Friday, August 12, 2011

My Co-Pilot

I've gained a co-pilot for this bedrest.

As you may have heard, Daisy is the latest casualty in the "nunquam securus" of the Edwards home.  Somehow she's gotten her leg or hip out of joint, and has been sentenced to six weeks of limited activity and twice a day muscle relaxers.
The pro for me?  She's been a fantastic co-pilot for bedrest.  She certainly seems to be enjoying it more than I am.

I do wonder if dogs have a sixth sense when something is up.  She has literally not wanted to leave my side for the last three days.  She's always been my special buddy, but she "checks in" with me and time I move, stand up, change positions, or leave the room. And she has barked less and cuddled more in the last 72 hours than she has in the last 7 months.

Maybe she thinks this baby is going to be here earlier than the 25th? 

Day Three

I'm watching Maury.

I cannot confirm nor deny that I'm enjoying it.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

More from the Doc: Overshare Potential high

DR office called with yesterday's blood results
They got all the bloodwork back and it was surprisingly good. The docs in the office apparently went back and forth yesterday about whether they should deliver me this weekend, but as long as it stays stable like it did this week, I should be good.

I have to drop the 24-hour urine test container off in the morning (yea, this might be the worst thing I've had to do so far this pregnancy), and do some more blood tests. One liver enzyme is really low, another is really high, so it may be something called HELLP Syndrome

I lost 4 lbs yesterday, which they actually preferred bc i had gained 4 the week before which can be a pre-eclampsia symptom.

Still on homerest.

I'm scheduled to go to the hospital at 7:30pm on Wednesday the 24th, with the induction to start at 8am on Thursday the 25th.  13 days to go!  Cook some more baby!

Bed Rest: Day Two, Challenge One

I have no idea how to turn the TV on in the man room.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


The rumors are true. 

After 38 weeks of avoiding bedrest.  Some weeks it felt narrowly avoiding bed rest.  Today.  I rest.

And 9 hours into bedrest, and I can tell you that I'm not cut out for this particular activity.

I had my weekly check-up this morning, and after three consecutive days of blood pressures between 140/90 and 150/100, I had a sneaking suspicion that my doctor wasn't going to be too pleased.  What's funny?  My blood pressure was ok at the appointment.  A little high, but nothing like the numbers I've been seeing the last couple days.

But then we went over my blood work from last week.  The liver enzyme that was slightly elevated?  It's even more elevated.

So I'm homebound for the rest of this pregnancy, and have some additional tests I have to do over the next 36 hours to check and see where I stand for pre-eclampsia. 

The doctor I saw today is my favorite in the practice, and she said my body just isn't ready to deliver.  I'm not engaged, or dilated, or effaced or any of those things they want you to be before the baby comes.  If they took me today, I'd pretty much be guaranteed a c-section. 

So I'm scheduled for an induction on August 25th, with lots of monitoring between now and then.    Either way, we'll have a baby in the next 15 days.

Now I need some creative bedrest activities.  Help!

Bed Rest

Hour one.


Tiny dog, work email and BravoTV to keep me company.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

All My Bags are Packed...

I'm ready to go.

Well.  Kind of. 

Well.  The bag is packed.  In the car, even.

Today, I don't feel so good.  I'm assuming these are just regular old Braxton-Hicks contractions, but I guess the next few hours will tell.  I had, for the first time today, a thought:  "I'm going to have a baby in the next 36 hours".

Now that I've typed it, I've officially jinxed it, so Baby E won't come along for another three weeks.

I've been following doctor's orders and taking my blood pressure three times a day.  It?  Also, not good.  I'm still hovering right around 150/100.  I'm hoping at my 8:30 appointment tomorrow they don't put me on bedrest.  Or send me to be induced.

While I'm confessing?  We never took a childbirth class.  It was a combination of scheduling conflicts, dealing with house drama, and just never getting around to it. 

Are we screwed?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Just about there

The repairs from the the flood of 2011 are complete!!!  It took about a month longer than it should have but it is done.

We spent the weekend getting the house cleaned up - nesting as Susann likes to call it.  We are in pretty good shape now.  Nursery is ready to go.  Main floor is clean and back room is repainted.  We have to get a overnight bag ready to go in the car - just in case.

Through all of this Susann has been a champ - not a word of complaint - at least none that was not justified - and so far, she has been doing very well health wise.

Now all we need is baby.

2 weeks to go kids -  stay tuned.