Monday, October 27, 2008

Nothing Says Romantic Like...


an evening a night an overnight errrmmm...a weekend in the hospital!!! That's right, folks. Never a dull moment at la casa de C.

After foolishly announcing that week 1 of my bed rest went off without a hitch, I began getting some really horrible cramping after lunch on Saturday. The cramps kept coming back, more steadily each time. In the back of my mind, I wanted to think that they'd go away on their own, yet knowing that we are at risk for a preterm delivery, I worried.

Dad came over that evening to make supper for Hubby and me. Hubby has been busy working on the farm, and had also injured his back just the day before. Though he was probably trying to mask his pain, it was obvious that he was seriously hurting. Luckily, my SIL and her two daughters came over that evening for a visit. The cramps had returned and my SIL immediately drove us to the hospital and Dad drove the girls home. My SIL said that it would be better to go to emerg and get checked out. Better to be safe than sorry.

I was given a shot of Celestone for preterm labour (to mature the baby's lungs). I was then sent to a bigger hospital in the city the closest big city to the Island.

The baby is fine. Actually, the baby is great! I was hooked up to the fetal monitor and the baby's heartbeat is very strong. Baby is still very active too. This said, I had to stay at the hospital for 24 hour observation, lest I go into premature labour at just shy of 26 weeks. Our 24 hour observation ended up being 40 hour observation in the end. I also got a second injection of Celestone and that will be the last of the steroid shots for helping develop the baby's lungs faster.

I really have to thank my hubby for staying the entire weekend with me in the hospital. He also got his back checked out and was given pain meds at the first hospital we were seen at. I don't know what we'd do without my truly amazing SIL. She drove us to the hospital on the Island and to the other hospital in the city. She stayed the night and even went out the next morning to get us some fruit and veggies (which were surprisingly lacking at he hospital), as well as some essentials she thought we may need. She returned to the hospital with toothpaste, deoderant, etc. Boy, do we ever owe her big time! :)

While we were at the hospital, my MIL was at our house cleaning and tending to our animals. Our 13 year old niece was there too, vacuuming our entire house!!! Yeeeesh! I seriously have to get Hubby to purchase some thank you presents for everyone since I'm not allowed to leave my bed! Dad drove the 2 hrs to the city and 2 hrs back to pick us up at the hospital this afternoon. We certainly are very fortunate to have such great family. They've done so much for Hubby, Junior and me...and Junior hasn't even arrived yet!

Oh, in case you were wondering what I did in the hospital for 40 hours, I finished the first two books from the Twilight Saga. That's right. I read over a thousand pages in three days. I couldn't help it! The books are so delightfully delicious! Hubby was in awe when he saw what a voracious appetite I had for reading Twilight and New Moon. Book reviews to come shortly. What else do I have to do with my time? I'm on bed rest! ;)

28 comments:

Veronica said...

I ended up reading the books from 'The Wheel of Time' series by Robert Jordon. Okay, I read ONE of the books (each book is about 700 pages and there are 13 in the series).

Hospital sucks. The steroid injections hurt like nothing else and just ugh.

26 weeks is better than 24. Now, you just need another 8 weeks under your belt and you will be fine.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Oh, thank goodness you're ok, and junior is ok, too! You must have been so scared!

Regarding fruit and veggies in the hospital, one thing I learned with my mom was to ask, even if it's not on the menu. The salad bar at the hospital had wonderful fresh veggies, which were not on the menu. My mom could have them, she just had to ask. Remember that when Junior is born. Ask. Can't hurt.

So sorry you had a scary weekend, but I'm glad baby's OK. WHEW.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

OK, I just told Maya about your situation, and she's glad your baby is OK, and regarding the Twilight books, she said, "High Five, and I love Twilight, too!"

:)

caninecologne said...

i'm glad to hear that you and the baby are doing fine. hospital stays are no fun and the food sucks.

re: the twilight books - oh hell yeah! two books down girlfriend! my package will be at your place in 1 - 2 weeks (depending on the efficiency of the postal service). sorry it'll be kind of late.

i liked 'eclipse' better than new moon. you'll learn more about the wolf pack too.

OMFG - Twilight!!!! the movie can't come out soon enough!

C said...

Veronica:
So true about the steroid injections! They hurt like a [insert word of preference here]!!! Yeouch!

I keep reminding myself "we WILL hang in there for as many more weeks as we can!!!" If we can hold off until December, I'll be happy! :)

C said...

J:
Thank you for thinking of us :) It really means a lot.

Great idea about asking about the fruit and veggies! You're right...can't hurt to ask!

I'm also glad the baby's okay :) Turns out I may also be on the onset of developing a UTI...hence the cramps. What fun.

Glad I got the steroid shots just in case Junior does come early. At least his (or her) lungs will be given a chance to mature a bit faster. Scary.

C said...

Maya (via J):
So cool that you're reading (and loving) the Twilight Saga! I feel so funny being in love with the books and the characters since it's more of a teenage girl book and I'm in my 30s! LOL!

Are you taking your Mom to see the movie when it comes out? :)

C said...

Canine:
It's official. You have created a monster here. I am totally obsessed with the Twilight books, can't wait until the movie comes out AND to top it all off, I am in luuuuuuuuuuuuuv with Robert Pattinson! *Squeeeeeeeeeal* Embarrassing teenage girl squeal there! See what you've done?

Actually, I kinda had a crush on him as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter movies, but never admitted it because he was so young and it just seemed so wrong! LOL!

Canine, I'm so excited about the movie coming out and cannot think of anyone I'd want to see it with except you. Oh, wait...We live a few hours away by plane! and I'm not allowed to leave my bed. Hmph.

louann said...

Oh C, I'm glad everything is fine -- Baby and you!

Hmmm...what can you do? Read. Watch movies. Sleep. Blog. I know it must be boring but hang in there!

Dina said...

phew glad you are okay. i was wondering where you were over the weekend as there were no posts from you!
i had those injections too and boy did they sting! lucky it's only a set of 2!

on another note- i have a friend who had a baby at 25 weeks gestation and she is doing great now! The baby was 1 pound at birth but is healthy and at home with mom and dad after 10 weeks!

Rosie : ) said...

I'm happy you went to the hospital, it sounds pretty scary though to have hqd those cramps so early!


I guess the bright side is that you know Junior is healthy and happy in there. He/She has had so many ultrasounds, heartbeat tapes and pictures, he/she will think they are a movie star. ;) You have the advantage of being able to listen to your baby way more than us "regular" pregnant people ever did. :)

C said...

Louann:
Thanks :) How are you and the bambino(s) doing? Well, maybe now that I'm on strict bed resr, I can be a less delinquent blogger and finally catch up on my fave blogs :)

C said...

Dina:
I was going to give you a call sometime this week as soon as I get settled in at home again. I'm exhausted. Funny how I'm exhausted from not doing anything in the hospital for 40 hrs though! I've got an ultrasound this afternoon and the health care nurse is coming to my house tomorrow afternoon. That's my main bed rest excitement for the week. LOL!

Thanks for sharing your friend's story with me. That was really reassuring!! It's amazing what medical advances can do for preterm babies. I'd still like Junior to try to hang in there as long as possible though, but it's good to know that like for your friend's baby, things can turn out just fine :)

Miss you and talk soon! xo

C said...

Rosie:
Yes, pretty scary! The neat thing (if you want to be on the positive side), like you said is that we've gotten to see and hear the baby A LOT during this pregnancy! LOTS of ultrasounds :) Can't wait for this afternoon's ultrasound.

This little baby has given us such a roller coaster ride already. One can only imagine what is to come after Junior's arrival! LOL :)

Deb said...

I'm glad you and junior are ok and back home. I am also glad to hear that you are enjoying the books so much...they are so mesmorizing aren't they???? it is almost unexplainable. People who haven't read them just don't understand and look at you like you are a mad woman. lol. The fourth book is the BEST!!!!

Autumn's Mom said...

Hopefully after Junior arrives, things will quiet down some over there for ya. He's already a handful isn't he :D I'm thinking of you.
Hope Hubby's back is feeling better too!

Girlie Monkey said...

Oh my gosh Chrissy! I've been missing out on reading the blogs for a few days, I get back to it today and discover all about your bed rest! I am so sorry to hear about the complications but I am sure everything will turn out fine in the end. You are a trooper! Hang in there! I'll be thinking of you!

BeachMama said...

Sorry you had to stay in the hospital, but it truly is the best place to be in case of preterm labour. Did they actually think you were on your way or did you just have cramps from lying around for a week?

Glad you are back home and hope that you stay put for a few more weeks, if not, months. Do you have a good library in town? I make good use of our local library on a weekly basis and I know if I was on bedrest I would be signing up for a book a day!

caninecologne said...

hey there c!
yes, i've created a monster! you're officially Robsessed!

i'm going to see the movie with at least 3 different friends. different times too. definitely on the premiere day.

but I am still holding out for his roles in Little Ashes (as Salvador Dali) and How to Be (Art) in early 2009. The smaller roles will showcase his versatility as an actor and not get stuck in pretty boy roles.

started Eclipse yet?

caninecologne said...

it's me again,

you wrote: "Actually, I kinda had a crush on him as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter movies, but never admitted it because he was so young and it just seemed so wrong! LOL!"

hey, he's old enough now! 22! ha ha. actually, i did notice him as Cedric and thought the same thing. for crying out loud, i'm old enough to be his mother! that is, if i had a kid at age 17- uh, not!

C said...

Deb:
Thanks, girlfriend!
Oh, and you are so righr about the Twilight books! People who haven't read the books just don't get it ;) LOL! My hubby thinks it's amusing how I'm so into a story about a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire!

C said...

AM:
LOL! I hope so! I dunno about that though, since Junior already seems to have us on our toes all the time already! LOL! Oh, man! What are we getting ourselves into! ;)

Hubby's back seems to be doing okay. Just hope he's not trying to hide the pain so he doesn't worry me. It's not all about Junior and me. Hubby needs attention too :) He's been so great throughout this roller coaster ride so far :)

C said...

Girlie:
I've missed you!!! I was going to shoot you an e-mail but things kind of got a little crazy here! LOTS of catching up to do, girlfriend!!! Can't wait to hear what YOU'VE been up to!

Thanks for thinking of us! Chat soon! xo

Ms. Mamma said...

I'm so sorry you're having such a trial by fire, seven levels of hades pregnancy experience! I wish I could come over and hang out...but then I'd disturb your reading. Sending you healthfilled thoughts for a safe future delivery and happy bambino! XO

Cherry said...

OH MY WORD!
What a scary weekend! I'm very glad to hear that you are all back home and back into the rest up and grow baby grow routine. What will you read now? Good think you thought to bring those books along, because it's not like you can actually sleep in the hospital. Probably the most restless rest I've ever experienced.

Family is awesome aren't they? I'm so glad you have family there on the island and they are all being so supportive and helpful during this time. I know I have a hard time asking for help, and here you don't even have to ask. It is happily given. And better yet, since you get get up, you have no idea what the state is of everything so you can't even fret about it all.

And can I just say... I'm also so glad you hubby got his back checked out while you guys were at the hospital. With all of the excitement I'm sure he would have just dealt with it a lot longer. Make sure he's resting too and being good to his back!

mrinz said...

I am back online again - our computer has been away for repairs.

Sorry to hear about your scary weekend - but good that you are back home and all is well again and that baby is doing well.

Now to get your husband well again! A bad back is no joke - he has my full sympathy.

Karen MEG said...

Oh C, what an eventful weekend for all the wrong reasons!!! I'm glad you stayed at the hospital and got all check out though... and John as well. Things must be so stressful for the both of you, and John should watch that HE doesn't overdo it either! I'm so glad that you've got your SIL and Dad and other family not so far away. That's what family's for, I'm sure they're only too happy to pitch in for you in this stressful time.

Okay, I've been seeing this Twilight thing all over the place... my 15 year old niece was finishing the book up at the cottage and I was thinking... "OK, if I start it about now, I might be done the series by the time little G is 18 years old."... realistically, that's about all the time I have to really get into a book these days LOL!

Big hugs for you, glad to read that you're home ... and of course the Junior is hanging in there just fine... whew!!!

Momisodes said...

So sorry I'm late to comment here. I read this yesterday but didn't get a chance to comment.

Boy am I SO GLAD your SIL came over and that your little one is still cooking. I'm so glad that your family is there for all of you. That is truly wonderful. I'm so sorry you had to stay in the hospital though and had such a scare. I hope this is the only one until the big day.

Hang in there C! Keep cookin' that little bun :)

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