Thursday, June 20, 2013

25 Weeks

Here I am at 25 weeks! I am pretty much living in sun dresses these days because it's so stinkin hot. Let me tell you something. Being pregnant in the summer is no joke! Thank goodness for AC and swimming pools!!

Connor has started moving so much lately. Much more than Porter did! Especially at night. I wake up to him moving around in there like crazy. Which is different, because Porter never did that! Last week, Connor got the hiccups for the first time. It is so cute. Like a little thumping :) I remember when Porter would get them and how fun it would be to imagine him in there with them.

This week I started something new, Physical Therapy! Apparently my SI is out of joint along with my pubis symphonis (sp?) which basically means any time I move my legs up or down, in or out, I am in pain. So my doctor suggested Physical Therapy. I go twice a week and they are teaching me exercises to keep my pain level down at home.

Other than that, I have been enjoying summer with Porter. We have gone swimming almost every day in our neighbors pool, which has been so fun.

I go back to the doctor for my glucose test next week, so we will see how that goes!

My (no longer there) appendix!

Let me give an update on what has been happening this past month, cause it's been a crazy one!!!

On May 20th, we left our house very excited and ready for our family vacation to visit my dad and stepmom in Florida.

On the way to the airport, I started getting weird stomach cramps. I told Matt, but figured it was nerves from being so anxious about flying. Anyways, we got to the airport and I thought maybe I needed to eat something so I would feel better. We got food, I ate and we headed to our gate. At that point, I literally had to run to the bathroom and started to throw up. It didn't stop there. I continued to throw up for THE REST OF THE FLIGHTS. Both flights to be exact. Pretty much the entire way there I was either throwing up in a bag or in the bathroom. Worst day ever. Oh and Porter noticed that things were off, so he was being a giant toot the entire way there from San Antonio. But, this mama did not care because I felt like I was going to die.

So we land. and have to sit on the tarmac for ONE hour because of the weather. I'm not kidding when I say worst day ever.

When we get to the carousel to get our luggage, I decide to call my nurse and tell her what's going on. At this point, I am trying to keep down gatoraide,but it's not working too well. She tells me she will call me in medicine, but if it gets worse to go to the ER.

So we get in the car and head to their house. At this point, I am almost in tears with the worst stomach cramps I have had in my LIFE and I've been in labor. Much worse than labor. I start to feel like I'm having small contractions and we all decide it's best if I go to the ER and get help.

When we get to the ER, I get all checked in (a pretty long process) and by this time it is around 10 o'clock at night. We both kissed Porter goodbye in the car because we know that this will be the first time we are away from him for a night. Little did we know it would be two nights and three LONG days. Not the kind of getaway we were envisioning. But, anyways, the nurse evaluates me and tells me I am super dehydrated and I am having small contractions. All seemed well with Connor though, so that's all that mattered in my mind. At around midnight, she gives me medicine and tells me to try to sleep.

Around 2 am I am continuing to throw up and am throwing up my medicine, too. It was horrible. I have never felt so awful in my life. Around about that time I start having severe pains in my right side. I cannot turn on either side to sleep because it is extremely painful. The nurse comes back in and tells me that it's not good. She mentions, "Well, I'm not the doctor so I can't diagnose you, but I think it may be your appendix." UM, WHAT?? I never even thought of that. I just thought I had a bad stomach bug.

All my thoughts from there were crazy. How on earth are they going to get it out? I mean, I'm pregnant. To say I was scared was an understatement.

The nurse told me that as soon as she could get a hold of the doctor, she would get me pain meds. Around 5 I got the pain meds. They were good, but she could only give it to me every 4 hours and it would start to wear off around 3 hours in. You can imagine the pain I was in.

At 8 o'clock the doctor came in. He asked me some questions and then pushed around on my stomach. I just about JUMPED off the bed when he poked my appendix. OMG. He then told me they were going to take an ultrasound of my stomach.

Not to go into too much detail about that, they saw nothing. So the surgeon comes in to evaluate me. He does the same thing the doctor does, and once again I just about jump out of the bed. He then tells me that he's pretty sure its my appendix, but they are going in blindly, not sure what they will find. We schedule the surgery for 3 pm. Those were the longest hours of MY LIFE. They were behind in surgery, so I actually didn't get to go back till 4.

They came to get me, wheeled me back in the bed (kind of cool) and took me to get prepped for surgery. Matt was able to stay with me through that, so that was comforting.

They made a special cocktail of anesthesia since I was pregnant, but there is always the chance of something going wrong. At this point, I wasn't nervous at all. I had given it to God and knew that the surgery had to take place for me and Connor.

Side note- Anesthesia is no joke. It knocked me out in like 2 seconds! Then, it was surgery time.

When I came to, they informed me that my appendix had partially ruptured. They went in laparoscopically and took my appendix out through my belly button. The scars are relatively small and I was really impressed. I had many visitors because I have a lot of family there. My nana, uncle and aunt all came. As well as my dad.

I spent one night recovering in the hospital.

I cannot brag on Matt enough. He took care of me like a champ. I'm so glad that God picked him to be my husband because that man is wonderful.

Porter was VERY WELL taken care of by my stepmom while we were in the hospital. He did great for them. Napping well, sleeping well, and eating well. Of course! ;)

Overall, I am recovering very well from the surgery. About one month out and I feel like a normal person again. I couldn't hold Porter for one week. Matt took care of us the week we came home too. He was a huge help.

Here are some pictures from the hospital!

The hospital in Florida
Going down to get prepped for surgery. Trying to smile through the pain!

Ready to go into surgery

Ready to go home! Listening to instructions from my nurse.

This is how Porter spent his nights with the grandparents. I think they all had fun :)

Monday, June 3, 2013

23 Weeks

Here is my 23 week picture! We are almost at the 6 month mark. I love this stage in pregnancy. I feel like I am the perfect size and still feel comfortable enough to do most things.

I can now feel Connor kick and move ALL the time. He is very active, just like Porter was. At the doctor on Thursday, they said he was Transverse. Hopefully in the coming months he makes his way head down! But, for now he has lots of room to stretch and kick!

My next post will be about our "vacation" to Florida to visit my dad and step mom. It was quite the adventure! :)

Porter at 15 Months

Porter, you are 15 months! (This post is a month late, but you were 15 months in the picture!) You have come alive with personality this month and I swear I could watch you play all day (which is pretty much what I do!). At 15 months you:

- Are completely weaned and drinking about 3 full cups of whole milk a day. You LOVE LOVE whole milk!

- Have eczema :( Pretty bad. But, we keep it under control with coconut oil and your steroid cream. The heat has made it worse which I hate!!!

- Traveled to Florida this month! You were an absolute toot on the way there. But, with mommies appendix rupturing, I think you could tell things were off. You kicked and screamed almost the whole flight there. Luckily mommy didn't care much about the people around us cause she felt like death! (That's for another blog post though)

- Spent 2 nights with your Gran and Grandaddy in Florida while we stayed in the hospital. This was your first time to be away from mommy and daddy at night. You did GREAT! They loved on you tons and of course enjoyed every minute.

- Say LOTS of new words- including, car, fish, wa wa, play, gabba, cheese, and flower. When we say words you are like a little parrot. You say a lot of things back to us, mostly just once. You are learning :)

- LOVE THE WATER. When we were in Florida you loved the beach and the waves. You would run in and your great uncle Eric had to pick you up every time so you wouldn't get swept away!!!

- You weigh in at 20 pounds.

- Are still picky about what you eat. You love blueberries, cheese, yogurt, cantaloupe, eggs, bacon, and bananas.

- You sign all the time. Still milk, more, eat and all done.

- You understand more and more every day. This morning I asked you how your hands were today (because you had an eczema outbreak) and you looked down at them. You also know where your eyes are and can point to them when we ask.

You are seriously the best thing in the whole world. Watching you grow up is the absolute joy of our lives.

Every day just keeps getting better.

20 Weeks

Here I am at 20 weeks! It also happened to be Mother's Day. Matt and Porter took me out to Southlake and we spent the day shopping and just spending time together. It was wonderful!

I am still feeling good. I think that I am growing a little faster this time around, but I'm guessing it's because my body has done this before. It's kind of funny because I haven't gained as much weight as I did with Porter. Go figure.

We are offically starting to clean out our guest room and make it into Connor's nursery. It's so fun doing all of this again! We are doing the colors grey, navy and green. There will be chevron pattern incorperated into the theme, as well as elephants! I can't wait to start. It will be so different from Porter's room, but cute just the same :)