Thursday, November 06, 2008

Hard


It's hard to believe that it's been one week since I was air lifted to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. One week already! It's even harder to believe that it's been three weeks since my bed rest began. I am 27 weeks and 2 days pregnant. That's another week that Junior has stayed "inside". The doctors and nurses keep reminding encouraging me that every week day inside helps significantly. I really, really hope and pray that Junior doesn't arrive too early.

Fancy Pantsy visited me again yesterday (as did my friends T, AvoidEverything, SillyLizard and one of my uncles) and she said something that made a lot of sense. She told me to take things one day at a time. I was saying that I hope we can make it to 36 weeks gestation before this kid decides to meet everyone! Fancy told me to aim for 28 weeks and then 30...and then aim for 32 and then 34.
My SIL told me that every week that Junior "stays in", we're going to have an "un-birthday" party. Her incentive for me is that each week she will bring me a treat (like smuggling Japanese food or Mexican food into my hospital room). I don't think I need much incentive other than wanting this baby to be as healthy as possible. This means for him or her to stay inside for as long as possible.

The baby is still doing well. The nurses monitor the baby twice or three times a day, every day. It's neat to be able to hear the sound of the baby's heart "galloping" every day! The heart rate goes anywhere from 136 to 160. I asked if that was normal, and the nurses said they like to see fluctuations like that. If it were at a constant and didn't change, then they'd worry. The base number for Junior's heart rate is in the mid-high 140's.

The baby is very busy. In fact, he or she is constantly kicking now. Yesterday, I was surprised at how strong the baby's movement has gotten! I even saw a little ripple go across my belly from a kick! It shocked me at first. It was like I had a little alien inside me!

After being in the hospital for one week, I'm starting to adjust to the thought of being here for a while. The not being able to get up and even walk around is really tough. Bathroom privileges only is horrible. Again, we are trying to make sure the baby doesn't arrive too soon. You may be wondering what one does all day when one is stuck in bed.

Yesterday:

6AM blood work, vitals, listened to baby's heart rate.

6:30 blog/internet

8AM breakfast (Bran Flakes, 15 g fibre, 1% milk, 2 oz cheddar cheese, prune juice, strawberry yogurt)

8:20 finished Eclipse. Bella really annoyed me in the second and third books. I'll write more about that when I post my book reviews for the Twilight Saga.

9AM hooked up to fetal monitor for 25 min (Baby's doing great)

9:25 talked on phone with friend

10AM talked with doctor (everything looks good so far. Just doing what we can to keep Junior in longer)

10:30 nap

11AM surf the net, answer e-mail, check out fave blogs, read the news. Yay for Obama!

1PM lunch (vegetarian chili, whole wheat roll, tossed salad with Italian dressing, 1% milk, banana)

1:30 (or sometime after 2 maybe?) T visited. Chatted with T, who brought me some books and Season 1 of Big Love! Yay!
Mrs. Hollywood popped by too to bring her portable DVD player and a whole bunch of movies. Fancy Pantsy visited too and kept me company for a while. It's always so much fun to chat with her!
AvoidEverything came by and then my uncle visited for a bit.

4PM watched Juno.
6PM supper (Salisbury steak, carrots, savoury dressing, tossed salad with oil and vinegar, 1% milk)

SillyLizard came by after work and we had a blast talking. She brought me a few things to make my stay in the hospital a little more enjoyable.

7PM phone call with one of my Japanese friends. Got hooked up to fetal monitor again to listen to baby.

7:30 Mom2be and Mom2be2 popped in for a visit. I think Mom2be2 is scheduled for her C-section this morning. She finally gets to meet her baby girl (after being in the hospital for 17 weeks!!!) These two gals are so much fun and they have been so nice to keep coming to my room to visit me since I'm not allowed to leave my bed! We even had a few of the nurses in here too at one point. Party Central! :)

8PM spoke to Hubby. He said he may not be able to make it to Toronto this weekend...which sent me into a crying fit. Yeah. These hormones are embarrassing. The slightest little things set me off and I end up crying. Mom2be, Mom2be2 and the nurse tried to calm me down and comfort me. They told me that it's okay for Hubby to not be able to make it here because he's doing what he has to do at home to get things ready for baby and me. It's really hard for him to leave the farm because he has a bunch of new calves coming in, farm equipment that need repairs, farm chores to do, and renovations on our house begin today. The construction crew are working on the basement today. Realistically, I know it will be impossible to see my husband as much as I'd like to while I'm at Mount Sinai. I know this. It still doesn't make it any easier to be separated from him. The nurse was so sweet. She kept telling me that it's not good for baby when mommy cries and gets worked up.

9PM nurse took vitals (temp, pulse, blood pressure, etc)
Watched the first episode of Big Love.

10PM bedtime

P.S. Some of you have been asking why my cervix has already started to thin when we're not even close to my delivery date yet. Well, the doctors can't explain it. Sometimes these things just happen. They said that now that it has been discovered, the next pregnancies I have they will stitch the cervix early on to try to prevent it from opening too soon. I was so relieved when they said "next pregnancies"! I know, I know...let's get through this one first before we even think of having another! :) My cousin said, "You're actually thinking of having more babies?? Even after all the stuff you've gone through with this pregnancy?!?!?!" I think he thinks I'm crazy, but despite all the scary things that have happened so far with my pregnancy with Junior, I do think I'd like to have a sibling for Junior. As crazy as it may sound, I'd do it all over again if I had to. We'll get there when we get there though.

15 comments:

Uncivil said...

I like the "Un-Birthday" idea.Anything with "Un" in it is cool to me....like "Un" Civil! Wishing you many more days before the real birthday!

C said...

Jimmy:
Awww! Thanks :) Just trying to be positive and help make the days seem like they're going faster!

LOL! The word verification is: wrogell. I don't know why that just made me laugh.

Jeanna mentioned something about me taking over your Fantasy Football. I don't know the first thing about football though! LOL! When I was in high school, I TRIED to learn the rules of the game because all the guys loved football and it was the cool thing to be part of Superbowl Sundays and all that stuff. I think I'm stupid because I STILL don't understand the game! LOL!

ZJ said...

Hi Chrissy - I am praying for both you and Junior! It seems that you have quite a lot of visitors cheering you up and a lot more to do to keep your mind off it. Take care.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

It's times like these that being self employed, and especially having a farm, is hard. Because your husband really would want to be with you...but he doesn't have the kind of job that he can walk away from. My heart goes out to both of you. This situation sucks. But it's worth it to go through it. You know, since you have no choice. ;)

Regarding Big Love. LOVE LOVE LOVE that show. The first few episodes have SO MUCH SEX, it was kind of overkill. But that settles down and the story gets really interesting. Stick with it.

Thinking of you honey. Hang in there.

C said...

ZJ:
Thanks for thinking of us :) This pregnancy is hardly anything I ever thought it would be! WAY more action that I had anticipated! LOL! At least I can SORT OF laugh about it now. I honestly didn't think my first pregnancy/first baby experience would be like this.

Okay, I'm off to check out your blog. I know it's been a while since my last visit. See you there shortly :)

C said...

J:
That certainly is true! There are a lot of benefits of being our own bosses since we both have our own businesses. The flexibility is great, but the lack of "other" benefits that you'd get from having an employer are lacking. It is tough, but we do what we have to do, right? :)

As for Big Love...The sex scenes!!! You're not joking about the amount of sex scenes in there! I was actually very, VERY shocked! Not that I'm a prude or anything! I don't know WHAT I was expecting! Certainly not THAT, considering it's a show about Mormons. I guess I really didn't know what to expect. WOW!

Ms. Mamma said...

I am so glad you have a good network there! Yes, it's not good for you to be sad, but a little cry is such a stress reliever sometimes! Just think, when you get home, it will be like you have a new house! For more bedside entertainment, rent Weeds. Very funny and an excellent cast. XO Keeping you in our thoughts!


My word verification is "liturest"...how curious! You like literature and you have to rest...you ARE a liturest!

C said...

Ms.Mamma:
You are so right. It's all about having perspective too, isn't it? Thanks for the Weeds recommendation! I'll see if I can get my hands on it.

BTW, word verification: spermu.
Weird or what?! LOL!

Starshine said...

So glad you have a DVD player now! Yea for Mrs. Hollywood! Didn't you love JUNO? I loved that movie.

Autumn's Mom said...

Yay for a DVD player :) We LOVE Big Love. I am a bit of a prude. haha I resisted at first, but I got hooked. I'm glad you have a good support system there. I know about the crying fits. I think I cried for about 9 months. I was so upset one day crying and the screen door was open (in a tiny place we lived), someone actually came to the door to make sure I was ok. Talk about EMBARRASSING! Just keep doin what your are doin. We're all here for you.

Veronica said...

I like the un-birthday idea too.

C said...

Starshine:
I loved Juno! I wasn't sure what I was expecting to see, but I did like it. I think I'll post about it tomorrow instead of boring you guys with another bedrest/baby post! :)

C said...

AM:
You know what? You are the SWEETEST!! Thanks for all the pep talks over Twitter too! :) You are awesome and really do know how to cheer a gal up!

I've got an embarrassing post to write, but I really want to figure out how to do the password protected thing. I wonder if it's even possible to do that with Blogger. Any ideas?

C said...

Veronica:
Yes, the un-birthday is a great idea, isn't it!? :) The ultrasound technician congratulated me today on making it another week! One week extra is a big thing. Now onto the next week! :)
How are you doing?
XO

Jeanna said...

Kissies baby Jr. Mint, I'm so glad you're doing well.
But Chrissy, what slop (swearing). My lord it makes the hospital food around here look like gourmet, darling.
"trackab"
Good word ver.

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