Sunday, January 30, 2011

The end is in sight...!

So this 9 month journey has definitely been crazy! Especially with the recent turn of events.

I guess I should have knocked on wood whenever I said that I've had an easy pregnancy.

Just thought I'd relay some events that happened to our family last week that. last Tuesday I went to bed feeling fine, I woke up at about 2am ish with pain in my lower abdominal area and was shaking. For the first time in 9 months I was freezing and there was nothing I could do about it. I remembered in my reading that one of the symptoms (can't think of a better word) of contractions was cold feet and uncontrollable shaking. Plus with the pain I was having I thought maybe this was it. We were debating whether we should go to the hospital or not, because I wasn't able to time the "contractions" and I really didn't want to look silly going to the hospital and find out it is nothing. As Chase was gathering a few things I remained in bed seeing if I could make a decision on what I thought this was. I also took my temperature to make sure it wasn't a fever, it was a 98 something. So after my wonderful husband got everything together we decided we should go to the hospital and get it checked out, atleast then we would know what was going on.

So we arrived at the hospital around 3am and started getting all my vitals. My heart rate was high, and so was Ryder's. I was scared. Normal heart beat for a baby that far along is between like 120 and 140 (I think) they said. Ryder's was like in the 180 range. this was not comforting to me to hear. They also checked my temp but it was like a 103 degrees. I remember now that I was drinking water and that probably affected by temp while we were at home.

So here I was, the day before my due date, a high temperature, and both of our heart beats were going crazy. They drew some blood, stuck an IV in me and put my on an oxygen mask to help calm Ryder down. They day before Chase & I ran out of water at our house so I was pretty dehydrated too. I felt like a horrible mom. Here I am suppose to be taking care of my unborn son and I felt like I failed. I was so worried something would happen. They made it sound like there was a chance that they would try to get this baby out. I didn't want it like this, as much as I wanted Ryder to be here, I didn't want it to be like this. they had me relax for a few hours and eventually moved me to the labor & Delivery room and notified my Dr.

After tests on my urine & blood, they discovered that their was protein in my urine, which is a sign of pre-eclampsia. Also, my platelet count in my blood was low. After waiting HOURS for my Dr. to finally show up she decided that I had a virus and that is why I wasn't feeling well. She also decided not to deliver, she didn't want to with my health. She didn't want to put too much stress on me or Ryder, she had nurses give me antibiotics for the remainder of my stay. She had me stay overnight wanted to do another blood test in the morning to check on my platelet count. The fear of that being low is I wouldn't be able to have an epidural and they would be worried that my blood wouldn't clot at a normal rate and I'd lose a lot of blood during delivery.

So I had to spend the night in the hospital. My loving husband was there with me the whole. I am so grateful that I actually slept pretty well. they asked if I would want a sleeping pill, but I don't feel comfortable with those.

The next morning they did the blood test and my platelet count was up a little bit so it was a sign of improvement. I had to do a 24 hour urine test at home (which sucked) and take a Z-PAC pill everyday. And I was released around 8am.

Things are going good now. My blood pressure is high and has been at my last few DR. appointments. So she had me relax this weekend. (Not sure how well I did with that). Saturday I had an appointment at the hospital. The ultrasound looked good and all my vitals were good.

Now for the exciting part! I am scheduled to be induced tomorrow (Monday) night at 8pm. So looks like Ryder is going to be a February baby! We cannot wait to bring our baby home:) I am a little scared, but I know everything will work out.

I often think of the quote from Our Savior, "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it." Now I know he wasn't talking about giving birth and being pregnant, but it can definitely apply. I am so grateful to our Father in Heaven for Him blessing us with this child and having the chance to raise him in the gospel.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

So close, but seems so far!

Ryder could come ANY DAY now!!! It makes it seems so close, but then I go to the Dr and no change in dialation:( She said I was 50% effaced so I guess that is good. Sometimes it seems like it is never going to come. It's just I don't want to wait anymore, I want to hold my baby! It's a time in my life that I have been looking forward to for many, many years and now that it is so close I'm impatient!!! Me & Chase thank Heavenly Father every day for this blessing he is letting us take care of for Him. We are so grateful for this baby that we are going to be able to raise. We are so excited for him to join our family.

We have everything we need to get us started so it's the waiting game. Luckily I'm working 3 days a week to keep me busy.

Chase is super busy working MPS and Dominos. Between the 2 jobs he gets about 35-40 hours. He started school this week. (Another reason I'm anxious for Ryder) He wouldn't really miss anything this week. Chase does so much for our family, I am so lucky!

I'm temporarily released from my calling as a primary teacher. They want to give me time to be a new mom. I'm fine with that! Me & Chase are enjoying going to Sunday School together!

We are down to 1 car and have been for awhile. It's kind of annoying, but it is working out. Some days are harder than others. I work with my mom so it makes it really convenient. We have some money saved up we just haven't found anything we felt like we should get. And then in the back of my mind I'm thinking about Dr bills that will be due soon.

Bryan's fiance Brittany and her daughter Emma just moved down her. I know it was really hard on her, but I am so glad they are here! I love them both so much and they are a wonderful addition to our family! The family feels more complete!

The Gibson's had some additions not sure if I ever mentioned. Jaxon Tyler Gibson (Parents Stephen & Jodie) was born November 29th and Enoch Emerson Gibson (Parents Brandon & Ann) on December 20th. (Both were after their due date so let's hope Ryder doesn't follow his cousin's footsteps). They are both adorable little boys! We haven't seen Jaxon yet, just pictures. We are hoping they will come over soon (he lives in Cali). We have seen Enoch a few times, but I had a cold/cough and didn't want to pass it on. Chase was a little sick too so we didn't get too close.

Chase's cousin Jen also had a baby, a little girl. Brooklyn Natalie Anglin was born December 27th. So Ryder will have a lot of cousins to play with.

Chase's softball team made playoffs. he will play tomorrow and hopefully they do good. The team that is in the number 1 spot they played last week and lost by 1 so I think they may have a chance.

Chase & I are trying to take advantage of the little time we have left of being kidless. We've done a couple of date nights which are always fun! We are also starting to get in a better habit of FHE. So last nights activity was to come up with a few ideas and put them in a jar so if we don't have something planned we can turn to that. Hopefully we'll get better at this. We really want our children to love the Gospel!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

This seems like a good way to start off 2011!! Let's see if we can be better at updating this year.

We rang in the New Year with the Gibson's and had a ton of fun playing games and eating good food:) Mom even splurged and bought some sparklers and a firecracker. There were so many going off, it's obvious to see that everyone is excited now that they are legal.

Things are going great with the pregnancy & Ryder. At my last appointment I wasn't dilating at all (which I know doesn't really mean anything). I was suppose to have an appointment yesterday, but she had a baby to deliver and it got rescheduled for Monday. We'll see how that goes. He isn't moving as much as he use to, I guess it's starting to get really cramped for him. He never was one to move a ton. We'll see how that goes once he is born.

Chase enjoyed some time off from his new MPS job and was able to sleep in a little but:) Start back on Monday bright and early. I go back to work as well. We enjoyed our time together, but we gotta do what we gotta do.

Christmas holidays were a lot of fun! Probably one of our favorite things was doing Secret Santa to a neighbor. We weren't that great at it, but I'm sure they still enjoyed it. We intended on doing like the 12 days of Christmas, but ended up doing like 6 maybe. Hopefully next year.

We enjoyed spending time with our family which we always love!!!