Archive for February, 2014
I guess without a doctor’s orders to take it easy, I just can’t seem to manage to put my feet up enough. Just 2 days after getting the doctor’s all-clear to “use common sense” about my activity, the brown bleeding started up again. At least it’s just brown this time, rather than the gushing red bleeding I’ve had in the past. Apparently, I’m not so good at the common sense when it comes to activity.
But this answers one of my questions. I hadn’t known if the spotting had stopped because the SCH had healed, but apparently it hasn’t. So at least I know that now. Silver linings, folks.
I love it when I catch little moments like this between the kids. Kelvin had the tablet on his lap and Carter crawled up beside him to see what he was doing. Pretty soon Kelvin had his arm around his baby brother and they were watching a show on Netflix together. It was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!
It’s been fun watching the Olympics with the kids now that they’re old enough to enjoy it. They still might be a bit young, though…this is what happened during the Opening Ceremony:
They have been enjoying the “ice dancing” (figure skating) and the snowboarding, but everything else kind of goes over their heads. I can’t blame them, though…some of it goes over my head, too! LOL
12 weeks, 1 day
I had another doctor appointment this morning. I got to hear our little Squirt’s heartbeat again, but no ultrasound. I was really hoping for one so I can see what the hemorrhage is doing, but I don’t get another one for another 4 weeks (and then another one 4 weeks after that). But I go back in two weeks to check the heartbeat again (and my doctor said if I’m feeling anxious about it next week, to call and he’ll check it next week too). It’s still being treated as a threatened miscarriage. When I asked what my chances are, he said he usually tells people 50/50, but since the baby has hung on so long so far, he thinks my chances are a little better than that. Not exactly what I was hoping to hear. I was thinking my chances were around 90% or so.
And finally, I’ve been released from my “strict couch rest” and he just said to use common sense and listen to my body.
Yesterday, this gorgeous bouquet was delivered to my door! My mom sent these flowers to brighten up my living room while I’m stuck on the couch, trying to take it easy. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to just sit on the couch as much as possible, but it certainly isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! It’s really nice to have this little taste of spring sitting right across from the couch that I spend as much time as possible on. And they smell awesome, too! I can smell them every time I walk through the room.
Thanks for the pick-me-up, Mom!
Today, we had high’s in the 60’s! For February, we were pretty thrilled with that! It melted all of the remnants of our 12-inch snowstorm from a couple weeks ago.
We threw open the windows and took the kids outside for the afternoon (even though I’m supposed to be on couch rest….I did sit most of the time I was outside, though).
I could definitely get used to this weather. Unfortunately, we have thunder storms coming tomorrow and the possibility for a tiny bit of snow on Thursday. Then the temps will swing back up to the 50’s, only to drop back down to the 30’s a few days later. The weather is bipolar, I’m telling you!
One of the advantages of being on “couch rest” is that I have a little extra time for working on projects that could otherwise get neglected. Not a ton of extra time, because hello. Three kids who make “couch rest” super hard.
One of the projects I was able to finish was Ava’s Hudson Hat! It’s completely done except the pom poms for the top and ties that my grandma is sending us. Even if there isn’t any more super cold weather this year (here’s hoping), it has plenty of growing room, so she’ll still be able to wear it in upcoming winters.
Two more hats to go! I need to do Carter’s and then I’m going to do one for the baby too, when we find out the gender. And let’s face it, if it’s a girl, we may need a few good bankruptcy lawyers . I’ve already been drooling over all the girly yarn and clothes!
Have you ever imagined how hard it would be to be on “restricted activity” with three other children? Especially when one is a high maintenance 19-month-old? It’s HARD!
Basically, I’m not on bedrest, but that’s what I’m shooting for. Because when I fall miserably short, I think I’m falling right about where I’m supposed to be. I camp out on the couch as much as I can most of the day, we watch way too much Disney Channel, we do school on the couch, we read books, etc. That’s what my days look like right now. This afternoon, though, I cheated and got up when I didn’t *have* to, so that I could wax my eyebrows. That’s how bored I was. I hate waxing them and hadn’t done it in months, but suddenly I just *had* to! LOL
Unfortunately, this pregnancy has not been as uneventful as we had all been hoping.
At about 8 weeks, I started having some brown spotting. I didn’t pay much attention or call my doctor…it was brown, after all. That means old blood, not a big deal. At exactly 10 weeks, I started gushing blood and cramping. I was absolutely certain I was losing the baby. I couldn’t imagine gushing blood for 5 hours and still having everything be OK.
This also happened in the middle of a 12-inch snowstorm. My doctor’s office was closed the next day because of the snow, but I had my 10-week appointment scheduled for the following day, so I figured I’d just wait for that. When I told the nurse and then my doctor what was going on, I could tell they assumed the worst, too. My doctor said he’d just check for the heartbeat since he had the doppler right there and the sonographer was out of the office. It took him forever to find it, but I was shocked when he found the heartbeat! He told me to come back the next day for a sonogram.
The next day, the sonographer found a couple little pockets of blood around the sac, but nothing to be concerned about. I figured the worst was over. But the day after that was Saturday and after the fun show at church, I started gushing blood again. I got anointed and then we had to get out of there. When I say gushing, I mean gushing. It would have gotten really embarrassing really fast.
This time, the bleeding lasted longer and was heavier. It lasted until Sunday morning, and of course I had to wait until Monday to call my doctor’s office (I wanted to avoid the ER if at all possible). On Monday, I went in for another sonogram and they found a fairly large subchorionic hemorrhage that had materialized during the previous 48 hours. Since then, I’ve been on restricted activity to try to avoid aggravating it and causing other awful complications.
I have another doctor appointment the day after tomorrow (my doctor wanted to see me in 1-2 weeks, rather than a month like I normally would at this stage of pregnancy) and I’m really hoping for an ultrasound. I haven’t had any more significant bleeding and even the spotting has dried up in the last 24 hours. That makes me nervous, because in the past, it’s gotten better right before the floodgates opened again. Anyway, I really want an ultrasound to see what’s going on in there. Since the hemorrhage was right near my cervix, the sonographer told me it would probably bleed out rather than reabsorbing, and since it hasn’t bled out, I’m nervous about how big it’s gotten.