I managed 3 consecutive hours of sleep last night and a 2 hour nap this afternoon! Showed Maysyn that a perk to being a new big sister that has to wait somtimes for things now is that she can hop on the counter for some lovin’ and a peanut butter cup. :) I wish I had more people, but this is all I got! :)
Archive for February, 2011
I think this picture sums up the state of Henry and his Mama. We are tired. It is not lost on me that I should be very grateful for this to be my biggest problem given the last few months. :) I am super grateful! Just tired and grateful at the same time! :) Really though, I am deliriously in love with this little baby boy. He is the sweetest most amazing baby. It is already going by way to quickly. He is the mellow, sweet 4th I was hoping for! He never cries, burps himself, and is over the moon for one specific member of this family. ME! He wants to be deep into my neck at all times and is curled up on my chest as I type. He will occasionally let someone else hold him but it doesn’t take long for him to request his number one! I am super humble about it too! :) Ha Ha! Last but not least, Miss Maysyn turned 3 years old a couple of days ago and she had an absolute blast! It was the first year that she really got it and she loved all of the festivities. They may have been unshowered jammie festivities, but they rocked! I have a little photo shoot planned to document her turning 3. Hopefully I will get to do it soon! Maybe if I get at least 2 hours instead of 1 hour of sleep!
Today Henry told me that he would be willing to participate in his first real photo shoot! :) There was a lot of nursing and a lot of loving because this baby boy likes to be held by me at all times. Remember the picture of him crying? Wanna know a secret? I was so desperate to take a picture of him in that basket that I picked it up and nursed him in it! :))) TMI? :) The final picture is of my wakey baby boy hanging out in bed with me, grateful that the whole ordeal was over. Now off to possibly take a shower, although Henry may have other plans for me! :)
Hello! Well, sweet baby Henry and I came home from the hospital yesterday! I have been trying to find the time to not only take pictures but post them and well, there just isn’t any. :) We have been busy loving and snuggling and doing all the bonding that the hospital didn’t allow. So here are some measly little pictures to get you by. :) His dry little long foot in the NICU, his refusal to show me his face this morning for a picture, and his sun therapy for his jaundice. This is what the baby boy is doing right now! He is so yummy I can’t even stand it!! We are so in love there are no words! I have such a story to tell and hopefully soon I will be able to share. In the meantime, thanks for all the lovin’ and the support and I can’t wait to share him in pictures where you can actually see his sweet face! :)
Ending up in the hospital at 28 weeks was unexpected to say the least and the fact that it was 2 weeks before Christmas meant that I hadn’t focused on getting “ready” for Henry at all. Being released from the hospital but not being allowed to drive or leave the house really meant I still couldn’t do what I needed to do. Enter the most amazing friend who just so happens to be an awesome “closet decorator”! This phrase has a double meaning because Henry’s nursery is in fact a walk in closet and Kristy hasn’t gone completely public with her skills! :) Get it? I am cracking myself up! :) I wrote her a check that I thought would just get her started and she decorated his whole “room” and almost had enough left to give me a little refund :). So yes, she is not only SO GOOD but she is a deal finder too! Because of the tight quarters I could not get a good picture of the crib and everything pulled together and there are still a couple of items yet to arrive. So I did my best to give you an idea of what she did, just know that my pictures don’t do it justice and you will just have to come on over to see for your self how perfect it is! Not only did she decorate his nursery, she also rounded up a co-sleeper for me that what do you know, matches the whole theme! I can’t even express how grateful I am!!! I am so happy every time I peek in! Thank you will never be enough Kristy! I love you!
So, being home from the hospital this week and Dougie being off work to “watch me” meant that we (well, he) were able to get everything else done to be ready for our big arrival! Car detailed-check, garage cleaned-check, baseboards-check, not a messy drawer in the house-check, car seat installed- check, diaper bag packed-check check, shaved legs-check check check!!!! We all know I am a little neurotic about my house being clean and I was willing to “let it go” because our lives have been so hectic. But I can’t tell you how good it feels to have been given the opportunity to properly nest! :) We are sincerely READY! Which is a good thing because, drumroll please…I am being induced Saturday night!!! I had a little chat with Maysyn about it and spent some really sweet time with her explaining how our lives are about to change. It’s sad that she won’t be our baby anymore! I know she will love Henry to pieces but she really doesn’t have to wait for much around here and that is definitely going to change a bit! :)
Well, time to wrap up this super long post with my final prayer request! Can you believe it? The last one! Please pray for a smooth delivery with minimal episodes, no c-section, a healthy Mom and Henry, and that the older kids :) will handle the transition well! You guys have been so amazing through this whole ordeal and I know it has been such a roller coaster! I love you all and the next time I post, it will be a picture of baby Henry! Love you all so much!
Antie Andrea, it looks like you and Henry will in fact share a birthday!!! SO cool!
On Friday, Kennedy and her B.F.F Morgan celebrated friendship day. Don’t go pulling out your calendars and checking for friendship day on February 4th, because you probably won’t find it. These two crazy kids made it up when they were 6 years old! They made up rules that were followed every year until now. The rules were that each girl would get the other one a special gift and it couldn’t cost more than 10 dollars. Each girl would make the “drop” before 8 p.m. and there would be no contact on that day, just the secret gift exchange! :) So cute! Well this year given that they hadn’t seen each other much (Mom’s with crazy lives and schedules) it was decided that they wouldn’t exchange gifts but just hang out together. Morgan’s Mom rocks and came and got Kennedy, seeing as how I am physically unreliable :) and they were back to their old ways! As cooky as it gets, those two. Kennedy being the cookoo leader and Morgan definitely the more rational! :) They really do always pick up right where they left off, just like their Mom’s who kinda love each other too :)))! Only difference Friday was that the girls were both wearing…gasp…a little makeup! Growing up so fast! Just think, if I hadn’t broken free of the hospital, I would have missed the chance to take a picture of these two and see the pure overflowing joy on my daughters face all day!!!!
I have kissed all my children until their cheeks were raw, showered in my own shower, drank my own decaf with cream, slept in my own bed with my beloved snoogle (pregnancy pillow, not a pet name for Doug :)), and yes passed out on my own couch several times! Looking for lots of prayers that we will know just the right time to go back to the hospital if we need to and for less intense episodes! They have been really intense and I haven’t been recovering from them too well. :( BOO!
So looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday even though I don’t like watching football. I love the tradition of it, the commercials and the FOOD! We are planning to stuff ourselves from morning til night! :) What are your plans? I wish I was eating Andrea’s bean dip, Annie’s spinach dip, and one of Sarah’s roasted red pepper concoctions! Sorry Nicole, I think you said you are not too hot in the kitchen! :))) JUST KIDDING! And Allison, Molly, and Kristy I am not sure what your specialties are! :)
BTW I can’t stop telling you all how much I love you! Oh and could someone please tell me who is playing on Sunday and who I should be rooting for? :)
Phew…the last few days have been some of the hardest throughout this entire ordeal. I have been literally crying or passing out for 3 days. It’s going to be really hard to explain so I will try briefly (well,not so much :)). So basically I am at a teaching hospital…think Grey’s Anatomy or ER. Teams of doctors flood into my room a couple of times a day and there are residents, attending’s, and sometimes the chief attending. The residents present to the attending’s right in front of me like I am not there and then the attending’s talk to me and then everyone shuffles out. There are days when plans are made based on the attending that is here that we are comfortable with only to have a different attending the next day have a different plan. Just like on t.v. everyone wants to crack the case and just like on t.v. some residents are super nice and some are less than nice with no bedside manner :).
My episodes have gotten worse, however the baby does amazing. The quandary is that NO ONE, even the medical experts at the Cleveland Clinic back east has any idea what is going on with me. Every test has been run and every expert has been not only consulted but questioned at length. They said the chances of them publishing a medical study on my case is very high. I always wanted to be famous :))))! My symptoms and subsequent episodes have no diagnosis and are contradictory to what usually makes people pass out. Usually your heart rate goes down and so does your blood pressure. Well, mine goes up. Of course! :) The consensus among everyone is that I will be fine once baby comes out and that this is some strange pregnancy induced condition. SO there goes baby number 5! :) Back to hospital life, the difference in opinion around here has started to drive me crazy (REALLY CRAZY) and last night I really really lost it. I want MY DOCTOR to make decisions for ME, is that too much to ask? I really don’t think so. But unless he is physically here, which he is not until next friday, he doesn’t really get to make decisions for me. I finally realized that yesterday. Okay, so I have continued to have 3 to 5 episodes a day (or night) and they race in and monitor the baby and me and I get better after about 10 minutes and baby always does great. So the tricky balance the doctors are trying to strike is when is it dangerous for me enough to warrant delivering a premature baby. And with as many doctors as there are there are that many opinions. Finally today, I was able to talk with my doctor and make a plan. A firm plan that would only change if circumstances drastically change. The plan includes me getting to go home (if he can get approval from the chief attending) and riding out the episodes until next Friday or Sunday (the days he will be at the hospital) when we will have a baby! I know a lot of you might be concerned and we are too. It just makes more sense to me to be with my family, get some sleep, and stop the madness of all of the doctors and their “plans” for what should happen with my case. Days go by pretty quickly around here, but the nights are torture. 8 more days here being poked with needles and examined and “diagnosed” v.s. spending time with my sweet babies and Hubby on my sofa? Hmmm. what would you choose? Of course the baby and my health is top priority and we won’t compromise it! Doc said as long as I don’t hit my head I should be fine! :) So, if you are still with me after this long-winded explanation, say a little prayer that the chief attending will let me go home and that the episodes won’t get any worse, and that Friday or Sunday will come quickly! :) I really apologize for all of the ups and downs of this little roller coaster and I appreciate more than you will ever know that all of you have climbed aboard with me! Your blogging efforts and encouragements have really and truly made such a difference!!! I love you all so much! Isn’t blogging wonderful?! I always hear that it’s not real and it’s not a real connection, but it couldn’t be more real to me! Just thought I would let you know!!!