urine and my liver looks good. So at the moment-they are telling me I do NOT have preeclampsia , however it could be the beginning of it.

I was put on strict bed rest until Friday, I will go in for a follow up and I will know more then. I'm not sure whether to expect more bed rest, news of Miles coming early, or that I am released and ok to go back to work the remaining weeks of this pregnancy.

My Dr assured me that if Miles is born now we are at a safe week where he will be fine, but after all we have been through its still nerve racking.

I will keep y'all posted-please say a prayer for me and my sweet Miles.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

34 weeks

Holy moly Miles grew within the week! Actually I think overnight! I woke up one morning and BAM look at this belly!!

My cravings have really been spaghetti or chicken fried steak this week! Plus all my normal fruits and veggies and cold-cold water!!

Sleep-what's that?? No seriously what's sleep? Haha! I seriously sleep maybe 2-3 hours a night of I'm lucky. I'm getting used to it actually but I'm so ready for my hips as back to stop hurting so bad and the reason for my sleepless nights to be because of a little boy keeping me up at night :)

My baby shower is this weekend-I never dreamed I would be on this side of baby showers...I'm so anxious and excited! Our maternity pictures were rescheduled for this Sunday as well so we have a fun baby packed weekend!!

My Braxton hicks have been getting stronger and more frequent by the day. Sometimes they take my breath away but there my consistent so my dr assures me I'm ok-but my body's getting ready!

Sooo many exciting things and not much longer! ❤

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