Monday, February 28, 2011

Fetal monitoring

I decided to take my iPad to my appointment today. I thought I would walk you through what I do 2x a week when I'm here.

-I start by waiting in a very warm waiting room where I obsess about if my blood pressure (my face gets really hot when it's high and I cant tell in that office).

-Then they call me back, (and about 6 other women) in to a large room with a TV. I get to sit in a big comfy reclining chair! They put 2 monitors on me, 1) for the movement 2) for any contractions. The last two times I have been here I have asked them to take my BP after because adrenaline is usually serving through my veins. It has been good!

-After that, I just sit there and wait till the nurse approves me to go. It has been really fast because the baby has been really active. I have been the first to be let go.

That's about it. It is kinda relaxing. I can't take Adah so I don't have to worry about her, and I sit with my phone, or iPad.

As I have said before, I get really anxious, and fearful. Through this I have discovered what spiritual warfare takes place inside me. I was prepared Monday when I went in and i was fine. Thursday I went in and had not been as prepared as i should be spiritually and i was a nervous reck.

Pastor Greg said in yesterday's message, that fear and faith don't mix, it one or the other. So i am clinging to faith throughout this process! And i refuse to let the enemy take hold of any part of my body, including my emotions, and fears.

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Location:Specialist Doctors Office

Thursday, February 24, 2011

iPad blog post

I got a blog app for my iPad, so I'm checking to see if it works.

Testing 123. ;)

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Monday, February 14, 2011

27 Weeks

Yay! I am (not officially according to some gestational calendars) in my 3rd trimester!! I have had a great week, and things are looking better from my perspective. As I posted in week 26, I have been eating good, drinking lots of water, and resting whenever I get a chance. This is really showing in my numbers with my blood pressure so that encouraging!

We had a fun, busy weekend. My sister's 15th birthday, and my parents 28th anniversary was Saturday, so my mom planned a big Disneyland getaway for all of us at the Disneyland Hotel. It was so much fun! It really made Disneyland enjoyable for me, because whenever I felt like I was pushing it, we went back to the hotel to rest.

We headed out Friday morning, after a stop at the pancake house, then spent a few hours at Disneyland before we checked into our hotel. When we did check into our hotel, Everyone headed to the pool while Adah and I took a nap. Then we got up, had dinner, and went to California Adventure before we got in line for World of Color.

We have seen world of color before, but it was back in June, so it was fun to see it again. Adah was a completely different child in June, so it was really fun to see how she reacted to the show. She was so into it! She watched the whole thing on top of Jon's shoulders. Being that she is really into Disney movies right now, it made it all the more fun for her in recognizing the Disney characters! After that, Jon, Adah and I headed back to the hotel, while my sister and her friends went to Disneyland to hit up some rides.

The next morning, because we stayed at the hotel, we were able to do the "magic hour." The Magic hour is the hour before the park opens when hotel guests, and character breakfast guests get to enter the park early. Not all the rides are open, but most of tomorrow land is open and fantasy land. Adah could spend all day in fantasy land, she and my dad hit up the dumbo ride, and the look on her face was priceless!

Later in the day we got lunch at one of our favorite places to eat at Disneyland. The Ranch, is an all you can eat BBQ place that has great food, and great service! It's a bit pricey, but it is defiantly a once in a while thing. You are seated, and you give them your drink request, then they bring cast iron buckets filled with chicken, ribs, beans, and corn bread. And they will keep bringing it to you. It is so good! If you haven't tried it, you really should. It's 19.99 for lunch for adults, and (I think) 9.99 for kids 3 and up.

Jon, Adah and I left shortly after that. He planed a night sans Adah at our friends cabin in Green Valley Lake. So we dropped Adah off at his parents, and headed up the mountain. It was so nice and relaxing. He planed it as 24 hour thing so He could study away from home, and I could relax, and boy it was needed. My feet swelled due to all the walking, the bad (but oh, so good) food, and the heat. By the end of the cabin stay, he had gotten a lot done, and my feet were back to normal. It was such a nice weekend.

Please keep me in prayer for a few things...

Jon is leaving this weekend to teach at a winter camp in Washington. He is really looking forward to it, and I know that he has great things to say to the youth ministry at this camp. I had the opportunity to go, but we both thought it wouldn't be a good idea since I would be in my third trimester. That decision was made in November, and I am so glad that was the direction we went.


I start my high risk doctor visits twice a week starting Monday. I know that I am getting the care I need, and I am so thankful for that, but the co pays are going to be really draining finically. I have 3 total doctor visits next week including my normal OB appointment, so next week alone will add up to over $100 just in co pays. I know that the Lord doesn't give us more than we can handle, and I am really leaning on that. Whenever I let my mind go to "how are we going to pay for that" it is really overwhelming. Again, I am so grateful that the doctor is doing all he can to keep a close eye on me. It is something that didn't really happen when I was pregnant with Adah.

Thank you for all your prayer, I really appreciate them!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Made by Lex

I casually follow a blog called made by lex. I am always checking to see what she has next. Lots of cute crafts to do with clothes. It's always fun stuff.

I noticed, she hadn't blogged in a while but thought nothing of it until today. It turns out her sweet 5 year old niece passed away unexpectedly.

I never knew she was a christian, but the post that she wrote about her niece and suffering and LOVE is really worth reading.

Check it out, and pray for her family as they are going through this...

Little Wellies

My friend Christina, has a really cute online boutique that you should check out!

It's called Little Wellis, and let me say everything is so adorable, and handmade.

Did I mention cute?

And unique?

She is having a giveaway tonight. Check it out at her web site.

26 Weeks

Sorry it has taken so long for me to update. A lot has been going on since my last post and it has really taken a while for me to process things.

As you know on the 26th of January, I had a OB appointment, that I was pretty anxious about. Well, it didn't go so well... I was very nervous, and it showed in my blood pressure reading. I was sitting there shaking like a leaf, waiting for the nurse to take my blood pressure. She's a really sweet girl, and always small talks with us when we're there. She was so helpful to me when I was having my preeclamsia issues with Adah. She took my blood pressure, and said "oh girl, you need to lay on your side, your blood pressure is 152/100. Jon was sitting there and he knew that that reading was mostly because of how nervous I was. So I did. The doctor came in, and I knew he hadn't looked at my chart yet because he started measuring me, and didn't mention it. So I mentioned it to him, and told him how nervous I was.

He brought us into his office and looked at all my charts on his computer. He could tell that I was nervous. He made mention how bad my blood pressure got with Adah, and decided to take it again. Sure enough, 115/ 75, so he said it was probably from the rush of adrenalin. But because my blood pressure had been on the rise from my previous appointments, he decided to put me on medication, and come back for a check in the morning. I already had a ultrasound scheduled for the following week with the high risk doctor, he said he wanted me to see him also.

So everything went fine, I came back in the morning and the medication was kicking in because I was nervous, but had a great blood pressure reading. So in my mind, I was in the clear for my high risk appointment. So I though...

We went to go see this doctor, and let me just say from the beginning, I HATE going to this office. Not only is the staff really rough around the edges, a lot of the women coming in are there for fetal monitoring. Judging a book by it's cover, I'm thinking it's drug related. Sometimes it can be scary in that office, because again, judging a book by it's cover, their significant others look like gangsters. So needless to say, I never feel comfortable in the office.

We went in and they took my blood pressure first thing, and it was 150/ 91. Not good at all! Again they had me lay on my side and, and not 2 minuets later they took it again, and it was 138/72. Drastically different. But, remember, I'm on medication. So the doctor told me to up my medication to 3x a day instead of 2x a day. And... Starting at 28 weeks, I have to go to that office twice a week for blood pressure checks, and fetal monitoring along side my normal OB visits until the baby is born. It didn't hit me until the receptionist started scheduling all the visits. I think the fact that we have to pay a specialist co-pay for all the visits hit me harder than anything. Jon quickly reminded me that the Lord knows what he is doing because this starts about the time that our car payment (we payed off our car last month) would be due.

In the days after that doctor's appointment, I was really down. I was having a really hard time coming to grips with how fast this was all happening. I was really in denial. Then my mind kept going to the worse case scenario. Having a baby really really early. But Jon, and my Mom have been my so comforting and encouraging. The doctor has said nothing about bed rest yet, but I really have put myself on a modified bed rest. I have been taking it really easy. I will get up, and make breakfast, then lay down on my left side the couch, or play room floor for a while. Then do something else, and follow with laying down. And I am pleased to say it is REALLY working!

My mom and Jon have been doing a lot around the house which has been great! It is hard for me though, because as much as I don't like doing housework, I feel like I am taking care of my family. But now, I'm taking care of my family in a different way.

Adah has been so good for me in the last few weeks. I am noticing that because I am so stationary most of the time, she is more cuddly with me. A few times she has even fallen asleep on me which NEVER happens. She is always on the go, and I think that is because I am always running around. I though this would interfere with her and damage her in some way, but I feel like we are really spending good quality time together.

We have gone from a family that never watches TV to having it on a lot. The first few days were really bad, but I have been taking advantage of the play room and she plays while I lay there and talk to her, or play on the iPad.

So all in all, we are coping well with this transition, and this in my opinion is the Lord telling me to slow things way down.

Please pray for me.....

1) That my blood pressure would remain under control.

2) For my upcoming doctor's visits. This is going to take quite a chunk out of the week for the weeks up until we have our little boy. This could be a good thing, or a bad thing. My first fetal monitoring appointment is February 21st.