Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I hope everyone had a good day of shopping. Mine started off bad. I went to Wal-Mart to get the $3.00 P.J.'s, but at 7:15 this morning they were already out of them. I really wanted to get some to! Molly and Luke wear out P.J.'s like crazy. Oh well it wasn't meant to be. My Mom went with me, so after the wasted Wal-Mart trip we decided to eat breakfast at Cracker Barrel. There's nothing like blue berry pancakes to make you feel better. Plus I was able to get the kids stocking stuffers there from Santa. Then we went to tackle Kohls. OMG! The line was all the way back of the store. Happy Friday to me! It really went fast. That was a nice surprise. After that we called it a day. Thanks for going with me Mom! It was a fun morning.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I went to do some Christmas shopping on my lunch hour this past week and picked up this puppy that makes puppy sounds. It is really cute. My kids LOVE animals, so I knew they would love this puppy. As you can tell in the pictures they do. They give it kisses and sleep with it. Also notice I bought them some more house shoes. You can never have enough. Right? Molly is sporting Hello Kitty and Luke has Elmo. Sometimes Molly has to steal Elmo from her Bubba.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Do you know a baby that was born too soon, too small, unable to suck, unable to breathe on his own?
Of Course you do. You know Molly and Luke who were born 12 weeks early. Thank God they are doing great now. We just need Molly's lungs to grow bigger and healthier. Please say a prayer for all the NICU babies that are fighting their own fight now.
Dear Amanda, Thank for from the bottom of my heart for taking care of my babies in the NICU. I couldn't have asked for a better nurse. You got me through many nights. I love you more then you will ever know! You were and are my angel. :)
Premature birth is a health crisis that jeopardizes the lives and health of nearly half-million babies each year. It is the #1 killer of newborns and can lead to lifelong disabilities. Worse: the number has increased 31 percent since 1981. It can happen without warning and for no known reason. Until we have more answers, anyone’s baby, could be born too soon. Medical advances give even the tiniest babies a chance of survival, yet for many babies premature birth is still a life or death condition. It’s the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. And babies who survive face serious health challenges and risk lifelong disabilities.The rate of premature birth has never been higher. In half the cases, we simply don’t understand what went wrong. We need to fight for answers. And, ultimately, preventions.November 17 is dedicated to raising awareness of the crisis of premature birth. The March of Dimes invites bloggers like you to get involved. • Learn about premature birth at marchofdimes.com/fightforpreemies
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I was nauseous from week 5 through week 24. By the end of December 07 first of January 08 I finally stopped throwing up. Until then I was miserable. It took everything out of me to put in a full day of work. I literally woke up in the morning dry heaving. Then I would drag myself to the kitchen and make a frozen waffle. I would watch the morning news eating my waffle and banana. That was one thing during my pregnancy that I did do good. I only ate healthy foods. Not really because I wanted to, but because everything else made me sick. Greasy food smell quaranteed me a trip to the bathroom. At the end of my pregnancy I did finally crave a food. Raisin Bran cereal. Poor Todd couldn't buy me enough. I remember one day I had it for breakfast,lunch and dinner. I only snacked on fruits. I would eat sometimes 2 to 3 bananas a day. Todd would buy me those pre-sliced apples to take to work. I loved those.
The below was a typical day for me during my pregnancy.
5:30 a.m. Wake up
7:00 a.m. Leave for work
5:00 p.m. Get home from work
5:15 p.m. Get into bed and watch T.V. I recorded the night before
6:30p.m./7:00 p.m. Fall asleep
I spent alot of time in bed. From early on I could not lay on my back. It would make me nauseous and out of breath. My hips would ache so bad at night. I would rotate as much as possible, but it really didn't help. My stomach grew at a alarming rate. Todd would go to the fire station for 24 hours and come home and see a difference. He would look at it and say WOW you have gotten bigger. I would laugh! If never seemed to bother me. I loved knowing my babies were growing.
The end of January 08 (26 weeks) I started not feeling right. My head hurt. I started seeing spots out of the corner of my eyes. My ankles started swelling. I called the doctors office one morning and told the nurse about the swelling of my ankles. She said to come in on my lunch hour and she would check my blood pressure and do a urine test. My blood pressure was higher then normal for me, but not too bad. She took the urine test and said the doctor would be in to speak with me. The doctor came in and said you are going to have to be admitted to the hospital for a 48 hour urine analysis. I was like WHAT? He said I was spilling 4+ protien in my urine. I still was like "Are you kidding me"? It looks like you are developing preeclampsia and you will more then likely be on bedrest for the rest of your pregnancy. He then asked me if I needed to go home and packed a bag. Really? Do you think at 26 weeks I already have an overnight bag packed in my car. Yes, I need to go home. I called Todd on the way out of the doctors office and told him what I knew. He was working at the time, so he left work and picked me up at the house. First thing I did when I got home was I pulled out my pregnancy book and looked up what preeclampsia was. Only 5% to 8% of women develop preeclampsia. All I could think of at that time is why? Why did this have to happen. I got checked into the hospital and they monitored me and the babies. The babies looked good. My blood pressure was still stable and the protein in my urine went down to 2+. The doctor decided to let me go home on bed rest. I was to come back the next Wednesday for him to check me out. I did exactly as he asked I stayed in bed until my appointment the following week, but it didn't help. My blood pressure had gone up and my urine was showing the protein was back up to 4+. He once again asked me if I had brought a bag? He checked me back in to the hospital, but this time he said I would spend the remainder of my pregnancy on hospital bed rest. What sucked the most is that the only cure for preeclampsia is delivery. Of course it was too early for me to deliver, so he wanted to try to get me to 34 weeks gestation. Baby B (Luke) had other plans. I was in the Hospital for 5 days when they did a ultrasound and found out the preeclampsia was affecting Luke's cord blood flow. He was showing signs of stress. Plus my blood pressure was on the rise. The doctor's decided the babies would do better on the outside then the inside. He did not want to have a emergency situation. So on Friday February 15th (28 weeks gestation) at 7:40 a.m. Molly Faith was born and at 7:42 a.m. Luke Paul was born.
I actually got more sick after the babies were born. My blood pressure sky rocketed. At the highest it got to 116/170. I swelled up like a balloon. I know I had at least 40 to 45 pounds of water weight on me. The reason I know is because I lost 50 pounds in one week. I felt horrible. I had never felt that bad in my whole life. Plus I just had major surgery (C-section). The only way I could get out of the hospital was to promise the doctor I would only get out of bed to go see the babies 3 times a day, but I had to do that in a wheelchair. Todd would check my blood pressure and it would still be 100/150. I took medicine to help, but it made me feel even worse. Finally after a month I started feeling better.
Even though my pregnancy was not a picture perfect one. To have Molly and Luke part of my life makes everything I went through worth it. They are my everything. I never knew how much you could love someone until I had them. They are the best! I could not imagine my life without them.
To make it even more interesting I would do it all over again to have another child.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tomorrow morning at 6:30 Todd and I are taking Luke for a Cat Scan of his head. For as long as we remember he has had this bump on his temple. At first we ignored it. We thought it would go away on its own, but it has actually grown with him. At his 18 month check-up we asked the pediatrician about it and she referred us to a specialist. This doctor said to be certain we had to have it cat scanned. He thinks it could be the bone did not come together correctly or it is hemangioma that formed in the bone. As alot of you know Molly has a large hemangioma on her foot, a small one on her stomach and alot of pen point ones various places on her body. So when the doctor mentioned it we weren't surprised.