Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
No mother should have to go through this. Any of this. Anything like this. It's a horrible feeling, and I'm sure no matter what age a child is, the feelings are just the same.
I'm not too worried about the procedure. Chase is my superman. He will be just fine.
My biggest hope at the moment is that they can take his breathing tube out right away so he can stay in a normal room. I don't like the NICU.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
The surgeon took his dressing off this morning so you can actually see his stitches. They're painful to look at. We're told he's not in a lot of pain. He has an order for Morphine, but seems to do just fine with only Tylenol.
We're staying a few blocks away from the hospital at a Ronald McDonald house. Its nice. I still feel awkward there, but it gets better. B will go back to work Monday but sleep at the house at night so I'm not alone.
I wish I could speed up time so he could come home. I love being in Chicago, but not under circumstances like this.
He still hasn't peed on his own. We/they are hoping it's from a lack of fluid intake and not a complication of surgery. He hasn't eaten since he hasn't really woken up from surgery. They don't want to really force him to eat because they don't want him to choke. He did get about 5ml of formula and he may get a ng tube so he can get some nutrients until he's ready to eat on his own.
I'll update as I can.
Friday, October 21, 2011
It turns out, Chase was born with a myelomeningocele which is a form of Spina Bifida. He was transferred to Children's in Chicago Wednesday afternoon and had surgery to close the defect yesterday. His leg movement after surgery has been good and we're waiting to make sure he is peeing on his own. He has been sleeping a lot because of his surgery, and has not eaten yet so this is hopefully most likely why he hasn't peed yet. We're hoping that he'll be home in a week or two. He's stong and a fighter so we are pretty confidant that this will hold true. We don't have lots of answers, so we will update as much as we can with what we learn.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
My appointment on Monday was informative. I had a lot of questions that got answered. The nurse who did my NST said he did well and was an over acheiver and that if I wasn't required to sit there a whole 20 minutes, I would have been done with in the first 5. My fluid level was good too. We even got this awesome pic:
I had also asked if he could be microcephalic. They said no. His head is small because of the CH, but not grossly small as seen in microcephaly cases. WHEW! That was a huge worry that went away.
Well that's all for an update. Here are my stats:
How far along are you: 37 weeks 1 day FULL TERM BABY!!
How big is baby: Per 10/3 visit: 5 pounds and two weeks behind.
Stretch marks: No new ones
Sleep: Not much. I've been up peeing more.
How are you feeling physically: Pretty good. My back and hips hurt. My feet are swollen. No more heels :'-(
How are you feeling emotionally: Anxious.
Best moment of the week: The 3D pic of Chase
Movement: He's a busy boy.
Labor signs: Aparently, I've been having contractions? That's what the NST nurse said. I'm also 1-2 cm dialated
Missing anything: My prepregnancy clothes
Looking forward to: Still trying to get that house clean!
Random thoughts: If he has to come Monday, I'm ok with that. I would prefer him to be late, but I will accept an early baby.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
At last Monday's appointment, Chase was measured via ultrasound again and he in the 19th percentile of growth, which is not good. He has not grown much in 3 weeks. when they measure him, the measure his head twice, his femur and his abdomen and they find the percentile by an average of those measurements. Since his head is smaller due to his small cerebellum, the measurements of his head bring the rest of his measurements down. They say he is 5 pounds and 2 weeks behind.
We will have another growth scan on October 17th. If there is not substantial growth within two weeks, I will be induced and Chase will be here early. I'm not too excited about this because I was really hoping to be off work for Christmas. :-/
This also means that there is so much to do in so little time. I HAVE to get this house in order. It doesn't matter if Chase won't care. I CARE. He deserves to come home to a clean house. It's just my lack of motivation that stands in my way :(
Tomorrow (10/10) is just a weekly check up. We'll be asking a lot of questions pertaining to the 17th in the event I am induced. So, if I can remember, I will update on that.
But here is this special update :)
How far along are you: 36 weeks 6 days
How big is baby: We were told last week he was 5 pounds and two weeks behind.
Stretch marks: No new ones..thank goodness
Sleep: Yes please.
How are you feeling physically: Tired and hungry and hungry and tired. And unmotivated. And hungry
How are you feeling emotionally: Anxious, scared, unprepared, nervous, apprehensive.
Best moment of the week: A new girl started on Thursday and she has caught on very quickly! I'm not so worried if I have to leave work early.
Movement: He has been moving a lot more the past week. It's almost like there is an alien in my tummy!
Cravings: Everything that has carbs and coffee. I've caved and had a few cups this week...(call the pregnancy police)
Labor signs: I don't think I've had any?
Missing anything: Sleep. Food. Un-swollen feet
Looking forward to: Having a clean house.
Random thoughts: Please Chase grow! Mommy is not ready for you yet!!!