Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Baby Update #3

We had another NST today and an ultrasound. Everything was ok with the baby and with me. There was just one problem... the baby weighs 6 lbs 15 ounces and she still has 4 weeks to go (maybe), which means she could end up weighing 9 pounds!! I'm not sure I like the idea of a 9 pound baby, so I'm hoping she comes sooner than later, but we will just have to wait and see.

I go to my regular doctor tomorrow, so we will see what she has to say. She may say I can move around more, which would be nice.

Today's ultrasound provided some really good pictures of our little one. Her hands were, yet again, in front of her face and her nose looks really wide, which I'm hoping is just the angle. She is kind of frowning in the second picture too. But she is still so cute!! We can't wait to meet her! Oh and the ultrasound doctor said again, that she has LOTS of hair! I can't imagine a DeHart being born with lots of hair, I can't wait to see her!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Baby Update #2

I went for another non-stress test yesterday. Everything is fine. The baby has a strong heartbeat and I still have a quivering uterus. That's a whole lotta info for some of you, but who cares. But I don't think I've had too many contractions this week, a few, but not a lot.

I keep hearing stories of people that were put on bed rest for weeks and then had to be induced at 41 weeks cause the baby decided not to come on it's own. This, my friends, is my biggest fear! While I want her to cook as long as she needs, so she is super healthy, I don't know how long I can stand this! Hopefully she will join us in this world in the next 2 weeks, but we will just have to wait and see...

Monday, December 22, 2008

I am bored out of my mind

So this is the end of week one on bed rest and my official stance on the matter.... it sucks! I've got one and a half more weeks to go and I just might die from boredom. I've had lots of visitors, which I LOVE, but I can't wait until tomorrow for my weekly trip to the doctor. That's the highlight of my life right now... going to the doctor... yippy!

This is how Stella spends most of her day. Although usually she's sleeping on my lap. I think she loves having someone home to hang out with.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Adalyn Estelle Shirley

Brett's brother and his wife had their baby girl yesterday. Everything went well and she is just beautiful. I do have to say I'm shocked that she was 8 lbs 11 oz and 21 inches long. Neither Brett's brother nor his wife are big, so I expected a tiny little thing from them. But I LOVE the little rolls Adalyn has. Congrats guys! Can't wait to introduce our little girls to each other.

P.S. I stole the pics from their blog.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Baby Update

I went for another NST (non-stress test) on Tuesday and everything looks good. I had a few contractions and some irritability of my uterus while I was there, but they let me go home this time.

The last time I had the test they had to give me some orange juice to get the baby moving, so I figured I would help them out this time. I ate some toast with peanut butter and honey just before we left. Little did I know that I was pumping the baby up therefor making it hard to read her heart rate. Oops. They said any baby that moves that much has got to be healthy. So there you go, now I know that she loves orange juice and peanut butter.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hidden blessings...

So as many of you know, Brett and I had quite the scare this week. I've been measuring big since week 23 or so (extra amniotic fluid) so my doctor had me start going to get weekly NST tests (non-stress tests). Tuesday was my first one. I had been at work all day, and I left a little early to make it down there, thinking nothing of it. I was just going to be hooked up to a monitor to check the baby's heartbeat and make sure everything looked ok. No big deal, totally routine. I felt fine, 100% normal.

So the lady hooks me up to the monitor and after about 20 minutes she says, "Are you aware you are having contractions?" NO! I mean I kind of felt them since I had a band around my belly to monitor the baby and my stomach was pressing against the band, but I didn't think anything of it. Well she decided to call my doctor and I overhear her saying I'm having contractions TWO MINUTES APART! WHAT?! She was really calm, and acted like it was no big deal, but she had to send me down to labor and delivery. SO I'm all alone, since the test was just routine Brett didn't come with me. The tech tells me not to worry and to go downstairs to just be checked out. On my way I call Brett and tell him what's happening, he just kept saying, "Tara, that's not funny." Well I didn't think it was funny either!

I walked into labor and delivery thinking I will just have a quick test of some sort and be sent home. That did not happen. They checked me in and gave me a room. Then they tested me for the protein that tells whether you are in labor or not, and guess what, I was positive for it. AND, I was dilated. Not cool when you are 32 weeks and 6 days pregnant. The baby is too young. So they admitted me and started pushing some serious drugs to stop the contractions. At first the drugs made the contractions worse, so they had to up the dosage. Finally the contractions stopped and things started to seem like they would be ok. But I didn't sleep at all that first night, it was awful. I was poked and prodded and left with zero modesty! The next day I was still on the meds, which made me feel so sick, but my doctor was hesitant to take me off of them. She said had I not had that NST test I would have had this baby! Talk about a blessing that I had that test. So I stayed on that medicine until Wednesday night. Once they took me off, I started to have contractions again. The oral medication they were hoping to switch me to wasn't working. I also started with a fever and shivers, something was not ok. The nurse we had wasn't too comforting either. She was acting really nervous and then asked us if we had talked to anyone from the N-ICU! WHAT!? So I started bawling, of course. The nurse tried to tell me everything would be ok, but she went to get the doctor and another nurse to check me out. The others came in and decided to up oral meds to stop the contractions and give me a strong dose of antibiotics. They assumed I had some infection which was irritating my uterus causing the contractions. So after taking all the meds and finally getting the chance to take a bath, everything settled down. Friday late afternoon the doctor let me go home.

She told me I had to be on strict bed rest until I go to see her again on the 30th. I will have to go for NST tests every week, as well. Once I go back to see her, if I haven't had the baby by then, she will take me off the medication that stops the contractions and let my body do what it wants, since the baby will be almost 37 weeks.

So, here I am, thankfully without a baby yet, but laying in bed, sick and sore from spending the last week in the hospital and dreading the next few weeks of lying here. I am, however, so thankful to everyone that has called and sent flowers and worried and prayed for us. I know we were truly blessed to have to take that first NST test, without it I would have had the baby and she would be in in the N-ICU right now. So that's my story for now. I will keep everyone as updated as I can.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


The first "human looking" photos of Baby Shirley!

We had an ultrasound yesterday and at one point the tech changed it over to 3D. If I had known she could have done that I would have asked for it LONG ago. It was neat to see her and kind of get a feeling for what she may look like. I think she has my nose! It's hard to tell though because her hands were up in front of her face, so the tech had to erase her hands, and it kind of messed up her face a little. But it's still really cool!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm famous

Not really, but I am on the Making Memories blog today, along with the 2 other pregnant girls in my office. Apparently it's totally crazy to have 3 pregnant girls in one office.