6/7/14

national donut day

Description of Photo I wish I blogged in real time, for the most point I don't, but yesterday was national donut day and it's something to be celebrated! I didn't even know national donut day existed til about a few months ago. Any national-eat-something-yummy-day and I'm there! So yesterday my sister and I celebrated, by taking silly pictures and eating lots of donuts. We ate two each and for us that's a lot considering one, is more than enough! We ate the second donut shortly after in n out too, we just couldn't wait! Yesterday was a fun day. I seriously need to stop eating! All the nurses here and family and friends keep telling me it's okay and my weight is fine eventho I'm on my way to gaining way more than I did with Ardo, but if I didn't love food before, I really appreciate the variety now. Description of Photo Hope you enjoyed your donuts yesterday and everyday!!

6/4/14

therapy pups

Description of Photo I checked in the hospital on a Tuesday afternoon, that Thursday I got a real surprise come through my door…. a therapy dog!!! The sweetest little british woman asked if she could come in and have a little visit with me. I of course said YES and she entered with Kai, a golden retriever who had been abused as a pup and is now a therapy dog. My day immediately brightened up, I had no idea the high risk unit had added therapy dogs. The trainer told me this was something new the hospital was trying because the high risk and postpartum share a floor. Some woman don't want dogs near their new born babies, which I completely understand, but the hospital felt because the high risk unit has their own little wing they'd try it out. So far it's worked perfectly and us mamas to be who are cooking our boo's. The trainer has two dogs, Kai and Maisie, Maisie is a little younger and she's a golden doodle. Her hair is amazing!! Its puffy and curly and sometimes in her eyes but something I didn't know is golden doodles don't shed. I don't know about you guys but the only downfall of our amazing dogs Atticus & Goliath is the shedding, and now that summer is right around the corner its going to kick up a notch!

So every Tuesday and Thursday here come my little hairy friends. If I can't be with Atticus and Goliath, its really nice to visit with these guys. Description of Photo My sister made me my little therapy dog garland to brighten up my room. :) Description of Photo Description of Photo
I know I'm in the same pose in every picture but you know, at least I've mastered it!

5/24/14

my mamas birthday

Description of Photo My mom with her ardie at his 3rd birthday.

Today my mom turns 60. My mom is the greatest one of a kind woman. She's for sure the funniest. We can't even try and get mad at her because she always does something or makes a really funny face and we're right back laughing.
I often wonder who I would be without such a strong amazing role model. I remember even as a kid thinking how cool she was. When we were little and even now, but when we were little my mom was able to stay home with us. I didn't know not everyones parents were able to do that, I just knew how happy I was to see my mom everyday after school. How happy I was to be able to unload my whole day on my mom. Unfortunately I'm a working mom, but fortunately for Ardo after preschool, he goes with his nana!

You know how I mentioned my mom is the greatest, when I was on bed rest with Ardo my mom came every single weekday, on the weekends I had more visitors and Jerry would stay with me, when I was put in the hospital this time we knew it was for at least 10 weeks and my mom has been here every single day again. I can't tell you how little you feel when at 29 and your mom needs to help you shower, that's how I know how amazing she is. I was hoping so much to have a nice party or get together for my mom this year, but since I'm here (in the hospital) we have to hold off a little. As soon as I'm outta this place tho, its on, at least a fancy lunch!! I love you mom, happy birthday! Description of Photo Description of Photo A toothless me and my mom mom, I'm pretty sure I was in kindergarden here, I see my teachers in the background so I can only assume. :) Description of Photo

5/23/14

Fridays

Description of Photo You know why Fridays are even more awesome than ever???? They're my showers days now, yup I'm showering once a week and that's on Friday! About a week ago I was given the privilege of a shower! Yes the privilege, sponge baths are great and I really value the pca's here who wash me up, but there is nothing in this world like a shower. Did I mention I haven't washed my hair in 17 days? My poor mom and sisters have been brushing it out for me but geez the crazy knots it gets in just one day is ridiculous! Luckily high buns are very acceptable around here. :) Oh and dry shampoo is a savior. I know I'm in the hospital but when you are clean and look decent, you feel that way too, and that helps to keep my spirits up! It doesn't hurt I have a mom sisters who will shave my legs and blow dry my hair. I was so cool today and wore a t shirt for a little bit too! Description of Photo

5/22/14

mothers day

This year for Mother's Day I wanted to plan something fun and special. Buuuut since I'm in the hospital, plans changed. My family and Jerry's family and Jerry of course made it as special as it could be. First I was nice and "clean" for everyone on Sunday because I was able to get a sponge bath in the morning. Sponge baths are really becoming a luxury around here. They aren't the same as a regular shower but I digress. Jerry came with Ardo in the morning and brought me sprinkles cupcakes and a new water bottle. My old CamelBak was on her way out. Jerry stepped it up a notch too, this CamelBak is so fancy with its own filter. Jerry also brought me taco bell nachos, something about those nachos, I just love! Ardo ate and gave me my gifts and listened to baby brothers heartbeat and then about 45 minutes into our visit he's ready to do something else. I don't blame the little guy its hard to be confined to a room where there a million buttons to press and you can't press a single one! Our visits aren't that long but I love every second. On Mothers Day I was reminded as a mom sometimes you have to make sacrifices, and right now that's what I'm doing, its completely worth it, but nonetheless still a sacrifice.

Are you ready for a bunch of pictures of me in my bed with my gifts?? You've come to the right spot!!
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5/14/14

hospital bed rest :: a little pregnancy talk

Well folks, here I am, 27 weeks and I've been put on bedrest. Not just regular bed rest either, hospital bed rest. I was so hoping I wouldn't need bedrest time around, but my dang cervix is just doing whatever she wants. Trust me I've given her lots of talking to's but like many things in life, it's outta my control. About a week or so ago, I had an ultrasound and my Perinatologist told me my cervix was starting to shorten. I was totally bummed but he told me to take it easy, cut back at work, at home, everywhere! He also prescribed me more progesterone, to help my cervix either stop growing, or with cutting back, possibly lengthening it again. I did what he told me and cut back everywhere. One day when I was home resting, I started having contractions. I laid down, I drank lots of water but I could feel I was still having them. I called my Dr and they told me to go to the hospital. So Jerry and I packed up, books, snacks and water and headed to the hospital. I was just sure, I wouldn't be coming home. After a few hours, an IV and some procardia, I was able to come home. I'm familiar with procardia because I was on the same medication with Ardo. I left the hospital that night and had a Dr appointment the next day and she told me the words I was hoping to avoid BEDREST. I thought I was doing well, I was on complete bed rest for an entire week only getting up to use the restroom. I had a follow up appointment with my Perinatologist the following Tuesday. Unfortunately, he informed us that my cervix had shortened again, and with those words he said, we need to hospitalize you. My face, I couldn't see my own face but I'm sure the look of holy shit balls came across my face like no other. From there I checked into the hospital and I've been here ever since. As of right now the plan is to keep me here for the next 9 weeks. 36 weeks and I can be released. Right now, that is my Dr's plan. I am here laying in bed, just being pregnant. Thats all I can ask for, stay pregnant for as long as possible. I have fully committed and surrendered myself to the next 9 weeks. If baby needs me to be in here laying down, taking it the easiest as possible, then lay here I must. I keep thinking the next 9 weeks means nothing because once our newest little love is here, we'll have forever to all be together. Ardo isn't having the easiest time, he misses me and I miss him. Jerry has brought him 3 times and we Skype every night. We are so so thankful for our families. They are helping us a ridiculous amount, I don't think I can ever repay them for what they're doing but we love them so much. This is going to be a journey, but one I will take!
If anyone has any tips on bedrest I would greatly appreciate it! I will be updating from my good ol' hospital room! Description of Photo

5/11/14

26 weeks :: a little pregnancy talk

Description of Photo How far along: 26 weeks
How big is baby?: Baby is the size of head of lettuce. Baby center said scallion and for some reason I didn't like that, so lettuce it is!
Gender: Boy and everytime we go we double check to make sure he is still a boy!
Weight gain: 12 pounds.
Maternity clothes: yes but unfortunately I won't be needing them now!
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out:OUT waaay out!
Sleep: okay I guess
Movement: Very strong, you can see his kicks, kicking out of my stomach.
Cravings:Still no, but eating just a lot of everything
Miss Anything: Getting up, moving, doing the norm!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Are you on bed rest? YES! More on that later!

*sorry this picture is so fuzzy!*