Thursday, May 29, 2008

Day 28 of bedrest - catch up

I anticipated posting more often than I have. You would think that a woman on bedrest would have enough time to blog daily, get some shopping done, have the nursery planned and still have enough time to catch up on TV. Honestly, that is not the case. I make an effort to not take naps and i still don't manage to get all of these things done. Time management has eluded me since I started this! My guess is that motherhood will force it to become a priority again.

In an attempt to catch up... First of all, my appt yesterday went very well. We are at 21 weeks and 5 days. My cervix continues to get a bit stronger and the dr is very pleased. He approved of moving my bedrest poolside and to the raft. He actually approved that last week, but I chickened out before we went. He also approved for me to make an appearance at a wedding this weekend. I'm so excited to be there for Amanda (and Travis, of course)! He indicated yesterday that at 24 weeks we will start steroid shots to ensure AnnaJo's lungs are developed in case we deliver early.
Overall, bedrest is going okay. I only have dramatic episodes about once a week. I figure that that's not so bad. I keep myself entertained during the week with a rigid TV schedule. Weekends are a little tougher, but i have wonderful friends and family to entertain me and keep my company. Cliff is being a terrific husband - making gourmet meals and making sure his 2 girls are well taken care of. Unfortunately, he typically is on the receiving end of my emotional meltdowns and he is handling them in stride. He manages to fit some fishing into his schedule and he takes the dogs out to run at least once a week, so he is able to maintain some sort of sanity through this ordeal. Mom comes by often too and watches Young and the Restless with me and makes sure that my house is clean. Gotta love that! Thanks Mom! And i do have the most wonderful friends in the whole world. I rarely go a day without calls and instant messages checking in on me. AND last Tuesday i had a little suprise from my Scholastic buddies.

Coincidentally, that was a night for an unscheduled episode. Long story short...I wanted nachos from El Jimador, Cliff had a ballgame to go to and he construed some story about El Jimmies being too busy to get to my nachos quickly. He came home with sour cream and frozen shrimp and then wanted to leave for his game. After a few phone calls, tears and failed attempts to bribe someone to bring nachos, I threatened to stab him with an ink pen. He finally agreed to go get them and 5 minutes later Lori showed up to chat. A few minutes after i heard footsteps upstairs and 6 of my closest friends started making their way down the steps. And in hand, they had chicken nachos from El Jimador!!! It couldn't have worked out better. Ironically, they had planned this party a week earlier and that was the very day that I was willing to stab for chicken nachos from El Jimador!! It was great! They hung out for a few hours and left right before the finals of American Idol! It couldn't have been more perfect timing! Thanks're the very best!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Day 17 of bedrest....

I'm so glad to be back home, but being in bed all day is no fun at all. I was able to organize my pictures yesterday though, so I thought I would share.

Here are my beautiful boxers...this one is Jersey. She is a boxer mix and is about 3 years old, i think. She is a sleepy dog in this picture. her little brother Vegas keeps her awake a lot. He likes to play and she isn't always so willing. Here is Vegas. He was Cliff's birthday/anniversary gift this year. I bought him for Cliff, but he loves us both. He prefers the person with the yummiest treat! He is about 6 months old here. His birthday is July 9, 2007. He is a funny boy! We got him in August(an early gift) and he got sick in November. It was an awful time! We were not sure if he was going to make it or not. We have always been very strict with training jumping, no sitting on the couch, certainly no laying on our bed. It's been a little different with Vegas since we thought we may lose him. He is such a big boy!
He keeps us entertained all the time. He doesn't realize that he is over 50 pounds...he still tries to be a lap dog.

His favorite game is to chase his brothers, the cats. Monet and Mocha aren't real thrilled about that game, but they put up with him. Here is Mocha...he doesn't know he is a cat. He begs like a dog and climbs like a monkey. Mocha was our junkyard kitty. He came from the pound and we didn't think he would ever love us. To see him around us, you'd think that one of us gave birth to him. He tries to get as close as possible to us. He almost looks like a mink stoll. Funny little cat.
Monet is our other big boy. He is our first and weighs in at a whopping 20 lbs. He is a big cat! No picture of him on this computer though - i'll make it up later.

AnnaJo week 19 update

Good morning!
Thank you so much for all of your prayers! They are working, so please continue to send them up! We had a great appt yesterday - the ultrasound indicated that my cervix is getting stronger and measured 2.5 cm. instead of 1.4 like last week. Generally, the measurement should be in between 3 cm and 5 cm with healthy normal pregnancies. The bedrest and the prayers are working great! The dr sent me home last night, but I'm still on strict bedrest with bathroom priveleges only. I cannot put into words how wonderful it was to be in my own bed last night!

AnnaJo continues to grow as expected. She weighed 10 ounces yesterday which puts her in the 37th percentile. I have a great picture of her that looks like she is blowing bubbles, but I need to get it scanned. I'll send it as soon as I have it downloaded.

I hope you are all doing great. If you need me....I'm in bed, or on the couch, or in the recliner. :-) I have my cell phone and yahoo Instant messenger (jkate1122) and email, of course.

I'll update again next week.

Love to all! Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers!
Kate, Cliff and AnnaJo

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Bedrest has only just begun!!!!

Week the news is a little different this week...i write this from bed 2 in room 1018 at Boone Hospital. My OB and u/s tech were not happy wtih my cervix again this week. It shortened and thinned out a bit, so i am now on hospital bedrest until further notice. The goal...make it to week 32 and then deliver the baby as needed. The reality is that we cannot deliver before 24 weeks, 28 would be better and 32 would be the best. I am on strict bedrest - only getting up to use the bathroom if I have to. They prefer the bedpan, so you can imagine my frustration.

I have a wireless connection, so my computer will not be leaving my side. I also have my cell phone. Feel free to visit, call, email...whatever. I will keep you all posted as things progress. Please pray for our health and my sanity. Oh wait...that would assume that i had a normal sanity level to begin with. :-)

Love to all...
Kate, Cliff and A.J.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Week 17 - Finally!

Happy May Day!!! I cannot believe it's already May! We finally have some news this week...after a very long ultrasound, Baby Hill decided to grace us with an answer to this everlasting question! It was very clear after looking around the foot that continues to be in its ass.

Unfortunately that wasn't the only news we received yesterday. The dr was not happy with the way my cervix was looking and I'm writing this from my bed. That's's officially day 1 of bedrest. Hopefully there will only by 7 days. I'll find out during our next u-sound if I can go back to work. For all of our sakes, please pray that the answer is yes. I am self-admittedly lazy, but being sent to bed is not going to be fun. There is only so much that I can do to entertain myself, so you can count on getting a few emails. Our next u-sound is next Wednesday, so i'll get an update out as soon as I can.

Off to ....oh yeah, there is not much I can do. I'll sign off and let you get back to whatever you need to be doing! :-) Feel free to call me and chat. Or my yahoo instant messenger id is jkate1122. I'll be online or have my phone next to me for the next week!

Love to all...
Kate, Cliff & Baby Hill

Oh yeah....I failed to mention that it is a girl!!! AnnaJo has made her presence known to the world...