Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas Eve so far!

Baby Update: Madison is scheduled to arrive on New Year's Eve. We went to the doctor yesterday and he said he wanted to go ahead and induce next week because my fluid level had dropped a little bit. So he sent us to the office to schedule her arrival for Monday, December 29th. The lady up front called the hospital and they were booked!!! They were booked from Sunday - Tuesday! So we got the first available and took Wednesday, December 31 (I felt like I was making hotel reservations). There were only two Wednesday slots left and there were three other girls behind me trying to get in before the end of the year. Everyone wanted their little TAX deductions!! :) We are going to the hospital on Christmas Day and Saturday just to monitor Madison to make sure everything stays looking good until New Year's Eve! We go back to the doctor on Monday for our last pre-baby appointment and will go the hospital Tuesday, December 30th at 9:30pm to start the induction process. Hopefully it won't take too long! :) But we'll see! So hopefully she will arrive sometime on the 31st!

We will keep everyone posted! Hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday!! Looking forward to the next post having baby pictures....

Monday, December 22, 2008

And...Still Waiting...

We went to the doctor last Friday (the 19th)...which was my day of choice to have Madison since Jerrad and I both have birthday's on the 19th...but we're still waiting. The doctor was very busy on Friday...he was the only ob doctor at the office (they usually have 6). So he was in and out and said everything looked alright and moved us from 38 weeks (which would have been this week) to 39 weeks (the week of New Years). I'm still resting...but I am trying to at least get out of the house and walk a little each day. Saturday Jerrad and I went to the Boardwalk and walked around and had lunch and yesterday we went to Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is always an experience this close to Christmas!!! Today I'm at the trophy shop answering the phones.

We go back to the doctor tomorrow (Tuesday) for another biophysical ultrasound and check-up. But I'm assuming we will be in and out again and he'll send us home till next week.

I'll try to keep you posted. If I do not get on here before...We hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Still Waiting...

We went to the doctor on Friday. He still wants to wait and see...I think it was because he was leaving for vacation that day...but that's just me. I don't really like being put off when there are risks to my health and Madison's health and he seemed like we needed to make a quick decision...but I'm waiting and trying to be patient and not nervous! He did say for sure we would have a baby by 38 1/2 weeks (which is next week) but didn't give us an exact date with it being Christmas next week.

With our doctor being out of the office till Thursday we go back to see the nurse tomorrow to check my blood pressure and Madison's fluid level. Then we will go back to see the doctor on Friday. Hopefully we will know more then. I'm ready to ask him to go ahead a plan on Friday evening after work...about 5pm. That would really work well for everyone involved. :) That way we wouldn't end up in the hospital on Christmas. So we'll see!

But in the time being...I'm still resting. We stayed home all weekend and Jerrad worked on our Christmas lights. He did a great job and our house looks very festive.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Well...we went to see the specialist on Tuesday. Apparently he and my regular doctor disagreed on what they thought was going on and what course of action to take. The specialist was supposed to do an amniocentesis, but did not. The specialist concluded that I just have gestational hypertension (high blood pressure). My regular doctor still thinks I am in the early stages of preeclampsia. And I’m not sure what to think.

My doctor sent me back home to rest and wait. We have another appointment tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. They are going to check her fluid levels again and my blood pressure and I guess we will go from there. I’m just worried cause my doctor saw reason for concern enough to send me to a specialist and to want to take the baby as soon as possible…and now with the specialists weigh in….he’s not sure. I don’t like not sure. He wants to just wait to see how I’m feeling. Which I fine with waiting…cause I want Madison to be as developed and healthy as possible…but I don’t want to wait till either one of us gets really sick. From what I’ve read, preeclampsia is pretty serious and can only be “avoided or treated” by birth of the baby.

At the specialists they did measure Madison to see her size and growth. They said she looked really good. They estimated her at about 6lbs. 4 ozs. And that put her at 67% on the growth chart! So that’s good! The lady tried to get a good 3D/4D picture of her…but imagine that she had her hands on her face and her face was surrounded by cord! So we really couldn’t see anything…like usual! :) That little stinker!

So hopefully tomorrow’s appointment will go well. My doctor is going out of town the following week so I’m wanting him to come up with a plan since he won’t be here. I’ll let everyone know how it goes.

Monday, December 8, 2008


So...I've been on bedrest since Wednesday of this past week. I went to the doctor last Wednesday and my blood pressure was high (the bottom number was high). They did an ultrasound to check on Madison (just to make sure everything was okay) and she was moving around and her heart rate was just fine. They did notice that my fluid level was low. I'm not exactly sure what it is supposed to be...but the week before mine was at a 13 and it dropped to just above 8 (like 8.2). So he sent me home to rest and stay off my feet and come back on Friday. We went back in on Friday and my blood pressure had lowered. My bottom number had gone down and my top number had gone up. So he sent me to ultrasound to check my fluid again. Again Madison was fine...heartbeat and everything...but my fluid had gone down some to 7.76. Which isn't terrible but obviously it’s not great. So the doctor is sending me to an ultrasound specialist to see if Madison is well developed enough to be delivered. We're still 3 1/2 - 4 weeks early so he just wants to make sure she would be ready if we needed to go ahead and deliver because of fluid levels (they should not go below 5) or blood pressure. Or if I am in the early stages of preeclampsia…which I have some symptoms of.

Today I have an appointment with my regular doctor at 3:10 and then tomorrow I am going to see the specialist at 2. So hopefully by Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday we will have some answers and maybe know when Madison will be arriving! :) Very exciting.

So I will try to keep an update on here. I do not have internet at home so it's only when I am at the shop on the couch that I can get on-line.

Oh…bedrest is overrated! I thought it would be wonderful to sit at home and do nothing, but apparently in this stage of pregnancy you really want to clean and nest and I can’t stand looking around and seeing things cluttered! So Jerrad’s precious Grandmom came and cleaned our entire house on Saturday! She did a wonderful job and it made me feel so much better! (If I can only get Jerrad to keep it that way!!) So now I don’t have clutter to look at…I just look at my beautiful small feet! My swelling feet have gone down completely from being off of them! I just love to look at them and think how cute and small they are and wonder if they are really mine! I know its silly…but it’s the small things in life!!!