Bee couldn’t wait any longer. She arrived June 2 at 12:35am weighing 4lb 9oz and 17 inches long. She’s beautiful and doing well in the NICU.
It’s pretty crazy to me that this morning marks a week from the time I came in to triage to get checked and ended up admitted.
Things actually haven’t changed much since I’ve been here, and that’s the point. But i do have moments where I think there was some mistake and I’m here for nothing. My temperature is consistent, blood pressure is normal, and the monitoring they do on the bee for an hour every 4 hours looks great. So I sit here and wait — 10 more days.
I didn’t get an update posted last night for all the excitement. Mom flew in around 5p and Kelvin went to get her and grab dinner at 5 Guys. While he was gone they decided to close CW3 where I have been since they admitted me because I was going to be the only patient there and they can’t staff a private nurse for me. So my nurse packed up all my stuff and got me ready to move. After we ate they took me and my entourage to the regular maternity ward. I’m in a huge room that has a table & chairs, love seat, glider and stool. Not nearly as cozy as my other room, but this has definite party potential!
Things are good this morning. Still a little irritability, but no real organized contractions. I’m on the monitor now for my hour and bee’s heartrate looks like normal; just buzzing along.
I did make the mistake of telling the resident that it felt like i pulled my hamstring so she’s going to make me wear compression hose and use those inflatable boots some while i’m in bed. bleh.
Breakfast is served here. I better work on that so I’ll be hungry again when Kelvin goes to get our free Spicy Chicken Sandwiches from Chick-fil-a at lunch.
Have I really just spent five nights in the hospital? I guess it’s good time is going by relatively quickly. We had another good night last night and today has almost felt typical if I pretend this bed is my couch and that the short walk to the kitchen was my weekend run.
I had blood drawn at 3:30am this morning for them to check more closely for infection. I haven’t had any of the clinical signs showing up (fever, tender belly), so it was just a precaution. I was on the monitor for my hour at 11 when Dr B came by. We walked down the hall to the ultrasound room so he could take a look and check fluid levels. Things look about the same as on Tuesday when they admitted me so that’s a good thing. The bee has been very busy buzzing around today and even stuck a tongue out while we were watching on the ultrasound. I can imagine bee was also singing “nah-na-na boo-boo”.
In other exciting news, while I was gone I got clean sheets. It’s the little things really. Kelvin’s busy taking a nap in the daddy chair, and I’m partially paying attention to Star Wars while I lay here. Pretty typical Sunday afternoon.
It’s been a pretty quiet day around here, but pretty great too.
Dr. B, the perinatologist I met on Tuesday came by this morning to check in on me. He did reassure me that there really is a reason for me to be here; I was beginning to think this was a not so funny episode of Punk’ed. So if things stay quiet with us today they plan to do a blood panel tomorrow morning to check on things; particularly my white blood count to make sure we don’t have an infection setting in. He also said we would go around the corner and do an ultrasound to measure the fluid around the baby.
The latest hour on the monitor did show some contractions, and I am feeling them now. They’re not very strong or organized so we’ll hang tight and see what happens. Hopefully they’ll stop again for another day or two.
Kelvin brought duck pad thai from Thai Thai II for lunch and now we’re watching “Lockup” trying to decide if we should film our own version while I’m here. And while I know the baby news is the most important, Dr B also said Braut could come for a visit! Luckily Kelvin took him to the spa this morning for a bath and pedicure so he’s set to come see me today or tomorrow (if I’m not busy letting bee out of the hive).
The good news is we made it another night. The even better news (for me) is that I slept pretty well. As has become our custom already in this short stay, Kelvin tucked me in around 10 when the nurse came to hook me up to the monitors. I was awake until she came to free me at 11 and I went almost immediately to sleep. I was able to stay pretty much asleep when she put me back on at 3am and I was sleep when the resident came by around 5:15.
I did ask him about false positives, but he assured me they did three different types of tests and they were all positive. He was really nice about it; I’m sure I am not the first to lay here and wonder if there was a mistake. I just want to be assured that delivering the bee early is really necessary. The thought of wires coming out of my bee’s head and being hooked up to everything is more than I can really wrap my head around right now so I’m trying not to think about that until it’s a reality.
So we will see what Saturday brings; hopefully just a few visitors and some duck pad thai that Kelvin will bring for lunch. They have mentioned bloodwork and another ultrasound for this weekend, but I’m not sure when those will happen.
Dr K came in around 1 and put in the order that the nurse could stop the Magnesium Sulfate. So I’m unfettered from the IV for now. They’re keeping the line in to use for antibiotics a few more rounds but that will be 30 minutes at a time every 4 or 8 hours (I don’t remember how often they’ve been doing that). AND without me expecting it he wrote to keep me on the monitor for an hour ever 4 hours. So i will be unhooked totally for 3 hours starting around 2pm this afternoon. shower here i come! It’s the little things really.
Dr K’s guess is a girl, and she’ll be born over the weekend. His reasoning on girl is selfish, because they generally do better in the NICU and the weekend based on if my membranes ruptured on Thursday (and I’m not positive if it was then or Sunday or some other day, but me explaining here would be TMI for this general audience).
He did say from the monitor I’ve been having zero to five contractions an hour; news to me really. Maybe it’s better things are happening this way with me here. This is when this high pain threshold isn’t always a good thing — I could see me dropping the bee on the elliptical machine or something.
Remembering I’ll be 32 weeks tomorrow, and they won’t let me go past 34 weeks, I’ll officially open things up for guesses — gender. day. time. weight. length. vaginal vs c-section. how late kelvin is. and whatever other wagers you wish to make public here.