Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I have so much to be thankful for this week.

-The best husband
-A beautiful baby
-Precious newborn squeaks and grunts
-That sweet baby smell
-Tiny fingers
-Lanolin. Seriously.
-A visit from the Teen
-And our great and awesome God Who made it all possible

Thank you to Laurie at Women Taking a Stand for hosting Thankful Thursday this week.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

He's Here!!!

Born two short hours ago - 6:17 AM
6lbs 14 oz
20.5 inches
Everyone is doing well!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Randomness

-Still pregnant but enjoying being off of bed rest!

-Enjoying new blog hops today


My Wee View

-I just found a great blog with a lot of natural cleaning tips:

- Andria over at I am What I am has set up a Facebook page for Mommy bloggers, check it out!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Romans Road

Courtney over at Faithful Bloggers is hosting a new group writing project on the Romans Road. I have chosen to look at Romans 3:23. Please check out the other great posts on this important subject.

Romans 3: 23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

I remember having an in-class discussion back in high school about whether people are inherently good or evil. The discussion occurred while we were reading the book Lord of the Flies, in which a group of schoolboys are stranded on a island. As they attempt to govern themselves the situation quickly devolves into anarchy and chaos.

I was so surprised to find that I was the only person in the class who believed in any sort of sin nature. Everyone else believed we come into this world perfectly good and are corrupted by our environment.

Clearly, God's Word says differently. All have sinned. Everyone of us. And we sin because it is our nature to do so, not because we have been taught to.

Children are a great illustration of this.

Did you have to teach your children to be disobedient?

Did you show your toddler how to have a temper tantrum?

Did you sit little Johnny down and tell him it's time he learn how to lie?

Of course not.  All of these behaviors have to be disciplined out of children, not taught to them. This is because of the fall. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden every child has come into this world with a sin-stained heart - all but one that is.

Jesus, who dwelt as God and with God from all eternity, was born of a virgin and lived a perfectly sinless life. He died on a cross as a substitute for us so that all who repent and believe in Him may have eternal life. Jesus, the sinless Savior, was punished for our sins so that we can find forgiveness at the cross.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Still Waiting...

The diaper bag is packed...

The changing table stocked...

The bassinet is ready...

But I still look like this!

I was able to lose a lot of water weight over the weekend, which dramatically improved my chest pain. Yesterday my O2 sat was 99% and my heart rate in the 70's so I was discharged from the hospital and allowed to come home OFF OF BEDREST! Mr K and I went out for dinner last night and took a trip to Target - it was wonderful!

Today I have enjoyed doing some nesting while I wait.

I'm still having some hard contractions and spotting. The OB assured me that I made great progress on Friday, so I'm hoping things will move very quickly once I get to active labor.

Thank you all for your prayers - last week was very scary and difficult.

I just have to add this:

This cute diaper cake was a gift from one of Mr K's co-workers.


New this week:

Tuesday Tag-Along

This is a great way to meet new friends in the blogosphere! Head over to Twee Poppets for more details.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Baby should be born sometime today. It's been an eventful week!
I'm currently trying to enjoy a lull in labor - though the truth is I'm more than a little frustrated by it. I am SO ready to have this baby. Right now would be good.

But since I have to wait I thought I would share what has happened over the last several days.

On Monday my OB Homecare nurse came to give me my last progesterone injection and to monitor the baby for 30 minutes. With only a couple of minutes left she joked about how this was the first time we had had a great strip and she wouldn't need to monitor me longer.

That's when it happened.

I had one long contraction and his heart rate dropped to 70-80 ( he is normally 135-150) and didn't rebound after the contraction ended.

The nurse called 911 and I was off to the hospital via ambulance.

When the paramedics first arrived I was feeling flushed and winded but I thought it was just stress. Then I felt like I couldn't breathe when lying on the sretcher, but it quickly passed.

When I arrived at the Maternal Assessment Center at the hospital they immediately got me back on the monitor and the baby was doing fine, though I was contracting every 3 minutes. Since I was not yet 36 weeks on Monday they gave me more Terbutilene to stop the contractions.

Terbutilene usually causes my heart to race, but this time I felt like my chest was going to explode. When the nurse came in to do an ultrasound to check the position of the baby's head I could not lay flat on my back - I couldn't get a breath at all. The nurse seemed to think it was just me being very pregnant, but something seemed wrong to me.

By that time the first shot of of terbutilene had worn off and I was contracting again so they gave me a second dose. By the time the Dr came in I was in so much pain I couldn't even sit back slightly. If I wasn't sitting completely upright I couldn't breathe at all and the pressure in my chest was almost unbearable. The Dr took one look at me and new something was very wrong. She suspected a blood clot and immediately called the hospital Internal medicine Dr and had me admitted.

As we waited they had me on pulse/oximeter and I had several episodes of my oxygen levels dropping too low and my heart rate spiking into the 140's.

An ultrasound on my leg didn't show anything so they decided to do a CT scan to make sure any blood clot I might have had hadn't already traveled to my lungs.

By the time we got the results it was nearly midnight and we were worried and exhausted, but we finally had an answer. It wasn't a blood clot, it was fluid/inflamation in the sac around my heart called pericarditis. While it was great news that it wasn't a blood clot it still presented a bit of a problem in that none of the usual treatments could be done because of the pregnancy. I was put on 1000mg of Tylenol every six hours and started on telemetry (heart monitor) as well as oxygen and continuous fetal monitoring to make sure the baby was handling my spells well.

Tuesday and Wednesday were a blur of EKG's, discussions between the internist and the OB, countless blood tests, oxygen alarms going off evey few minutes, and trying to figure out how to sleep while sitting upright. The two doctors have been great and really tried to find ways to treat this without having to deliver the baby early, which was sure to solve the heart problem, but it was just too early. A follow up ultrasound on Tuesday revealed that there wasn't as much fluid as they first feared. Both doctors strongly believed that my symptoms were being greatly intensified by the pregnancy.

I finally turned a corner yesterday when I started passing the fluid...lots of fluid. The two doctors also decided to start me on Prednisone to try to get the inflamation under control and a few hours later I could lay back. By last night I could lay down, which was a good thing because the contractions had started up again and were coming every two minutes. The were real, hard, painful, don't-talk-to-me-I'm-contracting type contractions. Seeing as I am now 36 weeks and that Terbutilene would be too hard on my heart right now they just let it go. By 1 AM I was dilated to 2 and spotting blood so they moved me back to labor and delivery.

And that's where I am right now. The contractions continued until mid-morning and then tapered off, so we are just waiting. The OB doesn't want to break my water since I'm not 37 weeks. She doesn't want to check my cervix because she is hoping to hold this off for awhile. So now, we wait. She suspects he will come on his own sometime this weekend, but if he hasn't made his appearance by Tuesday (37 weeks) they will take steps to move things along.

My heartrate and O2 sats have been doing well today so the Prednisone seems to have really helped.

In the mean time, my grandfather is having his bladder and prostate removed down at Mayo today. It is a very major surgery and your prayers would be appreciated.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Thank you to Laurie at Women Taking a Stand for hosting Thankful Thursday this month.

I am so thankful for my wonderful sisters in Christ.
I've been on bed rest for over ten weeks now and the ladies from church have taken such good care of me.

Many meals have been prepared for us. I've received countless cards, emails and phone calls.

Bags of books have helped pass the time.

Yesterday a dear friend dropped off a fresh loaf of bread:

We've been given bags of hand-me-downs and diapers to help prepare for the baby.

I am so blessed to belong to such a wonderful church family.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Psalm 23 Ebook

Awhile ago I participated in a Psalm 23 group writing project. The completed project is now available as an E-book that you can download, free of charge, HERE.

I think you will find the many reflections on this beautiful Psalm to be both inspiring and encouraging.