Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A visit from my girl

Michael brought Tyler and Ava up to the hospital to visit me on Sunday night when I was there (I forgot to get a picture though)

And then Amber brought Ava back up on Monday afternoon - right before they released me from the hospital.

It made the fact that I wasn't at home with them, seem a little easier to deal with. :)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

One helluva week!

Starting on Sunday (Father's Day) around 4:45pm I began having some pretty uncomfortable pains that went on for about 5 hours until I finally decided to head on up to the hospital to make sure all was ok. They put me on the monitors and found that I wasn't having any contractions and baby Brayden was doing great.

I decided to go ahead and leave AMA and just follow up with my doctor the next morning. I mainly just wanted some reassurance that I wasn't in preterm labor and that Brayden was still doing well. Not to mention that my sisters - Heather and Harley - were in the waiting room the whole time and Ava and Tyler were at home with Amber.

I was up every hour Sunday night and by Monday morning I was convinced that I had either a UTI, bladder of kidney infection of some sort. I called my doctor and after explaining what had been going on, she had me come into the office and leave a urine sample. She sent me on my way with an antibiotic.

By Wednesday it STILL hadn't gotten any better and I was in pretty good amount of pain. I spoke with the doctors office again and was told to head back up to Antepartum. They took another urine sample and informed me that they had found traces of blood and they weren't quite sure why. They did an ultrasound of Brayden (doing great; measuring a week ahead at 2.4lbs) as well as an ultrasound of my bladder and kidneys. At this point they were thinking it was either kidney stones or a really bad infection.

After getting the results back from the ultrasound - no sign of infection or kidney stones - they basically told me they had no idea why there was blood in my urine or why I was in so much pain.

REALLY?! Isn't it your freaking JOB to find out what is going on???

They informed me that they had spoken with the Urologist and that he thought it was just the pressure from the baby and without removing him (which obviously was NOT an option) there was no way of telling. They wanted me to stay overnight in order for the Urologist to see me and tell me the exact same thing they had just told me. I refused to rack up a hospital bill any further than was necessary and I also did not want to leave my daughter with my sister over night (Michael came to the hospital to see me and then had to head out of town). I left pretty upset that they weren't able to help me nor figure out what was causing so much pain.

Saturday morning (after a week of pain) I decided to go back to the hospital due to the fact that nothing had gotten better (mind you, I had started the antibiotics on Monday and was still taking them at this point, with no relief).

When they took another urine sample, it was obvious that there was definitely LOTS of blood in it - much more than before. They kept me over night and put me on a few rounds of IV antibiotics and I drank lots of water and cranberry juice to flush my system out. Turns out they did find small traces of an infection and I also ended up passing a kidney stone today.

They doctor thinks that I passed the kidney stone almost all the way through earlier in the week, but it got stuck right at the end and that's what caused the pain for such an extended amount of time.

I was really sad about staying over night last night - it was my very first night away from Ava - but I am REALLY glad to be done with all of the pain and discomfort! Michael brought both Tyler and Ava up to see me last night (and they brought some strawberry cheesecake from Saltgrass!) so I felt a little better about it.

I am happy to be pain free and back at home with my family. I never want to go through that again (I have heard it can be MUCH worse then what I went through and I don't care to find out for myself!).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Week of June 15th - June 21st

Monday: Elise came to our house for the week. I got Michael's Father's Day gift in today, and Elise also brought him a gift so we went ahead and gave Michael both gifts and saved the other 3 that we got him for Sunday. Here is the coffee mug I ordered him with the kids' picture on it..

Tuesday: Tuesday's are play date days with some of my Mommy friends and this was the first play date that I was able to bring Elise along with us. Aiden is about Elise's age so they had a good time playing together. Aiden was asking about Elise this week - he wanted her to come play! :) We went to Kelli's house and set up the baby pools for the kiddos and they played in the water and jumped on the trampoline.

Aiden, Ava, Elise and Lane

Our girl

She's getting so big!

Our girls

Aiden and Elise jumping on the trampoline

Ava, Zolan and Silas

This is what the girls were up to while I was mopping the kitchen...

Elise with her panties on her head - she thought it was THE. FUNNIEST. THING.

Ava getting into mischief. She climbs on EVERYTHING.

Wednesday: Wednesdays are major cleaning days for Amber and I. I find it much easier to keep up with the house when we have a set day to do all the hard, in depth cleaning. The girls played together most of the day and I went by my Dad's house later that night to pick up a Blue's Clues movie from him. Ava LOVES Blues Clues and kept saying it over and over again. We used to have Noggin ON Demand with some Blue's Clues shows available to play at any time and for some reason it is no longer there - which was a problem! We tried putting on Tom and Jerry, Tigger and Pooh, Handy Manny... etc, and she just didn't care for them as much has her Blues Clues. I looked at both Target and Walmart and wasn't able to find ANY Blues Clues video's. Thankfully my Dad had one of Jarred's from when he was little!

Watching her Blues Clues before bed.

Thursday: The girls and I met Tracy and her play date group at the park around 9:15 and let the kids play until about 11. We then headed over to my friend Maegan's house for a pool play date which the kids loved. Elise is such a little fishy and loves swimming! We were at Maegan's for a couple of hours and then headed over to Tracy's house (SIL) to visit with her, the girls and my MIL. We met Daddy at home and my MIL met us here to head off to dinner at Red Lobster - but not before playing some Rockband! Yes, my MIL played Rockband! Michael was supposed to just play one song for her and have her sing - 10 songs later and I finally had to tell them to turn the game off cause I was starving! LOL Dinner at Red Lobster was lovely. :)

Addilyn at the park

Elise and Ava


Ava lost a shoe!

She was trying to climb through...

LOL! She still didn't make it through - I had to help her.


Shelby, Tori, Kira, Maegan and Lane

Elise and Ava

My Husband and Mother In Law - playing Rockband:



Friday: Me, Tyler and the girls returned some clothing items to Target and Walmart that my MIL had purchased for Elise that were too big. I was able to get her quite a few really cute outfits. We had Lasagna for dinner and my Aunt Tami and Paw-Paw stopped by to visit for a little while.

The girls riding the Elmo ride at Walmart

LOL - look at my chunky monkey!!!

Saturday: Michael and I took the kids to Putt Putt for some bumper boats and miniature golf.

Bumper Boats!

Daddy showing Elise how it's done

She made it!

She kept wanting the ball

She got it!

Tyler and Ava


Sunday: We celebrated Father's Day here at home with some of the family. My FIL - Dale, Melba, SIL - Tracy, BIL - Bob and their girls all came over for some burgers and hot dogs and watermelon. It was nice to have everyone together to celebrate. Elise went home this evening and my sisters - Heather and Harley came in town from College Station. We then went to my Dad's to visit with him (they had plans all day).

Our family on Father's Day - June 21, 2009



Elise and Hannah




Overall, it was a really good week. It was also the longest we have had Elise for one stay. We enjoyed it and are looking forward to her next visit. :)