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Introducing our Sweet Pea

Our sweet pea arrived July 19th at 5:47am! She weighed 8lbs, 7oz, and measured 20.5″ long.

The Birth:
We came in to the hospital at about 4pm on Weds due to a pink tinge in the fluid I was leaking (risk for placental tearing caused the Dr to tell us to head for L&D) and after 4 hours of increasing contractions with little change- we decided to induce.They gave me an epidural and started the pitocin. At about 4:30am the epidural was not enough to keep me comfortable (happened with our first birth too) and the contractions & pains were felt from my hips up. I went from 5cm to complete in 45 minutes! I definitely needed to push & was praying our Dr would make it in time. He came in, gowned up, and one push later- out came Samantha!

Our Sweet Pea had apgars of 8 & 9. And started nursing right away. She did so well we only stayed one night and left the following afternoon.

Jovie is SO in love with her baby sister. She sang “Happy Birthday, Mantha” to her when she first held her. She loves to touch Samantha’s nose and say “boop”. She’s still learning, but is going to be a great Big Sister.

We took her to church on her first Sunday. And she had a very positive first Dr visit on Monday. A healthy, strong little lady. And an enormous blessing to our family! God is SO good.

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:27 NIV)

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Home stretch and a HUGE thank you note!

Well, this is it!
This marks the last few days of us being a family of three, and sometime before the end of the day Thursday (thinking positive thoughts & that this induction won’t extend into Friday), we will have a baby girl in our arms!! I’m so incredibly ready to hold her! I can’t wait to see what & who she looks like, her hair color, and breathe in all those baby smells!

Thank the Lord for my AC being fixed and the fact that it was only the cost of a new thermostat to do it! (Last time I was BIG pregnant –in summer with lots of 100+ degree days–it went out too!! Good thing this pregnancy is the last one for us!! Geesh!) My father-in-law spent most of the morning helping us get that done & then also took the time to clean off the dust & junk from the outside unit! He’s definitely awesome! 🙂

My hubby has the next 2 days off- so it will be mad cleaning and nesting at our house!! We had a great 2nd birthday party for our big girl, and now it’s time to put more things away, wash the last few baby items, get organized, and feel as ready as we can be. It will also be great to love up on our now 2 year old daughter and get her ready for the new baby. She loves to look at my big belly, hug and kiss it, pet it and blow raspberries on it, saying “sis-ther”, “Mantha” (Samantha). She is such a joy, we feel very blessed to be having another little girl to love.

A safe delivery and healthy baby are all we hope for. We have been so blessed, come so far, and are so thankful for these extra weeks so that she has had the chance to grow and develop more fully. On our last ultrasound she definitely looked like she will have chubby cheeks! 🙂

We have a great deal to be thankful for and so much gratitude and love in our hearts for:
-our wonderful Heavenly Father’s guidance, love, provision and plan for our lives;
-our families and friends- and how they have come together and supported us in every way imaginable (from bringing/buying food, and watching our toddler daily- to doing laundry, and keeping our house cool);
-our church and the family of believers praying for our baby and this whole pregnancy
…And last but not least I want to say thank you for
-the pPROM support I have received from so many awesome mamas online- you are all amazing and inspire me daily! Keep those little ones cooking!

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” (Psalm 139:13-17 NLT)

So thank you all, we can’t wait to share the news with you when Miss Sweet Pea finally arrives!

Smiles,
J

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The L&D adventures continue… and a glimmer of hope?

Isaiah 66:9

I love this verse…

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

Went to L&D again Sunday morning. Contractions had increased steadily since 9pm Saturday til they were 2-3 minutes apart and had gotten too bad to talk through. We checked in about 1am on Sunday. They saw I was having real contractions, but were still hesitant to check & see if I’d dilated. So they wanted to keep me longer. They did lab work & a urine sample again to check for infection- all negative (good, since I’m still on antibiotics!). At 4am the nurse tells us to try turning off the lights & sleep if we can. At 5 I had slept a little, contractions had spaced out and I was told I wasn’t in labor anymore. I was really upset. Got dressed & cried. Then we came home. Didn’t call or text my family, or write anything earlier to let others know we had gone because I wanted to wait to be admitted– Still no. I was really bummed about all of this.

The whole experience leaves me so frustrated. It was a very painful process– felt like back labor & it was hard to move or walk with numbness in my left leg and shooting pains in my lower back before each contraction. I just wanted to have my baby and every time we thought it could be for real, then we get sent home. Sunday my heart and my body both hurt- I just felt so drained.

The day did get better, and by the end of it I felt more positive about everything.

Today- Monday

So I got REALLY hot and felt gross all over again today… Vomit  Same as my UTI symptoms, feeling feverish (even though I didn’t have a fever over 100 degrees), headache, nausea, neck pain, back pain– just gross all over. Which is extra weird cuz I’m still on antibiotics…

Called my OB– HE’S FINALLY BACK FROM VACATION!! Grin — And they told me to come in this afternoon. He thinks my symptoms could be my body gearing up for labor- given what happened on Saturday night/Sunday morning, or it could be hormone related. Basically just keep watching all of it. He told me I could be up and around more, and that if I did develop a fever that he wanted me to go straight to L&D, hand them his card, and that he would come right down. He said I can take a cool bath with water and no bubbles if I need to, but no pools.

He also said that once I am past 37 weeks (on Weds) that we could discuss where to go next (glimmer!!). In this pregnancy I have now made 5 trips to L&D (First- 20 weeks– car accident, Second- 29w 3d– pPROM, Third- UTI, Fourth- UTI, Fifth- Contractions… seriously- that is too many times to come home without a baby)!! I am just done going to L&D- only to be sent home again, and having more infections that put both me and my sweet pea at risk. So I am praying that when I see him on Thursday that he will give me a date to induce- if she doesn’t get here before then! Also, I am praying my hubby will be there for delivery– tomorrow he is working very late & will be far away and tough to reach!

So for now, we will just see if all this feeling gross turns into anything– or if we finally get a date to meet this little lady. Only 2 more days and I am FULL TERM!! Grin

Smiles,

J

36 weeks and our adventures in Labor and Delivery

I made it. 36 weeks today! Against the odds that she would be delivered much earlier, I have officially kept this little girl baking for an additional 6 weeks! Most moms who pPROM are delivered via scheduled induction/c-section by this point– but my doctor wants us to keep going for another 3 weeks. We will see how that goes- my Sweet Pea seems to have a mind of her own!

This is me 2 weeks ago, out of bed for a few minutes to hug my sister-in-law and take a few belly shots after her shower (we are due 7 weeks apart!)

Starting on Monday evening and still continuing today I have been having off and on contractions, back pain, nausea, tenderness to my belly, and I’m oh-so tired but can’t sleep. I called the doctor yesterday (by doctor I mean my fill-in one (Dr.B) who works at the same office and agreed to take our case, not my regular OB (Dr.A) who I love and who is off having fun in Europe for 2 weeks– must be nice) but didn’t get a return call like I normally do, so later I called again and got a seriously NOT helpful response from Dr. B’s medical assistant, (via a call center person, as I never actually spoke to the MA)– “If you feel like you need to come in, then she says you should come in.” This did not go over well with me since it was: not an actual voice on the other end of the line, not addressing any of the symptoms that I had called about giving any helpful instructions, and NOT of any help so only making me feel worse! So after I stewed about it (and my husband encouraged me to) I called again. The MA had left for the day but they would put my message through again, stating that I needed instructions/guidance from the physician and they marked it urgent. Not 45 minutes later, I received a call back from my regular OB’s assistant– thank the LORD– because she knows me and my case. She saw my message, and discussed it with Dr. B, and was told I needed to go to L&D so they could check me out.

After rounding up the few last minute things I needed, as we are nearly all packed, and getting Jovie into the car and dropped of with her grandparents– we headed for L&D. I am a familiar person to the L&D wing at the hospital. After being in a car accident at 20 weeks and getting checked out (I was hit by a guy who ran a red light- car was totaled, baby and I were fine), then pPROM at 29.5 weeks and staying 4 days, then another trip to L&D a few weeks ago with similar “not feeling so good” symptoms that ended up being a UTI…  I could almost be called a “frequent flier”. –Can I get an upgrade?

We went through 4 hours of the same-ol’ thing. Pee in a cup, undress and put on a gown, strap you to a monitor, get all your information updated in the computer, wait for results, etc. So after doing all of it, and blood work– nothing is wrong with me. Baby looks great. But I still feel like garbage. So I had the option to stay overnight, or go home and feel like this in my own bed. We went home. A little deflating when you are thinking- maybe this time I’ll actually have a baby, and we will get to meet our precious Sweet Pea.

They did say that this sometimes happens as the body gears up for labor and that it could mean it will happen soon. We will see. So far nothing has gone how we thought it would with this pregnancy after having pPROM happen- just have to try to rest up and know it will happen eventually. It has to!

Isaiah 66:9

As always, we are thankful that she is doing great, and while the waiting is killer, at least I can wait from the comfort of my own bed and know that God is bigger than all of this and He has a great plan for me and for her.  Wondering if she will be a June or July baby? 🙂

Smiles,

J

Reflection of the past year, baby to toddler…

I just looked back through all the photos of my sweet baby girl over the last year, making a slide show for her 2nd birthday that is coming up.

Seeing her grow from age 1 as a baby who had just learned to walk, talk and explore the world around her- to an almost 2 year old toddler is amazing!

She is so big now, and can say so many words, do and understand so many things!

My husband and I constantly talk about how we remember our parents telling us, “it will go by in a blink” and scoffing at that silly statement. –No longer silly.

Here is a glimpse of the past year:

On her first birthday this was my baby girl, Jovie. She was just learning to walk.

              

At 18 months- One of my all time favorite pictures, complete with oatmeal up the nose!

Today- She will be two in just a few weeks. She is amazing.

                             

This morning when she was served her breakfast she said, “Thank you Daddy.”– Without being prompted with “What do you say?” (I was SO proud). YES!!

She totally melts me. This whole process of me being on bed rest and her having to be with a family member 5 days a week, has been rough on her too. I had just cut back my hours at work only 2 days a week, so was home for 5 days right before I pPROM’d and was put on bed rest…so this is pretty different for both of us!

We recently dealt with a couple weeks of “scared” at our house. Loud noises really seemed to bother her for the first time. Her room now has a night light, and we can’t close her door when she goes to bed. But thankfully, like most things with kids, it seems to be improving with time.

Best thing ever: She will sit in my bed sometimes after her bath and say, “nuggle me” (snuggle me)- so I do of course! She is such a sweet kiddo and so smart. My other favorite is when she asks to “see it” so I show her my baby belly, and she gives her baby sister a kiss or two… then blows raspberries on my belly til I giggle. And there are so many more things like this…

I am forever grateful for the blessing she is in our lives. This past (almost) year has flown by, but looking back at so many memories– I wouldn’t trade any of it, not for one second.

What a difference a year makes!!

Pinterest inspired Pregnancy/Mommy ideas

Pregnancy & Nursing tips 

from Moms who amaze me!

I have 25 days to go until I hit my 39 week mark. I have now been on bed rest for  41 days. Because we were all ready to go for an induction at  34 weeks… I now find I have less on my “To-Do” list. So I have been spending more time reading, browsing, and pinning on Pinterest. I love Pinterest because I constantly find other moms who are awesome, encouraging, and have amazing ideas in their blogs.They come from many different points of view, but these mamas are crafty, thoughtful, and make me laugh! Here are some recent favorites:


1. NURSING TANK TOP:

I found this idea online when I was looking for some maternity tank tops. I’m not a super big fan of the no-support nursing bras that I wore with my first daughter, and wanted something more like a real bra with padding, underwire, etc. Side note: (Yes it is my mission along with my mother-in-law’s to get women to wear a proper fitting bra. If you haven’t been fit by a specialist at Nordstrom or somewhere else besides Victoria’s Secret, please please go! There are so many good brands that are meant to fit your body and will make you feel so good about yourself!) So I wanted to find some tanks to go with them. I stumbled across this idea from Undercover Mama. They took a tank top and made it hook to your bra! Genius!

**DISCLAIMER: I am not selling this idea. I am simply sharing this idea on a public blog for free. Since this is not my idea, I am not selling it in any way.

Then my sister-in-law found something even better– a DIY version of the same thing!

http://thejensonjaunts.blogspot.com/2011/07/thrifty-fun-diy-make-your-own-nursing.html

I am definitely going to make these!I found a pack of 9 cami’s on eBay for $36 with free shipping– that makes each nursing top $4! Can’t beat that!

2. THINGS TO DO IN THE LAST WEEKS OF PREGNANCY:

This is a must-read for any moms-to-be! Whether you have had one before or not, this has a great list of laugh out loud things that are MUST have items and ideas! My faves are #9 and 10.  🙂

http://dearbabyblog.com/post/4718750068/a-candid-list-of-things-to-do-in-the-last-weeks-of

 3. GETTING INSPIRED TO LOSE THE BABY WEIGHT:

This working mom gained and lost her pregnancy weight. She is really funny, and very honest about what she did and how she lost her weight.

I recommend everyone reads this blog! She's hilarious and motivating! She lost 60 lbs in 5 months!  Pin now, read later

http://www.mamalaughlin.com/2010/08/just-girl-who-used-to-be-fat.html

4. GETTING ORGANIZED:

This mama with OCD tendencies has made over her trunk of her minivan with super smart ideas for her kids whether it is just a short trip or a road trip! Loved her tips and the pic!

Organized your car-kid style!

http://emcx3.blogspot.com/2012/06/junk-in-trunk-per-request.html

5. PRAYING FOR YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN:

I am a huge believer in the power of prayer. As a mom, I pray my girls will be healthy, know they are loved, and know the Lord. Plain and simple. This picture is a great reminder of many different aspects to pray for in our child’s life.

31 Biblical Virtues to pray for your children

http://keepingitpersonal.com/2012/02/pray-for-kids/

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I just want to say that I am so thankful to all the women in my life who inspire me, encourage me, make me laugh, challenge me, and love me for who I am. Thank you for being the awesome people that you are. I hope and pray that my daughters will know in me the best that I have known in each of you, and be that kind of woman to those around them and eventually to their own children.  Love to all of you~ JS

Proverbs 31 “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life….Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

Introductions

A little background…
The name of this blog is Princess and the Sweet Pea. Taken from the fairytale “The Princess and the Pea” about the girl who couldn’t get a good night’s sleep because her mattress was uncomfortable- the test of a true princess. As an almost 35 week pregnant lady on bed rest- I am the Princess, and my Sweet Pea is the amazing baby girl inside me who, yes, does make it harder to sleep sometimes.
Sweet Pea is also our nursery theme
My Story…
I was at home on May 12th, after a day of work, laughing at some of our favorite TV shows with my husband when I got up off the couch to use the bathroom. I wiped and was shocked to find large amounts of bright red blood on the tissue. All my worst fears started in that moment. It was 9:30pm, our almost 2 year old daughter was in bed, asleep. I called out to my husband, “I’m bleeding.” The tears started to well up in my eyes as I realized the severity of what was happening. I told him to call labor and delivery, then stopped. No, we need to call the doctor. We got the on-call exchange and told them I was 29 weeks, 3 days pregnant, and was having bright red bleeding. Once I stood up off the toilet I started to feel a tightening in my belly and something gushing. The doctor called back within a few minutes and she told us to go to Labor & Delivery (L&D), they would monitor me, and run some tests. My husband’s brother and his wife came right over and stayed the night on our couch. We called our family, and asked them to be praying for us and for our baby girl.
We rushed up to the hospital (a 25 min drive, and also where I work as a nurse), and were then checked in at L&D. The doctor came in, discussed things with us and did an exam. The tests confirmed that my amniotic sac had ruptured. I had pPROM’d- which means I had a preterm (less than 37 weeks) premature rupture of membranes. This occurs in 3% of all pregnancies. I was officially admitted to the hospital at this point. They ordered an ultrasound to determine where the bleeding was coming from. It showed that a large blood clot was lying at the bottom of my uterus. They told me that they felt the clot was from a placental abruption, and caused irritability in my uterus which caused my amniotic sac to tear. Placental abruption means the placenta, in a small area, pulled away from the uterine wall and started leaking– this is scary because depending on the amount of separation it can cause very severe and rapid hemorrhaging in a pregnant woman and result in emergency delivery of the baby in order to save the mother’s life. We were also told that they would start an IV, do blood work, place me on IV antibiotics and strict bed rest for the next 48 hours, and give me two rounds of steroid injections. Mother’s who have ruptured membranes typically deliver within 48 hours.
Mother’s day was spent in the hospital, as were then next 3 days (on a very uncomfortable mattress). After hearing that I would: deliver in 48 hours, have a c-section, have a preemie, have a baby  who would have to be in the intensive care nursery (NICU) for several weeks, and all sorts of other scary things… My bleeding slowed significantly, the baby and I were both stable, I had little to no contractions, and then they sent me home. Home with antibiotics to finish over the next 3 days, I would see the doctor in one week, and I had to stay on bed rest. I was 30 weeks exactly.
Flash forward 5 weeks… I am still on bed rest. I was told  at our 34 week visit that because I am doing so well that I will be on bed rest for another 30+ days with a goal of 39 weeks!! A blessing and a sentence at the same time. I am so amazed at how God has blessed us, and that we have been able to keep her strong and growing for an additional 5 weeks, but at the same time bed rest really takes a toll on a person mentally, physically and emotionally. Most mom’s who rupture as I did are delivered at 34-36 weeks due to the risk of infection and the decreased risk to the baby at that point who should have a short or no NICU stay after delivery. Staying in bed puts you at risk for other complications, such as blood clots; and makes you rely on every one around you for child care, meals, etc. It is a very humbling and constraining position to be in, and at times I feel like I am going crazy. I have an awesome husband, family and friends. They truly make a very difficult experience easier. This whole experience of pPROM and bed rest are not anything I would wish on some one- but God is with me, and if this is part of His great plan for me and for her then my prayer is that He would help me to bring glory to Him through this whole experience.
So, here I am to share my story with you. If I can bring a smile to you, or encouragement in any way, then I am doing what I hope to do.
“Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God who does all things.”  Ecclesiastes 11:5, NLT