Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bed Rest

Well, we've had a little excitement in the past few days. Sunday, after a crazy week of painting and preparing for Laney's birthday I crashed. This past week, I honestly pushed it pretty hard. Painting two to three hours atleast 3 days this week and then cleaning for Laney's birthday. I had a few days of aweful headaches that wouldn't shake away. Then Sunday morning, while working nursury duty at church, I started having splotchy vision and another headache. I finally was freaked out enough to call the dr. He had me go check my blood pressure, which was up a bit and so he sent me to labor and deliver for some testing and observation. After a bit of time my blood pressure was down and none of the labs had issues. So I came home and planned to see my dr on Monday, it was an already scheduled appt. So, I took it really easy Sunday evening and thought for sure i'd be fine. But by mid morning monday i had another headache and another scary set of splotchy vision. At my appt my blood pressure was up again. So, my doc decided to admit me to the hospital for a 24 hr urine test. His concern was that I might have preeclampsia. Due to the headache that wouldn't go away he felt more comfortable with me under observation for the test. So I've had a mini vaca to the hospital, spending Monday and Tuesday night there. Poor Eric had to take some time off work and take care of the kids and huge piles of laundry I had proscrastiated on! Today my tests came back and I was all clear! Praise the Lord! Also, during my time in the hopsital my blood pressure went down and stayed down and mid day yesterday my headache went away. So, he has released me to at home on BEDREST from here on out. NOW, I'm not due until July12th!!! Yup, that's 2 months!!! AHHH! My mom is on her way to help us and will be staying a month. Then Eric's mom will come take a shift. Hope they don't really get sick of us! Its so hard to stay on the couch and not help the kids with little things or to leave the dirty dishes and toys out for Eric to have to pick up all by himself. It really is, although, the exhausted worn part of me has really enjoyed my calm rest the past few days. I know that pretty soon I'll be wishing I could run around. But I have to keep reminding myself that better safe than sorry and I need to obey dr orders. I'll be going in next Thursday for another check up. So...I guess its get ready set....RELAX. ha! This is a picture Sarah took of me on Friday night. I wanted to be silly and do those preganacy belly pics this, possibly, last time around. Soooo, here is me and Baby Hallie.
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  1. It stinks that you're going on bedrest, but you ABSOLUTELY must do it. I don't know if you remember my pregnancy with Gracie, but I was at home on modified bedrest (like you are) for four weeks. When that didn't work as planned, I was in the hospital for 9 weeks (then two more at home before birth). During those long nine weeks in the hospital, I would have given anything to be home in my own bed with my family every day.

    Laundry can wait, cleaning can wait, and most all kids love snuggle time with mom on the couch. Embrace the positives of being at home for your bedrest. You'll have your freedom soon enough, and when you see that sweet Hallie, you'd do it all again in a minute.

    To stay entertained, you could sign up for Blockbuster online, check with the library for their homebound delivery policy, update your baby registry online, and find understanding support from other bedrest moms at

  2. Have to finally chosen a name? If so, I LOVE Hallie!!! :0)

  3. OK I just gotta say that I'm glad Sarah didn't know your sweetie's name either...I was thinking maybe I was the only one of the loop on that one! But I do LOVE Hallie, so so cute!!! I can't wait to meet her. And all the bedrest in the world - as boring and as guilt inspiring as it may be - is worth it to see that healthy little girl :) I love you Mich!