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Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Year and Birthday Party Prep

Saturday, January 1st, Kaitlynn and I slept until 12 or 12:30PM! What a way to start the New Year! We booked Kaitlynn's birthday party. We decided on RiverChase because Kaitlynn always wants to play on the Rainforest play area jungle gym. We were going to have a swim party as well, but decided against it. Kaitlynn picked out her theme. She chose Rapunzel / Tangled. We also ordered most of the food for the party.

We went to Old Navy to return some stuff from Christmas and then went to pick out party supplies for Kaitynn's birthday party.

We went to McDonald's for dinner and ran into Tia, Mike, Annabelle and Alayna. The girls played in the playland. Tia offered to make Kaitlynn's birthday cake, so we were able to scratch that off our list!
The girls enjoyed an ice cream too!

Sunday, the 2nd, I have been taking less and less of my pain medication. Only had to take it once on the 31st and once on the 2nd. I didn't take any on December 30th or January 1st.

We went to church. Our message was about change and why it can be so tricky and where the real transformation comes from.
In Kaitlynn's class, she heard the Christmas story (Luke 1:26-28, 2:1-20).

After church, we signed Kaitlynn up for Swim Class Level II which starts on the 8th and Start Smart (a sports class) which starts in February.

We picked up MawMaw, went shopping and then went to Alayna's first birthday party.


Monday, the 3rd, I had a headache all day. Kaitlynn and I picked up MawMaw and we went to our doctor appointments. On the way home, Kaitlynn started vomiting in the car. I had to pull over on the highway and get her and the car seat cleaned off. I was so thankful my mom was there with us. We went to MawMaw's house and I called the pediatrician. They said she has the stomach flu and to keep her hydrated.

A few hours after she vomited, she said she was hungry. We thought that was a good sign, but it wasn't. She was able to keep the fruit she wanted down, but then later had chicken nuggets and vomited soon after. Once she hadn't vomited for a few hours, I drove her home. As soon as we got home, she vomited (all down my back because I was holding her). Later that evening she had a popsicle and soup and was able to keep that down.

Tuesday, the 4th, Kaitlynn missed dance class since she was sick on the 3rd. I was afraid it would be too much on her. She hadn't vomited since 8:50PM the night before, but did have 1 episode of diarrhea that afternoon.

She went to MawMaw's house, so I could attend my OB appointment. Dave met me at the appointment. I had an ultrasound first. They were checking the cysts and the baby (of course). I still had the cysts, but they were getting smaller.
The baby's heart rate was 158. We could see the baby wiggling on the screen. We have a wiggle worm. The baby measured right on track.

Later, I went for all my first trimester blood work, which was all fine.

New Year's Eve

Friday, December 31st, I was 9 weeks. The BabyCenter weekly update said the baby is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. The baby's starting to look more and more human. The essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. The baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form —as do his/her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. The baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. His/her eyes are fully formed, but the eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. He/she has tiny earlobes, and his/her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that the baby's basic physiology is in place, he's/she's poised for rapid weight gain.

Kaitlynn and I woke up to tornado sirens. There were tornado warnings and watches all over the area. Kaitlynn and I went to the basement for a bit. Thankfully we didn't have any damage. Unfortunately some areas not too far from us did. I made some calls to check on friends and family in those areas and they were all OK. What a way to end the year!

We stayed home for New Year's Eve and celebrated by ordering Chinese food. We had our New Year's Eve tiaras and blow horns. Kaitlynn even had me wear a NYE tiara on my belly for the baby! We each had our 12 grapes at midnight and sent out "Happy New Year" text messages. Kaitlynn and I both enjoyed sparkling grape juice. She likes the white and I like the red.

At one point, Kaitlynn started saying she was tired right before midnight and we actually talked her into staying up! We were all up passed midnight. What a fun way to ring in the New Year!

Last Christmas Celebration

Tuesday, December 28th, Kaitlynn didn't have school or dance. I just rested and took my pain med. I was still in pain, nauseous and had a headache that wouldn't go away. Kaitlynn was really good for me, even though I'm sure she was bored out of her mind. We pretty much stayed in my bedroom all day. Dave brought my favorite pizza home for dinner - Imo's. Dave also gave Kaitlynn a present we forgot to give to her. It was a replacement Dalmatian dog from the AB Brewery Tour and Lights Display we went on. We bought her a Dalmatian stuffed dog, that she named Dalmatian. One of our dogs, Lever, got a hold of it and chewed it's nose off. Kaitlynn was very upset by that, but wanted to keep Dalmatian. Dave decided to go back to AB and buy her a new one. She was happy to get a new Dalmatian. Poor girl, things have been so confusing for her lately.

With being on bed rest, I had time to reflect on our Christmas. At first I thought about the things we didn't do this year, such as write a letter to Santa, decorate the outside of the house, visit Santa at the Caboose and we didn't really decorate the inside of the house too much either. I quickly turned my thoughts to the things we did this year that we hadn't done before such as attended 2 breakfasts with Santa, welcomed Elfie into our tradition (Elf on the Shelf), attended Las Posadas, bought Kaitlynn a few nativity sets to play with and went on a carriage ride in Tilles Park.

Being sick or in pain on / around the holidays really does a number on your thinking. It's easy to allow yourself to get down, be sad or depressed, but I was happy that I was able to quickly turn my thinking to positive, fun memories / things we had done and want to add to our traditions.

Wednesday, the 29th, we had the last family Christmas celebration.


Thursday, the 30th, I was supposed to have an appointment with my OB, but she went home sick, so it was rescheduled. Kaitlynn and I were already at MawMaw's, so we just stayed, had lunch and then went to dinner.

Hospital Stay

On Sunday, December 26th, I woke up in pain somewhere between 12:30AM and 1AM. I tried taking a shower, but while in the shower realized it was time to go to the ER. The pain in my lower abdomen was not getting any better and I was getting really worried / concerned. Dave called MawMaw to come over to stay with Kaitlynn. MawMaw and Jeff arrived and Dave took me to the ER. I guess we got there about 2:30AM. I don't remember how long we waited in the waiting room before being taken back to a room. I don't think it was a long time, but I was in pain and exhausted, so I wasn't really thinking about that. They immediately thought it was my kidney stones. After doing blood work and checking my urine, they pretty much ruled that out. At first I refused any pain medication, but then the pain got really bad and I decided to give in. I was given morphine and an anti-nausea medication. The ER doctor was in contact with my OB throughout my stay in the ER. They decided to admit me so they could get some different ultrasounds done. I was admitted to a hospital room in the Women's Evaluation Unit around 5:15-5:30AM. I was happy to be in a room without a roommate (since those rooms are 1 person rooms - like the recovery rooms after you have a baby). I have to say this whole time I was extremely nervous to even ask the question about if the baby was OK. I guess I felt paralyzed when I thought of asking because of suffering the miscarriage in July. I just kept my faith and prayed to God that the baby would be alright. I had done a lot of praying and talking to God since the pain started on the 24th. The OB resident checked me and said they were going to do a renal and perinatal ultrasound on me. One of the OB's from my doctor's office came in to check on me and had to have someone called in to do the tests. They were worried that it was either my appendix, kidneys or that I had a baby in my uterus and in my fallopian tubes. I wasn't allowed to eat until after all my tests were complete, which sucked. I had a renal ultrasound on my left and right kidneys and bladder. The tech said things looked good. I had a perinatal ultrasound done of my ovaries and the baby. A high risk specialist oversaw this ultrasound. That ultrasound showed I still had many cysts on my ovaries. The baby was doing great. The heart rate was 163 and 160. Thank You God!!!
We saw the baby's arm and leg (which is marked in the top pic).
I went back up to my room where I was given some crackers and pain medication, which I became nauseous, hot, shaky and had a horrible headache. I ordered my lunch, but couldn't eat because I started vomiting. They started giving me different anti-nausea meds, because the other wasn't working. Finally I stopped vomiting. I wasn't able to eat my dinner until around midnight because I was so sick.

Monday, the 27th, one of the OB's in my doctor's office came to visit. She said they are assuming a cyst ruptured. She said I would need to basically be on bed rest at home and gave me more restrictions for the next 2 weeks. She said at that point they were worried I could twist an ovary. I was feeling better and they allowed me to take a shower on my own. After the shower, I started hurting again so was given more pain medication.

Dave had been staying up at the hospital with me. Sunday he was there almost all day and stayed the night. Monday he had to work. I asked him if he would bring Kaitlynn up after he got off work. I was really missing her and down that I hadn't seen her since she went to bed on Christmas. After work, Dave came up with MawMaw and Kaitlynn. I ate dinner and was discharged a little while after that. I was in the hospital 8 hours shy of 2 days. Dave and I decided that I am not allowed to go back to the hospital until I am ready to deliver this baby, which will hopefully not be until late July / early August! What a way to end Christmas!