Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hmmm...This Seems Familiar

December 31, 2007...pregnant with Julianna...25 weeks 2 days
December 31, 2009...pregnant with Baby K...25 weeks 1 day

Monday, December 28, 2009

Birthday Presents & A Big Shopping List

I spent some of my afternoon today working on a timeline for our family. Now that Christmas has passed, we have exactly 3 weeks to accomplish our next few goals. Why 3 weeks? Well the first goal is to finish Julianna's birthday presents, a wooden kitchen made by daddy and Grandpa K & something for it made by me (I can't decide between more felt food or a cute apron & chef's hat), and her birthday is 3 weeks from tomorrow, January 19th.

The second goal is to be completely ready for Baby K by January 20. On January 20th, in case you've been living in a hole and not reading my blog, is when I hit 27 weeks and 6 days, aka the dreaded day. That is when Julianna was born. I am determined to be ready before that day.

So, my afternoon was spent searching the internet for ideas for Julianna's present and finishing up my list of things we still need to buy for Baby K. What might we still need to buy for a baby? A whole crapload of stuff. We have all the big stuff, but going from a little girl to a little boy, there are things we cannot (translation: Joe won't let us) use again.

So, here's what we still need to buy:

crib mattress (we have one, but it doesn't quite fit the crib right)
1 more crib sheet
water proof pad (we still use Julianna's on her bed)
1 more changing pad cover (our pink one was donated to Emma)
newborn & 0-3mos onesies
newborn diapers
size 1 diapers
sensitive wipes
bath sponge (we use this in the big tub instead of a baby bathtub)
baby shampoo/soap
baby powder
nice bibs
newborn pacifiers & a Wubbanub (google it, it's a LIFESAVER!)
nipples for bottles
A few more bottles
1 can of formula (just in case)
bottle brush
gas drops
Dreft (got to wash all those baby clothes)

I don't go back to the OB until January 19, which I am NOT happy about, so I am hoping all these preparations (birthday & baby) will keep me occupied so I don't freak out too much.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Our Christmas

Wow, Christmas just flew past this year! Christmas Eve, Julianna and I went to Joe's family's for our Christmas there (sadly, Joe had to work Christmas Eve this year). She had a lot of fun playing with the cousins, and opening her gift and mine. She was so tuckered out, she was asleep before we left there. Thank goodness for her Uncle Daryl who was able to carry her into the house for bed (we had to hitch a ride since I can't lift Julianna into her carseat).

Christmas morning, she slept until almost 8am! (but this morning was up at 6! what gives???) We didn't wrap her table and chairs daddy made her and she immediately went over to it and sat down. Then she saw the gifts under the tree and proceeded to put them all on the table and then sit down to open them. It was too funny!

Getting ready to open her presents.
She definitely had the hang of unwrapping.

Her face lit up when she realized this one was a Veggietales book.
Yay, she liked her felt food!
Daddy...I mean Santa...picked out some cars for her. She loved those too!
I had several "bed rest victims" this Christmas. Those are the people who unfortunately did not get gifts from me since I couldn't go shopping. Joe was one of them. We actually agreed not to get each other gifts...but he didn't listen. I opened a Snuggie. Seriously?? Yes, a Snuggie. I make fun of them all the time and told him he had to wear it first. When I opened it, there was a new phone inside! He was in so much trouble for getting me a gift! But I LOVE it! So I forgave him. :0)
Joe wearing my Snuggie.
Grandma and Grandpa K and Papa Corn and Grandpa S all came over in the morning and brought Julianna a few more things.
She loves her tea set from Grandma & Grandpa K.

The rest of Christmas Day was spent at my parents with aunts, uncles, my parents, my grand parents, and my sister and her family.
Erin painted Ellie's nails for the holidays.
Julianna helping me open a gift.
The kids in PJ's and cowboy hats (from Grandma & Grandpa H)

I love Christmas time and it is even more exciting now that Julianna is getting older! I can't wait for next year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

I still can't believe how big Julianna is getting. This is last Christmas...

She wasn't even crawling yet. And now we can hardly get her to sit down for more than a few minutes. We're very excited to have 2 little ones at Christmas next year!

And speaking of our second little one, today is a major milestone for Baby K. Today, I am officially 24 weeks pregnant and Baby K is now considered "viable"! That is huge!!! If something should go really wrong at this point and he would have to be delivered he has a good chance of survival. I am in NO WAY saying that I would be ok with him being born anytime soon, but just knowing he would have a chance is a big relief. What an awesome Christmas gift!

We have a lot to be thankful for this Christmas. Julianna is healthy and so far hasn't had any major setbacks due to her prematurity. My IC was caught in time to intervene and let Baby K gestate a lot longer. We have family that has been so awesome and helpful lately. This will be a great Christmas.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bed Rest Be Gone...At Least for Now

I am sooooo thankful that today's OB appointment went well!

I had yet another ultrasound (and found out I will continue to have them at every appointment since I have the cerclage). Joe's mom took me to the appointment today since I still wasn't allowed to drive, and she got to see the ultrasound. I was glad she got to see the little guy (the tech even printed an extra picture for her to have). He looks really good. He did a complete flip during the ultrasound. He is measuring one week ahead and his estimated weight is a whopping 1lb 9oz!

The ultrasound revealed my cervix is now 2.6 cm. That means the cerclage has helped lengthen my cervix about 0.7cm. That is really good. Had my cervix measured less than 2.5cm today, then I would have had to remain on bed rest, but luckily I just squeaked by! SO, NO MORE BED REST!!!!! I still have some funneling, but Dr. O said he isn't too concerned because it hasn't gotten worse.

I still have some restrictions. I still can't pick up Julianna or anything over 15lbs. I am supposed to take it easy when I can. Keep an eye on any contractions or other symptoms of pre-term labor. Oh, and I am not allowed to run any marathons. Those are all things I can live with. I am just so excited to be allowed to drive and lead a semi-normal life again!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Almost Done!

I have posted about making Christmas gifts every year, and promised to post my felt food once it was done. Well, I am almost done, so I thought I would take a break from my bed rest sewing marathon today to post some pictures of the final product.

I started out simple with some sugar cookies. No pattern needed for these goodies. Sew the cookie, stuff and finish sewing. Woohoo, super quick treats!

Next I tried a cupcake. I searched and searched the internet for directions on a cupcake, but alas, since I didn't have ink for my printer to print out the templates, I had to create my own. Luckily it wasn't too hard. Another super easy treat.

I was finally ready for something more tricky. I found a really easy tutorial by Megnificent Made for cake slices here, and just put my own spin on it (I used a sewing machine for a lot of my seams instead of hand stitching-much faster!) I also did some different decorations and such. This is Julianna's finished cake!

I just used a ribbon, velcro and a matching flower button to hold the pieces all together. I altered the directions from Happy Zombie to make the "whipped cream" for the top of the cake.

Julianna will be able to "slice" her cake and serve it to friends (aka Mommy and Daddy). I am so excited to finish the last of her desserts tonight and have her start playing with them on Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


I was feeling much better yesterday, so Joe let me go to the PTFD kid's Christmas party..."AS LONG AS" I sat down the whole time and upon getting home, immediately lie down. I did as he said, because I really wanted to A) get out of the house, and B) see Julianna see Santa.

They had some different stations set up so the kids could decorate sugar cookies, watch Rudolph, write letters to Santa or just color on the tables. Julianna chose coloring on the tables (not that we let her choose. Hello? 2 yr old and colored icing and sprinkles? That would be nuts!).

As soon as Santa arrived the kids went nutso! But then immediately all sat in a circle on the floor waiting for him to call their name so they could sit on his lap and get a gift. Julianna sat on daddy's lap waiting.

She was not a huge fan of Santa, but at least did NOT cry. She was much more interested in the present daddy was holding than the guy in the big red suit.

She very quickly unwrapped her gift...2 new wooden puzzles...ooohhh...aaahhh. Daddy only had to help with the ribbon. *So Santa, please don't use ribbons on Julianna's presents for Christmas morning. Thank you, her Mommy*

And then proceeded to play with them for all of 5 minutes before deciding it was way more fun to run up and down the small ramp in the front of the room.

She had a lot of fun and SO DID I! It was so nice to get out of the house even if it was just for an hour or so. I got to have adult conversations! And see some friends we haven't seen for several weeks (or months actually...really sad considering they live less than 5 minutes from us).

Friday, December 18, 2009

Every Year

Every year I decide to make many of our Christmas gifts. Our nieces and nephews always get something I make, and this year Julianna is getting a mostly homemade Christmas. I have managed to finish all the gifts that will be leaving the house, but poor Julianna's gifts are severely lacking. I wanted to make her some felt desserts....I have one cookie done. I wanted to make her a cute tablecloth and placemats for the table and chairs Joe is making her(which still need painted)...not even started.

Christmas is exactly one week from today, and I am sooooo unmotivated to finish her gifts. This happens every year. I make a huge list of gifts I am going to make and I start early. I get a whole lot done very quickly...and then completely fizzle out. Then the last week before Christmas (ok maybe the last few days before Christmas) I have to totally cram to get it all done.

I assumed this year since I was on bed rest, I would have lots of time to get things finished...but nope...I am going to cram to get the gifts done...just like every year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sick Kiddo

My sick kiddo :0(

Monday, December 14, 2009

Feeling Like a Crappy Mommy

Julianna started getting pretty cranky tonight after dinner, cranky would be an understatement, sobbing horribly would better describe her. I ended up sitting on the living room floor with her while Joe did the dishes (since I'm not allowed to pick her up and all she wanted was for me to pick her up). I noticed she felt really warm. So, out came the thermometer and a temperature was taken. 102.4

Crap. We have managed to keep her germ free for a little over a year (minus a minor cold earlier this fall), but with a temp that high, we knew she must actually be sick. So she got a quick bath (by daddy) and put in some comfy fleece pj's (thanks daddy). Then daddy sat down to cuddle with her and I said NO!

I feel so badly that I can't pick her up and play with her like I did even a week ago. I've noticed she already has quit asking me for things, and asks daddy instead (sad). So I was very clear that I wanted to comfort my sick baby girl. After some arguing with Joe (he said no because he didn't want me to get sick and I countered with the fact that I have been around her for the last 2 days and I've already been exposed) he finally let her sit with me while he finished tidying up the house.

My mom is coming over tomorrow to take care of Julianna since Joe has to work and I am not allowed. I feel like such a crappy mommy. I felt crappy before she got sick, but now I have a sick baby girl and I can't do anything for her. I feel like a really crappy mommy. I just need to keep telling myself, that as crappy a mommy as I feel to Julianna right now, I am being a really good mommy to Baby K by staying horizontal. I just wish I could feel like a good mommy to both my kiddos right now.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Making My Blog Better

Today was my first day of bed rest with absolutely no one else in the house (but day 4 of bed rest). Julianna spent last night and today at my sister's and is spending tonight at my parents, and Joe is on shift until tomorrow morning. So, I decided I would make a goal for me today (I am a very "need to do things" kind of person, so bed rest in general is a completely foreign idea to me). I would spend my horizontal time making my blog better. I have wanted to change my blog and make it more appealing and fun, so today I did just that (well I started the process).

First thing I wanted to to do was make a button for my blog. I have been so jealous of other blogs that have cute buttons you can add to your blog. I started searching for easy directions on how to make my own button. I was so excited when I found A Heart for Home. There was a super easy tutorial on how to create your own button and then add it to your blog. After only 15 minutes I had created my own button! (This is where you stop reading and add my button to your blog...*not-so-subtle hint*)

My next task was to change the format of my blog. I have wanted 3 columns, but had no idea how to change the HTML to make them. I came across Three Column Blogger which is a blog specifically written to tell you how to make 3 columns in blogger. Wow! I used this tutorial to make 3 columns, and even though I know NOTHING about HTML, I was able to add another column to my blog in just 10 minutes! I am still working on getting the margins fixed (sadly, I think my left column and the main text are kind of squished and I can't seem to get it fixed!).

I then visited Shabby Blogs to get my new background and the fun little tags (the titles for things in my sidebars) to match. I am far from being done with changing my blog, but I was very happy with my progress today. I would say I met my goal...well got a good start at least...and I still have 10 days of bed rest left to keep working on it (fingers crossed I don't have to stay on bed rest!).

Thursday, December 10, 2009

An Official Diagnosis and Our Trip to L & D

I now have an official diagnosis...both for me and for Julianna's premature birth...I have an incompetent cervix. This was suspected when Julianna was born but because I was so far into labor with Julianna when I got to the ER, there was no way of really knowing if I dilated and that caused the pre-term labor or if pre-term labor caused me to dilate. I have felt strongly that it was a cervical issue being that I didn't have any of the usual symptoms of pre-term labor with Julianna, but really hoped I was wrong.

It is bittersweet having this diagnosis. I am so happy that we all know and now steps were taken to hopefully prevent Baby K from being premature (aka my cerclage). But I am so sad and frustrated that if we had only known about this with Julianna, then the same steps could have been taken for her. I am so sad that she had to suffer in order to help her baby brother.

For those of you interested, here's how our trip to Labor & Delivery went on Wednesday (by the way, it was the first time I had been there since Julianna was born and that alone almost sent me into a panic). Joe and I got to L&D around 7am (we later found out we were supposed to be there at 6, but the nurse never called to tell us). So I had a rushed hour before my cerclage. Blood work, and excruciating IV was placed in my wrist and lots of questions to answer and papers to sign. Dr O. came in and said things were looking good and the cerclage itself would only take 5-7 minutes to be placed (it would have taken less, but he was going to be teaching a resident).

Then the resident came in and I felt better already. Into my room walked Dr. S (now Chief Resident in L&D), the only doctor I actually remember from Julianna's birth. He was the one who first examined me and told me I was going to have a baby that day. He is such a nice doctor. He has a very calming vibe. And he remembered Joe and I! He immediately stopped and commented that he remembered us and asked all about Julianna. I felt a little bit of relief, but was still getting more and more nervous.

At 8:14, I was taken back to the OR where I had an awful experience getting the spinal block. I had a spinal with Julianna's c-section, but from the little I remember it wasn't that bad. Apparently, for a cerclage the spinal is put in much lower in your back, and I have very tightly spaced vertebra in my lower back...oh and a slight curve to my spine. Those two things together made it very difficult to get the needle in, and it was NOT fun. Then, I waited on the table for 30 minutes because they didn't have the right suture! A problem I think should have been addressed before I had my spinal and was strapped down to the table!

Once the sutures got there, it really was like 5 minutes and it was all done. I spent the next hour in recovery, where, as my spinal wore off I could feel more and more cramping. I was given Motrin and told it was normal. Once I got back to my room, Joe and I just got to hang out for the next 4 hours until I was discharged. During that time the cramping got so bad I had to call the nurse and ask for something else for pain. Now, those of you that know me well, know I don't take drugs normally and especially when I'm pregnant, but it was really bad. Amazingly I was given Vicatin...I had no idea you could even take that while pregnant, but yep you can, and it was WONDERFUL! I was surprised that I felt really good by that evening.

If I am up to much I get more cramping, but as long as I stay off my feet and relax it goes away (I was told that could last up to a week). So for the next 2 weeks, I am on modified bed rest (no picking up Julianna or doing housework, stay off my feet as much as possible, no driving, be up no more than 15 minutes at a time, and some other restrictions). After that I have a follow-up appointment, and hopefully will be taken off bed rest.

I am very hopeful that the cerclage will keep Baby K warm and toasty in my belly for many more weeks. It has an 85-90% success rate and that is great! Thank you to everyone that sent good wishes and kept Baby K and our family in their prayers! Thank you! Thank you!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Not-So-Happy Post About My Cervix

I had an OB appointment this morning...and it did not go as well as I would have liked.

My appointments for the last 2 months have been pretty much the same. Ultrasound to check out Baby K & the tech tells me what a cute baby I have gestating...ultrasound to check out my cervix & the tech tells me things look good and what my measurement was...then see Dr. O and he says things are good and he'll see me in 2 weeks. Today did not follow the pattern.

Today: ultrasound to check out Baby K & the tech told me I had a cute baby gestating and that he had fat feet (he really does we even got a pic of them!). Then, ultrasound to check my cervix & the tech said nothing. I could see the screen and saw that my measurement was under 2 cm. Then I saw the funneling (basically dilating from the inside out) and I knew it wasn't good. As we waited to see Dr. O, I told Joe things were not good and to expect at least bed rest.

Dr O. came into the room and didn't speak...not good...he made some funny faces too. Then he told us he wasn't happy with my cervical kidding...I wasn't either. He said we could do nothing and my cervix could hold up with just bed rest or things could go downhill fast. There is no way of knowing. So he decided to take action.

Tomorrow morning I am getting cerclage. Sigh. I've known since before I was pregnant a cerclage was a possibility and I was OK with it (I'm not going to explain can look it up if you really want to know). Now that it's happening tomorrow I'm not so sure I'm still OK with it. There are some risks, but it has a great success rate, so I am trying to be positive.

Please keep me and Baby K in your thoughts tomorrow morning! This kid really needs to stay put for at least 13 more weeks (I'd be happier with 15!).

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Recycled Crayons

Each year I try to make the gifts we give to our nieces and nephews. In past years they have gotten hats, scarves, fabric dollhouses/barns, and other handmade items. This year, I am making felt food for the little girls (pictures of that coming at a later date) and Ian is getting homemade crayons and other art supplies. I used this blog for inspiration and the basic instructions. I changed a few things as I went. A few people have already asked me how to make the crayons, so here are my instructions...

1. Start with old broken crayons, I had a bazillion from my years of teaching, and choose your colors. Then peel off the wrappers (this was by far the worst part of the project! And if you were wondering, yes, you can get a paper cut from a crayon wrapper).
2. Sort the crayons into a muffin tin by color (or mix colors if you want a rainbow crayon). Instead of a regular muffin tin, I bought a silicon shaped muffin "tin".
3. Bake the crayons at 280 degrees for about 25-30 minutes (this is the time in my mold, a metal one will be different). This pic is mid-melting.
4. Once the crayons are completely melted, take them out of the oven and set aside to cool. Since I am NOT a patient person I put mine outside in this chilly weather and they were set in about 30 minutes.
5. After the crayons are cooled and set, turn the tin over and pop them out.
I love how these turned out, but wish the red, orange, and yellow had a little more marbling to them. The green is by far my favorite. The blog I got the directions from suggested adding glitter to the crayons before baking, but I didn't have any. I plan on getting some for my next batch! I also read elsewhere online that you shouldn't use really cheap crayons because the wax and coloring will separate. My crayons are a mixture of Crayola and cheapy ones.
The mold I used is the perfect size for toddler and preschool sized hands! I really hope Ian loves his crayons!

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Dreaded Eye Appointment

Julianna had her eye appointment this morning(by the way, eyes are the only bod part she will regularly point out-I think she just really likes saying it). She gets them checked regularly since preemies are so susceptible to eye problems. She was not a fan of the eye drops to dilate her pupils or when myself and an aid had to hold her down so Dr. B could check her eyes. She did like the little barking dog they had for her to look at. She has no developmental issues and her prescription looked good. YAY!!! She doesn't need to be rechecked for 2-3 years, as Dr. B put it...before she starts kindergarten.

HOLY CRAP! She'll start kindergarten in just over 3 years! The past 2 years have absolutely flown by! I can't believe we only have a month until she's 2. I think she has really grown up in just the last few weeks. She has become much more independent and her speech is really getting better. Potty training is still going slow (thanks to mom's lack of effort-she's ready to go), and she no longer uses her crib for naps (we took it out of her room and that was that). We're so proud of her!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My Little Girl

I know I haven't been posting many pictures on here lately, so I decided that today I would just put up a bunch of pictures of my little girl.

Julianna loves dressing up. She usually can be found wearing a necklace, a hat & a pair of my shoes.

She now says cheese when you take her picture...too cute!

She wanted to wear an apron just like mommy when I was baking for Thanksgiving, this was the best we could do for her.

Happy Thanksgiving! I think she looks so grown up in this picture!

Hanging out with Grandpa H watching Veggietales.