Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scary Hospital Visits

So I tell you in the last week I have really become sick of seeing the hospital. I mean I know I am going to be there soon to meet my precious baby girl but I don't like having to go there in a panic because something could be wrong.

first lovely middle of the night hospital visit:
Last Thursday night (of course when Stephen is out of town) Gabbie gets a high temp of 105 after finding earlier that day she had a double ear infection once again. So after speaking with the on call nurse she told me take her in to be checked at the ER. I get there at quarter to mid night and thank goodness there was no wait because having to drag your 3 yr old and 15 month old out in the rain and cold in the middle of the night to wait in a cold and not kid friendly waiting room was not going to be my idea of fun.. not that any of this was. So we get there go right back to the nurse & of course by that time Gabbie's temp had gone down because the tylenol kicked in & I had given her a bath. So the nurse thought I was crazy but I was like hey I am just doing as her doctors office asked & she said did they know it was down when they told you to come in and I said yes I told her it was at 100.4 when we spoke, but because she was getting the chills she just wanted me to come in to make sure she was okay. So then we were all checked in and sent to our ER room and of course Shiloh is super freaked out. She is not a fan of hospitals. But I get her calmed. Doctor comes in and pretty much tells me there was no way her temp was that high & said she is fine to just keep switching from the tylenol to advil every 4 hrs. So me I am pissed.. I am not pissed that I brought her in but that he was doubting my ability to take an accurate temperature on my child. He didn't even check her temp again or anything for that matter just raised her shirt and said she doesn't have a rash again or anything & I said no he said okay well lets give her some Ibuprofen and I will print you out some info on how to control a fever and you can go home. I know I looked at him like he was crazy! I mean really? I came here for peace of mind to know my child is not going to have a seizure once her meds wear off in the middle of the night and all you are going to do is make me feel like an idiot. I was not happy.. but I didn't even want to look at him anymore so said "GREAT". So he left for about 45 min (this was the longest part of the entire visit) after that I was pissed and tired of waiting so I took the girls bundled them up and hunted him down & when I found him I was all "so are we going to get the Ibuprofen so we can go or did you forget?" he said he was just printing something up &the nurse should be in soon and she was like right behind me. He said I told you they were busy but I never hear that I swear he had said he would have the nurse come right in. I mean what could they have been busy with there was only 3 other people in the ER??? Anyways we got the med's & headed home. Gabbie was fine within 24 hours and is now still on the antibiotics for the ear infection but she is back to her self acting silly & being my little Gabzilla.

My second hospital visit within a week:
So hubby leaves again on Monday & I wasn't feeling super great but I didn't think much of it. Went to bed okay that night woke up Tuesday feeling good so the girls & I went to run errands & while at Fred Meyer I had a huge contraction. One I had to stop the cart for and actually grip hard on the the handle. I was like WOW that was weird. But I continued on my merry way with getting the few things I needed. I returned home got the girls settled & went to use the restroom & notices some not so normal stuff leaking (TMI sorry but hey I am pregnant). So I was like weird must be from that contraction. So I wiped and there was more lots more. So to be safe I started packing my hospital bag & called my doctor. Mind you I have had two completely opposite labors with my older two so I just wanted to make sure things were cool especially Since Stephen was out of town. The doctors office wanted me to come in just to make sure so I went in  a few hours later & had my SIL watch the girls. When I got there contracts where kicking in hard. I was getting nervous because I am only 35 weeks & my hubby was 3 hours away. If you haven't read my labor stories with my other two let me just tell you so you know when, it's go time its go time I pretty much sneeze my babies out. So I got back to the room and he checked me & did my group B strep test. He said well you are about 3 to 31/2 cm dilated & are 70-80% effaced and you have a good amount of blood flow so I am not going to say its for sure go time but I want to be safe & send you to L&D & you should go ahead and get Stephen home.
So I head over there call Stephen and he was on his way, call my BFF and she is on her way to sit with me & of course I call my mom & text everyone to pray & inform them that Emma wants to come now! I also posted it on FB which I highly regret because its just one of those things that are scary & with not knowing if I was in full labor I didn't want people to think I was being crazy and calling wolf which I wasn't I was just doing as I was told but I didn't want to put all the details on FB but of course I had some great comments and a few annoying ones but oh well that is what I get for posting anything. But anyways so I was put on the monitor & checked every few hours. I had some really strong painful contractions that when I was asked to rate them on the scale of 1-10 I rated between 2-3. So after a bit the doctor checked me again & I was still at 3 cm & she said baby is doing great but that she would come back in 3-4 hours and see what is happening then. So then they put me on an IV & fed me & after a few hours the contractions started going away & so did the bleeding. So by that time Stephen had arrived Mel was heading home & I was beat!! The doctor checked me again & I was still 3 cm so she asked how far Iive and I told her 10 min and so she said I can stay or I can go? At this point my SIL had already taken the girls to her house & I was tired & feeling confident that Emma wasn't going to be coming anytime soon so I decided I wanted to get home.
So off we went. Poor Stephen had to drive 3 hours and nothing haha but hey at least he made it.. it was a good fire drill. But we ate some dinner and went to bed. I woke up feeling not so great the next morning but I had to head back to the doctor just to make sure Emma was staying put for sure.
Doctor said things are still the same but that she probably wont be coming for another couple weeks so that was good. Having a 35 week baby is scary. Her lungs may not be developed all the way & that would mean she would have to transfer to another hospital after delivery &then I would and it would just not be an ideal way to welcome her into the world. I want her nice an plump with everything developed. So I am so relieved she at this point she is staying put! But for now I am suppose to be taking it easy.. which I am trying to do but we have so much going on its hard. Next week I think my MIL will be coming to stay with me which is a relief but I am hoping that Emma can stay in my belly until at least 37 weeks so I am going to do everything in my power to prevent preterm labor!!

But that is how my week has gone..  & I pray it only gets better from here because I really need a break!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Most couples wish for a boy & a girl when it comes to having children. But Stephen & I always somehow knew we would have girls & our hearts we are content with that. I love having girls.. some say I will change my mind once they are older but I just love their bond & how much they love each other. I feel so blessed that we are having another girl in the next few weeks to add to our happy, silly family of mostly girls. People always ask are you still going to try for that boy.. Stephen & I usually look at each other & say "Nah we are complete with our little princesses plus I don't think a boy is possible for us" we were meant to have girls ❤ 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Car Seats

So back in September I bought Shiloh a high back booster seat. She has done very well in it. But I have been doing a lot of reading on laws & recommendations for what type of seat she should be in & found that even though the seat says 3 yrs old & 30 lbs. the law says she has to be in a 5 point harness until 4 yrs old & 40 lbs. So after much research to make sure that this was correct for us here in Oregon & discussing this with friends one being a Pediatrician I decided to put her back in the 5 point harness. Since Gabbie is in Shiloh old seat we had to purchase a new one. So I found one less then $100 at Walmart that is still pretty & Shiloh approved:

So for now our current high back Graco seat will go into storage until she is at the correct weight & height for it according to state laws. I think  car safety is so important & that we all make sure our kids are in the correct seats & positioned properly. I highly suggest if you are a parent you make sure you child is in the correct seat & that you have it installed properly. Most states have a site or number you can get the information from & you can always look for workshops to attend too.

Now I will have more peace of mind when we are out on the road with all the crazy drivers.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Final Pick

So today we went to Babies R Us to finish up our shopping needs for Princess Emma. While we were there we found they had a ton of Diaper Bags to look at & choose from. The one I was originally going to get the BabyMel was a LOT smaller then I thought it was going to be & the fabric on the outside scared me. They didn't have Timi & Leslie for me to see but I ended up falling in love with a JJ Cole diaper bag. The fabric on the outside is awesome & will clean easy, it has a lot of compartments & it has two strap options & stroller hooks which is a big plus. The best part is the hubby really loves it :)

I already have it all packed with Emma's stuff for the hospital & I can't wait to start using it :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ready & Waiting

Emma's room is complete. Stephen hung the black out curtains the other day..

Her bedding is washed & in place..

Diapers & blankets are all organized..

Her name is hung above her bed..

Her Grammy bought her some cute little shoes..

Her Scentsy Buddy Ollie is patiently waiting for her arrival..

& the room is complete.. well almost.. we just need our little Princess to arrive now..

man oh man am I so ready!

Diaper Bag Delimma

So I need a new diaper bag. My current one has been great but its dirty, bulky & the stroller straps are worn out & hardly work anymore :( So I have been on the lookout for a new one. I want a black one to hide stains & one that doesn't have buttons as the clips for the stroller & one that isn't so bulky & awkward. So I have narrowed it down to two.

They both are great bags. This first one I have wanted since I was pregnant with Gabbie & I love the look of it. I didn't get it before because my hubby had picked out the one we ended up getting & I well its rare that he helps with this stuff so I had to go with it haha. But the first one I am considering is by BabyMel & they sell it at Nordstrom.

I like that it looks like a purse so once the girls are older I can use it as a purse or travel bag.

The second one I am considering is by Timi & Leslie. I found it on Zappos. I love the colors & style & that its not too girly so hubby wont mind carrying it around & it looks like a good bag for travel too.
So I am unsure at this point as to which one I want. I like both but I am leaning more towards the Babymel only because it is the one I have wanted for a long time now & I just love the look of it.

So help me decided which do you like best?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March 1st

Well today we spent our day with daddy. He had the day off so we all where up pretty early which is rare but okay because we had planned to go to the children's museum. So we spent the morning having fun with make believe, slides, clay, lights, dress-up & running free. The girls love going to the children's museum & this is something I am try to do every week since we do have a season pass. I also invite my other mama friends to join to so it's nice when they can join us. Today we had our friends join us with their two kids & who's husband also works with my husband so that was fun.

Then we headed home around noon for lunch and naps. While I fed the girls Stephen pulled our baby swing, glider & basinet from storage so we could get the rest of what we needed ready for Princess Emma's arrival. Stephen also hung up the girls new black out curtains in their room so now I hope it will help Gabbie sleep better & keep out some of the cold that may seep through the old windows we have.

The house is getting in order & I finally don't feel like we are so cluttered which is nice. I think I have hit the nesting stage because I have been on top of most the mess & laundry & that makes me feel really good. I have come to the conclusion though that some things I just have to let go of.. like the amount of toys we have & how they are not always going to be put away.. I mean we do have kids living here right haha.

This weekend I hope we can just stay home & relax & not do much.. I feel like when ever Stephen is off we are out doing stuff but I think just a day of staying home is what we need this weekend. But will see I really want to get back into going to church but its hard because Gabbie won't sit still & they don't offer a daycare at the one we attend so it makes it hard. Maybe we will give it a go it all depends on how the rest of the weekend plans out.

Well I am off to sleepy land.. i am pooped & I spent way too long revamping my blog to look hip & cool like all the other mama blogs out there.. I hope you like!


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