Sunday, April 25, 2010

Caramel Cashew 17 & 18 weeks


It's been busy...we celebrated my birthday last weekend and had lots of appointments last week (Lily had her GI follow-up and I had an appt to check on CC) and then we had the March for Babies walk this Saturday, which we had rain for again this year - maybe next year we will get lucky and have nice weather. Thank you to everyone who donated!!

At my appointment last week (I was 17w 2d) they did an ultrasound to check on why I have been bleeding throughout this pregnancy (haven't had any bleeding since April 6th though, which is good).

Caramel Cashew looks great and is measuring well over the 50th precentile (music to my ears) and was believed to weigh about 8 ounces (big baby). And supposedly has a big head (must run in the family, because Lily also had a big head). My placenta is still anterior, but looks really good, they could not see it detaching (which would have been a reason for the bleeding). My cervix is still long and closed and they did not see a subchorionic hematoma. So, basically no one has any idea why I have been bleeding, but I was told to continue to take it easy and we are all going to hope that I have no more bleeding. Dr. M is concerned because any bleeding in the 2nd trimester usually means something is up, but since they can't figure out what, we are just taking it easy. On another note, they did find protein in my 24-hour urine collection, which is not good, but Dr. M said that we will wait to see what the next one looks like. My next appt is May 12th, I have an ultrasound and see Dr. H, who is quite a character, so that should be fun. Hoping for a smooth next couple of weeks, because Lily's 2nd Fairy Fun Birthday party is scheduled for the 15th!!

Just to ammuse all of you...I know I have said that I am huge this time around, whether you believe me or not, here is the evidence:

28 weeks with Lily
(my birthday 2008 - 2 days before I was admitted to the hospital)


17 weeks with Caramel Cashew
(my birthday 2010)

Yep, about the same size and 11 weeks difference ::faints::
So there is definitely a baby in there, a big baby in there!

Pregnancy: 18 weeks

Weight Gain: 9 pounds

Sleep: I am sleeping good

Gender: May 12th is our BIG ultrasound, if baby cooperates

Names: Girl - Lydia Jane
              Boy - we are up in the air again - what is wrong with us?

Feeling: Overall I feel good

Cravings: Haven't really been craving much of anything lately

Health: My blood pressure is still really good, no swelling, weight gain is good

Movement: Starting to feel kicks once in a while (must be really big movements)

Belly: Huge - see picture above

Next Appointment: May 12th!

And here is our latest picture of Caramel Cashew at 17w 2d!





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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Support Us As We March for Babies!!!

We are walking in the March for Babies walk this Saturday, join us or at least spare $5.00 for a donation to team Lily Catherine!!

Saturday, April 24th
9:00 a.m.
O'Donnell Park
931 E. Wisconsin Ave.

I know I haven't been good about "bugging" people to donate, and maybe that's why I only have $100 in donations - COME ON PEOPLE - we raised over $1,400 last year.

The March of Dimes mission is to make healthy, full-term birth a reality for all babies. If you have a child or are planning to have children, or even if you have neices or nephews, you understand how important that mission is...what happened to us, could really happen to anybody.


Research funded by the March of Dimes had a direct impact on Lily's survival. Two drugs administered (steroid shots given to me before birth and surfactant given to Lily after birth) were developed during research funded by the March of Dimes. Without these drugs, we are fairly certain we wouldn't have our little Lily. For this we know that we are lucky and we will forever be grateful to the March of Dimes.

Lily is doing great now and it is easy to forget what she has all overcome. Everyday when Chris and I administer her reflux medications we are reminded of the things that still affect her because she was born too soon. Her story is inspiring, but it didn't come easy or without a lot of struggles, however it would have been even harder, had lots of the things that the March of Dimes has funded research for, not been in place.

So, you are all invited to walk with us and join "Team Lily Catherine", and/or donate to our team's fundraising efforts. Registration for the walk is free, which means you don't even have to donate if you just want to show support and walk on our team. Any donation that you make is tax deductible. Every little bit helps!!

Visit our March for Babies website to donate online

Lily 1 Week Old
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Caramel Cashew 16 weeks


This post is a little late, but here is goes....
This week we had some more excitement {read nervousness} with Caramel Cashew. On Tuesday, April 13th Chris dropped off my 24-hour urine to my OB's office about 3:00 p.m. (what a guy). He called me at work right away to tell me that the lab tech had made a comment about how little urine there was. He asked if I had collected everything (I did) and then told me that some women fill a container and a half, which I thought was insane (I have done 3 of these so far and have never even been close to filling a container, let alone a half of another one - geez!).

About 20 minutes later a nurse practicioner from my OB's office called me at work and wondered if there was any way that I could come in before 5:00 p.m. (it's about 3:30 p.m. at this time)...I ask "Oh, on Thursday?" (because I have an appointment scheduled that Thursday 4/15)...she says "No, now, we are really concerned about your urine output and the Doctor wants to see you right away"...I ask if somethings wrong and she tells me that they are worried about pre-eclampsia. I tell her I can get there before 5:00 p.m., hang up the phone and start crying. I just want this pregnancy to go smooth and so far there have been a lot of bumps in the road. But I tell myself that maybe becasue it's bumpy in the beginning, it will be smooth in the end (at least that's what I'm hoping...and praying).

I get to the office where they draw a million labs. Dr. L is surprised at how good I look and that I am not feeling sick. Apparently my urine looked "bad" and because there wasn't much of it, everyone was nervous about me. I am feeling fine and told them that I did have a lot of vomiting on Sunday and maybe was dehydrated. My blood pressure is fine at my appointment, my weight is good and there is no swelling, but I do let them know that I have been having really bad headaches. We talk pre-e for a while and then I ask about my bleeding last week. I ask about the placenta and my OB tells me that I don't have a placenta previa (that would be where the placenta is covering the cervix, which is usually what causes bleeding), at my 13 week ultrasound my placenta was anterior (which means it is lying on the outside by my stomach and baby is in back of it). I am told I can leave and continue my normal everyday activities, pending my labs - which all come back excellent - yay!!

Pregnancy: 16 weeks 5 days

Weight Gain: 9 pounds

Sleep: I am sleeping good, starting to be hard to get comfortable

Gender: May 12th is our BIG ultrasound, if baby cooperates

Names: Girl - Lydia Jane   Boy - Charlie Daniel

Feeling: Overall I feel good

Cravings: This week I'm all about garlic bread and Edy's grape popsicles

Health: My blood pressure is still really good, no swelling, weight gain is good

Movement: Starting to feel kicks once in a while (must be really big movements)

Belly: Getting bigger everyday!

Next Appointment: Thursday, April 15th I see my OB and am going to ask for an ultrasound just to make sure everything with the placenta is okay, due to the bleeding. Update: I had this appointment last week and my Dr. K is having me get an ultrasound this Tuesday (4/20) to check baby since the bleeding incident. He said that sometimes a subchorionic hematoma (which I had at 6 weeks, but was dissolved by 9 weeks) can dissolve and come back, so he wants to check to make sure there is not another one. I have a follow-up appt. after that with Dr. M, her specialty is high-risk and she is the one that caught my pre-e last time, so I am happy that I am seeing her next week (all my OB's are awesome, but it is nice getting to see them all, because they all have different perspectives on my care and work as a group to make sure I am okay).

By the voting on the upper right it looks like girl is winning, however the list of family and friends that think boy, is really long...there are only 3 people on the girl side: Chris, Billie and Lily - I'm not revealing my guess yet :) Best Blogger Tips

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Announcing Names

At some point Caramel Cashew will need a name, this is what we've decided:

Boy: Charlie Daniel K.

Charlie is a name we like (yes, we are obsessed with LOST, but we are not naming our son after Charlie from LOST, even though I sobbed like a baby when he died)

Daniel is Chris’ dad’s name

The meaning of the name Charlie is Free Man
The origin of the name Charlie is English

Charlie is #779 on the latest SSA list

Girl: Lydia Jane K.

Lydia is Chris’ grandmother’s name

Jane is my mom’s name (and my grandma’s name too)

The meaning of the name Lydia is From Lydia, Greece
The origin of the name Lydia is Greek

Lydia is #123 on the latest SSA list

So, it will either be:

Lily & Charlie

-or-

Lily & Lydia

How we picked Lily Catherine:

Lily is a name we both LOVED!!

Catherine is Chris’ mom’s name

The meaning of the name Lily is Lily Flower
The origin of the name Lily is English

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

23 Months

Well, next month she will be 2...I can hardly believe it!

Weight: 24 pounds
Height: 32.5 inches
Shoes: Size 6
Clothes: 18-24 months!!

What's New:

She likes to tell us things with a lot of expression, for instance the other day we were on a walk and she picked up a rusty old bolt and with the greatest excitement and biggest eyes she said, "Mama look, I found a diamond!"...funniest thing I ever heard

She likes to do things now and say "Mama, look at me", when she spins or makes a funny face

She can count to 15 now

She hasn't been eating very good lately, really only likes hot cocoa (chocolate milk) and MacCheese (macaroni & cheese), I guess that's what they say, toddlers are picky eaters

She can jump now and climb upstairs without holding on or going up on her knees

Nana & Lily at the Gingerbread House

Talking to the chickens at the Gingerbread House

Sleeping

"Mama, look at me!"

Here's some videos for entertainment!






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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Caramel Cashew 15 Weeks


Well, if you haven't been reading lately I am on bedrest due to some bleeding on Tuesday morning...you can read about it here. I saw my Hematologist today and she drew lots of labs to make sure the bleeding wasn't due to the Lovenox shots, and it's not. The directive from her is that if I bleed again she will take me off the shots for 1-2 days.

After the initial shock about what happened, I am doing good. I am trying to stay positive and what I learned last time is that everything works out, so I am trying not to worry and just enjoy my time with Miss Lily.
 What's weird is that this marks the halfway point of my pregnancy with Lily, but I didn't know it at the time...hoping the halfway point for this pregnancy will be 20 weeks.

I'm not sure if I mentioned, but I have a nurse through my insurance that has been checking in on me and gives advice, answers questions, etc. (I am sure they are trying to prevent another HUGE claim from us, but that's okay because that means they also want to prevent me from having a premature baby - me too!) I talked to her about the bleeding and she suggested I ask for an ultrasound at my next appointment to check the placenta.

Pregnancy: 15 weeks 4 days

Weight Gain: +7 pounds {I looked up how much weight I had gained with Lily at 15 weeks - 17 pounds!}

Sleep: I am sleeping good, starting to be hard to get comfortable

Gender: May 12th is our BIG ultrasound, if baby cooperates

Names: Girl name is picked out, thought we had our boy name and now we are up in the air again :) We will share the names as soon as we have them figured out.

Feeling: Overall I feel good physically, emotionally I am just taking it one day at a time, obviously the bleeding and bedrest has kind of thrown me for a loop.

Cravings: This week I'm all about grape juice and strawberries

Health: Besides the bleeding...my blood pressure is really good

Movement: Still just feeling random flutters

Belly: Getting bigger everyday!

Next Appointment: Thursday, April 15th I see my OB and am going to ask for an ultrasound just to make sure everything with the placenta is okay, due to the bleeding.

If you haven't voted on the gender of the baby in the upper right hand corner - do it!! If your brave enough and want to leave a comment on your decision - I will put your name in CC's baby book! Looks like "girl" is winning - that's what Dad thinks it is...I'm not making my prediction until the night before the ultrasound. Best Blogger Tips

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bedrest

Bedrest.

A word I didn't think I would here until the end of this pregnancy or hopefully not at all.

About 6:00 a.m. this morning I woke up and was bleeding pretty bad. I have been bleeding off and on with this pregnancy and at 6 weeks they found a subchorionic hematoma (bloodclot). At 9 weeks they did another ultrasound and found it had dissolved - good news! Since then, I really have had only one other incident of bleeding on a Saturday night that didn't alarm me, so I reported it the next Monday morning. The bleeding today was alarming to say the least...I thought at first it was just going to be nothing, but it was a lot and it just wouldn't stop, so I called the 24-hour nurse on call. Chris came home from work and my mom came and picked up Lily as we waited to get in to see the Doctor. This time, I did take a shower (just in case, remember last time I didn't get one for 7 days once I was admitted and had wished I had taken one before I went to the hospital, I've learned a thing or two since last time).

I saw a Nurse Practicioner, who checked for a heartbeat and found it, which was great news. She also checked my cervix and it was closed and long, also good news. She removed a superball sized blood clot and thought that may have been the reason for the bleeding. She left the room to check with my OB, to make sure all our bases were covered. When she returned, she said everything looked good, but I would need to be on bedrest until Monday as long as there was no more bleeding.

In an instant, everything that happened with Lily seemed to come flooding back. The feeling of our world being turned upside down. The feeling of relief and then the feeling of disappointment. I am relieved that the baby is doing well and everything is okay, but am disappointed that once again it seems like I am not good at being pregnant. And then the worry sets in. Worry about the baby, about Lily, about work, about if this can all just go spiraling out of control like last time (I do not feel like that will be the case, but it brings all those memories and feelings back). When I went into the hospital last time because I thought something was wrong, I didn't come back out of that hospital for 25 days and Lily spent an additional 44 days there. I was relieved that I was getting to leave the hospital today but couldn't help but feel like this was all too familiar to me...and then there will be the judgement that comes from people, that is just so annoying..."she should have done this" or "she shouldn't have done that"...I can guarantee everyone that this a.) has nothing to do with pre-eclampsia and b.) there was nothing I could have done to prevent it...let's let the medical professionals be the judge of all things medical.

And so, I am on bedrest at home until Monday. Yes, I said at home!!! This will not be as bad as hopsitalized bedrest with a cathetar, baby monitor, blood pressure cuff on leg, picc line and compression stockings on my legs....I am wireless and I even get to use the bathroom on my own if I have to!

Caramel Cashew is still in there, hearts-a-beating and this baby is already giving us more than we bargained for (taking after big sister already)! The emotional rollercoaster we were on today hopefully has come to an end and it will be smooth sailing from here on out.

It could be worse:

Bedrest with Lily 21 days...
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Supasta!

Lily of course! We made the cover of the 2008 Aurora Family Service Annual Report. The pic was taken in August as part of a photo shoot they did with us, and they have been using them and our story to promote Aurora Family Services. Here is the link to the report.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Our Little Easter Lily

Lily was a little obsessed with the Easter Bunny this year...she sat on his lap pretty much every time she saw him. In fact, every time she saw him at the mall, there was a lot of yelling "Easter Bunny, Easter Bunny!", of course we had her sit on his lap for a picture:

The next day she saw him again at Breakfast with the Bunny and had this picture taken:

(they actually had me sign a waiver so they could use this pic for "promotional purposes")

The following week I was walking through the mall with her, she was walking and I was pushing the stroller. She saw the Easter Bunny, and b-lined it....there was a line of about 10 people with crying kids, she weasled her way through and before the next mom could get her kids on the bunny's lap, Lily jumped in it and smiled for a pic....I was trying to secure the stoller with my purse and then had to try and weasle my way through the line (let's keep in mind I am not as small as Lily and pretty much am as big as a 7 month pregnant woman, and this was the day it was 80 degrees, so I was sweating already, not to mention, I was sweating because I wasn't sure if these families were going to think this was funny, as I would, if I was a bystander, or if they were going to think I had no control of my child - also true). After saying "excuse me" and "sorry" to everyone in line, I finally got up to the bunny with Lily looking so cute on his lap. I told her to smile for a fake picture and then apologized to the bunny (who clearly had no clue where she came from). Our crazy little Lily is definitely smitten with the bunny this year. I had to smile as I put her in the stroller, I was dying of humiliation, but knew it was totally hilarious!

That same week Chris was in the mall and pretty much experienced something similar, only he got suckered into buying the picture:




Here are some pics from our Easter:

Breakfast with the Bunny
Milwaukee County Zoo
Saturday, March 26th







Easter Egg Hunt
waiting patiently

Lily finds her first egg






Dyeing Easter Eggs


Egg Day at the Zoo
Saturday, April 3rd

Just call Lily the Stalkarazzi



getting her face painted

Funny Bunny




Easter Sunday

Lily finds her basket




Every kid has to have a chocolate bunny

Thank you Billie & Steve

Thank you Aunt Lisa
(she loves this thing)



Death of the Chocolate Bunny

Time for dinner

Lily, Uncle Steve & Mason




If your still with me...thanks for looking at the pics we had a great Easter and hope you did too!
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