Halloween has always been one of Steve and my favorite holidays. Nine years ago on Halloween was the first night we kissed. I was cat woman and he was a rocker. Such a fun night! I managed to dig up an old photo..
When I found out we were pregnant in march I was excited to have a giant pregnant belly to decorate come Halloween time. It was perfect timing since I’d be about a month shy of the due date. But, everything doesn’t always go as planned and here we are confined to the hospital room. Steve and I did manage to have a little fun and decorate the belly anyways.
We missed Halloween at our first trick-or-treat-able house! But we still made the most of it.
Even though we’re in the hospital we still managed to bring our camera and get a photo of my 34w5d belly. It’s a little hidden by the giant hospital gown they’ve got me in.
Luckily Steve and I were already in the hospital before Super Storm Sandy hit Baltimore. The Dr’s were insistent that we stay in the hospital not just to be monitored but because the storm was coming in and if I did begin to have a seizure (which is the risk with pre-eclampsia), it would be hard for Steve to get me to the hospital in the storm. Steve spoke to our new neighbors, Dominica and Brenda, who volunteered to feed Gracie and let her out while we were away. It was a relief knowing that he wouldn’t be making the commute home during the rainy days.
I called my parents on the phone and gave them the update on our situation. At this point I was being monitored constantly for my blood pressure and if it spiked they were going to do an emergency cesarean. My mom was able to get a new plane ticket to come out and help us earlier than her other one (she wasn’t supposed to be out here until Nov 14th). My mom’s flight gets in tomorrow, October 31st, and the weather looks good so Steve will be able to pick her up. I can’t wait to have my mom around…
Day 3 in the hospital. The night shift came in at 6:30 am and told us we’d be delivering at 35 weeks (tomorrow) so I was getting a little worried the babies would come before my mom got here (she changed her plane tcket to get here on Wednesday). Then at 8:30 another set of doctors thought since I didn’t have any other symptoms that I should be good until 36 weeks. Which is great! I feel a lot better about that. So we’re looking at around 11/6 unless something changes. I’m getting daily blood work, blood pressure measurements every 4 hours, and non-stress tests for the babies.
The doctors and hospital staff have been awesome. It’s a good time to be in the hospital because it is raining cats and dogs out there. Hurricane Sandy is hitting hard. We have a window and it looks like the rain is coming in at a 45 degree angle. Our current nurse, Kathy, is very friendly, we were just talking about how great this hospital is, she said: “If you want a crunchy granola tub birth, don’t come here”. Steve and I both laughed. That is why we picked this hospital. The NICU is the best in the country, now to relax a little and realize we’re in great hands.
We had another ultrasound today. Here’s a super cute picture of baby B:
Baby A is still misbehaving and won’t corporate for pictures. He is blocking the out hole by plopping his little tooshie in the way. I have a feeling he’s not going anywhere. Poor little guy… I’m never going to let him live down the fact that he made his mom get a c-section. 😉
Weights: estimated at 4 lbs 11 and 5 lbs 2
It’s been a long last few days…not exactly how we planned on spending the weekend. This morning we got good news that one doctor didn’t think we needed to do a pre-term c-section just yet. So now we are back in the post pardum area where my vitals ar
e being monitored. I’m running out of veins to poke. At least they took off the magnesium.
Steve has been amazing! He is going to be the best Dad! One nurse told me I was lucky that most husbands aren’t so supportive. I don’t know what I’d do without his help. I love you Daddy to be!
…within the week. Went to the hospital and they said we are not going home before delivering babies. The longest they will let me go is 35 Weeks. I’m not ready. scared.
“your labs came back elevated, we need you to come into labor and delivery tonight”
Just an update on the whole mucus plug thing, Steve and I headed to the doctor on Wednesday for our normal weekly checkup and I told them I thought I lost my mucus plug. The doctor said that the mucus plug is an old wives tale. I guess it’s just changes in discharge when the cervix begins thinning and opening, there is nothing that is “plugged”. That being said I know a lot of people who told me they lost theirs so I guess those women (me included) are just more booger-ie 🙂 The doctor did, however, want to check me to see if I was dilated .. it was painful. There is a baby head in the way which made it hard for her to check me, but it turns out my cervix is still very closed.
One thing the doctors were worried about was the high levels of protein in my urine and my increased blood pressure. They said it was signs of pre-eclampsia and that I needed to be very careful to watch for more signs and to get into labor and delivery if it gets worse. They said if my blood pressure is high next week they would do the c-section. They suggested I try to eliminate stress *ha!* and get my feet up as much as possible. I did get a short term disability form filled out for work saying that I should stop working on Wednesday but I’m still working. IBM is a little slow on getting all the details worked out. Plus I want to finish my current project rather than leave people hanging before I go.
Speaking of c-sections, the doctors basically told me that is how i’d delivery. They said it “could” happen that baby A flips but since he’s been in the same position for so long he’s probably comfortable. I’ve been trying to bribe baby A to get him to turn but he’s not having it. I’m pretty scared about having a c-section but I know millions of women do it every year and personally I have some friends/family who have survived just fine. My new milestone is 36 weeks… if we could get there I’d feel very good. A planned birthday of 11-22-12 would be awesome though! That’s Thanksgiving this year and Steve made a good point that all the good doctors are probably going to be home with their families.
Last Friday evening my friend Tiffany Cross flew in to Baltimore all the way from Austin, TX to help out. We hadn’t seen each other in way too long!! She is amazing. Steve and I were surprised at how talented she is too with even the most random tasks! She knew how to switch out the two pronged outlets in our house to three, is an expert painter (Tiffany and Steve painted the nursery a really pretty grayish/blueish color), helped me organize the nursery including washing all of the baby clothes and rolling them into piles based on age, AND we somehow also found time to take some maternity photos which look stunning. This was all done in just 3 short days. It was so nice having someone to talk to who was honest about what we could expect as parents and who also understood my slow-moving-unhelpful state.
We were not ready for these little guys before Tiffany came to visit and now, even though I still don’t feel ready, we are 100x more prepared. Thank you Tiffany!!
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ew… I lost my mucus plug this morning when I went to the bathroom (34w1d). I did some reading and it sounds like the twins will likely come in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Luckily we have a dr’s appt here in 45 minutes. Hopefully they stay put for another couple weeks so my mom can get out here!