Sunday, March 29, 2009

Blake loves this.

Since being in the hospital, I've learned a few things about the food. They don't like to include condiments with anything. If I want some ranch dressing with my salad, I have to ask specifically for it. If I want more than 1 tiny package... specify that too. My favorite is when they bring a food that any normal american would eat with ketchup, but don't include that. One of my first few days here, I asked a nurse for some ketchup, and she said that it is hard to come by, so the next time Blake went down to get some food for himself, I asked that he bring me some. You better believe it is rationed out. I've also got packages of salt, pepper, sugar, honey, splenda, Buffalo sauce from chick-fil-a, and I already mentioned ketchup and Ranch. Blake thinks it is funny that his wife has become a condiment hoarder since coming here, but I say the joke is on him. Last night he drank coffee with the pink stuff in it. When he said it wasn't good, I kindly reminded him of my stash which includes splenda and sugar. Maybe now he'll give up on that joke. haha.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Funny story of the morning

I've mentioned here before that starting at about 5 in the morning, I have an endless stream of people in and out of my room. If you know me, then you know I like my sleep... Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm about to have a baby and the sleep thing is going to have to change, but I don't have a baby yet and being woken at 5 every morning wasn't really how I was planning on spending my last few weeks before having a child. Anyway, I'm not as bitter as I sound. I'm thankful for the great care, but I do have a good story about this from this morning.
The last nurse left my room at about 12:30 last night and came back at about 5:15 this morning. When she left, I had a hard time going back to sleep and was still awake when the resident came in at 6:30 to ask me the same questions they do every day. Breakfast came in at 7. It was also shift change for the nurses at 7 and so my new nurse came in at 7:15. I was still trying unsuccessfully to sleep and she says "Oh, are you still tired today?" I wanted to reply with "I think I've only gotten about 4.5 hrs of sleep so far tonight. Yes, I'm still tired." I didn't reply with that though. I simply said, "What do you mean?" I guess she realized that didn't sound so nice and didn't make the best first impression with a sleeping patient. She started asking the normal questions and then realized that she went in the wrong room. Dang. She left and my nurse came in a few minutes later. At that point, I gave up and just stayed awake. Ahhh, hospital fun.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

My husband, the budding photographer, and the place I call home.

Recently we ordered a new camera, and I've been working with Blake on the details of photographing with a digital SLR camera. He is doing a great job! Here is a photo he took the other night as he was leaving the hospital for the evening. Great job! He even had the added challenge of photographing in the dark.
On another note, Blake has done a great job finishing up getting ready for the baby to get here, taking care of me, and working. Earlier this week, he made a trip to Old Navy and got some of the cutest baby clothes I've seen... and controlled himself enough to only get one hoodie. We all know Blake loves hoodies (as do I!) Also, last night, he scouted me out a new room a little further from the nurse's station and has a better view. After an ok from the nurse, he gathered up all my junk and wheeled me down here. I also got permission from the doctor to get out of my room for a little bit. Wow, was it nice to get outside last night. I can't get off the hospital property, but I'm ok with that. The fresh air was great.
Still no new news from the doctor. We may have a sonagram this evening to check things out, but I'm not sure. He said things still look good though! My blood pressure has been staying pretty low unless I'm up for a few minutes or am stressed about something, which is to be expected. Hopefully things won't change for a while and this little guy can continue to grow!

A shower for dad.

Last Saturday, Blake's aunts, grandmother, mom and sister hosted a shower for us in Wylie. I, being in the hospital, was unable to attend, but Blake did a great job standing in for me. Thanks everyone for the shower! I wish I could have come!
Here are some pictures from the day:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

No title in mind.

I just thought I'd post a quick update with what's going on here. Not a lot has changed. I'm still laying in bed at the hospital, but I did pass the 35 week mark on Saturday. This baby is getting bigger every day! Right now he gets hiccups at least once a day and isn't such a fan of the monitoring they do on me twice a day. I guess it is the tight belts they put around my waist.
I talk to the doctor every day and he is just taking it one day at a time, weighing the pros and cons of having the baby stay inside. Nothing like the unknown!
I'll write more when I have more news, but let's hope that there is no big news for a while!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wanna get the scoop?

Here it is... I'm in the hospital... bummer, I know. Here's why:
On Wednesday I called the doctor because my blood pressure had continued to be higher than I'd like and I was also having headaches and nausea. I had an appointment scheduled for Thursday, but the doctor wanted me to come in on Wednesday anyway. He wasn't in the office that day, but his nurse ran some tests and reported to him. With the results, he decided it was time to head across the street to the hospital. Surprise to us! We thought we'd be home in a few hours. While in the hospital, they ran some more tests and decided to at least keep me over night. Surprise again! With those results in, the doctor told me yesterday morning (Thursday) that I'd be staying. It looks like I'll stay till the baby is born. Surprise! There you go. Since then it has been a steady flow of tests. (Let me take your blood pressure, temperature, lungs, heart rate, baby heart beat, monitor the baby and contractions, weight, pee in this bucket, draw some blood, test your reflexes... no lie... it has something to do with high blood pressure...) Needless to say, I'm being well taken care of, it just feels like an endless flow of people in here from 5 in the morning on. The nurses and techs are great and cheerful, so that makes a 5:30 am wakeup not as bad. They (my doctor and nurses) say the baby is doing well, and we'll take it a day at a time... For real. I keep trying to get it out of my doctor with at least a rough prediction, but he won't budge... haha. He did say this morning that "it looks like I'll make it through the weekend". I had no idea he was even thinking it could be that soon. If I were guessing though, I think it will be sometime in the next 3 weeks. I haven't heard a reason that they would let me go past 38 weeks. I think at that point the pros start to be weighed out by the cons. One other thing the doctor said was that most of the time babies born to moms with high blood pressure typically have more mature lungs than their non high blood pressure mom counterparts. Interesting, right?
Other than that, we're learning about what all the monitors mean and what they are looking for. In that, we have learned that our little guy looks great as he "plays" in my tummy. That's great news!
Blake has been super busy taking care of me here, and is doing a great job. Since we weren't expecting to be here, he has made a few trips home to get things we need. Also, to help take one thing off of Blake's plate, Bo is hanging out with my parents while I'm in here. He's had a crazy few days as well. The first night I was in the hospital, he went to stay with some sweet friends that offered to watch him last minute so Blake could come care for me. Blake went to pick him up yesterday though and he was more than excited to be reunited. He didn't know what had hit him! (and by hit... I don't mean literally.)
In nursery news, we (and by we, I mean... not me) have made a little more progress. Blake took a dresser that we got a few weeks ago and sanded it down to prepare it for repainting and then his parents came to help paint it earlier this week. They really did a great job. I'll see what I can do to get Blake to take a picture once it is in the room.
I'm also sad to be missing a shower this weekend. So sad! Blake was planning on going with me anyway, but I'm super sad that I don't get to come too. Hopefully he'll give me the scoop though. Darn, this high blood pressure sure isn't the most convenient thing!
I'll try to keep the updates here as I know what is going on, but like I said earlier, I don't really know what is going on. All I know is, we're doing fine. Baby is doing great. I have a constant head ache and am nauseous most of the day, but nothing I can't handle. Check back soon... maybe I'll know more then!
PS- there is a Chick-fil-a here in the hospital. Because of that, I know I'll be ok.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A fun Saturday shower

On Saturday, some sweet friends hosted a shower for the new baby and myself. It was so much fun! Thank you, girls!
Here are a few pictures from the day.
The food. Yum!

I had a blast and thank you for helping us get ready for our little boy! It was also extra fun for me to actually get out of the house for the first time in a week (excluding a trip to the doctor).

Friday, March 13, 2009


Look what progress has been made in the nursery! Blake and mom have pulled a lot of the details together while I've been laying on the couch. Thank you guys so much! We (and by we, I don't mean I) still have to get the dresser finished and a few more things together before we're officially done. Here are some pictures to show the progress though!

This is the bed that is also in the room with some new pillows to help it match a little better. That is also our $10 junk store headboard. Score!
We went to the doctor on Thursday to get checked out and also get the little guy checked out as well. He looks great and weighs about 5 pounds 5 ounces and is measuring about 10 days ahead of schedule. The sonagram tech also said he has lots of hair. My blood pressure is still high... shock, but I'm hanging in there. Hopefully for several more weeks.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Here's the word...

I thought I should share a little about what is going on. At the doctor on Friday, we had an appointment with one of the other doctor's in the practice. They like to do that so we can be familiar with all of them and it turns out my blood pressure was high.... pretty high. Since we weren't seeing our own doctor, they shuffled us down to see him. He was concerned as well and ordered some tests with my favorite blood taking lady. And when I say favorite, I mean, least favorite. She made me cry on my first visit, but that was months ago and I'm way past that. She has, however, given up on trying to get blood out of my arm, and goes straight for the back of my hand. She must be learning after all. haha.
Back to the present though: I'm only 33 weeks along and while the doctor is confident the baby would be ok if he had to be born this early, we'd all prefer that he stay put for as long as possible. That means that I get to spend all day on my left side (as that keeps the blood pressure down). That also means that poor Blake is stuck with the housework until something changes. We've also got a home blood pressure machine so that I can keep an eye on myself. We'll be heading back to the doctor this week for a sonagram and some more tests to get a better idea of what is going on. I'll try to keep updates here as often as I find out new info, but I guess for now, we're in a holding pattern. The waiting game begins!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

making pretty paintings

Welcome to my in-home painting studio aka the dining room table covered in saran wrap. These are going to go above the crib when I get them done. It has been a work in progress for a few weeks. 4 matching canvases were harder to obtain than I anticipated, but that is another story. I still have a few touch ups to do on the deer and moose, but they are mostly done at this point. Hopefully I can finish them tomorrow and then we can hang them... and by we, you know who I mean. Blake has become very good at hanging things with even spacing and level. You might remember this post. Enjoy the photos. I just got a new camera, and I am in love with it.